19th Annual Arts and Crafts and Antiques Show: Feb. 22-24, 2013. Asheville, NC. Arts & crafts enthusiasts - including new collectors, curators, crafts persons, authors, architects, and designers – gather at The Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa for the annual Arts & Crafts Conference and Antiques Show.
City Center Art Walk: April 5, June 7, August 2, October 4 and December 6, 2013. From 5 - 8 pm. Galleries stay open Friday evenings four times a year to showcase new shows and artists. Walk to 30 galleries downtown. Free.
Biltmore Flower Carpet: March 21 - May 19, 2013. Discover our dramatic, one-of-a-kind flower carpet this August. Biltmore's garden experts are weaving together thousands of colorful plants into a vivid living carpet on the South Terrace of Biltmore House.
Montford Arts and Music Festival: May, 2013. Free family-oriented festival featuring music by Snake Oil Medicine Show, Pure Fiyah Reggae and 6 other bands. Juried art show as well as art and crafts for sell, plus clogging and other dancing. Delicious food from local restaurants. All of this set in the National Park Service-designated Historic District of Montford. 11 AM-7 PM. Free.
Unto These Hills: June 1 - August 17, 2013. Nightly except Sundays. Cherokee, NC. Outdoor drama depicting the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee Indians from 1540 to 1883.
Toe River Studio Tour: June 8-10, 2012 and December 1-2, 2012. More than 100 fine artists and crafts people in every medium open their studios for a free, self-guided cultural adventure.
River Arts District Studio Stroll: June 7-9 and December 6-8, 2012. And every second Saturday of each month studios are opened to the public. The Studio Stroll is your chance to tour the studios, meet with the artists and purchase artwork. Within just a few blocks are dozens of eclectic mix of creative artists - from traditional to cutting-edge. Near downtown Asheville. Free.
Shindig on the Green: Bluegrass musicians and dancers assemble to entertain in downtown Asheville, Saturday evenings; June 29, July 6, 13, 20, August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Free at Pack Square Park.
Fourth of July Celebration: July 4, 2013. Memorial Stadium. Festivities start at 4 p.m. with fireworks display at 9:30p.m.
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games: July 11-14, 2013. Linville, NC. Celebration of Scottish dance, music and athletics.
Downtown After Five: Every 3rd Friday of the month from May through September, 5:15-9:30PM. Live music, beer, soft drinks and food on the square downtown.
Annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands: July 18-21, 2013 and October 17-20, 2013. Asheville Civic Center. Exhibits and demonstrations of basket weaving, wood working, pottery and more. Events include live regional music.
Summer Evening Concerts at Biltmore House: Summer 2013. Experience the exhilaration of a live concert at Biltmore. Enjoy star performances while savoring breathtaking sunset views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. See www.biltmore.com for more information.
Bele Chere: Annual 3-day festival. July 26-28, 2013. The Downtown Asheville outdoor street festival showcases entertainers from around the world. The 100 performances are performed on nine stages. Arts and crafts sold at the festival.
Folkmoot USA International Festival: Folk dancers from around the world gather in Waynesville (35 minutes west of Asheville) for a celebration of international traditions and dance. July 17-28, 2013.
Brevard Music Festival: Located in Brevard (44 miles from Asheville). Performances daily from June 21 - August 4, 2013. Allow 1½ to 3 hours for visit. Prices vary. 75th Anniversary Season.
84th Annual Mountain Dance & Folk Festival: August 1-3, 2013. Diana Wortham Theatre, Downtown Asheville. The oldest continuing celebration of traditional music and dance in the nation featuring traditional Southern Appalachian performers.
Village Art & Craft Fair: August 3-4, 2013. Held on the grounds of the Cathedral of all Souls in Biltmore Village the fair features 125 artists’ wares including jewelry, ceramic, wood, fiber, metals, two-dimensional art and more. Free.
Goombay Festival: August 23-25,2013. Goombay! brings a variety of entertainment, from Steel Drums, African-America Dancers, local Gospel Groups, and Contemporary Rhythm Bands, the activities are geared for families. The Festival-goer can enjoy an authentic Caribbean Meal at "Island of Delight" Caf and see vendors line the streets with everything from ice cream to Third World Crafts. Free
Lexington Ave. Arts and Fun Festival: September 1, 2013: This fantastically fabulous, freaky jam-packed day will showcase the many diverse talents that Asheville has to offer. Three blocks of downtown will be lined with all local art, food, beer and street performers. Three stages and two courtyards of music and performance. 11am – 10pm on N. Lexington Ave between College Street and the I-240 overpass in downtown Asheville. Free
N.C. Mountain State Fair: September, 2013. WNC Agricultural center, Fletcher.
Asheville Cinema Festival: November 7-10, 2013. presents 40 films with a mix of feature-length movies and shorts. Shows, times and locations vary. ashevillecinemafestival.com
National Gingerbread House Competition: November, 2013 – January, 2014. Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa.
Biltmore Estate Candlelight Christmas: November – December, 2013. Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC.