Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- August 24-26, 2018
By Jason Tarr
"There's so much to do!"
It's a comment we see from our fans almost every week on social media when we post our round up of "Things to Do This Weekend." And, it's true!
No matter when you visit Asheville, you can take your pick of many activities, celebrations, festivals, music performances and adventures.
This weekend, among your many choices, you can enjoy a two-day music festival, a multi-day celebration of a cult-classic movie and a festival that's all about loving bacon. In other words, there's something for everyone.
Plan your trip to the Asheville area by utilizing our easy-to-use search to check room availability and rates at Asheville area accommodations. And, you can check events for any date by using our online events calendar search.
Here’s a look at what you can enjoy this weekend in and around Asheville:
Friday (Aug. 24) and Saturday (Aug. 25)
Pisgah Brewing Company, Black Mountain
This two-day festival rocks Black Mountain with a full and diverse line up of live music. Bands will play on both the outdoor stage and the indoor taproom stage. The festival schedules artists so that there’s no overlapping sets, meaning you don’t have to worry about missing any performances. Headliners include The Travelin’ McCourys and Jerry Douglas. Single day tickets are still available for Friday ($25) and Saturday ($50). The VIP Pass for Saturday is $100. In addition to Pisgah Brewing beer, you can eat at food trucks as well as shop unique vendors and the work of local artisans. The festival offers a complimentary shuttle service between the festival venue and downtown Asheville, nearby hotels and campgrounds for safe and easy travel.
Friday (Aug. 24) and Saturday (Aug. 25)
Morse Park Meadows, Lake Lure
Have the time of your life at Lake Lure celebrating the cult-classic movie Dirty Dancing! Much of the film was shot at Lake Lure, about 25 miles from downtown Asheville. Experience the memories all over again by trying your hand at the famous “Lake Lift,” taking dance lessons to help you groove to the movie’s iconic songs or challenging yourself to carry a watermelon. Tickets are $30 for adults (ages 11 years and up) and $15 for children (ages 4 to 10).
Saturday (Aug. 25), 12-4 p.m.
Highland Brewing Company, Asheville
Bacon lovers unite! Experience one of the biggest BBQs of the summer. They’ll be cooking mounds of bacon for the party and you'll enjoy incredible sweet and savory dishes from more than 20 of the area's best restaurants and vendors. From bacon guacamole and mac and chees to pork belly tacos and bacon sliders, BaconFest brings out the creativity of local chefs. The event is family friendly with balloon twisters, bouncy obstacle course and other activities for children. General admission is $25 and includes access to shuttles from the River Ridge Market Place shopping center parking lot to Highland Brewing Company. The VIP ticket package is $50, giving you the chance to enter the festival an hour early and take part in a special bacon and beer pairing in the Highland Event Center.
Saturday (August 25), 12-7 p.m.
68 Haywood Street, Downtown Asheville
Watch as makers, artists, collectors, musicians, chefs, entertainers and inventors magically transform a space in downtown into a free outdoor festival! The Venture Local Fair will take over 68 Haywood Street and will include great eats and drinks and top local food trucks. Can’t make it this weekend? The Venture Local Fair takes place every fourth Saturday of the month from May through October.
Saturday (August 25), 7-9 p.m.
Biltmore Park Town Square, Asheville
Bring your family and enjoy an evening of music in Biltmore Park Town Square in south Asheville! The Concerts in the Park are two hours of live music, dancing and fun. Local headliner Leeda “Lyric” Jones is this week’s featured performer. The Concert Series takes place on select dates through September.
Saturday (August 25), about 7 p.m.
Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville
Experience Shindig on the Green, a free, outdoor, mountain bluegrass music and dance festival. The shindigs take place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park on eight Saturday nights throughout the summer months (June through early September). In addition to scheduled stage shows, Shindig on the Green features informal performances and jam sessions on the stage and around the park. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy. The performances begin at about 7 p.m. or “along about sundown” as folks around here like to say! See our guide to Shindig on the Green for more information.
Sunday (Aug. 26), 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville
Celebrate green and healthy living with the 17th annual Asheville Organic Fest! It’s a fun day of family-friendly activities, organic eats, live music, and shopping. The "Organic Marketplace" will feature an array of organic offerings including super foods, essential oils, nutritional supplements and super cool organic and recycled t-shirts! And, check out the Natural Arts and Craft Show with unique handmade art from local artists. Children will love being a part of the “Bee Organic!” Pollinator Parade with Bee City at 1 p.m. when kids are invited to dress as their favorite bug.
Sunday (Aug. 26), 9 a.m.
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Reconnect with yourself and the natural world as you unplug and unwind in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This weekend is the first in a series of three classes. Each class is an hour long and will take place in a different, stunning location on public & private lands protected by Conserving Carolina. This weekend, enjoy a one mile hike through the forest to the top of Bearwallow Mountain for yoga with panoramic views.
Sunday (Aug. 26), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Asheville Outlets, Asheville
You never know what treasures you will find at the Asheville Flea For Y’all, now in its third season in Asheville. Vendors will be selling all kinds of goods from vintage to antiques, handmade art to rustic/ industrial décor. Admission is just $2 (free for kids!). The market will take over the tree-lined lot next to Field and Stream.
August 16-August 26, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Bhramari Brewing Company, Asheville
Grab a brew and shop the final days of this 11-day pop up shop featuring some of the area’s best in handmade and vintage. Shop organizers have curated goods from more than 75 independent vendors including clothing, jewelry, greeting cards and more.
Friday (Aug. 24), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market, Asheville
From now through October, local farmers are celebrating our native grape, the muscadine! You’re invited to the Western North Carolina Farmer’s Market to sample and purchase fresh, local muscadine grapes.
Make Your Own Art
Asheville is known for its vibrant arts community. Here are a few ways you can become an artist yourself and take home a unique memento from your trip!
The Purple Crayon offers a weekly Make-Your-Own Craft Experience. Choose from classes on making a locker hooked coaster, decoupage picture frame and wirework pendant necklace. Admission is between $40-$50. Classes take place a various times between 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on.
This Saturday (Aug. 25), the Paint Bug will be offering one of its legendry Drink and Paint classes in downtown Asheville! A talented artist will guide you, step-by-step in creating a masterpiece – all while you enjoy your favorite adult beverage. This Drink and Paint is at 2 p.m. at Weinhaus. Admission is $32.
Live Music and Entertainment
You'll find live music in Asheville every night of the week! For a full list of live music events please see our live music calendar.