There’s never a shortage of special events and activities in Western North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Whatever season you visit Weaverville, you can enjoy art and music festivals, spectacular celebrations of native mountain culture and traditional crafts, classical music concerts and performances by world masters of bluegrass music.
Watch wrought iron being made at an old-fashioned mountain forge, and learn from a master Cherokee basket weaver or a Scots-Irish mandolin player whose artistry has come down through the generations. Whether you prefer Bob Dylan or Dylan Thomas, an evening at the theatre or a bluegrass jam, a tour of a working 18th Century farmstead or a modern sculptor’s studio, a taste of heirloom vegetables from an organic farm or the international flavor of folk artists from around the world – whatever your tastes and interests, you’ll find your special events during your playcation in Weaverville.
The culture of the Western North Carolina mountains has been rooted in the Scotch-Irish, Native American, and African American experience for generations. First the Cherokee, then a trickle – later a flood – of Scots and Irish settlers, then African Americans both free and enslaved – created a unique mountain culture throughout the Appalachians and Blue Ridge mountains surrounding Weaverville.
Those cultural bonds shaped the arts and crafts, the patterns and designs of baskets and woven goods, of house building and farming practices, of glass blowing and pottery and metalwork. Many of the region’s finest craftsmen and craftswomen have no “formal training” – other than the deep and formal learning provided by mothers and fathers, grandparents, great-grandparents, and other master craftspeople.
Studios in and around Weaverville and throughout the region, along hidden byways (see Handmade in America’s guidebook), or in public spaces like the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, show that mountain crafts are not just a product, but a way of life that reflects a deep and abiding passion for precise and exacting tradition.
Crafts and cultural festivals also celebrate WNC's diverse heritage. Explore the site for more seasonal details.
Western North Carolina has been celebrating its heritage for almost a century, beginning with the first Mountain Dance & Folk Festival organized by musicologist Bascom Lamar Lunsford in 1928. We showcase our musicians in bluegrass, chamber music, gospel, and classical genres, and we celebrate cultural diversity with the international Folkmoot and the African-Caribbean Goombay! Festival.
Our Scots forebears host the Highland Games each year, and the first Native Americans, the Cherokee, honor their past and celebrate their future with Cherokee Voices and the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. In Tryon you’ll find the Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival, and Brevard hosts an annual music Festival at the Brevard Music Center. Bele Chere brings a quarter of a million people to downtown Asheville each July, and Shindig on the Green and the LEAF festival attract performers and spectators from all over the world.
Biltmore Estate offers a summer concert series with the biggest names in pop music, and the Grove Park Inn’s annual Jazz Festival presents the genre’s giants to its devotees. All in all, if you’re looking for a special event or festival during your WNC playcation, Weaverville is the place to stay.
The Summer Festival Season is in high gear and you are invited to every celebration from Folk Music to Organic Festivals to the fine Theatre performances at SART - just minutes north of Weaverville in Mars Hill.
In this peaceful yet active community you will find special SART Accommodation Packages from a number of SART affiliated establishments - starting with 105 North Main Street Bed and Breakfast for your enjoyment!
Going on retreat to the WNC mountains around Weaverville was an established practice more than a century ago. Health resorts, spas, and mineral springs brought visitors craving the pure air, cool nights, temperate climate, and unmatched beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Weaverville area offers many and varied options for conferences and retreats of all sizes - explore your options in the search field below.
Conference centers today offer religious, business, and family and affinity groups a peaceful atmosphere, a natural environment, a businesslike setting or a rustic, back-to-nature experience, according to your taste and needs – and the highest standards of comfort, luxury, and pampering for those who desire it.
There’s no better place to get away from it all than these ancient mountains; where better to renew your spirit than in the calming caress of a starry night 2,000 feet above sea level, or taking a quiet walk among temperate forest mountain peaks with 50-mile views of nothing but our beautiful green earth.
There’s no better place than beautiful Weaverville, NC to celebrate your wedding, anniversary, birthday or other important events. You can celebrate at a romantic B&B, host your family reunion at a rustic mountain retreat, invite your wedding party to a luxurious Blue Ridge Mountain inn, or honor your graduate with an exciting mountain adventure for the entire family.
And you can pinpoint the most elegant of pampering for any Wedding Party right here on Weaverville.com.
Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion with a splash or planning an intimate, personal getaway, you’ll find abundant amenities and a variety of venues in the WNC mountains.
And a Birthday Party in the sunny mountains with best friends and a Spa - what could be better?