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Apple Orchards Open
Get your fresh mountain apples at an orchard in the largest apple-producing area in the east. Many orchards are open daily, several offer tours, events and pick-your-own apples. It's a quick drive from Asheville, with many orchards located along US 64 East of Hendersonville.
Shindig on the Green
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."
Fire On the Mountain
Come to downtown Spruce Pine to see and buy works from regionally and nationally renowned blacksmiths demonstrating their skills from 10 AM to 4 PM. This event celebrates the mountain tradition of blacksmithing, with Master Blacksmiths sharing their expertise and talent. Free to attend.
Dahlia Tuber Sale
See a big variety of dahlia tubers and chrysanthemum rooted cuttings featuring cultivated varieties available for sale. Learn from Dahlia Society experts about how to produce plants with show quality blooms.
Montford Arts and Music Festival
One of the largest one day free music and arts festivals in Asheville, held on Montford and Soco near downtown, with over 100 vendors of art, crafts and food. Two stages of entertainment. 10 AM-7 PM.
Old Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival
Enjoy many festivities including horse-drawn carriages, carolers, tree lighting, storytellers and instrumentalists in historic Biltmore Village. And chestnuts roasting on an open fire! Starts Fri at 6 PM.
Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock
Celebrate Easter by watching the sun rise over Hickory Nut Gorge during the annual service atop Chimney Rock. Free admission.
NC Gold Festival
Annual event at Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort features gold exhibits, gold mining techniques and demonstrations, treasure and scavenger hunts, geocaching, gold panning, numerous vendors including arts and crafts, raffles. 9 AM-6 PM. Free.
Cashiers Antiques Show
One of the finest shows in America with dealers from all over the East Coast with many categories. Held at the Blue Ridge School, Bobcat Drive: Friday and Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM and Sunday: 11 AM-5 PM.
Coon Dog Day Festival
A celebration for dogs and their people with great food, live music, parade, crafts, street dance, and more in Saluda. Live stage music began at 9 AM and continues all day until the end of the street dance at 10 PM.
Brevard Music Center Festival
Four hundred of the most talented students in the world join Brevard's artist faculty to present more than 80 concerts in a beautiful setting.
A great day on the French Broad River near downtown Asheville with live music, dancing, face painting, food trucks, craft beers, and arts and crafts. Our favorite is the Anything that Floats Parade competition. Free admission.
Downtown After Five Live Music
Free live music concert, as well as a wide variety of food and drink vendors on Lexington Avenue in Asheville.
Lake Lure Olympiad
Considered by athletes as one of the most scenic race weekends on any calendar. Anchored by a “3 Races in 3 Days Challenge,” the sports festival dares athletes of all levels.
Asheville Downtown Gallery Art Walk
Galleries stay open late with special exhibits and artist mingling.
Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries
Experience the magic as the entire town 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.
Candlelight Christmas Stroll
Downtown Weaverville has luminaries along the streets, local choirs and bands will provide music, and horse and buggy rides will be available through town. 6-9 PM. Local businesses will be open late and the official tree lighting at 7:30 PM.
Get a free livermush sandwich with live music, best dressed pig contest, cooking contest and more in downtown Marion.
Celebrate the Appalachian Trail in Hot Springs, where it goes through town on Main Street. Spaghetti Dinner kick-off on Friday evening, Saturday fun with bicycles, skateboarding, hula-hooping, river rafting, soccer, yoga, and more! Pancakes and float trip on Sunday.
Tour de Falls at DuPont State Forest
This is the perfect opportunity for those unable to hike to waterfalls to enjoy them! The Friends of Dupont State Forest coordinates this 12-mile shuttlebus ride to see four popular waterfalls: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia.
Potters of Madison County
20+ ceramic artists from the Southeast showcase diverse contemporary selection at the Marshall High Studios in downtown Marshall, 9 AM-5 PM. No admission fee.
Downtown Brevard Halloweenfest
This festival features a Flight of the Vampire 5K, 10K, and Children’s Fun Run, costume contest and parade, chili cook-off and pie bake-off, street vendors, a pumpkin carving contest, haunted house, masquerade ball, Boo-T-Ful Me fashion show, Mountain Music Mash competition, ghost tours, and more.
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.
Craftspeople at the Folk Art Center share their inspiration and expertise in a variety of textile arts. Saturday demons include: quilting and appliqué, doll making, weaving, mixed media fiber arts, clothing, printing design, tapestry weaving, and natural dyeing. Two fashion shows on Sunday! Free admission.
Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival
The largest stand-up comedy event in the southeast returns to downtown Asheville.
Asheville Wine & Food Festival
The finest regional, national, and international wines, exceptional local restaurants, craft beer and spirits, and handcrafted artisanal foods a weekend of palate-pleasing indulgence in downtown.
A Night Before Christmas
Downtown Waynesville's Main Street area is filled with bright lights, friendly folks, the wonderful sounds of the Christmas season, special gallery openings, delicious food and drink. 6-9 PM
Presented by the Organic Growers School in Asheville, experts will teach you about harvesting, canning, growing, gardening, energy, cooking and more…all organically. Get down-to-earth advice on growing and sustainable living, while remaining affordable and accessible.
Two Rhododendron Festivals (North Carolina and Tennessee versions) are held in the Roan Mountain area!
Front Street Arts & Crafts Show
Stroll down the main street in artsy Dillsboro and see works 40 of the best regional artisans, along with family entertainment and festival food. Many galleries too. 10-4
Jeeves In Bloom at NC Stage Theatre
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville: In the very fun play, high society playboy Bertie Wooster and his school chum, Eustace, visit the English Countryside with mayhem ensues.
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.
Downtown After Five
Enjoy free live music, food and beer in downtown Asheville.
Hear and feel the beat at the weekly drum circle every Friday night in downtown Asheville in Pritchard Park. And dance the night away!
Downtown After Five
Enjoy live music, food and beer at this outdoor concert in downtown Asheville. Free admission.
HardLox Jewish Festival
Come enjoy lots of delicious Jewish foods in downtown Asheville, have your name written in Hebrew, learn about Jewish holidays and the Torah, and join in singing and dancing.
Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
Celebrating the Vaudeville Revival here in Asheville. See renowned circus and burlesque artists from around the world. They promise fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease!
French Broad River Festival
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.
Block House Steeplechase
Usher in spring with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating, and the sounds & sights of thoroughbreds thundering past in Tryon, at the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races.
North Carolina's Official International Festival is a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance with performances, parade and more.
Shindig on the Green
Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region's stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions in downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the "green."
Carolina Craft Day
Celebrate traditional and contemporary Southern Appalachian art and craft 10 AM-4 PM at the Arboretum’s Education Center, with artists working in fiber, paper, clay, metal, and wood as well as traditional music and informational craft demonstrations.
Asheville Outdoor Show
Local outdoors retailers Diamond Brand Outdoors and Frugal Backpacker present a free public expo at Highland Brewing Company (12 Charlotte Highway, Asheville), 12 Noon until 4 PM, with the latest trends, technologies, and innovations in outdoor recreation.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
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.
Potters and ceramic artists of the Southern Highlands Guild at the Folk Art Center share a variety of techniques such as throwing, sculpture and coil-building. Visitors can glaze and watch the firing of raku pots. 10-4. Free.
Garden Jubilee Festival
This Downtown Hendersonville Festival is the ideal event for passionate gardeners searching for the perfect plants and unique lawn & garden accessories and arts & crafts, on Memorial Day Weekend.
Art After Dark
Downtown Waynesville and Frog Level galleries present special shows with refreshments and live music 6-9 PM. Very festive small town atmosphere.
The union of a wide variety of cultures - African, Latin, Appalachian, Cajun, Celtic, Blues, Bluegrass, French, Texas Sounds and more - that includes healing arts, poetry, music, dance, visual arts, and an African drum circle. The fun outdoor, ticketed festival near Black Mountain. Get tickets well in advance.
Art in Autumn Fest
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.
Come to Leicester Studio Tour
Take a free, self-guided tour to 23 studios and shops in Leicester, a community nestled in the mountains near Asheville.
Thanksgiving Day & Weekend
See things to do on the holiday weekend, including best restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day. Kick off the holiday season in style!
Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration
A full day celebration of traditional mountain craft, food, and entertainment in downtown Waynesville. Demonstrations of Appalachian life skills & crafts, storytelling, mountain music & clogging, home-style food vendors. 10 AM –5 PM, Free.
Scenic Flights over Asheville
Get a birds eye view of the fall color in Asheville from small planes with the Western North Carolina Pilots Association. This is the only time of year for scenic flights. See our guide for details.
Toe River Studio Tour
More than 100 fine artists and crafts people in every medium open their studios for a free, self-guided cultural adventure in the Penland, Spruce Pine and Burnsville area.
Weaverville Art Safari
Drive scenic country roads to visit 35 artists in their studios and galleries about 10 minutes north of Asheville. Buy direct from them - find some great deals. Free.
Mountain Life Festival Great Smoky Mtns
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.
Holiday Homecoming at Oconaluftee Visitor Center
Located near Cherokee at the Great Smoky Mountains entrance, see old time crafts being demonstrated at the Mountain Farm Museum. Learn by observing the practical arts of quilting, weaving, and basket and doll making, apple cider and apple butter. 10 AM-2 PM. Free
WNC Daylily Flower Show
Hundreds of daylilies will be on display and for sale at the North Carolina Arboretum, hosted by the WNC Daylily Society. Society members provide information on care and cultivation of daylilies.
Art on Main Downtown Hendersonville
Enjoy fine arts and crafts along Main Street in downtown Hendersonville, 10 AM-5 PM.
Guild Artist Holiday 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
Spruce Pine Potters & Heritage Fest
A gathering of some of our region's greatest potters and clay artists. Watch and/or participate in making apple cider, weaving on an old spinning wheel, and a chair being caned.
Tour de Falls at DuPont State Forest
A 12-mile tour by shuttle bus to four of DuPont State Forest’s spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia. Mother's Day Weekend!
Winter Events & Valentine Outings
See our top picks for things to do and events in January, February and March - including Valentine's Weekend!
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Celebrate the arrival of spring with this downtown Sylva street festival, about an hour's drive west of Asheville.
Saturday Night Lights Grand Prix
Watch horse jumping competitions with the best riders in the country at the impressive, new Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food and Venetian carousel rides. Free admission.
New Year's Eve
Head downtown Asheville for many choices for dining and music or dancing afterwards. See our New Year Celebrations and Things to Do.
Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition
Exhibition at the North Carolina Arboretum features 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.
The Big Crafty
150+ local indie artists, crafters, makers with food, drink and music in Pack Square Park downtown, 12-6 PM.
Live music & entertainment, crafts and food to showcase ramps, a naturally grown wild onion grown in the mountains, held in Waynesville at the American Legion Post 47, 171 Legion Drive
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
Cherokee Lights & Legends Christmas
Experience a Cherokee Christmas interactive displays of Cherokee legends, ice skating, a 40-ft. Christmas tree, lights, games, caroling competition, crafts and more. 5-10 PM. Free admission. 4 Weekends. Fireworks on New Year's Eve, 10 PM.
Lake Lure Arts Festival
Check our artwork by more than 60 vendors from many different disciplines. Also enjoy live music and entertainment, food vendors, and the beauty of Lake Lure.
Art on the Island Fest in Marshall
A fall fair of artisans, crafters and music on Blannahassett Island near downtown Marshall. 10 AM-5 PM
Chili Cook Off & Car Show
Sample chilis ranging from mild to wild and in red, white, and vegetarian recipes at the depot in downtown Bryson City. Also enjoy 30 show cars, live music, handcrafted arts and desserts. Free admission. 10 AM-3 PM
Apple Harvest Festival
This festival in downtown Waynesville features live mountain music, dance, craft and demonstration booths, apples, cider, fresh fried pies, and other apple delicacies. 10AM-5 PM. Free
At North Carolina’s premier cider celebration, taste hard cider from 20 cidermakers and enjoy workshops, local arts and crafts, unique food pairings and live music. Benefits Western NC Green Building Council. 1-5 PM at Salvage Station. $30/person advance tickets
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. $5 for a car. 6-9 PM. Walk through on Dec 1.
Summer Festivals & Events - June, July & August
See our list of the best festivals and summer events in Asheville and the surrounding towns and mountains during June-August.
Small Town Christmas, Rutherfordton
Many events along Main Street throughout the day 1-7 PM. Shop sidewalk vendors at the Christmas Market from 1-5 PM and stroll by the storefront windows featuring live interactive displays 2-4 PM. Christmas Parade at 5 PM. Tree lighting at 6 PM at Courthouse. All free to attend.