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

Air Fair Hendersonville
Air Fair & Fly In
Saturday, June 5, 2021 to Sunday, June 6, 2021
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.
Bonsai Expo at NC Arboretum
Carolina Bonsai Expo at NC Arboretum
Saturday, June 12, 2021 to Sunday, June 13, 2021
As the premier annual bonsai event of the Southeast, the Expo offers programs for both the bonsai community and general public. It features a juried display of bonsai, a renowned bonsai marketplace, workshops, free demonstrations and more. Free event admission, parking fee.
Bluff Mountain Festival
Bluff Mountain Festival
Sunday, June 13, 2021
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Cherry Bounce Festival, Forest City
Cherry Bounce Festival
Friday, June 18, 2021 to Saturday, June 19, 2021
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) Go to Forest City to celebrate a famous moonshiner with music, crafts, food trucks and cherry-inspired dishes and drinks. Kicks off Friday evening with a big, free outdoor concert.
Rhododendron Festival
Rhododendron Festival
Saturday, June 19, 2021 to Sunday, June 20, 2021
(NC 2020 EVENT CANCELED) Two Rhododendron Festivals (North Carolina and Tennessee versions) are held in the Roan Mountain area! The one in Bakersville NC is Friday & Saturday. In TN, it's Saturday & Sunday.
Wild Goose Festival
Wild Goose Festival
Thursday, July 15, 2021 to Sunday, July 18, 2021
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.
Mt Mitchell Crafts Fair
Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair
Friday, August 6, 2021 to Saturday, August 7, 2021
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.

Past Events

Hillbilly Jam, Maggie Valley
Hillbilly Jam
Friday, October 30, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020
Head to Maggie Valley to celebrate mountain country living with music, crafts, big car show, moonshine and TV celebrities. 
VeganFest Asheville
VeganFest
Saturday, October 10, 2020 to Sunday, October 11, 2020
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.
Labor Day Weekend
Labor Day Weekend Events & Things to Do
Friday, September 4, 2020 to Monday, September 7, 2020
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
Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020
Find our favorite autumn events and festivals during September and October in Asheville and the NC mountains.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Repeats every week every Saturday 3 times.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED)
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
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Aug 29 2020.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Repeats every week every Thursday and every Friday and every Saturday until Sun Aug 30 2020.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Friday, August 28, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, August 22, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED)
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 22, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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 Elk Fest
Smoky Mountain Elk Fest
Saturday, August 22, 2020 to Sunday, August 23, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED)
Go to Maggie Valley to celebrate the elk and our great outdoors with a big festival on Saturday and other special tours and events. 
Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend
Blue Ridge Heritage Weekend
Saturday, August 22, 2020 to Sunday, August 23, 2020
Held on the spacious farm grounds of the historic Shelton House and Museum of NC Handicrafts in Waynesville, enjoy a craft fair, Appalachian dancing, tours, music, barn exhibits, food trucks, farmers market, and theatre. * The 2020 event will be completely outdoors with plenty of room to spread out and hand sanitizing stations throughout. Please wear a mask and enjoy the show!
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, August 21, 2020
Enjoy live music, food and beer at this big outdoor concert in downtown Asheville. Free admission, 5-9 PM.
Forest City Car Show
Hot Nights, Cool Rides Auto Show
Friday, August 21, 2020 to Saturday, August 22, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED)
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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Friday, August 21, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, August 15, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED)
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 15, 2020 to Sunday, August 16, 2020
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 15, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Cold Mountain Music Festival
Cold Mountain Music Festival
Friday, August 14, 2020 to Saturday, August 15, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Friday, August 14, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
NC Bluegrass Festival
NC State Bluegrass Festival
Thursday, August 13, 2020 to Saturday, August 15, 2020
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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain
Sourwood Festival
Saturday, August 8, 2020 to Sunday, August 9, 2020
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 8, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
LEAF Downtown Asheville
LEAF Downtown Asheville
Friday, August 7, 2020 to Saturday, August 8, 2020
2020 EVENT CANCELEDInternational 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.
Lake Lure Olympiad
Lake Lure Olympiad
Friday, August 7, 2020 to Sunday, August 9, 2020
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. 
Waldensian Festival
Waldensian Festival
Friday, August 7, 2020 to Sunday, August 9, 2020
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.
Oskar Blues Burning Can Beer Festival
Oskar Blues's Burning CAN Beer Festival
Friday, August 7, 2020 to Saturday, August 8, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Friday, August 7, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
Thursday, August 6, 2020 to Saturday, August 8, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) A favorite showcase since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others come together for a showcase of authentic bluegrass music and dancing in Asheville.
Asheville Comedy Festival
Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival
Thursday, August 6, 2020 to Saturday, August 8, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Repeats every week 4 times.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED) 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."
Wood Day at Folk Art Center
Wood Day at Folk Art Center
Saturday, August 1, 2020
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 1, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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 1, 2020 to Sunday, August 2, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Friday, July 31, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
NC Mineral & Gem Festival
NC Mineral and Gem Festival
Thursday, July 30, 2020 to Sunday, August 2, 2020
2020 EVENT CANCELED
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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, July 25, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED) 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 25, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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 25, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Friday, July 24, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Love Shine Play Yoga Festival
Love Shine Play Yoga Festival
Thursday, July 23, 2020 to Sunday, July 26, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) Formally the Yoga Festival, this event features 40 presenters and 90+ offerings downtown, including yoga, music, outdoor activities, and health & wellness experts (fees). Mountain Air Market at Pack Square Park on Friday-Sunday is free with slackline park, music, art, body care, and organic food. 
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, July 18, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED) 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."
BBQ Festival
Spruce Pine BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, July 18, 2020
(POSTPONED, TBA) 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. 
Parade of Nations
Parade of Nations
Saturday, July 18, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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. 
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, July 18, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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, July 18, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, July 17, 2020
Enjoy live music, food and beer in downtown Asheville, starting at 5 PM. Free admission.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Friday, July 17, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Thursday, July 16, 2020 to Sunday, July 19, 2020
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 in downtown Asheville.
Folkmoot USA
Folkmoot International Festival
Thursday, July 16, 2020 to Sunday, July 26, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Big Crafty Asheville
The Big Crafty
Sunday, July 12, 2020
See 150+ local indie artists, crafters, makers with food, drink and music in Pack Square Park downtown, 12-6 PM.
Shindig on the Green
Shindig on the Green
Saturday, July 11, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED) 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 11, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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 11, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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.
Maggie Valley Crafts Festival
Maggie Valley Summer Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday, July 11, 2020 to Sunday, July 12, 2020
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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Riverfest Asheville
Riverfest
Friday, July 10, 2020 to Friday, July 31, 2020
While the 2020 event is canceled, you can still participate in the Anything That Floats Parade July 10-31.
(2020 EVENT CANCELED)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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Friday, July 10, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Thursday, July 9, 2020 to Sunday, July 12, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Tryon International Equestrian Center, NC
Saturday Night Lights
Saturday, July 4, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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.
Bryson City Freedom Fest July 4th
Freedom Fest
Saturday, July 4, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Banner Elk Art
Art on the Greene
Saturday, July 4, 2020 to Sunday, July 5, 2020
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 4, 2020 to Sunday, July 5, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) See 100+ regional, local and national artists and craft artisans with fine jewelry, a big variety of art and hand-crafted apparel and decor. Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville. Free admission. 10 AM-5 PM. 
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Pow Wow at Cherokee
Pow Wow at Cherokee
Friday, July 3, 2020 to Sunday, July 5, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) Experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. Enjoy crafts, food and fireworks, too.
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Friday, July 3, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
Arbor Evenings NC Arboretum Asheville
Arbor Evenings, NC Arboretum
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Sip and stroll through the NC Arboretum gardens after dark (8-11 PM) with live music and see the illuminated Lego sculptures. Light food, beer, and wine available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person. 
July 4th
July 4th Week Festivals, Parades, Fireworks
Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to Sunday, July 5, 2020
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 27, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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 27, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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.
Brevard Music Center Festival
Brevard Music Center Summer Festival
Friday, June 26, 2020 to Sunday, August 9, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) One of the country's premier summer music festivals with 100+ 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 26, 2020 to Saturday, June 27, 2020
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. 
Pots on the Green
Pots On the Green
Friday, June 26, 2020 to Saturday, June 27, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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.
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
Saturday, June 20, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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 20, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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 20, 2020 to Sunday, June 21, 2020
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.
Hola Asheville Festival
Hola Asheville
Saturday, June 20, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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. 
Downtown After 5, Asheville
Downtown After Five
Friday, June 19, 2020
Enjoy live music, food, and beer in downtown Asheville, starting at 5 PM on Lexington Avenue. Free admission.
Folk Art Center Clay Fest
Clay Day
Saturday, June 13, 2020
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.
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park
Saturday, June 13, 2020
(2020 EVENT CANCELED) 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 13, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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.
Cherokee Voices Festival
Cherokee Voices Festival
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Experience the 11,000-year old Cherokee culture through dance, music, storytelling, blowgun contest, arts and crafts. Held at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, 10 AM-5 PM. Traditional food available for purchase. Free admission. 
Cradle of Forestry Get Outdoors Page
National Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, June 13, 2020
**Due to COVID-19 concerns, this event is canceled for 2020.  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.
alien festival
Spruce Pine Alien Conference & Expo
Saturday, June 13, 2020
*2020 festival is CANCELED* Join alien and UFO enthusiasts the out-of-this-world 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.
Livermush Festival, Marion
Liver Mush Festival
Saturday, June 6, 2020
(2020 EVENT POSTPONED) Line up for your free Hunter's liver mush 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 6, 2020
(2020 SUMMER EVENT CANCELED. WILL RETURN IN FALL)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.
Mermaid Parade
Mermaid Parade & Festival, Marshall
Saturday, June 6, 2020
** Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year's event is canceled. Will return in 2021. 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 AM-11 PM, seafood cook-off and parade at 6 PM with costumes and lots of water balloons and guns.
Toe River Studio Tour
Toe River Studio Tour
Friday, June 5, 2020 to Sunday, June 7, 2020
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.
Asheville Drum Circle
Drum Circle
Friday, June 5, 2020
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 5, 2020
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.
Organicfest
Organicfest
Sunday, August 25, 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.
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)
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.
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.

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

Coon Dog Day Festival, Saluda

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