Popular Events and Attractions in Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC is home to many arts and culture attractions such as festivals, historical sites and fun tours

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Asheville NC Biltmore Gardens
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Asheville’s arts and culture scene continues to grow as more artists, crafters and musicians settle here. The city's arts districts, museums and festivals stimulate the senses and inspire creativity.


Throughout the year, there are exciting events for all ages. Explore Asheville’s beautiful downtown district and kick off a summer of fun with live music and great local cuisine during the Downtown After Five street festival beginning each May.

Dive deep into Southern Appalachian heritage through music and dance at the celebrated Shindig on the Green festival every summer. Visit Asheville’s Greek Festival in the fall for traditional Greek folk dancing, cooking classes and music – we bet you’ll have so much fun you’ll be saying “Opa!” in no time. Or explore African-Caribbean culture in the annual Goombay Festival with plenty of music and delicious food to enjoy.

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Tired of the traditional music festival scene? Head over to the annual Moogfest, a celebration of inventor Bob Moog and his contribution to the electronic music genre through his Moog Synthesiser. Just can't get enough of the music in Asheville? Make your way over to the Montford Music and Arts Festival, the largest one-day music festival in western North Carolina.

Get crafty at one of Asheville's many art festivals including the Lexington Avenue Festival, The Big Crafty and the Village Art and Craft Fair.


Don’t miss the chance to take in all the sites around Asheville either! Shop till you drop and chow down at the historic Grove Arcade, while exploring its unique architecture and history. Get lost in thousands of acres of Asheville's beauty at the popular Biltmore.

Wander through the Biltmore's gardens, sample some fine wine and take in a concert, all while surrounded by Asheville's majestic mountains. Pack a picnic and head to Pack Square Park to enjoy the exciting downtown scenery. Then hop on a Segway for a fun tour of the city with the Moving Sidewalk Tour company.

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Bicycles more your style? Asheville has you covered with electric bike tours that provide some extra pedal power as you explore the city. After all that exercise, you’ll probably be pretty thirsty. Lucky for you, Asheville is known for its abundance of breweries.

Sit back and relax with an ice-cold beer on a brewery tour from groups like the Asheville Brews Cruise.

Tired of the normal city tour bus? Laugh your way all around the city with the LaZoom Comedy Tour, which we're sure will keep you in stitches while seeing Asheville's sites.


Andy Whisenant, organizational communications major and Spanish minor, is a senior at Middle Tennessee State University and from Nashville, Tennessee. He is trained in proofreading... more

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