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Asheville Events Calendar for NC Mountains

Also see: Art Tours & Festivals | Top Spring Events & Festivals | Top Summer Festivals | Top Fall Events | Top Holiday Events | Top Winter Outings & Events | Performing Arts Guide | World Freestyle Kayaking Championships

Asheville Drum Circle
No matter when you plan to visit, enjoy a big variety of Asheville festivals and events featuring great music, art shows, and much more in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Every Friday night downtown is the Drum Circle!

See our Top Picks by the Season!
Top Spring Events & Festivals | Top Summer Festivals | Top Fall Events |
Top Holiday Events | Top Winter Outings & Events


 

Throughout the Year

Asheville Art Tours & Festivals
See our 2014 Guide to Asheville Art Tours, Festivals & Shows.

Theatre & Stage
See our Performing Arts Guide.

Weekly Drumming Circle
Listen and dance to the many drums on Friday nights in a downtown park.
Read more.

Biltmore Estate Events
Many events at Biltmore, including Biltmore Blooms festival of flowers and Christmas at Biltmore.
Go to their Web site.

Chimney Rock Park Events
Guided hikes, demonstrations, music and many more.
See all the Chimney Rock Events for this year.

Grandfather Mountain Events
Highland Games, guided hikes and much more.
See all the Grandfather Mountain Events.

Diana Wortham Theatre
City’s finest theatre, offering live music, theatre and dance by nationally touring artists as well as professional and avocational regional arts groups.
Go to their Web site.

Asheville Bed & Breakfasts
Asheville Vacation Packages & Specials
Best Asheville Hotels

Western NC Farmers Market
Many great, free events through the year.
See our WNC Farmers Market Guide.

Asheville Art Museum Events
Many impressive exhibits and programs.
Go to their Web site.

North Carolina Arboretum Events
Plant shows, guided tours, garden seminars, arts programs and much more.
See the Arboretum's Calendar of Events.

Go to: January-April | May-August | September-December

January-April

Guide to Asheville Art Tours, Festivals & Shows

Top Winter Events

Top Spring Events & Festivals

Polar Plunge
Jump into Lake Lure on New Year's Day
See our Polar Plunge Guide.

Asheville FringeArts Festival
A performing extravaganza on the fourth weekend of January, with artists of all types of genres and media (theatre, movement, music, puppetry, spectacle, whatever!) presenting original performance to culturally adventurous audiences. Experience late night experimental theatre with the 10 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday offerings of Rock Saber, a tale of a wannabe metal band's trials and triumphs.
Go to our FringeArts Festival Guide.

Bluegrass First Class Festival
The entire Crown Plaza Resort will become a haven for blue grass music lovers with plenty of live music and jamming. Second weekend of February.
Read more about the Bluegrass Festival

Mardi Gras Parade & Celebration
Enjoy the fun in downtown Asheville!
Read more about the Mardi Gras Parade.

Arts & Crafts Antique Show and Conference
Arts and Crafts enthusiasts - including new collectors, veterans, curators, craftsperson, authors, builders, architects, designers, editors, and bungalow owners - travel to Grove Park Inn for this show. Admission. Third weekend of February.
Read more about the Arts and Crafts Conference

Easter Sunrise Service
Annual tradition atop Chimney Rock, watching the sunrise over Lake Lure.
Read more about the Chimney Rock Easter Sunrise Service

Biltmore Blooms festival of flowers
See 75,000 tulips on the Biltmore Estate with many special events throughout the Festival.
See our Biltmore Blooms festival of flowers Guide.

Greening Up the Mountains
Get ready for a fun-filled day in downtown Sylva at this spring street festival. Greening Up the Mountains is named for the way spring creeps up the mountain sides. Main Street is lined with vendors that include local artisans, live music stages, children’s activities, environmental education groups and food vendors. Fourth Saturday in April.
Read more about Greening Up the Mountain

Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage
Weekend event sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Asheville Biology Department and the Botanical Gardens at Asheville with many guided field trips, lectures and plant sale.
Read more about the Spring Wildflower and Bird Pilgrimage.

Moogfest
In addition to fantastic concerts by renowned performers of all kinds, Moogfest in April offers opportunities to engage with the artists in panel discussions, question and answer sessions, and workshops.
Read more about Moogfest

May-August

Guide to Asheville Art Tours, Festivals & Shows

Top 50 Summer Festivals & Events

Downtown after Five
Free live music and entertainment in downtown Asheville, every third Friday, May through September, with food and beverages from local restaurants and micro-breweries. Free.
Read more about Downtown After Five.

Shakespeare Festival by Montford Players (June-September, weekends)

French Broad River Festival, Hot Springs
This annual grassroots festival has grown steadily from a one night benefit party on the banks of the French Broad to an all weekend festival featuring some of the best music in the area and a number of outdoor events in celebration of this beautiful river and setting. First weekend in May.
Read more about the French Broad River Festival

Carolina Mountain Ribfest, Asheville
WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds in July. This Asheville food festival features mouth watering BBQ ribs, chicken, and pulled pork prepared by world class, award winning barbecue rib vendors from around the country.
Read more about Ribfest.

Biltmore Estate Winery Summerfest and Concerts

LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival)
Celebrate Music, Discover Community, and Experience Culture at LEAF in a beautiful lakefront setting near Black Mountain every May & October.
See our LEAF Guide.

Mountain Sports Festival
This Spring (late May) tradition features pro and amateur level competitions in paddling, adventure racing, cycling, running, disc golf, climbing, and many other events including entertainment at the Festival Village along the river.
See our Mountain Sports Festival Guide.

Tour de Falls
Take a 12-mile ride on a shuttle bus in Dupont State Forest to four beautiful waterfalls. Mid May weekend.
Read more about Tour de Falls.

Garden Jubilee Festival
This downtown Hendersonville event features 100 vendors selling handmade arts and crafts, plants and items to enhance your outdoor living area. Nurseries selling many varieties of annuals, perennials, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and hard to find plants will be located on every block of the festival. There will also be delicious food to satisfy any appetite. Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.
See our Hendersonville Guide.

White Squirrel Festival
Held on Memorial Day weekend in downtown Brevard, it honors Brevard's famous albino squirrels. Enjoy national & international entertainers, squirrel box derby, and plenty of street vendors with arts and food.
Read more about the White Squirrel Festival

Asheville's Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
Boylesque? Burlesque? Aerialists, fire eaters, jugglers and acrobats? The international Vaudeville Revival is in full bloom and gets a big stage. Late May.
Read more about the Burlesque & Sideshow Festival.

Art in the Park
See and buy art in downtown Asheville.
Read more about Art in the Park.

Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival
Two days and nights in June of nonstop fun, music, carnival rides, crafts, fireworks, and championship quality barbecue and all the trimmings in Tryon. The North Carolina State Barbecue Championship competition lures cook teams from all across the country.
Read more about the Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival.

Fourth of July Celebrations
Downtown Asheville and throughout Western North Carolina.
Read more about July 4th Celebrations

Shindig on the Green
Gather on Saturday nights during July and August for bluegrass on stage and in informal jam sessions under the trees in downtown Asheville. A genuine glimpse into the traditions of Appalachia.
Read more and see our Shindig photos & video.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
Since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others join together on the first weekend in August in downtown Asheville.
Read more about the Folk Festival.

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Modeled after the Braemar Highland Games in Scotland, itis considered to be the grandfather of Scottish Games in the United States. Second weekend of July at the base of Grandfather Mountain.
See our Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Guide.

Cherokee Pow Wow
Experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia on the July 4th Weekend.
See our Pow Wow Guide.

Brevard Music Center Festival
80 summer music concerts, June-August.
See our Brevard Music Center Guide.

Folkmoot International Festival
A two week festival each July
See our Folkmoot Guide with photos and video

Biltmore Village Art Fair
See 110+ great artists from many states. Outstanding art and craft fair outdoors.
See our Biltmore Village Art Fair Guide.

September-December

Guide to Asheville Art Tours, Festivals & Shows

Top Fall Events

Top 10 Thanksgiving Weekend

See more Holiday events in our Top 10 Holiday Outings

Dirty Dancing Festival
Join fans of the cult-classic Dirty Dancing will relive memories of Baby's first dance at the inaugural "Dirty Dancing Festival" in the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lure.
Read more about the Dirty Dancing Festival.

Goombay!
Enjoy sights, sounds and tastes of the African-Caribbean at a free weekend festival downtown.
Read more about Goombay!

Corn Maze
Three trails in 12 acres of corn, haunted maze, live music nights, more. Late September through October.
See our Asheville Corn Maze Guide.

LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival)
Celebrate Music, Discover Community, and Experience Culture at LEAF in a beautiful lakefront setting near Black Mountain every May & October.
See our LEAF Festival Guide.

Heritage Weekend at the Folk Art Center
Celebrates heritage crafts of the Appalachian Mountains in mid September with craftspeople showing craft techniques, music, storytelling, and the Annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition.
Go to their Web site for this and more events at the Folk Center.

West Asheville Garden Tour
See home gardens in West Asheville in early September. Free admission.
See our West Asheville Garden Strolll Guide

Hickory Nut Gorge Olympiad
HNGO is an annual family sports festival in September at Lake Lure for amateurs of all ages (5 to 85+) with four days of fun and serious sports events hosted by 200 volunteers.

NC Apple Festival
Downtown Hendersonville on the Labor Day Weekend. More than 150 vendors line eight blocks of the main event area. There is continuous entertainment from 10am to 10pm Friday through Sunday. The King Apple Parade, always held on Labor Day, culminates the Main Street activities.
See our NC Apple Festival Guide.

NOC Guest Appreciation Festival
This big festival on the Nantahala River includes a big end-of-season sale for outdoor lovers and plenty of entertainment.
See our NOC GAF Guide.

Fall Foliage Show
Nature's grand leaf color show is the biggest event of the year.
See our Asheville Fall Foliage Guide.

North Carolina Mountain State Fair
Enjoy a large midway, plenty of entertainment, exhibits, food and more at one of biggest fairs in the southeast! Mid September.
See our NC Mountain State Fair Guide

Brewgrass Festival
40 American breweries to showcase more than 100 different beers with a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians. September.
Read more about Brew Pubs & Brewgrass in Asheville

Autumn at Oz
Tour the former Land of Oz theme park during the first weekend of October.
Read more about the Land of Oz.

Asheville Blue Ridge Pride
The fun gay pride festival in downtown Asheville is the first Saturday of October.
Read more about Blue Ridge Pride Festival

HardLox Jewish Festival
Plenty of Jewish food, dancing, music and crafts in downtown Asheville in mid October.
Read more about the HardLox Jewish Festival

Woolly Worm Festival
Race a woolly worm to see which warm will predict this winter's weather at this fun street festival in Banner Elk.
Read more about the Woolly Worm Festival.

Oktoberfest
Sample beer and enjoy the fun in downtown Asheville. Mid October.
Read more about Oktoberfest.

Christmas at Biltmore

Taste of Asheville
30 chefs are featured as this grand food event in downtown Asheville in November.
Read more about Taste of Asheville

Asheville Antiques Fair
More than 50 invited dealers from across the US at the Civic Center on the first weekend of November.
Read more about Antiques Fair and Asheville Antique Stores

Dickens Festival
Historic Biltmore Village transforms itself into a quaint Victorian village on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of December. Enjoy three days of concerts, refreshments, horsedrawn carriage rides, and strolling vocalists and instrumentalists in costumes of the period.
Read more about Biltmore Village.

Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries

Gingerbread House Competition
See the 200+ entries and winners for the annual National Gingerbread House Competition at Grove Park Inn during November and December. (Free Admission)
See our Grove Park Inn Gingerbread House Display Guide.

New Years Eve & Weekend
New Year Celebrations and Things to Do

 

 
     
     

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