Spring Events & Festivals: Top 40
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to Sunday, May 31, 2020
Check out our calendar of the best festival and events in Asheville and western North Carolina in April and May.
Hunger and Thirst
Thursday, March 26, 2020 to Thursday, April 2, 2020
Eat, drink, have a great time at the best restaurants, breweries, wineries and cideries in Hendersonville, Flat Rock, Mills River and Chimney Rock and take advantage of great savings, special menus and events.
Well @ NC Stage Theatre
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 to Sunday, April 12, 2020
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville: A funny and touching comedy about mothers and daughters, mind over body, social activism and theatre itself. It spins dangerously out of control into riotously funny and unexpected territory. Wed-Sat 7:30 PM, Sunday 2 PM, April 4 & 11 2 PM. Tickets from $18/adult
Asheville Amadeus Festival
Thursday, March 12, 2020 to Saturday, March 21, 2020
Asheville Symphony presents 10 days of multi-genre events and concerts for all tastes and ages at multiple venues - including collaborations with many arts groups, often paired with beer and food.
Penland School Open House
Saturday, March 7, 2020
A rare chance to explore the working studios at this international center for craft education, with hands-on studio experiences in clay, iron, glass, wood, paper, photo, print, textiles and more. Located near Spruce Pine. 1-5 PM. Free admission.
Organic Growers Conference
Friday, March 6, 2020 to Sunday, March 8, 2020
This annual Spring Conference at Mars Hill University includes 150+ practical, affordable, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, homesteading, urban farming and rural living. Plus trade show, seed exchange, special guests and on-farm events.
Brew Horizons Beer Festival
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Held in downtown Asheville inside the big Harrah's Cherokee Center 2-6 PM, tickets include a souvenir tasting stein for sampling from 20+ regional craft breweries and cideries, food tastings, live music, artisan vendors. Fundraiser for our clean energy future. $41/person. Limited tickets, so buy in advance.
Sparkling Soirée: Bubbles & Jazz Masquerade
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Don’t miss this “roaring twenties” themed event with live jazz music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, award-winning Biltmore wines and more. Dress to impress, masks and evening attire encouraged. Best dressed gets a prize! Reservations required. Event is 8-10 PM. Cost: $150/person.
Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Everyone is invited to participate in, or simply spectate this family-friendly spectacle. This fun parade in downtown Asheville is led by this year's King and Queen, with dancers, roller skaters, drummers and krewes of colorful characters. 3 PM
Arts & Crafts Conference @ Grove Park Inn
Friday, February 21, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020
Perfect for the passionate collector or those just interested in the Arts and Crafts design. The long-running weekend at Grove Park Inn includes lectures, small group discussions, exhibitions, books, a contemporary crafts show and the finest of the antiques shows.
Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend
Thursday, February 20, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020
Beech Mountain Ski Resort will bend the space-time continuum for a righteously rad celebration with live 80s music nightly, retro skiing daily and plenty of throwback activities in between.
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Head over to Sapphire Valley Ski Resort in Cashiers to cheer the drivers of the hilarious homemade outhouses down the slopes.
Saturday, February 8, 2020 to Sunday, February 16, 2020
See our Top 20 Things to Do on Valentine's Day and Week in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains, with a photo tour of romantic getaway ideas.
The Fantasticks, Asheville Community Theatre
Friday, February 7, 2020 to Sunday, March 1, 2020
See the longest-running musical in the world - a timeless romantic charmer that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time and is punctuated by a series of classic songs. Fri & Sat 7:30, Sun 2:30, Thurs Feb 20 & 27 7:30. Tickets from $15
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Go to Chimney Rock Park to see if Greta the groundhog sees her shadow to predict an early spring or a long winter. Other activities for kids of all ages.
Jeeves Saves the Day @ NC Stage Company
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 to Sunday, February 23, 2020
Once again, Bertie finds himself suffering the slings and arrows of misfortune at the hands of his relatives. Priceless predicaments call upon Jeeves to save the day.
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Sunday, January 19, 2020 to Sunday, January 26, 2020
Local and national artists explore the edges of their work, collaborate across genres and bring innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences. Includes dancers, installation artists, theatre companies, Butoh dance, puppetry, modern dance, and performance art.
Winterfest Beer Festival
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Sample 50 beers and ciders from North Carolina breweries indoors at the Beech Mountain ski resort Alpine Village, 4-8 PM. Live music and shuttle. Great way to end a day of play on the slopes.
Big Band Dance Weekend
Friday, January 10, 2020 to Sunday, January 12, 2020
Swing dance away the weekend at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra on Friday & Saturday nights.
Christmas at Biltmore
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 to Sunday, January 5, 2020
See the final week of the elaborate holiday decorations inside Biltmore House. Open New Year's Day.
First Day Hikes
Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Go to a state park near Asheville for a free guided hike with a forest ranger - a great way to begin a resolution to get outdoors for exercise and education. Most are easy trails, perfect for all ages and fitness levels.