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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.
Long considered one of the most respected artists working in Americana, bluegrass and country music, Lauderdale's 2012 album, I'm A Song, featured an all-star cast including Lee Ann Womack, Patty Loveless and Buddy Miller. Lauderdale has written songs recorded by George Jones, Shelby Lynne, Blake Shelton and George Strait. Lauderdale has also collaborated with legends like Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello and Robert Hunter. Local country star, Joe Lasher Jr., will open the show. Lasher has built a ...
Join us on Friday, July 3rd for the Island to Highland Reggae Festival. This music festival is free and open to the public! Food trucks, CiCi's Culinary Cuisine and Bom Bus will be on site serving up delicious local dishes! - People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs - No Pets, please! What to know: -This is an outdoor festival -We ask that you bring your own lawn chairs... -Beer, wine, and food and local artist fare will be available for purchase... -No outside alcoholic beverages allowed BAN...
Brevard Music Center presents an Independence Day celebration featuring the world famous Boston Brass! The Brevard Symphonic Winds and the Brevard Community Band join forces to perform patriotic favorites including Tchaikovsky’s rousing 1812 Overture. Always a crowd favorite, live cannon are featured in the grand finale.
Ooh La La Curiosity Market is an art market that takes place in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful downtown Asheville and will showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists. Taking place over 11 Saturdays throughout Summer beginning May 23th. Ooh La La will feature works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters, up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the marke...
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.