When the weather turns warm, it means festival season has begun in Asheville and the rest of Western North Carolina.
Bluegrass and barbecue set the tone this past weekend at the N.C. Farmers Market near Asheville. The free festival featured two things dear to mountain folks’ hearts: pickin’ and pulled pig.Guests at Inn on Main Street in Weaverville get a kick out of finding an authentic slice of Americana while they explore the area. We’ve got your Americana right here.
Here’s a sampling of the festivals to come:
Festival of Flowers at Biltmore Estate through May 31 - This isn’t so much a festival as an ongoing theme, a sea of blooms both growing and in over-the-top arrangements at America’s largest private residence. We sell tickets.
Weaverville Art Safari April 26-28 – Dear to our hearts, this is a fun fun fun self-guided studio tour.
The Best Firkin Beer Festival, April 27 – Highland Brewery is hosting this tasting of old-school cask beer. This is your great-grandpa’s brew.
The 24th Annual Herb Festival, May 3-5 – The best place to pick up starter plants of all sorts, as well as try handmade herbal cosmetics, salves and supplements.
Lake Eden Arts Festival, or LEAF, May 9-12 – Becoming known as one of the premier music festivals in the Southeast.
The 10th Annual Montford Music and Arts Festival, May 18 – The name says it all.
The 13th Annual Mountain Sports Festival, May 26 – A perennial favorite for mountain bikers and everyone else seeking a challenge in the great outdoors.
Those are just the festivals close to Weaverville and just those through May. Plenty more is going on. We’ll fill you in on more options when you get here.