Mother’s Day Specials, Spring Festivals, and Asheville Beer Week Bring Fun to the Mountains in May

Moms in Free at Biltmore, May 8, 2016- Moms visit Asheville’s historical Biltmore Estate for free with the purchase of youth or adult ticket! Details here.


Photo By: The Biltmore Company

Block House Steeplechase, May 7th, 2016, Tryon, NC – “Usher in spring with picnics, sundresses, elegant hats, tailgating, and the sounds & sights of thoroughbreds thundering past in Tryon, at the longest running steeplechase in North Carolina.” The town of Tryon can be reached from Asheville in about 50 minutes. Details here.


Tour de Falls at DuPont State Forest, May 7th-8th, 2016 – Feel like relaxing this Mother’s Day while still being able to visit some of our region’s most beautiful waterfalls? Hop on a shuttle bus at DuPont State Forest to take a 12-mile tour to 4 of its most spectacular sites: Triple Falls, High Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Lake Julia. Shuttles run every 30 minutes from 9:30 AM until 2:30 PM. Volunteers provide information about the history of the forest and the work now being done to preserve and protect it. Visitors are encouraged to take short hikes to enjoy the falls and lake, all of which provide scenic backdrops for family photos. If you’ve seen the Hunger Games movie series, you may recognize some of the scenery!  DuPont Forest is located about 50 minutes from Asheville. Details here.


Mother’s Day Special at Chimney Rock, May 7th-8th, 2016 – Bring the family to Chimney Rock State Park and treat mom to beautiful mountain scenery and spring wildflowers. Buy one regularly-priced adult ticket and mom or grandma gets in free with coupon downloaded here. Chimney Rock Park is located about 50 minutes from Asheville.


Dahlia Tuber Sale at NC Arboretum, May 15, 2016 – The Carolinas Dahlia Society’s 50th annual show, featuring a wide variety of dahlia tubers and chrysanthemum cuttings available for purchase. Experts will be available to teach visitors how to produce plants with show quality blooms. Learn more here.


Mountain Sports FestivalMay 27-29, 2016 – The 16th annual celebration of our beloved Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville’s lifestyle of outdoors, music, food, local business, and community. Whether you’re a hardcore athlete, a first-timer trying an event just for fun, or a spectator, the Mountain Sports Festival has something for everyone. Details here.


Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival, May 27-29, 2016 – Now in it’s 10th year of celebrating the Vaudeville Revival in Asheville, the ABSfest attracts renowned circus and burlesque artists from across the country and the world. With events spread out over three days, they promise “fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease,” with the mission of “embodying the true spirit of Vaudeville and nurturing creativity and empowerment.” More info and tickets here.


White Squirrel Festival, May 27-29, 2016 – Visit the charming town of Brevard, only a 45 minute drive from Asheville, to see why this quirky event has been named the “Best Spring Music Festival in WNC” by the Asheville Citizen-Times. Enjoy free concerts from regional and national musicians plus “over eight blocks of street vendors, food vendors, merchants, artists, craftsmen, potters, painters, games, kid’s activities and loads of plain old-fashioned fun!” Don’t miss the Memorial Day parade and the Squirrel Box Derby. This year’s headliners are Town Mountain, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, and Sarah Siskind & Sunliner with Travis Book of Infamous Stringdusters. Check out the full line-up here.


Asheville Beer Week, May 27-June 4, 2016 – Asheville Beer Week features 9 days packed with beer-centric events in and around the Asheville and western North Carolina area. This year’s celebration includes beer dinners, tastings, music, education, and more. The biggest event of the week is the Beer City Festival, taking place downtown on Saturday, May 28th. The Festival brings together over 32+ of the best local and regional breweries for a lively day of beer and music.


Garden Jubilee Festival, May 28-29, 2016 – This downtown Hendersonville festival features more than 200 vendors selling thousands of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, and rare plants, as well as handmade lawn furniture, jewelry, garden tools, yard art, planters, wind chimes, birdhouses, soaps, and pottery. Learn tips and tricks from regional gardening experts located throughout the festival, and visit the Lowe’s Expo, where you will find lawn & garden workshops, patio displays, a hands-on kids clinic, outdoor furniture and equipment. The Garden Jubilee has been selected as a Southeast Tourism Society 2016 Top 20 Event, and it’s free to attend! Hendersonville is located approximately 30 minutes from Asheville.  More info and festival schedule here.

NC Arboretum Rose Show, May 28-29, 2016 – Join the Asheville-Blue Ridge Rose Society for its annual exhibition, a fragrant two-day event featuring award-winning roses of every color and size. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about selection, care, and history of these beautiful plants, educational programs will be offered throughout the weekend, and rose plants will be available for sale. More info here.


N.C. Arboretum



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