Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- July 30 - August 1, 2021

Shindig on the Green

Ready to make your weekend plans? Here's a list of some of the best events happening all around the Blue Ridge Mountains. As you plan your getaway to Asheville, check out our easy-to-use accommodations search tool to find room availability and rates.

Here are ideas for what to do this weekend:

Stu Helm's Punk Rock Hot Dog Competition

Saturday, July 31, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Asheville Masonic Temple, Downtown Asheville

This weekend local chefs will battle it out to be the top dog. Each hot dog is inspired by a punk band with toppings inspired by that band. A panel of judges and VIP ticket holders will determine the weiner, ahem - winner. Hot dogs will be available for ticket holders until they run out.

Black Mountain Classic Car Show

Saturday, July 31, 9 a.m.
Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center, Black Mountain

The Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center will be hosting Black Mountain’s first Annual Classic Car Show. Themed “Rock the Classics,” this show will feature cars from the 1900s thru the 1980s. Attendees will be able to vote on trophies for vehicles, enjoy country music entertainment, purchase sno-cones from a local vendor, and participate in a 50/50 raffle.

Farm Fam Fun Day

Saturday, July 31, 12 p.m.
Ross Farm, Candler

Enjoy live music, southern themed food by New Orleans Cuisine, art, and frosty treats during this free, family-friendly event. The greenhouses will be open for you to find you new annual, veggie starters, and everything in between.

New Beer Festival Arrives in Asheville

Chow Chow 2021

This year, Asheville's signature culinary event series combines a series of virtual and in-person events all summer long. Here are this weekend's special events celebrating the unique foodways of Southern Appalachia. Learn more about Chow Chow 2021.

Chow Chow: Craft in Your Glass

Sunday, August 1, 11 a.m.
Hillman Brewing, Biltmore Village

Local breweries across Asheville have crafted special beers especially for Chow Chow 2021. This weekend, enjoy the new release of Hillman Beer's Scottish Ale. One dollar of each pint purchased goes to support the ongoing efforts of Chow Chow to shine a light on Appalachian food ways.

NC Mineral and Gem Fest

Friday – Sunday, July 30 - August 1, various times
The Spruce Pine Commons Shopping Center

Take a day trip from Asheville to Spruce Pine to shop for beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals and fossils. This annual event features gem, jewelry, and mineral dealers from across the country, and is one of the oldest gem and mineral shows in the United States.

Live Music, Comedy and Theatre


Asheville's booming and diverse music scene takes center stage this weekend with bands set to perform musical styles from bluegrass to jazz to rock & roll. And, get ready to laugh! The live performance schedule also includes comedy shows.

Shindig on the Green

Saturday, July 31, 7-10 p.m.
Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville

Shindig on the Green, a free, outdoor, mountain bluegrass music and dance festival, takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park on most Saturday nights throughout the summer months. In addition to scheduled stage shows, Shindig on the Green features informal performances and jam sessions on the stage and around the park. Bring an instrument, lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy. The performances begin at about 7 p.m. or “along about sundown” as folks around here like to say! See our guide to Shindig on the Green for more information.

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Tailgate Markets

Fresh local produce at a Farmers Market in Asheville, NC

Shop fresh and local at the Asheville area's numerous farmers markets and tailgate markets. Here's a look at some of the markets you can enjoy:

Visit an art studio or art exhibition

Pink Dog Creative, River Arts District

Asheville is home to hundreds of artists, galleries and studios making creative expression a way of life here in the mountains. Here is a look at some of the current art exhibitions in the city:

Jonathan Bidwell and Aaron Hill Studio Grand Opening

Friday, July 30, 6 p.m.
Pink Dog Creative, Suite 104

Come see the work of Jonathan Bidwell and Aaron Hill during the grand opening celebration of their new galleries. Peruse the gallery and enjoy food and beverages, which will be provided.

Go for a hike

A scenic hike to Craggy Gardens near Asheville, NC

Experience incredible layered mountain vistas, thundering waterfalls and lush green forests on a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Begin browsing hikes with our Asheville Hiking Guide. And, find the hike just right for you by checking out our Asheville Hike Finder tool. The tool gives you the opportunity to filter hikes by length, difficult, popularity and distance from Asheville.

Fridays at the Folk Art Center

Friday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.
Folk Art Center

Dive into the fascinating world of Peregrine Falcons, one of the largest, most powerful, and fastest falcon species. Learn how this predator of the sky was lost and has now returned to its original aerial hunting grounds in the western North Carolina mountains.

Discover summer fun

A family enjoys a picnic on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Asheville, NC

Summer in Asheville offers lush green forests, refreshing waterfalls and a wealth of outdoor adventure. Explore our new Asheville summer itinerary to help kick start your planning. Check out budget-friendly ways to cool down on warm summer days in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Discover water adventures (including a 60-foot natural waterslide!). We have more trip ideas on our guide to summer fun in Asheville