Start the summer season in Asheville during Memorial Day Weekend with many things to do and a big variety of events and festivals.
Kick off the weekend on Friday night with:
- Concerts on the Creek, Sylva: Free outside live music in downtown Sylva, with Freeway Revival (rock/Americana) 7-9 PM at the Bridge Park, two blocks from Main Street with shops, restaurants and breweries. Family friendly, bring a chair or blanket. Read more about the concert.
- Drum Circle: The popular Friday night tradition includes many drummers and dancers in Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville, from 6-10 PM. Read more about the Drum Circle.
Get Outdoors (or Indoors)!
Hit the trails, zip line, raft, tube and find waterfalls. And that's just a few ideas. See our Top 70 Outdoors Things to Do! Also find plenty of inside fun with our Top 60 Indoor Things to Do.
It will certainly be a busy weekend at Biltmore. See our Biltmore Insider's Guide with plenty of tips and the latest ticket offers (save $10 if you purchase tickets online 7 days in advance). In addition to touring the house, winery and gardens, don't miss the Fashionable Romance Exhibition inside the house. And explore thousands of gorgeous acres with many options for outdoor adventures at Biltmore like biking, rafting, Segways, fishing and more.
Memorial Day Weekend Top 12 Things to Do
Memorial Day Weekend Events
Chimney Rock Park (pic at top of page) has special activities on May 28-30 (in addition to their hiking and spectacular views) that are especially fun for kids. Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl, at their daily 2 PM Family Animal Encounters. A Park naturalist will explain each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. For more family fun, get one free climb on the Climbing Tower.
For 20+ more events to choose from during the Memorial Day Weekend, go to our Daily Events Calendar (updated by our partners every day).
Pay tribute to our heroes at the Western North Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain, with an American flag placed at all 5,700+ graves. A Memorial Day service takes place at 10 AM on Monday. Read more about the Veterans Cemetery.