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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.
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.
To get your planning started, here's a brief overview of a few annual festivals in the Asheville area:
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.
If it’s classical music you’re after, check out the performance calendar of the acclaimed Brevard Music Center’s Summer Institute & Festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
Revel in Scottish traditions, music, dancing, athletics and food at the nation's grandest Highland Games, held at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Watch brawny athletes hurling massive cabers, dainty dancers performing traditional steps or bands of bagpipers blaring Celtic sounds. More information available at gmhg.org or 800-468-7235.
The 2015 Asheville YogaFest will include three full days of asana workshops with fourteen of the most revered teachers from Asheville and the surrounding areas. Meet and work with teachers Allison Lindquist, Rich Fabio, Leaflin Winecoff, Cat Matlock, Joe Taft, Mado Hesselink, Cindy Dollar, Denise Daneck, Lindsay Fields, Lewis Rothlein, Sean Johnson, Michael Johnson, and Dr. Saraswati Markus. Asheville YogaFest 2015 will feature three full days of asana workshops with fourteen local ...
Founded in 1991, we are Warren Wilson College's educational program of summer folk-arts workshops held on our campus in the Swannanoa Valley near Asheville in the heart of North Carolina's beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. In addition to our summer programs, each spring we sponsor the Celtic Series of Mainstage Concerts at the Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville's arts & education center, Pack Place, featuring some of the world's finest Celtic musicians.
Join 98.1 the RIVER for HomeGrown in Pritchard, a FREE concert series Thursday nights from 6pm – 8pm in Pritchard Park Downtown Asheville. Each week a new local musician will perform with an opening set from some of Asheville’s favorite buskers. HomeGrown in Pritchard is presented by 98.1 the River and Musician’s Workshop and is part of the Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program from the Asheville Downtown Association. Check out the concert schedule below! June 4 – Ben ...
The Spruce Street Market is a weekly artist vending area. A full range of handmade arts and crafts will be displayed each Saturday and no two Saturdays will look alike! It runs from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the corner of Spruce St. and College by Pack Square Park. The event is free to the public! Local and regional artists are encouraged to apply to become vendors in the market.