The Fall Season Kicks Off with Fun Festivals in Asheville & Western NC

As the summer of 2013 fades, your vacation time doesn't have to. Autumn is the idyllic time of year for a Western North Carolina mountain getaway. Invigorating crisp cool air awaits you, the scenery is breathtaking, and the local fun abounds. The fall season kicks off this weekend and here's what you'll find happening in Asheville and its surrounding mountain towns. There are of a lot of festivals this time of year; each one different than the next, but all equally fun to attend.

3rd Annual Shamboozle Fest at the Highland Brewing Company
Gaelic Storm brings the Shamboozle Fest back again this year with a hooley in the hills celebration like no Gaelic Storm Performs at the Shamboozle Festother. What does that even mean, you wonder? Loosely translated, that means it's an Irish celebration that includes a day (and night) filled with music, beer, food and fun at the Highland Brewing Company in Asheville this Saturday, September 21, from 2p.m. to midnight.

The Fest is filled with incredible local music by Gaelic Storm, Carbon Leaf, Seven Nations, Josh Phillips, and The Red Wellies. Also on hand you'll find delicious food from some of the best local food vendors. There's plenty of Celtic family-friendly fun to be had, so don't miss it.

Shamboozle Fest tickets are $24 in advance, $27 the day of the Fest. You can purchase your tickets here.

The 17th Annual Brewgrass Festival in Downtown Asheville
Beer, beer and more beer! Oh, and a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians is what you'll find here at thBrewgrass Festival in Ashevillee Brewgrass Festival at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in downtown Asheville. The festival kicks off at noon and continues until 7p.m. on Saturday, September 21. It brings over 40 American breweries showcasing more than 120 different beers all to one place. You can view the full lineup of brews right here.

Bluegrass musicians slated to perform at the Brewgrass Festival include Cadillac Sky, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Infamous String Dusters, Dry Branch Fire Squad, J.D. Crowe, The Osborne Brothers, Norman Blake, Tony Trischka, Jim Lauderdale, Valerie Smith, Tony Furtado, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Sons Of Ralph.

The festival also features a variety of area food vendors and plenty of water. Please note that although kids are welcome with the purchase of ticket, this really is an adult event. Shuttle service is provided to and from the festival via various pickup points throughout Asheville.

Tickets to the Brewgrass Festival are $55. You can purchase them here.

7th Annual Art in Autumn Outdoor Arts and Crafts Festival in Weaverville

On Saturday, September 21, come out to the quaint mountain town of Weaverville for the Art in Autumn Art in Autumn Festival in WeavervilleOutdoor Arts and Crafts Festival from 10a.m. to 6p.m. All of the fun takes place on Main Street in downtown Weaverville with over 100 juried artists and crafters on hand exhibiting their masterpieces and creations, along with plenty of food and live music.

Enjoy the day in Weaverville and experience the small-town atmosphere with the big artistic spirit for yourself. Admission to the festival is free and everyone is welcome. Bring your family and friends!

Stay Locally
The best way to make the most of the festival fun is by staying locally here in downtown Asheville, giving you close and convenient access to all of the action. Get comfortable and become a part of the local scene. Less travel time means more vacation time spent enjoying the city.

Are you planning to attend any of these festivals this weekend? If so, let us know! Happy festival-going!

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