Nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina, is known for its beautiful summer weather, gorgeous scenery and welcoming, small-town feel. But a peek beyond the lush green mountains and glistening streams reveals a city rich in diverse entertainment options. You can visit the many local breweries, catch some live music, admire the talent at a craft fair — Asheville is a town where there truly is something for everyone. Here’s a short list of some of the best Asheville events happening this June.
International Doll and Teddy Show
Some of the world’s most renowned doll and teddy bear artists will have their work on display at the Crowne Plaza Resort. Just minutes from downtown, the event will show off beautifully crafted items available for both private collectors and retailers to purchase. This Asheville event runs June 5–7; admission is $10.
This free event at the Folk Art Center, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway in East Asheville, offers the opportunity to observe ceramic artists at work. Watch as they demonstrate various pottery-making techniques, and then spend some time taking in the other beautiful art at the Center. June 6, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Fiber Feel Day
On June 6, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, explore all things fiber at the WNC Farmer’s Market. <http://www.wncfarmersmarket.org/> Local farmers and fiber artists will teach you all about different natural fibers. You’ll also have the chance to shop for raw materials and finished fiber art. When you’re done, stock up on locally grown fruits, veggies and herbs, as well as handmade crafts and home goods.
Asheville Art in the Park
Asheville Art in the Park, which takes place in Pack Square Park on June 13, 20 and 27, welcomes visitors to view and purchase works from many talented local artists. Asheville is home to an eclectic artist community, and you’re sure to see something that strikes your fancy. The event runs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day, allowing you plenty of time to shop.
Downtown After Five
One Friday a month, Downtown After Five combines local food and beer with free music. On June 19, bring the whole family out to enjoy the sounds of Corey Harris and Zansa, sure to get your dancing feet moving and keep a smile on your face. One of the most popular Asheville events, DA5 starts at 5:00 PM and winds up around 9:00.
Shindig on the Green
Celebrate Appalachian culture throughout the summer with Shindig on the Green. This free Asheville event kicks off on June 27, as some of Western North Carolina’s most skilled traditional dancers and musicians converge downtown to entertain folks from near and far. It starts at 7:00 PM and runs until about 10:00. Bring a blanket or chair.
Asheville Tourists Baseball
No list of Asheville events is complete without mentioning an Asheville Tourists game. Check out the game schedule and then make plans to visit McCormick Field for America’s favorite pastime — it’s a timeless tradition that anyone of any age can enjoy.
Asheville Tattoo Expo
This might be one of the most colorful Asheville events happening this month. Meet with some of the country’s most renowned tattoo artists, watch them in action, and maybe pick up some new ink of your own. This event is held at the US Cellular Center, June 26–28, 11:00 AM to midnight. Tickets start at $26, but kids 12 and younger get in free.
When you visit the Biltmore Estate, don’t forget to spend some time on the grounds. Biltmore Blooms goes on all summer, offering colorful views of the vibrant flower gardens surrounding the impressive home. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, the gardens boast a constantly changing display of thousands of tulips, roses, chrysanthemums and more.