June 3-4, 2022
This fun street festival in Downtown Brevard honors some special wildlife critters, the white squirrels. These are not albinos, but siblings to the gray Eastern tree squirrel. This particular species made its way to Brevard in 1949 as a result of a carnival wreck in central Florida.
White Squirrel Weekend is a unique and nutty summer event that's fun for people of all ages! The music is the major showcase, giving prominence to national and even international performers who are connected to Transylvania County, with 14 free concerts! And there's plenty of food, art, and crafts.
It’s no wonder that the White Squirrel Festival was recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 May festivals. (Traditionally, the festival was held on Memorial Day Weekend, but has since been moved to June.)
For those who don’t believe they really exist, walk through nearby Brevard College, the squirrels’ favorite feeding grounds. Those lucky enough to live in Transylvania County will be displaying their winning photos of these wildlife critters caught on film. Photo entries will be on display, as well as a White Squirrel Exhibit that recalls their Brevard history and the results of the squirrel count that takes place every year.
Free admission. For safety reasons, dogs are not allowed. No alcohol is allowed at festival, except for the approved designated areas.
White Squirrel 2022 will kick off Friday evening and festivities run through Saturday evening with the NC Guitar Celebration at the Brevard Music Center. WNC native and renowned guitarist Bryan Sutton has curated an A-list line-up of guitar players and musicians for a concert celebration of the acoustic guitar.
Visitors are encouraged to stay through Sunday and enjoy food, music. and demonstrations. Cycling enthusiasts are encouraged to register for the 18th annual WNC Flyer road race hosted at Oskar Blues Brewery.
The music stage is located inside the beer garden and adjacent to the food truck corral. Bring your own chair!
Directions from Asheville: I-26 East to exit 40/Highway 280/Airport toward Brevard. Downtown Brevard is 33 miles from Downtown Asheville.