Top Spring Events in Asheville

Downtown After 5

As the warmer temperatures bring beautiful blooms to the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville’s calendar of festivals and celebrations also blossoms. Experience these colorful events that are sure to help you leave winter behind and put that spring back in your step.

Here is a look at the spring events in Asheville in 2022.

Spring Flowers and the Outdoors Reign
Tulips illuminated by the sun during the Biltmore Blooms celebration in Asheville, NC

These Asheville happenings embody the bright spirit of spring. 

  • Biltmore Blooms, April 1 - May 26, 2022: Nothing says spring quite like the tens of thousands of blooms bursting on the grounds of Biltmore, America’s Largest Home. The two-month spring flower celebration kicks off with orchids in the conservatory and 50,000 tulips of all shades and hues. April brings irises, roses and azaleas. Pink and white mountain laurel and rhododendrons close the show. New for this year, guests can also experience the artistry of the natural world by visiting Biltmore's Monet & Friends - Life, Light & Color exhibit at Antler Hill Village through July 10, 2022. 
  • WNC Farmers Market Spring Festival, April 22 - 24, 2022: Enjoy this free, three-day event at the region's largest farmers' market. This new festival will feature locally sourced food and produce, music, kids crafts and a special food truck ramp cook-off. Market shops will be open to connect with local growers and farmers, and participants can grow their plant collection at the Growing in the Mountains Plant Sale.
  • Asheville Herb Festival, April 29 - May 1, 2022: The largest herb festival in the United States and Canada is now in its fourth decade. Learn from herb growers, herbalists and related businesses while also seeing demonstrations from experts on natural gardening and landscaping.

Music in the Mountains
LEAF Festival

Get into a rhythm this season with these toe-tapping music celebrations.

  • Asheville Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Concerts through June 2022: This might be the Asheville Symphony's most innovative season yet. Experience the music of this full orchestra thanks to a series of Masterworks concerts. Dig into Scandinavian and Slavic roots (March 19), embrace the drama and mystery of Mozart (April 9 and May 13-14), and close out the season with Beethoven’s most magnificent work (June 4).   
  • Downtown After 5, April through September 2022: On select Friday nights (spring dates: April 15, May 20, June 17), head down to Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville for free concerts by top local, regional and national bands. This street festival also includes local beer on tap and a variety of food vendors.
  • LEAF Retreat (Black Mountain), May 12-15, 2022: Join together with music lovers gathered at beautiful Lake Eden in the nearby town of Black Mountain to experience powerful music, art and culture. This beloved local tradition takes place on the site of the historic Black Mountain College. With social distancing in mind, this retreat is a scaled down version of the typical festival. Stages are smaller, the event is more intimate with meet and greets and a focus on local and regional artists several of whom are helping to design the weekend. 
  • Music on Main (Weaverville), June 18, 2022: Enjoy Main Street in the countryside! This open-air, one-night concert event on Main Street in Weaverville features live music and dancing. Get there early and explore the local shops.

Live music is back in Asheville! Check out some of these acts that are hitting the stage in Asheville this spring.

  • Singer-songwriter Ian Sherwood at Wortham Center, April 8
  • Joe Russo's Almost Dead at Rabbit Rabbit, April 29 and 30
  • Amos Lee at Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville, April 30
  • Daughtry at Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville, May 10
  • God is a Scottish Drag Queen at Wortham Center, May 12
  • Chatt Hills Music presents Will Kimbrough at Wortham Center, May 14
  • Leon Bridges at Rabbit Rabbit, May 18
  • The Wailers at The Orange Peel, May 25
  • Robert Earl Keen at The Orange Peel, May 27
  • Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit at Rabbit Rabbit, June 4

Art on Display
Asheville Art Scene

Asheville is known for its creative spirit. See hundreds of artists in action as you experience their creativity first-hand.

  • The Wyeths at Asheville Art Museum through May 30, 2022: The Wyeth family features three generations of incredible artists: N. C. Wyeth (one of America’s finest illustrators), his son, Andrew (an important realist painter), his eldest daughter, Henriette (a realist painter) and Andrew’s son Jamie (a popular portraitist). Through the works of these artists from three generations of the Wyeth family, the exhibition at the Asheville Art Museum explores the themes of American history, artistic techniques, and creative achievements.
  • Monet and Friends Exhibition at Biltmore through July 10: Experience an immersive exhibition at Biltmore that serves an homage to Claude Monet and the Impressionist painters of the mid-19th century through the early 20th century. The Impressionists’ masterworks come to life in a rich display of light, color, and sound. Breathtaking paintings are projected on an enormous scale, illuminating the bold brushstrokes of Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, and others.
  • {Re}HAPPENING, April 2, 2022: This one-day festival and fundraiser during which artists celebrate the legacy of the historic Black Mountain College. Founded in 1933, Black Mountain College was one of the leading experimental liberal art schools in America until its closure in 1957. 
  • River Arts District Second Saturdays, April through June 2022: On the second Saturday of each month, the more than 200 artists of the River Arts District extend a special welcome to you. Many galleries host special events, demonstrations and sales as part of the celebration. 
  • Connect Beyond Festival, April 22-24, 2022: Call it Asheville's version of "A TED Talk meets your favorite podcast meets NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concert series meets Sundance Film Festival." The festival brings together visual art, music, film, and through concerts, intimate interviews, panels, and other special events. 
  • Weaverville Art Safari Studio Tour, April 23-24, 2022: The Weaverville Art Safari is one of the original studio tours in the Asheville area. It is a self guided free event that offers a unique look at the artists' work in their working environment, featuring those who specialize in handmade pottery, glass, photography, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, painting, drawing, fiber art, wood art and more.
  • Asheville Makers Faire, May 7, 2022: Bring the family to this showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Makers Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Makers Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects. 
  • Black Mountain Art By the Tracks, June 4, 2022: More than 50 fine artists and master crafters join together on Sutton Avenue near the Old Train Depot in historic downtown Black Mountain for this annual juried art show and sale. As you explore the art, you’ll also be able to enjoy live music.
  • Asheville Art in the Park, June 4, 11 and 25, 2022: Explore the finest in handcrafted art that Asheville area artists have to offer. Skilled workers of glass, ceramics, wood, jewelry and metal make their shops open to display to the public at every market. 

Experience Asheville's Vibrant Cultural SceneHola Asheville Festival

Explore cultural traditions through dance, song, food and crafts

  • HardLox Jewish Festival, May 1, 2022: Savor homemade Jewish food, experience Israeli singing and dancing and explore cultural crafts. You can even have your name written in Hebrew.
  • GRINDFest, May 27-30, 2022: GrindFest is a free, four-day festival that celebrates Black freedom, as well as the success of Black entrepreneurs + business owners in Asheville. Held in the River Arts District, the celebration includes a weekend full of music, live performances, food, local vendors + learning opportunities.
  • Hola Asheville Festival, June 11, 2022: Downtown Asheville comes alive with the sights, sounds, music, pageantry, colorful costumes and extraordinary talent of Latin America. Don't miss the delicious food vendors and shopping.

Food and Beer On Tap
Woman holding beer glass at burial

There's a reason they call Asheville Foodtopia AND Beer City USA!

  • AVL Beer Week, May 27-June 5, 2022: Cheers to the happenings, faces, and places that make the Asheville area's beer scene so special. You'll enjoy tastings, dinners and discussions along with some new and creative programming that leans into the Western North Carolina lifestyle of good beer, the outdoors, good food, and good people.  

Watch and Participate in Major Sporting Events
Fed Cup

  • Billie Jean King Cup, April 15 - 16, 2022: Formally known as the Fed Cup, the Billie Jean King Cup will host Team USA and Team Ukraine at the Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville for a qualifying tie. USTA will donate 10 percent of the ticket revenue from the event to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund by Global Giving, and local sponsors Harrah’s Cherokee Casinos, Ingles Markets and New Belgium Brewing Company will also make donations. Special guest tennis star Billie Jean King will be in attendance for the opening ceremony on April 15, and will also donate $50,000 with her partner, Ilana Kloss, to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund. 
Updated April 7, 2022
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