Top 40 Asheville Spring Events & Festivals

Spring Events & Festivals: Top 40

Here are our top picks for Spring events and festivals in the Asheville area in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina - including Easter WeekendMother's Day Weekend, and Memorial Day Weekend. For events throughout the year, see our list of seasonal calendars

April & May Events in Asheville & Western NC

Cider Wine and Dine Weekend Hendersonveille
Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend
Friday, April 21, 2023 to Sunday, April 23, 2023
Visit the Hendersonville area for 50+ events celebrating food and drink! Wineries and cideries partner with other outdoor venues for a signature three-day event featuring tours, tastings, food trucks, live music, wine releases, and more. Set amidst the backdrop of apple blossom season in this Blue Ridge Mountain town.
Fiber Weekend
Fiber Day, Folk Art Center
Saturday, May 13, 2023
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. Free admission. 
Bigfoot Festival, Marion NC
WNC Bigfoot Festival
Friday, May 19, 2023 to Saturday, May 20, 2023
A quirky festival that celebrates the legendary Sasquatch, held in downtown Marion 36 miles east of Asheville. In addition to Bigfoot-themed items and local crafts, talk with sighters from across the country with evidence that it exists. Calling contest too!

Past Events

Asheville Summer Festivals
Top 50 Summer Festivals & Events
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 to Wednesday, August 31, 2022
See our list of the best festivals and summer events in Asheville and the surrounding towns and mountains during June-August.
Lake Lure Arts Festival
Lake Lure Spring Arts Festival
Saturday, May 28, 2022 to Monday, May 30, 2022
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
Garden Jubilee Hendersonville
Garden Jubilee Festival
Saturday, May 28, 2022 to Sunday, May 29, 2022
One of the largest gardening shows in Western North Carolina, this garden lover's top event happens over Memorial Day weekend with more than 200 plant and craft vendors lining Main Street in Hendersonville. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM daily. 
Banner Elk Art
Art on the Greene
Saturday, May 28, 2022 to Sunday, May 29, 2022
Find a big variety of 40 artists working with metal, glass, pottery, wood, jewelry and more in downtown Banner Elk. Many restaurants, shops and things to do nearby. Benefits their historic school renovation. 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission.
Asheville Art Festival
Downtown Asheville Festival of the Arts
Saturday, May 28, 2022 to Sunday, May 29, 2022
See 100+ regional, local and national artists and craft artisans with fine jewelry, a big variety of art and hand-crafted apparel and decor. Downtown Asheville (80 Court Plaza). Free admission. 10 AM-5 PM. 
Concerts on the Creek
Concerts on the Creek, Sylva
Friday, May 27, 2022
Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with free outside live music in downtown Sylva 7-9 PM at the Bridge Park, two blocks from Main Street with shops, restaurants and breweries. Family-friendly, bring a chair or blanket.
Memorial Day Weekend NC
Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 27, 2022 to Monday, May 30, 2022
Find many events, festivals and our top things to do to kick off summer during the holiday weekend in Asheville and the NC mountains.  
Asheville Beer Week
Asheville Beer Week
Friday, May 27, 2022 to Sunday, June 5, 2022
Experience the largest annual celebration of craft beer in Asheville and western NC with a big variety of beer-related events including releases and tastings paired with music, food and great settings. 
GRIND Fest Asheville
GRINDFest AVL
Friday, May 27, 2022 to Monday, May 30, 2022
This free 4-day festival celebrates black business and entrepreneurship in Asheville. Enjoy a weekend of music, live performances, food, local vendors, community connection, and more in the River Arts District on Depot St.
Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda Arts Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2022
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.
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, May 20, 2022
Enjoy great music, food and beer in downtown Asheville at this free popular outdoor concert. 5-9 PM
Hook Line Sinker
Hook, Line and Drinker Festival
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Celebrating the WNC Fly Fishing Trail and local breweries, with craft beer vendors, food trucks, fishing guides and vendors, and live music 3-7 PM at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva (76 Railroad Avenue). 
Mayfest Rutherfordton
Mayfest
Saturday, May 7, 2022
Downtown Rutherfordton's Main Street is filled with crafts, vendors, food, live music, demonstrations, and plenty of kids activities - including a Pinewood Derby Race. 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission.
Mothers Day Weekend Asheville
Mother's Day Weekend
Saturday, May 7, 2022 to Sunday, May 8, 2022
Find ideas for events and things to do with mom or grandma in Asheville and the mountains, including flowers, shopping, art, spas and more.
Fire on the Mountain Blacksmith Festival, Spruce Pine
Fire On the Mountain
Saturday, April 30, 2022
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.
Pioneer Festival
Pioneer Day
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Experience traditional Appalachian crafts, food, games, music and storytelling (10-4) at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort with historic log cabins. Free admission.
Spring Herb Festival at WNC Ag Center
Spring Herb Festival at WNC Ag Center
Friday, April 29, 2022 to Sunday, May 1, 2022
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.
Earth Day Kid's Festival Asheville
Earth Day Kid's Festival
Sunday, April 24, 2022
This kid-centered festival celebrates Earth Day with a variety of fun, environmentally-focused activities for kids in grades K-12 including arts, crafts, music performances, hands-on learning, interactive booths, and more. 12 AM-4 PM at Rabbit Rabbit in Downtown Asheville.
Uncommon Market Asheville
Uncommon Market
Repeats every month on the 22 of May 1 times.
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Asheville’s largest curated, pop-up market for antiques, art, vintage decor, jewelry, and beyond is in the River Arts District. Rain or shine. 10 AM-4 PM. (1 Foundy Street)
NOC Spring Fling, Demo Days & Kayak Competition
NOC Spring Fling
Saturday, April 23, 2022 to Sunday, April 24, 2022
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.
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Saturday, April 23, 2022
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.
Potters Market Marshall
Madison Potters Market
Friday, April 22, 2022 to Sunday, April 24, 2022
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.  Enjoy artisan coffee and pastries from a local baker and delicious lunches from one of Asheville's favorite food trucks. 9 AM-4 PM. Free admission. 
candlelight orchestra
Candlelight Orchestra
Friday, April 22, 2022 to Saturday, April 23, 2022
Enjoy classical music by flickering candlelight at The Asheville Theatre. World-class orchestral musicians and vocalists will feature inspiring music from “The Greatest Showman." Tickets start at $45/person.
Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Saturday, April 16, 2022
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.
Steeplechase
Tryon Block House Steeplechase
Saturday, April 16, 2022
A festive day with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating and the sights & sounds of thoroughbreds thundering past in Tryon, at the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races.
Easter Weekend in Asheville
Easter Weekend in Asheville
Saturday, April 16, 2022 to Sunday, April 17, 2022
Easter Weekend brings blooms, bunnies, egg hunts, Sunday brunch, sunrise services and more in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains.
Downtown After 5 Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, April 15, 2022
Enjoy live music, food, and beer at this big outdoor concert in downtown Asheville. Free admission, 5-9 PM.
Glass & Metal Day
Glass & Metal Day at Folk Art Center
Saturday, April 2, 2022
Artists showcase the elements of metal and glass inside the Folk Art Center on Blue Ridge Parkway. Includes blacksmithing, glass blowing, knife making, bezeling, repoussé, copper etching, stained glass, forging and more. 10 AM-4 PM. Free.
Biltmore Blooms
Biltmore Blooms
Friday, April 1, 2022 to Thursday, May 26, 2022
This festival of flowers celebrates two months of spring blooms that include 75,000+ tulips, orchids, azaleas, and elaborate floral displays inside Biltmore House.
CODA Music Festival Montreat
CODA Music Festival
Saturday, April 24, 2021
This music festival held at Montreat College near Black Mountain is entirely student-organized, providing students with hands-on experience in creating a fun family-friendly event, celebrating art and culture. 1 PM-8 PM. 
Pack Square Park
Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony
Monday, May 25, 2020
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. 
Kenilworth Artists Open Studio Tour
Kenilworth Artists Open Studio Tour
Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020
Kenilworth neighborhood, just five minutes from downtown Asheville, annual Open Studio Tour features 20+ jewelers, painters, glass-workers, fabric artists, potters, woodworkers, photographers and more!
Rose Show
Rose Show
Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020
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.
Arts & Crafts Fair
Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair, Cashiers
Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020
See works from 90 of the finest artisans from the Southeast on the Village Green in Cashiers, 10 AM-5 PM. Find ironwork, woodcraft, textiles, cakes, jams, pottery and more. Free admission, but donations accepted.
Cowee Valley Pottery Festival
Cowee Valley Pottery Festival
Saturday, May 23, 2020
Held at the historic Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center near Franklin, this juried pottery show and pottery sale includes demonstrations, food trucks, talks and more. 10 AM-4 PM
Luthier
Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational
Friday, May 22, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020
This new festival in Burnsville celebrates hand-built stringed instruments with an emphasis on artists who craft them and musicians who play them. Luthiers showcase creations and lead workshops on songwriting, guitar and ukulele playing. Concerts and other events.
Montford Arts and Music Festival
Montford Arts and Music Festival
Saturday, May 16, 2020
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.
Spring Go Chimney Rock
Spring-Go!
Saturday, May 9, 2020
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.
Pisgah Pride Day
Pisgah Forest Pride Day
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Join the fun and help with work projects in Pisgah National Forest in the Looking Glass area - including trail maintenance, repairs, plantings and more (sign up in advance), coordinated by The Pisgah Conservancy.
Orchid Show
Asheville Orchid Festival
Saturday, April 4, 2020 to Sunday, April 5, 2020
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.
Plowing Days
Old-Time Plowing and Folkways
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Take a time-warp at the Cradle of Forestry to the days of the Biltmore Forest School. Meet homesteaders and watch their draft horses plow the heritage garden. Then take a turn at it yourself. Living history guides bring traditional Blue Ridge culture to life. 9 AM-5 PM. 
Henry River Mill Fest
Mill Vill Fest
Saturday, May 4, 2019
First ever festival is this abandoned Henry River mill village near Morganton, film location for The Hunger Games. Fundraiser to save the village. Music, food trucks, beer/wine and behind the scenes tours. Free admission. 12-4 PM. GPS Address: 4255 Henry River Road, Hickory

Spring Festivals

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