Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- June 16-18, 2017
By Jason Tarr
We hope you've marked your calendar! Father's Day is this Sunday (June 18), making this a great couple of days to bond with the family. From a new festival to a music extravaganza, it's easy to gave your dad (or any other family member!) the gift of a memorable Asheville experience this weekend..
Saturday, 12-9:30 p.m.
Pack Square Park, Asheville
Kick off Father’s Day Weekend with a brand-new festival celebrating healthy fatherhood in all its forms. The Better Dads Festival creates a lively and educational space where every family member can share their experiences of how fathers have helped shape their lives. Write letters to your dad, get creative in the dress-your-dad photo booth, and map your family connections! Community speakers and leaders from Asheville’s diverse communities will provide resources and a chance for discussion. Dance, games, drumming, storytelling, and crafts will add to the fun! Lyric, an Asheville musician who plays with her father, will headline a full lineup of live music. And, Corner Kitchen, Gan Shan Station, Flat Rock Bakery Pizza, and Highland Brewing Company will help keep you well-fed and hydrated.
Sunday, All Day
Bring you dad to Biltmore for a Father’s Day to remember! Save $40 on regular daytime admission when you treat your Dad to a trip to the Estate. Dad’s ticket is just $25 with the purchase of one regular adult or youth daytime ticket on Sunday. If you are an annual passholder, admission for Dad is free on Father’s Day! While exploring the grounds, take Dad to a hearty brunch at Deerpark Restaurant, where a farmhouse table full of sumptuous Southern entrees and sides awaits! Brunch is $56 per adult, $24 for kids ages 10-16 and $15 for kids ages 6-9.
Saturday and Sunday
Multiple Locations, West Asheville
For all the music lovers in your family, check out this multi-stage celebration in West Asheville. The free festival gives you access to more than 25 bands playing at the Community Roots Stage (outside of Isis Restaurant and Music Hall), the Pisgah Brewing Stage (inside Isis), the Asheville Grit Stage (at the Brewpump), the PBR Stage (at the Mothlight), and the Psych Ward Stage (at the Fortune Building).
Tours on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Multiple Locations, Black Mountain
Less than 20 minutes away in Black Mountain, a flower-filled art celebration blooms into its 11th year. Art in Bloom features two gallery shows, a display of floral arrangements, and a garden tour. The kick-off is a gala preview dinner party at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts on Thursday night. The dinner will feature fresh grilled salmon, farm-to-table vegetables, sides, and breads, beer and wine, and custom ice cream flavors. The dinner comes with a chance to preview the artwork that will be on display. Tickets are $50 but they're going fast! On Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., see the floral interpretations by 22 designers paired with artwork from 11 regional galleries, all for $5. Or pair this art experience with a 5-garden tour for just $20.
Saturday and Sunday, All Day
Bakersville, N.C. and Roan Mountain, T.N.
Perhaps no bloom is more celebrated in the month of June than the bright purple Catawba Rhododendrons blooming all over Western North Carolina. One of the most famous places to see the blooms is at Roan Mountain, which straddles the North Carolina/Tennessee line just about 1 hour and 30 minutes from downtown Asheville. For a fun day trip from Asheville, head up to the towns on either side of the mountain, Bakersville, N.C. and Roan Mountain, TN, which throw big rhododendron celebrations complete with pageants, craft fairs, street dances, and car shows.
Top photo by David Simchock. Biltmore photo by Jared Kay. Art in Bloom photo by Joye Ardyn Durham (Artist with Camera), courtesy of Black Mountain Center for the Arts.