Waynesville and Asheville festivals are a reason to visit the mountains. Waynesville and Asheville, NC both host numerous festivals all spring and summer; most of which are free and include live music, vendors, crafts, local food, and in some cases locally crafted beer.
In Waynesville, NC festival season kicks off Mother’s Day weekend with The Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival in Downtown Waynesville’s Historic Frog Level. This festival is a celebration of all things spring in Western North Carolina and includes multiple farms/nurseries onsite selling plant starts for the gardens.
ART after DARK-May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1
Taking place monthly every May through December in Downtown Waynesville. Participating galleries & artist studios remain open until 9pm with special showings, live performance, displays, and refreshments.
Rockin’ BLOCK Parties In Downtown Waynesville -May 27 & September 16
Dancing on Main Street with live bands, “Kids on Main” activity hour, eats & treats, restaurants open late, and a portion of Main Street closed to car traffic.
Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration-Saturday, June 10, 2017
A day long celebration of traditional mountain craft, food, and entertainment taking place on Main Street in downtown Waynesville, NC. Includes demonstrations of traditional Appalachian life skills & crafts, storytelling, mountain music & clogging, and food vendors.
Mountain Street Dances-June 23, July 7, 21 & August 4
An old-fashion traditional mountain hoe down! Live mountain music & clogging, instructions & demonstrations, and concessions taking place at the historic courthouse in Downtown Waynesville.
Folkmoot USA-July 20-July 30
North Carolina’s Official International Festival is a two-week long celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance with performances at various venues in Waynesville, Maggie Valley, Asheville, and Cullowhee, as well as a Parade of Nations and International Festival in downtown Waynesville.
Stars and Stripes Celebration-July 04
Kicking off this patriotic celebration is a 4th of July kid’s parade on Main Street followed by a cook out and live music in the United Community Bank parking lot on Main Street.
Downtown Dog Walk -August 5
Taking place on the courthouse lawn in Downtown Waynesville with proceeds supporting the proposed Sarge’s Adoption Center. sargeandfriends.org
34th Annual Church St. Art & Craft Show-Oct 16
Known as one of the finest juried art and crafts show in the region. Festival features an artist marketplace, food & drink, two stages of live mountain music, clogging teams, entertainment & more.
29th Annual Apple Harvest Festival-Oct 21
Taking place on Main Street in downtown Waynesville this annual fall event includes live music on multiple stages, traditional dance and clogging groups, craft vendors, and lots of apples.
Easter On The Green -Saturday before Easter
This family friendly event features age-specific Easter egg hunts, bouncy houses and free photos with the Easter Bunny. Easter on the Green takes place at downtown’s Pack Square Park from 2-5 pm and is free and open to the public.
Downtown After 5–May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug 18 & Sept 15
Taking place each Friday from May till October at Lexington Ave and the I-240 interchange in Downtown Asheville, this popular event is free and features local and national music acts, food trucks, and of course local beer. Music starts right at 5 and is over by nine. Very kid friendly.
Ingles Independence Day Celebration–July 14
The free event features family activities throughout the day, live music, with a fireworks extravaganza capping off the event at 9:30pm. http://www.ashevilledowntown.org/
Shindig on the Green–July 1, 8, 15, 22 Aug 12, 19, 26 & Sept. 2
Taking place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green and in its’ 51st season, musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather on these Saturday nights to share the region’s stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, pack a picnic and make it an evening in downtown Asheville.
LEAF Downtown Asheville-August 5-6
International music festival at Pack Square Park with three stages of music, food trucks and 90 local and artisan vendors from the people who put on the festival in Black Mountain each May and October.
Taking place at Salvage Station this year, RiverFest is a great day celebrating the French Broad River with live music, dancing, face painting, food trucks, craft beers, and vendors. One of our favorite events is the Anything that Floats Parade competition that takes place. RiverLink, the organization that has helped revitalize the French Broad River and the River Arts District, puts on this event.