August Events in Asheville, NC

Taken at Lady Luck Flower Farm in Leicester, NC by our staff member, Haley Jackson

August in Asheville is a vibrant time…  the waterfalls beckon as the summer heat sets in, the music and art scene is as full as ever, and fireflies light up the evening.

Apple season starts in late July in the mountains, and local orchards are offering U-Pick days. A staff personal favorite is Sky Top Orchards in Flat Rock, NC. About 45 minutes from downtown Asheville, Sky Top offers mountain vistas while you pick your own apples. It is also a lovely place to go just for a walk and one of their homemade apple doughnuts. More information at:

Graveyard Fields creek, photo by Haley Jackson

On one of our all time favorite hikes, Graveyard Fields, has extensive wild blueberry bushes that begin to ripen late July and early August. We love going for a hike, going for a dip in one of the many swimming holes, and then filling up a mason jar with fresh, wild blueberries. A perfect summer day trip, only about an hour from downtown Asheville. Driving directions and more information:

LEAF Downtown 2018 Lineup Poster

   ELEAF Downtown is a free world cultural arts festival at Pack Square Park on August 3rd and 4th. LEAF is a big weekend event that occurs in the town of Black Mountain twice a year, and this is their fourth year putting on a free event in downtown Asheville. There will be live music, workshops, vendors, art performances, food trucks, and more. This event certainly captures the Asheville experience! Hours are Friday 3- 10 pm, and Saturday 9 am- 10 pm.

The 46th Annual Biltmore Village Art and Craft Fair occurs on August 4th and 5th, from 12- 5 pm. It is a large outdoor festival on the beautiful grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls Church, featuring 114 artists with art in various media available for purchase. If you’re still interested in looking for art afterwards, Asheville’s River Arts District is nearby, with an abundance of local art galleries. 

Asheville’s Comedy Festival runs from August 9th- 11th, in various locations throughout town, with performances from a myriad of local comedians. Each night has a different ticket price and information. This is the festival’s 12th year, and is typically a sold- out event! Get your tickets at:

The Annual Riverfest and “Anything That Floats” parade is a fundraiser event held at New Belgium Brewing along the French Broad River. It is a free event on August 18th from 12-8 pm, with local food trucks, local beer, and live music. The “Anything That Floats” parade is a hilarious competition where you can watch as creative locals float down the river in their decorated, often handmade, rafts and floats. Afterwards, the floats will be judged and a winner chosen. More information can be found at:

The Kid’s Parade at the Organicfest.

Asheville’s 17th Annual Organicfest will be held on August 26 at Pack Square Park downtown from 10 am- 6 pm. Celebrating “all things organic”, this festival focuses on organic food, sustainability, clean energy, and local art. The main parade, featuring children dressed as their favorite pollinator, takes place at 1 pm. Experience the joy and local people of Asheville at this fun event. More information available at:

Lastly, Tryon, NC, is proud to host the FEI World Equestrian Games from September 11th- 23rd. According to their website, the event is the “major international championship event for the eight core equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining”. This event has the potential to be the largest sporting event in NC history, with an estimated 500,000 visitors over the week. For more information on this exciting event, visit:

We hope these handpicked events help you to find interesting and exciting things to do during your stay in Asheville this August! 

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