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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.
Five extraordinary days of music, featuring amazing music and bands, exhibitions, installations, films, workshops, and discussions celebrating the spirit and expansive vision of Bob Moog.
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.
Moogfest is a five day festival dedicated to the synthesis of technology, art and music. With an experimental lineup of daytime conference programming and landmark nightly performances, the festival honors the creativity and inventiveness of Bob Moog and pays tribute to the legacy of the analog synthesizer. This is no ordinary festival. Moogfest welcomes futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, scientists, musicians and Moog devotees to participate in a c...
The WNC Chapter of the NC Herb Association represents the incredibly wide variety of herbalists and herb businesses in North Carolina: herb growers and vendors, natural gardening and landscaping specialists, and makers of herbal ointments, balms, soaps, teas, medicines, and other products. We hope you'll join us and more than 25,000 other herb lovers when we celebrate the 25th Annual Asheville Herb Festival.
For three wondrous days in early May, the downtown district of Asheville, N.C., will come alive with Magic, Mystery and Enchantment for The Weekend of Wonder. From Friday, May 2nd through Sunday the 4th, a Dream Team of Master Magicians will appear at over a dozen venues in a dazzling showcase of Close-up, Stage and Street Magic, One-Man Shows, Lectures, Workshops and All-Star Galas. World-renowned magicians, Jay Scott Berry and Maxwell Blade, have teamed up to produce the event that is rapidly ...
LEAF is one of the treasured traditions for families and friends across the Southeast and beyond. A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long, multi-cultural music, arts, dance and outdoor-adventures journey, which "recharges our batteries." A few aspects that make LEAF "one of the best fests in the country" [re: Johnny Irion] is the FAMILY-friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the setting and the intimate size.
Artisans and Growers from Western North Carolina come together in Waynesville's Historic Frog Level for the 12th year to sell all kinds of art, plants, and flowers. All artisan work is handmade and original. Excellent food vendors attend as well. Vendors are pre-approved by a committee of merchants from Frog Level. Live music is performed throughout the day.
The 26th season of Downtown After 5 kicks off Friday, May 16 from 5-9 p.m. at North Lexington Avenue and I-240. St. Paul And The Broken Bones (stpaulandthebrokenbones.com) Headlining the May event, St. Paul And The Broken Bones is gaining national exposure with a recent feature on NPR’s Morning Edition and a shout out from Rolling Stone Magazine. The band’s Southern soul sound is described as gritty, elemental and tight, and that sound translates to their high-voltage live show sure...
11th Annual Montford Music and Arts Festival - Saturday, May 17, 2014 Celebrating its 11th year as the largest one-day, free music and arts festival in WNC held on two streets (Montford and Soco), with over 100 vendors of art, crafts, plants and food truck area. Two stages of well-known entertainment groups will play continuously during the festival. Located down from Asheville Visitors Center in Historic Montford, with on-street parking and handicap accessible, held rain or shine.
The Ninth Annual Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale will be held May 17, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State Street, in Black Mountain. Vendors will sell perennials, annuals, herbs, vegetable plants, native trees, shrubs and garden accessories. There will be a silent auction from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and great food. Free event. Visit website at www.blackmountainbeautification.org.
Enjoy a weekend of music and sports at this year's festival that celebrates community, athletics and local business. The festival showcases the terrain, environment and unique culture of Asheville, N.C., and the surrounding mountains. The Mountain Sports Festival is organized by a volunteer group of community-oriented citizens dedicated to the presenting of a well-balanced series of events that encourages participation on all levels.
The Arts and Crafts Show is FREE TO PUBLIC on Sutton Avenue, next to The Old Depot. The Show has over 65 juried crafters and artists, and its purpose is to promote the highest quality crafts. It is held in the middle of Historic Black Mountain, with food and cold drinks at West end.