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Art on Main Hendersonville
Art on Main, Hendersonville
2020 Update: This now virtual event brings LIVE stream artists' demos, interviews, and musical performances from 40 artists to your living room! Buy from juried fine artists with paintings, clay, metal, wood, fiber, jewelry, glass, and more. Virtual showrooms will be available on both days, 1-4 PM. The main event is Sat & Sun, 11 AM-6 PM
Morganton Festival
Morganton Festival
(2020 EVENT CANCELED)
A big street festival in downtown Morganton that includes fine arts and crafts, festival cuisine, a beer garden, teen and kid zones, four stages of entertainment, a sunrise run on Saturday and much more. Free admission!
Organicfest
Organicfest
In Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, 10 AM-6 PM, with live music, organic local food and beer, cooking demos, samplings, natural arts and crafts. Free.
Parade of Nations
Parade of Nations
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) Folkmoot, an international music and dance festival, has its Parade of Nations down Main Street in Waynesville at 10 AM with elaborate costumes. Free to attend. 
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Top art show! See and buy traditional and contemporary fine art and craft directly from members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, with 200+ juried artists from mountain regions of nine states. Held inside in downtown Asheville.
Big Crafty Asheville
The Big Crafty
See 150+ local indie artists, crafters, makers with food, drink and music in Pack Square Park downtown, 12-6 PM.
Brevard Music Center Festival
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) One of the country's premier summer music festivals with 100+ 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).
Bonsai Expo at NC Arboretum
Carolina Bonsai Expo at NC Arboretum
As the premier annual bonsai event of the Southeast, the Expo offers programs for both the bonsai community and general public. It features a juried display of bonsai, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations and more. Free event admission, parking fee.
Folkmoot USA
Folkmoot International Festival
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) The world comes to our mountains for NC's Official International Festival with visiting dancers and musicians from many countries, big street festival, performances, parade and more in Waynesville, Asheville and nearby towns.
Flock to Rock Birding Weekend
Flock to Rock Birding Day
Led by birding experts, events at Chimney Rock Park includes bird walks, workshops ranging from bird photography to hummingbirds, hawk watches and family nature walks.
Spring Go Chimney Rock
Spring-Go!
Lots of fun in Chimney Rock Village with a pancake breakfast, Cow Pie Bingo, recycled garden art contest, llamas strutting their stuff in a Main Street parade, a grilled dinner and a special outdoor performance at the Gathering Place.
Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival, Spruce Pine
Fire On the Mountain
Come to downtown Spruce Pine to see and buy works from Penland School and nationally-renowned blacksmiths demonstrating their skills. Iron & metal art exhibit, tool and gear vendors, forge-off, food trucks. Free admission. No pets.
Thanksgiving in Asheville
Thanksgiving Day & Weekend
See things to do on the holiday weekend, including the best restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. Kick off the holiday season in style!
Garden Jubilee Hendersonville
Garden Jubilee Festival
Tour local nurseries and orchards throughout Henderson County! Buy plants, lawn and garden accessories, and arts & crafts. Memorial Day Weekend.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED)
Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region's stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions outdoors in downtown Asheville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the "green."
Pack Square Park
Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony
Held on the Roger McGuire Green Stage of Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville starting at 2:30 PM with the Army National Guard's Army Band performing a half-hour before and after the ceremony. Free. 
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Head to downtown Asheville for many dining and entertainment choices or go to celebrations throughout WNC. Special events on Jan 1st too. See our top New Year Celebrations and Things to Do.
Cheers Trail Weekend Hendersonville
Cheers! Trail Passport Weekend, Hendersonville
Enjoy live music, food trucks, tastings, seasonal events like Oktoberfest, new beverages releases, an outdoor movie, and more, with special events taking place at each of Hendersonville's wineries, breweries, and cideries. Each venue offers space for people to spread out and practice social distancing.
 A Night Before Christmas
A Night Before Christmas
Downtown Waynesville's historic Main Street area's shops, galleries and restaurants open late from 6-9 PM with live music, live carolers, Bethlehem market place and live natvity, old-fashioned wagon rides, Santa & Mrs. Claus, storytelling, luminary-lined streets and more. Small town Christmas at its finest. 
NC Apple Festival
NC Apple Festival
2020 UPDATE: Spread out with a self-guided tour of orchards in the area with apples, food, vendors, shopping, and more at each location! This event will not have the downtown street fair, music, kiddie carnival, or parade. But come back to Hendersonville for added food and shopping all weekend! 10 AM-10 PM each day all weekend.
NOC's Guest Appreciation Weekend
NOC's Guest Appreciation Weekend
This longtime favorite weekend at Nantahala Outdoor Center main campus near Bryson City features free attractions, live music and entertainment - along with great end-of-season deals.
Studio Stroll River Arts District
River District Artists Studio Stroll
Head to the River Arts District near downtown Asheville to find 180+ artists at work in 25 converted industrial buildings along the river. Great deals on art! 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission. See our guide for details.
Goombay Festival
Goombay Festival
This free festival in downtown Asheville is a celebration of African-Caribbean culture with music, craft market, food vendors, dance performances and competitions, a special area with activities for kids and much more! 
Dirty Dancing Festival
Dirty Dancing Festival
Fans of the cult-classic Dirty Dancing will relive memories of Baby's first dance in the film’s original, breathtaking backdrop of Lake Lure.
Wood Day at Folk Art Center
Wood Day at Folk Art Center
Join Guild woodworkers for an exciting day exploring various forms of woodcraft. Featuring the Annual Carve Off Competition. 10 AM –4 PM.
Lake Julian Festival of Lights
Lake Julian Festival of Lights
This drive-thru light show in south Asheville features 50 animated light displays and thousands of colored lights in a lakeside park. $10 per car. 6-9 PM. Tickets must be purchased online.
Forest Festival Day
Forest Festival at Cradle of Forestry
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) More than 80 traditional craftsmen, exhibitors and entertainers celebrate our forests at the site of the first forestry school in America. Wood carvers, weavers, blacksmith, archery, horse-drawn wagon rides, and lumberjack competition at the adjacent Pink Beds picnic area.
Cherokee Voices Festival
Cherokee Voices Festival
Experience the 11,000-year old Cherokee culture through dance, music, storytelling, blowgun contest, arts and crafts. Held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, 10 AM-5 PM. Traditional food available for purchase. Free admission. 
Rose Show
Rose Show
Exhibition at the North Carolina Arboretum by Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society with award-winning roses of every color and size. Experts on hand to answer questions and provide information about the selection, care and history of roses.
Mountain Life Festival Great Smoky Mtns
Mountain Life Festival Great Smoky Mtns
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) Experience the traditional fall activities that were an important part of rural life in the Great Smoky Mountains, including hearth cooking, apple butter and apple cider making, blacksmithing, lye soap making, food preservation, broom making and quilting - at the Mountain Farm Museum. 10AM-3:30PM
BBQ Festival
Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
(POSTPONED, TBA) Great BBQ with live bluegrass, antique tractor show, jamming stage, championship clogging teams, artists & crafts vendors, and local food vendors. At the Riverside Park across the river from downtown Spruce Pine, 305 Tappan Street. 
Riverfest Asheville
Riverfest
While the 2020 event is canceled, you can still participate in the Anything That Floats Parade July 10-31.
(2020 EVENT CANCELED)A festive day at New Belgium Brewery on the French Broad River near downtown Asheville with live music, food trucks, craft beers, and more - benefits RiverLink. Our favorite is the Anything that Floats Parade competition. Free admission.
Haunted Trail Adventure Center of Asheville
The Haunted Trail, Adventure Center of Asheville
Celebrating the Halloween season, this family-friendly haunted trail is ideal for ages 3-12 and features live actors, spooky sounds, and props for a no-touch, no-contact heart-pumping experience. Also enjoy spooky live entertainment, no-touch activities, and food and beverages available including hot chocolate. 10 nights in October, 7-9 PM. 
Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries
Dillsboro Lights & Luminaries
Experience the magic as the charming village is transformed into a winter wonderland of lights, candles, laughter, and song! Shopkeepers provide live music and serve holiday treats with hot cider and cocoa.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED) Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region's Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions in downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the "green."
Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Old hat, new hat, yellow hat, blue hat. They're all welcome at Dillsboro's annual Easter Hat Parade at 2 PM, showcasing a variety of interesting hats atop participants of all ages, including pets.
Rhododendron Festival
Rhododendron Festival
(NC 2020 EVENT CANCELED) Two Rhododendron Festivals (North Carolina and Tennessee versions) are held in the Roan Mountain area! The one in Bakersville NC is Friday & Saturday. In TN, it's Saturday & Sunday.
Flat Rock Playhouse
Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas (Virtual)
The Christmas show comes to your home this year! Experience the magic and merriment on stage and around town as this year's one-of-a-kind production was filmed on the Rock and in Hendersonville, capturing the spirit of the holidays like never before with dancing on Main Street, fireside singing, stunning performances on stage, and a virtually connected chorus. 
Toe River Studio Tour
Toe River Studio Tour
Self-driving tour to discover studios of 100+ artists and craftsmen, many internationally-known and from the acclaimed Penland School of Crafts. A blend of contemporary and traditional art - Burnsville and Spruce Pine area. Free admission!
Heritage Folk Festival
Mars Hill Heritage & Music Festival
Two long-running festivals celebrate mountain craft, music and dance: the Heritage Festival and the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Music Festival. Both held downtown, adjoining Mars Hill University. Free. 10 AM-4 PM. Small fee for indoor evening concert. 
French Broad River Festival
French Broad River Festival
(POSTPONED UNTIL 2021) This grassroots festival in Hot Springs on the banks of the French Broad features some of the best music in the area, camping and outdoor events in celebration of this beautiful river.
Blue Ridge Pride
Blue Ridge Pride Festival
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) The biggest LGBTQ pride festival in western North Carolina is held in downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park, with more than 100 vendors, entertainment, as well as a kids area with lots of fun activities.
Guild Artist Holiday Sale at the Folk Art Center
Guild Holiday Makers Sale at the Folk Art Center
Get great deals on amazing art directly from the artists, offering over-runs, discontinued stock, and studio seconds in a festive atmosphere. And don't miss the special exhibits and main store at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Free admission. 10 AM-4 PM. 
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest Asheville
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
(2020 EVENT CANCELED)This festival at Highland Brewing Company includes hands-on fun, tastings, chef competition, milking demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops, and products from more than 20 local food vendors.
Tulips at Biltmore
Spring Events & Festivals: Top 40
Check out our calendar of the best festival and events in Asheville and western North Carolina in April and May.
Fiber Weekend
Fiber Weekend
Craftspeople at the Folk Art Center share their inspiration and expertise in a variety of textile arts. Saturday demos include quilting and appliqué, doll making, weaving, mixed media fiber arts, clothing, printing design, tapestry weaving and natural dyeing. Two fashion shows on Sunday (Mother's Day)! Free admission. 
Pow Wow at Cherokee
Pow Wow at Cherokee
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) Experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. Enjoy crafts, food and fireworks, too.
Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend
Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend
Held on the spacious farm grounds of the historic Shelton House and Museum of NC Handicrafts in Waynesville, enjoy a craft fair, Appalachian dancing, tours, music, barn exhibits, food trucks, farmers market, and theatre. * The 2020 event will be completely outdoors with plenty of room to spread out and hand sanitizing stations throughout. Please wear a mask and enjoy the show!
Asheville WNC Holiday Events
Holiday Season Top 50 Events (November & December)
See our favorite events, festivals and art shows during the holiday season in Asheville and western North Carolina mountains, including many small towns and Biltmore Estate. 
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Enjoy live music, food and beer in downtown Asheville, starting at 5 PM. Free admission.
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Celebrate the arrival of spring at this big downtown Sylva street festival, about an hour's drive west of Asheville. Three stages of music, crafts, music, more. Free admission.
Biltmore Blooms
Biltmore Blooms
This festival of flowers celebrates two months of spring blooms that include 75,000+ tulips, orchids, azalaeas and elaborate floral displays inside Biltmore House.
Lake Lure Arts Festival
Lake Lure Autumn Arts Festival
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) See and buy craft and art by 90+ artists from many different disciplines. Also enjoy live music and entertainment, many food vendors and the beauty of the lake. Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4. Free admission. 119 Arcade St, Lake Lure
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) One of the biggest Scottish Games in the United States, with plenty of live music (bagpipes to rock), athletic competitions, dancing, food, heritage vendors and more.
Gingerbread Houses Grove Park Inn
National Gingerbread House Competition
See the winning gingerbread houses and creations virtually this year at The Omni Grove Park Inn! See our guide for all the details.
Art on the Island Fest in Marshall
Art on the Island Fest in Marshall
A free fall fair of artisans, crafters and music on Blannahassett Island near downtown Marshall. 10 AM-5PM
Heritage Weekend at Folk Art Center
Heritage Weekend at Folk Art Center
This free festival features traditional music, dancing and heritage craft demonstrations. A highlight is the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition on Saturday.
Asheville Comedy Festival
Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) Get ready to laugh at the largest stand-up comedy event in the southeast returns with 40 comics performing at mulitple venues in Asheville. Single event tickets & combo passes.
Art in Autumn Fest
Art in Autumn Fest
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) Fun outdoor arts and crafts festival in Weaverville that includes 100 juried artists, food and live music. Free admission and parking. Just 7 miles north of downtown Asheville.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
(2020 EVENT WILL BE VIRTUAL) Meet 200 craftspeople that come together in downtown Asheville with their fine handcrafted items, while local musicians play live on the arena stage and craft educators share their knowledge. Admission.
Coon Dog Day, Saluda
Coon Dog Day Festival
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) A street festival for dogs and their people with great food, live music, a very fun parade, crafts, street dance, dog competitions and more in Saluda. Live entertainment until 11 PM. Free admission.
Orchid Show
Asheville Orchid Festival
The Western NC Orchid Society hosts a big show and competition at the North Carolina Arboretum. Hundreds of orchids will be on display and vendors will be selling them with plenty of advice.
Wild Goose Festival
Wild Goose Festival
A festival of justice, spirituality, music and the arts in Hot Springs. Talk, listen, eat and camp together, captivated and challenged by the call of radical humanity, and who seek to celebrate diversity and promote the common good.
Spring Herb Festival at Western NC Farmer's Market
Spring Herb Festival at Western NC Farmer's Market
Largest herb festival in the Southeast with 50+ businesses with plants, books, soaps, herbal crafts, medicinal herbs, lotions, dried flowers, baked goods, herbal gifts and much more. Free admission.
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) See and buy fine arts and crafts from dozens of local artists at Pack Square Park in downtown. 10 AM-5 PM.
Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda Arts Festival
Outstanding festival with 100% hand-picked regional artists along Saluda's historic Main Street. See a big diversity of art media and enjoy music representing Americana, blues, folk and contemporary. Watch artist demonstrations. Free. 10 AM-4 PM.
Oktoberfest Downtown Asheville
Oktoberfest, Asheville
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) A great celebration of the local beer scene, mixing Bavarian traditions with Asheville's eclectic vibe. Downtown. Tickets required if you are tasting!
Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum
Aluminum Christmas Tree Museum
This quirky exhibit in downtown Brevard features dozens of vintage aluminum Christmas trees and ornaments inside the Transylvania Heritage Museum. A fun trip back in time. Wed-Sat. Free admission.
Greek Festival
Greek Festival
(2020: Drive-Through Festival Only) At this festival, hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Asheville, you can sample some of the traditional foods and pastries (such as lamb shank, pastichio, spanakopita, gyro, souvlaki, and baklava), watch traditional dancing and enjoy the authentic Greek music. (No dancing or music for 2020 event)
LEAF Downtown Asheville
LEAF Downtown Asheville
2020 EVENT CANCELEDInternational music festival at Pack Square Park downtown with three stages of music, food trucks and 90 local and artisan vendors on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday until 10 PM. Free.
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) A favorite showcase since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others come together for a showcase of authentic bluegrass music and dancing in Asheville.
NOC Spring Fling, Demo Days & Kayak Competition
NOC Spring Fling
Celebrate spring at Nantahala Outdoor Center with a free, family-friendly event by the Nantahala River with the 5K, vendor fair, gear demos, food, music and specials at the Outfitter's Store.
Hendersonville, NC, Christmas
Hendersonville Home for the Holidays
Main Street twinkles with thousands of lights with many festive events including hayrides, tours, ice skating, and fantastic shopping.
Lake Lure Arts Festival
Lake Lure Spring Arts Festival
See and buy craft and art by 90+ artists from many different disciplines during Memorial Day Weekend. Also enjoy entertainment, food vendors and the beauty of the lake. Free admission. 119 Arcade St, Lake Lure
Biltmore Village Art Fair
Village Art & Craft Fair
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain
Sourwood Festival
There's always plenty to see and do at this free street festival in quaint downtown Black Mountain to celebrate sourwood honey! 200 vendors, crafts, live music, kids' activities and food. Saturday 9 AM-8 PM and Sunday 9 AM-5 PM. 
Drum Circle
Drum Circle
Hear and feel the beat at the weekly drum circle every Friday night in downtown Asheville in Pritchard Park. And dance the night away!
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Christmas Day Asheville
Christmas Day & Week Things to Do
Find things to do and restaurants open on Christmas Day and week in Asheville, Biltmore and the surrounding mountain towns.
Polar Express Train
Polar Express Train
Ride to the North Pole on the Polar Express Train at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to pick up Santa. It's fun for all ages. Departs from Bryson City. See our guide for all the details.

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