Top 10 Asheville Events in August
If you’re traveling to Asheville in August, you’re in luck. There’s so much going on in Western North Carolina, that it’s difficult to keep track of it all. Here are the top 10 August events in and around Asheville:
The Taming of the Shrew
Asheville prides itself on its arts, and we have a successful Shakespeare troupe in the Montford Park Players. They perform this play on their outdoor stage at 7:30 pm every Friday to Sunday from August 1 to 23. Go early and bring a picnic. Learn more.
Smokey Bear’s Birthday Party
Forest conservation began here. On August 2, the Cradle of Forestry celebrates Smokey’s 69th birthday with songs, games, firefighting equipment and cake! Join the fun from 11:00 to 2:30. Pack a lunch and come out to meet Smokey and his live animals friends. Learn more.
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America
On August 3, one of the largest craft brewers in the country, Sierra Nevada — which is also building a plant near Asheville — is hosting a monumental beer tasting featuring as many regional craft breweries as possible. Learn more.
Asheville Tourists Baseball
The Asheville Tourists, a class A minor league team, start their home schedule this month on August 7 with its popular Thirsty Thursday. If you’ve never experienced minor league baseball, do it in Asheville. There are special events all month. For ticket prices and a schedule, visit the Tourists website.
Shindig on the Green
Starting on August 9, the Shindig takes place every Saturday evening in the heart of downtown Asheville. Free mountain music and dancing. Bring a chair and settle in for great entertainment. Learn more.
WNC Battle of the Burger
From 3:00 to 7:00 on August 10, this inaugural competition pits 15 local restaurants against each other in a battle to determine once and for all who makes the region’s best burger. Occurring at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville, this event lets you be the judge. Eat and drink your way to burger heaven! Buy tickets.
Laugh Your Asheville Off
Our 8th annual comedy festival provides a lineup of comics headlined by Comedy Central’s Chris Porter. From August 13–16, you can see six shows featuring nearly 60 different comics. Catch one show or catch them all. Get details.
Downtown After 5
Come downtown on August 15 to hear The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker at the city’s free monthly music concert. The Dynamites play powerful soul music, as does Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, who opens the show. From 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Learn more.
Asheville Wine & Food Festival
August 21–23, this foodie event brings together the best food and wine of the region in a series of celebrations, all happening around downtown. The festival culminates in a Grand Tasting at the US Cellular Center. Tickets for all the events are on sale now. Learn more.
Start from Seed Garden Party
National known restaurant Sunny Point hosts a benefit in their on-site garden on August 28. The soirée offers small bites from the restaurant, beer samples and local small talk. This summer evening event lasts from 6:00 to 9:00. Learn more.
This list represents just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to events in Asheville. Please stop by the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds office to ask about other happenings you may enjoy!