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Top 40 Asheville Spring Events & Festivals (2015 list coming soon)

Also see: Best Art Events & Festivals | Top 50 Summer Festivals | Top Winter Events | Fall Foliage & Events | Winter Outings & Events

Here are our top picks for Spring events and festivals in the Asheville area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Many are free! Enjoy.

March 20–May 24, 2015: Biltmore Blooms

Two months of spring blooms include 100,000 tulips and stunning floral displays across the estate. (Formerly called Festival of Flowers)
See our Biltmore Blooms festival of flowers Guide.

Drum Circle

Listen and dance to the drumming circle which gathers in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville from Spring through Fall on Friday evenings.
See our photos & video of the Drum Circle.

March 29-30, 2014: Orchid Show
This judged show at the NC Arboretum features orchid plants and supplies for sale by world class vendors.
Read more about the Orchid Show.

April 3-5, 2014: Appalachian Trial Founder's Bridge Festival
Nantahala Outdoor Center's (NOC) special event to celebrate the nation's most beloved footpath, the 2,179-mile Appalachian Trail. Both weekend dayhikers and long distance warriors are welcome. Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon & 5K is a fun trail run.
Read more about the AT Bridge Festival.

April 4-5, 2014: Beer, Bites & Bands
Restaurants and breweries in Biltmore Village come together to create a new and unique event. Two local breweries and 8 local restaurants have joined together 5-10 PM at the two brewery locations: Catawba Brewing and French Broad Brewery. In addition to the beer, food from eight different Biltmore Village restaurants will be provided along with live music. The ticket price of $25 per person, per night includes 3 flights of beer, food, commemorative T-shirt and music at both breweries. Tickets are limited to 100 for each night.

April 4-5, 2014: BBQ Cook-off & Bluegrass Jam
Free admission with plenty of great live music and food.
Read more about Western NC Farmers Market Events.

April 5, 2014: Farmers Market Car Show
10 AM - 2 PM. Free.
Read more about Western NC Farmers Market Events

April 11-13, 2014: Trailfest
Celebrate the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs, where it goes through town on Main Street. Spaghetti Dinner kick-off on Friday evening, Saturday fun with bicycles, skateboarding, hoola-hooping, river rafting, soccer, yoga, and more! Pancakes and float trip on Sunday.
See our Hot Springs Guide.

April 12-13, 2014: Mother Earth News Fair
The huge Mother Earth News expo debuts at the Western NC Agriculture Center. Read more.

April 19, 2014: Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Old hat, new hat, yellow hat, blue hat. They're all welcome at Dillsboro's annual Easter Hat Parade at 2 PM, showcasing a variety of interesting hats atop participants of all ages, including pets. See our Easter Hat Parade Guide.

April 19, 2014: Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day in downtown Asheville.
Read more about Earth Day.

April 20, 2014: Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock
Celebrate Easter by watching the sun rise over Hickory Nut Gorge. See our Chimney Rock Sunrise Service Guide.

April 23-27, 2014: Moogfest
Five days of exploring the synthesis of technology, art and music with many concerts in downtown. New this year is an outdoor street festival on Friday-Sunday. Many free events. See our Moogfest Guide.

April 26, 2015: Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
WNC Cheese Trail’s first annual festival will be held at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville from 12-4 PM. Read more.

April 25-26, 2014:"Growing in the Mountains" Plant Show
Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Hort Association. Truckshed #5, WNC Farmers Market. Certified nurseries will be selling their products to the public.
Read more about Western NC Farmers Market Events.

April 26-27, 2014: NOC Spring Fling, Demo Days & Kayak Competition
At NOC’s perennial spring festival, test equipment, watch or compete in their Freestyle Kayaking competition, and get great deals on gear for outdoor fun.
See our NOC Spring Fling Guide

April 26, 2014: Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Celebrate the arrival of spring with this downtown Sylva street festival, about an hour's drive west of Asheville.
See our Greening Up the Mountain Festival Guide.

April 26, 2014: Greening of the Parkway Festival
Join activities and demonstrations about the springtime greening of the environment as well as the green technologies that the Parkway is utilizing to help protect the Earth and reduce our carbon footprint. 10AM-2PM.
Read more on our Parkway Visitor Center Guide.

April 26, 2014: Fire On the Mountain
Come to downtown Spruce Pine to see and buy works from regionally and nationally renowned blacksmiths demonstrating their skills from 10 AM to 4 PM. This event celebrates the mountain tradition of blacksmithing, with Master Blacksmiths sharing their expertise and talent. Free to attend.
See our Spruce Pine Guide.

April 26-27, 2014: Weaverville Art Safari
40 artists of the Weaverville Art Safari invite you to visit studios and galleries in the town of Weaverville and the surrounding countryside. Free.
Read more about the Weaverville Art Safari.

May 2-4, 2014: French Broad River Festival
This grassroots festival in Hot Springs on the banks of the French Broad features some of the best music in the area and a number of outdoor events in celebration of this beautiful river.
Read more about the French Broad River Festival

May 2-4, 2014: Asheville WordFest
A free festival of poetry, fiction, oral history, music, poetry animation, and workshops. All Events at Asheville Campus Lenoir-Rhyne University, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville.
Go to their Web site.

May 2-4, 2014: Asheville Spring Wildflower Tours and Bird Pilgrimage
Held at UNC Asheville with plant sale, guided tours, speakers and more! Read more.

May 2-4, 2014: Spring Herb Festival at Western NC Farmer's Market
Largest Herb Festival in the Southeast with 50+ herb businesses with herb plants anywhere, herbs, books, soaps, herbal crafts, medicinal herbs, lotions, dried flowers, herbal baked goods, herbal gifts and much more.
Read more about Western NC Farmers Market Events.

May 3, 2014: Block House Steeplechase
Usher in spring with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating, and the sounds & sights of thoroughbreds thundering past in Tryon, at the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races.
See our Tryon NC Guide.

May 3-4, 2014: E.A.S.T. (East of Asheville Studio Tour) Spring Tour
Artists of the Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and East Asheville area open their studios during the tour for all, whether they are serious art patrons or just browsers of beautiful and interesting works. 10am - 6pm.
See our EAST of Asheville Tour Guide

May 4, 2014: Bearwallow Beast 5K
Run up the mountain or just go to the fun mountaintop festival.
Read more about the Bearwallow Beast.

May 5, 2014: Ramp Festival
Live music & entertainment, food featuring ramps, a naturally grown wild onion grown in the mountains, held in Waynesville.
Read more about this and other Waynesville Events

May 8-9, 2015: Indian Powwow
American Indian Cultural Association Spring Powwow at the Foothills Equestrian and Nature Center in Tryon. Opens Friday at 2 PM and Saturday at 10 AM. Don't miss the grand entry at 8 PM on Friday and 7:30 PM on Saturday.


May 8-11, 2014: LEAF Festival
A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural musical and dance odyssey.
See our LEAF Guide.

May 10-11, 2014: Tour de Falls at DuPont State Forest
A 12-mile tour by shuttle bus to four of DuPont State Forest’s spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia.
Read more about Tour de Falls.

May 10 & 24, 2014: Master Gardener Plant Clinics at Western NC Farmer's Market
Master Gardeners Program offers plant clinics to assist the public in diagnosing and solving gardening questions. All clinics are free, and the public is encouraged to bring samples from problem plants or insects that need to be diagnosed and/or identified.
Read more about Western NC Farmers Market Events.

May 10-11, 2014: Mother’s Day Special
Bring your family together and treat mom to beautiful scenery with spring wildflowers at Chimney Rock Park. Buy one regularly-priced adult ticket and mom or grandma receives one free with coupon. Join a naturalist for a guided wildflower walk at 11am-noon for no extra cost. Download coupon on the Chimney Rock Web site.

May 10, 2014: Dahlia Tuber and Mum Plant Sale
The Carolinas Dahlia Society and the NC Chrysanthemum Society celebrate at the NC Arboretum. PLUS, meet artist Ann Vasilik on Saturday, May 11 from 11 AM-3:30 PM, and on Sunday, May 12 from 2-5 PM.
Read more about the NC Arboretum Spring Shows

River Arts District 2nd SaturdayMay 10, 2014: River Arts District 2nd Saturday
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. Demos start at 10 AM!
Read more about the River Arts District.

May 10-11, 2014: Fiber Weekend
Craftspeople at the Folk Art Center share their inspiration and expertise in a variety of textile arts. Saturday demonstrations include: quilting and appliqué, doll making, weaving, mixed media fiber arts, clothing design, printing and surface design, tapestry weaving, and natural dyeing.
Two fashion shows on Sunday! Free admission.
Read more about the Folk Art Center.

May 10, 2014: Migratory Bird Day
Take a guided bird walk, attend a live raptor program and see a bird survey demonstration at the Cradle of Forestry. The forests and fields here are alive with song as migratory birds arrive at their summer habitats.
Read more about Cradle of Forestry.

May 11, 2014: Moms in Free at Biltmore
Mother's Day Special: Free admission at Biltmore Estate for mom with purchase of youth or adult ticket.

May 16, 2014: Downtown After Five
Enjoy free live music, food and beer in downtown Asheville. 
Read more about Downtown After Five.

May 16-17, 2014: Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival
Held at Western Carolina University, this festival attracts both experienced and beginning anglers. There's an extensive lineup of guest speakers, fly-tying experts and industry exhibitors, as well as a strong educational component for novices.
Read more about the Fly Fishing Festival.

May 17, 2014: Montford Arts and Music Festival
Celebrating its 11th year as one of the largest one day free music and arts festivals in Asheville, held on Montford and Soco, with over 100 vendors of art, crafts, plants and food; two stages with non stop entertainment from 20 groups and a children’s area. Located down from Asheville Visitors Center in Historic Montford with on street parking, bike corral. Held rain or shine. 10AM-7 PM.
Go to their Web site.

May 17, 2014: Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda, NC celebrates its heritage and arts culture on Historic Main Street. See a diversity of art media from regional artists. Enjoy music representing Americana, blues, folk, contemporary and watch artist demonstrations. Free. 10 AM-4 PM
Read more about Saluda.

May 17, 2014: WNC Faery And Earth (FAE) Festival
Put on your fairy wings and head to the Highland Lake Cove Retreat & Learning Center in Flat Rock for storytellers, vendors, workshops, nature tours, music, fairy foods, dances of Universal Peace, Eartheart Network, laughter yoga and more. 10 AM-5 PM, $10/person

May 23-25, 2014: Mountain Sports Festival
Whether you’re a hardcore athlete or a newbie trying an event for the first time, the annual Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville offers something for you.
Read more about the Mountain Sports Festival.

May 23-25, 2014: Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
Celebrating the Vaudeville Revival here in Asheville. See renowned circus and burlesque artists from around the world. They promise fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease!
Read more about the Burlesque & Sideshow Festival.

May 24-25, 2014: Rose Show
The fragrant and vivid world of roses will be on display at the NC Arboretum.
Read more about the NC Arboretum Spring Shows.

May 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!
See our Kenilworth Art Studio Tour Guide.

May 24-31, 2014: Asheville Beer Week
Many events throughout the week, including beer tastings, dinners, and much more. Beer City Festival on May 31.
See our Asheville Beer Week Guide.

May 24-25, 2014: White Squirrel Festival
Go nuts at the White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard that features a parade, plenty of live music, food, arts and much.

Read more about the White Squirrel Festival

May 24-25, 2014: Garden Jubilee Festival
This Downtown Hendersonville Festival is the ideal event for passionate gardeners searching for the perfect plants and unique lawn & garden accessories and arts & crafts.
Read more about Downtown Hendersonville & Garden Jubilee.

Go to Top Summer Events and Festivals for more!



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