May 27-30, 2022

This free, 4-day festival happening over Memorial Day weekend celebrates the life and progress of Black entrepreneurs and business owners here in Asheville. Enjoy a block party-style weekend of music, live performances, games, food trucks, local vendors, as well as learning, employment, and partnership opportunities. The fun takes place on Depot St in Asheville’s River Arts District.

GrindFest Asheville

The festivities will serve to highlight the advancement of black people in Asheville, as well as connect the community. 

GrindFest Asheville

Along with music and food, see and buy from a diverse assortment of vendors selling all kinds of goodies including jewelry, crafts, skin care, child games, clothes, books, soaps, decorations, furniture, and more.

GrindFest Asheville

GRINDFest Event Schedule


  • 12 PM Entrepreneurs Lunch w/ Brian Hamilton
  • 8 PM Poetry Slam

Saturday (9 AM-9 PM)

  • Marketplace opens 
  • Opportunity Tent featuring incentives, career development programs, grants, scholarships, and funding resources for businesses
  • Storytime with the elders
  • Games
  • DJ Battle 
  • Dance Competition
  • Food Trucks, including Slutty Vegan (a Black, woman-owned vegan food truck recently featured in Essence Magazine)
  • Curated Beer Garden by Highland Brewing
  • 12 PM Roots Reveal 
  • 6 PM Drag Show on the Greenway 

Sunday (10 AM-5 PM)

  • Gospel Explosion

Monday (10 AM-6 PM)

  • Tailgate
  • 12 PM Veterans Recognition 
  • Greater Asheville Cookoff (wings, chili, and BBQ categories)

To learn more, go to their website.

Black Wallstreet Asheville
Black Wall Street AVL
Visit this marketplace in the River Arts District, which hosts pop-ups from Black-owned businesses 10 AM-2 PM each Saturday.  They also host a series of events throughout the week. 8 River Arts Place
GRIND coffee Asheville
GRIND Coffee
Located in the River Arts District, GRIND offers a plush, sophisticated place for good coffee, co-working, community gathering, and hanging out. Enjoy local coffee and a wide variety of donuts, pastries, ready-made sandwiches, and hot-press Paninis. The creation of entrepreneur and nonprofit leader J Hackett and chef and Black business community leader Gene Ettison, GRIND is the first Black-owned coffee shop in Asheville. Open 7 AM-10 PM, daily. 

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