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Flat Rock Playhouse
Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas
Dazzling new production at the State Theatre of NC featuring favorite holiday songs with an all-star cast from across the USA, Playhouse Chorus and dancers of all ages. Near Hendersonville.
Livermush Festival, Marion
Liver Mush Festival
(2020 EVENT POSTPONED) Line up for your free Hunter's liver mush sandwich while enjoying live music, hog calling, eating contest and more in downtown Marion, 5-9 PM.
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. 
HardLox Jewish Festival
HardLox Jewish Festival
(POSTPONED TO SPRING 2021) 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.
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. Walk through on first two nights.
Holiday Homecoming at Oconaluftee Visitor Center
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 making baskets, dolls, apple cider and apple butter. 10 AM-2 PM. Free. 
Potters Market Marshall
Madison Potters Market
Meet 20+ of the finest potters from Madison County and beyond at Marshall High Studios. This historic high school turned artist studios is on a small island in the French Broad River in downtown Marshall, 25 miles north of Asheville. 9 AM-4 PM. Free admission.
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
Waynesville NC Art Festival
Church Street Art & Craft Show
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) Main Street in Waynesville transforms into an arts & crafts marketplace, one of the finest juried art shows in NC. Also enjoy live mountain music, clogging, entertainment and food. Browse many downtown galleries. Free. 10 AM-5 PM.
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!
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.
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. 
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.
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.
CiderFest NC
CiderFest NC
(2020 EVENT POSTPONED) At North Carolina’s premier cider celebration, taste 90 different varieties of cider and mead from 20+ makers, plus see local arts and crafts, taste unique food pairings and enjoy live music. Benefits Western NC Green Building Council. 1-5 PM at Carrier Park near the River Arts District. $33/person advance tickets. 
Hendersonville, NC, Christmas
Hendersonville Home for the Holidays
Main Street twinkles with thousands of lights with many festive events including parade, hay rides, Broadway shows, tours, ice skating and fantastic shopping.
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. 
Front Street Arts and Crafts, Dillsboro
Front Street Arts & Crafts Show
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) Stroll downtown artsy Dillsboro and interact with more than 40 of the region's best artisans. Browse the many shops and galleries while experiencing some of the areas best restaurants. Entertainment and festival food round out a great family day that celebrates mountain art and culture. Free admission. Pets welcomed. 10 AM-4 PM.
Brevard HalloweenFest
Halloweenfest
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) This downtown Brevard festival features a Flight of the Vampire 5K, Children’s Fun Run, street vendors, games, music, trick-or-treating, pet costume contest and a very competitive pumpkin carving contest. 10 AM-6 PM.
Folk Art Center Clay Fest
Clay Day
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. Glaze and see the firing of raku pots. 10 AM-4 PM. Free admission.
Carolina Christmas
Victorian Christmas at Smith-McDowell House
Tour Asheville's oldest home at the Smith McDowell House, decked out with decorations from the Victorian period. Located just a few miles from Biltmore and downtown. Open Wed-Sat, 10AM-4PM.
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Free live music concert, as well as a wide variety of food and drink vendors. Lexington Avenue in Asheville. 5-9 PM.
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.
NC Mineral & Gem Festival
NC Mineral and Gem Festival
2020 EVENT CANCELED
Go to Spruce Pine to shop, swap and discover beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, fossils and more - indoors at 31 Cross Street. Mine tours also. Grassy Creek Gem Show outdoors at Parkway Fire Department (136 Majestic View) with 60 vendors.
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.
Western North Carolina Pottery Festival
Western North Carolina Pottery Festival
(2020 EVENT CANCELED)
Meet 40+ master potters from across the country at this premier juried art event. Watch them in action and buy amazing creations that you will treasure for a lifetime.
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.
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!
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.
Rutherfordton Christmas
Small Town Christmas, Rutherfordton
Many events along Main Street throughout the day 1-9 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 6:30 PM at Courthouse. All free to attend.
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."
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.
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.
Montford Arts and Music Festival
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 100+ vendors of art, crafts and food. Live music. 10 AM-7 PM.
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. 
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.
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.
Fireplace in Historic Asheville B&B
Winter Events & Valentine Outings
See our top picks for things to do and events in January, February and March - including Valentine's Weekend!
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. 
Apple Butter Festival
Apple Butter Festival, Bakersville
(2020 EVENT CANCELED)  Enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of autumn on the Creekwalk with music, crafts and homemade apple butter making during peak fall color. Free admission. 92 Crimson Laurel Way. 10 AM-4 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!
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.
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.
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.
International Day Festival, Waynesville
International Day
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) This street festival in downtown Waynesville is the ultimate cultural exchange with international and regional artwork, international dance and music from Folkmoot USA, and great food. 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission. 
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.
Yonder Vacation Rentals Asheville
This premier luxury cabin and home vacation rental firm has 120+ hand selected properties, ranging from quaint 1 bedroom cabins and lofts for romantic weekends to sprawling 8 bedroom estates for... read more
Mandala Springs Glamping Blue Ridge Parkway
Getaway from the city at this 30-acre eco-retreat surrounded by national forest just off the Blue Ridge Parkway less than 5 miles from Craggy Gardens.  Enjoy camping, glamping, tiny home... read more
Asheville Emporium Gift Shop
Asheville Emporium
This eclectic gift shop downtown features a variety of hand-crafted gifts, art, Asheville souvenirs and more by local makers, craftspeople and artists. Find t-shirts, magnets, stickers, buttons, shot glasses, plus a DIY photo booth! 25 Wall Street
Homewood Weddings Asheville
This elegant and romantic castle features original hardwood floors, cherry walls, grand Appalachian stone fireplaces and alabaster sconces. Luminous wrought iron chandeliers cast graceful... read more
Pisgah Glamping Asheville
This glamorous camping is located inside Lake Powhatan Campground in Pisgah National Forest, just 10 miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore. Each fully set up campsite includes a large... read more
Greybeard Vacation Rentals Asheville
Choose from over 200 top-notch vacation rentals and cabins in Asheville, Black Mountain, and Western NC. Plenty of options including secluded mountain top getaways, romantic cottages with hot... read more
Yonder Vacation Rentals Asheville
This premier luxury cabin and home vacation rental firm has 120+ hand selected properties, ranging from quaint 1 bedroom cabins and lofts for romantic weekends to sprawling 8 bedroom estates for... read more
Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Take a scenic train ride on excursions along the Nantahala and Tuckasegee Rivers, over the mountains, across valleys and through tunnels. Choose from a variety of train adventures departing from Bryson City. Many special event train rides including beer, wine and Polar Express.
Carolina Mornings Vacation Rentals Asheville
Whatever your needs, they've got plenty of options with the finest vacation homes and cabin rentals in and near Asheville. From cozy cabins for two to expansive lodges with top-notch... read more
Bryson City Smoky Mountains
Bryson City
Find much to do! Ride the train on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad before you explore their downtown shops and galleries, or paddleboard down the river. Nearby Deep Creek in the Smokies features camping, hiking, trout fishing and the ever-popular tubing. Raft the Nantahala River. And that's just the beginning!
Pinecrest B&B Asheville
 Comfortably elegant five-bedroom inn, Pinecrest sits on an acre of lush gardens in the desirable Montford historic district, one mile to downtown Asheville, three miles to... read more
Grove Park Inn Fall Packages Asheville
Final Days of Fall, The Omni Grove Park Inn
Stay at the iconic resort for Asheville's fall finale enjoying the crisp air, open spaces, and colorful vistas! Don't miss this special mid-week rate Sun-Thurs for deluxe accommodations, the Art of Breakfast, and complimentary overnight valet/garage parking. The package runs Sept 1-Nov 22. (Stay dates Nov 1-22)
The Lodge on Lake Lure
This luxury inn combines southern elegance with rustic serenity at a beautiful lakeside retreat. Have fun on the lake with a pontoon boat, paddle board or kayak from a local adventure... read more
North Carolina Arboretum Asheville
North Carolina Arboretum
Stroll through a variety of gardens and on peaceful woodland trails, located in Asheville adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Don't miss their impressive bonsai garden exhibit and many special events during the year.
Sauna House Asheville
Sauna House, Asheville
This Nordic style bathhouse is designed for guests to experience a variety of hot and cold therapies in a relaxed, social environment. With two large saunas, private infrared sauna, cold plunge, cold showers, heated furniture and a team of massage therapists, it’s easy to unwind and rejuvenate. Also enjoy a variety of organic loose leaf teas and sparkling waters between sessions.
Grove Park Inn Restaurants Asheville
The Omni Grove Park Inn Dining
Asheville is recognized as having one of the strongest most innovative culinary scenes in the country. At The Omni Grove Park Inn, you will find some of the finest, locally-sourced restaurants in town that will delight the foodie in your family. From restaurants to bars to terraces with breathtaking mountain views, there are so many ways to please your palate at this resort. 290 Macon Avenue (June 2020: Find an updated list of dining options on their website.)
 
Greybeard Vacation Rentals Asheville
Choose from over 200 top-notch vacation rentals and cabins in Asheville, Black Mountain, and Western NC. Plenty of options including secluded mountain top getaways, romantic cottages with hot... read more
Greybeard Vacation Rentals Asheville
Choose from over 200 top-notch vacation rentals and cabins in Asheville, Black Mountain, and Western NC. Plenty of options including secluded mountain top getaways, romantic cottages with hot... read more
Greybeard Vacation Rentals Asheville
Choose from over 200 top-notch vacation rentals and cabins in Asheville, Black Mountain, and Western NC. Plenty of options including secluded mountain top getaways, romantic cottages with hot... read more
Grove Park Inn Asheville
One of the country’s most celebrated resorts for its history, elegance and southern charm.  Ten U.S. Presidents and countless luminaries from the worlds of art, entertainment, sports,... read more
Claghorn Gold and Sports Club Tryon Resort
Cleghorn Golf and Sports Club at Tryon Resort
Located near the Tryon International Equestrian Center, this 18-hole championship course tips out at 6762 yards with a course rating of 73.3 and slope of 136. The George Cobb design offers pristine conditions, named as one of the best courses in NC by the PGA. Also go to their Cleghorn Gun Club for a sporting clay course with 15 stations for every shooter level. 183 Golf Circle, Rutherfordton
WNC Photo Tours Asheville
WNC Photo Tours
Have high-quality portraits taken or learn to capture your own on these private mountain photo tours to some of the most scenic and breathtaking locations in the Blue Ridge including waterfalls, mountain tops, forests, and more. Great for families and couples visiting the area! Transportation is also available.
WNC Photo Tours Asheville
Elk & Waterfall Tours by WNC Photo Tours
Enjoy a half-day tour traveling along the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to see the elk in Cataloochee Valley, visit a winter waterfall, and learn about photography along the way! This tour lasts 6 hours with water, snacks, private transportation, and tips & tricks print-out included. 
Grove Park Inn Spa Asheville
The Spa At The Omni Grove Park Inn
Revitalize your body and rejuvenate your senses at The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn. Built into the side of the mountain, this award-winning subterranean Spa brings the outdoors in with breathtaking natural light and stunning rock formations. Whether enjoying a soak in the restorative mineral pools, a transformative full-body massage, or dining at Sunset Terrace, you’ll soon understand why The Spa at The Omni Grove Park Inn is consistently voted as one of the top resort spas in the world. 
Yonder Wedding Rentals Asheville
Weddings deserve a beautiful and unique location. Choose from a variety of luxury vacation homes with unique locations for a personalized wedding experience. With an abundance of settings... read more
Sylva North Carolina
Sylva
Home to NC's most photographed courthouse, perched on a hill overlooking the busy historic Main Street with fantastic restaurants, breweries, general stores, shops, and festivals. Film location for 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing. Home to Terminus of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail ®️, the only fly fishing trail in the Country.
Beer Exploration
Beer Exploration
With 25 craft breweries in the North Carolina mountains near Asheville, where to begin? Use our Beer Guide to plan your strategy. You can walk to many breweries in downtown Asheville, especially in the South Slope Brewing District. Two recent big additions include Sierra Nevada and New Belgium.
Hill House B&B Asheville
Warm to a fireplace or relax in a Jacuzzi tub in your room. Unwind on the big wraparound front porch overlooking the private lawn and gardens. Enjoy sumptuous gourmet breakfasts and a... read more
Inn on Biltmore Estate
Experience luxurious hospitality, fine dining, spa services and outdoor activities on the grounds of Biltmore House, America’s largest home®. Enjoy... read more
Jack of the Wood Asheville
Jack of the Wood
This lively British Isles-style pub features Irish food items such as bangers and mash, Irish stew, fish and chips along with 18 rotating taps and one cask tap. Sample brews while local musicians fiddle away on Irish reels or picking olde-time mountain music. 95 Patton Avenue, downtown Asheville
Asheville Beer City Festival
Beer City Festival
Sample brews from 30+ local breweries downtown in Pack Square Park, with live music and local food. Hosted by Asheville Brewers Alliance, part of Beer Week. Buy tickets in advance (often sells out).
Deep Creek Hike
Deep Creek Waterfall Hike
(2.5 miles, moderate) Hike to three waterfalls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on this loop trail at Deep Creek, near Bryson City. 
Asheville Emporium Gift Shop
Asheville Emporium
This eclectic gift shop downtown on Wall Street features a variety of hand-crafted gifts, art, Asheville souvenirs and more by local makers, craftspeople and artists. Find t-shirts, magnets, stickers, buttons, shot glasses, plus a DIY photo booth!
Hidden River Events Asheville
Elope along the banks of the Swannanoa River or surrounded by the Craggy and High Windy Mountain ranges, just 15 minutes from Asheville. Choose from a variety of elopement options for up to 20... read more

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