Don’t travel in Asheville without a plan! Here’s a few of the many going-ons in Asheville this spring season.
Biltmore Bloom – Now through May 25th
One of the biggest spring events in Asheville is taking place now through May 25th! The gardens at Biltmore are bloomed into a brilliant rainbow of colors, carefully tended to and arranged for a beautiful display of tulips, azaleas, and orchids. Inside the house is the Designed For Drama exhibit, featuring over 40 costumes from films based on Vanderbilt’s favorite works of literature.
Drum Circle –starting April 7th
The most popular way to spend a Friday night in Asheville. As the weather warms up, the sound of drums travel through the spring air near Pritchard Park. All evening, folks bring percussion instruments to the square for a distinctly Asheville jam session.
Carolina Mountain Cheese Festival – Sunday April 23rd
Cheese lovers unite! The Carolina Mountain Cheese fest brings local dairy producers together – expect food trucks and vendors, contests, farm animals and most importantly, tons of cheesy samples. Tickets are limited, so don’t wait!
Azalea and Rhododendron Show – April 29 – 30th
After visiting Biltmore, keep the floral theme going with a visit to the NC Arboretum for a beautiful and educational weekend. This festival is presented by the American Rhododendron Society, and there will be classes as well as supply vendors.
LEAF Festival – May 11 – 14th
LEAF Festival takes place twice a year (in May and October) in Black Mountain and is a cultural festival of music, art and diversity. There are overnight camping lots so you don’t miss any of the action, as well as carpooling/cycling incentives to help limit vehicles in the area.
Downtown After 5 – May 19, July 16, 21, Aug 18, and Sept 15th
These free street festivals are an Asheville treasure. Music, vendors and all things local, you get a sense of the Asheville community with no cost of admission. If you happen to be here during one, you absolutely cannot miss. $2 alcohol wristbands.
River Arts Distric Studio Stroll – May 20th – 21st
This is a self-guided tour of different studios in the River Arts District, with demonstrations by artists and special exhibits just for the stroll. The convenience of the district is in how very accessible and walkable it is, with short walks between studios and tons of free parking. This is free event, and available 10 – 5PM.
Beer City Festival – May 27th
The Asheville beer festival will take place on the Roger McGuire Green downtown. A ticket gets you access to over 30 breweries to sample the best of the beer. There will be musical entertainment, as well as food trucks and shady spots to sip Asheville’s favorite libation!