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Top Asheville Area Events in July

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When you come to stay with us at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you have access to all that Asheville, North Carolina, has to offer. Our 40-acre property in the mountains is just minutes away from downtown Asheville, where something is always going on. You’ll also be near a slew of other nearby venues and local happenings. Here are the top July events in and around Asheville:


July 4 Fireworks

The Ingles Fourth of July Celebration in Pack Square Park in the middle of downtown promises a family-friendly event with food, games and of course, fireworks. If you prefer a more rural setting for your fireworks watching, go to Lake Julien, Barnardsville, Black Mountain, Hendersonville, Brevard, Weaverville, Saluda or even Cherokee.


Asheville Tourists Baseball

The Asheville Class A team plays at historic McCormick Field. Thursday home games are popular for the beer specials (Thirsty Thursdays), and the July 4 contest features a fireworks display after the game. For ticket prices and schedule, go to the Tourists website.


39th Annual Pow Wow

From July 4–6, Cherokee hosts an authentic Native American experience. Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds is about an hour and a half drive from the reservation. See dance competitions, drumming and tribal regalia on display. Learn more.


Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

The 59th Annual Highland Games and Gathering O’ Scottish Clans returns to Grandfather Mountain on July 10–13. If you like unusual sports, this is for you. Muscular displays? Check.  Men in kilts? Check. Bagpipes? Well, OK. Learn more.


Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

This biannual craft show returns to Asheville July 17–20. For one low entrance fee, you can view and buy the work of 200 regional artists and craftspeople indoors at the downtown arena. It’s well worth a visit, even if it’s not raining. Learn more.


Downtown After 5

On July 18, Hayes Carll headlines Downtown Asheville’s free monthly music concert. A singer-songwriter from Texas, he’s played all over the country. Chatham County Line, a bluegrass band, backs him up. The show runs from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Learn more.



This oddly named festival is an international cultural festival held annually in nearby Waynesville, NC. This year, folk music and dance from around the world explode onto Waynesville’s streets for two weeks, from July 18–27. Learn more.


Biltmore Estate Concert Series

Every summer, the Biltmore Estate hosts outdoor concerts right beside the house. This year, ZZ Top (July 30) and Steely Dan (July 31) come to play in Asheville. Come for the Biltmore tour, have dinner on the Estate and then stay for the concert. Learn more and buy tickets.

Shindig on the Green

What could be better than free mountain music and dancing at Asheville’s Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green? Now in its 48th year, the Shindig happens on three Saturdays in July. Bring your own chair. Learn more.


Please note the City of Asheville canceled its annual summer festival Bele Chere, but you certainly can find substitute activities to more than fill your free time at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds. Stop by the office to ask about discounts we offer!


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