Grace here. A few weeks back, you may recall I was debating dressing up as Lord Farquaad for the Shrek Rave. Well, I’m happy to report that I did — and that I have another chance to break out the ‘fit for Shrektoberfest this Saturday. But if Shrek festivities aren’t your vibe, keep reading for 10 more weekend events.
Skate Night | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6-10 p.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd., Asheville | Free | Bounce, rock, skate, and roll at this free event — some skates available to borrow, but bringing your own is recommended.
Superhero Movie Trivia | Friday, Sept. 15 | 7-9 p.m. | The Mule, 131 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville | Free | Show off your knowledge of the superhero universes with a chance to win tickets to Beer City Comic Con (and other prizes).
Hamlet: The Requiem | Friday, Sept. 15 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Ella Asheville, 81 Broadway St., Asheville | $25-$30 | Take a seat for this immersive, modern take on a tragic classic.
Saturday, Sept. 16
Heritage Day | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Folk Art Center, 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville | Free | The old-time festival celebrates the traditions of yesteryear — quilting, sheering, blacksmithing, and lots more.
Clawtoberfest 2023 | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 12-10 p.m. | The Meadow, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville | Free | Celebrate fall Oktoberfest style with music, food, games, and German-inspired small-batch beers.
Modelface Comedy Presents: Brendan Gay | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 8-10 p.m. | Ginger’s Revenge Tasting Room, 829 Riverside Dr., Asheville | $15 | A finalist for comedy competitions all over the nation and creator of Send It Show Podcast, this midwesterner will offer a keen (and hilarious) perspective.
Sunday, Sept. 17
Cajun Cookoff | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 12-5 p.m. | The Mule at Devil’s Foot Beverage, 131 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville | $30-$40 | Live music, tasting, and a dance party are on the schedule for this Asheville Mardi Gras parade fundraiser.
Magical Market | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 12-6 p.m. | House of Black Cat Magic, 841 Haywood Rd., Asheville | Free | Check out the market for all things magical, feline, and magically feline.
Harvest Wine Dinner | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 4:30 p.m. | The Aventine, 25 Page Ave., Asheville | $99 | Celebrate the harvest season with five wines, four courses, and a talk from a winemaker.
The mid-September apple harvest is here for the harvesting. So grab your basket, and spend your day in a local orchard with the help of our guide to pick-your-own apples in the Asheville area. Bonus: You can also find a list of when common local varieties are ready to pick.
Calling seasoned yogis and beginning practitioners alike — it’s time to get in the flow, and start stretching. Whether you’re searching for hot yoga or a gentle flow, classes with a view or community connection, our city has plenty of studios on offer. Check them out.
On Saturday, Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., more than 100 juried artists and craftspeople will gather on Weaverville’s main street for the 16th Annual Art in Autumn. The festival will feature live music, and Cynthia Bringle, a potter who has taught at several arts schools, will be the judge for 2023.