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2/25/2011 - Asheville area festivals calendar
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 Every year, Asheville NC, hosts a wide variety of music, culture, arts and crafts festivals. During these events Asheville's fine dining and local music are featured. There is something for everybody with events going on in almost all seasons." - Ben Falcon

Heritage Classic DanceSport Championships 2011, begins Tuesday, ends March 5, Grove Park Inn & Resort, 290 Macon Ave. 252-2711. www.groveparkinn.com. For tickets, contact directors Colin and Joy Hillary at 954-757-5101, or visit www.theheritageclassic.com.

 Comedy Classic Weekend, March 11-13, Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave. Weekend includes hosts John Boy and Billy. March 11: Comic Jon Reep. March 12: Comics Tommy Johnagin and Reno Collier. 252-2711. www.groveparkinn.com.

National Quilting Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 19, Blue Ridge Mall, Hendersonville. WNC Quilters Guild presents an exhibit of challenge quilts and demos throughout the day. Free. 693-8668.

Super Saturday, March 19, 33rd annual Tryon theatre festival for all ages, including song, dance, puppets, poetry, magic and a parade down Melrose Avenue. $2. www.tryonsupersaturday.com.

ActionFest 2011, action film festival, April 7-10, Carolina Asheville cinemas. www.actionfest.com

Vintage Car Cruise-In, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16, Seventh Avenue district, downtown Hendersonville. Vehicles from Hendersonville's Antique Car Club, music, food.

Hickory Hops craft beer festival, 1-7 p.m. April 16, Union Square, Hickory. $30, $10 designated drivers. No one younger than 21 will be permitted to enter. www.hickoryhops.com.

14th annual French Broad River Festival, April 29-May 1, Hot Springs. Outdoor music festival, with mountain bike races, a kid's village, arts and crafts vendors, outdoor vendors and food. www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com. Tickets are $65 if purchased by April 20, $75 after.

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Just Economics Just Brew It beer festival, May 1, Pack Square Park. Admission by making $15 donation to Just Economics. www.justeconomicswnc.org.

Lake Eden Arts Festival, spring edition, May 12-15, Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain. www.theleaf.org or 686-8724.

Bethlehem Day and Classic Car/Truck Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4, Lowe's shopping plaza. Arts, crafts, food. Proceeds benefit the community. Performers and vendors needed. Call 495-2660.

Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival, June 10-11, Harmon Field, Tryon. www.blueridgebbqfestival.com.

Shindig on the Green, free outdoor music shows, 7-10 p.m. Saturdays, Pack Square Park. Shindig performances July 2, 9, 16 and 23, Aug. 13, 20 and 27, Sept. 3. www.folkheritage.org/shindigonthegreen.htm

Bele Chere, July 29-31, downtown Asheville. Music on the streets. www.belecherefestival.com.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, 7 p.m. Aug. 4-6, Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Square, Asheville. Traditional and old-time musicians, ballad singers, mountain dance groups and cloggers. Tickets on sale starting in April. $20, $10 ages 12 and younger, $54 adult three-night package. 257-4530.

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 5-6, Burnsville town square. Arts, crafts, vendors, food, live music. Free. www.yanceychamber.com.

Just Economics Just Brew It beer festival, May 1, Pack Square Park. Admission by making $15 donation to Just Economics. www.justeconomicswnc.org.

Lake Eden Arts Festival, spring edition, Ma y 12-15, Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain. www.theleaf.org or 686-8724.

Bethlehem Day and Classic Car/Truck Show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4, Lowe's shopping plaza. Arts, crafts, food. Proceeds benefit the community. Performers and vendors needed. Call 495-2660.

Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival, June 10-11, Harmon Field, Tryon. www.blueridgebbqfestival.com.

Shindig on the Green, free outdoor music shows, 7-10 p.m. Saturdays, Pack Square Park. Shindig performances July 2, 9, 16 and 23, Aug. 13, 20 and 27, Sept. 3. www.folkheritage.org/shindigonthegreen.htm

Bele Chere, July 29-31, downtown Asheville. Music on the streets. www.belecherefestival.com.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, 7 p.m. Aug. 4-6, Diana Wortham Theatre, Pack Square, Asheville. Traditional and old-time musicians, ballad singers, mountain dance groups and cloggers. Tickets on sale starting in April. $20, $10 ages 12 and younger, $54 adult three-night package. 257-4530.

Mount Mitchell Crafts Fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 5-6, Burnsville town square. Arts, crafts, vendors, food, live music. Free

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