Spring Events & Festivals: Top 40

Top 50 Summer Festivals & Events

Monday, June 1, 2020 to Monday, August 31, 2020

See our list of the best festivals and summer events in Asheville and the surrounding towns and mountains during June-August.

Beer City Festival

Saturday, May 30, 2020

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).

Saturday Night Lights

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat May 30 2020.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

**Canceled due to COVID-19. Will return Fall 2020. Watch horse jumping and riding with the best jockeys in the country at the impressive Tryon International Equestrian Center with an exciting atmosphere featuring music, food, kids' activities and Venetian carousel rides. Events vary each week. Free admission.

Memorial Day Concert and Ceremony

Monday, May 25, 2020

Held on the Roger McGuire Green Stage of Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville starting at 2:30 PM with the Army National Guard's Army Band performing a half-hour before and after the ceremony. Free.

Kenilworth Artists Open Studio Tour

Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020

Kenilworth neighborhood, just five minutes from downtown Asheville, annual Open Studio Tour features 20+ jewelers, painters, glass-workers, fabric artists, potters, woodworkers, photographers and more!

Lake Lure Spring Arts Festival

Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Monday, May 25, 2020

See and buy craft and art by 90+ artists from many different disciplines during Memorial Day Weekend. Also enjoy entertainment, food vendors and the beauty of the lake. Free admission. 119 Arcade St, Lake Lure

Garden Jubilee Festival

Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020

This huge plant and crafts festival covers eight blocks of Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Free seminars and tips from expects - including decks and patios. Memorial Day Weekend.

Rose Show

Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020

Exhibition at the North Carolina Arboretum by Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society with award-winning roses of every color and size. Experts on hand to answer questions and provide information about the selection, care and history of roses.

Rotary Arts & Crafts Fair, Cashiers

Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020

See works from 90 of the finest artisans from the Southeast on the Village Green in Cashiers, 10 AM-5 PM. Find ironwork, woodcraft, textiles, cakes, jams, pottery and more. Free admission, but donations accepted.

Saturday Night Lights

Saturday, May 23, 2020

**Canceled due to COVID-19. Free admission.

Art on the Greene

Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 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. Benefits their historic school renovation. 10 AM-5 PM. Free admission.

Downtown Asheville Festival of the Arts

Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020

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. 10 AM-5 PM.

Cowee Valley Pottery Festival

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Held at the historic Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center near Franklin, this juried pottery show and pottery sale includes demonstrations, food trucks, talks and more. 10 AM-4 PM

White Squirrel Festival

Friday, May 22, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020

Go nuts at the White Squirrel Festival in downtown Brevard that features a parade, plenty of live music, food, arts and much more on Memorial Day Weekend.

Concerts on the Creek, Sylva

Friday, May 22, 2020

Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with free outside live music in downtown Sylva 7-9 PM at the Bridge Park, two blocks from Main Street with shops, restaurants and breweries. Family-friendly, bring a chair or blanket.

Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 22, 2020 to Monday, May 25, 2020

Find many events, festivals and our top things to do to kick off summer during the holiday weekend in Asheville and the NC mountains.

Mountain Acoustics Luthier Invitational

Friday, May 22, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020

This new festival in Burnsville celebrates hand-built stringed instruments with an emphasis on artists who craft them and musicians who play them. Luthiers showcase creations and lead workshops on songwriting, guitar and ukulele playing. Concerts and other events.

Asheville Beer Week

Friday, May 22, 2020 to Sunday, May 31, 2020

Experience the largest annual celebration of craft beer in Asheville and western NC with a big variety of beer-related events including releases and tastings paired with music, food and great settings.

Montford Arts and Music Festival

Saturday, May 16, 2020

One of the largest one day free music and arts festivals in Asheville, held on Montford and Soco near downtown, with 100+ vendors of art, crafts and food. Live music. 10 AM-7 PM.

Saluda Arts Festival

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Outstanding festival with 100% hand-picked regional artists along Saluda's historic Main Street. See a big diversity of art media and enjoy music representing Americana, blues, folk and contemporary. Watch artist demonstrations. Free. 10 AM-4 PM.

Hook, Line and Drinker Festival

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Celebrating the WNC Fly Fishing Trail and local breweries, with craft beer vendors, food trucks, fishing guides and vendors, and live music 3-7 PM at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva (76 Railroad Avenue).

Saturday Night Lights

Saturday, May 16, 2020

**Canceled due to COVID-19. Free admission.

Downtown After Five

Friday, May 15, 2020

**Due to COVID-19 concerns, this show will be live-streamed from the Orange Peel on www.IamAVL.com. Enjoy great music, food and beer in downtown Asheville at this free popular outdoor concert. 5-9 PM

LEAF Festival

Thursday, May 14, 2020 to Sunday, May 17, 2020

A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multicultural musical and dance odyssey - longtime favorite festival held in Black Mountain on a lake with camping and limited tickets.

Fiber Weekend

Saturday, May 9, 2020 to Sunday, May 10, 2020

Craftspeople at the Folk Art Center share their inspiration and expertise in a variety of textile arts. Saturday demos include quilting and appliqué, doll making, weaving, mixed media fiber arts, clothing, printing design, tapestry weaving and natural dyeing. Two fashion shows on Sunday (Mother's Day)! Free admission.


Saturday, May 9, 2020

Lots of fun in Chimney Rock Village with a pancake breakfast, Cow Pie Bingo, recycled garden art contest, llamas strutting their stuff in a Main Street parade, a grilled dinner and a special outdoor performance at the Gathering Place.

Saturday Night Lights

Saturday, May 9, 2020

**Canceled due to COVID-19. Free admission.

Mother's Day Weekend

Saturday, May 9, 2020 to Sunday, May 10, 2020

Find ideas for events and things to do with mom or grandma in Asheville and the mountains, including flowers, shopping, art, spas and more.

Saturday Night Lights

Saturday, May 2, 2020

**Canceled due to COVID-19. Free admission.


Saturday, May 2, 2020

Downtown Rutherfordton's Main Street is filled with crafts, vendors, food, live music, demonstrations, and plenty of kids activities - including a Pinewood Derby Race. Free admission.

Spring Herb Festival at Western NC Farmer's Market

Friday, May 1, 2020 to Sunday, May 3, 2020

Largest herb festival in the Southeast with 50+ businesses with plants, books, soaps, herbal crafts, medicinal herbs, lotions, dried flowers, baked goods, herbal gifts and much more. Free admission.

The Lifespan of a Fact @ NC Stage Company

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 to Sunday, May 24, 2020

This comedy of conflict takes place in the high-stakes world of publishing, where the ultimate showdown between fact and fiction play out.

Greening Up the Mountains Festival

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Celebrate the arrival of spring at this big downtown Sylva street festival, about an hour's drive west of Asheville. Three stages of music, crafts, music, more. Free admission.

Fire On the Mountain

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Come to downtown Spruce Pine to see and buy works from Penland School and nationally-renowned blacksmiths demonstrating their skills. Iron & metal art exhibit, tool and gear vendors, forge-off, food trucks. No pets.

Weaverville Art Safari

Saturday, April 25, 2020 to Sunday, April 26, 2020

Drive scenic country roads to visit 35 artists in their studios and galleries about 10 minutes north of Asheville. Buy direct from them - find some great deals. Free.

Pisgah Forest Pride Day

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Join the fun and help with work projects in Pisgah National Forest in the Looking Glass area - including trail maintenance, repairs, plantings and more (sign up in advance), coordinated by The Pisgah Conservancy.

Pioneer Day

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Experience traditional Appalachian crafts, food, games, music and storytelling (10-4) at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort with historic log cabins. Free admission.

Madison Potters Market

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Meet 20+ of the finest potters from Madison County and beyond at Marshall High Studios. This historic high school turned artist studios is on a small island in the French Broad River in downtown Marshall, 25 miles north of Asheville. 9 AM-4 PM. Free admission.

NOC Spring Fling

Saturday, April 18, 2020 to Sunday, April 19, 2020

Celebrate spring at Nantahala Outdoor Center with a free, family-friendly event by the Nantahala River with the 5K, vendor fair, gear demos, food, music and specials at the Outfitter's Store.

Earth Day Kid's Festival

Saturday, April 18, 2020

This kid-centered festival celebrates Earth Day with a variety of fun, environmentally-focused activities for kids in grades K-12 including arts, crafts, music performances, hands-on learning, interactive booths, and more. 10 AM-2 PM at Salvage Station.

Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend

Thursday, April 16, 2020 to Sunday, April 19, 2020

Visit the Hendersonville area for a big variety of 30+ happenings at wineries, cideries and tasting rooms. Events include special tastings and new releases, orchard and vineyard tours, pairing dinners, food trucks, live music, festivals and more. Many events are free.

Easter Hat Parade in Dillsboro

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Old hat, new hat, yellow hat, blue hat. They're all welcome at Dillsboro's annual Easter Hat Parade at 2 PM, showcasing a variety of interesting hats atop participants of all ages, including pets.

Tryon Block House Steeplechase

Saturday, April 11, 2020

A festive day with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating and the sights & sounds of thoroughbreds thundering past in Tryon, at the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina. The National Steeplechase Association sanctions four of the races.

Easter Weekend in Asheville

Friday, April 10, 2020 to Sunday, April 12, 2020

Easter Weekend brings blooms, bunnies, egg hunts, Sunday brunch, sunrise services and more in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains.

Asheville Orchid Festival

Saturday, April 4, 2020 to Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Western NC Orchid Society hosts a big show and competition at the North Carolina Arboretum. Hundreds of orchids will be on display and vendors will be selling them with plenty of advice.

Old-Time Plowing and Folkways

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Take a time-warp at the Cradle of Forestry to the days of the Biltmore Forest School. Meet homesteaders and watch their draft horses plow the heritage garden. Then take a turn at it yourself. Living history guides bring traditional Blue Ridge culture to life. 9 AM-5 PM.

Glass & Metal Day at Folk Art Center

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Artists showcase the elements of metal and glass inside the Folk Art Center on Blue Ridge Parkway. Includes blacksmithing, glass blowing, knife making, bezeling, repoussé, copper etching, stained glass, forging and more. 10 AM-4 PM. Free.

Drum Circle

Friday, April 3, 2020

Hear and feel the beat at the weekly drum circle every Friday night in downtown Asheville in Pritchard Park. And dance the night away!

Biltmore Blooms

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Thursday, May 21, 2020

This festival of flowers celebrates two months of spring blooms that include 75,000+ tulips, orchids, azalaeas and elaborate floral displays inside Biltmore House.

Well @ NC Stage Company

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to Sunday, April 12, 2020

A funny and touching comedy about mothers and daughters, mind over body, social activism and theatre itself.

Mill Vill Fest

Saturday, May 4, 2019

First ever festival is this abandoned Henry River mill village near Morganton, film location for The Hunger Games. Fundraiser to save the village. Music, food trucks, beer/wine and behind the scenes tours. 12-4 PM. GPS Address: 4255 Henry River Road, Hickory

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