September PlanAhead: Your Asheville events calendar

Table of Contents Sept. 1-5Sept. 6-12Sept. 13-19Sept. 20-26 Sept. 27-30 Graphic by AVLtoday. Happy September, Asheville.



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Happy September, Asheville. 🍂  Ready for changing leaves, cozy nights, cooler temps, and pumpkin + apple flavored everything? Read on for all the top events happening this month in the 828.

Sept. 1-5

Wednesday, Sept. 1

Show

  • 49 Wincester | Wed., Sept. 1 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15 | Soulful alternative country. 

Thursday, Sept. 2

Show

  • Mdou Moctar + Speed Stick | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $17+ |  Saharan-inspired rock + psychedelic alt-rock. 
  • OXALIS | Thurs., Sept. 2-Sun., Sept. 5 | 7:30 Thurs.-Sat., 3:00 Sun. | Wortham Center for the Arts, 18 Biltmore Ave. | $18+ | A play showcasing the highs and lows that come with bipolar disorder. 

Dish

  • Whole Hog Butchery | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 6-8 p.m. | The Chop Shop Butchery, 100 Charlotte St. | $90+ | Learn from Chop Shop co-owner and head butcher Matt Helms how to level up your butchery skills. 

TryThis

  • Rock and Roll with Rotary | Thurs., Sept. 2 | 6-9 p.m. | Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Ste. 200 | $100 | Help support the Asheville Rotary Club + jam out to the best of Lynyrd Skynyrd with the Artimus Pyle Band. 

Friday, Sept. 3

TryThis

  • North Carolina Apple Festival | Fri., Sept. 3-Mon., Sept. 6 | Times vary | Downtown Hendersonville | Free | This annual Labor Day Weekend affair, now in its 75th year, features arts and crafts, food, live entertainment, and fresh-picked heirloom fruits galore. 🍎
  • Family Friendly Forest Bathing | Fri., Sept. 3| 1-4 p.m. | Location provided at registration | $55 | Leave your devices behind + connect with nature on this outing suitable for folks ages 7 and up.

Show

  • The White Buffalo | Fri., Sept. 3 | 8 p.m. |The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $25+ | Emmy-nominated eclectic Americana. 
  • Steve Earl & The Dukes and Los Lobos | Fri., Sept. 3 | 6:30 p.m. | The Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $35+ | Get down to country-infused rock and enjoy food offerings from Root Down and 3 other food trucks.

Festival 

  • Goombay Festival | Fri., Sept. 3-Sun., Sept. 5 | Various times | The Block, S. Market St. | Free | Celebrates the richness and diversity of food, music, and art across the African Diaspora.

Saturday, Sept. 4

TryThis

  • Forest Bathing in Asheville | Sat., Sept. 4 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Location provided at registration | $55 | Deepen your connection with nature with a relaxing stroll through the forest.
  • Grape Stomp | Sat., Sept. 4 | 1-4 p.m. | plēb urban winery, 289 Lyman St. | Free | Tix will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis at 12:45 for this socially-distant grape stomp.  
  • Rooftop Sunrise Yoga with Abbey | Sat., Sept. 4 | 7-8 a.m. | Rooftop at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Ste. 200 | $10 | Welcome the day with a refreshing 1 hour yoga flow suitable for all levels.

Parents 

  • Playful Parent Meet-Up | Sat., Sept. 4 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | West Asheville Park Playground, 198 Vermont Ave. | Free, donations encouraged | Take advantage of complimentary childcare to connect with other parents + learn ways to improve your parenting experience. 👪

 

Show

  • Maggie Rose | Sat., Sept. 4 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15+ | Rock + R&B-inspired country. 

TheBuy

  • Odditorium Community Flea Market | Sat., Sept. 4 | 9 a.m. | The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Rd. | Free | Treasure hunt til your heart’s content at this market dedicated to all things wacky, tacky, wild + weird.

Sunday, Sept. 5

TryThis

  • North Carolina Apple Festival | Fri., Sept. 3-Mon., Sept. 6 | Times vary | Downtown Hendersonville | Free | This annual Labor Day Weekend affair, now in its 75th year, features arts and crafts, food, live entertainment, and fresh-picked heirloom fruits galore. 🍎

Show

  • Jeff Sipes Electric Buddah | Sun., Sept. 5 | 4-6 p.m. | Olivette Riverside Community and Farm, 1069 Olivette Rd. | $10 | Psychedelic funk-rock.

Drink

  • Exploring Japanese Tea | Sun., Sept. 5 | 9-11 a.m. | Dobra Tea, 78 North Lexington Ave. | $20 | Learn about the history + production of Japanese tea while sampling it.

Sept. 6-12

Monday, Sept. 6 

TryThis

  • North Carolina Apple Festival | Fri., Sept. 3-Mon., Sept. 6 | Times vary | Downtown Hendersonville | Free | This annual Labor Day Weekend affair, now in its 75th year, features arts and crafts, food, live entertainment, and fresh-picked heirloom fruits galore. 🍎

Tuesday, Sept. 7 

Show

  • Julien Baker | Tues., Sept. 7 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $20+ | Indie rock singer/songwriter. 

TryThis

Learn

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Show

  • Steel Panther | Wed., Sept. 8 | 9 p.m. | The Orange Peel 101 Biltmore Ave. | $27.50 | Glam rock with a humorous twist. 
  • HawkTail | Wed., Sept. 8 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $17+ | Instrumental acoustic quartet.
  • Halestorm | Wed., Sept. 8 | 8 p.m. | Harrah’s Cherokee Center- Asheville, 87 Haywood St. | $35.50+ | Grammy-award winning hard alternative rock. 

Arts

  • Fringe Summer Nights | Wed., Sept. 8 |  7:30-9 p.m. | Sly Grog Lounge, 271 Haywood St. | Free | Experience eclectic and innovative art + performances. 

ForParents

  • KidCycle Club Balance Bike, Pedal Bike, and MTB Classes | Wed., Sept. 8-Sat., Oct. 2 | Class times vary | Kolo Bike Park, 85 Expo Dr. + Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton St. | $15+ | KidCycle Club can teach your child how to ride a balance bike, a pedal bike without training wheels, or early mountain biking skills so they can enjoy riding with the whole family. Get a 20% on classes with code AVLTODAY20. 

Thursday, Sept. 9

TryThis

  • Literacy Together Volunteer Orientation | Thurs., Sept. 9 | 10 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how to help those struggling with literacy. 
  • BYOB Flower Arranging Workshop | Thurs., Sept. 9 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Pollen Coffee & Flowers, 45 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. 150 | $75 | Learn to create your own unique arrangement with all the tools + floral materials you need. 💐

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Forest as Farm | Thurs., Sept, 9 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Hickory Nut Gap Farm, 57 Sugar Hollow Rd., Fairview | $50 | Learn about the benefits of forest-farming while enjoying flights and bites by local chefs. 

Network

  • September Business After Hours | Thurs., Sept, 9 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Asheville Sun Soo Martial Arts, 800 Fairview Rd. St.e D-2 | Free | Mix + mingle with other local professionals. 

Friday, Sept. 10

Show

  • Hippo Campus | Fri., Sept. 10 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $26+ | Minneapolis-based alternative rock.

TryThis

  • Release Party | Fri., Sept. 10 | 6-10 p.m. | 1556 Grovestone Rd., Black Mountain | $16 | Celebrate the release of Alex Krug Combo’s newest single, recorded at our very own Echo Mountain Studios.  

ForFamilies

  • Blippi | Fri., Sept. 10 | 6 p.m. | Harrah’s Cherokee Center- Asheville, 87 Haywood St. | $26+ | Kids will delight in meeting Blippi and his crew as he teaches colors, letters + more. 

Network

  • Maker’s Mixer  | Fri., Sept. 10 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free, registration required | Network virtually with WNC-based artists + creatives and get a sneak peek at the upcoming 2021 Fall Craft Your Commerce workshop series Beyond the Studio: Financials and Operations. 

Saturday, Sept. 11 

TryThis

  • AVL Radio Museum 20th Anniversary | Sat., Sept. 11 | 12-3 p.m. | Asheville Radio Museum, Buncombe Tech Comm. College, 315 Elm Building | Free | Learn about the history of radio, test out old radio technology + more.
  • Barn Day 2021 | Sat., Sept. 11 | 1:30 | The Lodge at Bear River, 189 Bear River Lodge Trail, Marshall | $45 | Enjoy a day of Appalachian barn history with tours, music, food + more. 
  • West Asheville Garden Stroll | Sat., Sept, 11 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | West Asheville Park, 198 Vermont Ave. | Free | Check out the cool and eclectic gardens found across West Asheville.

Show

  • The Dead Tongues | Sat., Sept. 11 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15 | Sensitive, kaleidoscopic blues and soul. 

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Sustainable Waters | Sat., Sept. 11 | 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. | Jettie Rae’s Oyster House, 143 Charlotte St. | $125 | Learn about issues of sustainability while enjoying responsibly sourced fish, shellfish + more. 

Learn

  • How to Pitch Your Book | Sat., Sept. 11 | 1-3 p.m. | Virtual | $50 | Learn the art of crafting and delivering a pitch for your book from literary agent Maggie Cooper.

Active

  • Paddle the French Broad | Sat., Sept. 11 | 9:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Amboy River Road Park, 180 Amboy Rd. | $40 |  Float 6.5 miles through the River Arts District and beyond while learning about the river’s natural and cultural history. 

Arts 

  • Village Art & Craft Fair | Sat., Sept. 11-Sun., Sept. 12 | Times vary | Historic Biltmore Village, 10 Brooks St. | Free | Over 100 artisans gather to exhibit their work at the 49th annual iteration of this craft fair. 

 

Sunday, Sept. 12

Show

  • Avatar | Sun., Sept. 12 | 7:30 | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $27+ | Blistering heavy metal.

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Root to Bloom | Sun., Sept. 12 | 12-3 p.m. | Yesterday Spaces, 305 Sluder Branch Rd., Leicester | $125+ | Learn about how to reduce food waste while enjoying a multi-course cocktail brunch. 

Sept. 13-19

Monday, Sept. 13 

Tuesday, Sept. 14 

Show

  • Ron Gallo-and + Becca Mancari | Tues., Sept. 14 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15 | Hip-hop-inspired jazz and punk with twists on classic folk-rock.

TryThis 

  • Coffee Cupping + Tasting | Tues., Sept. 14 | 3-5 p.m. | Pollen Coffee & Flowers, 45 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. 150 | $5 | Sample the small-batch coffees Pollen serves + use the cost of the ticket towards a bag of coffee to take home.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

Show

  • An Evening with Jill Andrews | Wed., Sept. 15 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15+ | Americana-inspired by the tales of womanhood. 

Learn 

 

Thursday, Sept. 16

Show

  • Clutch | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 9 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $35+ | Classic rock and roll. 
  • Mo Lowda the Humble | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $12.50+ | Indie alt-rock. 

TryThis

  • Smokies Cup | Thurs., Sept. 16- Fri., Sept. 17 | 9 a.m. | Biltmore Sporting Clays Club, Jones Farm Rd. | $1,000 | 100-round sporting clays tournament + fundraiser for Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Farmers Market Cook Along | Thurs., Sept. 16 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Virtual | $15+ | Join Chef J Chong of J. Chong Eats for a live Cantonese cooking demonstration + market-inspired recipe and shopping list in advance.

 

Friday, Sept. 17

Show

  • Trial by Fire | Fri., Sept. 17 | 9 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $12+ | Journey tribute band. 
  • Ward Davis | Fri., Sept. 17 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $25 | Iconic classic country singer/songwriter. 

 

Saturday, Sept. 18 

TryThis

  • ASAP Farm Tours | Sat., Sept. 18-Sun., Sept. 19 | Multiple locations | $35 | See how food is grown and raised through guided tours, demonstrations, hands-on activities, tastings + more.  

Show

  • D.R.I. | Sat., Sept. 18 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15+ | Hardcore punk + thrash-metal.

Sunday, Sept. 19

Arts

  • SYMPHONY IN THE PARK: A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS | Sun., Sept. 19 | 7 p.m. | Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza | Free | The Asheville Symphony returns to the stage with favorites by Gershwin, Brahms, and Copland, Broadway hits + music from James Bond and Star Wars — part of the Asheville Area Arts Councils LIVE! An Asheville Arts Benefit Series.

Show

  • The Front Bottoms | Sun., Sept. 19 | 7:30 | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $27.50+ | Indie rock.
  • Summer Salt | Sun., Sept. 19 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $18+ | Intersection of ’60s pop, jazz + Bossa Nova. 

TryThis

  • Asheville Off Road Series | Sun., Sept. 19 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Ride Kanuga, 1249 Kanuga Lake Rd, Hendersonville | $10 | Run and bike in the Asheville Duathlon or partake in the Trail Run or Gravel Grinder Bike events.
  • Bike Clinic-  DIY Brake Overhaul | Sun., Sept. 19 | 2-5 p.m. | 90 Biltmore Ave. $15+, sliding scale |  Learn how to put brakes on your bike with different assemblies + how to maintain them.

Sept. 20-26 

Monday, Sept. 20

TryThis

  • TINDER LIVE with Lane Moore | Mon., Sept. 20 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $17+ | Completely improvised interactive comedy show. 

Tuesday, Sept. 21 

Show

  • Stephen Day | Tues., Sept. 21 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $10 | Folk singer-songwriter. 

Wednesday, Sept. 22

Show

  • Sylvan Esso | Wed., Sept, 22 | 7 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave | $35+ | Durham-based electronic pop duo. 
  • Son Volt | Wed., Sept. 22 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $20 | Folk-inspired alt-rock. 

Thursday, Sept. 23

TryThis

  • Bear Moon Ascension- An Interactive Art Installation | Thurs., Sept. 23-Sat., Sept. 25 | Times vary | Bear Moon Sanctuary, Possum Trot Rd., Burnsville | $40 | Explore both yourself + nature through 9 intentional, interactive art installation exhibits at this inaugural event. 🖼️

Show

  • Houndmouth | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $22+ | Alt-blues indie rock. 
  • Red Wanting Blue | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 195 Clingman Ave. | $15+ | Midwestern rock heroes.

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Recipes from Rabbit’s Motel | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Smoky Park Supper Club, 350 Riverside Dr. | $50 | Try dishes inspired by the “Black-owned Tourist Court” and learn about the history of Rabbit’s Motel and Cafe.
  • DIY Sausage and Beer | Thurs., Sept. 23 | 6-8 p.m. | The Chop Shop Butchery, 100 Charlotte St. | $90+ | Learn how to make homemade sausage in a range of styles + try out house-made charcuterie. 

Friday, Sept. 24

Show

  • Here Come the Mummies | Fri., Sept. 24 | 9 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $22 | Funk and blues inspired rock. 
  • The Connells | Fri., Sept. 24 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $22 | NC-based indie rock.

Cause 

  • Have the Time of Your Life | Fri., Sept. 24-Sat., Sept. 25 | Times vary | Mountain Brook Vineyards, 731 Phillips Dairy Rd., Tryon | $35+ | Raise awareness and funds for, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Hickory Nut Gorge Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, Sept. 25 

TryThis

  • Get In Gear Fest | Sat., Sept. 25 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Camp Rockmont, 375 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain | Free | Explore outdoor vendors, gear, and activities with food trucks, beer, and live music. 
  • Saturday Stroll | Sat. Sept. 25 | 12-6 p.m.  | Downtown Brevard | Free | Art, live music, and shopping from local makers and creators.  
  • Battle Below the Clouds | Sat., Sept. 25 | 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. | Ruby Falls, 1720 S. Scenic Hwy. | Free for guests; team registration is $200+ | Teams of amateur grillers + smokers will compete in a BBQ Cook Off, benefitting Lana’s Love Foundation, with guests enjoying a fun-filled day of live Bluegrass, BBQ, and prize drawings. Team registration ends Sept. 13.

Show

  • Ani DiFranco | Sat., Sept. 25 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $37+ | Folk, soul, and textured jazz-pop from the Grammy-award winning artist + activist.
  • Christopher Paul Stelling | Sat., Sept. 25 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15+ | Asheville-based acoustic singer-songwriter. 

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Burton Street Garden Gathering | Sat., Sept. 25 | 12-3 p.m. | Peace Gardens & Market, Bryant St. | $50 | Enjoy a collection of food, drink, art, music, poetry and performance celebrating the Burton Street community.

Active

  • Big Ivy Hike | Sat., Sept. 25 | 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. | Big Ivy Historical Park, 550 Dillingham Rd., Barnardsville | $10 | Tour the Big Ivy Historical Park then hike Little Snowball Mountain and Beetree Gap. 

Sunday, Sept. 26

Show

  • Trey Anastasio Band | Sun., Sept 26 | 7 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $49.50+ | Classic rock from the lead vocalist + co-founder of the band Phish.
  • Katie Toupin | Sun., Sept. 26 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $12+ | Acoustic indie pop/rock. 

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Food Stories | Sun., Sept. 26 | 5-9 p.m. | Funkatorium, 147 Coxe Ave. | $200 | Hear how chefs share stories through food while enjoying a multi-course meal with paired-beverages.

Sept. 27-30

Monday, Sept. 27

 

Tuesday, Sept. 28

Show

  • The Allman Betts Band | Tues., Sept. 28 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $30+ | Southern rock band comprised of the sons of rock legends Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts.

Wednesday, Sept. 29

Show

Learn 

  • Pricing for Profit  | Wed., Sept. 29 | 2-4 p.m. | Virtual | $5 | Financial experts offer protips on best financial practices for creative product + service based businesses. 

Thursday, Sept. 30

Show

  • Brothers Osborne | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 6:30 | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $49.50+ | Powerhouse country duo. 
  • Watkins Family Hour | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $32+ | Brother/sister folk duo. 

Dish

  • Beef Butchery Class | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 6-8 p.m. | The Chop Shop, 100 Charlotte St. | Learn how to level up your butchery skills from Chop Shop co-owner and head butcher Matt Helms.

TryThis 

  • Build your own Terrarium | Thurs., Sept. 30 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Pollen Coffee & Flowers, 45 S. French Broad Ave. Ste. 150 | $60 | Create your own lush terrarium with expert instruction and all tools + materials provided.