Burke County Quilters’ Guild Show • Morganton • August 25-September 23
Quilts on display at the City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium will be judged in 10 categories, including large- and small-piece, wearables, miniatures, and “The Joy of Using Kits.”
Learn more: burkequiltersguild.com.
Music on the River • Cherokee • September 2-3
Downtown Cherokee closes its summer concert series with performances by gospel singer Reba Elders on Friday, and the country rock group Will Hayes Band on Saturday.
Learn more: (800) 438-1601 or visitcherokeenc.com.
North Carolina Apple Festival • Hendersonville • September 2-5
Locally grown apples and apple-inspired products line Main Street in one of the state’s best-known street fairs, which includes rides, live entertainment, more than 200 vendors, and the King Apple Parade.
Learn more: (828) 697-4557 or ncapplefestival.org.
The Sails Original Music Series • Hickory • September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Every Friday in September, see a free concert at downtown Hickory’s Union Square. Bands include Ari Hest, Seth Walker, Quebe Sisters, Banda Magda, and 6 String Drag.
Learn more: (828) 261-2290.
Smoky Mountain Folk Festival • Lake Junaluska • September 2-3
Enjoy the traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, including regional banjo players, ballad singers, buck dancers, and square dancers.
Learn more: (800) 222-4930 or lakejunaluska.com.
Carolina Mountains Literary Festival • Burnsville • September 8-10
More than 20 authors will give free readings, discussions, and workshops. Speakers include Pulitzer Prize nominee David George Haskell and North Carolina’s former Poet Laureate Fred Chappell.
Learn more: (828) 208-4731 or cmlitfest.org.
Rolling Down the Track: A Celebration of Railroads • Sparta • September 8
The Western Piedmont Chamber Symphony captures the sounds and feel of the rails in this Masterworks Series performance.
Learn more: (336) 372-8991 or wpsymphony.org.
Best of Pisgah Adventure Tour • Brevard • September 9, 23
Explore parts of the Blue Ridge Parkway, waterfalls in Pisgah National Forest, and the Cradle of Forestry Historic Site, finishing off the day with a drink at Pisgah Tavern.
Learn more: (828) 884-3443 or pisgahfieldschool.org.
Historic Morganton Festival • Morganton • September 9-10
Famous for its mile and a half of arts and crafts, the 35th annual festival also offers free outdoor concerts featuring national country music stars.
Learn more: (828) 438-5252 or morgantonfest.org.
Quilts Warm the World • North Wilkesboro • September 9-10
See more than 100 handcrafted quilts on display at the Stone Center. There will be a silent auction, vintage quilt bed turning, boutique, vendors, and a raffle for a Janome Computerized Sewing Machine.
Learn more: wilkesquilters.org.
Sculpture Celebration • Lenoir • September 10
A competition held in the Broyhill Walking Park features more than 200 sculptures on display, plus food vendors, children’s art activities, and live music.
Learn more: (828) 754-2486 or caldwellarts.com.
100 Years of Ballad Singing in Madison County • Marshall • September 10
The Madison County Arts Council presents a night of old ballads and love songs, sung by Sheila Kay Adams, Betty Smith, Joe Penland, and Donna Ray Norton.
Learn more: (828) 649-1301 or madisoncountyarts.com.
Elliot Engel • West Jefferson • September 13
Author Elliot Engel will give a lecture on “The Brilliance of Jane Austen,” revealing the author’s fascinating life, examining her prose, and explaining why he thinks she is the first great woman writer in the English language.
Learn more: (336) 846-2787 or ashecountyarts.org.
On the Same Page Literary Festival • West Jefferson • September 13-17
Ashe County’s literary festival includes lectures, readings, panel discussions, lunches with authors, a book fair, and a writing competition. The community is invited to read and discuss the book Pretending to Dance, by Diane Chamberlain.
Learn more: (336) 846-2787 or onthesamepagefestival.org.
Lisa Sherry Interieurs Luxe Life Skyland Camp • Clyde • September 16-18
Experience a weekend of luxury at Skyland Camp for Girls with yoga, art, and photography classes; outdoor camp activities; gourmet food and cocktails; and interior design seminars led by Lisa Sherry Interieurs.
Learn more: (336) 885-1546 or lisasherryinterieurs.com.
Flock to the Rock • Chimney Rock • September 17
Coinciding with the annual hawk migration, this birding event features live birds of prey programs, bird walks led by local experts, and more.
Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or chimneyrockpark.com.
Heritage Weekend at the Folk Art Center • Asheville • September 17-18
Celebrate Appalachian heritage with craft demonstrations, traditional music and dancing, and Southern food.
Learn more: (828) 298-7928 or craftguild.org.
Lincoln County Apple Festival • Lincolnton • September 17
Lincoln County honors its signature crop with crafts, food, entertainments, kids’ activities, and a 5K and Fun Run.
Learn more: (704) 530-4636 or lincolncountyapplefestival.com.
Festa Italiana • Ronda • September 17
Head to Raffaldini Vineyards for a day of all things Italian: food, desserts, live entertainment, exotic cars, dancing, and, of course, wine.
Learn more: (336) 835-9463 or raffaldini.com.
Mountain Heritage Festival • Sparta • September 17
More than 100 food and craft vendors and demonstrations line Main Street to celebrate mountain art, music, cuisine, and life.
Learn more: (336) 372-5473 or sparta-nc.com.
Overmountain Victory Celebration • Spruce Pine • September 17
Interact with colonial reenactors by participating in craft and skill demonstrations. Witness the reenactment of the Battle of Kings Mountain before ending the day with a candlelight tour of the encampment.
Learn more: (828) 765-1228.
Asheville Greek Festival • Asheville • September 23-25
Visit the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church to sample Greek foods and pastries while listening to traditional Greek music.
Learn more: (828) 253-3754 or holytrinityasheville.com.
Mountain Heritage Day • Cullowhee • September 24
This old-fashioned mountain fair showcases Southern Appalachian music, art, and dance on three stages, with bluegrass, gospel, clogging, and more.
Learn more: (828) 227-3039 or mountainheritageday.com.
Hiddenite Celebration of the Arts • Hiddenite • September 24
The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center event includes folk life demonstrations, special exhibits, an interactive “Art in Action” area, arts and crafts for sale, live entertainment, and food.
Learn more: (828) 632-6966 or hiddenitearts.org.
Art on the Island • Marshall • September 24
Head to Blannahassett Island for a free arts and crafts fair combined with food vendors and live music.
Learn more: (828) 649-1301 or madisoncountyarts.com.
Matthews Alive Festival • Matthews • September 2-5
Enjoy concerts featuring national headliners on three stages, indoor artisan shows, more than 160 arts and crafts vendors, street food, exhibits, a carnival, and the Southeast’s largest Labor Day parade.
Learn more: (704) 321-7275 or matthewsalive.org.
Dark Water Rising • Wake Forest • September 4
The Native American “rocky soul” group combines Southern rock with hints of gospel, hip-hop, and Motown. See them in a free concert at E. Carroll Joyner Park.
Learn more: (919) 664-8333 or pinecone.org.
Music Festival Rally and Swap Meet • Fayetteville • September 9-10
The Bikers for Bikers Foundation hosts its sixth annual meet and music festival, featuring 12 bands, vendors, art auction, prizes, a custom-built motorcycle raffle, and a beer garden.
Learn more: bikersforbikersfoundation.com.
National Folk Festival • Greensboro • September 9-11
Folk musicians and dancers from all over the country come to the National Folk Festival in a showcase of traditional performances, from bluegrass to hula to Tibetan opera. Now in its second year as the festival’s host city, Greensboro will close the streets of downtown from September 9 to 11 to accommodate seven stages, arts and crafts displays and demonstrations, food trucks, family activities, and more.
Learn more: (336) 373-7523 or nationalfolkfestival.com.
Concerts for a Cause • Pittsboro • September 10, 17, 24
Support local charities by attending free outdoor concerts. A $10-15 donation is suggested to see Lizzy Ross, Omar Ruiz, and Mr. Darcy; Saludos Compay; and Louise Kessel and David Wax Museum.
Learn more: (919) 428-4448 or lupineproductionsnc.com.
NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival • Raleigh • September 10-11
Crafters and growers demonstrate how to turn gourds of all shapes and sizes into objects that are both beautiful and practical at the 75th annual festival. There will be workshops, arts and crafts, seeds for sale, a gourd competition, a kids’ crafting table, and more.
Learn more: (919) 696-0744 or ncgourdsociety.org.
Rockwell Fest • Rockwell • September 10
The town of Rockwell hosts a local festival in front of Rockwell Elementary that includes dance and music performances, Tiger World’s exotic animals, a doggie dress-up contest, a hot dog eating contest, door prizes, and more.
Learn more: visitsalisburync.com.
Pickin’ by the Lake • Roxboro • September 10
The third annual Pickin’ by the Lake bluegrass festival features performances by Ridgeside, Salt and Light, Sideline, Malpass Brothers, and Bass Mountain Boys Reunion.
Learn more: (336) 322-2105 or piedmontcc.edu/pickin.
Traditions of Honor Cup • Charlotte • September 12
The 10th annual golf tournament at the Ballantyne Country Club supports the USO of North Carolina – Charlotte Center’s efforts to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country.
Learn more: (704) 359-5583.
Dwane Powell: The Art of Politics • Durham • September 13-October 8
As part of the 2016 Political Cartoon and Satire Festival, long-time cartoonist for The News & Observer Dwane Powell will present four decades of his work at the Power Plant Gallery, with an artist’s talk on September 16.
Learn more: (919) 660-3622 or powerplantgallery.org.
Detroit ’67 • Chapel Hill • September 14-October 2
Two siblings run an after-hours joint to make ends meet in 1967 Detroit. Soon, an outsider threatens their tight-knit community as the streets erupt into violence.
Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or playmakersrep.org.
Dailey & Vincent LandFest • Denton • September 15-17
The lineup for this annual music festival includes nationally recognized performers Dailey & Vincent, Jerry Douglas and the Earls of Leicester, Jimmy Fortune, Balsam Range, The Gibson Brothers, Larry Sparks, and more.
Learn more: (336) 859-2755 or daileyvincentlandfest.com.
Shuckin’ & Shaggin’ at the Capitol • Raleigh • September 16
A fund-raiser for the preservation of the North Carolina State Capitol building includes food, a silent auction, shag dancing, and music by The Embers, featuring Craig Woolard.
Learn more: (919) 715-3961 or ncstatecapitol.com.
Creedmoor Music Festival • Creedmoor • September 17
The 25th anniversary of the Creedmoor Music Festival features all genres of music from local and regional bands, plus more than 100 food and craft vendors, free kids’ activities, and demonstrations.
Learn more: (919) 764-1005 or cityofcreedmoor.org.
Franklinville Deep River Heritage Day • Franklinville • September 17
A day of family fun takes place in Deep River Park, complete with arts and crafts, daylong musical performances, food, kids’ activities, and displays and demonstrations of the area’s heritage.
Learn more: (336) 824-2604.
Lillington Fall Festival • Lillington • September 17
Downtown Lillington’s annual street festival includes 75 vendors selling food, arts and crafts, and more; all-day live entertainment; and kids’ activities.
Learn more: (910) 893-3751 or lillingtonchamber.org.
Apple Fest • Winston-Salem • September 17
Head to Historic Bethabara Park to honor the Moravian tradition of growing apple trees. There will be crafts, food, music, and kids’ games.
Learn more: (336) 924-8191.
International Folk Festival • Fayetteville • September 23-25
Take a trip around the world at the International Folk Festival, featuring a Parade of Nations, live entertainment, international cuisine, craft vendors, cultural showcases, and more.
Learn more: (910) 323-1776 or theartscouncil.com.
Reidsville Federated Woman’s Club Fall Market • Reidsville • September 23-24
Support local charities as you shop for pottery, turned wood, herbs, baked goods, holiday items, collectibles, crafts, and more. There will be door prizes and a chance to win a painting.
Learn more: (336) 342-6625.
Greensboro Symphony Guild’s Feast & Follies • Greensboro • September 24
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a seated dinner, and a silent auction while watching performances by the Greensboro Ballet, Greensboro Opera, and Greensboro Symphony Orchestra at LeBauer Park.
Learn more: gsoguild.org.
Carrboro Music Festival • Carrboro • September 25
Local and regional artists from a variety of musical genres showcase their talent at 26 outdoor and indoor venues during this free annual music festival.
Learn more: (919) 918-7367 or carrboromusicfestival.com.
Go Figure! • Hillsborough • September 26-October 23
Hillsborough Gallery’s featured show for the month includes paintings by Linda Carmel and Marcy Lansman and sculptures by Lynn Wartski in an artistic display of the human form.
Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or hillsboroughgallery.com.
Over the River and Through the Woods • Davidson • September 29-October 16
Nick sees his grandparents every Sunday for dinner, but when a new job threatens to take him away, the grandparents scheme to get him to stay.
Learn more: (704) 892-7953 or davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
Splash of Color • Concord • September 30-October 1
Cabarrus Quilters Guild’s annual show features vendors, a Quilts of Valor booth, a silent auction, door prizes, and more.
Learn more: (704) 787-2509 or cabarrusquiltersguild.org.
Carolina Jubilee • Harmony • September 30-October 1
Carolina Farm Trust presents a two-day event with music, farm-to-table food, and craft beverages to celebrate the Carolina farm community.
Learn more: (704) 264-6088 or thecarolinajubilee.org.
Classic Car Cruise-In • Tabor City • September 3
Head downtown to see classic cars from across the decades. The event is free to cruisers and the public.
Learn more: (910) 653-4141 or taborcitync.org.
Collard Festival • Ayden • September 8-11
Collards are a staple in Southern cooking. This festival honors the tradition with arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, live entertainment, and the popular collard-eating contest.
Learn more: (252) 714-2149 or aydencollardfestival.com.
Beak Week • Goldsboro • September 9-10
Goldsboro celebrates its area industries in a festival including a Tour de Coop bike ride, sandwich and barbecue competitions, a wing-eating contest, music, vendors, and more.
Learn more: (919) 734-7922 or beakweek.org.
Indian Summer Festival • Hertford • September 9-10
Sail on the pre-Revolutionary War work boat replica Periauger, and watch a U.S. Coast Guard rescue demonstration. There will also be live entertainment, kids’ activities, vendors, and a car show.
Learn more: (252) 377-7780 or hertfordisf.com.
Wilmington Boat Show • Wilmington • September 9-11
Start at Battleship Park with boat displays, kids’ activities, and food. Then take a ride across the Cape Fear River with Wilmington Water Tours to see boat manufacturers and dealers, in-water displays, marine industry exhibits, and fishing and sailing seminars.
Learn more: (864) 250-9713 or wilmingtonboatshow.com.
Hobby Greenhouse Club Fall Plant Sale • Wilmington • September 9-10
Plants for sale are all grown by members of the Hobby Greenhouse Club, and a portion of the profits will go toward scholarships for local community college horticulture students.
Learn more: hobbygreenhouseclub.org.
Ahoskie Public Library Backyard BBQ Cook-off • Ahoskie • September 10
Help raise money for a new public library by enjoying some eastern-style barbecue in an event sanctioned by the NC Pork Council and sponsored by the Ahoskie Public Library.
Learn more: (252) 332-5500 or arlnc.org.
Duplin Winery’s Grape Stomp • Rose Hill • September 10
Use your bare feet to win a grape-stomping competition, a tradition going back 40 years at Duplin Winery. The event also includes live music, dancing, and wine tours and tastings.
Learn more: (800) 774-9634 or duplinwinery.com.
Carolina Chamber Music Festival • New Bern • September 13-17
A week of folk and classical performances makes for a diverse musical experience in downtown New Bern. Events include “Meet the Artist” receptions and pre-concert discussions.
Learn more: (252) 626-5419 or carolinachambermusic.org.
Day at the Docks • Hatteras • September 15-17
Learn about the importance of fishing and seafood in Hatteras with seafood cooking demonstrations, fishing skill contests, fishing boats and gear on display, and music and games.
Learn more: dayatthedocks.org.
Noises Off • Morehead City • September 16-18, 23-25
Local talent performs this comedic play within a play, which follows the production of Nothing On from behind the scenes. Friction between cast members causes hilarious mishaps and blunders on-stage, forcing them to creatively ad-lib the remainder of the show.
Learn more: (252) 497-8919 or carteretcommunitytheatre.org.
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue • Oriental • September 16
Grammy Award winning artist Mike Farris’s diverse music style is rooted in early American gospel and blues. See him perform on the outdoor stage at Red Rooster Bar.
Learn more: (252) 617-2125 or pamlicomusic.org.
North Carolina Rice Festival • Belville • September 17-18
Visit the Brunswick Riverwalk to learn about the history and success of rice production in the area. There will be rice-cooking contests, arts and crafts vendors, live music, kids’ activities, exhibits, and a beer garden.
Learn more: (910) 795-0292 or ncricefestival.com.
Living History and Reenactment Program • Currie • September 17
Step back in time at Moores Creek National Battlefield and experience the crafts and trades of colonial America, from cooking and blacksmithing to musket and cannon demonstrations.
Learn more: (910) 283-5591 or nps.gov/mocr.
Big Toy Day • Southport • September 17
Children can climb on and learn about fire trucks, construction vehicles, speedboats, race cars, helicopters, and more. This annual fund-raiser for the Kiwanis Club of Southport/Oak Island includes food vendors, camel and pony rides, a climbing wall, and a petting zoo.
Learn more: southport-oakisland-kiwanis.org.
Bluegrass Island Festival • Manteo • September 21-24
Five days of bluegrass at Roanoke Island Festival Park includes performances by Steep Canyon Rangers, Balsam Range, Sideline, and Soggy Bottom Boys, plus a movie screening of O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Learn more: (252) 423-3039 or bluegrassisland.com.
“Branching Out with Quilts” Show • Washington • September 23-24
View bed, lap, and art quilts, wearables, home decor, and boutique items in the Pamlico River Quilters’ Guild’s 21st annual show.
Learn more: (252) 946-2301.
NC Spot Festival • Hampstead • September 24-25
Learn about the importance of the spot fish in Hampstead with fish dinners, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, fireworks, and live entertainment.
Learn more: ncspotfestival.com.
Southport Wooden Boat Show • Southport • September 24
See wooden boats on display around the Southport Yacht Basin, talk to boat builders and owners, and enjoy maritime arts and crafts, demonstrations, and kids’ activities.
Learn more: (910) 457-5223 or southportwoodenboatshow.com.
Fall Festival in Hyde • Swan Quarter • September 24
Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox with a regional arts and crafts show, live entertainment, community yard sales, a farmers market, seafood, antiques, and more.
Learn more: (252) 926-2787 or mattieartscenter.org.
Hands on Arts Fall Festival • Washington • September 24-25
View and purchase works from local and regional artists in Arts of the Pamlico’s first fall art festival.
Learn more: (252) 946-2504 or handsonartsfestival.com.
Wayne Regional Agricultural Fair • Goldsboro • September 29-October 8
The fourth-largest fair in the state features exhibits, food, competitions, vintage farm equipment, a demolition derby, live entertainment, and nearly 50 rides on the midway.
Learn more: (919) 735-7277 or waynefair.com.
Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair • Lumberton • September 29-October 8
The county fair features amusement rides, agricultural exhibits, and fair food, plus signature events including a comedy hypnotist, a pumpkin decorating contest, and a puppet show.
Learn more: (910) 738-2126 or robesoncountyfair.com.
NC Seafood Festival • Morehead City • September 30-October 2
The NC Seafood Festival celebrates its 30th year with a boat show, cooking demonstrations, fishing and sailing competitions, and a road race.
Learn more: (252) 726-6273 or ncseafoodfestival.org.