Things To Do in Asheville This Weekend -- May 12-14, 2017

High Falls

Ah, Mid-may in Asheville, N.C. The weather is mild, the rhododendrons are blooming, and the weekend adventures are plentiful! Whether you like music, wine, crafts or the outdoors, you can find it this coming weekend (May 12-14, 2017) here in the Blue Ridge. And, given that Mother’s Day is Sunday (don’t forget!), these activities double as great ways to treat your mom to a special experience.

LEAF FestivalFamily-Friendly Music & Arts: LEAF Festival

Lake Eden, Black Mountain

Thursday through Sunday

This multi-cultural music and dance extravaganza is set in a gorgeous park-like setting in nearby Black Mountain. The spring festival theme is “Legends of Africa.” Among the talented performers is award-winning recording artist Macy Gray. Tickets are going fast so purchase yours soon!

Outdoor Adventure: Tour de Falls

DuPont State Forest

Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Hop on a 12-mile shuttle bus tour of some of the area’s most incredible waterfalls, including High Falls (pictured above). Tour de Falls is perfect for those who may not be able to hike to the waterfalls in DuPont State Forest. Shuttles run every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Donations are requested. The bus is not able to accommodate wheelchairs nor pets.

Holiday Special: Mother's Day at Biltmore

Biltmore, Asheville

Sunday (All Day)

Treat mom to Biltmore on Mother's Day and save $50 on regular daytime admission! Mom's ticket is just $25 with the purchase of one regular adult or youth daytime admission. For Annual Passholders, mom's ticket is free on Mother's Day!

Asheville SymphonyClassical Music: Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville

Saturday, 8-10 p.m.

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra puts on a show with the help of Russian-American violinist Yevgeny Kutik. Kutik and the symphony will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. The program also includes a performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Titan.”

Wine and Dine: Turkey Tail Wine Festival

The Inn at Glen Alpine, Glen Alpine

Saturday, 12-5 p.m.

A quick day trip to the town of Glen Alpine will give you a front row seat to tasting wine from eight area wineries. Bring your own lawn chair to enjoy the live music, food, and crafts.

Fresh Spin on Traditional Crafts: Fiber Weekend

Folk Arts Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild showcase a wide array of techniques for using fiber in craft. More than 20 makers will showcase the processes of carding, spinning, dyeing, weaving, and sewing.

Bonsai Exhibit at the NC ArboretumIn the Garden: World Bonsai Day

North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville

Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join people from all over the world in celebrating Bonsai. The North Carolina Arboretum will do its part by fully displaying its Bonsai exhibit to the public for the first time this year. A Bonsai curator will host 30-minute guided tours at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.


Top photo of High Falls by Hugo Gutierrez. LEAF Festival photo by David Simchock. Symphony photo courtesy of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. Bonsai photo by Art Meripol.

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