12 Ways to Celebrate Labor Day in Asheville and across WNC (2022)

2019 Labor Day Events in Asheville and WNC

The summer heat is still stubbornly holding out for at least a few more weeks. But for many, the quintessential 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 attend this year. Here is a list of Labor Day weekend events in Asheville and WNC.

Asheville Tourists Baseball Home Game vs Bowling Green Hot Rods

August 30–September 4, 2022 | Downtown Asheville

Grab your game day gear and head out to McCormick Field for America’s favorite pastime! The Asheville Tourists are the Minor League High-A Affiliate for the Houston Astros—and our local favorites. This Labor Day weekend, they’re playing at home against the Bowling Green Hot Rods. And each night has its own attraction, including Thirsty Thursday, Dollar Dog Friday, and Labor Day Weekend Fireworks following Sunday night’s game. Tickets are $9–11 for General Admission.

Learn more: milb.com/asheville

Earl Scruggs Music Festival

September 2–4, 2022 | TIEC, Mill Spring

The Earl Scruggs Music Festival brings the best of bluegrass, Americana, and roots music together in a multi-day celebration of Mr. Scruggs’ contributions to music. Best known for the “Scruggs style” of playing the five-string banjo, he crossed musical boundaries and collaborated with artists across musical genres. 15+ bands will perform on three stages, including Acoustic Syndicate, Alison Brown, Balsam Range, Becky Buller Band, Chatham County Line, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Dom Flemons, The Earls Of Leicester, Jerry Douglas, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley, Sam Bush, Unspoken Tradition, and more!

Learn more: earlscruggsmusicfest.com 

76th Annual North Carolina Apple Festival

September 2–5, 2022 | Hendersonville

The North Carolina Apple Festival has been Western North Carolina’s premier family-friendly festival for well over 70 years. Enjoy four days of free fun, from the Kiwanis pancake breakfast 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 Main Street.

Learn more: ncapplefestival.org

Labor Day Weekend Celebration

September 2–5, 2022 | Rumbling Bald on Lake Lure

Celebrate with family and friends at Rumbling Bald Resort. Enjoy a family-fun mermaid pool party, beachside cookouts, marshmallow roast, and more. On Monday, celebrate Labor Day at Apple Valley Golf Course’s Red, White, and Blue Golf Tournament. Bring the family down to the beach for a weekend of fun! For members and lodging guests only.

Learn more: rumblingbald.com

40th Annual Henderson County Gem & Mineral Show

September 2–5, 2022 @ 10:00AM–6:00PM | Hendersonville

The annual Henderson County Gem and Mineral Show features minerals, gemstones, jewelry, and fossils. There will also be demonstrations of lapidary arts and working jewelry crafters.  Exhibits include the gem and mineral, as well as hourly door prizes and free parking. The show is located at the Whitmire Activity Center at 310 Lily Pond Road. Admission is $5; children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Learn more: hcgms.com/gem-show 

FWUIT: Fall Concert Series

September 2, 2022 @ 7:00–8:15PM | Brevard

Head to the Library Amphitheater as the sun sets to enjoy Asheville-based retro soul band Fwuit. The band consists of members of the band MOVES and Holy Ghost Tent Revival. For this performance, they have arranged for a unique and collaborative performance with Melissa Hyman and Ryan Furstenberg (The Moon and You). Rain location: Rogow Room at the Library. 

Learn more: library.transylvaniacounty.org 

Concerts on the Creek

September 2, 2022 @ 7:00–9:00PM | Sylva

Bring a picnic blanket and chair to enjoy Concerts on the Creek at Sylva’s Bridge Park gazebo. Alma Russ Band will be playing live Americana and country/bluegrass 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

Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Show

September 3–4, 2022 | 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 Road Races

September 3, 2022 @ 8:00AM | Hendersonville

Keep the tradition of the Apple Festival Races going! This event has something for runners of every level, with an individual 8K, team 5K, and Chick-fil-A Mini Moo Mile. The 8K follows a certified course, winding through scenic Hendersonville and Laurel Park, starting and ending at the Pardee UNC Health Cancer Center at 805 6th Avenue W in Hendersonville. There are both individual and team races. Cost is $10–$45.

Register: raceroster.com

Emerald Village Dynamite Days

September 3–4, 2022 @ 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 art and craft market. Everyone can enjoy guided hikes, historic mine tours, the Discovery Mill museum, and Blacklight Mine Tours on Saturday night. Spend the entire day and enjoy Claudia Y Los 4 Mariachis food truck and delicious Italian ice and ice cream. It’s fun for the whole family!

Learn more: emeraldvillage.com

114th Canton Labor Day Festival

September 4–5, 2022 | Canton

Since 1906, the Canton Labor Day Festival has served up food, fun, and entertainment in Sorrells Street 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

Tour d’Apple

September 5, 2022 @ 7:00AM | BRCC, Flat Rock

The Tour d’Apple cycling event provides four exciting, challenging routes through WNC’s apple orchards, waterfalls, and mountains. Participation benefits the charitable projects of the Hendersonville Four Seasons Rotary Club. After the ride, enjoy lively bluegrass music by Knob Creek Incident, massages from Yoga and Massage, and a Mexican lunch from Taqueria Gonzalez restaurant. 

Register: tourdapple.com 

Know of additional Labor Day events around Asheville and WNC? Share them with us in the comments.

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