Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- October 22-24, 2021

A Couple having un in the fall

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:

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair

Friday - Sunday, October 22-24, begins daily at 9 a.m.
WNC Ag Center - Fletcher

Head out to an expo celebrating all things animal fiber. Watch live demonstrations of spinning, weaving, felting, and knitting, or get hands on by joining a workshop class to improve your skills. Multiple vendors will be on site selling unique apparel and wearables.

Black Mountain Old Depot Art by the Tracks

Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Old Depot Gallery - Black Mountain

A renowned art and craft show returns to Black Mountain this weekend. See the inspired work of artists from around the region at this juried event. From the 1930's to the mid 1950's, Black Mountain was home for Black Mountain College, which still claims alumni of worldwide renown in the arts. More and more, the town is becoming a center for arts and crafts, antiques and furniture.

Eliada Homes Fall Festival

Friday - Sunday, October 22-24, various times
Eliada Homes

This family-focused event includes a small corn maze, a corn cannon, bouncy pillow, hayrides, a straw maze, and a number of other activities for kids to enjoy. The cost is $10 per ticket and proceeds help fund Eliada's mission to help children succeed.

Ceramic artist Tristan Glosby works at the pottery wheel at Clayspace Co-op in the River Arts District of Asheville, North Carolina.

North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

Saturday, October 23, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Pack Square Park - Downtown Asheville

Head downtown this weekend for an outdoor ceramic arts festival showcasing the works of over 40 national ceramic artists. This genre-spanning festival includes tilework, sculpture, jewelry and pottery. In addition to the art, there will be food trucks and live raku demonstrations.

Vernados Circus

Friday - Sunday, October 22-24, various times
Asheville Outlets

Be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition under the big top tent. Enjoy an amazing assortment of aerialists, acrobats, juggling, balancing, comedy, daredevilry, magic, and musical production. This event is very much like the original circus traditions, but without the animals.

Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont

Friday - Saturday, October 22-23, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Silvermont Park - Brevard

A signature feature of this annual, family friendly-event is a walking trail filled with a carved pumpkin light displays. There's a fine gravel trail for strollers and wheelchairs. There is also live music, food trucks, storytelling, face-painting, and a white squirrel scavenger hunt.

25th Annual Surreal Sirkus Arts Festival

Saturday, October 23, 2 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Pack Square Park

Things are going to get surreal in downtown Asheville this weekend. The Surreal Sirkus Arts Festival celebrates the freaky weirdness that Asheville was, and is, and shall be again! This free festival will feature art installations throughout the park and live music from Snake Oil Medicine Show, Mordaga and Kri (a pioneer of Asheville's psytrance community).

Haunted History Tours of Black Mountain

Friday - Saturday, October 22-23, various times
Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center

Take a spirited walking tour through Black Mountain’s downtown historic district. You'll learn about the humorous, haunting and harrowing history of the Swannanoa Valley while being visited by some of its most famous spirits. This event will highlight the town’s many tragedies and triumphs - and the many ghosts, friendly and frustrated, born from these events.

Live Music, Comedy, Dance and Theatre

Asheville Music Scene

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.

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Tailgate Markets

Grandad's Apples

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:

  • WNC Farmers Market: Open 7 days a week, year-round, at 570 Brevard Road
  • East Asheville Tailgate Market: Fridays, 3-6 p.m. at Groce United Methodist Church (954 Tunnel Rd.).
  • ASAP Farmers Market: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AB Tech Campus Bailey Student Center (340 Victoria Road).
  • North Asheville Tailgate Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to Noon at UNC Asheville Campus (1 University Heights).
  • Black Mountain Tailgate Market: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to Noon at First Baptist Church Parking Lot (130 Montreat Road)

Visit an art studio or art exhibition

The new Asheville Art Museum opened in November 2019

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:

Dreamscapes by Beyond Prison Artist Alliance Exhibition

Friday, October 22, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Pink Dog Creative

The artists of Beyond Prison Artist Alliance approach the theme Dreamscapes from a wide angle: somewhere between dream and reality, escape and landscape. The work in this exhibition expresses the unique perspectives and styles of the ten contributing artists. The incarcerated participants in this program are active and highly skilled artists, many of whom hold long sentences. More than anything, the artists at AMCI would like you to know that they have talent, heart, and soul and do not want to be forgotten. Beyond Prison aims to be a human and empowering force, one that challenges all of its participants, incarcerated and free, to imagine art as an essential tool for building a more just future.

Go for a hike

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.

Family Hiking in the fall

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.