Asheville North Carolina Top 50 Summer Festivals & Events

Summer Events & Festivals: 50 Best

Summer bring so many great festivals and events to Asheville and the western North Carolina mountains, including our many small towns. Here are our favorites! Also see special features for Memorial Day Weekend and July 4th Week. For events throughout the year, see our list of seasonal calendars.

June, July & August Events & Festivals, Asheville & NC Mountains

Biltmore Chihuly Glass
Chihuly Glass Sculptures @ Biltmore
Thursday, May 17, 2018 to Sunday, October 7, 2018
Spectacular outdoor and indoor exhibition in the gardens and Biltmore House, featuring the monumental glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly. Included in the regular admission price. Special evening tours also.
Brevard Music Center Festival
Brevard Music Center Festival
Friday, June 22, 2018 to Sunday, August 5, 2018
One of the country's premier summer music festival with 80+ performances by 500 students from around the world - joined by faculty and visiting artists for symphony, opera, pops, chamber, cabaret, Americana, and jazz. Artist Director is Keith Lockhart (Boston Pops).
Folkmoot USA
Folkmoot International Festival
Thursday, July 19, 2018 to Sunday, July 29, 2018
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.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Friday, July 20, 2018 to Sunday, July 22, 2018
Top art show! See and buy traditional and contemporary fine art and craft directly from members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, with 200+ juried artists from mountain regions of nine states. Held inside the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.
Banner Elk Art Festival
Fine Art and Mastercraft Festival
Friday, July 20, 2018 to Sunday, July 22, 2018
This outdoor show in Banner Elk is strictly fine art and master crafts by an invitation-only. Held on the lawn of the historic Elementary School (185 Azalea Cir SE). Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, glass, pottery, painting, photography, wood & more. Friday 1-5 PM, Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, Sunday 10 AM-4 PM. 
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Repeats every week 4 times.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
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."
Parade of Nations
Parade of Nations
Saturday, July 21, 2018
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. Many Cultures Day, 11 AM-4 PM, at Friendship Center.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Jul 28 2018.
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Watch horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Competitions vary each week. Free admission.
Gran Fondo
Gran Fondo Bike Race
Sunday, July 22, 2018
Join the fun of this cycling event for various levels of experience for a 30, 60 or 100-mile scenic course, starting and ending in the River Arts District in Asheville. It's a fundraiser for Friends of the Smokies.
Asheville Yoga Festival
Asheville Yoga Festival
Thursday, July 26, 2018 to Sunday, July 29, 2018
Features 30 presenters and 70+ offerings downtown, including yoga, music, outdoor activities, and unique health & wellness experts (fees). Vendor Village at Pack Square Park on Friday-Sunday is free with slackline park, music, art, body care and organic food. 
Hillbilly Jam, Maggie Valley
Hillbilly Jam
Friday, July 27, 2018 to Saturday, July 28, 2018
Head to Maggie Valley to celebrate mountain country living with music, crafts, big car show, moonshine and TV celebrities. 
Summer Lights NC Arboretum
Summer Lights Concerts, NC Arboretum
Friday, July 27, 2018 to Saturday, July 28, 2018
Enjoy music under the stars, Broadway to classical, by the Blue Ridge Orchestra with a synchronized projected light show on the woodland forest backdrop in the NC Arboretum Amphitheatre. Also held Aug 3-4.
Mamma Mia Musical
Mamma Mia, Flat Rock Playhouse
Friday, July 27, 2018 to Saturday, August 18, 2018
See the smash blockbuster musical, Mamma Mia, at the "State Theatre of NC" with a professional cast and cool setting near Hendersonville. Set to the hits of ABBA, this spirited jukebox musical will delight you. Adult tickets $20-$55. A sure sell-out on many nights!
International Day Festival, Waynesville
International Day
Saturday, July 28, 2018
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. 
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Watch horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Competitions vary each week. Free admission.
NC Mineral & Gem Festival
NC Mineral and Gem Festival
Thursday, August 2, 2018 to Sunday, August 5, 2018
Go to Spruce Pine to shop, swap and discover beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, fossils and more. $3/person. Also, go to Grassy Creek Gem Show at Parkway Fire Department (136 Majestic View) with 60 vendors and free admission.
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
Thursday, August 2, 2018 to Saturday, August 4, 2018
Since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others have come together the first weekend in August for a showcase of authentic bluegrass music and dancing in Asheville.
LEAF Downtown Asheville
LEAF Downtown Asheville
Friday, August 3, 2018 to Saturday, August 4, 2018
International music festival at Pack Square Park downtown with three stages of music, food trucks and 90 local and artisan vendors on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday until 10 PM. Free.
Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair
Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair
Friday, August 3, 2018 to Saturday, August 4, 2018
The streets around Burnsville’s town square are filled with 200 juried crafters displaying nearly every kind of handmade craft imaginable. Located 35 miles northeast of Asheville.
Wood Day at Folk Art Center
Wood Day at Folk Art Center
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Join Guild woodworkers for an exciting day exploring various forms of woodcraft. Featuring the Annual Carve Off Competition. 10 AM –4 PM.
Biltmore Village Art Fair
Village Art & Craft Fair
Saturday, August 4, 2018 to Sunday, August 5, 2018
Fantastic fair in Biltmore Village with 100 hand-selected artists from 16 states, representing the full spectrum of craft media - jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more.
Asheville Comedy Festival
Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival
Thursday, August 9, 2018 to Saturday, August 11, 2018
Get ready to laugh aa the largest stand-up comedy event in the southeast returns with 50 comics performing at mulitple venues in Asheville. Single event tickets & combo passes.
Lake Lure Olympiad
Lake Lure Olympiad
Friday, August 10, 2018 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
One of the biggest sports festivals in NC, the event in the spectacular Hickory Nut Gorge is anchored by three major races: 10K Dam Run, Triathlon and Race up Chimney Rock. Events for kids, beginner athletes and spectators, too. 
Banner Elk Art Festival
Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival
Friday, August 10, 2018 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
This outdoor show in Banner Elk is strictly fine art and master crafts by juried artists. Held on the lawn of the historic Elementary School (185 Azalea Cir SE). Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, glass, pottery, painting, photography, wood & more. Friday 1-5 PM, Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, Sunday 10 AM-4 PM.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Aug 25 2018.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region's stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions outdoors in downtown Asheville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the "green."
Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain
Sourwood Festival
Saturday, August 11, 2018 to Sunday, August 12, 2018
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. 
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, August 17, 2018
Enjoy live music, food and beer at this outdoor concert in downtown Asheville. Free admission, 5-9 PM.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region's stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions outdoors in downtown Asheville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the "green."
Riverfest Asheville
Riverfest
Saturday, August 18, 2018
A great day at New Belgium Brewery on the French Broad River near downtown Asheville with live music, food trucks, craft beers and more. Our favorite is the Anything that Floats Parade competition. Free admission.
Leicester Art Tour
Come to Leicester Studio Tour
Saturday, August 18, 2018 to Sunday, August 19, 2018
Take a free, self-guided tour to 23 studios and shops in Leicester, a community nestled in the mountains near Asheville. 10 AM-6 PM
Dillsboro Art Festival
Summer Arts and Crafts Market
Saturday, August 18, 2018
More than 40 local artists display and demo their arts and crafts in artsy Dillsboro, 10 AM-4 PM. Plus, live music, food and hands-on activities. 
Forest City Car Show
Hot Nights, Cool Rides Auto Show
Saturday, August 18, 2018
One of the largest car shows in the South lines Main Street in Forest City, with a big variety of 400 vehicles including hot rods, motorcycles, model T's and classic Mustangs. Food and live music. Free admission. 9 AM-8 PM. 
Dirty Dancing Festival
Dirty Dancing Festival
Friday, August 24, 2018 to Saturday, August 25, 2018
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.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, August 25, 2018
Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region's stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions outdoors in downtown Asheville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the "green."
Organicfest
Organicfest
Sunday, August 26, 2018
In Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville, 10 AM-6 PM, with live music, organic local food and beer, cooking demos, samplings, natural arts and crafts. Free.
Asheville Fall Events
Fall Events & Festivals
Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Find our favorite autumn events and festivals during September and October in Asheville and the NC mountains.
Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day Weekend Events & Things to Do
Saturday, September 1, 2018 to Monday, September 3, 2018
See our special list of top events, festivals and things to do during Labor Day Weekend in Asheville and the surrounding towns and mountains.

Past Events

Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, July 21, 2018
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."
Parade of Nations
Parade of Nations
Saturday, July 21, 2018
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. Many Cultures Day, 11 AM-4 PM, at Friendship Center.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Watch horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Competitions vary each week. Free admission.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Friday, July 20, 2018 to Sunday, July 22, 2018
Top art show! See and buy traditional and contemporary fine art and craft directly from members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, with 200+ juried artists from mountain regions of nine states. Held inside the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.
BBQ Festival
Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Friday, July 20, 2018 to Saturday, July 21, 2018
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. Tickets $5/person. 
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, July 20, 2018
Enjoy live music, food and beer in downtown Asheville, starting at 5 PM. Free admission.
Banner Elk Art Festival
Fine Art and Mastercraft Festival
Friday, July 20, 2018 to Sunday, July 22, 2018
This outdoor show in Banner Elk is strictly fine art and master crafts by an invitation-only. Held on the lawn of the historic Elementary School (185 Azalea Cir SE). Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, glass, pottery, painting, photography, wood & more. Friday 1-5 PM, Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, Sunday 10 AM-4 PM. 
Folkmoot USA
Folkmoot International Festival
Thursday, July 19, 2018 to Sunday, July 29, 2018
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.
Big Crafty Asheville
The Big Crafty
Sunday, July 15, 2018
150+ local indie artists, crafters, makers with food, drink and music in Pack Square Park downtown, 12-7:30 PM.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, July 14, 2018
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."
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Watch horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Competitions vary each week. Free admission.
Wild Goose Festival
Wild Goose Festival
Thursday, July 12, 2018 to Sunday, July 15, 2018
A festival of justice, spirituality, music and the arts in Hot Springs. Talk, listen, eat and camp together, captivated and challenged by the call of radical humanity, and who seek to celebrate diversity and promote the common good.
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Thursday, July 12, 2018 to Sunday, July 15, 2018
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.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, July 7, 2018
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."
Coon Dog Day, Saluda
Coon Dog Day Festival
Saturday, July 7, 2018
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.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Watch horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Competitions vary each week. Free admission.
Asheville Art Festival
Downtown Asheville Festival of the Arts
Saturday, July 7, 2018 to Sunday, July 8, 2018
See 100+ regional, local and national artists and craft artisans with fine jewelry, a big variety of art and hand-crafted apparel and decor. Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Free admission. 10 AM-5 PM. 
Maggie Valley Crafts Festival
Maggie Valley Summer Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday, July 7, 2018 to Sunday, July 8, 2018
Meet 100 artisans and crafters from the Southeast with a big variety of art, outdoors at the Festival Grounds (3374 Soco Road) in Maggie Valley. 9 AM-4 PM each day. Free admission and parking.
Red, White & Bluegrass Festival
Red, White & Bluegrass Festival
Wednesday, July 4, 2018 to Saturday, July 7, 2018
Go to one of the top bluegrass music festivals in the South, with 20+ bands including some national headliners. Camping, food, crafts and more in a beautiful park in Morganton. Fireworks on the 4th. Daily admission starts at $25/advance and $30/gate. Four day pass is $60/advance and $75/gate.
Bryson City Freedom Fest July 4th
Freedom Fest
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Experience an old-fashioned Fourth of July celebration and street festival in Bryson City with a 5K, crafts, food, contests, live music and the best fireworks show in the Smokies.
July 4th
July 4th Week Festivals, Parades, Fireworks
Sunday, July 1, 2018 to Saturday, July 7, 2018
Much is happening on Independence Day and weekend. See our list of July 4th Celebrations
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
Repeats every week 3 times.
Saturday, June 30, 2018
See and buy fine arts and crafts from dozens of local artists at Pack Square Park in downtown. 10 AM-5 PM.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, June 30, 2018
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."
Pow Wow at Cherokee
Pow Wow at Cherokee
Saturday, June 30, 2018 to Sunday, July 1, 2018
Experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. Enjoy crafts, food and fireworks, too.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Watch horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Competitions vary each week. Free admission.
Mile High Fourth
Mile High Fourth
Saturday, June 30, 2018 to Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Neighboring towns of Banner Elk and Beech Mountain join for events all weekend: Art on the Greene, summer theatre, roasting of the pig with fireworks, outdoor concerts daily, Fourth Parade & Party in the Park.
Pots on the Green
Pots On the Green
Saturday, June 30, 2018 to Sunday, July 1, 2018
See works from 15 invitational potters in Cashiers; includes a big pottery sale, demonstrations and more on the Village Green, gazebo and park. 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission.
Banner Elk Art
Art on the Greene
Saturday, June 30, 2018 to Sunday, July 1, 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.
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
Saturday, June 23, 2018
See and buy fine arts and crafts from dozens of local artists at Pack Square Park in downtown. 10 AM-5 PM.
WNC Daylily Society
WNC Daylily Flower Show
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Hundreds of daylilies will be on display and for sale at the North Carolina Arboretum, hosted by the WNC Daylily Society. Society members provide information on care and cultivation of daylilies.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Watch horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Competitions vary each week. Free admission.
Asheville Farm Tour
Farm Tour
Saturday, June 23, 2018 to Sunday, June 24, 2018
Visit 20 farms in the Asheville area that are not normally open to the public and see what happens behind the scenes. Presented by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), farms are located in many counties. 12-5 PM. Passes $30/car in advance, $40/car day of.
Field Day at Joara
Field Day at Historic Joara Site
Saturday, June 23, 2018
450th anniversary of the first European inland settlement in the USA at Fort San Juan (predates Jamestown by 40 years). Open for excavation tours, demos of primitive skills and Cherokee craft. Located at 1700 Henderson Mill Road, Morganton, 10 AM-2 PM, parking $5, admission free.
Hola Asheville Festival
Hola Asheville
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Experience the sights, sounds, music, pageantry, colorful costumes, food, art and extraordinary talent of Latin America. Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville. 12-8 PM. Free admission. 
Upper French Broad Riverfest
Upper French Broad Riverfest
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Celebrate the headwaters with outdoor fun for all ages, 10 AM- 3 PM including canoe relay, outdoor gear flea market, hands-on activities, free tubing, music, food trucks and more. Champion River Park and Rosman Town Hall (6 Main Street, Rosman)
Brevard Music Center Festival
Brevard Music Center Festival
Friday, June 22, 2018 to Sunday, August 5, 2018
One of the country's premier summer music festival with 80+ performances by 500 students from around the world - joined by faculty and visiting artists for symphony, opera, pops, chamber, cabaret, Americana, and jazz. Artist Director is Keith Lockhart (Boston Pops).
Studio Tour
Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour
Friday, June 22, 2018 to Saturday, June 23, 2018
Take a free self-guided driving tour of the galleries and working studios of Graham and Swain Counties and buy arts and crafts directly from the artist. Pick up a map at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center near Fontana Lake and Robbinsville. 10 AM-5 PM. 
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
Saturday, June 16, 2018
See and buy fine arts and crafts from dozens of local artists at Pack Square Park in downtown. 10 AM-5 PM.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Watch horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Competitions vary each week. Free admission.
Front Street Arts Festival
Front Street Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Stroll down the main street in artsy Dillsboro and see works 40 of the best regional artisans, along with family entertainment and festival food. Many galleries, too. 10 AM-4 PM. 
All Go West Music Festival
All Go West Music Festival
Saturday, June 16, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018
From traditional bluegrass to funk and soul, rock, jazz and hip-hop, enjoy five stages of musical diversity in West Asheville - both outdoors and indoors. Local vendors Shows start each day at noon and continue through 2 AM Saturday and 10 PM on Sunday. Free. 743 Haywood Road. 
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Epic adult day camp at Sierra Nevada Brewery includes obstacle course, keg bowling, hammerschlogan, silent disco, costume contest and more. Pair those with their iconic and special collaboration beers, along with great food. 12-5 PM. $25/person includes entertainment, games and shuttle.
Rhododendron Festival
Rhododendron Festival
Friday, June 15, 2018 to Sunday, June 17, 2018
Two Rhododendron Festivals (North Carolina and Tennessee versions) are held in the Roan Mountain area!
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, June 15, 2018
Enjoy live music, food and beer in downtown Asheville, starting at 5 PM on Lexington Avenue. Free admission.
Folk Art Center Clay Fest
Clay Fest
Saturday, June 9, 2018
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. Watch the Clay Olympics. 10 AM-4 PM. Free admission.
Bluff Mountain Festival
Bluff Mountain Festival
Saturday, June 9, 2018
This free, family-friendly festival in Hot Springs (at the spa) features great old-time and bluegrass music, ballads, clogging, square dancing, as well as a silent auction and raffle of regional artwork, local crafts, vacation packages and more. 10 AM to 6 PM. Offers an array of delicious foods, too.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Watch horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Competitions vary each week. Free admission.
Xpand Fest
Xpand Fest
Saturday, June 9, 2018
A innovative, fun outdoor festival in the South Slope near downtown Asheville showcasing the creative arts as a tool for positive change in our world. 12-10 PM. Free admission.
Cherokee Voices Festival
Cherokee Voices Festival
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Experience the 11,000-year old Cherokee culture through dance, music, storytelling, arts and crafts. Held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, 10 AM-5 PM, with a blowgun contest at 11 AM. Traditional food available for purchase. Free admission. 
VeganFest Asheville
VeganFest
Friday, June 8, 2018 to Sunday, June 10, 2018
Asheville is one of the top USA cities for vegan living. Speakers and workshops 9-5 at Orange Peel on Friday & Saturday. Outdoor festival in Pack Square Park Sunday 11 AM-5 PM. All day events are free. Ticketed evening benefit events.
Cold Mountain Music Festival
Cold Mountain Music Festival
Friday, June 8, 2018 to Saturday, June 9, 2018
Outdoor festival with plenty of live music, food trucks, beer & wine and more at Lake Logan in Pisgah National Forest south of Waynesville, about 30 miles from Asheville. Weekend tickets $75/person. Camping and accommodations available - reserve early.
Livermush Festival
Livermush Festival
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Line up for your free Hunter's livermush sandwich while enjoying live music, hog calling, eating contest and more in downtown Marion, 5-9 PM.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Watch horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring entertainment, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Competitions vary each week. Free admission.
Asheville Beer City Festival
Beer City Festival
Saturday, June 2, 2018
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).
Air Fair Hendersonville
Air Fair & Fly In
Saturday, June 2, 2018 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
Go to the Western North Carolina Air Museum in Hendersonville for their big annual open house, airplane rides, children’s Ornithopter rides and antique cars and motorcycles. 10 AM-5 PM each day. Free parking and admission. May 31st update: CANCELLED due to area flooding
Mermaid Parade
Mermaid Parade & Festival, Marshall
Saturday, June 2, 2018
The legend is that for one day each year, sea creatures and mermaids leave their ocean home and travel the French Broad River to Downtown Marshall. Arts, crafts and music 12-7 PM, seafood cook-off and parade at 6 PM with costumes and lots of water balloons and guns.
NC Gold Festival
NC Gold Festival
Friday, June 1, 2018 to Saturday, June 2, 2018
Two small festivals east of Asheville, one in Old Fort and the other south of Marion, both with exhibits, mining demonstrations, gold panning, arts and crafts, music and food. Free admission.
Toe River Studio Tour
Toe River Studio Tour
Friday, June 1, 2018 to Sunday, June 3, 2018
More than 100 fine artists and crafts people in every medium open their studios for a free, self-guided cultural adventure in the Penland, Spruce Pine and Burnsville area.
Asheville Drum Circle
Drum Circle
Friday, June 1, 2018
Hear and feel the beat at the weekly drum circle every Friday night in downtown in Pritchard Park. And dance the night away!
Concerts in Sylva
Concerts on the Creek, Sylva
Friday, June 1, 2018
Unwind on Fridays with this free outside live music summer series in downtown Sylva. Shows are 7-9 PM at the Bridge Park, two blocks from Main Street with shops, restaurants and breweries (so come early!). Family-friendly with a big variety of music. Bring a chair or blanket.
Biltmore Chihuly Glass
Chihuly Glass Sculptures @ Biltmore
Thursday, May 17, 2018 to Sunday, October 7, 2018
Spectacular outdoor and indoor exhibition in the gardens and Biltmore House, featuring the monumental glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly. Included in the regular admission price. Special evening tours also.

For events throughout the year, see our list of seasonal calendars.

June 2-August 18, 2018
America's most popular outdoor drama, Unto These Hills, is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee Indians. Set against the backdrop of the... read more
May 26-September 3, 2018
Use both your eyes and nose to discovery fascinating tidbits about the artistry, history and science of fragrance at... read more
In 2018, the Asheville area will celebrate the long history of glassblowing in western North Carolina. The "Summer of Glass" runs May-October with many special events. Watch artists at work, tour... read more
The fall leaf show in the mountains and foothills surrounding Asheville in western North Carolina brings a kaleidoscope of colors for many weeks. Our Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains have one of... read more