Asheville Area Top 50 Summer Festivals & Events

Summer Events & Festivals: 50 Best

Summer brings 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

Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Aug 31 2019.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
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
Saturday, August 24, 2019
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.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Aug 31 2019.
Saturday, August 24, 2019
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.
Smoky Mountain Folk Festival Lake Junaluska
Smoky Mountain Folk Festival
Friday, August 30, 2019 to Saturday, August 31, 2019
Held on beautiful Lake Junaluska, this longtime favorite includes two nights of the finest traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachians with region's finest fiddlers, banjo players, ballad singers and square dance teams.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, August 31, 2019
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."
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, August 31, 2019
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.
Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day Weekend Events & Things to Do
Saturday, August 31, 2019 to Monday, September 2, 2019
See our special list of top events, festivals and things to do during Labor Day Weekend in Asheville and the surrounding towns and mountains.
Asheville Fall Events
Fall Events & Festivals
Sunday, September 1, 2019 to Thursday, October 31, 2019
Find our favorite autumn events and festivals during September and October in Asheville and the NC mountains.

Past Events

Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, August 17, 2019
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."
Leicester Art Tour
Come to Leicester Studio Tour
Saturday, August 17, 2019 to Sunday, August 18, 2019
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
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, August 17, 2019
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.
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, August 16, 2019
Enjoy live music, food and beer at this outdoor concert in downtown Asheville. Free admission, 5-9 PM.
Forest City Car Show
Hot Nights, Cool Rides Auto Show
Friday, August 16, 2019 to Saturday, August 17, 2019
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. Cruise-in Friday night starting at 6 PM. Show is Saturday 9 AM-8 PM.
NC Bluegrass Festival
NC State Bluegrass Festival
Thursday, August 15, 2019 to Saturday, August 17, 2019
This big outdoor concert weekend in Marion is on the grounds of Tom Johnson's Camping Center - complete with camping options, pavilion and dozens of performers. Single day and weekend tickets.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, August 10, 2019
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 10, 2019 to Sunday, August 11, 2019
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. 
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, August 10, 2019
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.
Lake Lure Olympiad
Lake Lure Olympiad
Friday, August 9, 2019 to Sunday, August 11, 2019
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 9, 2019 to Sunday, August 11, 2019
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.
Waldensian Festival
Waldensian Festival
Friday, August 9, 2019 to Saturday, August 10, 2019
The charming town of Valdese celebrates the "Glorious Return" of the Waldenses from exile in Switzerland to their native Italy in 1689. Find 170+ vendors crafts, great food and top-quality entertainment. Main Street. 9 AM-6 PM. Friday night concert also. Near Morganton.
Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival
Fine Art & Master Crafts Festival
Friday, August 9, 2019 to Sunday, August 11, 2019
This outdoor show in Banner Elk features juried fine art and master crafts. Held on the lawn of the historic School (185 Azalea Cir SE), find mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, glass, pottery, painting, photography, wood & more. Friday 1-5 PM, Saturday 10 AM-5 PM, Sunday 10 AM-4 PM.
Oskar Blues Burning Can Beer Festival
Oskar Blues's Burning CAN Beer Festival
Friday, August 9, 2019 to Saturday, August 10, 2019
The weekend-long lawn jam on their scenic REEB Ranch by DuPont State Forest includes a beer fest with 50+ craft-canning breweries, internationally touring bands, camping, food trucks, and plenty of mountain sports.
Asheville Comedy Festival
Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 to Saturday, August 10, 2019
Get ready to laugh at the largest stand-up comedy event in the southeast returns with 40 comics performing at mulitple venues in Asheville. Single event tickets & combo passes.
Wood Day at Folk Art Center
Wood Day at Folk Art Center
Saturday, August 3, 2019
Join Guild woodworkers for an exciting day exploring various forms of woodcraft. Featuring the Annual Carve Off Competition. 10 AM –4 PM.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, August 3, 2019
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.
Biltmore Village Art Fair
Village Art & Craft Fair
Saturday, August 3, 2019 to Sunday, August 4, 2019
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.
LEAF Downtown Asheville
LEAF Downtown Asheville
Friday, August 2, 2019 to Saturday, August 3, 2019
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 2, 2019 to Saturday, August 3, 2019
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.
NC Mineral & Gem Festival
NC Mineral and Gem Festival
Thursday, August 1, 2019 to Sunday, August 4, 2019
Go to Spruce Pine to shop, swap and discover beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, fossils and more - indoors at 31 Cross Street. Mine tours also. Grassy Creek Gem Show outdoors at Parkway Fire Department (136 Majestic View) with 60 vendors.
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
Thursday, August 1, 2019 to Saturday, August 3, 2019
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.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Repeats every week 4 times.
Saturday, July 27, 2019
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."
International Day Festival, Waynesville
International Day
Saturday, July 27, 2019
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 27, 2019
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.
Hillbilly Jam, Maggie Valley
Hillbilly Jam
Friday, July 26, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019
Head to Maggie Valley to celebrate mountain country living with music, crafts, big car show, moonshine and TV celebrities. 
Asheville Yoga Festival
Asheville Yoga Festival
Thursday, July 25, 2019 to Sunday, July 28, 2019
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. 
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, July 20, 2019
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 20, 2019
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.
Riverfest Asheville
Riverfest
Saturday, July 20, 2019
A festive day at New Belgium Brewery on the French Broad River near downtown Asheville with live music, food trucks, craft beers and more - benefits RiverLink. Our favorite is the Anything that Floats Parade competition. Free admission.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, July 20, 2019
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.
BBQ Festival
Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Friday, July 19, 2019 to Saturday, July 20, 2019
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, 305 Tappan Street. Fri 4-10 PM, Sat 10-10. Tickets $5/person. 
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, July 19, 2019
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 19, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019
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. 
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Thursday, July 18, 2019 to Sunday, July 21, 2019
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.
Folkmoot USA
Folkmoot International Festival
Thursday, July 18, 2019 to Sunday, July 28, 2019
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 14, 2019
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 13, 2019
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 13, 2019
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 11, 2019 to Sunday, July 14, 2019
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 11, 2019 to Sunday, July 14, 2019
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 6, 2019
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 6, 2019
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 6, 2019
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.
Banner Elk Art
Art on the Greene
Saturday, July 6, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 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. 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission.
Asheville Art Festival
Downtown Asheville Festival of the Arts
Saturday, July 6, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019
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 6, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019
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.
Pow Wow at Cherokee
Pow Wow at Cherokee
Friday, July 5, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019
Experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. Enjoy crafts, food and fireworks, too.
Red, White & Bluegrass Festival
Red, White & Bluegrass Festival
Thursday, July 4, 2019 to Saturday, July 6, 2019
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 $15/advance. Event pass starts at $25/person.
Bryson City Freedom Fest July 4th
Freedom Fest
Thursday, July 4, 2019
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
Monday, July 1, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019
Much is happening throughout the Week of July 4th with many parades and fireworks on Independence Day - in Asheville and many small towns in western North Carolina mountains.
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
Repeats every week 3 times.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
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 29, 2019
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.
Studio Tour
Arts & Crafts Drive-About Tour
Friday, June 28, 2019 to Saturday, June 29, 2019
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 22, 2019
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 22, 2019
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 22, 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
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.
Pots on the Green
Pots On the Green
Saturday, June 22, 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
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.
Hola Asheville Festival
Hola Asheville
Saturday, June 22, 2019
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 22, 2019
Celebrate the headwaters with outdoor fun for all ages, 10 AM-3:30 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)
Rhododendron Festival
Rhododendron Festival
Friday, June 21, 2019 to Sunday, June 23, 2019
Two Rhododendron Festivals (North Carolina and Tennessee versions) are held in the Roan Mountain area! The one in Bakersville NC is Friday & Saturday.
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, June 21, 2019
Enjoy live music, food and beer in downtown Asheville, starting at 5 PM on Lexington Avenue. Free admission.
Brevard Music Center Festival
Brevard Music Center Festival
Friday, June 21, 2019 to Sunday, August 4, 2019
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).
Bluff Mountain Festival
Bluff Mountain Festival
Saturday, June 15, 2019
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.
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
Saturday, June 15, 2019
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 15, 2019
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 and Crafts, Dillsboro
Front Street Arts & Crafts Show
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Stroll downtown artsy Dillsboro and interact with more than 40 of the region's best artisans. Browse the many shops and galleries while experiencing some of the areas best restaurants. Entertainment and festival food round out a great family day that celebrates mountain art and culture. Free admission. Pets welcomed. 10 AM-4 PM.
alien festival
Spruce Pine Alien Conference & Expo
Friday, June 14, 2019 to Saturday, June 15, 2019
Join alien and UFO enthusiasts the first annual street festival in downtown Spruce Pine to celebrate aliens and UFOs. Hear national speakers discuss stories of encounters and sightings. Buy out of this world souvenirs. Dress up for the costume contest.
VeganFest Asheville
VeganFest
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Asheville is one of the top USA cities for vegan living. Outdoor festival features vegan food, beer, lifestyle vendors and educational speakers in Pack Square Park 11 AM-6 PM. Free admission.
Folk Art Center Clay Fest
Clay Day
Saturday, June 8, 2019
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. 10 AM-4 PM. Free admission.
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, June 8, 2019
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 8, 2019
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 8, 2019
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. 
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp
Saturday, June 8, 2019
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. 12-6 PM. $25/person includes entertainment, games and shuttle.
Mermaid Parade
Mermaid Parade & Festival, Marshall
Saturday, June 8, 2019
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 11-7 PM, seafood cook-off and parade at 6 PM with costumes and lots of water balloons and guns.
Cradle of Forestry Get Outdoors Page
National Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, June 8, 2019
The Cradle of Forestry celebrates with free admission and plenty of outdoor activities in Pisgah National Forest near Sliding Rock, including hikes, demos, historic buildings, and kid's educational fun. 10 AM-4 PM.
Asheville Drum Circle
Drum Circle
Friday, June 7, 2019
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 7, 2019
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.
NC Gold Festival
NC Gold Festival
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Strike it rich at the Official NC Gold Fest in Old Fort with exhibits, mining demonstrations, gold panning, arts and crafts, music and food. Free admission.
Livermush Festival, Marion
Livermush Festival
Saturday, June 1, 2019
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 1, 2019
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 1, 2019
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 1, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
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.
Toe River Studio Tour
Toe River Studio Tour
Friday, May 31, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Drive scenic mountain roads to find 100 fine artists and crafts people in every medium at their studios for a free, self-guided cultural adventure in the Penland, Spruce Pine and Burnsville area.
Cold Mountain Music Festival
Cold Mountain Music Festival
Friday, May 31, 2019 to Saturday, June 1, 2019
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. Day passes from $45/person. Camping and accommodations available - reserve early.

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

Coon Dog Day Festival, Saluda

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