Celebrate the start of Autumn at Harvest Fest


Celebrate the start of Autumn at Harvest Fest

  • Ayana Dusenberry

    Co-producer + Editor of Asheville Grit. I'm all about enjoying food, art, music + living the dream.

Harvest Fest 2018


The crispness of fall is in the air and the lovely folks at the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens and Hood Huggers International, dedicated to environmental and community responsibility, have decided to celebrate the equinox and bounty of autumn with the first ever Harvest Fest.

On Saturday, September 22nd there will be a bevy of family-friendly activities from games, contests and classes to music and tours. The festivities start at 2pm and will go until dark and include:


  • Kickoff parade through the neighborhood led by Brass Your Heart, "Asheville's Radical Marching Band"
  • Live music and DJ sets on the garden stage
  • Classes on medicine-making, fermenting, cider-making and more
  • Food contests such as best savory dish, best sweet dish, and best preserved food judged by Asheville Food Tours
  • Games like kick-ball and corn hole
  • Food from Jamaican Flavors and The Hop West
  • Firespinning + firehooping
  • A plant garden walk 
  • + more!


Harvest Fest is FREE and open to all.



Burton Street Community Peace Gardens is a labor of love project started by Safi Mahaba and DeWayne Barton in 2003 as a mindful response to the war that was happening in Iraq and on drugs in our country and neighborhoods.

What was an overgrown abandoned lot filled with trash is now a community gathering place with vegetable, flower, and sculpture gardens, a stage and pavilion, fire pit, cob pizza oven and more. A true gem in the Burton Street Community and Asheville as a whole. 


For more information and how to get involved, vivit the Hood Huggers website.


Photo by @travlavl via @peacegardener