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** Fairs & Festivals throughout WNC

WNC Guidebook and Asheville Events Calendar for NC Mountains
Here’s a more extensive compilation of some of the fabulous, year-round fair and festival offerings the Western North Carolina region has to offer. Please also visit our calendar for specific dates of many other events as well. Festival organizers: if you wish to be considered for inclusion in this list, please send the information to

March 31 *Ramp it Up – 828-497-8128 Cherokee, NC Contact: Loretta Kirby This festival highlights two of our mountain delicacies: trout and pungent, wild onion/ garlic-like ramps. Festival also includes music, the annual horseshoe competition, a BBQ cook off and a trout-and-ramp feast!

April – May *Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers. This annual spring event features an incredible tulip display in their Walled Garden, as well as native and exotic blooms throughout their natural gardens and walking trails. During the weekends, the Biltmore Winery will host a Festival of Flowers celebration with music, wine programs, and children’s activities. For more information visit

April *Trailfest 828-622-7356   Mountain Magnolia Inn Hot Springs. Camping, food, outdoor fun.  Visit our website

May-September *Downtown after 5 Downtown Asheville, NC. Come downtown and enjoy rock, pop, country, bluegrass, Latin music and more.

May *French Broad River Festival
Hot Springs, NC. celebrates the river with music, outdoor events including whitewater raft and mountain bike races, food, outdoor gear and prizes, kids village and more at the Hot Springs Campground & Spa. 253-1240

May and October *Lake Eden Arts Festival Black Mountain, NC. Multi-cultural experience of sounds, foods, and beauty at Camp Rockmont. Note: no tickets are sold at the gate.

May *Mountain Sports The Mountain Sports Festival at Carrier Park in Asheville, North Carolina offers an impressive race line-up to entice any pro or amateur athlete to test themselves in mountain sports.

May *Saluda Arts  Saluda, North Carolina, Arts and Music on Historic Main Street.

May *White Squirrel Festival – Downtown Brevard, NC Free. 5K and 10K white squirrel races and loads of fun!

June to September 1 * Shindig on the Green Downtown Asheville, NC Dancers, cloggers, storytellers, music, more.

June *Rhododendron Festival –  Bakersville, NC Everything from rhododendrons and helicopter rides to a street fair, a car race, a historical golf tournament and more!   

June *Blue Ridge Barbecue Tyron, NC, Music, BBQ, bingo!

June *Blue Ridge Old Time Music Week A week of workshops for music lovers of all ages and backgrounds.

June to August *Brevard Music Brevard, NC Join faculty and guests artists for over eighty performances during the summer.

June *Heritage Festival Dillsboro, NC arts & crafts, musicians, dancers story tellers perform all day under a huge tent.

June *Bluegrass Music Festivals of Western North Carolina – Three days of bluegrass music in Cherokee, North Carolina.

July *Appalachian Summer Festival Boone, NC enormous music festival with national music including Winona Judd, Old Crow Medicine show and more…

July *Coon Dog Days – Saluda, NC. A day for dogs and their people; breakfast, contests, music, dancing and a parade!

July *Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Asheville, NC The Craft Fair is an event where connoisseurs and novices alike come to craft a collection, connect with tradition, and invest in regional culture.

July *Grandfather Mountain Highland Games – Traditional Scottish Highland festival 828-733-1333.

July *Folkmoot A two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. Features performances, parades and workshops by more than 350 performers from a dozen or so countries.

August *Biltmore Estate Summer Concert Series, Asheville, NC, World-class musical acts accompanied by a terrific view.

August*Sourwood Black Mountain, North Carolina Music, food, and Sourwood Blossoms every August!

August *Mountain Dance and Folk Festival Founded to share the beauty of Southern Appalachian dance traditions handed down through the generations.

August *Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair The Mt. Mitchell Crafts Fair is the oldest and largest crafts fair in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

August *North Carolina Apple Festival Hendersonville, NC This festival celebrates all things apples on Labor Day weekend to recognize the importance of the apple and the apple industry to Henderson County and North Carolina.

September *Organicfest Asheville, NC Celebrating Everything Organic in Western North Carolina.

Septebmer  *Downtown Asheville Art Walks – First Friday April through December
Visit 25 galleries, museums, and jewelry studios around downtown with terrific art and other things to do.  (for more info see the Asheville Gallery Guide )

September *Carolina Mountains Literary Festival – Downtown Burnsville
Poetry, literature and historical non-fiction readings and workshops for all ages. All events are free, with the exception of the workshops and Saturday night banquet   Literary Festival Web site.

September *Taste of Asheville Asheville, NC Sponsored by Asheville Independent Restaurants Association.

September *Art in Weaverville, NC Sponsored by Asheville Independent Restaurants Association.

September *Smoky Mountain Folk Festival and More! Lake Junaluska, NC Featuring two nights of the finest traditional Southern Appalachian music and dance  as well as loads of WNC yearly festivals.

October  *Downtown Asheville Art Walk
First Fridays April – December ~ 25 galleries, museums, studios around downtown with terrific art and activities, 5-8 PM.
Downtown Asheville Art

October *Color Fest Brings Art to the Streets of Sylva, NC…not far away
Members of the public can mingle with artists on the streets of downtown Sylva during the third annual ColorFest! Art of the Blue Ridge, Saturday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Throughout fall foliage season in October – Sylva Color Fest

October  *Asheville Art in the Park
See fine arts and crafts on Saturdays at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. At the event you are sure to find the finest in handcrafted art that Asheville Area Artists have to offer.  Skilled workers of Glass, Ceramics, Wood, Jewelry, and metal make their shops open to display to the public at every market.  Art in the Park

October *Church Street Art & Craft Show downtown Waynesville
Main Street is transformed into an art & craft marketplace for this one day event. Celebrating 30 years, this event began on Church Street but has since grown to fill Main Street and become one of the finest juried art shows in the region. You will discover a variety of art & craft including pottery, jewelry, woodworking, watercolors, photography, fiber art, candles, quilts, and more.   Church Street Art & Craft Show

October *Second Saturdays in River Arts District, Asheville
2nd Saturday puts the focus on ART, across theWestern North Carolina region, every 2nd Saturday of the month, year round, with 2nd Saturday partners holding kiln openings, art retrospectives, art installation, museum openings, gallery receptions, music, theatre & dance performances, open studio days & more, every 2nd Saturday… with the idea that art lovers from around the globe can now plan their visit to Asheville… knowing that every 2nd Saturday, all kinds of ART will be accessible in Asheville and its surrounding communities.

October *Spruce Pine Potter’s Market
The Spruce Pine Potters Market is a unique gathering of our region’s greatest potters and clay artists.  Enjoy wonderful food and beautiful handmade pottery on a colorful autumn weekend.  Potter’s Market in Spruce Pine

October *Fall Leaves Arts & Crafts Show, Waynesville                                                                                               Fine art and quality hand-crafted items are exhibited at three large craft fairs in July and October at the Haywood County Fairgrounds/Agriculture Center in Waynesville, NC.  We welcome friends, patrons, and fellow crafters to come visit us at our shows. Blue Ridge Artists and Crafters Association

October  *Blue to Black Art Weekend
BLUE TO BLACK Art Weekend, boasts the E.A.S.T. Studio Tour–in its 7th season and the new BLUE to BLACK Art stroll–1st season this May/October, the weekends of May 3-5 & Oct 10-13. The weekend kicks-off Friday, October 11,    5-9 p.m. with an artist reception and preview of featured works and continues throughout the weekend.
Blue to Black Art Weekend

October *Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands 

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. – See more at: 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.                                                                       

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. – See more at:

October *Lake Eden Arts Festival
Celebrate Music, Discover Community, and Experience Culture at LEAF in a beautiful lakefront setting near Black Mountain (about 12 miles from downtown Asheville). 5 Stages of Folk & World, Bluegrass, Blues, African, Celtic, and jams with headline performers. Handcrafts, folk art, dancing, Poetry SLAM, healing arts workshops, water recreation, and camping. Admission.   Go to Lake Eden Arts Festival

October *John C. Campbell Folk School Fall – Brasstown, NC, One of the biggest festivals in the region, offers crafts, dance and music to celebrate Appalachian heritage.

October *National Storytelling Jonesborough, TN. Enormous and world renowned storytelling festival.

October * Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Asheville, NC. The Craft Fair is an event where connoisseurs and novices alike come to craft a collection, connect with tradition, and invest in regional culture.

November *Asheville Film Asheville, NC. Showcasing a wider range of films including film competition.

November *Foothills Highland Games and Festival Hendersonville, NC Celtic music, dancers, sword fights, contests, food & beverages, parade of tartans, dog performances.

Contact these organizations for other recurring events:

Brewgrass – musicians, and beer to benefit Big Brothers and Sisters.

Cold Mountain Heritage Tour – 828-456-3021, Visit the area about which the book Cold Mountain was written and enjoy BBQ, and storytelling.

Graham County Heritage Festival & Street Fair Gospel singing, arts/crafts/food booths, Veteran’s Parade, antique car and truck show, music, dancing, contests, fireworks and more!

Maggie Valley BBQ Festival Maggie Valley, NC This annual competition presents some of the best BBQ around. Prizes are awarded in a variety of categories.

Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival Hendersonville, NC A group of outstanding professional musicians from Florida, Michigan, New York and Ohio who perform together each year

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