The Best Asheville Summer Events You Won't Want to Miss

The Best Asheville Summer Events You Won't Want to Miss | Asheville Connections

Summer is here! Now is the time to shake off those winter blues, head into the beautiful Asheville mountains, and enjoy all the best events of the year. Here in Asheville we have so many fun things going on this summer that you won’t want to miss. From music to outdoors events there is literally something to suit everyone’s interest. Here are the best events of the summer!


Shindig on the Green

2019 is the 53rd year for the Shindig on the Green event and it's looking to be another amazing year of music, dancing, and fun. Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2019 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown around 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Concessions are available. Come and discover the music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia on a summer evening in the mountains. Click here for more information. 

 Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

If there is a day camp for beer loving adults, this is it!  On Saturday, June 8th things get weird at the Sierra Nevada. The event takes place at the Mills River. There are events like obstacle courses, human foosball, and human hungry hippo among other events. Of course, there is also a little beer drinking. For a raucous good time this is the place to be. 

Air Fair and Fly In

The air comes alive with aviation weekend of June 1-2 at the Western North Carolina Air Museum in Hendersonville, NC. During this event visitors will get to see airplanes from 1910 through the 1980’s including manuals, memorabilia, and other interesting displays that take visitors back in aviation history. For the true aviation buff, there are even airplane rides. Hendersonville is just a few minutes from Asheville so hop in the car and fly on over to the Air Fair and Fly In.

Saturday Night Lights

Each Saturday all summer long at the Tryon Equestrian Center you’ll find an exciting atmosphere of equine events. From barrel racing to jumping events this family friendly atmosphere is the perfect place for horse lovers. Even if you have never been to an equine event you’ll love your visit to the world-class Tyron International Equine center. You can find the center a short drive from your Asheville cabin rental. 

Friday Night Drum Circle

Every Friday night in Pritchard Park (downtown) the air comes alive with the sounds of the drum circle. This informal gathering is an iconic and funky tradition that visitors and locals alike fall in love with. So head on downtown and dance the night away all summer long. 

Shindig on the Green | Asheville Connections
vintage air plane at the Air Fair and Fly In | Asheville Connections
Saturday Night Lights at Tryon International Equestrian Center | Asheville Connections


Independence Day Celebrations

The 4th of July is the hallmark of July and one of the biggest events of the year in Asheville. There are fireworks, festivals, music, arts, and food. If you look in the surrounding area, there are over twenty-five different festivals and events.  We won’t go into all the details here, but stay tuned for our 4th of July post. However, now is the perfect time to start looking at the Asheville cabin you've always wanted to rent for Independence Day. Don’t miss out on the biggest birthday party of the year.

Cherokee PowWow

On July 5th the Cherokee Nation invites you to immerse yourself in a cultural experience like none other. Come and enjoy a weekend of traditional dancing, tribal regalia, traditional music, and food. This weekend is all about celebrating the beautiful Native American culture indigenous to the Asheville area. Don’t forget to be there for the “Grand Entrance” on Friday evening. Click here for more information.

Folkmoot International Dance and Music Festival

On July 18-29 the world visits the Asheville area bringing with it all the wonderful tastes, sounds, and experiences the world has to offer right here in our own backyard. The Festival takes place in Asheville, Hendersonville, and Cherokee among other areas. This event is a wonderful way to not only experience the world but our local area as well. 

July Fourth Parade | Asheville Connection
Folkmoot performers | Asheville Connections
people enjoying wine and food | Asheville Connections


92nd Mountain Dance Folk Festival – August 2-4

Created in 1928 to share the beauty and creativity of Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. The event is now the oldest gathering of its kind in the nation. The festival features talented performers of the high country lying between the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Bring out the family and enjoy a truly magical musical experience. 

 Asheville Wine and Food Festival

With over 205 independent restaurants and wineries represented at this event, it is truly a food and wine aficionado’s dream come true. This mouthwatering event brings out the foodie in all of us. Several events take place outside of the main event pitting the regions best chef’s and vineyards against each other, each in pursuit of bragging rights. In the end we all win at this delicious event. Follow their Facebook page for more details. 

Are you ready to enjoy these and other exciting area events? If you are, now is the time to book your Asheville cabin. There is still plenty of time left, and our helpful and friendly staff is here to help you find the perfect vacation rental. Don’t forget to let us know if there is a favorite event you wish to attend. We might have the ideal vacation home right near the event. See you soon in Asheville! 

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