Things to Do in Asheville This Memorial Day Weekend -- May 27-30, 2022

Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville in Historic Biltmore Village

Ready to make your weekend plans? Experience 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:

GRINDFest 2022

Friday - Monday, May 27-30, 9 a.m.
Black Wall Street AVL

Grindfest is BACK! This free, 4-day event celebrates the success of Black entrepreneurs + business owners in Asheville. A block-party style event will take place with a weekend full of music, games, live performance, food, local vendors + learning, employment and partnership opportunities. The goal of the festival is to highlight the progress made by people of color while also connecting folks in the community.

Asheville Beer Week

Friday - Monday, May 27-30, various times
Multiple Venues

After a pandemic-related hiatus, the popular Asheville Beer Week event is back! Expect old favorites like tastings, dinners and discussions along with beer specials and battles. Below are some highlighted events for this weekend, but many more are planned through June 5. View all the Asheville beer week events here.

Poppin Bubbles & Oysters!

Friday, May 27, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Botanist and Barrel Tasting Bar + Bottle Shop

Botanist and Barrel will celebrating their one-year anniversary in style. They'll serve up natty cider, wine and beer along with freshly-shucked North Carolina oysters. Get your tickets to reserve your oysters, but you'll want to arrive early if you want a table. Otherwise it's standing room only.

Festival of the Arts

Saturday - Sunday, May 28-29, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pack Square Park - Downtown Asheville

See some of the finest locally made art alongside national artists' works during this free, outdoor event. Here you'll find sparkling jewels, one of a kind paintings, exquisitely crafted glasswork, stunning sculpture and every medium of hand-made art.

American Craft Sake Festival

Saturday, May 28, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Ben's Tune Up

This festival is the largest gathering of North American sake brewers in the country. Planned activities include tastings and lectures on sake and sake brewing from over a dozen producers from across the continent. You’ll also enjoy live music and drink specials.

Recurring Events

Biltmore Gardens Railway model train exhibition in Asheville, N.C.

Biltmore Blooms

Friday - Sunday, May 27-29, Begins daily at 10:30 a.m.
Biltmore Gardens

Biltmore Blooms celebrates Biltmore’s historic gardens and grounds and the return of warm weather, featuring a progression of thousands of spring flowers growing across the property.

Biltmore: Legends of Art and Innovation - Monet & Friends

Friday - Sunday, May 27-29, various times

Immerse yourself in Biltmore's new exhibition series, Legends of Art & Innovation, which features a large-scale, multi-sensory experience using the latest in immersive technology to illuminate the remarkable life of Monet. This is the first weekend to catch the show Monet & Friends - Life, Light & Color.

Live Music, Comedy, Dance and Theatre

Bands play on the lawn at Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC

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Tailgate & Specialty Markets

tailgate Market

Shop local at the Asheville area's numerous farmers, tailgate, and holiday markets. Here's a look at some of the markets you can visit this weekend:

Visit an art studio or art exhibition

A Glass Artist Fires His Work at the North Carolina Glass Center in Asheville

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:

Go for a hike

A scenic hike to Craggy Gardens near Asheville, NC

Experience incredible layered mountain vistas, thundering waterfalls and gorgeous 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.

Leave No Trace

As you're out exploring the trails and waterfalls that make the Blue Ridge Mountains so special, it's important to leave everything as you found it. Follow these seven principles of Leave No Trace to ensure you and future generations can enjoy these mountains for years to come.