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August 1-3, 2024. 7-9 pm
Watch and listen to some of the finest Appalachian ballad singers, string bands, and square dance teams at the nation’s longest-running folk festival. Beginning back in 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival presents three nights of authentic bluegrass music and dance with a different line-up each night. 

The performances are held from 7 to 9 pm each evening at Kittredge Theatre at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Rd. in Swannanoa, NC.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford founded the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian bluegrass music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee, and African heritage found in our mountains.

Tickets are on sale in advance on their website or at the door if seats remain.  

This is a fundraiser for Shindig on the Green, a free outdoor music festival on Saturday nights during the summer in downtown Asheville.

Make it a Heritage Weekend!

Asheville Museum of History

Explore the history of western North Carolina in the c1840 Smith-McDowell House—one of Asheville’s oldest. Asheville Museum of History features permanent and changing exhibits and grounds designed… read more

Explore the history of western North Carolina in the c1840 Smith-McDowell House—one of Asheville’s oldest. Asheville Museum of History features permanent and changing exhibits and grounds designed by the renowned Olmsted Brothers.

Thomas Wolfe Memorial

This is the novelist's boyhood home and setting for "Look Homeward, Angel." Tour the fascinating, rambling house located in downtown Asheville. 52 N. Market Street.

This is the novelist's boyhood home and setting for "Look Homeward, Angel." Tour the fascinating, rambling house located in downtown Asheville. 52 N. Market Street.

Asheville Urban Trail

(1.7-mile loop, easy) This outdoors museum is a self-guided walking tour on the sidewalks of downtown Asheville, leading to 30 sculptures that depict local history.

(1.7-mile loop, easy) This outdoors museum is a self-guided walking tour on the sidewalks of downtown Asheville, leading to 30 sculptures that depict local history.

Best 40 Museums & Historic Sites

Explore a big variety of very interesting museums and historic places in Asheville and the surrounding mountain small towns, filled with the fascinating history and culture of the Appalachian… read more

Explore a big variety of very interesting museums and historic places in Asheville and the surrounding mountain small towns, filled with the fascinating history and culture of the Appalachian Mountains. Many are free to visit.

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Village Art & Craft Fair

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Fantastic fair in Biltmore Village with 100 hand-selected artists from 16 states, representing the full spectrum of craft media - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and… read more

Fantastic fair in Biltmore Village with 100 hand-selected artists from 16 states, representing the full spectrum of craft media - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more.

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