There’s always something to do in Western North Carolina, and that’s never more true than during summer festival season. Our region hosts special events throughout the summer months that draw crowds of locals and visitors alike for family fun.
Enjoy fun in the sun for the whole family! Don’t miss these 24 popular summer festivals:
French Broad River Festival
May 3–5, 2019 | Hot Springs
A weekend filled with live music, outdoor recreation, craft beer, and more—all along the mighty French Broad River and nearby Appalachian Trail.
Learn more: frenchbroadriverfestival.com
May 9–12, 2019 | Lake Eden, Black Mountain
LEAF aims to connect cultures and create community through music and art in the great outdoors. Enjoy music, poetry, dancing, camping, kids activities, and more.
Learn more: theleaf.org
Saluda Arts Festival
May 18, 2019 | Downtown Saluda
This small-town festival offers big-time fun, with an outdoor market of arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, and live music.
Learn more: saluda.com
Hook, Line, and Drinker Festival
May 18, 2019 | Bridge Park Pavilion, Sylva
Celebrate the WNC Fly Fishing Trail at this free family-friendly event. The festival features a day of live music, craft vendors, and more.
Learn more: mountainlovers.com
White Squirrel Festival
May 24–26, 2019 | Main Street, Brevard
Brevard loves its white squirrel population! This annual festival includes lots of live music, plus a street festival with kids activities, arts and crafts booths, great food—and lots more!
Learn more: whitesquirrelfestival.com
Asheville Beer Week
May 24–June 1, 2019 | Downtown Asheville and beyond
Wondering what Asheville Beer Week is all about? It’s a weeklong event celebrating the craft beer scene in Asheville and greater Western North Carolina.
Learn more: avlbeerweek.com
Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival
May 27, 2019 | Carl Sandburg Memorial Home, Flat Rock
This folk festival honors poet and historian Carl Sandburg and his preservation of traditional folk music as found in his collection The American Songbag.
Learn more: nps.gov/carl
Beer City Festival
June 1, 2019 | Roger McGuire Green, Asheville
This beer festival is the capstone event of Asheville Beer Week. Enjoy dozens of local, regional, and national craft brews to complement the unofficial kick-off to summer.
Learn more: beercityfestival.com
Shindig on the Green
Select Saturdays, July–August | Roger McGuire Green, Asheville
Since 1967, this mountain tradition has featured free music concerts and dancing held outdoors in Downtown Asheville.
Learn more: folkheritage.org
The Big Crafty
July 14, 2019 | Pack Square Park, Asheville
The Big Crafty revives the tradition of the community bazaar in the heart of Asheville. Discover over 150 artisan crafters, live music, and food vendors.
Learn more: thebigcrafty.com
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
July 18–21, 2019 | US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street, Asheville
The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands showcases hundreds of artisan crafters from the region. It also offers live demonstrations and other creative activities throughout the weekend.
Learn more: southernhighlandguild.org
July 18–28, 2019 | Downtown Waynesville and beyond
Folkmoot is a two-week international dance and music festival. The festival is headquartered in Haywood County, but events are also held at venues throughout Western North Carolina.
Learn more: folkmoot.org
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
August 1–3, 2019 | Lipinsky Hall, UNC Asheville, 300 Library Lane, Asheville
Since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers, and others have gathered the first weekend in August for the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival.
Learn more: folkheritage.org
LEAF Downtown Asheville
August 2–3, 2019 | Pack Square Park, Asheville
Don’t miss this weekend of live music, dance, and culture put on by the Lake Eden Arts Festival. If you enjoy it, check it out again in October at Lake Eden.
Learn more: theleaf.org
Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair
August 2–3, 2019 | Burnsville Town Square
Slow down and enjoy your day with dozens of craft vendors, demonstrations, singing, and dancing in a picturesque small mountain town.
Learn more: yanceychamber.com
Laugh Your Asheville Off
August 7–10, 2019 | Asheville
Have you been looking for a weekend comedy festival featuring local, regional, and national comedians? This is exactly what you want!
Learn more: ashevillecomedyfestival.com
August 10–11, 2019 | Downtown Black Mountain
You’ll find music, dancing, arts and crafts, superfood, kids rides and games, face painting, and more in an alcohol-free environment at the Sourwood Festival. Oh! And gourmet sourwood honey, too.
Learn more: sourwoodfestival.com
Smoky Mountain Folk Festival
August 30–31, 2019 | Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska
Enjoy two nights of the finest traditional music and dancing in the region! The 49th Annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will be held at Lake Junaluska Conference & Retreat Center.
Learn more: smokymountainfolkfestival.com
North Carolina Apple Festival
August 30–September 2, 2019 | Main Street, Hendersonville
Enjoy four days of free fun, from the Opening Ceremony with the Apple Ambassador to the King Apple Parade on Labor Day afternoon.
Learn more: ncapplefestival.org
Canton Labor Day Celebration
September 1–2, 2019 | Downtown Canton
The whole family will love live music, vendors, rides, and children’s activities at the longest running Labor Day festival in the South.
Learn more: cantonnc.com/annual-labor-day-festival
Mountain Song Festival
September 6–8, 2019 | Brevard Music Center, Brevard
The annual Mountain Song Festival will feature a great group of local artists, children’s activities, nature exhibits, food,and more in the heart of Brevard.
Learn more: mountainsongfestival.com
NC Mountain State Fair
September 6–15, 2019 | Western North Carolina Agricultural Center, Fletcher
Celebrate mountain traditions with rides, exhibits, art, food, concerts, and more at the annual NC Mountain State Fair. Keep an eye out for various discounts on gate admission. Cash only.
Learn more: mountainfair.org
September 27–29, 2019 | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 227 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville
Sample traditional foods while enjoying Greek music, dance, and culture. Join the fun and become “Greek for a day!” Admission is free.
Learn more: romanticasheville.com
Mountain Heritage Day
September 28, 2019 | Western Carolina University, Cullowhee
Named one of the top 20 events in the Southeast, Mountain Heritage Day is a festival not to be missed! The annual celebration features live Appalachian music and dance, with artisan crafters and demonstrations.
Learn more: wcu.edu