Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend — August 2-4, 2019

Downtown Asheville LEAF Festival

This weekend there is a huge big lineup of special festivals and events happening all across Asheville! Some of Asheville's longest running traditions such as the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the Village Art and Craft Fair, and the NC Mineral and Gem Festival all kick off this week.   

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Ready to make your weekend plans? Here’s a list of some of the best events happening around town.


Live Music AshevilleMountain Dance and Folk Festival

Friday – Saturday, August 2 -3, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
UNCA Asheville – Lipinski Hall

Listen to the toe-tapping sounds of Southern Appalachian Music at The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - the longest running folk festival of its kind. Founded in 1928 by Bascom Lamar Lunsford, this popular music fest celebrates the finest of the spring bands, square dance teams, and ballad singers from across the Blue Ridge Mountains.

LEAF Downtown AVL

Friday – Saturday, August 2-3, 4:30 p.m.
Pack Square Park

Head downtown to enjoy a popular festival that combines the best of music and interactive art into one awesome weekend of family-friendly entertainment. Listen to incredible musicians including Free Planet Radio, Stephen Marley, Arrested Development, Dehli 2 Dublin, and DJ Logic. Learn a new skill like drumming, salsa dancing, or how to cook empanadas. This celebration of global culture also includes roaming artists who will provide popup performances in the streets of downtown.

60th Annual NC Mineral and Gem Festival

Friday – Sunday, August 2-4, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The Spruce Pine Commons Shopping Center

Take a day trip from Asheville to Spruce Pine to shop for beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals and fossils. This annual event features gem, jewelry, and mineral dealers from across the country, and is one of the oldest gem and mineral shows in the United States.

Arts & Craft Shows

A Glass Artist Fires His Work at the North Carolina Glass Center in Asheville47th Annual Village Art and Craft Fair

Friday – Saturday, August 3-4, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Cathedral of All Souls – Biltmore Village

Peruse the work of 114 art vendors at this year’s Art & Craft Fair in Biltmore Village. You’ll find a variety of artistic mediums on display including clay, wood, metal, and fine art. This free event is hosted on the lawn of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village.

Glassworks Concert Series

Friday, August 2, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Lexington Glassworks

Enjoy live music, local beer and glassblowing during the fourth annual Glassworks Concert Series. This popular gallery event is a part of the Downtown Asheville Arts District First Friday Art Walk, featuring music by Mama Danger and beverages from Highland Brewing Company.

August Art Show

Friday, August 2, 5:00 p.m. –8:00 p.m.
Asheville Gallery of Art

Attend the opening reception of a new show called “Simple Moment.” It features the work of Sahar Fakhoury, whose paintings strike a pleasing balance between the classical and the contemporary styles of depicting the human condition. Her work hangs in both public and private collections around the world, and she also teaches oil painting in her studio in Asheville’s River Arts District.

Wood Day

Saturday, August 3, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Folk Art Center – Blue Ridge Parkway

Watch as master woodworkers demonstrate and share their working processes to create beautiful handmade crafts. The Southern Highland Craft Guild will showcase the skill and mastery of wood as an artistic medium at this free event.

Weekend Brunch Performances

Youth Outright’s Drag Brunch

Saturday, August 3, 12:00 p.m.
The Grey Eagle Music Hall and Pub

Grab a bite and watch a family friendly drag show, which is open to the public for a suggested donation of $5 - $10, but no one will be turned away. Proceeds from the event supports the LGBTQIA+ youth of Western North Carolina. Doors open at 11:00 a.m.

Burlesque, Bubbles, & Bites

Sunday, August 4, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
THE BLOCK off biltmore

Relax and enjoy dancing dames and dandies during Burlesque Brunch at THE BLOCK off Biltmore, which features local burlesque and bellydance performances. Try their delicious vegan delicacies (included with your ticket), the finest local vegan craft beers, and, of course, Mimosa specials. It’s a Sunday afternoon to delight the senses!

Live Entertainment

DTN - PS - Montford Park Players - Romeo & JulietFree Theatre! “Romeo & Juliet”

Friday - Sunday, August 2-4, various times
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre

Pack a picnic and head over to Asheville’s historic Montford neighborhood to see a free performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. This classic play is about star-cross lovers caught in the middle of a feud between their families.

Bye Bye Birdie

Friday - Sunday, August 2-4, various times
Hendersonville Community Theatre

Go watch a classic come to life on stage in nearby Hendersonville. Inspired by the phenomenon of Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the army, Bye Bye Birdie is a musical comedy send-up of the late 1950s, small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll. Teen heartthrob Conrad Birdie has been drafted, so he chooses All-American girl Kim MacAfee for a very public farewell kiss.

Also Check Out:

Siamese Dream (The Smashing Pumpkins Tribute Band) with El Scorcho (Weezer Tribute) – Saturday, August 3, 9:00 p.m. – Orange Peel Social Aid and Pleasure Club

Grateful Dead Band and Beer Tour – Sunday, August 4, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. LaZoom Tours

Imagine… A Community Concert – Sunday, August 4, 7:00 p.m. – Diana Wortham Theatre

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