20+ spring events in and around Asheville, NC

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With warm weather comes plenty of can’t-miss events, which we have rounded up for you below to put on your calendars.☀️

🌸 | If you are looking for a springtime festival to celebrate with local folks, the Spring LEAF Festival is May 13–16. You can also attend the Virtual LEAF Festival.

🦨 | If you’re ready ready to find your new favorite band, the Spring Skunk Music Festival is May 13–15 in Greer, SC (about an hour and a half south of here). Ticket prices, lineup, and more are tentative as COVID-19 is monitored.

🧵 | If you’re looking for some crafty market fun, head to Art in the Park on June 12, 19, and 26 at Pack Square from 10a.m.–5p.m. You can also head to BurntShirt Vineyards on May 6 + 7 for The Craft Market, a two-day craft market set to happen rain or shine.

👟 | If you’re a runner or want to start running, the Chamber Challenge 5K is on May 14, with Monday evening training sessions beginning on March 29 at 5:30 p.m. More details here.

🎼 | If you’re a music lover, you’ll find The Grey Eagle’s full calendar of musical events here. You can also find a mix of virtual + in person music events on the Isis Music Hall calendar. And be sure to check out GrassRoots Live! at Shakori Hills, weekly pod-based concerts beginning April 17.

🌳 | If you’re into nature + bonsai gardens, the Bonsai Garden at The North Carolina Arboretum will open for the season on May 9, World Bonsai Day.

🎨 | If you’re feeling artsy + looking for a day trip or a weekend getaway, head to Greenville, SC for Artisphere, a three-day, outdoor event with 100+ artists’ works in various mediums including: furniture, glass, jewelry, woodwork, sculpture, metalwork, fiber, and more.

🗿 | If you’re looking for a larger than life outdoor sculpture, Biltmore will soon have a Patrick Dougherty work installed in Antler Hill Village.

📚 | If you’d like to drink wine + participate in a book club, BurntShirt Vineyards has a monthly book club hosted by The Uncorked Librarian.

🌿 | If you are interested in workshops on edible + native plants, you can sign up for a better understanding of using these plants for landscaping here.

🏙️ | If you’re into all things downtown Asheville, the 2nd annual downtown Asheville Memorial Day Weekend Festival is May 29 + 30.

🥃 | If you want to celebrate Amos Owens, local moonshiner, take a trip to Forest City for the Cherry Bounce Festival. You’ll find crafts, NC musicians, samples from local distilleries, and more.

🌸 | If you’re looking for a mix of flowers, crafts, community booths, and live music, head to Bakersville for the Rhododendron Festival on June 18 + 19.

🍓 | If farmers markets + community shared agriculture is your jam, we’ve got you covered. Here is a list of markets and CSAs open now or opening soon you can check out as warmer weather approaches.

☀️ | If you’re looking for a list of patios to enjoy the spring weather, check out this list of 80+ patios Asheville has to offer.

🐦 | If you think birdwatching might be a good springtime hobby to explore, check out this list of birds to be on the lookout for this season. We are absolutely tickled about the Tufted Titmouse.

🏀 | If you’re into March Madness, Village Porch has 13 televisions for you to watch your favorite team.

🚴 | If you’re into biking, you can register for the Gran Fondo + start training now.

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