Looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC? Whether you’re a local or just passing through we’ve got loads of great tips and events to help you find your perfect adventure.

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Aug 24 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Sunday, August 25, 2019
18th Annual Organic Fest
Aug 25 all-day
Pack Square

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Join us for a FUNtastic day of family-friendly fun, organic eats, live music, shopping at the Organicfest Marketplace & Greenstreet, Natural Arts & Crafts and plenty of eco- friendly fun for the little ones!

Kids Quiet Play Session Inside the Salt Cave
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Asheville's Therapeutic Salt Cave and Spa

Spend some time with your family detoxing naturally in the Salt Cave. Adults $25, 4-12 years old $15, 3 and younger are free.

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Aug 25 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Art in the Park
Aug 25 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Rosebay Park

Art In The Park will feature live music, a show by the Asheville Improv Collective, Art Demonstrations, giant games and more! Food available for purchase.

Free Family Fun!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Local Author Launches Debut Novel at Malaprops Pop-Up
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm
Malaprop’s Pop-Up in downtown Hendersonville

My name is Meagan Lucas and I am a Hendersonville-based writer.  I’m having a book launch for my debut novel, Songbirds and Stray Dogs, at the new Malaprop’s Pop-Up in downtown Hendersonville.

In Songbirds and Stray Dogs, 21 year old Beaufort waitress, Jolene, has spent the majority of her life living in the shadow of the pain her mother caused, and trying to prove herself worthy of her Aunt’s stingy love. Unintentionally pregnant and abandoned again, Jolene tries to outrun her shame in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Penniless, alone, and chased by demons from her past, she is forced to confront her mother’s legacy, and her own fear. Song Birds and Stray Dogs is a Southern story, born of sweet tea and the Bible Belt, chow-chow and cornbread, shot guns and porch rocking. But it is also a universal story of escaping the burden of your past and finding yourself at home in a strange land.

Saturday, August 31, 2019
Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Aug 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Fall Festival Kick-off and BBQ Menu Launch Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Aug 31 @ 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hickory Nut Gap Farm

September and October are a special time of year at the farm. Beginning Labor Day weekend, we welcome guests to experience the fall through our many on-site activities:

– Hay Rides
– Baby Farm Animals
– Bouncy House
– Kiddie Cart Rides
– Horseback Rides
– Pumpkin picking
– Apple Tasting and picking
– Corn Maze
– Lawn Games
– Trike Track
– Scavenger Hunt
– Corn Pit

Ticket price includes cost of fall admission, dinner*, rides, and entertainment.  Horseback rides are separate and will be scheduled at time of arrival based on availability.

*Adult Plate= 1 Meat, 2 Sides, Bread, Tea/Water
Child Plate = 1 Meat, 1 Side, Bread, Tea/Water

Sunday, September 1, 2019
Fall Festival Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Sep 1 all-day
Hickory Nut Gap Farm

SEPTEMBER THROUGH NOVEMBER

  • Bouncy House (Weekends)

  • Music Making Sound Silo

  • U-pick Apple Orchard

  • Rides Included with Admission (Weekends)

  • Outdoor Corn Pit Box and Parent Lounge

  • Daily Baby Calf Feeding at 10:30am (Everyday)

  • Weekend Baby Chick Holding at 2pm (Weekends)

  • Weekend Only Demos (Vary per weekend)

    • Examples: WNC Nature Center, Chimney Rock State Park Animal Encounter, spinning and weaving demo, pottery demo, other animal encounters

Time Honored Traditions

  • Hay Rides (Now Included in Fall Admission)

  • Kiddie Cart Rides (Now Included in Fall Admission)

  • Horseback Rides

  • Pumpkin picking (October)

  • Apple Tasting and picking

  • Meadow Maze

  • Lawn Games

  • Trike Track

  • Farm Scavenger Hunt

  • Cider Pressing and Sampling

Kids Quiet Play Session Inside the Salt Cave
Sep 1 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Asheville's Therapeutic Salt Cave and Spa

Spend some time with your family detoxing naturally in the Salt Cave. Adults $25, 4-12 years old $15, 3 and younger are free.

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Sep 1 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Empower Hour
Sep 3 @ 11:30 am
YWCA of Asheville

Join us for Empower Hour, a one-hour program and facility tour where you will experience firsthand the YWCA’s work to bridge gaps in earning power, education, health & wellness and access to childcare.

Empower Hours take place twice a month on the first and third Tuesday at 11:30 am.
Lunch is served as part of our Empower Hour, so reservations are required.

To make a reservation: contact Elizabeth Alvandi, Advancement Assistant, at (828) 254-7206 ext. 103 or [email protected]

Saturday, September 7, 2019
Call For Sculptors – Sculpture Celebration September 7th
Sep 7 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
T.H. Broyhill Walking Park

SEPT - SCULPTURE CELEBRATION

Caldwell Arts Council announces the 34th annual Sculpture Celebration in Lenoir, NC on Saturday September 7, 2019 at the T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir, North Carolina.

Sculptors are invited to bring up to 3 sculptures for this one-day competition for $11,000 in cash awards, along with potential sales and commissions.

This annual event attracts sculptors and buyers from the eastern United States to Lenoir, North Carolina. Last year, over 4,000 people attended the family-friendly celebration.

Early registration discounts are available.

The Renaissance Faire
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Hear ye hear ye! Our most popular annual event is upon us. A celebration of feasting, costume and history. Join us this year for:
 
– A fantastic feast featuring our farm raised meats!
– Sword Fighting Demo by Warriors of Ash HEMA School!
– Amazing beer from UpCountry Brewing (with a special HNG Beer)
– King & Queen of the Faire Costume Contest with fabulous prizes; enter contest upon check in, first 6 in each category to sign up can compete!
– Tons of local vendors, craftsmen and artisans!
 
PLUS, enjoy all of our fall festivities included in the ticket price!
 
PRESALE (ONLINE) TICKETS:
$12 for ages 13+
$5 for kids 5-12
Kids 4 and under FREE!
 
DAY OF TICKETS**:
$14 for ages 13+
$9 for kids 5-12
kids 4 and under FREE!
 
**This event has sold out every year the day of. We strongly suggest purchasing pre-sale tickets to guarantee entry.
Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Sep 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Sunday, September 8, 2019
Kids Quiet Play Session Inside the Salt Cave
Sep 8 @ 9:00 am – 9:45 am
Asheville's Therapeutic Salt Cave and Spa

Spend some time with your family detoxing naturally in the Salt Cave. Adults $25, 4-12 years old $15, 3 and younger are free.

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Sep 8 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Community Dinner
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm
YWCA of Asheville

Gather with your community for a FREE tasty meal, lessons on healthy eating and information on Double Up Food Bucks (a new program through SNAP)! Community Dinners are held on the second Wednesday of each month from 6 – 7:30 pm. FREE childcare provided.

Seating is limited. Reserve your seat online.

For more information, contact Leah Berger-Singer, Preventive Health Coordinator at (828) 254-7206 ext. 212 or [email protected]

Saturday, September 14, 2019
VETERANS OF VALOR POKER RUN TO BENEFIT BLUE RIDGE HONOR FLIGHT
Sep 14 all-day
Bold Rock Cidery in Mills River

The event begins and ends at Bold Rock Cidery in Mills River. Registration begins at 9am and is $25. First riders will go out at 10am with final riders to be out by 12 noon. The ridge will travel along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

Motorcycles and car clubs are welcome. There will be a free end of ride celebration at Bold Rock from 4 to 6P.M. with live music and prizes. The celebration is open to the public.

All proceeds will enable our Veterans of Valor to fly to Washington, D.C. on a Blue Ridge Honor Flight to visit their memorials and return home with lasting memories.

Established in 2006, Blue Ridge Honor Flight’s mission is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor the sacrifices of themselves and their comrades. For more information about how to get involved in Blue Ridge Honor Flight, make a donation, or to get a veteran signed up for a flight, please visit blueridgehonorflight.com.

 

Kids Fishing Tournament at Lake Julian
Sep 14 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lake Julian Park

The semi-annual event is open to all children ages 15 and under and is sponsored by Buncombe County Recreation Services.

Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends promptly at 11:30 a.m.

Register online now through September 12 at midnight. On-site registration will also be available at 8:00 a.m. the day of the tournament. Your registration fee covers fishing bait, snacks, and a hot dog lunch at the conclusion of the tournament. No fishing license is required for children under 16 years of age.

This is a catch and release event. Lake Julian Park will supply a bucket for each competitor’s catch. After the fish has been weighed and measured, it will be released back into the lake. Participants bring their own pole.

Fishing is allowed anyplace inside the Lake Julian Park boundaries. No boat fishing is allowed. All children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Children will be grouped into one of five age categories and prizes awarded in each category. Prizes will be given for the biggest fish, the smallest fish, and the most fish caught. In addition, all competitors in every age group will have an opportunity to show off their casting skills. Casting poles and targets are provided and children can demonstrate their ability anytime during the tournament. There are prizes for the winners of the casting competition, too!