The Institute for Emerging Issues is excited to offer our first ever Fall Emerging Issues Forum in Asheville, North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018 (register today). Along with powerful speakers and community stories, Asheville is the perfect place to spend a weekend or extra day exploring. IEI would love to hear your favorite Asheville things to do with #ReconnectCommunity and stay tuned to this page for more exciting Asheville activities!


September 14-16, 2018

Check out these awesome events happening in Asheville and the Blue Ridge area the weekend before the Reconnect to Community Forum, happening on Monday, Sept. 17.


Friday Sept. 14, 2018

Overmountain Victory Celebration– SPRUCE PINE, NC (44 miles from Asheville)

Take the legendary Blue Ridge Parkway up to Milepost 331 for the weekend-long (Thursday- Saturday) celebration of the Revolutionary war battle between the Overmountain Men and British forces. The encampment and reenactments are free to the public over the weekend.

First Aid Kit– ASHEVILLE, NC

The indie-darling band First Aid Kit will be playing an outdoor show at Highlands Brewing Company at 7 pm. Known for hits like “Fireworks” and “My Silver Lining”, you can see the sister-duo play for $32 with advanced purchase.

Chihuly Nights at Biltmore– ASHEVILLE, NC

Everyone’s been talking about the beautiful glass sculptures currently on view at the Biltmore estates. See them lit up at night with this special evening admission to the Biltmore grounds.

Caption: Dale Chihuly, Italian Garden Overview, 2018, Biltmore, Asheville, North Carolina ©Chihuly Studio


Saturday Sept. 15, 2018

3rd Saturday Art Market– BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC (15 miles from Asheville)

Meet at downtown Black Mountain, just 20 minutes from Asheville for a wide variety of crafts, pottery, art, and more along with live music. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Ooh La La Curiosity Market– ASHEVILLE, NC

“Local artists supporting local animals”- that’s the slogan of this downtown market in Pritchard Park. Musicians will play throughout the day as everyone supports Animal Haven, an Asheville animal shelter.  10 a.m.- 4 p.m., and close to food, shopping, and fun downtown.

Brewgrass Festival  ASHEVILLE, NC

Come down to Memorial Stadium all afternoon to taste offerings from Asheville’s favorite breweries along with food and music. Tickets go on sale soon and sell out every year- join in the fun for this annual event!

Art in Autumn Fest– WEAVERVILLE, NC (8 miles from Asheville)

Downtown Weaverville is hosting their 12th annual arts and crafts festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with 114 artisans lining Main Street, with winners being chosen for best in show.


Caption: Art in Autumn Festival Courtesy of


Flock to the Rock– CHIMNEY ROCK, NC (25 miles from Asheville)

Flock to the Rock is for the birds . . .  but really. Casual and dedicated birders alike will gather at Chimney Rock State Park for the 10th anniversary of this family-friendly event. Pay to get in the park and play from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with workshops, bird shows, and more. Want even more excitement? Check out the early morning bird walk offered for an additional cost before the park opens!


Sunday Sept. 16, 2018

N.C. Mountain State Fair– FLETCHER, NC (15 miles from Asheville)

The state fair is here! Head down 20 minutes south of Asheville for the last weekend of the 25th annual event (running September 7-16). Admission is $9 for adults and $5 for seniors and children and will feature animals, rides, exhibits, food, and more. Try the funnel bacon cheeseburger or cookies by the bucket!


Caption: Photo courtesy of N.C. Mountain State Fair


Pisgah Sunday Jam– BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC (15 miles from Asheville)

A rotating cast of musicians led by the Paper Crowns will serenade you in beautiful black mountain starting at 6:30 pm.

Local Partner Brunch– ASHEVILLE, NC

Everything is more fun with a view. The Montford is a rooftop bar and restaurant partnering with local Asheville favorites for Sunday brunches. Patchwork Urban Farm grows fresh food in the heart of Asheville and will be preparing a delicious brunch, stop by between 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m.