In addition to the very long list of fun things to do in Asheville and this area of Western North Carolina on any given day, we've compiled a short list of some interesting, unique, and all-around great events to check out while visiting us over the Memorial Day weekend.
It's hard to believe that the month of May is quickly coming to a close, but it is. With the ushering in of Memorial Day, we are rapidly approaching the summer season. It's a great time to plan a family road trip, a weekend getaway, or a week's vacation (or more) here in this scenic part of the state. Whether you enjoy staying in the heart of downtown Asheville or prefer to be tucked away in a mountain retreat, you'll still have a nice selection of things to do in the area. What better way to get to know the area you're vacationing in but to stop by some of the local festivals and events?
Here are our Top 3 Things To Do In and Around Asheville On Memorial Day Weekend:
- 1. Check out the 9th Annual White Squirrel Festival. On Friday, May 26 through Saturday, May 27 stop in to downtown Brevard, home of the white squirrel, for a free festival full of music, food, and more information than you'll ever need to know about the white squirrel. Previously voted Best Spring Music Festival in Western North Carolina and a Top 20 Event for the month of May by the Southeast Tourism Society, you'll see why thousands of people go nuts for this festival. In addition to a host of family-friendly activities over the two days, there are 14 free, live concerts with headliners including the Firecracker Jazz Band, Jeff Sipe Group, and special guest Ike Stubblefield. The festival kicks off Saturday morning at 9a.m.with a Memorial Day parade and Presentation of the Wreath ceremony at the County War Memorial. Be sure to look over the full listing of events.
- Plan to visit the 12th Annual Mountain Sports Festival. This festival offers three days of outdoor sports, music, and beer at Carrier Park in Asheville. Friday evening, May 25 through Sunday, May 27 there are plenty of activities for the outdoors-minded from adults to kids. A wide array of sporting demos and clinics are available, sporting competitions, and kids events. There is so much offered, we suggest you go and check out the schedule of events for all the details.
- Stop in at the Weaverville Roots Festival. Celebrate the heritage and culture of Weaverville in this three-day festival starting Saturday, May 26 and continuing until Monday, May 28. Saturday is Heritage Day which offers a day of music, food, fun, crafts, demos, and entertainment in the downtown and park areas. Sunday celebrates Weaverville's Tree City USA status. You'll find Arbor Day activities in the nature park, plus gospel and other sacred music as entertainment that day. Monday is Memorial Day celebrating and honoring living heroes as well as those heroes who gave their lives for our freedom. There's a commemorative ceremony scheduled that day at Lake Louise. For a full list of entertainment, check the full entertainment schedule.
One final mention, this year offers the first ever Asheville Beer Week. It starts on Thursday, May 24 and continues for ten days culminating at Asheville's third annual Beer City Festival on June 2. The week is all about beer and focuses on the fantastic and varied flavors, food pairings, and so much more. Over 40 breweries are slated to attend the Beer City Festival, and there are many other beer-related events happening throughout the week in local breweries, restaurants, and bars.
Whether you choose to visit any or all of these festivals, that's up to you. We just want you here and enjoying the beauty, culture, and unique atmosphere of this area. Once you're here, we're sure you'll find too much to do and not enough time—which means you'll just have to come back for more!
Have you been to Asheville over the Memorial Day weekend? How did you spend your time? Do you have an upcoming trip planned? We'd love to hear about it in our comment section.