Events - Festivals

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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!

Bele Chere

The Bele Chere Festival is considered the largest and most celebrated city street festival in the Southeast - come and join us for the best summer party around.

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Folk Heritage Committee

The Folk Heritage Committee, an all volunteer committee operating under the umbrella of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Community Betterment Foundation, produces two celebrated mountain traditions in Asheville, North Carolina: Shindig on the Green and the Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

Both events feature old timers, as well as the newest generation of traditional and mountain string bands, ballad singers, and big circle mountain dancers and cloggers, resulting in fun-filled and authentic evenings enjoyed by kith and kin of all ages.

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Madison County Arts Council

The Madison County Arts Council promotes our cherished local arts and endeavors to make them a part of our community’s daily life. We are a community based nonprofit cultural organization that provides services and resources to local artists and organizations. We present and produce culturally diverse arts programming for the public.

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Bele Chere

(828) 259-5800
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Browns Floral Design

(828)645-6544
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Folk Heritage Committee

(828) 258-6101
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French Broad River Festival

(828) 622-7676
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Madison County Arts Council

(828) 649-1301
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Mangum Pottery

(828) 645-4929
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