Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

Saturday, July 9, 2022
LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Jul 9 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

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    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

Sunday, July 10, 2022
LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Jul 10 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

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    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

Saturday, July 16, 2022
LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Jul 16 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

  • Sale!

    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

Sunday, July 17, 2022
LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Jul 17 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

  • Sale!

    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

Saturday, July 23, 2022
LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Jul 23 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

  • Sale!

    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

Sunday, July 24, 2022
LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Jul 24 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

  • Sale!

    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

Saturday, July 30, 2022
LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Jul 30 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

  • Sale!

    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

Sunday, July 31, 2022
LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Jul 31 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

  • Sale!

    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

Thursday, August 4, 2022
NC Mineral & Gem Festival
Aug 4 all-day
Spruce Pine Commons Shopping Center

Welcome to the 63rd NC Mineral & Gem Festival in Spruce Pine. The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral dealers from across the country showcasing their merchandise to fit every budget.

95th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UNCA Lipinsky Hall

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Are you ready to be part of the 95th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival®? On August 4, 5, 6, 2022, a different show will be presented live on stage each evening allowing you to appreciate the talent and dedication of the hundreds of musicians, dancers, and storytellers who are preserving the traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. These traditions involve not only the hand-clapping, toe-tapping rhythms of Bluegrass, the style and stories of century-old ballads, the high energy of clogging, the elegance of Big Circle Mountain Smooth Dance, the fun and entertainment of storytelling, but also include an awareness of the hardships and trials that have brought us to this place and time.

This 95th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival® has been made possible through the generosity of our music community volunteering their time and talent to preserve and promote the Southern Appalachian music, dance and storytelling heritage.

A listing of performers who volunteer their time and talent to make our events possible can be found on Our Performers page. Please visit their websites and support their generosity by purchasing music, merchandise, making a contribution to virtual tip jars where available or just to tell them you enjoyed their performance. Our artists especially need our support during these difficult times.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. He saw the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival grow to be the oldest gathering of its kind in the nation and it continues in this way, a platform for the talented of the high country lying between the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Since 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has served a crucial role in raising awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world. Bascom Lunsford’s mission was to present the finest of the Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams for education and entertainment. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lunsford’s was the first dubbed a folk festival, and he later consulted with many communities across the country interested in organizing similar festivals.

Friday, August 5, 2022
NC Mineral & Gem Festival
Aug 5 all-day
Spruce Pine Commons Shopping Center

Welcome to the 63rd NC Mineral & Gem Festival in Spruce Pine. The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral dealers from across the country showcasing their merchandise to fit every budget.

Solasta Festival 2022
Aug 5 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 7 @ 1:00 pm
Deerfields

Solasta Festival 2022

Solasta Festival returns in 2022 to Deerfields, with a curated lineup created for music lovers searching for something different.

With a dedicated community united in their search for the unusual, we are looking forward to bringing our family a unique and upgraded presentation in our fourth year.

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming announcements and magic to be unraveled as the gears continue to churn.

Thank you for supporting us and allowing us to bring this vision to life again.

95th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UNCA Lipinsky Hall

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Are you ready to be part of the 95th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival®? On August 4, 5, 6, 2022, a different show will be presented live on stage each evening allowing you to appreciate the talent and dedication of the hundreds of musicians, dancers, and storytellers who are preserving the traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. These traditions involve not only the hand-clapping, toe-tapping rhythms of Bluegrass, the style and stories of century-old ballads, the high energy of clogging, the elegance of Big Circle Mountain Smooth Dance, the fun and entertainment of storytelling, but also include an awareness of the hardships and trials that have brought us to this place and time.

This 95th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival® has been made possible through the generosity of our music community volunteering their time and talent to preserve and promote the Southern Appalachian music, dance and storytelling heritage.

A listing of performers who volunteer their time and talent to make our events possible can be found on Our Performers page. Please visit their websites and support their generosity by purchasing music, merchandise, making a contribution to virtual tip jars where available or just to tell them you enjoyed their performance. Our artists especially need our support during these difficult times.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. He saw the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival grow to be the oldest gathering of its kind in the nation and it continues in this way, a platform for the talented of the high country lying between the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Since 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has served a crucial role in raising awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world. Bascom Lunsford’s mission was to present the finest of the Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams for education and entertainment. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lunsford’s was the first dubbed a folk festival, and he later consulted with many communities across the country interested in organizing similar festivals.

Saturday, August 6, 2022
LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Aug 6 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

  • Sale!

    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

NC Mineral & Gem Festival
Aug 6 all-day
Spruce Pine Commons Shopping Center

Welcome to the 63rd NC Mineral & Gem Festival in Spruce Pine. The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral dealers from across the country showcasing their merchandise to fit every budget.

7th Inning Stretch Festival
Aug 6 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 pm
Uptown Shelby

The NC American Legion 7th Inning Stretch Festival is held annually prior to the American Legion World Series. The event was created to thank the community for all the work they do to prepare for and during the American Legion World Series.

7:30 AM: Road to Hope Shelby 5k registration
8:00 AM: Road to Hope Shelby 5k at 130 W. Graham St., Shelby, NC
10:00 AM: Little Miss American Legion World Series at Shelby City Park, 850 W. Sumter St., Shelby, NC
3:00 PM Festival opens; visit the festival website for a schedule of events
Main Stage opens at 7:00 pm with Dirty Grass Soul, and the headliner Josh Turner takes the stage at 8:30 pm. The stage is located at the intersection of S. Lafayette St. and W. Warren St., Shelby, NC

95th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
Aug 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UNCA Lipinsky Hall

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Are you ready to be part of the 95th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival®? On August 4, 5, 6, 2022, a different show will be presented live on stage each evening allowing you to appreciate the talent and dedication of the hundreds of musicians, dancers, and storytellers who are preserving the traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. These traditions involve not only the hand-clapping, toe-tapping rhythms of Bluegrass, the style and stories of century-old ballads, the high energy of clogging, the elegance of Big Circle Mountain Smooth Dance, the fun and entertainment of storytelling, but also include an awareness of the hardships and trials that have brought us to this place and time.

This 95th Mountain Dance and Folk Festival® has been made possible through the generosity of our music community volunteering their time and talent to preserve and promote the Southern Appalachian music, dance and storytelling heritage.

A listing of performers who volunteer their time and talent to make our events possible can be found on Our Performers page. Please visit their websites and support their generosity by purchasing music, merchandise, making a contribution to virtual tip jars where available or just to tell them you enjoyed their performance. Our artists especially need our support during these difficult times.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. He saw the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival grow to be the oldest gathering of its kind in the nation and it continues in this way, a platform for the talented of the high country lying between the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Since 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has served a crucial role in raising awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world. Bascom Lunsford’s mission was to present the finest of the Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams for education and entertainment. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lunsford’s was the first dubbed a folk festival, and he later consulted with many communities across the country interested in organizing similar festivals.

Sunday, August 7, 2022
NC Mineral & Gem Festival
Aug 7 all-day
Spruce Pine Commons Shopping Center

Welcome to the 63rd NC Mineral & Gem Festival in Spruce Pine. The Festival features gem, jewelry and mineral dealers from across the country showcasing their merchandise to fit every budget.

Thursday, August 11, 2022
American Legion World Series-T-28 Trojan Warbirds
Aug 11 all-day
Keeter Stadium

Pilots in three T-28 Trojan warbirds are scheduled to execute flyovers at Keeter Stadium during the first three days of the 2022 American Legion World Series.
Warbirds are vintage military aircraft now operated by civilian military organizations or individuals. The T-28s headed for Shelby are retired military trainers now owned by the Museum of Flight in Rome, Ga.

The first flyover is planned as part of the Parade of Champions on Aug. 11, opening day of the tournament. All eight of the regional teams vying for the national title will line up on Veterans Field between the third and fourth games of the day. The pilots will execute another flyover at the stadium Saturday afternoon as part of USAA Military Appreciation Day.

The Museum of Flight, established in 2010, has displays and a collection of flight and military memorabilia in addition to the warbirds, which are flown in air shows around the southeastern United States.

The T-28 Alpha and T-28Bravo served in Operation Farm Gate, code name for a mission in Vietnam. The T-28Charlie is attributed as the first T-28 to land on an aircraft carrier, the USS Tarawa.

Flyover events:
August 11 – During the Parade of Champions – Approximate time 6:30 pm
August 12 – Time to be determined.
August 13 – Approximate time 3:30 pm

Friday, August 12, 2022
American Legion World Series-T-28 Trojan Warbirds
Aug 12 all-day
Keeter Stadium

Pilots in three T-28 Trojan warbirds are scheduled to execute flyovers at Keeter Stadium during the first three days of the 2022 American Legion World Series.
Warbirds are vintage military aircraft now operated by civilian military organizations or individuals. The T-28s headed for Shelby are retired military trainers now owned by the Museum of Flight in Rome, Ga.

The first flyover is planned as part of the Parade of Champions on Aug. 11, opening day of the tournament. All eight of the regional teams vying for the national title will line up on Veterans Field between the third and fourth games of the day. The pilots will execute another flyover at the stadium Saturday afternoon as part of USAA Military Appreciation Day.

The Museum of Flight, established in 2010, has displays and a collection of flight and military memorabilia in addition to the warbirds, which are flown in air shows around the southeastern United States.

The T-28 Alpha and T-28Bravo served in Operation Farm Gate, code name for a mission in Vietnam. The T-28Charlie is attributed as the first T-28 to land on an aircraft carrier, the USS Tarawa.

Flyover events:
August 11 – During the Parade of Champions – Approximate time 6:30 pm
August 12 – Time to be determined.
August 13 – Approximate time 3:30 pm

HeXpo, The Gathering Paranormal, Horror + Metaphysical Convention
Aug 12 @ 12:00 pm
Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville

For the first time ever, paranormal, horror and metaphysical communities unite as one group at HeXpo, The Gathering. Join us for a weekend like no other magickal encounter before as we shatter the barriers that separate our realms. Our time has arrived! Come and be a part of this.

All tickets for the previously scheduled show will remain valid for the future date. If you are unable to attend the new date, you may obtain a refund at the point of purchase.

  • IMPORTANT: As the current developments regarding COVID-19 are affecting events nationally and internationally, Ticketmaster may be experience high call/email volumes in the coming days and weeks.
  • If purchased at the venue box office, please Submit a Refund Request.
Saturday, August 13, 2022
American Legion World Series-T-28 Trojan Warbirds
Aug 13 all-day
Keeter Stadium

Pilots in three T-28 Trojan warbirds are scheduled to execute flyovers at Keeter Stadium during the first three days of the 2022 American Legion World Series.
Warbirds are vintage military aircraft now operated by civilian military organizations or individuals. The T-28s headed for Shelby are retired military trainers now owned by the Museum of Flight in Rome, Ga.

The first flyover is planned as part of the Parade of Champions on Aug. 11, opening day of the tournament. All eight of the regional teams vying for the national title will line up on Veterans Field between the third and fourth games of the day. The pilots will execute another flyover at the stadium Saturday afternoon as part of USAA Military Appreciation Day.

The Museum of Flight, established in 2010, has displays and a collection of flight and military memorabilia in addition to the warbirds, which are flown in air shows around the southeastern United States.

The T-28 Alpha and T-28Bravo served in Operation Farm Gate, code name for a mission in Vietnam. The T-28Charlie is attributed as the first T-28 to land on an aircraft carrier, the USS Tarawa.

Flyover events:
August 11 – During the Parade of Champions – Approximate time 6:30 pm
August 12 – Time to be determined.
August 13 – Approximate time 3:30 pm

LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Aug 13 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

  • Sale!

    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

HeXpo, The Gathering Paranormal, Horror + Metaphysical Convention
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm
Harrah's Cherokee Center - Asheville

For the first time ever, paranormal, horror and metaphysical communities unite as one group at HeXpo, The Gathering. Join us for a weekend like no other magickal encounter before as we shatter the barriers that separate our realms. Our time has arrived! Come and be a part of this.

All tickets for the previously scheduled show will remain valid for the future date. If you are unable to attend the new date, you may obtain a refund at the point of purchase.

  • IMPORTANT: As the current developments regarding COVID-19 are affecting events nationally and internationally, Ticketmaster may be experience high call/email volumes in the coming days and weeks.
  • If purchased at the venue box office, please Submit a Refund Request.
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
American Legion World Series-Golden Knights
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 6:45 pm
Keeter Stadium

The U.S. Army Parachute Team, The Golden Knights, will perform before the 7pm championship game.

The two Golden Knights demonstration teams travel the United States performing for public audiences at venues ranging from small civic events to nationally televised events, such as NFL games, NASCAR races, and international air shows. Team members are from a variety of backgrounds in one of the 150 jobs in the U.S. Army.
The parachutists perform to exacting standards but may tailor their performance for a specific venue. The Golden Knights have an unparallelled safety record in the professional parachuting arena.
The Golden Knights also have competition teams who have won national and international competitions. They hold the current military world record in both male and female four-way freefall formation and the world record in canopy piloting speed. The Golden Knights tandem section provides tandem parachute jumps to approved local and national celebrities, media personnel, and VIPs. It was a Golden Knights team that jumped with the late President George H.W. Bush in 2007, 2012, and 2014.
The Golden Knights are headquartered at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Saturday, August 20, 2022
LEAF Solid Gold 50th Festival: Legends of Africa
Aug 20 all-day
online w/ LEAF

 

Listen. Dance. Feel the music and that will answer, “Why the “Legends of Africa?” Africa is the core and essence of where so much of humanity and music has originated. It has forever influenced music and cultures throughout the world with the diaspora of its people. Over the years, LEAF has connected deeply with many African artists and presented artists from 32 of the 54 countries on the continent. These bonds and our love of Africa, bring us back the magic of not just the continent, but its people, our family. So join us for a true gathering of friends and the rekindling of traditions that have made the past 27 years of LEAF memorable.

“The shortest distance between two people is a story, a song, or a dance.”
Masankho Banda from Malawi.

Who is an African Legend you admire? Chinobay of Uganda said he’s been inspired by the music he listened to during Apartheid. He spoke of Miriam Makeba (nicknamed Momma Africa) a South African singer, songwriter and activist whose music was socially responsible and carried so much power for the people. What makes you a Legend is the MESSAGE you carry to the world.

In flow with Chinobay’s reflection, the artwork is a masterpiece created by legendary artist Trek 6 inspired by his work in South Africa while producing a documentary. Trek spoke about how the sunrises and sunsets in Africa were surreal, thus he began with a beautiful sun design.  A wall of drums in South Africa, where they host people from different tribes bringing food, song and art inspired the drums. In Trek’s own words, “Africa is cosmic, colorful, and the center to our past. From it we radiated.”We are honored by his artistic vision.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend PLUS Pass

    $175.00 – $203.00

    October 20-23, 2022 *Must be purchased by LEAF Member* Thursday 4:30pm to Sunday 7pm including overnight tent camping.

  • Sale!

    Festival Weekend Pass

    $135.00 – $159.00

    October 21-23, 2022 Fri 9am – Sun 7pm. Includes overnight camping

  • Sale!

    Festival Community Pass

    $95.00 – $105.00

    Fri 4:30pm – 2am, Sat 9am – 2am, Sun 9am – 7pm. No overnights / camping. No Thu. access. Must have alternate overnight accommodations nearby

  • Sale!

    Festival Saturday Pass

    $53.00 – $59.00

    Saturday, October 22, 2022, 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. No overnight camping.

Thursday, August 25, 2022
Night In The Country Carolinas Music Festival
Aug 25 all-day
Tryon International Equestrian Center

Night in the Country Music Festivals returns to the Carolina foothills August 25-27, 2022. This Pure Country experience brings some of country music’s hottest artists to the world-renowned Tryon Resort in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Night in the Country Carolinas features three nights of country music with performances by Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi, Dierks Bentley, Jimmie Allen, Jameson Rogers, Ashley McBryde, and much more! During the day, the festival has a wide range of one-of-a-kind events and attractions including Bands, Brews & Que, the Craft Beer Experience, Grapeland, the Beer Relay, Tournament of Champions, and more. The festival also features live music during the day and an outdoor nightlife experience after the concerts.

The festival takes place on festival grounds unlike any other. Tryon Resort is a 1,600-acre facility featuring 13 rings, onsite luxury cabins and an inn, RV pads with full hook-ups, and wide-open grounds and arenas that have the potential to host the largest music festivals and events in the world. The grounds also boast several on-site restaurants, the Silo Bar, a general store, other shops, and a carousel.

Passes and accommodations for NITC Carolinas are on sale now.

Explore the festival experience and book your next great country tradition at https://nightinthecountrycarolinas.org/

NIGHT IN THE COUNTRY CAROLINAS
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tryon International Equestrian Center
NITC Returns-800x450

Rooted in the Carolina foothills, the Night in the Country experience transforms the world-renowned Tryon International Equestrian Center into your next great country tradition.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this 3-day country music festival!

Friday, August 26, 2022
Night In The Country Carolinas Music Festival
Aug 26 all-day
Tryon International Equestrian Center

Night in the Country Music Festivals returns to the Carolina foothills August 25-27, 2022. This Pure Country experience brings some of country music’s hottest artists to the world-renowned Tryon Resort in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

Night in the Country Carolinas features three nights of country music with performances by Darius Rucker, Jon Pardi, Dierks Bentley, Jimmie Allen, Jameson Rogers, Ashley McBryde, and much more! During the day, the festival has a wide range of one-of-a-kind events and attractions including Bands, Brews & Que, the Craft Beer Experience, Grapeland, the Beer Relay, Tournament of Champions, and more. The festival also features live music during the day and an outdoor nightlife experience after the concerts.

The festival takes place on festival grounds unlike any other. Tryon Resort is a 1,600-acre facility featuring 13 rings, onsite luxury cabins and an inn, RV pads with full hook-ups, and wide-open grounds and arenas that have the potential to host the largest music festivals and events in the world. The grounds also boast several on-site restaurants, the Silo Bar, a general store, other shops, and a carousel.

Passes and accommodations for NITC Carolinas are on sale now.

Explore the festival experience and book your next great country tradition at https://nightinthecountrycarolinas.org/

NIGHT IN THE COUNTRY CAROLINAS
Aug 26 @ 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tryon International Equestrian Center
NITC Returns-800x450

Rooted in the Carolina foothills, the Night in the Country experience transforms the world-renowned Tryon International Equestrian Center into your next great country tradition.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this 3-day country music festival!