Local Events

Ongoing Events

Chihuly Nights at Biltmore
May 17 – October 7 │ Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St.
Thur – Sun Evenings │ Admission: $67-$75
Biltmore House & Gardens opens to the public on Thursday–Sunday evenings for a special reservations-only viewing of Chihuly’s stunning large-scale glass sculptures. Chihuly Nights at Biltmore is an enchanting opportunity to witness the effects of dramatic nighttime lighting upon the luminous colors and graceful forms of these spectacular pieces. Sunset over the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, live music in the gardens, and a wine bar make the evening experience all the more enticing. Buy your tickets online at least 7 days in advance and save $10. *Come anytime during daytime hours to view these magnificiant sculptures!

Summer of Glass Hop On/Hop Off Tour
May 31 – October 31
Gray Line Trolley, Asheville Visitor Center, 36 Montford Ave, Downtown
Tours depart every 30 minutes beginning at 10 AM
Tickets: $29
Enjoy Asheville’s Summer of Glass event while using the Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour. The Hop-On/Hop-Off tour features information on the region-wide event and highlights exhibit locations that are within close proximity to our Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour Stops. A separate "Summer of Glass & Gray Line's Hop-On/Hop-Off Experience" guide is provided to help you take full advantage of this local special event. Begin your experience and hop-on at the Visitor Center stop.

Celebrate the Summer of Glass May - October! Click here for more details.

Asheville Drum Circle
Every Friday | 6-10 PM
Prichard Park, 67 Patton Ave, Downtown
Don't miss the drum circle, a favorite Asheville tradition for both locals and visitors. Anyone can participate by drumming, dancing or watching. Join folks of every age and description. Watch people dance to the thunderous rhythm of the dozens of drums. Or better yet, join in by playing or dancing! See the individuality and diversity of Asheville.

Autumn Color in Western North Carolina

Fall Leaf Forecast
The fall foliage show in the mountains and foothills surrounding Asheville in western North Carolina brings a kaleidoscope of leaf colors for many weeks.

September Events

Downtown After 5

Sep 21 | 5-9 PM

N Lexington Ave, Downtown

Downtown After Five provides free live outdoor music concerts in downtown Asheville. Thousands gather on North Lexington Avenue near the I-240 overpass to enjoy local and national beers and a variety of food vendors. While admission is free, you must buy a $2 wristband to purchase beer, hard cider and wine.

Asheville Outdoor Show
Sep 23 | 12-4 PM
Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr
Equal parts live music festival and outdoor expo showcasing brands known for quality, variety, and uniqueness, the Asheville Outdoor Show brings the finest outdoor brands and latest trends in recreation. The festival features a family adventure zone, music stage, keynote speaker, and over 100 local, regional, and national outdoor recreation companies, gear makers, and community partners.

Asheville Coffee Expo
Sep 29 | 10 AM - 2 PM
River Arts District, Depot St, Downtown
Come celebrate the Coffee Scene here in Asheville & WNC! The Asheville Coffee Expo is an annual street fair held in the River Arts District, bringing together coffee lovers, drinkers, local roasters, coffee shops and cafes, brewers, baristas, manufacturers, food vendors, local artists and more!

Blue Ridge Pride Festival
Sep 29 | 11 AM - 7 PM
Pack Square Park, College St, Downtown
The biggest LGBTQ pride festival in western North Carolina is held in downtown Asheville, with more than 100 vendors, entertainment, as well as a kids area with lots of fun activities.

Events take place in Asheville & are FREE unless otherwise noted.