Free Asheville Early Summer Festivals!


Drum Circle – While this is not technically a “festival,” it sure does feel like one.  The Vibe is very contagious and you’ll want to get up and dance even if you don’t normally dance!  Starts every Friday around 6:00 PM.


Beer City Festival – Starts Now and lasts all week!!!  The scene above will be in pack square June 2.  Many of the local breweries are making their own specials that they describe with such detail, it will make your mouth water.


Southern Highland Clay Fest – at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway which is the most visited attraction on the parkway. Saturday, June 9, 2018, 10 AM–4 PM


Bluff Mountain Festival – Come soak in hot natural mineral springs…this looks so inviting! This bluegrass music, ballads, clogging, square dancing festival takes place in Hot Springs, NC, June 9, 10 AM to 6 PM.


Xpand Fest – This one sounds really cool.  I have not attended it because it is just in its 2nd year.  Held in Asheville’s up and coming South Slope, “Xpand Fest uses music and arts as an innovative tool towards sustainable development and reminds us that the arts are a powerful platform for social change” according to their website.

See Xpand Your Vision for more information, June 9 12-10 PM

Xpand Fest


The following three festivals repeat in downtown Asheville:

Downtown after Five, June 15, July 20, August 17 and September 21, 2018

Asheville Art in the Park, June 16, repeats every three weeks

Shindig on the Green, Saturdays 7-10 PM, Pack Square, June 30, July 7, 14, 21, Aug 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1


All Go West Music Festival – 743 Haywood Road.  In addition to the great music, I’m sure this one is great for “people watching.”


Hola Asheville – This makes my stomach growl in anticipation of the delicious Latin-American food cooked up at the festival!  Pack Square, June 23, 12-8PM


More to come about the July 4th Festivals!



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