Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- July 27-29, 2018
By Jason Tarr
Asheville has been long-known as a place for wellness, rejuvenation and relaxation. This weekend, the four-day Asheville Yoga Festival celebrates that local culture.
In addition, Asheville's vibrant culinary, music, beer and arts scenes are featured in big festivals and celebrations throughout town.
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Here's a look at what you can enjoy this weekend in Asheville:
Thursday through Sunday (July 26-29)
The Asheville Yoga Festival is celebrating its fifth year with a stellar lineup of 45 world-renowned presenters, artists and musicians. There will be many free activities including a free community yoga practice each day and free attendance to panel discussions with notable speakers. The Festival will utilize indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Asheville including Pack Square Park, the YMI Cultural Center, Hilton Garden Inn, Asheville Masonic Temple, AC Hotel and The Asheville Social Hall. In between events, stroll through the outdoor Mountain Air Market in Pack Square Park where you’ll find unique health and wellness vendors and tasty treats. Live music begins Thursday night at the OM Sanctuary in the historic Montford District. Check out the full schedule of events and presenters for the Asheville Yoga Festival.
Friday and Saturday (July 27-28), 8-10 p.m.
North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville
After sunset, the North Carolina Arboretum presents a projected light show synchronized to a live music performance of Blue Ridge Orchestra’s Symphonic Winds. New this year, the Arboretum will offer reserved premium seating for $30 (includes a free drink). Lawn seating is $18 for adults and $12 for children. If you can’t make it this weekend, you can enjoy summer lights on August 3 and 4. Proceeds from this summer concert series will help support the Arboretum’s programs, exhibits and facilities year-round.
Sunday (July 29), 2-6 p.m.
Salvage Station, Asheville
Fifteen of Western North Carolina’s greatest chefs fire up their grills at Salvage Station on the beautiful French Broad River in hopes of winning the title of WNC’s Best Burger. See if last year’s winner, Salvage Station, can hold onto the top spot! General admission is just $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Or purchase a $55 VIP ticket for exclusive VIP access, a burger slider from every vendor and unlimited beer.
Saturday (July 28), 3-10 p.m.
Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top Production Facility, Asheville
Celebrate five years of Hi-Wire’s great brews with a family-friendly circus-themed party. Attractions will include a Ferris wheel, high striker, rock climbing wall and roaming circus acts. Carnival themed food will be available from Foothills Local Meats, Sunshine Sammies, Kernel Mike’s Famous Kettle Corn and others. In collaboration with Orange Peel Events, the party will feature live music from local favorites Empire Strikes Brass, The Digs & Porch 40. General admission is free. A limited number of VIP tickets ($55) remain. The VIP ticket includes a specialty 5th anniversary party glass, food vouchers to be used at on-site food trucks, private bartender, five circus ride tickets and an unlimited sampling of 16 never-to-be-seen again Hi-Wire Brewing Sour and Wild Ales.
July 19-July 29
Throughout Western North Carolina
Folkmoot is a 10-day celebration of international folk dance and cultural exchange featuring more than 70 performances at venues all over Western North Carolina! Performers demonstrate cultural heritage through colorful, authentic and original reproduction costumes, lively dance and traditional music. In Asheville, performances will be held at the Diana Wortham Theatre at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $31 for adults. Children 12 and under get in free. A highlight this weekend is the International Day Festival, a street festival that fills Main Street in downtown Waynesville (a town about 30 minutes west of Asheville). Admission is free to the street festival. Check out the full schedule of events for the 2018 Folkmoot Festival.
Friday (July 27), 10 a.m.
Craggy Gardens Visitor Center, Blue Ridge Parkway
Join Blue Ridge Parkway rangers for a moderate, 2.4-mile round trip hike on the Mountains-to-Sea-Trail near the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center. Learn about the history of the National Park Service and how it works with different agencies and partner groups to manage our public lands. Meet at the southern end of the Craggy Gardens Visitor Center Parking Lot (milepost 364.5). Bring water, wear good walking shoes and be prepared for changeable weather.
Friday (July 27), 11 a.m.
WNC Farmers Market, Asheville
What could be better on a hot summer day than sweet, juicy watermelons! Get a taste of fresh, locally-grown watermelons with free watermelon slices at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market. It’s a great family-friendly celebration with games, competitions and prizes!
Live Music and Entertainment
These are just a few highlights of the many live music and stage show performances in Asheville this weekend. For a full list of live music events please see our live music calendar.
Friday (July 27)
The Mavericks – Genre-defying band that landed top-20 hits on the country charts. Pisgah Brewing Company, 6:30 p.m.
Comedy with April Richardson – Comedian who has been featured on E!’s hit show Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central’s @midnight. Fleetwood’s, 7:30 p.m.
2 Broke Kings, The Remainders – Collective Soul Co-Founder Ross Childress performs with acoustic rock duo 2 Broke Kings. White Horse Black Mountain, 8 p.m.
Greg Ruby and Friends – Hot jazz and Django swing. Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 8:30 p.m.
Jahman Brahman with TUB – Five-member collaboration based in Asheville. Asheville Music Hall, 10 p.m.
Saturday (July 28)
Pink Mercury – Exploratory music featuring vocalist Stephanie Morgan (formerly of Asheville’s nationally-touring pop noir powerhouse stephaniesid). Ambrose West, 7 p.m.
Sarah Peacock – Artist bridging the gap between country, blues, Americana and Rock-N-Roll. Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 7 p.m.
Billy Edd Wheeler’s “Hotter than a Pepper Sprout” celebration – Longtime local resident Billy Edd Wheeler carries on the Appalachian storytelling tradition with country and folk songs. White Horse Black Mountain, 8 p.m.
Tom Paxton with The Don Juans – Tom Paxton is a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity. Grammy-award winning songwriters Don Jenry and Jon Vezner are the Don Juans. Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday (July 29)
Leah Calvert with Malcolm Holcombe – Calvert performs with Holcombe, a guitarist and vocalist born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Isis Restaurant and Music Hall, 7:30 p.m.
JD Wilkes with The Legendary Shack Shakers – Accomplished musician who has recorded harmonica for the likes of Merle Haggard and Hank Williams III. The Grey Eagle, 8 p.m.