WNC Heats up at These 24 Summer Festivals

Don’t miss these 24 popular summer festivals:
Shindig on the Green

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

LEAF Festival

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

Folkmoot USA

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

NC Apple Festival

Sourwood Festival

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

Greek Festival

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

Let’s meet up! Which summer events do you plan to attend?


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