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Top 70 Asheville Art Events, Tours, Festivals & Shows 2014

Also See: Events Calendar | Art Galleries | River Arts District Guide | Downtown Asheville | Penland School | EnergyXchange Studio | Top 10 Art Outings | Asheville Arts Council Gallery | Folk Art Center Exhibition | Top 20 Asheville Summer Festivals & Events | Art of Mountains & Parkway | Asheville Art Museum | Folk Art Center Art Show | River Arts District Events | Art Workshops & Classes | Jackson County Green Energy Studios
Asheville Art Festival

The Asheville art scene is booming and we are consistently voted one of the biggest art destinations in the country. Each year, more artist studio tours, events and art shows appear. Here are our favorite annual Asheville art events. Plan your next trip around one of these! Also see more events for Spring, Summer and Fall.

Top 70 Asheville Art Events & Festivals

For art any day of the year (along with special openings and shows), see our Asheville Gallery Guide or visit the Folk Art Center with rotating exhibitions and daily demonstrations.

February 21-23, 2014: Arts & Crafts Antique Show and Conference
For the past nineteen years Arts and Crafts enthusiasts - including new collectors, veterans, curators, craftsperson, authors, builders, architects, designers, editors, and bungalow owners - have traveled to the Blue Ridge Mountains and The Grove Park Inn for this show. Admission.
Read more about the Arts and Crafts Conference

April 4, 2014: Downtown Asheville Art Walk
(First Friday Every Month April-December) Visit 25 galleries, museums, and jewelry studios within a walkable half mile radius of downtown with fun-filled evening full of exceptional art and activities, 5-8 PM.
See our Asheville Gallery Guide for places to visit everyday

April 19, 2014: Potters of Madison County
26 ceramic artists from the Southeast showcase diverse contemporary selection at the Marshall High Studios in downtown Marshall, 9 AM-5 PM. No admission fee.

April 26, 2014: Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival
Held in Downtown Spruce Pine from 10 AM-4 PM featuring vendors, live demonstrations, hands-on tent with rotating teachers and visiting blacksmiths from around the region and country.

April 26, 2014: Greening Up the Mountain
Annual street festival in Sylva that features music, art and craft. Read more about Greening Up the Mountain.

April 26-27, 2014: Weaverville Art Safari
Weaverville, 10 miles north of Asheville, is the home and workplace of many of the area artists. The core activities of the Weaverville Art Safari are self-guided driving tours of the various artists' studios, tucked away in the countryside communities of Weaverville, Barnardsville, and Alexander. Free.
Read more about the Weaverville Art Safari.

May 2, 2014: Downtown Asheville Art Walk
(First Friday Every Month April-December) Visit 25 galleries, museums, and jewelry studios within a walkable half mile radius of downtown with fun-filled evening full of exceptional art and activities, 5-8 PM.
See our Asheville Gallery Guide for places to visit everyday

May 3-4, 2014: Blue to Black Art Weekend
From the BLUE Ridge Parkway to BLACK Mountain, a driving, free self-guided driving tour in East Asheville and a walking tour in downtown Black Mountain. Visit any or all of the 40 studios during the tour, whether you area serious art patron or just a browser of beautiful and interesting works. Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM-6 PM. Special events on Thursday and Friday prior.
Read more about the Blue to Black Art Weekend

May 3-4, 2014: Art Trek Tryon
Approximately 40 artists in Tryon, Saluda, Columbus, NC and Landrum, SC open their studios to the public free of charge.  

May 8-11, 2014: Lake Eden Arts Festival
Celebrate Music, Discover Community, and Experience Culture at LEAF in a beautiful lakefront setting near Black Mountain (about 12 miles from downtown Asheville). Five Stages of Folk & World, Bluegrass, Blues, African, Celtic, and jams with headline performers. Handcrafts, folk art, dancing, Poetry SLAM, healing arts workshops, water recreation, and camping. Admission.
See our LEAF Guide

May 10, 2014: Second Saturdays in River Arts District
Join the artists of the River Arts District the second Saturday, May-December, for a day of artist demonstrations, classes, open studios and fun. Spend the day hopping from studio to studio to view a range of mediums and an abundance of creativity.
See our River Arts District Events

May 10-11, 2014: Fiber Weekend
Fiber Weekend is Mother’s Day weekend with craftspeople at the Folk Art Center sharing their inspiration and expertise in a variety of textile arts. Demonstrations on Saturday include: quilting and appliqué, doll making, weaving, mixed media fiber arts, clothing design, printing and surface design, tapestry weaving, and natural dyeing. On Sunday, see the
Handmade Wearables Fashion Show. Free.
Read more about the Folk Art Center.

May 17, 2014: Montford Arts and Music Festival
This street festival, including musical acts, food, and a juried art show, highlight the artistic strength of one of Asheville’s oldest neighborhoods. This festival is free to the public, and sponsored by the Montford Neighborhood Association. Free.
Go to their Web site
.

May 17, 2014: Saluda Arts Festival
The quaint mountain village of Saluda celebrates its heritage and arts culture from 10 AM to 5 PM on Historic Main Street in downtown Saluda. See a dazzling diversity of 2D and 3D art media including oil, watercolor, and acrylic paintings, pottery, wood turning, blacksmithing, sculpture, jewelry, painted furniture, stained glass, and more.  Music representing Americana, blues, folk, and contemporary will be ongoing.
Go to their Web site.

Art FestivalMay 24-25, 2014: Kenilworth Artists Open Studio Tour
Kenilworth neighborhood, just five minutes from downtown Asheville, annual Open Studio Tour features 20+ jewelers, painters, glass-workers, fabric artists, potters, woodworkers, photographers, and more! They open their studio doors to welcome visitors for sales and demonstrations. 10AM-5PM.
See our Kenilworth Art Studio Tour Guide.

May 24, 2014: Burnsville Spring Arts Festival
Food, live music and handmade crafts from 10 AM-4 PM on the Burnsville Town Square. Free.

May 24, June 21, July 5, August 2 & 30: Ooh La La Curiosity Market
On six Saturdays throughout the summer, come to Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville for local artists with pottery, jewelry, temporary tattoos, natural skin care, fabric art, up-cycled crafters and so much more.

June 7, 2014: Clay Day at Folk Art Center
This free event (10AM-4PM) features craft demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild demonstrate throwing on the potter's wheel, hand building and surface design on clay, among other techniques.A highlight of the day is the Make and Take Raku Firing. Buy a $10 pot, glaze it and watch as expert potters raku fire it for you. Raku is a ceramic firing process which uses fire and smoke to create unique patterns and designs.
Read more about the Folk Art Center.

June 6, 2014: Downtown Asheville Art Walk
(First Friday Every Month April-December) Visit 25 galleries, museums, and jewelry studios within a walkable half mile radius of downtown with fun-filled evening full of exceptional art and activities, 5-8 PM.
See our Asheville Gallery Guide for places to visit everyday

June-December 2014: Sculpture for the Garden Exhibition
Grovewood Gallery in Asheville presents its annual outdoor sculpture invitational with contemporary sculptures by nationally-recognized artists. Sculptures range from playful pieces suitable for the home or garden, to works for public spaces and corporate settings. This event is open to the public and free of charge.
Read more about Sculpture for the Garden.

June 6-8, 2014: Toe River Studio Tour
About an hour north of Asheville, tucked in the lush green mountains is one of the finest collections of artists and craftsmen in the world and the acclaimed Penland School of Crafts. A unique blend of contemporary and traditional cultures. More than 100 fine artists and crafts people in every medium open their studios for a free, self-guided cultural adventure. Free.
Read more about Toe River Studio Tour.

June 14-15, 2014: River District Artists Studio Stroll
The Studio Stroll is your chance to tour the studios, meet with the artists and purchase artwork. Within just a few blocks are dozens of eclectic mix of creative artists - from traditional to cutting-edge. Near downtown Asheville. Free.
Read more about the River Arts District.

June 14, 2014: Bluff Mountain Festival
This free, family-friendly festival in Hot Springs features great old-time and bluegrass music, ballads, clogging and square dance, and a silent auction and raffle of regional art work, local crafts, vacation packages, and more. The festival produced by Madison County Arts Council, begins at 10 AM, offers an array of delicious foods and ends with a square dance until dark.
Go to Madison County Arts Web site.

June 14, 21 & 28, 2014: Asheville Art in the Park
See fine arts and crafts Saturdays in Pack Square Park in downtown.
Read more about Art in the Park

June 21-22, 2014: Blue Ridge Mountains Arts & Crafts Show
Held indoors at the Haywood County Fairgrounds located on Highway 209 (758 Crabtree Road) near Waynesville and Lake Junaluska, 8 AM-5 PM with 50 crafters offering all handmade items. Free parking. Go to their Web site

June 28-29, 2014: Summertime Art & Crafts Show
Held in the Ramsey Center arena on the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, the show is home to some of the most respected and unique artisans in the Appalachian Mountains with more than 100 exhibitors showcasing their contemporary and heritage art & crafts. An array of items will be displayed for sale, including: fine art, woodworking, pottery, weaving and gourd art. Heritage crafts such as shaker brooms, pine needle baskets and folk dolls will also be available, along with heirloom fabric items. Go to the Summertime Art & Crafts Web site.

July 4, 2014: Downtown Asheville Art Walk
(First Friday Every Month April-December) Visit 25 galleries, museums, and jewelry studios within a walkable half mile radius of downtown with fun-filled evening full of exceptional art and activities, 5-8 PM.
See our Asheville Gallery Guide for places to visit everyday

July 5-6, 2014: Freedom Arts & Crafts Show
The Blue Ridge Artists and Crafters Association, a local nonprofit group has an indoor show with approximately 50 crafters, free parking, free admission, and food at Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville. Go to their Web site.

July 5-September 20, 2014: Saturday Spruce Street Market
Outdoor art fair every Saturday, 10 AM-6 PM, in downtown Asheville near Park Square Park. Read more.

July 12, 2014: Second Saturdays in River Arts District
Join the artists of the River Arts District the second Saturday, May-December, for a day of artist demonstrations, classes, open studios and fun. Spend the day hopping from studio to studio to view a range of mediums and an abundance of creativity.
See our River Arts District Events

July 17-20, 2014: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
The Craft Fair, held in the Civic Center in downtown Asheville, has been an eagerly anticipated event in the mountains since 1948. The fair showcases work by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, with over 900 members throughout the mountain regions of nine states. Members' work must be juried and accepted by a committee of peers, based on quality, design and craftsmanship. Admission.
See our Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Guide.

July 18-20, 2014: Fine Art and Mastercraft Festival
This outdoor show in Banner Elk is strictly fine art and master crafts by invitation only by a juried process. Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, blown and stained glass, pottery, painting, photography, textiles, unique craft, furniture, and wood. Opens Friday at 4 PM.

July 19, 2014: International Festival Day
Main Street in Waynesville, Haywood County Arts Council & FOLKMOOT USA join together to present a daylong extravaganza of music, dance, crafts & food from around the world. 10 AM –5 PM
See our Folkmoot International Festival Guide.

August 1, 2014: Downtown Asheville Art Walk
(First Friday Every Month April-December) Visit 25 galleries, museums, and jewelry studios within a walkable half mile radius of downtown with fun-filled evening full of exceptional art and activities, 5-8 PM.
See our Asheville Gallery Guide for places to visit everyday

August 1-2, 2014: Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair, Downtown Burnsville
The streets of this "Norman Rockwell" town come to life for this special festival. Quality crafters will display hand-made furniture, wrought iron, blown glass, beaded jewelry, locally-made quilts, home-made jams and jellies, and a wonderful collection of food vendors. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
See our Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair Guide.

Biltmore Village Art FairAugust 2-3, 2014: Village Art & Craft Fair
Held on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village near the entrance to the Biltmore Estate, the fair hosts 125 artists from 20 states representing the full spectrum of craft media - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more. Free.
See our Village Art & Craft Fair Guide

August 2 & 30: Ooh La La Curiosity Market
On six Saturdays throughout the summer, come to Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville for local artists with pottery, jewelry, temporary tattoos, natural skin care, fabric art, up-cycled crafters and so much more.

August 9, 2014: Wood Day
Wood Day is an event that brings together the woodworkers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild to demonstrate a wide range of woodworking techniques and skills. This event takes place at the Folk Art Center from 10 AM-4 PM. Free.

August 9, 2014: Second Saturdays in River Arts District
Join the artists of the River Arts District the second Saturday, May-December, for a day of artist demonstrations, classes, open studios and fun. Spend the day hopping from studio to studio to view a range of mediums and an abundance of creativity.
See our River Arts District Events

August 9-10, 2014: Sourwood Festival
There's always plenty to see and do at this free street festival in downtown Black Mountain with great music and lots of fun, and of course lots of great mountain cookin'. Held each year in August, it's a time for good food, good fun and good friends. Alcohol-free.
Go to their Web site.

August 15-17, 2014: Fine Art and Mastercraft Festival
This outdoor show in Banner Elk is strictly fine art and master crafts by invitation only by a juried process. Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, blown and stained glass, pottery, painting, photography, textiles, unique craft, furniture, and wood. Opens Friday at 4 PM.

August 16-17, 2014: Come to Leicester Studio Tour
Take a free, self-guided tour to 23 studios and shops in Leicester, a community nestled in the mountains near Asheville. A detailed tour map will be available at every tour stop. 10 AM-6 PM
Go to the Leicester Studio Tour Web site.

Septebmer 5, 2014: Downtown Asheville Art Walk
(First Friday Every Month April-December) Visit 25 galleries, museums, and jewelry studios within a walkable half mile radius of downtown with fun-filled evening full of exceptional art and activities, 5-8 PM.
See our Asheville Gallery Guide for places to visit everyday

September 11-13, 2014: Carolina Mountains Literary Festival
Readers and writers alike will love this literary festival. The weekend in Burnsville will provide intimate settings for novice writers and fans to listen to panel discussions, converse with authors, participate in workshops, and have books signed. Admission.
Go to the Literary Festival Web site.

September 13, 2014: Second Saturdays in River Arts District
Join artists of the River Arts District the second Saturday, May-December, for a day of artist demonstrations, classes, open studios and fun. View a range of mediums and an abundance of creativity.
See our River Arts District Events

September 20-21, 2014: Heritage Weekend
This is the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s weekend to celebrate heritage crafts of the Appalachian Mountains. Guild members and other traditional craftspeople show craft techniques with hand tools, native materials, and lots of ingenuity through demonstrations in the native arts at the Folk Art Center. In addition to crafts, several other traditional aspects of Appalachian life will be featured, such as traditional music and storytelling. Don’t miss the Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday, 2-3 PM.
Read more about Heritage Weekend at Folk Art Center.

September 20, 2014: Art in Autumn
Downtown Weaverville street festival with more than 100 juried artists and craftspeople, along with an exciting array of food and live music. 10 AM-5 PM on Main Street. Six miles north of Asheville. Free.
Go to their Web site.

September 20-21, 2014: Open Studio Tour
A self-guided studio tour with 50 artists in Henderson County (Hendersonville) with painters, sculptors, potters, jewelers, fiber artists and more.
Go to their Web site.

September 26-28, 2014: Asheville Quilt Show
Held at the WNC Ag Center with 200+ competition quilts on display, plus quilting skills demonstrations, vendors and quilts for sale. Fri & Sat, 9-5 and Sunday 10-5

September 27, 2014: Carolina Craft Day at NC Arboretum
Celebrate Southern Appalachian traditions with artists and crafters whose work reflects the heritage of Western North Carolina. Much of the artistic expression of mountain crafts originates from the character and nature of plants.
Read more about NC Arboretum Events.

October 3, 2014: Downtown Asheville Art Walk
(First Friday Every Month April-December) Visit 25 galleries, museums, and jewelry studios within a walkable half mile radius of downtown with fun-filled evening full of exceptional art and activities, 5-8 PM.
See our Asheville Gallery Guide for places to visit everyday

October 4, 2014: Color Fest, Art & Taste of Appalachia
40 local demonstrating artists who will fill the picturesque town of Dillsboro neary Sylva with color. See artists painting at easels under colorful umbrellas, hear stands of music blossoming through the doorways, and experience a delicious taste of NC foods and wines. 10 AM-4 PM. Free

October 4, 11 & 18, 2014: Asheville Art in the Park
See fine arts and crafts on Saturdays at Pack Square Park in downtown.
Read more about Art in the Park

October 11, 2014: Church Street Art & Craft Show
Main Street in downtown Waynesville is transformed into an art & craft marketplace for this one-day event; widely known as one of the finest juried art shows in the region. Live mountain music & clogging, entertainment, food. 10 AM-5 PM.

October 11, 2014: Second Saturdays in River Arts District
Join the artists of the River Arts District the second Saturday, May-December, for a day of artist demonstrations, classes, open studios and fun. Go from studio to studio to view a range of mediums and an abundance of creativity.
See our River Arts District Events

October 11-12, 2014: Spruce Pine Potter's Market
This unique gathering of the region’s greatest potters and clay artists features wonderful food and beautiful handmade pottery on a colorful autumn weekend at the historic 31 Cross Street Building. Admission is free.

October 11-12, 18-19, 2014: Fall Leaves Arts & Crafts Show
The Blue Ridge Artists and Crafters Association, a local nonprofit group has an indoor show with approximately 50 crafters, free parking, free admission, and food at Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville.
Go to their Web site.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, AshevilleOctober 16-19, 2014: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
The Craft Fair, held in the Civic Center in downtown Asheville, has been an eagerly anticipated event in the mountains since 1948. The fair showcases work by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, with over 900 members throughout the mountain regions of nine states. Members' work must be juried and accepted by a committee of peers, based on quality, design and craftsmanship. Admission.
Go to the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Guide.

October 16-19, 2014: Lake Eden Arts Festival
Celebrate Music, Discover Community, and Experience Culture at LEAF in a beautiful lakefront setting near Black Mountain (about 12 miles from downtown Asheville). 5 Stages of Folk & World, Bluegrass, Blues, African, Celtic, and jams with headline performers. Handcrafts, folk art, dancing, Poetry SLAM, healing arts workshops, water recreation, and camping. Admission.
See our LEAF Guide.

November 7, 2014: Downtown Asheville Art Walk
(First Friday Every Month April-December) Visit 25 galleries, museums, and jewelry studios within a walkable half mile radius of downtown with fun-filled evening full of exceptional art and activities, 5-8 PM.
See our Asheville Gallery Guide for places to visit everyday

November 1-2, 2014: Weaverville Art Safari
Weaverville, 10 miles north of Asheville, is the home and workplace of many of the area artists. The core activities of the Weaverville Art Safari are self-guided driving tours of the various artists' studios, tucked away in the countryside communities of Weaverville, Barnardsville, and Alexander. Free.
Read more about the Weaverville Art Safari.

November 1, 2014: Western North Carolina Pottery Festival
A juried event in Dillsboro with approximately 45 potters from across the Southeast, including members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Includes demostrations and Raku firings, as well as featured national potter John Fulwood of New Jersey. Annual highlight is the midday opening of the coffin wood kiln at Tree House Pottery.
See our Pottery Festival Guide.

November 8-11, 2014: River District Artists Studio Stroll
The Studio Stroll is your chance to tour the studios, meet with the artists and purchase artwork. Within just a few blocks are dozens of eclectic mix of creative artists - from traditional to cutting-edge. Near downtown Asheville. Free.
Read more about the River Arts District.

November 15-16, 2014: Blue to Black Art Weekend
From the BLUE Ridge Parkway to BLACK Mountain, a driving, self-guided driving tour in East Asheville and a walking tour in downtown Black Mountain. Visit any or all of the 40 studios during the tour, whether you area serious art patron or just a browser of beautiful and interesting works. Saturday & Sunday, 10 AM-6 PM.
Read more about the Blue to Black Art Weekend

November 22, 2014: Christmas Show
The Blue Ridge Artists and Crafters Association, a local nonprofit group has an indoor show with approximately 50 crafters, free parking, free admission, and food at Haywood County Fairgrounds in Waynesville.
Go to their Web site.

November 28-29, 2014: Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
Held at the Western Carolina University Ramsey Center in Cullowhee. A perennial favorite for unique regional arts and crafts at great prices. 100+  potters, glass artists, wood craft, folk dolls, and hard to find Old World Santa’s and ornaments.
Go to their Web site.

December 6 & 13, 2014
Guild Artist Holiday Sale at Folk Art Center.

December 5-7, 2014: Toe River Studio Tour
About an hour north of Asheville, tucked in the lush green mountains is one of the finest collections of artists and craftsmen in the world and the acclaimed Penland School of Crafts. A unique blend of contemporary and traditional cultures. More than 100 fine artists and crafts people in every medium open their studios for a free, self-guided cultural adventure. Free.
Read more about Toe River Studio Tour.

December 5, 2014: Downtown Asheville Art Walk
(First Friday Every Month April-December) Visit 25 galleries, museums, and jewelry studios within a walkable half mile radius of downtown with fun-filled evening full of exceptional art and activities, 5-8 PM.
See our Asheville Gallery Guide for places to visit everyday

December 13, 2014: Second Saturdays in River Arts District
Join the artists of the River Arts District the second Saturday, May-December, for a day of artist demonstrations, classes, open studios and fun. Spend the day hopping from studio to studio to view a range of mediums and an abundance of creativity.
See our River Arts District Events

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