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Asheville Music Festivals

Dancing at the Drum Circle in Asheville, NC

From the local and national acts that perform at Moogfest, to the global performers at July's Folkmoot festival in nearby Waynesville, the Asheville area's summer music festivals are as eclectic as the city itself.

Enjoy the unique traditions of the Festival of Native Peoples in Cherokee or listen to the indie bands at the Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival. Whatever your musical tastes, Asheville's music festivals provide another compelling mix of musical sounds.

Hear local and world musicians perform in Asheville.

People have been traveling to Asheville to hear music for generations. In 1928, the Asheville Chamber of Commerce asked local folklorist Bascom Lamar Lunsford to invite local musicians and dancers for an event to encourage tourism.

His creation was the Mountain Folk and Dance Festival, which was so successful that it became a permanent event. Today, the combination of traditional music and mountain beauty remain a major draw for the city's multitude of visitors. And just as the Asheville area has grown, so has its range of musical offerings.

Plan Your Music Journey to Asheville

To get your planning started, here's a brief overview of a few annual festivals in the Asheville area:

  • Biltmore’s Summer Evening Concerts

    Experience the exhilaration of a live concert at Biltmore. Enjoy star performances on the South Terrace, while savoring breathtaking sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Brevard Music Festival

    If it’s classical music you’re after, check out the performance calendar of the acclaimed Brevard Music Center’s Summer Institute & Festival.

  • Downtown After Five

    Locals celebrate the vibrancy of downtown Asheville at these music-filled Friday evening gatherings. Join the fun every third Friday, May through September. The music menu includes jazz, blues, rock and more.

  • Festival of Native Peoples

    Experience song performances and dance exhibitions from a host of tribes. This annual showcase of Native American culture is held every summer at the Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds in July.

  • Folkmoot USA

    Global sights and sounds take center stage in Western North Carolina during the Folkmoot festival in July, which spotlights folk music and dance by more than 350 performers from about a dozen countries.

  • Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

    Generations of fans have celebrated the sounds of the banjo, fiddle and dulcimer along with traditional dance at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival at in July.

  • Shindig on the Green

    "Along about sundown" is the calling card for these free bluegrass song and dance gatherings, which have been taking place in Asheville for more than four decades in the summer.

  • Singing on the Mountain

    The oldest ongoing old-time gospel convention of its kind in the Southern Appalachians, this free day-long event is held at the foot of Grandfather Mountain in June. The day includes top Southern Gospel groups and Grand Ole Opry performers, plus a midday sermon.


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Earth Day Fest

House of Balance, a new nonprofit cultivating community through arts and agriculture, invites you to Earth Day Fest! Held at New Mountain, Wednesday, April 22nd 1-8pm. Outdoor/indoor event, Featuring our Creation Station (art-making from upcycled and other materials), live music, henna, Bollywood dance class, chair massage, farm and artisan vendors and tea! Fun for all ages. Auction Items will be available at the event! Ceramics, glass works and other products from local businesses. Thank you ...

Growing in the Mountains Spring Garden Show

  • April 24, 2015
  • Location: North Carolina Farmers Market
  • Address: 570 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806

Horticulturist from across the Carolina's is having its annual Spring Sale Growing in the Mountains is a garden show is a place where one can find a large varieties of ALL kinds of garden trees and plants and flowers. Thousands of Gardeners have attended over the past twenty years and understand how important it is to buy directly from the producer of the nursery product for the grower is very knowledgeable. Many growers are the largest producers in the horticultural industry and you will...

Pioneer Day

  • April 25, 2015
  • Location: Mountain Gateway Museum
  • Address: 24 Water Street, Old Fort, NC 28762

Mountain Gateway Museum & Heritage Center will host its 31st Annual Pioneer Day Festival on Saturday, April 25, in Old Fort, NC. This free family-oriented event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the museum’s grounds at the intersection of Catawba Avenue and Water Street, just a quarter-mile off I-40 at Exit 73 in Old Fort. Parking also is free and will be available in the parking lot at the end of Water Street. The 2015 festival will feature a variety of traditional Appalachian Mo...