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

Vanderbilt Clothing Biltmore House
Vanderbilt House Party Clothing at Biltmore
Friday, February 8, 2019 to Monday, May 27, 2019
See the fabulous clothing exhibition inside Biltmore House, “A Vanderbilt House Party: A Gilded Age” and imagine yourself as a cherished guest at one of George and Edith Vanderbilt's grand turn-of-the-century celebrations. Included in admission.
Biltmore Blooms
Biltmore Blooms
Monday, April 1, 2019 to Thursday, May 23, 2019
This festival of flowers celebrates two months of spring blooms that include 75,000+ tulips, orchids, azalaeas and elaborate floral displays inside Biltmore House.
Drum Circle
Drum Circle
Friday, April 5, 2019
Hear and feel the beat at the weekly drum circle every Friday night in downtown Asheville in Pritchard Park. And dance the night away!
Connect: Beyond the Page Festival
Connect: Beyond the Page Festival
Friday, April 5, 2019 to Sunday, April 7, 2019
3-day conference in Asheville bridges creative disciplines, bringing together musicians, writers, filmmakers, media personalities and social activists. Includes an eclectic lineup of panels, speakers and performances.
Orchid Show
Asheville Orchid Festival
Saturday, April 6, 2019 to Sunday, April 7, 2019
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 6, 2019
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. $6/person, children under 16 are free. 
Madison Potters Market
Madison Potters Market
Saturday, April 13, 2019
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.
Steeplechase
Tryon Block House Steeplechase
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Usher in spring 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.
River Arts District 2nd Saturday Events
Second Saturdays, River Arts District
Repeats every month on May on the second Saturday 2 times.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Home to over 200 artists, the River Arts District (near downtown Asheville & Biltmore) is extra festive on each second Saturday. Find show openings, hands-on classes, demos, music and more in 23 repurposed industrial buildings along the French Broad River.
Easter Weekend in Asheville
Easter Weekend in Asheville
Friday, April 19, 2019 to Sunday, April 21, 2019
Easter Weekend brings blooms, bunnies, egg hunts, Sunday brunch, sunrise services and more in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains.
Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Saturday, April 20, 2019
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.
Carolina Donut Festival, Marion
Carolina Donut Festival
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Western NC's sweetest festival includes thousands of delicious donuts, food trucks, donut-eating contest, pageant, crafts, 5K, half-marathon and a variety of vendors on Main Street in Marion, 10 AM-3 PM.
Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock
Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock
Sunday, April 21, 2019
Celebrate Easter by watching the sun rise over Hickory Nut Gorge during the annual service atop Chimney Rock. Free admission.
Cider Wine & Dine Weekend
Cider Wine & Dine Weekend
Thursday, April 25, 2019 to Sunday, April 28, 2019
Visit Hendersonville area cideries and wineries for many special events (most free) including special hard cider & wine tastings, cooking demos, food truck festival, dinners, orchard hikes, music, tours and more.
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Saturday, April 27, 2019
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.
Fire On the Mountain
Fire On the Mountain
Saturday, April 27, 2019
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.
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
Saturday, April 27, 2019
This festival at Highland Brewing Company includes hands-on fun, chef competition, milking demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops, vendors and 19 cheesemakers from across the south. Advance tickets $14 for ages 12+. Tickets at the door $20. 12-5 PM. 
Weaverville Art Safari
Weaverville Art Safari
Saturday, April 27, 2019 to Sunday, April 28, 2019
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.
Pisgah Pride Day
Pisgah Forest Pride Day
Saturday, April 27, 2019
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. 9 AM-2 PM.
Pioneer Festival
Pioneer Day & Mountain Thunder Car Show
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Two events in Old Fort: See traditional Appalachian crafts, food, games and storytelling (10-5) at the Mountain Gateway Museum. Then stroll by a big variety of classic cars and trucks on Commerce Street (9-2). Free admission.
French Broad River Festival
French Broad River Festival
Friday, May 3, 2019 to Sunday, May 5, 2019
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.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat May 25 2019.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Watch horse jumping and riding with the best jockeys in the country at the impressive, new Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring music, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Events vary each week. Free admission.
Mayfest Rutherfordton
Mayfest
Saturday, May 4, 2019
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.
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
LEAF Festival
LEAF Festival
Friday, May 10, 2019 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multicultural musical and dance odyssey - longtime favorite festival held in Black Mountain on a lake with camping and limited tickets.
Fiber Weekend
Fiber Weekend
Saturday, May 11, 2019 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
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. 
Chimney Rock Village
Spring-Go!
Saturday, May 11, 2019
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.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Watch horse jumping and riding with the best jockeys in the country at the impressive, new Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring music, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Events vary each week. Free admission.
River Arts District 2nd Saturday Events
Second Saturdays, River Arts District
Saturday, May 11, 2019
Home to over 200 artists, the River Arts District (near downtown Asheville & Biltmore) is extra festive on each second Saturday. Find show openings, hands-on classes, demos, music and more in 23 repurposed industrial buildings along the French Broad River.
Mothers Day Weekend Asheville
Mother's Day Weekend
Saturday, May 11, 2019 to Sunday, May 12, 2019
Find ideas for events and things to do with mom or grandma in Asheville and the mountains, including flowers, shopping, art, spas and more.
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, May 17, 2019
Enjoy great music, food and beer in downtown Asheville at this free popular outdoor concert. 5-9 PM
Montford Arts and Music Festival
Montford Arts and Music Festival
Saturday, May 18, 2019
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.
Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda Arts Festival
Saturday, May 18, 2019
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.
Hook Line and Drinker Festival
Hook, Line and Drinker Festival
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Celebrating the WNC Fly Fishing Trail and local breweries, with craft beer vendors, food trucks, fishing guides and vendors, and live music 12:30-4:30 PM at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva (76 Railroad Avenue). Free admission.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Watch horse jumping and riding with the best jockeys in the country at the impressive, new Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring music, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Events vary each week. Free admission.
Concerts on the Creek
Concerts on the Creek, Sylva
Friday, May 24, 2019
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 24, 2019 to Monday, May 27, 2019
Find many events, festivals and our top things to do to kick off summer during the holiday weekend in Asheville and the NC mountains.  
Kenilworth Artists Open Studio Tour
Kenilworth Artists Open Studio Tour
Saturday, May 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
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!
Lake Lure Arts Festival
Lake Lure Arts Festival
Saturday, May 25, 2019 to Monday, May 27, 2019
Featuring handmade creations from more than 60 artisans from across the region, including painting, photography, jewelry, leather, metal, soaps and more on Memorial Day Weekend. Admission is free. Across from the beach, 2771 Memorial Highway.
White Squirrel Festival
White Squirrel Festival
Saturday, May 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
Go nuts at the White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard that features a parade, plenty of live music, food, arts and much on Memorial Day Weekend.
Garden Jubilee Hendersonville
Garden Jubilee Festival
Saturday, May 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
This huge plant and crafts festival covers eight blocks of Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Free seminars and tips from expects - including decks and patios. Memorial Day Weekend.
Rose Show
Rose Show
Saturday, May 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
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 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
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.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, May 25, 2019
Watch horse jumping and riding with the best jockeys in the country at the impressive, new Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring music, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Events vary each week. Free admission.
Banner Elk Art
Art on the Greene
Saturday, May 25, 2019 to Sunday, May 26, 2019
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.
Pack Square Park
Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony
Monday, May 27, 2019
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. 
Asheville Summer Festivals
Top 50 Summer Festivals & Events
Saturday, June 1, 2019 to Saturday, August 31, 2019
See our list of the best festivals and summer events in Asheville and the surrounding towns and mountains during June-August.

Past Events

GroFest Music Festival
GRO Fest
Saturday, May 12, 2018
This outdoor music festival celebrates and supports the farmers of Polk County with music by Asheville's Town Mountain, Aaron Burdett Band and others, plus food, beer and wine. At Harmon Dairy Farm with mountain views, near Columbus. 4-10 PM. $30/person 
Space Day PARI
Space Day at PARI
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Explore this former NASA campus hidden in Pisgah National Forest that is now a research and educational center for space and science. Tours, star gazing, minerals, NASA artifacts, meteorites, hands-on exhibits and more for all ages. Free admission. 10 AM-11 PM.
Crafted Spirits Tryon
Huckleberrys Crafted Spirits Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Sample spirits from 19 NC distillers along North Trade Street in downtown Tryon. Also includes arts, crafts, a dozen food trucks and live music. 12-5 PM. Free admission.
Spring Herb Festival at Western NC Farmer's Market
Spring Herb Festival at Western NC Farmer's Market
Friday, May 4, 2018 to Sunday, May 6, 2018
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.
NOC Spring Fling, Demo Days & Kayak Competition
NOC Outdoor Elements Festival
Saturday, April 14, 2018
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. 9 AM-8 PM

See our main Events Page for a list of all of our calendars!

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