Our communities are hardly back to “business as usual.” But that hasn’t stopped our craving for all things summer. While we’re still a few weeks away from the equinox, there’s no better time to kick off the season than Memorial Day weekend.
Grilling, ice cream cones, family-friendly events, outdoor adventures—we want it all!
There are still ways you can safely celebrate the holiday weekend in several communities across Western North Carolina. Stay close to home or venture further afield to enjoy these remaining 2020 Memorial Day events across WNC.
Know of other local Memorial Day events? Let us know and we’ll keep this list up to date!
Garden Jubilee Nurseries and Orchards Tour 2020
May 22–25, 2020 @ 9:00AM–5:00PM Daily | Various Locations
Every spring, Hendersonville hosts Garden Jubilee, a street festival with hundreds of plant and garden-related vendors that has been named one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast in May.” This Memorial Day Weekend, Garden Jubilee will be moved off of Main Street Hendersonville and become a self-guided Nurseries and Orchards Tour. Each venue will host a few craft or other garden-related vendors at their location. Find plants, gardening supplies, produce, jams, jellies, honey, cider, baked goods, and all the other great buys you typically find at Garden Jubilee.
Learn more: visithendersonvillenc.com/garden-jubilee
Concerts on the Creek
May 22, 2020 @ 7:00–9:00PM | Sylva
Bring a picnic blanket and chair to enjoy Concerts on the Creek at Sylva’s Bridge Park gazebo! The Concerts on the Creek series runs every Friday night from Memorial Day–Labor Day weekends. The 2020 season (the 11th for the series) kicks off on May 22. Enjoy the Americana sounds of Eleanor Underhill & Friends. Concerts on the Creek events are free and open to the public with donations encouraged. Occasionally, these events feature food trucks and craft beer vendors.
Learn more: mountainlovers.com/concerts-on-the-creek
VIRTUAL Asheville Beer Week
May 22–31, 2020 | Online
AVL Beer Week promotes all the awesome things local breweries do to keep beer lovers engaged, learning, having fun, and of course, enjoying local craft beverages. This year, the week-long program has gone fully virtual. Join in on Facebook Live, Zoom, and curbside to enjoy trivia, yoga, happy hours, to-go beer dinners, educational offerings, beer releases, beer specials, and more!
Learn more: avlbeerweek.com
Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony
May 25, 2020 @ 11:00AM | Online
This year, the Asheville-Buncombe Memorial Day Ceremony will be held virtually on the City of Asheville’s YouTube channel. Anne Adkins, a Gold Star Mother, will be the keynote speaker. The ceremony is expected to last 40 minutes.
Mountain Acoustics Luthier Festival
POSTPONED: October 23–25, 2020 | Burnsville
Learn more: mountainacoustics.com
Kenilworth Artists Studio Tour
POSTPONED: Dates TBD | Kenilworth, Asheville
Learn more: kenilworthartists.org
White Squirrel Festival
POSTPONED: Dates TBD | Downtown Brevard
Learn more: whitesquirrelfestival.com