It’s no secret that Asheville is one of the country’s top destinations for outdoor adventure, and with everything from zip lining and fly fishing, to whitewater rafting nearby, there’s always plenty to do when you stay at the Sourwood Inn. Springtime in Asheville is especially beautiful this year, and it’s easy to spend an entire vacation taking in the natural splendor of the season. That said, if you’re planning your trip for May, you can also participate in some of Asheville’s best annual events! There are so many things to do next month that we can’t list them all, but here are a few upcoming attractions that are worth a special visit.
The Asheville Herb Festival | Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th
If you don’t think herbs are exciting, then chances are you’ve never been to the Asheville Herb Festival! This year is the 25th anniversary of this fun local tradition, and more than 25,000 herb enthusiasts are expected to join in the festivities. Shop for handmade balms, soaps, shampoos, teas, ointments, sauces, medicines, and just about everything else that can be made from a plant.
LEAF – Lake Eden Arts Festival | Thursday May 8th – Sunday May 11th
LEAF is one of our favorite yearly events, and this year will feature special performances by Bootsy Collins & The Funk Unity Band, Los Lobos, The Family Stone, and more than thirty other groups! Free your funky self and discover music from around the world, relax with Yoga, SLAM with poets, and browse handmade wares from local artists and craftspeople. WNC calls LEAF West North Carolina’s best music festival, the best festival for kids, and the best festival to camp out at. Get your tickets early because this event will sell out!
Montford Music & Arts Festival | Saturday May 17th
Celebrating its 11th year as West North Carolina’s biggest one day music and arts festival, this event will take over two streets with more than a hundred arts, craft, and food vendors and more than twenty bands performing non-stop music. Held rain or shine, this Asheville tradition is free to the public.