The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

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Festivals & Events in Western North Carolina

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Western North Carolina has a wide range of festivals throughout the year, from small town gatherings to one of the largest street festivals in the South. Most of these occur annually, during the same month each year. However, in planning your visit, be sure and check the festival website to verify exact dates. It is beyond the scope of this website to present each and every festival in the mountains, but the major and more established ones will be presented, month by month.

                               
  = Not-to-be missed festivals and events!!

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Resources:
Mountain Xpress: A free weekly independent news, arts, and events newspaper for Western North Carolina. Excellent entertainment coverage, local commentary. P.O. Box 144, Asheville, NC 28802; 828-251-1333.
Take Five: A weekly tabloid insert in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Fridays. It features a complete festivals and events listing, articles and reviews for that week. 14 O’Henry Ave., Asheville, NC 28801; 828-252-5611, 800-800-4204.

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Festivals & Events:
January:
Asheville:  All That Jazz Weekend at Grove Park Inn:  The inn hosts a fabulous lineup of entertainers and events, all jazz-related. 800-438-5800.
Asheville: Big Band Dance Weekend at the Grove Park Inn:  Big band entertainment and dancing at the legendary grand hotel. 800-438-5800.

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February:
Asheville: Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn: Over 130 exhibitors with arts & crafts, antiques and new works for sale. 800-438-5800

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March:
Asheville: Heritage Classic DanceSport Championships at the Grove Park Inn: One of the nation’s premier dancesport events. Competition in five dance styles: American Smooth, International Ballroom, American Rhythm, International Latin and Theatre Arts.  800-438-5800.
Asheville: Asheville Artisan Bread Baker's Festival This annual all-day event begins with a bread tasting and sale at the Magnolia Building on the A-B Tech campus in Asheville.. Hands-on workshops and lectures will take place from 9am to 6pm at the same location. 828-683-2902

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April:
Asheville: Festival of Flowers at Biltmore Estate:  A celebration that highlights the spring blooming of flowers at Biltmore Estate. Guided tours through the gardens alive with color from more than 50,000 tulips, azaleas, flowering shrubs and much more. Live music and other special events. Ongoing April through May. 800-543-2961, 828-225-1333.
Hendersonville:
Historic Johnson Farm Festival: Farm animals, arts and crafts at the Johnson farm. There is also a charity auction, tours and demonstrations of farm activities. Bring the kids! 828-891-6585.

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May:
Ashevillle: Montford Music and Arts Festival: The largest one day free music and arts festival in WNC held on two streets- Montford and Soco; with over 100 vendors of art, crafts, plants and food; two stages with non stop entertainment from 20 groups and a children’s area
Asheville: Asheville Herb Festival: The largest herb festival in the Southeast. More than 50 herb vendors marketing herbs, herb plants and herb products. Held at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market. 828-253-1691.
Asheville: Mountain Sports Festival: Music and outdoor sports festival focused on Cyclocross, Dodgeball, Ultimate, Yoga, Climbing, Road and Trail races and Kids Events. 828-606-2702.
Asheville: Drum Circle:  Coming-together of local citizens on Friday nights in Pritchard Park in the spring summer or fall to dance and play music. Bring a percussive instrument, and join in!
Hendersonville: Garden Jubilee Festival: Two day festival that celebrates the growing season in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Over 125 vendors selling handmade arts and crafts, plants and related items. 800-828-4244.
Black Mountain: Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF): Located at a mountain retreat, Camp Rockmont, LEAF is held twice a year in the spring and fall features music from dozens of national and regionally known musicians as well as crafts, storytelling, drumming, dancing and a healing arts tent.828-686-8742.
Hot Springs: French Broad River Festival: Music, whitewater rafting and activities centered around the French Broad River.
Maggie Valley: Great Smoky Mountain Trout Festival: A one-day festival of music, crafts, educational programs and fishing demonstrations. A festival all about trout and trout fishing in the mountains. 828-926-0866.

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June:
            Arts and crafts show three Saturdays each June and October at Pack Square in Downtown Asheville
Asheville: WNC Highlands Celtic Festival:  Live Celtic Music & Dance, Food, Drink, Highland Microbrews,Celtic Vendors, Highland Athletic Demonstration, Border Collie Demonstration, Clans Convening, Dance Demonstration & More. Asheville Outdoor Center, Asheville. 828-280-3355
Asheville:
Art In The Park:  Arts and crafts show three Saturdays each June and October at Pack Square in Downtown Asheville.

Asheville: Drum Circle:  Coming-together of local citizens on Friday nights in Pritchard Park in the spring summer or fall to dance and play music. Bring a percussive instrument, and join in!
Asheville: Jump, Jivin' Children's Street Festival at the Downtown Market: Fun-filled children's street festival, with indoor and outdoor exhibitions of jump ropin', dancin', hoola-hoopin', gymnastics and music. For kids of all ages, at the Downtown Market, 45 South French Broad Avenue, Asheville. 828-255-8858

Bakersville: North Carolina Rhododenron Festival:
Street fair, car show, ducky derby, beauty pageant
, 10K run and street dance are highlights of this local mountain city festival. 828-688-5901.
Brevard: Brevard Music Festival: Held at the Brevard Music Center over a seven week period each summer during June, July and August, this world-class music festival features over 70 different concerts, from symphony orchestra to Broadway musicals. 828-862-2100.
Hendersonville: Music On Main Street: Concerts every Friday night from 7:00- 9:00 from June through July at the Visitors Information Center at 201 South Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. 828-693-9708.
Tryon: Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival: Two days of BBQ competitions from over 50 top BBQ-cooking teams. Music, games, foothills craft fair, and of course, BBQ. 828-859-7427.

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July:
Asheville: Fourth of July Celebration: Traditional Fourth celebration with fireworks. Held at City County Plaza and produced by the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department. 828-259-5800.
Asheville: RiverFest: Annual festival celebrating the French Broad River. Hosted by RiverLink, and held at the French Broad River Park in Asheville. Music, arts & crafts and more.828-252-8474
Asheville: Shindig on the Green: Held every Saturday night during July, August and September at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in downtown Asheville. Bluegrass music, dancing, clogging. This festival has been around for over 43 years! 828-2586101.
Asheville: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands: 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. 828-298-7928.
Asheville: Drum Circle:  Coming-together of local citizens on Friday nights in Pritchard Park in the spring summer or fall to dance and play music. Bring a percussive instrument, and join in!
Boone:  An Appalachian Summer Festival: Since 1984, An Appalachian Summer Festival is held throughout the month of July on and around the Appalachian State University campus, and features an astonishingly diverse mix of music, dance, theatre and visual arts.  One of America's leading regional arts festivals. 828.262.4046.
Hendersonville: Music On Main Street: Concerts every Friday night from 7:00- 9:00 from June through July at the Visitors Information Center at 201 South Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. 828-693-9708.
Hendersonville: Monday Night Street Dances: Street dances features traditional Appalachian music and dance every Monday night from 7:00 -9:00 during July and August at the Visitors Information Center at 201 South Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Held for over 90 years! 828-693-9708.
Highlands & Cashiers: Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival Over 28 seasons of chamber music in the mountains.
Linville: Grandfather Mountain Annual Highland Games: Scottish athletes and musicians share their heritage from bagpipes and Celtic music to border collies and sheep herding at the largest gathering of Scottish clans in North America. 828-733-1333.
Waynesville: Folkmoot USA: North Carolina's official international festival, Folkmoot USA is a world-class folk festival with international dancers and musicians performing their countries’ traditional folk dances. Over 350 performers at numerous venues. 828-452-2997.
 

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August:
Asheville: Mountain Dance and Folk Festival: The oldest festival in America. For more than 70 years, a celebration of traditional mountain music and dance. Held at various venues in Asheville. 828-258-6101.
Asheville: Village Art & Craft Fair: Excellent outdoor arts and crafts show held in Biltmore Village. 800-933-4438.
Asheville: :Goombay Since 1982, a street festival in the historic black business district in downtown Asheville. A celebration of African-Caribbean culture. 828-252-4614.
Asheville:
Drum Circle:  Coming-together of local citizens on Friday nights in Pritchard Park in the spring summer or fall to dance and play music. Bring a percussive instrument, and join in!
Black Mountain: Sourwood Festival: Art & crafts, dancing, music, food and games. 828-669-2300.
Burnsville: Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair:  The oldest and largest crafts fair in the Blue Ridge with more than 200 artists. Live entertainment and kid's activities. 828-682-7413.
Hendersonville: Monday Night Street Dances: Street dances features traditional Appalachian music and dance every Monday night from 7:00 -9:00 during July and August at the Visitors Information Center at 201 South Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Held for over 90 years! 828-693-9708.

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September:
Asheville: North Carolina Mountain State Fair: Great state fair held at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center. Rides, farm animals and great food. For the whole family. 828-687-1414.
Asheville: Brewgrass Festival: One of the most popular beer and bluegrass festivals in the southeast. Over 40 American breweries and national and regional bluegrass musicians.
Asheville: Drum Circle:  Coming-together of local citizens on Friday nights in Pritchard Park in the spring summer or fall to dance and play music. Bring a percussive instrument, and join in!
Cullowhee: Mountain Heritage Day: For over 20 years, an old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for authentic Southern Appalachian folk arts. Held on the campus of Western Carolina University. 828-227-7272.
Hendersonville: North Carolina Apple Festival: Another not-to-be-missed festival. A celebration of apples and the fall season. 828-697-4557.


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October:
              
Arts and crafts show three Saturdays each June and October at Pack Square in Downtown Asheville
Asheville: Art In The Park:  Arts and crafts show three Saturdays each June and October at Pack Square in Downtown Asheville
Asheville: Asheville Greek Festival: A celebration of Greek culture, dance and food. Held Martin Luther King Jr. Park. 828-259-5800.
Asheville: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands: 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. 828-298-7928.
Asheville: Asheville Art in the Park: Held on three Saturdays in October in Pack Square. Regional artists & crafters showcase work  828-253-8304.
Asheville: Thomas Wolfe Festival: A festival centered on the life and times of the Asheville-born author Thomas Wolfe. Walking tours, concerts, plays, Wolfe workshops, road race and other events centered on Wolfe’s life. 828-253-8304.
Banner Elk: Woolly Worm Festival: The stripes on the winner of the woolly worm race will be inspected by the town elders. Brown signals a mild winter, black predicts severe weather. Nonstop music, food, crafts, and children’s rides. 800-972-2183.
Black Mountain: Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF): Located at a mountain retreat, Camp Rockmont, LEAF is held twice a year in the spring and fall features music from dozens of national and regionally known musicians as well as crafts, storytelling, drumming, dancing and a healing arts tent.828-686-8742.
Hendersonville/ Flat Rock Area: Green River "Discovery Day": Showcases the heritage of the community of Green River through arts and crafts, music, games for children and adults, storytelling and good food.

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November:
Asheville: Christmas at Biltmore House: Biltmore House is especially memorable during the Christmas season. During Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Biltmore’s doors open to a world of crackling fires, festive music performances, glittering trees and the warm glow of hundreds of candles illuminating the richly decorated rooms. Ongoing during December. 800-543-2961, 828-225-1333.
Hendersonville: Foothills Highland Games & Festival: Annual gathering of the clans in Jackson Park. Celtic music, highland dancers, Parade of Tartans, pipers and drummers, athletic contests. 828-693-8526.

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December:
Asheville: Christmas at Biltmore House: Biltmore House is especially memorable during the Christmas season. During Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Biltmore’s doors open to a world of crackling fires, festive music performances, glittering trees and the warm glow of hundreds of candles illuminating the richly decorated rooms. Ongoing during December. 800-543-2961, 828-225-1333.
Asheville: Edo Creek Holiday Show: Fine arts and crafts show featuring renowned local arts and crafters. This annual event, including the Friday evening reception, is held at Edo Creek Studio, located in a beautiful country setting in nearby Fairview,
Asheville: Biltmore Village Dickens Festival: Ongoing Christmas festivities in picturesque Biltmore Village during the month of December. 828-274-8788
Asheville: Victorian Christmas Celebration at the Smith-McDowell House: A celebration of Christmas the old-fashioned way. The Museum's time-line of authentically decorated period rooms showcases the evolution of Christmas celebrations and includes hand-crafted decorations and live trees. 828-253-9231.
 

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