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Asheville Area Events in May

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Asheville, North Carolina, is a busy place in the warm weather. Everyone emerges from the cocoon of winter for a variety of area events. The month of May offers its share of special events and festivals.

Downtown Asheville Art District

1395240049Do you like art? On the first Friday of every summer month, more than 20 galleries open their doors to visitors for an art walk in downtown Asheville. See fine crafts, folk art, glasswork, jewelry, photography, paintings, metalwork, textiles and more. Participate from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.


The Circus Comes to Town

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey: Super Circus Heroes arrives in Asheville on May 8 for a four-day stay at the U.S. Cellular Center. Great for kids of all ages, this show offers acrobatics, clowns and of course, elephants! Learn more.









LEAF Returns

May 8–11 brings the spring version of this musical, multicultural, artistic outdoor adventure back to nearby Black Mountain. LEAF, which stands for Lake Eden Arts Festival, has gained international acclaim for its family-friendly music and arts weekend events. Tickets are available for daily visits, so you can still enjoy the luxury of your mountain cabin. Learn more.






Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival

Waynesville is normally a quaint little town, but on May 10, they invited artisans and growers to the Historic Frog Level to share their knowledge and crafts. Music and food is also available throughout the day. Frog Level is a revitalized area of old Waynesville.


Hooker Falls at Dupont State Park

Hooker Falls at Dupont
State Park

Tour de Falls

Visit four spectacular waterfalls in the DuPont State Recreational Forest. This 12-mile shuttle bus trip provides a guided tour of Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Lake Julia. Learn more.


Downtown After 5  McLeod-20130621-0001-LR

Asheville’s free monthly music event celebrates the return of summer weather on May 16, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm, with St. Paul and The Broken Bones with The Broadcast. These street concerts are often loud and crowded, so return to your quiet cabin afterward to rejuvenate.

downtown after 5











Montford Music and Arts Festival

Asheville prides itself for hosting festivals almost every weekend throughout the summer. On May 17, this neighborhood fête features over 100 artists and vendors showing off their crafts. Music, food and more make this a fun time for the whole family.


Mountain Sports Festival

Who said sports and music don’t mix? At Asheville’s Carrier Park on May 23, this weekend fest kicks off with music, food and events for all ages. Participate in races while exploring the terrain, environment and unique culture of Asheville. Learn more.








Black Mountain Arts & Crafts Show

See more than 65 juried artists show off their arts and crafts in the middle of Historic Black Mountain, a short drive from the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds. The two-day festival begins on May 31 at 10:00 am, and it promises to be a fun way to spend some time. With music and food, of course.


All events are within an easy drive from your luxury cabin in Asheville. Go out and explore the area; your cabin will be waiting when you return.


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