Asheville, NC Visitor Center 2013
Downtown Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville Area Events & Festivals



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The 17th Annual Bluegrass First Class Festival has some of the best bluegrass acts in the country rocking out all over the hotel, all weekend.
 
Fridays's show will feature the impeccable harmonies of 7-time Female Vocalist of the Year Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. The Grascals, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper along with the traditional sound of The James King Band.
 
On Saturday you will witness The Bluegrass Album Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell More & IIIrd Tyme Out, our local comedian Dillon, Lonesome River Band, and Darin & Brooke Aldridge.
 
Crowne Plaza Resort
February 15, 2013 - February 17, 2013
 
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Biltmore's gardens, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, are alive with color as spring arrives. Enjoy special events and the beauty of tulips, azaleas, and countless other flowers during Biltmore Blooms.
 
Biltmore House & Gardens
March 21, 2013 – May 2013
 
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- April -


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The Weaverville Art Safari is an event staged twice each year–the last full weekend in April and the first full weekend in November–by a group of Western North Carolina artists whose studios are located in and around the communities of Weaverville and Barnardsville, NC. The first Weaverville Art Safari was organized in the spring of 2001 with the goal of attracting visitors to this vibrant art community on the northern outskirts of Asheville, NC. Since then thousands of people have returned over and over each spring and fall to enjoy the shopping opportunities and the ambience. Local B&Bs do a brisk business. For more information on the Weaverville Art Safari and participating artists, visit www.weavervilleartsafari.com, or contact Steven Forbes-deSoule at 828-645-9065 or forbes143@charter.net.
 
Weaverville, NC
April 27-28, 2013
 
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- May -


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The WNC Chapter of the NC Herb Association represents the incredibly wide variety of herbalists and herb businesses in North Carolina: herb growers and vendors, natural gardening and landscaping specialists, and makers of herbal ointments, balms, soaps, teas, medicines, and other products. We hope you'll join us and more than 25,000 other herb lovers when we celebrate the 24th Annual Asheville Herb Festival.
 
WNC Farmers Market - Asheville
May 3, 2013 - May 5, 2013
 
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LEAF is one of the treasured traditions for families and friends across the southeast and beyond. A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey, which "recharges our batteries". A few aspects that make LEAF "one of the best fests in the country" [re: Johnny Irion] is the FAMILY friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the setting, and the intimate size.
 
Camp Rockmont - Black Mountain
May 9, 2013 - May 12, 2013
 
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Asheville Events & Festivals
 
The Montford Music and Arts Festival is the largest one day music and arts festival in Western North Carolina and will be in its 10th year of continuous operation in 2013.

Over 100 vendors of art, crafts, plants, food and children’s activities will be located on Montford Avenue and Soco Streets just down from the Asheville Visitors Center. Two stages, one on each street, will offer the perfect setting for non-stop entertainment and over 20 bands and musical acts.

The festival is an exciting way to experience the warmth and friendly atmosphere of one of Asheville’s most intriguing neighborhoods. A special bike corral will be set up again for our many bikers. Parking is throughout the neighborhood.
 
Montford Avenue - Asheville
May 18, 2013
 
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- June -


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The Arts and Crafts Show is FREE TO PUBLIC on Sutton Ave. next to The Old Depot. The Show has over 65 Juried Crafters/Artists and its purpose is to Promote the highest quality crafts. It is held in the middle of Historic Black Mountain and food and cold drinks at West end.
 
The Old Depot - Black Mountain
June 1, 2013 - June 2, 2013
 
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FREE. Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2013 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at its original location -- formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m. Concessions are available. Come experience the beautiful music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia on a summer evening in the mountains.
 
Since 1967, this mountain tradition features an always-enjoyable variety of performances by:
 
  • Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys
  • Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands
  • Big Circle Mountain Dancers
  • Clog Dancers
  • Smooth Dancers
  • Ballad Singers
  • Storytellers
 
Shindig on the Green occurs thanks to the talent and generosity of its volunteer musicians and dancers who span several generations much to the delight of those in attendance. From young children perfecting their square dance steps to great-grandmothers singing ballads passed down through the years, the region’s wealth of traditional talent takes center stage. Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.
 
Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park
6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31/2013
Saturdays... Along About Sundown (7-10pm)
 
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Asheville, NC knows how to celebrate the Fourth of July the right way, so if you plan to be here at this time, begin your day at the Ingles Fourth of July Celebration, presented by the City of Asheville. You will want to head downtown to Pack Square to see the Sons of the American Revolution as they offer a tribute to America. There will also be games, food, and other fun at the celebration, ending with a grand fireworks display.
 
Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park
July 4, 2013 from 1:00 - 11:00 PM
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For four days each July and October, the Civic Center in Asheville, NC comes alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Over 200 craftspeople fill the two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.
 
The Fairs, a local tradition since 1948, showcase the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Having been accepted into the Guild through a rigorous jury process, these craftspeople are the best of the best in the Appalachian region. Membership is open to artists living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama. The Fairs also feature craft demonstrations and, beginning on Friday, local musicians share their love of traditional and bluegrass mountain music live on the arena stage.
 
US Cellular Center
July 18, 2013 - July 21, 2013
Thursday - Saturday: 10am to 6pm; Sunday: 10am to 5pm
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Bele Chere is the largest free street festival in the Southeast, held in beautiful downtown Asheville each July. Arts & crafts, food, entertainment, interactive events, and a children‚s activity area will fill the streets, drawing about 300,000 visitors throughout the three-day event.
 
Bele Chere started in 1979 and was located on a whopping three blocks of downtown Asheville. It was the brainstorm of a handful of downtown Asheville merchants and business people with the vision of revitalizing our downtown business district, which was largely abandoned as retail businesses & residents moved to the outskirts. Now, downtown Asheville is home to restaurants, galleries, retail businesses, theatres, art exhibits, and a growing number of residents who call downtown "home."
 
Downtown Asheville
July 26, 2013 - July 28, 2013
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- August -


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Since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others have come to enjoy themselves "along about sundown" the first weekend in August at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. In 2013, performers at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival will take to the stage for the 86th time at Diana Wortham Theatre in August.
 
Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place - Asheville
August 1, 2013 - August 3, 2013
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Asheville Events & Festivals
 
A high quality art anc craft fair held on the grounds of The Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village featuring 118 exhibitors, rain or shine!
 
Historic Biltmore Village in Asheville
August 3, 2013
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Asheville Events & Festivals
 
Mark your calendars now for our Tomato Festival, August 10 at Asheville City Market from 8 am until 1 pm . What can you expect? Lots of fresh local tomatoes to taste, of course + the chance to vote on your favorite variety, get tomato cooking tips from Chef William Dissen of the Market Place; and talk maters, growing maters, and mater recipes with farmers. What’s more, the first 200 attendees will receive a free Tomato Festival t-shirt! We’re also hosting a recipe contest leading up to the event. The winning recipe(s) will be printed in Asheville Scene; details to come.
 
161 S. Charlotte St., Asheville
August 10, 2013
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Asheville Events & Festivals
 
The Sourwood Festival fills downtown Black Mountain with wholesome entertainment for both adults and children in August each year. Over 30,000 people from all over America will be in attendance at the festival which grows in popularity each year. Music, dancing, arts & crafts, super food, kid's rides and games, face painting and more in a no alcohol environment make it the perfect event for you and your entire family. With about 200 vendors you will discover lots of local and unique arts and crafts and there will be something to please every palate with BBQ and vegetarian faire, custom-crafted ice cream and funnel cakes and jellies. Summertime favorites include the sausages and corn on the cob. Add to that the honey and bee demos as well as the gourmet sourwood honey, - you don't want to miss this event!
 
Downtown Black Mountain
August 10, 2013 - August 11, 2013
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- September -


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Each year in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina, we gather over 40 American breweries to showcase more than 120 different beers. We add a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians that, in the past, has included such notables as Cadillac Sky, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Infamous String Dusters, Dry Branch Fire Squad, J.D. Crowe, The Osborne Brothers, Norman Blake, Tony Trischka, Jim Lauderdale, Valerie Smith, Tony Furtado, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Sons Of Ralph. We also feature a variety of area food vendors and plenty of water. Put all these things together and you have the ingredients for the perfect beer day.
 
Martin Luther King Jr. Park - Asheville
September 21, 2013
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Asheville Events & Festivals
 
ASAP’s Farm Tour will be here before you know it! Mark your calendars now for this year’s event
Just what is the Farm Tour? Over this late September weekend, the gates and barns of WNC farms open to the public—even those farms that don’t normally allow visitors. Our self-guided driving tour is a chance to learn how food grows, taste farm-fresh treats, interact with farm animals, and meet the community’s food producers.
Buy your tickets now at: Click here for Farm Tour Tickets
 
Western North Carolina
September 21 and 22, 2013
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Asheville Events & Festivals
 
The North Carolina Arboretum celebrates Southern Appalachian traditions during Carolina Craft Day. The event, now in its eighth year, features craft demonstrations and juried art and craft vendors, plant sales and musical performances at the Education Center.
 
The North Carolina Arboretum - Asheville
September 28, 2013
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- October -


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Enjoy a full weekend of art, music, and outdoor fun in a beautiful mountain lake setting. Experience cultural enrichment from all over the world!
 
Camp Rockmont - Black Mountain
OCTOBER 17, 2013 - 20, 2013
Asheville Events & Festivals

Asheville Events & Festivals
 
Over 200 exhibitors, craft demonstrations, and live regional music and entertainment! For four days each July and October, the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC comes alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Over 200 craftspeople fill the two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.
 
The Fairs, a local tradition since 1948, showcase the work of members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Having been accepted into the Guild through a rigorous jury process, these craftspeople are the best of the best in the Appalachian region. Membership is open to artists living in the mountain counties of nine states from Maryland to Alabama. The Fairs also feature craft demonstrations and, beginning on Friday, local musicians share their love of traditional and bluegrass mountain music live on the arena stage. Unlike any other fair, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is an experience, a place to show off the talent and innovation of Guild members. It is diverse: crafts rooted in Appalachian traditions are featured along with the work of contemporary artists, reinventing their medium to accommodate the modern world and to reflect their view of it.
 
US Cellular Center
October 17, 2013 - October 20, 2013
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- November / December -


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Firelight and candlelight fill the house with a warm glow and accent delicate ornaments and priceless treasures, while the Front Lawn of Biltmore House sets the scene with a sparkling holiday illumination of evergreens bathed in thousands of twinkling lights.
 
The Bilmore Estate
November 9–December 31, 2013
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