celebrates the fact that the famous Appalachian Trail goes right through the main street in town, with bicycles, skateboarding, hoola-hooping, river rafting, soccer, Yoga, and more! Kick-off on Friday with a delicious (cheap) Spaghetti Dinner, play all day Saturday with a long list of downtown activities, and have pancakes, a float trip, and family soccer on Sunday. In Hot Springs, NC
French Broad River Festival - May 2-4th
The 17th Annual French Broad River Festival will take place on May 2th-May 4th, 2014 in beautiful Hot Springs, North Carolina. The festival, a benefit for American Whitewater, The Mountain Area Child & Family Center and Hot Springs Community Learning Center, is located just 35 minutes north of Asheville at the beautiful Hot Springs Campground and Spa.
Come spend the weekend with family and friends listening to great regional and national recording artists. Enjoy shopping for new outdoor gear at the Live Auction or with one of our many art and craft vendors. Try participating in the "Paddle with the Pros", the 8th Annual FBRF Mountain Bike Race, or the 16th Annual French Broad River Raft Race. Come on out for a weekend of fun, family, art, music and adventure!
Annual Spring Herb Festival - May 3rd-5th
Largest Herb Festival in the Southeast with 50+ herb businesses from North Carolina and Southeast with the largest selection of herb plants anywhere, herbs, books, soaps, herbal crafts, medicinal herbs, lotions, dried flowers, herbal baked goods, herbal gifts and much more.
Spring LEAF 2014 - May 8-11
LEAF is thrilled to announce the stellar lineup of performing artists for the Spring 2014 LEAF Festival, taking place May 8-11 in Black Mountain, NC. “Free Your Funky Self” at the 38th LEAF Festival and experience multiple cultures with Grammy-winning Funk-master Bootsy Collins & the Funk Unity Band; American Chicano rockers Los Lobos celebrating their 40th anniversary; and the experimental world fusion trio known as Beats Antique.
The full lineup includes:
Bootsy Collins & the Funk Unity Band • Los Lobos (40th year anniversary) • Beats Antique • Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars • Red Baraat • Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien
Boukman Eksperyans • Zach Deputy • Elephant Revival • Locos por Juana • The Lee Boys • Town Mountain • Roosevelt Collier Presents: Funk in the Round • Zing Experience • Turkuaz • Billy Jonas Band
Contra w/ Wild Asparagus & Perpetual Emotion • Alash Tuvan Throat Singers • Kim & Reggie Harris• The Whitetop Mountaineers • Empire Strikes Brass • The Fritz • Adams, Queen & Rifkin • Molasses Creek • Techno Contra w/ DJ Jor-D • Unifire Theater • One Leg Up • Zulu Connection •Montuno • Infinite Geometry • Darrell Rose • Whee Ahh Fairie Kin • Toy Boat Circus Arts • Jake Hollifield Art V Experience • The Screaming J's • Kickin' It Crew Jelly Dome • LEAF Poetry Slam w/ James Nave • Rushfest Contra Experience • Alex Krug Combo • Contra Callers: Diane Silver, George Marshall, Jesse Edgerton.
Purchase tickets online at theLEAF.org or by phone at 828-686-8742. All prices are discounted through March 31st. Adult prices start at $41 for the day or $147 for the weekend. Additional discounts apply for local commuting residents and youth ages 10 through 17. Children 9 and younger are always free. Limited car camping, lodge rooms and cabins are available. Funky costumes and festive attitudes welcome!
For more information visit http://theleaf.org/
Saturday, May 10 & 24, 2014
Master Gardener Plant Clinic
11 a.m.-2 p.m. The NCSU Master Gardeners Program offers plant clinics to assist the public in diagnosing and solving gardening questions. All clinics are free, and the public is encouraged to bring samples from problem plants or insects that need to be diagnosed and/or identified. The Master Gardener Program provides research-based information on home horticulture. Trained Volunteers are preparedto help with advice on growing plants, insect identification and managing disease problems.
May 16th -
Downtown After Five provides free live music concerts in downtown Asheville every third Friday, May through September. Thousands gather on North Lexington Avenue near the I-240 overpass, 5-9 PM for the free event, celebrating its 25th year!
Thirsty concert-goers find local brews from Highland Brewing Company, Pisgah Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company and French Broad Brewing Company. Plus, regional favorites Sierra Nevada and SweetWater Brewing as well as national brands from Budweiser of Asheville and Empire Distributing will be on tap. Wine and water will also be available for purchase. To purchase alcohol, show a valid picture ID and buy a $2 wristband. Proceeds from wristband sales benefits local non-profits.
From sandwiches to pizza and ice cream to tacos, food vendors offer a something for everyone’s taste.
Downtown After 5 is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and features a solar-powered stage, complimentary bike corral, compostable food and beverage containers, and staffed recycling and compost bins.
The headliner for this month's Downtown After Five...
St. Paul And The Broken Bones is gaining national exposure with a recent feature on NPR’s Morning Edition and a shout out from Rolling Stone Magazine. The band’s Southern soul sound is described as gritty, elemental and tight, and that sound translates to their high-voltage live show sure to enrapture the crowd.
The Broadcast was also recently featured on NPR (All Things Considered), opening band, The Broadcast is making regional waves. Drawing much of their ambiance from 70’s classic rock, they’re a band with an explosive female lead singer, riffing guitar, mood-altering keys and a rock-solid rhythm section.
Nonprofit Wristband Partner: Homeward Bound
May 17, 2014
Montford Arts and Music Festival
Celebrating its 11th year as one of the largest one day free music and arts festivals in Asheville, held on Montford and Soco, with over 100 vendors of art, crafts, plants and food; two stages with non stop entertainment from 20 groups and a children’s area. Located down from Asheville Visitors Center in Historic Montford with on street parking, bike corral. Held rain or shine. 10AM-7 PM.
Saluda Arts Festival
Saluda, NC celebrates its heritage and arts culture on Historic Main Street. See a diversity of art media from regional artists. Enjoy music representing Americana, blues, folk, contemporary and watch artist demonstrations. Free. 10 AM-4 PM
WNC Faery And Earth (FAE) Festival
Put on your fairy wings and head to the Highland Lake Cove Retreat & Learning Center in Flat Rock for storytellers, vendors, workshops, nature tours, music, fairy foods, dances of Universal Peace, Eartheart Network, laughter yoga and more. 10 AM-5 PM, $10/person
May 23-25, 2014
Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
Celebrating the Vaudeville Revival here in Asheville.
ABSfest attracts renowned circus and burlesque artists (including aerialists, fire eaters, jugglers, etc) from across the USA, as well as Scotland, Germany, and Japan. They promise fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease! In a world now brimming with Burlesque Festivals, from Vegas to Amsterdam, ABSfest is known for embodying the true spirit of Vaudeville and nurturing creativity and empowerment.
It is the only event of its kind in the southeast. Most cities with Burlesque fests are large & metropolitan - New York, Vegas, Boston, San Francisco, Toronto. Asheville is far and away the smallest city to offer something like this both to artist and to the public. .
May 24-31, 2014
The 3rd Annual Asheville Beer Week will culminate with the Beer City Festival on Saturday, May 31. Organized by a beer-loving group of regional beer industry folks, Asheville Beer Week will offer a variety of events in and around the Asheville and western North Carolina area.This year’s eight-day celebration will include keynote speakers, education, tastings, dinners, and other beer-centric events. More than 40 breweries are slated to appear at Beer City Festival, with many other national brands at events throughout the week.
Many events are free and some are ticketed with limited seating. So plan ahead! Go to the Beer Week Web site for details on these Beer Week events and others.
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