Asheville NC Festivals in August


Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Southern Appalachian music and dance

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Diana Wortham Theater
Downtown Asheville

July 31st - August 2nd, 2008
Free

"Along about sundown," the first weekend in August, area fiddles, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, and balladeers descend on Downtown Asheville for the countries oldest Folk Festival. In 1928 Bascom Lamar Lunsford, local folk education legend, created such a buzz with his inaugural iteration of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival that it has outlived its founder and recently surpassed its 75th anniversary. To this day the festival adhered to Lunsford's goal of sharing with and educating the people of WNC about beauty and dignity of Southern Appalachian music and dance. The festival takes place on the last Thursday of July through the first Saturday in August at 7:00 pm.

31st Annual Sourwood Festival


Annual Sourwood Festival in Downtown Black Mountain

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Various locations throughout downtown Black Mountain
Black Mountain, NC 28711

August 9 - 10 2008
10am - 6pm
Free

Since 1977, Black Mountain's annual Sourwood Festival has always been a hit with the locals and visitors alike! There's an abundance to see and do, excellent music and lots of fun, and of course tons of yummy mountain cooking. Held each year in August, it's a time for good food, good fun and good friends. The Festival is sponsored by the Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce and is named after the region’s important honey source, the Sourwood tree. The Sourwood tree blooms in the mid to late summer and with over two hundred booths, and over 30,000 visitors the Sourwood Festival is a Western North Carolina favorite.

Shindig on the Green


Shindig on the Green at Pack Square in Downtown Asheville

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Downtown Asheville

August 9, 16, 23, 30 2008
Also on June 28th, 2008 & July 5, 12, 19, 2008
Free

Grab your fiddle or your clogging shoes and make your way to Pack Square Park for Shindig on the Green. The music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia will be on full display come sundown most Saturdays during July and August. If watching the sunset over downtown Asheville while listening to Bluegrass, a local storyteller, or watching some good old mountain clogging sounds like your cup of tea then join the Shindig.

Downtown After Five


Asheville's Downtown After Five

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Pack Square
Downtown Asheville

August 15th, 2008
Also on June 20th, 2008; July 18th, 2008 and September 19th, 2008
Free

Pack Square Park comes alive on the third Friday of each month May thorough September for Downtown After Five, Downtown Asheville's free concert series. Come out and join the crowd that swells to over 3000 to hear a local favorite open for one of the Southeast's most popular jazz, rock, blues, funk and other family oriented bands. If your in downtown between 5-9pm on a third Friday in the summer, you won't be able to miss the sounds coming from the stage in Pack Square, and if your felling like dancing or just hanging out then make Downtown After Five part your evening.

Goombay Festival


The Goombay Festival, Asheville's version of a celebration that emerged in Bermuda among slaves.

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Downtown Asheville

August 22th - 24th, 2008
Free

For over 20 years the YMI Cultural Center has presented Goombay, Asheville's version of a celebration that emerged in Bermuda among slaves. Asheville's Goombay endeavors to reconnect with the Africa and Caribbean cultures where it got it start, while also showing how those roots have influenced contemporary art and music. Dancers in colorful costumes, headdresses, and feathers; steel drums; local gospel groups; contemporary rhythm bands; crafts from around the world; and Caribbean cuisine are just a few of the cultural marvels to be explored each August in Downtown Asheville at the Goombay Festival.

North Carolina Apple Festival


Hendersonville's annual NC Apple Festival.

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Centered around Main Street Henderonville, NC
27 miles south of Asheville

August 29th - September 1st, 2008
Free

Four days of fun and excitement await visitors to Hendersonville's annual NC Apple Festival. This fall favorite, now centered around Historic Main Street, has been drawing locals and visitors alike for 60 plus years to enjoy an impressive array of events including music and dance, extensive arts and crafts, beauty pageants, mountain culture and heritage exhibits, apple orchard tours, and culminating the event, the King Apple Parade. The main stage is alive with sounds of local entertainers from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm Fri-Sun. This free festival begins with the opening ceremony on the Friday before Labor Day and ends Labor Day afternoon with the famed parade.

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Asheville Festivals in August