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 Mother's Day and Memorial Day Weekend. Many are free! Enjoy.

April & May 2016 Events in Asheville & Western NC

Biltmore Blooms
Biltmore Blooms
Saturday, March 18, 2017 to Thursday, May 25, 2017
This festival of flowers celebrates two months of spring blooms that include 75,000+ tulips, orchids, azalaeas and elaborate floral displays.
Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro
Saturday, April 15, 2017
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.
Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock
Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Celebrate Easter by watching the sun rise over Hickory Nut Gorge during the annual service atop Chimney Rock. Free admission.

Past Events

Asheville Summer Festivals
Summer Festivals & Events - June, July & August
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 to Wednesday, August 31, 2016
See our list of the best festivals and summer events in Asheville and the surrounding towns and mountains during June-August.
Pack Square Park
Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony
Monday, May 30, 2016
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 28, 2016 to Sunday, May 29, 2016
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 28, 2016 to Monday, May 30, 2016
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 28, 2016 to Sunday, May 29, 2016
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 Festival
Garden Jubilee Festival
Saturday, May 28, 2016 to Sunday, May 29, 2016
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.
Rose Show
Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society Exhibition
Saturday, May 28, 2016 to Sunday, May 29, 2016
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.
Asheville Beer City Festival
Beer City Festival
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Sample brews from 30+ local breweries downtown in Pack Square Park on Memorial Day Weekend, with live music and local food. Hosted by Asheville Brewers Alliance, it's the kickoff to Beer Week. Buy tickets in advance (often sells out).
Mountain Sports Festival
Mountain Sports Festival
Friday, May 27, 2016 to Sunday, May 29, 2016
Whether you’re a hardcore athlete or a newbie trying an event for the first time, the annual Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville offers something for you. Memorial Day Weekend
Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
Friday, May 27, 2016 to Sunday, May 29, 2016
Celebrating the Vaudeville Revival here in Asheville. See renowned circus and burlesque artists from around the world. They promise fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease!
Concerts on the Creek
Concerts on the Creek, Sylva
Friday, May 27, 2016
Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with free outside live music in downtown Sylva, with Freeway Revival (rock/Americana) 7-9 PM at the Bridge Park, two blocks from Main Street with shops, restaurants and breweries. Family friendly, bring a chair or blanket.
River District Artists Studio Stroll
River District Artists Studio Stroll
Saturday, May 21, 2016 to Sunday, May 22, 2016
Tour studios of 160+ artists with an eclectic mix, from traditional to cutting-edge. See special gallery exhibits and demonstrations. Near downtown Asheville and Biltmore.
Montford Arts and Music Festival
Montford Arts and Music Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016
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.
Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda Arts Festival
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Outstanding festival with 100% handpicked 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 Five
Downtown After Five
Friday, May 20, 2016
Enjoy free live music, food and beer in downtown Asheville.
Dahlia Tuber and Mum Plant Sale
Dahlia Tuber and Mum Plant Sale
Sunday, May 15, 2016
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.
Fiber Weekend
Fiber Weekend
Saturday, May 14, 2016 to Sunday, May 15, 2016
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. 
Chimney Rock Village
SpringGo!
Saturday, May 14, 2016
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, and a grilled dinner and a special outdoor performance by the Rutherford County Orchestra at the Gathering Place.
Classic Car Show
Spring Fling Car Show
Saturday, May 14, 2016
See antique cars, collectibles, hot rods, classic trucks, motorcycles and more at the Asheville Outlets, 10 AM-3 PM. Free admission.

LEAF Festival
LEAF Festival
Thursday, May 12, 2016 to Sunday, May 15, 2016
A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multicultural musical and dance odyssey.
Steeplechase
Block House Steeplechase
Saturday, May 7, 2016
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.
Weaverville Art Safari
Weaverville Art Safari
Saturday, May 7, 2016 to Sunday, May 8, 2016
Drive scenic country roads to visit 35 artists in their studios and galleries about 10 minutes north of Asheville. Mother's Day Weekend! Free.
Tour de Falls at DuPont State Forest
Tour de Falls at DuPont State Forest
Saturday, May 7, 2016 to Sunday, May 8, 2016
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!
Mother’s Day Special
Mother’s Day Special
Saturday, May 7, 2016 to Sunday, May 8, 2016
Bring your family together and treat mom to beautiful scenery with spring wildflowers at Chimney Rock Park. Buy one regularly-priced adult ticket and mom or grandma receives one free with coupon. Download coupon on the Chimney Rock Web site.
AT Wild Foods Adventure
AT Wild Foods Adventure
Friday, May 6, 2016 to Sunday, May 8, 2016
Join Wild Abundance naturalists for an exploration of plant life in Appalachia during a 3-day hike on the Appalachian Trail. Forage delectable edibles and prepare them for communal dinners. Bring your own gear. From $235/person sliding scale
Fire On the Mountain
Fire On the Mountain
Saturday, April 30, 2016
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.
Ramp Festival
Ramp Festival
Saturday, April 30, 2016 to Sunday, May 1, 2016
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
Migratory Bird Day
Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Take a guided bird walk, attend a live raptor program and see a bird survey demonstration at the Cradle of Forestry. The forests and fields here are alive with song as migratory birds arrive at their summer habitats.
Rhododendron & Azalea Flower Show
Rhododendron & Azalea Flower Show
Saturday, April 30, 2016 to Sunday, May 1, 2016
Presented by the American Rhododendron Society, SE Chapter, this judged event features hundreds of Rhododendron and Azalea blooms at The North Carolina Arboretum. Also see the National Native Azalea Repository.
French Broad River Festival
French Broad River Festival
Friday, April 29, 2016 to Sunday, May 1, 2016
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.
Spring Herb Festival at Western NC Farmer's Market
Spring Herb Festival at Western NC Farmer's Market
Friday, April 29, 2016 to Sunday, May 1, 2016
Largest Herb Festival in the Southeast with 50+ herb businesses with herb plants anywhere, herbs, books, soaps, herbal crafts, medicinal herbs, lotions, dried flowers, herbal baked goods, herbal gifts and much more.
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
Sunday, April 24, 2016
This festival at Highland Brewing Company will include hands-on activities, a grilled cheese cook off, milking demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops, vendors and 19 cheese makers from across the south. Advance tickets (at www.mountaincheesefest.com) are $12 for ages 13+. Tickets at the door $15. 12-4 PM.
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Celebrate the arrival of spring with this downtown Sylva street festival, about an hour's drive west of Asheville.
Earth Day at Chimney Rock
Earth Day at Chimney Rock
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Join Chimney Rock State Park rangers, biologists and other environmental educators to learn about the great work being done to protect our beautiful landscape. Booths will be located in Chimney Rock Village behind the Old Rock Café. Free.
NOC Spring Fling, Demo Days & Kayak Competition
NOC Spring Fling
Friday, April 22, 2016 to Sunday, April 24, 2016
Celebrate spring on the Nantahala River with a free, family-friendly event that includes the Hometown Throwdown by World Kayak, vendor fair and gear demos at NOC's Outfitter's Store, live music, and whitewater fun with scheduled releases of the Cascades and Upper sections of the river.
Trailfest
Trailfest
Friday, April 15, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016
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.
Orchid Show
Asheville Orchid Festival
Thursday, April 14, 2016 to Sunday, April 17, 2016
The Western NC Orchid Society hosts the 2016 American Orchid Society’s national spring meeting at the North Carolina Arboretum. Hundreds of orchids will be on display and vendors will be selling orchids.
Appalachian Trial Founder's Bridge Festival
Appalachian Trial Founder's Bridge Festival
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Nantahala Outdoor Center's (NOC) special event to celebrate the nation's most beloved footpath, the 2,179-mile Appalachian Trail. Both weekend day hikers and long distance warriors are welcome. Nantahala Hilly Half Marathon & 5K is a fun trail run.
Mother Earth News Fair
Mother Earth News Fair
Saturday, April 9, 2016 to Sunday, April 10, 2016
Huge, sustainable living event with more than 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations at the WNC Ag Center.
Plowing Days
Old Time Plowing and Folkways
Saturday, April 9, 2016
Take a time warp at the Cradle of Forestry to the days of the Biltmore Forest School. Meet homesteaders David and Diane and their Percheron draft horses. Observe the horses plow the heritage garden and even take a turn at it yourself. Visit with living history volunteers as they bring traditional Blue Ridge culture to life. $5/person, children under 16 free
Potters of Madison County
Potters of Madison County
Saturday, April 2, 2016
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.
Drum Circle
Drum Circle
Friday, April 1, 2016
Hear and feel the beat at the weekly drum circle every Friday night in downtown Asheville in Pritchard Park. And dance the night away!
Start the summer season in Asheville during Memorial Day Weekend with many things to do and a big variety of events and festivals.Kick off the weekend on Friday night (May 27, 2016) with:Concerts on... read more
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Meander through the scenic mountain valleys to visit 50+ artists in their studios and galleries. Get the tour map and drive country roads to visit as many of the studios as you want. It's a... read more
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