Top Summer Festivals & Events in Asheville
By Janet Moore
Asheville’s festival scene heats up in the summer with sizzling musical acts, lively performances, arts gatherings and cultural celebrations that span across the season. Connect with Asheville's creative community at some of the Western North Carolina's best summer festivals. .
Here is a look at the top summer festivals, concerts and events in the Asheville area in 2022.
Downtown After 5
April 15, May 20, June 17, July 15, August 18 & September 16, 2022
Celebrate the joy of weekends the third Friday of every month from May through September. Performances are free, and feature local and regional jazz, classic soul, country rock, funk and blues musicians.
Asheville Art in the Park
June 4, 11 & 25, 2022
Explore and purchase artwork from some of the finest artists in the region. Asheville Art in the Park takes place on three Saturdays in downtown Asheville in June and October.
Black Mountain Old Depot Art by the Tracks
June 4, 2022
In its 24th year, this juried art show held in nearby Black Mountain pays tribute to the town's rich and varied arts and craft community.
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
Asheville Ideas Fest
June 15 - 18, 2022
New for 2022, the Asheville Ideas Fest will engage distinguished global thought leaders in the ideas of our time. Make plans to experience this inaugural event that will open with a compelling talk from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Jon Meacham.
Music on Main, Weaverville
June 18, 2022
After a two-year hiatus, this beloved family-friendly event in downtown Weaverville will return in 2022. Enjoy live music, kids' activities, beer, food and more starting at 5 p.m. along Weaverville's Main Street.
Chow Chow Culinary Event Series
June 23 - 26, August 4 - 7 & September 8 - 11, 2022
Coming back for the third season, Chow Chow is Asheville’s premier food festival and culinary event series. Held across three weekends during the summer, Chow Chow offers fun, delicious, immersive, meaningful and educational events that celebrate and enrich the unique foodways of Southern Appalachia, while fostering dialogue about issues that impact our community including racial justice, climate change and food justice. Experience flights & bites tasting events, five course dinners, hands-on workshops and more!
Shindig on the Green
June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & August 13, 2022
Shindig on the Green is a free, outdoor mountain bluegrass music and dance festival that takes place throughout the summer months in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park. The Shindigs are on most Saturdays from late June through early September each year. The performances begin at about 7 p.m. or “along about sundown,” as folks around here like to say, and generally ends about 10 p.m.
June 26 - July 30, 2022
This month-long Celtic music festival takes place on the campus of Warren Wilson College. The festival’s workshops and public performances are joyous celebrations of Scots-Irish music and dance and the many musical forms they have inspired.
Chamber Music Society of the Carolinas
July 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2022
Formally known as the Swannanoa Chamber Festival, this annual summer event features performances by acclaimed quartets and individual string and wind performers. Concerts will be held at Warren Wilson College, as well as surrounding venues in the region.
75th Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
July 21 - 24, 2022
Showcasing the finest artwork of nearly 200 craftspeople from around the region, this four-day festival offers a unique opportunity to watch artists practice their craft in live demonstrations. Live music also helps set the stage for this event, which features work across every medium, including clay, glass, fiber, paper, wood, jewelry, leather, and metal.
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
August 4 - 6, 2022
Hailed as the nation’s longest running folk festival, this is the preeminent event for old-time and bluegrass music. Ballad singers, banjo players and cloggers converge to tell stories of a by-gone era through their music and dance, and by doing so they continue to preserve our classic Southern Appalachian culture.
August 13, 2022
Black Mountain's annual Sourwood Festival celebrates the region’s prized Sourwood honey every August. With a line-up of local musicians, honey tastings, and a decadent food fest, this family-friendly festival is a favorite of locals and visitors alike.
LEAF Down by the River & Art Dash 5K
August 20, 2022
For the first year, LEAF Global Arts is taking it to the river by hosting a fabulous day of family fun. Start off the day on the right "foot," by participating in LEAF's Art Dash 5K at 8:30 a.m. followed by a full day of music at The Outpost, Asheville's newest music venue located on Amboy Road along the French Broad River, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Come to Leicester Studio Tour
August 20 - 21, 2022
This free, self-guided event is held every third weekend in August. Area artists in Leicester open their studios to the public and visitors can choose their own tour stops along the scenic route. The tour comprises both local and visiting artists working in a variety of media including clay, fiber, jewelry, metal, glass, wood, natural materials, painting and mixed media.
September 2 - 4, 2022
For more than 40 years, this annual celebration of African-Caribbean food and music has filled downtown Asheville with memorable flavors and the sounds of gospel, reggae, funk and soul. This year's event held during Labor Day weekend will be held at The Block, Asheville's historic African-American district.