Asheville is a city that is bustling with talented artists and musicians, cool places to hang out and craft beer to try. All of these things come together during the summer festival season. Here are a few upcoming festivals that you can catch during your visit to Asheville this July.
Brevard Music Center Festival (June 20 – August 5)
This month-and-a-half long festival features 400 talented students who have teamed up with faculty from the Brevard Music Center to bring you more than 80 concerts in a beautiful park setting. Though the Brevard Music Center is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Asheville, the intense performance is sure to make up for that.
Shindig on the Green (July 11, 18, 25 – August 15, 22, 29 – September 5)
Musicians, dancers, performers and entertainers of all types from across Western North Carolina come together on select Saturday nights to showcase mountain culture and traditions to visitors and residents of Asheville alike. Located right downtown Asheville, you’re invited to bring along a lawn chair, sit back on the green, and enjoy the show! There is free admission and each show begins at 7 p.m.
Pow Wow at Cherokee (July 3-5)
For the weekend of the Fourth of July, you can experience authentic Cherokee dancing and drumming and look at traditional tribal regalia. There will even be dance competitions! Hundreds of dancers will be there to compete for the prize and you are invited to watch.
Spruce Street Market (July 4 – September 26)
Beginning the weekend of July 4th, there will be an outdoor art fair every Saturday of the summer in downtown Asheville. From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., you can stroll around Park Square Park and enjoy local art. Though it’s not a festival, it’s a great way to connect with local craftsmen while enjoying the beauty of downtown Asheville.
The Big Crafty (July 12)
The Big Crafty is an art festival that will feature over 150 local artists, crafters, foodies and food producers, as well as live music and local food and drinks. Experience local community coming together during this event at the Asheville Art Museum from noon until 6 p.m.
ArtFest (July 18)
This art festival takes place in downtown Waynesville, a short jog away from Asheville downtown. This festival boasts a varied cultural makeup of art, international cuisine and dance, and music as well as regional music and dance. This is a perfect one-day trip out of the bustling city of Asheville into a lively, immersive art festival.