90 Best Asheville Art Events, Festivals & Tours

Top 90 Asheville Art Festivals Calendar 2019

If you love art festivals in Asheville and the surrounding small towns in our Blue Ridge Mountains, this is for you! The western North Carolina 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 shows appear. Most are free to attend! Plan your next trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains around one of these.

For the best places to find art any day of the year, see our Asheville Gallery Guide or visit the Folk Art Center with rotating exhibitions. Even more fun is taking an art class or workshop in Asheville.

Asheville Art & Crafts Events & Festivals Calendar

February 15-17, 2019: Arts & Crafts Antique Show and Conference
For the past nineteen years Arts and Crafts enthusiasts - including new collectors, curators, authors, builders, designers, and bungalow owners - have traveled to the Blue Ridge Mountains and The Grove Park Inn for this show. Read more about the Arts and Crafts Conference.

April 13, 2019: Potters Market of Madison County
20+ ceramic artists from the Southeast showcase diverse contemporary selection at the Marshall High Studios in downtown Marshall, 9 AM-5 PM.

April 27, 2019: Greening Up the Mountains
Annual street festival in Sylva that features music, art and craft. Read more about Greening Up the Mountain.

April 27, 2019: Fire on the Mountain
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.

First Fridays: Downtown Asheville Art Walk
(First Friday of Every Month, April-December) Visit 25 galleries, museums and jewelry studios within a walkable half-mile radius of downtown, 5-8 PM. See our Asheville Gallery Guide.

April 27-28, 2019: Weaverville Art Safari
Weaverville, 10 miles north of Asheville, is the home and workplace of many of the area artists. Take a self-guided driving tour of the various artists' studios, tucked away in the countryside communities of Weaverville, Barnardsville and surrounding countryside. Read more about the Weaverville Art Safari.

May 4, 2019: Mayfest
Downtown Rutherfordton big street festival downtown 10 AM-5 PM. Read more about Mayfest.

May 10-12, 2019: LEAF 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 11-12, 2019: Fiber Weekend
Meet 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. Read more about the Folk Art Center.

May 18, 2019: Open Studios Art Tour
The 11 resident artists at Grovewood Village open up their studios for visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works. Tours are free and self-guided, 11 AM-4 PM. Adjacent to Grovewood Gallery. Read more about Grovewood Village.

May 18, 2019: Montford Arts and Music Festival
This street festival, including musical acts, food and a juried art show, highlights the artistic strength of Montford, one of Asheville’s oldest neighborhoods. This giant neighborhood block party features 100 artists and craft’s persons, regional and international food plaza, and two stages of live music. 10 AM-7 PM. Free. Read more about the Montford Festival.

May 18, 2019: Saluda Arts Festival
One of the best outdoor markets of the year with 100% top quality artists fill the quaint mountain village of Saluda, 10 AM to 5 PM. Definitely one of our favorites. Read more about Saluda Arts Festival.

May 25-26, 2019: 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. 10 AM-5 PM. Read more about Kenilworth Studio Tour.

May 25-26, 2019: White Squirrel Festival
Go nuts in downtown Brevard with a parade, plenty of live music, food, arts and more along Main Street. Read all about the White Squirrel Festival.

May 25-27, 2019: Lake Lure Arts Festival
See handmade creations from more than 60 artisans from across the region. Free admission. Across from The Beach at Lake Lure, 2771 Memorial Highway. Go to our Lake Lure Guide.

May 25-26, 2019: Rotary Arts & Craft Fair
See works of 90 of the finest artisans from the Southeast on the Village Green in Cashiers, 10 AM- 5 PM. Find ironwork, woodcraft, textiles, cakes, jams, pottery and more.

May 25-26, 2019: Art on the Greene
Buy art and support the restoration of the historic school in Banner Elk. Find a big variety of artists working with metal, glass, pottery, wood, jewelry and more. 10 AM-5 PM.

May 25-26, 2019: 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. See our Hendersonville Guide.

May 31- June 2, 2019: 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 open their studios for a free, self-guided cultural adventure. Free. Read more.

June 1, 2019: Clay Day at Folk Art Center
This free event (10 AM-4 PM) 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. Read more about the Folk Art Center.

June 15, 2019: 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. Begins at 10 AM, includes an array of delicious foods and ends with a square dance until dark. 

June 7, 2019: Art After Dark
Galleries open late in downtown Waynesville with special events, shows and music.

June 15, 22 & 29, 2019: Asheville Art in the Park
See and buy fine arts and crafts from dozens of local artists at Pack Square Park in downtown. Read more about Art in the Park

June 21-23, 2019: Rhododendron Festivals
Celebration of the famous blooms at Roan Mountain with festivals in Bakersville and in Tennessee. Read more

June 15, 2019: Front Street Arts & Crafts Show
A variety of artisans come to the artsy village of Dillsboro, complete with music and food. 10 AM-4 PM.

June 15, 2019: Open Studios Art Tour
The 11 resident artists at Grovewood Village open up their studios for visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works. Tours are free and self-guided, 11 AM-4 PM. Adjacent to Grovewood Gallery. Read more about Grovewood Village.

June 22-23, 2019: Pots on the Green
See works of 15 invitational potters in Cashiers with a big pottery sale. 10-5.

June 22, 2019: Hola Asheville
Latin American arts, crafts, music, food and more downtown. Read more about Hola Asheville.

June 28-29, 2019: Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour
Take a free self-guided driving tour of the galleries and working studios of Graham and Swain County, starting at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. 10 AM-5 PM. Read more about Stecoah Valley.

June 29-30, 2019: Summertime Art & Crafts Show
Held in the Ramsey Center arena at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, the show features some of the most respected and unique artisans in the Appalachian Mountains with 100 exhibitors showcasing their contemporary and heritage art & crafts. 10-5. Go to their website.

See July 4th Festivals. Top pick for art is Freedom Fest in Bryson City.

July 5-7, 2019: Cherokee Pow Wow
Find authentic Cherokee Indian crafts and art, along with dancing, drumming and more. Go to our Pow Wow Guide.

July 6, 2019: Coon Dog Day Festival
Celebrate dogs and their people with a very fun parade, music, crafts and competitions in Saluda. Read more about Coon Dog Day.

July 6-7, 2019: Art on the Greene
Meet 40+ artists with a big variety of top art in Banner Elk. Go to their Website.

July 6-7, 2019: Downtown Asheville Festival of the Arts
See 100+ regional, local and national artists and craft artisans with fine jewelry, a big variety of art and hand-crafted apparel and decor. Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. 10 AM-5 PM

July 6-7, 2019: Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Crafts Show
Find 100+ artisans from across the Southeast at the Festival Grounds. Read more about Maggie Valley.

July 6-7, 2019: BRACA Craft Show
Juried craft show & sale by Blue Ridge Artists and Crafters Association with 50+ crafters indoors at Haywood County Fairgrounds Center, 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville. 9 AM- 4 PM. Free admission.

July 14, 2019: The Big Crafty
Showcase of 150+ local artists, crafters, makers with food, drink and music in Pack Square Park downtown Asheville, 12-6 PM.

July 19-21, 2019: Fine Art and Mastercraft Festival
This outdoor show in Banner Elk is strictly fine art and master crafts by an invitation-only, juried process. Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, blown and stained glass, pottery, painting, photography, textiles, unique craft, furniture and wood. Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, Sunday 10 AM-4 PM.

July 20, 2019: Open Studios Art Tour at Grovewood Village
The 11 resident artists at Grovewood Village open up their studios for visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works. Tours are free and self-guided, 11 AM-4 PM. Adjacent to Grovewood Gallery. 

July 19-21, 2019: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Held insdie at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, find the best juried work by members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, with members throughout the mountain regions of nine states. Admission. Read more about the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands.

July 26-27, 2019: Hillbilly Jam
Several dozen arts and crafts vendors help celebrate mountain country living at this fun festival in Maggie Valley. Go to our Hillbilly Jam Guide.

July 29, 2019: International Day
This big street festival in downtown Waynesville is the ultimate cultural exchange with international and regional artwork, cuisine, dance and music from Folkmoot USA. Dance lessons too! Go to our International Day Guide.

August 2-3, 2019: Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair
The streets of Burnsville are packed for this longtime, highly popular gathering of artists. Quality crafters display hand-made furniture, wrought iron, blown glass, beaded jewelry, locally-made quilts, homemade jams and jellies. See our Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair Guide.

August 2-3, 2019: LEAF Downtown Asheville
International music festival with plenty of art in Pack Square Park. Free. Read more about LEAF Downtown.

August 3-4, 2019: 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 100+ 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 Fair Guide.

August 3, 2019: Wood Day
Woodworkers of the Southern Highland Craft Guild come together to demonstrate a wide range of woodworking techniques and skills at the Folk Art Center from 10 AM-4 PM.

August 9-11, 2019: Fine Art and Mastercraft Festival
This outdoor show in Banner Elk is strictly fine art and master crafts by an invitation-only, juried process. Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, blown and stained glass, pottery, painting, photography, textiles, unique craft, furniture and wood.

August 9-10, 2019: Waldesian Festival
The small town of Valdese near Morganton has a big street festival with plenty of crafts and arts. Read more about Valdese.

August 10-11, 2019: Sourwood Festival
200 vendors with original art and gifts at this free street festival in downtown Black Mountain to celebrate bees and honey. Read more.

August 17, 2019: Open Studios Art Tour at Grovewood Village 
The 10 resident artists at Grovewood Village open up their studios for visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works. Tours are free and self-guided, 11 AM-4 PM. Adjacent to Grovewood Gallery.

August 17-18, 2019: Come to Leicester Studio Tour
Take a free, self-guided tour to 20+ 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 their website.

August 30-September 2, 2019: NC Apple Festival
Many events with plenty of apples, art and entertainment in downtown Hendersonville. See our NC Apple Festival Guide.

August 31-September 1, 2019: Art on the Greene
Buy art and support the restoration of the historic school in Banner Elk. Find a big variety of artists working with metal, glass, pottery, wood, jewelry and more. 10 AM-5 PM. 

August 31-September 1, 2019: Rotary Arts & Craft Fair
See works of 90 of the finest artisans from the Southeast on the Village Green in Cashiers, 10 AM- 5 PM. Find ironwork, woodcraft, textiles, cakes, jams, pottery and more. Read about Cashiers

August 31-September 1, 2019: Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Crafts Show
Find 100+ artisans from across the Southeast at the Festival Grounds. Read more about Maggie Valley.

September 1, 2019: LAAF
Plenty of local personality, art, crafts and more on Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville. Read more about LAAF.

September 7, 2019: Goombay!
Find international art at this celebration of African-Caribbean culture in downtown Asheville. Read more about Goombay.

September 6-7, 2019: Morganton Festival
This big festival includes four stages of music and plenty of fine arts and crafts. Go to their website.

September 14-15, 2019: Heritage Weekend
This is the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s weekend to celebrate heritage crafts of the Appalachian Mountains. See 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, traditional music and storytelling. World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday. Read more about Heritage Weekend.

September 21, 2019: Art in Autumn
Downtown Weaverville street festival features 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. See our Art in Autumn Guide.

September 21, 2019: Open Studios Art Tour at Grovewood Village
The resident artists at Grovewood Village open up their studios for visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works. Tours are free and self-guided, 11 AM-4 PM. Adjacent to Grovewood Gallery. Read more.

September 21, 2019: North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival
See ceramic artists from across the country in Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, 10 AM-5 PM.

September 21, 2019: Art on the Island
A fun fair on Blannahassett Island in the French Broad River in Marshall. 10 AM-5 PM

September 28, 2019: Mountain Heritage Day
Outdoor festival at Western Carolina University with sights, sounds and flavors of yesteryear. Appalachian music and 80 booths of regional art and crafts. Read more about Mountain Heritage.

September 28-29, 2019: Art on Main
Stroll down the middle of downtown Hendersonville for plenty of art, 10 AM-5 PM.

October 5, 2019: Colorfest
Dillsboro welcomes 40+ demonstrating artists along Front Street. Read more about Dillsboro.

October 11-13, 2019: Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival
Held on the beautiful Village Green and Commons during peak color, with 100 artisans and merchants with unique handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry and much more. Live music. Read about Cashiers.

October 5, 2019: Mars Hill Heritage & Music
Two festivals to celebrate mountain craft, music and dance, the Heritage Festival and the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Music Festival in downtown Mars Hill. 10 AM-4 PM. 

October 5, 2019: Forest Festival
Gathering of 80 traditional craftspeople including wood carvers, weavers, blacksmith and more at Cradle of Forestry. Read more about Cradle of Forestry.

October 5, 12 & 19, 2019: Asheville Art in the Park
See and buy fine arts and crafts from local artists at Pack Square Park in downtown. Read more about Art in the Park

October 12, 2019: 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 12, 2019: Mountain Glory Festival
The biggest festival of the year in Marion fills its Main Street with many vendors with art and craft. 9:30 AM-6 PM. Read more about Marion.

October 12-13, 2019: 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 in downtown Spruce Pine

October 18-20, 2019: LEAF Festival
Celebrate music, discover community and experience culture in a beautiful lakefront setting near Black Mountain. 5 Stages of Folk & World, Bluegrass, Blues, African, Celtic and jams with headline performers. Handcrafts, folk art, dancing, Poetry SLAM, healing arts workshops and camping. See our LEAF Guide.

October 18-20, 2019: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Held in downtown Asheville, the huge fair showcases work by hundreds of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Admission. See our Guide.

October 19, 2019: Harvest Festival
Showcase of traditional mountain life, held at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, located near Fontana Lake and Robbinsville with best of Appalachian dance, music, food, arts and crafts. Read more!

October 19, 2019: Apple Harvest Festival
Plenty of crafts, music and apples in downtown Waynesville, 10 AM-5 PM. Read about Waynesville.

October 19, 2019: Open Studios Art Tour at Grovewood Village
The 11 resident artists at Grovewood Village open up their studios for visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works. Tours are free and self-guided, 11 AM-4 PM. Adjacent to Grovewood Gallery. Read more.

October 19-20, 2019: Lake Lure Arts Festival
See handmade creations from more than 60 artisans from across the region. Free admission. Across from The Beach at Lake Lure, 2771 Memorial Highway. Go to our Lake Lure Guide.

October 19-20, 2019: Woolly Worm Festival
Race a worm and browse 100+ art and craft vendors in downtown Banner Elk. Admission. Read more.

October 19-20, 2019: Maggie Valley Arts & Crafts Show
Find 100 artisans and crafters outdoors at the Festival Grounds, 9 AM-4 PM. Free. Read about Maggie Valley.

October 19-20, 2019: BRACA Autumn Leaves Craft Show
Juried craft show & sale by Blue Ridge Artists and Crafters Association with 50+ crafters indoors at Haywood County Fairgrounds Center, 758 Crabtree Road, Waynesville. 9 AM- 4 PM. Free admission.

October 26-27, 2019: Beaverdam Studio Tour
Meet 30 artists with ceramics, glass, fiber, photography, metal, mixed media and sculpture in their studios in Beaverdam Valley in North Asheville. Go to their Web site.

October 26-27, 2019: Hot Works Asheville Fine Art Show
See juried artists' work in Pack Square Park in downtown. 10-5

November 2-3, 2019: Weaverville Art Safari
Located ten minutes north of Asheville, Weaverville is the home to many extremely talented artists. Drive to studios and galleries tucked away in the countryside. Free. Read more about Weaverville Art Safari.

November 2, 2019: Western North Carolina Pottery Festival
A juried event in Sylva with approximately 45 potters from across the Southeast. Admission. See our Pottery Festival Guide.

November 9-10, 2019: River District Artists Studio Stroll
Tour the studios, meet with the artists and purchase artwork. Within just a few blocks is an eclectic mix of dozens of creative artists - from traditional to cutting-edge. Near downtown Asheville. Free. Read more about the Studio Stroll.

November 29-30, 2019: Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour
Take a free self-guided driving tour of the galleries and working studios of Graham and Swain County, starting at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. 10 AM-5 PM. Read more about Stecoah.

November 29-30, 2019: 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 Santas and ornaments. 10 AM-5 PM each day.

December 6-8, 2019: 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. More than 100 fine artists and crafts people in every medium open their studios for a free, self-guided adventure. Free. Read more about Toe River Tour.

December 7 & 14, 2019: Artist Sale
Guild Artist Holiday Sale at Folk Art Center. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be on hand in the center’s auditorium to sell select work 10-50% off retail.

December TBA: The Big Crafty
Buy from 150+ local artists inside the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.

Also see more events and festivals for Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall and the Holidays.

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