Summer weather is still stubbornly holding out for at least a few more weeks. But for many, the activities of summer will soon come to an end.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end to the season: Vacations have been had. Children are back in school. There is a slight lull in tourism across Western North Carolina as many wait impatiently for the leaves to turn.
So why not end the season with a celebration? Whether you want to stay close to home or venture farther afield while the weather is nice, there are many entertainment and festival options for you to safely attend this year. Here is a list of Labor Day weekend events in Asheville and WNC.
75th Annual North Carolina Apple Festival
September 3–6, 2021 | Hendersonville
The North Carolina Apple Festival has been Western North Carolina’s premier family-friendly festival for more than 70 years. Enjoy four days of free fun, from the Opening Ceremony with the Apple Ambassador to the King Apple Parade on Labor Day afternoon. The festival also includes one of the best known street fairs in the Carolinas. There will be freshly picked apples, arts and crafts, festival food, and free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s beautiful Main Street.
Learn more: ncapplefestival.org
Labor Day Weekend Celebration
September 3–6, 2021 | Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure
Celebrate with family and friends at Rumbling Bald Resort. Enjoy a family-fun pool party, beachside cookouts, marshmallow roast, and more. On Monday, celebrate Labor Day at the Bald Mountain Golf Course’s Red, White, and Blue Golf Tournament. Bring the family down to the beach for a weekend of fun! For members and resort guests only.
Learn more: rumblingbald.com
Concerts on the Creek
September 3, 2021 @ 7:00–9:00PM | Sylva
Bring a picnic blanket and chair to enjoy Concerts on the Creek at Sylva’s Bridge Park. SKA City will be playing live music for you to enjoy. Labor Day weekend closes out Concerts on the Creek’s season. Concerts on the Creek events are free and open to the public with donations encouraged. Food trucks and craft beer vendors may be available.
Learn more: discoverjacksonnc.com
Emerald Village Rockfest
September 4–5, 2021 @ 9:00AM–6:00PM | Little Switzerland
Head out to Little Switzerland for a rocking good time! Activities include gem mining, gold panning, and a local craft market. Kids can enjoy a special treasure hunt. Everyone can enjoy free guided hikes, and Black-Light Mine Tours on Friday and Saturday nights. Plus, on Saturday there will be a geology talk with Alex Glover and a special performance by Blue Ridge Brass, Pipes, and Drums. Most events are free.
Learn more: emeraldvillage.com
Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Show
September 4–5, 2021 | Maggie Valley
Artisans from all over the Southeast will be in attendance at Maggie Valley’s largest and longest running seasonal arts and crafts show. Seasonal items, furniture, goat milk soaps, jewelry, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, yard art, and more will be featured at the event. Shop a variety of handmade treasures, enjoy chainsaw art demonstrations, and partake of lots of festival food!
Learn more: maggievalley.org
Apple Festival Races Chamber Challenge Team 5K
September 4, 2021 @ 8:00AM | Hendersonville
The annual Apple Fest Races are back for 2021! If you don’t have a team’s worth of runners for the 5K, you can still participate with the individual 8K portion of the race. And for the kids? They’ll love the Chick-fil-A Mini Moo Mile! This fun run starts just after the 8K and 5K, and each child will receive a finisher’s prize.
Learn more: raceroster.com
114th Canton Labor Day Festival
September 5–6, 2021 | Canton
Since 1906, the Canton Labor Day Festival has served up food, fun, and entertainment in Sorrells Park in downtown Canton. Billed as the oldest festival of its kind in the South, the festival draws up to 15,000 music lovers over the weekend. Diamond Rio, Joe Lasher, Kaitlyn Baker, and more will provide live music. There is also a handicraft expo, a vintage car show, Ingles Ultimate Air Dogs, and the Labor Day parade at 10:00AM on Monday.
Learn more: cantonlaborday.com
September 6, 2021 @ 7:00AM–12:00PM | BRCC, Flat Rock
Tour d’Apple is a socially distanced bicycling event that features rolling starts and safety measures throughout the entire ride from start to finish. Tour d’Apple invites up to 600 cyclists to ride 25–100 miles along one of four scenic routes around the apple orchards and beautiful mountains of Henderson County. Cyclists who register by the free shirt deadline in August will receive a free Tour d’Apple t-shirt. After the free t-shirt deadline, shirts can be purchased for a nominal fee online.
Learn more: tourdapple.com
Oskar Blues Mountain Music Monday
September 6, 2021 @ 6:00–8:00PM | Brevard
Join the gang at Oskar Blues for an open jam for all ages. It’s fun to watch and even more fun to play!
Learn more: explorebrevard.com