Things to Do This Weekend

Things to Do in Asheville This Independence Day Weekend -- July 1-4, 2022

Fourth of July fireworks in downtown Asheville, NC

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:

First Friday Evening on The Block

Friday, July 1, 4 - 8 p.m.
The Block, Downtown

Head downtown to The Block - Asheville's historical Black business district - and enjoy an evening of arts, community and culture at their monthly First Friday Evening on The Block art walk and celebration. This month, The Block will be celebrating National Indie Retailer Month, by offering meet and greet opportunities with artists at Noir Collective's gallery. Get to know and shop from Asheville's local businesses, including Benne on Eagle, Noir Collective, Sole '82, Skinny Beats, Penny Cup at YMI and LEAF Global Arts Center. 

Grush's Cajun Dino Grill

Friday - Saturday, July 1-2, 1 p.m.

Grush’s Cajun Dino Grill is a fun new collaboration with Chef Matt Grush, and Artist Amanda Cloyd, in Asheville NC. Originally from New Orleans, Chef Grush is bringing to Asheville a much needed, authentic, yet fresh look of classic and new age Cajun Cuisine. Using as much local produce, breads, meats, and cheeses from Asheville, and its surrounding area farmers, Grush hopes to bring a sense of support and community into each dish served.

Highland Heritage Tour

Friday - Sunday, July 1-3, various times
Highland Brewing Company

Take an immersive tour of Asheville’s original craft brewery. In this 50-minute tour and guided tasting, guests will explore the brewery, hear Highland’s history, and taste 5 beer samples along the way. Tour space is limited. Tour guests must book tickets in advance.

11th Annual Oak & Smoke Party

Saturday, July 2, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Dalton Distillery

Join Dalton Distillery for their 11 year anniversary party! Owner Adam Dalton will be smoking a variety of meats with the 100% French oak chips used to age the award winning Hammond Oak Rum. Food is free to enjoy with purchase of a $5 tour and tasting! Franny’s Farmacy will also be celebrating by passing out CBD samples, coupons, and hosting a Tourist ticket raffle.

Fourth of July Events and Fireworks

Monday, July 4, various times
Various Locations

Celebrate Independence Day with multiple festivals, parades, and fireworks. Here's a sampling of events happening around the mountains.

Downtown Asheville: a full day of free, family-friendly activities and entertainment are planned. Activities include the Ultimate Air Dogs, the Splashville Fountain, Live Music at 5 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Lake Julian Park: In South Asheville you can catch one of the largest fireworks show in the area. Arrive by 7:45 p.m. to find parking and bring a jacket as the temps are cooler in the evenings by the lake.

Downtown Weaverville: North of Asheville, Weaverville will host a downtown party with fireworks. Live music begins at 7:30 p.m.

Downtown Black Mountain: East of Asheville catch a July 4 parade in the nearby community of Montreat at 10:30 a.m., and then stick around for fireworks later in the evening.

Shindig on the Green

Recurring Events:

Shindig on the Green­

Saturday, July 2, 7 p.m.
Pack Square Park

Enjoy an outdoor, mountain bluegrass music and dance festival. In addition to scheduled stage shows, Shindig features informal performances and jam sessions on the stage and around the park. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket. See our guide to Shindig on the Green for more information.

Swannanoa Gathering

Friday - Monday, July 1-4, various times
Warren Wilson College

This month-long festival is a celebration of Celtic music. Attend one of the many workshops and public performances of Scots-Irish music and dance and the many musical forms they have inspired.

Live Music, Comedy, Dance and Theatre

Drum Circle Dancers

Friday (July 1):

Saturday (July 2):

Sunday (July 3):

Tailgate & Specialty Pop Up Markets

Fresh local produce at a Farmers Market in Asheville, NC

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

Young Woman in Blue Spiral 1 Art Gallery

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

Couple watching sunset on mountaintop

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.