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 Weekend and Memorial Day Weekend. For events throughout the year, see our list of seasonal calendars.

April & May Events in Asheville & Western NC

Biltmore Titanic Costumes
Titanic Movie Costumes at Biltmore
Friday, February 9, 2018 to Friday, May 18, 2018
See the fabulous costume exhibition inside Biltmore House, “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie” with 45 costumes and stories about the Vanderbilt travels and connection to the Titanic.
Biltmore Blooms
Biltmore Blooms
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 to Friday, May 25, 2018
This festival of flowers celebrates two months of spring blooms that include 75,000+ tulips, orchids, azalaeas and elaborate floral displays inside Biltmore House.
Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock
Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Celebrate Easter by watching the sun rise over Hickory Nut Gorge during the annual service atop Chimney Rock. Free admission.
Drum Circle
Drum Circle
Friday, April 6, 2018
Hear and feel the beat at the weekly drum circle every Friday night in downtown Asheville in Pritchard Park. And dance the night away!
Plowing Days
Old-Time Plowing and Folkways
Saturday, April 7, 2018
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. $5/person, children under 16 are free. 
Lincoln Festival
Bostic Lincoln Spring Festival
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Visit what many claim to be the birthplace of President Abe Lincoln, with tours, food, crafts, exhibits and more. Near Forest City. 10 AM-3 PM. Free.
NOC Spring Fling, Demo Days & Kayak Competition
NOC Outdoor Elements Festival
Friday, April 13, 2018 to Saturday, April 14, 2018
Celebrate spring at Nantahala Outdoor Center with a free, family-friendly event by the Nantahala River with the NRC 4Fun Freestyle event, vendor fair, gear demos, and specials at the Outfitter's Store.
Potters of Madison County
Potters Market
Saturday, April 14, 2018
20+ ceramic artists from the Southeast showcase diverse contemporary selection at the Marshall High Studios in downtown Marshall, 9 AM-4 PM. No admission fee.
Steeplechase
Block House Steeplechase
Saturday, April 14, 2018
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.
Earth Day at Chimney Rock
Earth Day at Chimney Rock
Saturday, April 21, 2018
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.
Donut Festival
Carolina Donut Festival
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Western NC's sweetest festival includes a Donut Dash 5K, half-marathon, donut-eating contest, pageant, art and a variety of vendors on Main Street in Marion, 10 AM-4 PM.
Mother Earth News Fair
Mother Earth News Fair
Saturday, April 28, 2018 to Sunday, April 29, 2018
Huge, sustainable living event with more than 200 hands-on workshops and demonstrations at the WNC Ag Center.
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Greening Up the Mountains Festival
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Celebrate the arrival of spring with this downtown Sylva street festival, about an hour's drive west of Asheville.
Fire On the Mountain
Fire On the Mountain
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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.
Weaverville Art Safari
Weaverville Art Safari
Saturday, April 28, 2018 to Sunday, April 29, 2018
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.
Migratory Bird Day
Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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.
Pioneer Festival
Pioneer Day & Mountain Thunder Car Show
Saturday, April 28, 2018
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.
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest
Sunday, April 29, 2018
This festival at Highland Brewing Company includes hands-on fun, grilled cheese cook-off, milking demonstrations, panel discussions, workshops, vendors and 19 cheesemakers from across the south. Advance tickets $14 for ages 12+. Tickets at the door $20. 12-4 PM. 
French Broad River Festival
French Broad River Festival
Friday, May 4, 2018 to Sunday, May 6, 2018
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, 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.
Pisgah Pride Day
Pisgah Forest Pride Day
Saturday, May 5, 2018
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.
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, meteorites, hands-on exhibits and more for all ages. Free. 9 AM-4 PM.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat May 26 2018.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
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.
LEAF Festival
LEAF Festival
Thursday, May 10, 2018 to Sunday, May 13, 2018
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.
Dahlia Tuber and Mum Plant Sale
Dahlia Tuber Sale & World Bonsai Day
Saturday, May 12, 2018
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. See their full bonsai collection with morning guided tours.
Fiber Weekend
Fiber Weekend
Saturday, May 12, 2018 to Sunday, May 13, 2018
Craftspeople at the Folk Art Center share their inspiration and expertise in a variety of textile arts. Saturday demonstrations 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 12, 2018
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 by the Rutherford County Orchestra at the Gathering Place.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, May 12, 2018
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.
Turkey Tail Wine Festival
Turkey Tail Wine Festival
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Sample wines from 8 wineries on the grounds of the grand Inn at Glen Alpine near Morganton. Live music, festival food, and arts and crafts. Bring your own blanket or chair! No pets. 12-5 PM. Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the gate (cash only). 
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, May 18, 2018
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 19, 2018
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 19, 2018
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 & Drinker Festival
Hook, Line and Drinker Festival
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Celebrating the WNC Fly Fishing Trail and local breweries, with craft beer vendors, food trucks, fishing guides and vendors, and live music 12-4 PM at Bridge Park Pavilion in downtown Sylva. Free admission.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, May 19, 2018
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.
Mountain Sports Festival
Mountain Sports Festival
Friday, May 25, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
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. 
Concerts on the Creek
Concerts on the Creek, Sylva
Friday, May 25, 2018
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.
Memorial Day Weekend NC
Memorial Day Weekend
Friday, May 25, 2018 to Monday, May 28, 2018
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 26, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
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 26, 2018 to Monday, May 28, 2018
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 26, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
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 26, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
This Downtown Hendersonville Festival is the ideal event for passionate gardeners searching for the perfect plants, unique lawn and garden accessories, and arts and crafts. Memorial Day Weekend.
Rose Show
Rose Show
Saturday, May 26, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
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 26, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
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 26, 2018
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 26, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018
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 28, 2018
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
Friday, June 1, 2018 to Friday, August 31, 2018
See our list of the best festivals and summer events in Asheville and the surrounding towns and mountains during June-August.

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

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