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Events in Asheville


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Annual Festivals

Asheville Herb Festival

When: 1st Weekend in May

Where: WNC Farmers Market.

Admission: Free!

What it is: Attracts more than 50 herb growers, much of whom are organic and makers of herbal products. Running for over 30 years, this is the longest running and the largest herb festival in North America.

Big Crafty

When: Early July and Early December

Where: Pack Square Park (July) or U.S. Cellular Center (December)

Admission: $5

What it is: bazaar and sale for independent craftsmen. This even features over 170 vendors, music, beer and attendance frequently tops out over 10,000.

Biltmore Blooms

When: April 1 - May 23

Where: Biltmore Estate

Admission: $65-85

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

Brevard Music Festival

When: Mid-June through August

Where: Brevard Music Center

Admission: Varies

What it is: Nationally known classical music festival. The Brevard Music Center Orchestra along with guest musicians present harmonic symphony concerts, chamber music and operas.

Brewgrass Festival

When: Usually in October

Where: Salvage Station in the River Arts District

Admission: $65 for 50 tastings $25 for non-drinkers

What it is: Showcases more than 200 microbrewers from all over the region as well as the entire country. In addition to the brews, there is a full line-up of bluegrass, folk and country musicians.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

When: Mid-Jul and Mid-October

Where: U.S. Cellular Center

Admission: $8

What it is: Large expo at the Cellular Center with more than 200 talented craftsmen whom are members of the Southern Highlands Crafts Guild.

Concerts on the Quads

When: Mondays in June-July

Where: University of North Carolina - Asheville Campus

Admission: Free!

What it is: Free concerts featuring various types of music on several mondays throughout the Universities summer break. We recommend bringing lawn chairs or blankets and picnics. Food and drink vendors are available and open parking is also available on campus.

Dirty Dancing Festival

When: Weekend in August or September

Where: Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure, NC

Admission: $25-35, limited to 3,000 tickets

What it is: Charity event for fans of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, which was filmed at Lake Lure. Features music, dancing lessons, ballet performances, talent show and a lakeside screening of Dirty Dancing.

Drumming Circle

When: Every Friday night from 7-10 pm, April-October (weather permitting)

Where: Prichard Park (Downtown Asheville)

Admission: Free!

What it is: This authentic Asheville experience features drumming and dancing. Bring a percussion instrument (Drum, tambourine, cowbell) and join in!

Montford Park Players Shakespeare Festival

When: Last two weeks of July

Where: Montford Park

Admission: Free ($10 Donation is recommended)

What it is: For almost 50 years this organization has been producing the Bard's dramas in North Asheville. Enjoy the outdoors and classical Shakespearean dramas in the amazing backdrop of Asheville, NC.

Mountain Dance & Fold Festival

When: First weekend in August

Where: Typically downtown Asheville

Admission: Free

What it is: The longest running folk music festival in America (the festival's inaugural year was 1928). This event lasts 3 days and features Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams.

NC Mountain State Fair

When: Early September

Where: WNC Agricultural Center

Admission: $9 Adults, $5 Seniors, $5 youth 6-12

What it is: Features the usual rides, games, food and attractions of fairs as well as livestock shows, antique tractor displays and various competitions for flower arranging, canned foods, baked goodies, crafts, and local artwork.

North Carolina Apply Festival

When: Labor Day Weekend

Where: Main Street in downtown Hendersonville

Admission: Free

What it is: This event celebrates Henderson County's position as the leading apple producer in the state. The Apple Festival takes over the majority of downtown Hendersonville with live music, baked goods like apple pies, apple cider, craft booth and of course freshly picked apples!

River Arts District Studio Stroll

When: Second weekend in November

Where: Asheville's River Arts District

Admission: Free

What it is: The largest studio tour in the region, over 300 artists and craftsmen show their artwork in the dozens of studios and galleries in the River Arts District. Artists typically do live demonstrations and paintings. This is a great event to meet some talented artists and purchase original artwork.

Shindig on the Green

When: 7 PM Most Saturdays in the Summer (June-August)

Where: Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park (Downtown Asheville)

Admission: Free

What it is: Traditional folk music and dancing in downtown Asheville. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and get there early as the green fills up quickly! Food vendors are available.

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