Summer & Fall Events in Asheville
Summertime vibes are happening in Asheville, and we could not be more thrilled to welcome guests to our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain Bed and Breakfast. Relax at the inn, take in the views and solitude and during your stay at the best Asheville Bed and Breakfast, enjoy the best Asheville Summer and Fall events.
Whether you are visiting Asheville during the last part of summer or into the breathtaking fall season, your options are endless. Start planning your trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains and stay at the very best Asheville Bed and Breakfast, the Sourwood Inn! Highlighted below are some of the great summer and fall events happening in our area:
Our glorious mountains!
While not being a formal event, probably our biggest attraction in Asheville is the Blue Ridge Mountains, which provides endless opportunities for biking, viewing, and hiking. We’ve written quite a few blogs on all there is to do outside, including this link about 19 Best Things to Do in Fall. You’ll find perfect summer temps with beautiful mountain breezes, high rivers for rafting and fishing, and beautiful wildflowers. It’s the perfect time to celebrate the great outdoors!
Art, Art and more Festivals
Asheville is definitely an art town! That is even more apparent in the summer months when there is an art festival on just about every corner. Local painters, photographers, sculptors, and everything in between line the streets selling everything from affordable prints to originals that are destined to be a family heirloom in your home. Shown below are some of the festivals along with links for more information:
- August 13-14, 2021: Waldensian Festival, Valdese (1 hour, 12-minute drive from the inn) The Waldensian Festival is presented by the Town of Valdese each year to commemorate the heroic Waldensian people who founded Valdese in 1893. The Friday night kickoff features live music, a classic car show, amusement rides, and a special presentation of the outdoor drama “From This Day Forward”. The weekend continues on Saturday when Main Street is lined with over 170 food, art, and craft vendors.
- August 13-14, 2021: Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain (30-minute drive from the inn) We love our Sourwood honey at the inn which is served to you during your stay and available in our gift shop. “Bee” sure to not miss this fun festival. The Sourwood Festival is in downtown Black Mountain where they celebrate their bees and local sourwood honey. Stroll down several streets with 200 vendors, eat festival food and listen to a big variety of live music.
- August 21, 2021, & September 18, 2021: Open Studios Art Tour at Grovewood Village (20-minute drive from the inn) The 10 resident artists at Grovewood Village open up their studios for visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works. The art studios are adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn and are one of Asheville’s most hidden gems. Known today as Grovewood Village, this historic site once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries. Now you’ll discover an arts and crafts destination that offers a glimpse into an important part of Asheville’s story.
- August 21-22, 2021: Leicester Studio Tour (37-minute drive from the inn) The Leicester community of artists opens their studios for a self-guided tour. Here you will enjoy seeing a variety of mediums, including painting, ironwork, woodwork, textiles, pottery, jewelry, and brooms.
Take a free, self-guided tour to 20+ studios and shops in Leicester, a community nestled in the mountains near Asheville. A detailed tour map will be available at every tour stop.
- August 27-28, 2021: LEAF Downtown Asheville An international music festival with plenty of art in Pack Square Park of downtown Asheville. These two days will be filled with international music, art, workshops, great food and drinks. There’s a big emphasis on local talent. There is no admission charge!
- September 3-6, 2021: NC Apple Festival (51-minute drive from the inn) Head to downtown Hendersonville for a four-day celebration with a collection of events with plenty of apples, apple treats, art, and entertainment. The historic downtown Hendersonville is the official home of the North Carolina Apple Festival, a four-day celebration in honor of the huge local apple crop. The NC Apple Festival features a street fair on beautiful Main Street including continuous live musical entertainment, arts & crafts, apple products, special exhibits, food, and the King Apple Parade. For those wanting to pick apples directly from the tree check out this link for a list of orchards.
- September 4-5, 2021: Maggie Valley Summer Arts & Crafts Show (1- hour drive from the inn) Maggie Valley’s largest gathering of artisans and crafters come together to sell their handmade treasures. Artisans from all over the Southeast will be in attendance. Chainsaw art demonstrations and lots of festival food. Seasonal items, yard art, paintings, photography, pottery, wooden bowls, furniture, jewelry, goat milk soaps, and more will be featured at the event. “There really is something for everyone, from the most affordable handicrafts to the more expensive museum-quality items,” says Teresa Smith, promoter of the event.
- September 30, 2021: Art on the Island (39- minute drive from the inn) A fun fair on Blannahassett Island in the French Broad River in Marshall. The sixth annual Art on the Island, one of Marshall’s most memorable and beloved festivals that includes a broad swath of musicians, artisans, award-winning local chefs, and others—on Saturday, September 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., across the French Broad River from Main Street in downtown Marshall.
River Arts District
Cool hipster spot to spend a few hours shopping and strolling the riverfront in downtown Asheville. Don’t miss White Duck Taco on picnic tables by the river. Jonas Gerard Riverview Station gallery includes an impressive collection of artworks with a number of smaller art studios nestled inside and upstairs. Immediately behind the initial building, you’ll find graffiti artwork on the walls, a skateboard park, and Wedge Foundation Brewery. You’ll usually find plenty of food trucks in this area as well. If you enjoy biking, check out the new Greenway which provides10.25 miles of great walking and biking along the French Broad River and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Come Stay with us
You might come across several hotels in Asheville but the absolute best place to stay is the Sourwood Inn Bed and Breakfast in Asheville. Our lodgings are located in the mountains close to the Blue Ridge Parkway and only a 20-minute drive to Downtown Asheville. We have twelve mountain lodge rooms with breathtaking mountain views along with a secluded cabin, all of which feature luxurious amenities, and a spa-like bath and wood-burning fireplaces. On top of that, we serve a farm-direct 3-course meal to you in our romantic dining. Asheville is also home to many great restaurants, breweries along with a thriving downtown area.