Asheville offers a mulitude of places to go for live music and dancing any day of the week, especially downtown (including the many street bands and performers). From big concerts of internationally-known artists to intimate sessions with local talent, you'll find a big variety throughout western North Carolina - including our 40 small towns. Also find music festivals on many weekends.
Blue Ridge Music Trails of NC
Listen and dance to Blue Ridge Mountain live music including bluegrass at many weekly jam sessions, festivals and concerts in Asheville and western NC small towns. Search the calendar of events.
Enjoy a variety of concerts and events at this big riverfront complex on the French Broad, just a mile from downtown. It's a local's favorite with fun, casual outdoor and indoor spaces. Offers a restaurant and a full bar. 468 Riverside Drive.
Isis Music Hall, West Asheville
This iconic concert venue, bar and eatery is located in the heart of West Asheville. The Art Deco style building, retains its original name when this historic cinema was built in the 1930’s. Today, with two indoor stages, multiple bars, and outdoor stage and patio, Isis Restaurant and Music Hall is one of the hottest spots in the city for live music.
This well-known downtown concert venue has state-of-the-art sound and lighting with a capacity of 1,100 standing. It's a great setting for enjoying the premier musicians who perform here. The dance floor is several hundred square feet of springy wooden slats, and the stage is in perfect view from any angle on the floor. 101 Biltmore Avenue.
Highland Brewing Company
Head to Asheville's original craft brewery for great live music venues inside and outside, along with their tasting room with 15 of their brews on tap. You can tour the brewery, too.
Asheville Music Hall
This mid-size concert venue is in the middle of downtown with a 360-person capacity. They host many musical legends and have a full restaurant and bar downstairs. Its an all-genres venue that provides an intimate, live music experience for all music fans. 31 Patton Avenue.
Since 1982, Asheville's largest high-energy dance club is renowned throughout as the epicenter for creativity, diversity and entertainment. Don't miss their midnight show, premiering the best drag anywhere. Dance the night away with state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.
The Grey Eagle
This listening room-style concert venue is a longtime local's favorite just outside of downtown Asheville features a big variety national and regional groups. Capacity is 550 standing. Great beer selection and a Taqueria Latin cuisine. 185 Clingman Avenue.
Downtown After Five
September 18, 2020
Free live music concert, as well as a wide variety of food and drink vendors. Lexington Avenue in Asheville. 5-9 PM.
Spring Events & Festivals: Top 40
April 01, 2020 to May 31, 2020
Check out our calendar of the best festival and events in Asheville and western North Carolina in April and May.
Top 50 Summer Events & Festivals
June, July, August: From street festivals to outdoor concerts, check out our top summer picks for Asheville and the surrounding NC mountain towns. Most are free.
Fall Events & Festivals
September 01, 2020 to October 31, 2020
Find our favorite autumn events and festivals during September and October in Asheville and the NC mountains.
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
June 21, 2019 to August 04, 2019
One of the country's premier summer music festival with 80+ performances by 500 students from around the world - joined by faculty and visiting artists for symphony, opera, pops, chamber, cabaret, Americana, and jazz. Artist Director is Keith Lockhart (Boston Pops).
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