Asheville events in May bring a host of activities that take advantage of the spectacular weather we experience in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Outdoor venues open up for business, and the crowds rush in. As the city becomes more popular every year, you should consider making reservations for some events. The office at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds is happy to help.
Music in May
- Sponsored by the Asheville Downtown Association, Downtown After 5 kicks off this year on May 15 from 5–9:00 PM on North Lexington Avenue. CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band is the featured act this month. In addition to the jams, you can find great food and taste many of the fine local brews, always on the third Friday of the month through September.
- Sunday Music in the Park is another Asheville Downtown Association event. The first show is on May 17, featuring the Cool Cats, who play swing dance music. On May 31, the event presents Hymns and Beer, a gospel sing-along (only in Asheville?). The concerts take place on Pack Square downtown in front of the courthouse from 4–6:00 PM. Vendors will sell food and drinks at the event.
Spring Festival Time Asheville events are loaded with surprising and offbeat selections. Attend for a few hours or a few days, and leave with plenty of cool pictures and excellent memories.
- May 22–30 is the prime time to celebrate Beer Week in the city, culminating with a smashing good time at the 4th annual Beer City Festival on May 30. During Beer Week, a range of tastings, workshops, dinners, speakers and other beer-related activities take place throughout the city. The finale at Pack Square features reps from 32 different breweries and live music.
- Continue your Asheville immersion during The Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival that runs May 22–24. In its ninth year, the show takes place just minutes from your cabin in a variety of downtown venues. You’ll find everything from unicorn-feathered starlets and Mr. Gorgeous to workshops on Hand-to-Hand Acrobalancing and Two-Person Comedy.
Must-See Exhibits When it comes to Asheville events in May, you’ll want to catch a few exhibits and shows that continue through the month:
- The Asheville Art Museum is holding a special showing of Flourish: Selected Jewelry From the Daphne Farago Collection at the downtown venue. The exhibit features the contemporary jewelry that exemplifies the middle 20th Century creativity. Each piece offers visitors a diverse glimpse into the processes and craftsmanship of jewelry makers as well as the ideas, history and materials involved.
- Visit Biltmore House to take in the last vestiges of the Biltmore Blooms display in the gardens. The event runs through May 25. In addition to the outdoor gardens lush with the spring bounty of tulips, roses, daffodils and azaleas, the interior garden winds up its display of stunning orchids. May 25 also is the last day to catch the Dressing Downton Abbey display of more than 40 costumes from the popular PBS series.
Food Is Always on the Event Menu With its growing reputation as a foodie haven. Asheville events that revolve around food are always fun and popular. Begin your mornings with a trip to one of the many tailgate markets for locally grown food. Then try some of the goodies at one of the foodie Asheville events:
- The Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers’ Festival takes place on May 2–3 in the Magnolia building on the AB Tech Community College campus on Victoria Road. The free Asheville event celebrates local farmers, millers and bakers. Attend lectures and workshops, meet more than 15 local bread artisans and sample their wares from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
- Get a real taste of Appalachia and experience a local favorite at the annual Ramp Festival on May 2–3 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Located at the American Legion Field in Waynesville, about 40 minutes from your cabin. Bring your breath mints or go all out for the pungent tastes and smells of the ramp-based fare. You’ll also get a taste of two other mountain traditions at the festival: clogging and bluegrass music.
- Stop by the Lex 18 Moonshine Bar and Restaurant on Lexington Avenue between 12:30 and 2:30 PM through May 30 for high tea, Downton Abbey style. Choose from a selection of teas brewed in vintage tea pots, the chef’s quiche classic, scones with lemon curd and pot de crème chocolate. Also sherry or champagne. All are served in an elegant setting reminiscent of the 1920s and set to classical music.
Stop by the office at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds for help making your plans. Asheville events in May make an ideal complement to your relaxing experience on the Willow Winds property. When you return from your event, the luxury and comfort of your private cabin will be here to greet you.