If you just moved into a new place in Asheville, you’re probably overwhelmed with things going on in and around town. Now that the weather is warming up, people are emerging from their winter hibernation in an explosion of beautiful flowers, art festivals, and outdoor activities.
There’s so much to do and so little time until fall comes around and you need to start planning your weekends around the changing leaves, so we’ve tried to highlight some annual events that you can always catch up on next year.
Art, Art, Art
We’re going to sound like a broken record to our regular readers, but: Asheville is an art town. That is even more apparent in the summer months, when there is an art festival pretty much every weekend in one way or another. Local painters, photographers, sculptors, and everything in between line the streets with everything from affordable prints to originals that are destined to be heirlooms for generations to come.
Art in the Park runs a couple weekend in mid-June to give a nice start to the season around Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Around the same time, the quaint arts town of Dillsboro has its Front Street Arts & Crafts Show, which might be up your alley if you’re looking for the real-deal mountain town vibe while you check out some of the incredible works on display. As you move into early July, there’s another art festival in downtown Asheville, along with one in Banner Elk and Maggie Valley. For more arts and crafts fairs (with the dates for this year’s event!) check out Romantic Asheville’s complete list.
What’s better than your favorite band playing a show in your town? Having them play under the stars in your town, of course.
Asheville venues celebrate the season with a steady stream of outdoor concerts from May until it gets too cold. The Salvage Station is always a great place to check out local and regional acts, with some national runners coming through as well. The Orange Peel holds outdoor shows at Highland Brewing’s venue The Meadow as well—with some serious heavy hitters on the schedule every year. If you see your favorite act is coming to town on their website, pick up tickets as soon as possible. They regularly sell out months in advance.
Asheville Summer Festivals
While we’re on the music kick, it’s worth mentioning the nearby music festivals. LEAF Festival kicks off the summer vibes in late May—rain or shine. The weather can be a bit unpredictable, but the community always comes together to bask in the beautiful scenery and astounding music lineup, even when the grounds turn into a mud pit like they did in 2019.
You can also swing by for some more regular tunes at the Downtown After 5 Festival in Asheville, held the third Friday of each month, May-September. You’ll get to enjoy some great music, local beer, and have an easy walk to any of downtown Asheville’s many great restaurants and breweries.
Looking to ground and open your chakras? Maybe the Asheville Yoga Festival is more your speed. It’s a well-respected festival celebrating yoga with instructors from every end of the globe, speakers, and—okay, a little music too. It’s certainly more on the meditative end of the spectrum, rather than rocking out from front to back, though.
We’ve written quite a few blogs on all there is to do outside, so go out and do it! The weather is great, the rivers are high, and the flowers are blooming. It’s the perfect time to camp and celebrate the great outdoors in every other way you like. You’re going to wish you spent every second you had outside when the cold comes in January! Of course, all that time indoors will just give you time to plan your next summer and make it even more fun than this one.
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