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Dear Traveler:


September is a pretty special month up in Transylvania County. Still summery, but featuring cool breezes, and perhaps an early preview of the season to come up at the higher elevations. The milder temperatures and bright, sunny days definitely conspire to make you fall in love with this magical place.


But it’s not all blue skies and breezy afternoons. September also offers an awesome array of spectacular things to do should you wander in off the trail. From cycling to heritage events to Russian Masters to Adventure Games, there’s certainly something to get your attention while you’re waiting for the autumn colors to debut.


Until October, 

The Adventurist

Seeds of A Swell Time

Farm Fair
Transylvania Farmers Market
Corner of Johnson and Jordan Streets, Brevard
September 3

The early bird may or may not get the worm, but she may get to the front of the line at this free market day event celebrating local farmers and producers. Come for breakfast, stick around for live music, crafts, games, prizes and, of course, all the delectable wares for sale this time of year.
Harvest more data here
Summit Of All Parts

3rd Annual Bracken Mountain Races & Festival 
Bracken Preserve
Saturday, September 3


Feeling like a winner? Have the Olympics given you the need for speed? Well, this veritable celebration of personal bests offers competitors a chance to give it their all in two separate 12K races (biking and running) in the gorgeous Bracken Mountain Preserve. Post-race runners and fans can recuperate with food, beverages, live music and a great party once the race wraps.


On your mark, get set, go here.

A Stitch In Time

9th Annual Founders Day Fair
Transylvania Heritage Museum
189 W Main St, Brevard

Saturday, September 3

Those who don’t know history are doomed to miss out on this fun, family-friendly all-day event featuring live music, food, games crafts, a Civil War Encampment, a Town Founders walking tour and loads more. Don’t let the past pass you by.
Experience cutting edge 19th century technology here.
Tune Up

The Mountain Song Festival
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium
Brevard Music Center
September 9-11
For its first few years, the Mountain Song Festival was one of the best-kept secrets in the music world. Local bluegrass superstars, the Steep Canyon Rangers, curated the scheduled, invited some of their friends and filled Brevard Music Center with some of the best bluegrass, Americana, folk and roots music you’d hear just about anywhere. The secret is no longer very well kept, which means fans looking to hear this year’s stellar, three-day line-up, including Jerry Douglas, Tim O’Brien, Darrell Scott, Don Flemons Trio and many others, including the Rangers themselves, best be getting their tickets now.
Find your seat here
Don't Worry Bee Happy

Transylvania Honey and Bee Expo
Brevard Little Theatre Parking Lot

Saturday, September 10

Looking to add a little honey to your life? First you'll have to get to know some bees.  And this fascinating education expo will put you in touch with the hivemind with information booths, demonstrations, gardening tips, arts and crafts and food vendors for potential beekeepers of all ages. 


Catch the buzz here.

Rach-maninoff Your World

Russian Masters
Porter Center For The Performing Arts
Brevard College
Sunday, September 11

The New York Times calls internationally celebrated pianist Marina Lomazov “dazzling.” And she will bring that dazzling talent to a glorious matinee performance with the Brevard Philharmonic to launch their 2016/2017 season. The program includes Rachmaninoff’s beloved “Concerto No. 2” and much more.


The overture begins here.

Wild Champion

Douglas Brinkley
Porter Center for the Performing Arts
Brevard College
Thursday, September 22

2016 J.R. McDowell speaker, author Douglas Brinkley, comes to read from and address questions raised by his book, Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America.


Enlist with the Rough Riders here.

T.A.G. You're It!

Transylvania Adventure Games
Saturday, September 24

For those families looking to slip into something a little less relaxing this weekend, this outdoor family fun event is just the ticket. It features a 2.5 mile obstacle course and mini-obstacle course filled with mind and body challenges including tunnels, rope webs, memory tests and other surprises, plus vendors, food, face painting, live music and lots more.


Jump on in here.

Aim High

National Hunting and Fishing Day
Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education
Saturday, September 24

Trackers, anglers and shooters unite at this one of a kind event featuring hands-on activities for all ages, including fly tying, casting, tracking, BB Gun Range, tree stand safety and more.
Set your sights here for more information. 
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