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Festivals & expos in the Asheville area in the coming weeks.



5/11/2012 - Festivals & expos in the Asheville area in the coming weeks.
by Asheville Citizen Times

This weekend

GeekOut, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Renaissance Hotel Downtown, Woodfin Street, Asheville. ZaPow Gallery, Battery Park Avenue, opens the convention at 7 p.m. today. Celebration of comics, gaming and pop culture. Free admission. Costumes welcome. Legendary movie and TV cars on display. Ashtoberfest will close out the convention with a Zombie Prom at 10 p.m. Saturday, Asheville Music Hall, Patton Avenue. Call 910-489-1288 or

Art in the Park Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 16, July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, American Legion parking facility, Wallingford Street, Blowing Rock. About 90 artisans. Free shuttle available. 877-295-4636 or

Airing of the Quilts, Saturday, downtown Franklin. Featuring hundreds of quilts along with antique quilt show, quilt appraisals, quilting related merchandise, live music, and more. United Daughters of the Confederacy along with Civil War re-enactors will hold a special ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at Rankin Square. 524-2516.

Mother's Day Gemboree, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Macon County Community Building, off U.S. 441, Franklin. Gem, mineral, and jewelry show. 524-2516.

Coming up

Bike Nights at Harley-Davidson of Asheville, 20 Patton Cove Road, Swannanoa. Monthly event celebrating Harley-Davidson motorcycles and the biker lifestyle every third Friday through September, beginning May 18. Entertainment, bike games, riding demos, food.

Saluda Arts Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 19 along Main Street in Saluda. Music by One Leg Up, The Danberry's, The Honeycutters.

Annual Mountain Sports Festival, May 25-27, Carrier Park on Amboy Road, Asheville. Outdoor music and sports event. Free.

Shinefest, May 25-26, Fontana Village Resort, 300 Woods Road, Fontana Dam. Featuring musicians Chase Rice, Matt Stillwell, The Chillbillies. 498-2211,

Just Brew It, homebrewed beer festival, 2-5 p.m. May 26, outside Wedge Brewing. Admission by membership in Just Economics of WNC.

Weaverville Roots Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 26-28, crafts, entertainment, Civil War encampment, other activities.

Downtown Asheville gallery walk, 5-8 p.m. June 1. Explore local galleries.

Blue Plum Art & Music Festival, June 1-3, Johnson City, Tenn. Outdoor festival with contests, 5K race, cornhole toss and more.

Green Swan Fest, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 2, Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa. Live music, food trucks, kid zone. Celebrates and encourages the work of Asheville GreenWorks. $25 advance, $30 day of event, free age 12 and younger. 299-4171 or

Beer City Festival, June 2, Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park. $40 tickets only at Asheville area breweries, no online sales.

Blue Ridge BBQ Festival, June 8-9, Harmon Field, ryon.

Asheville Percussion Festival, June 8-10, Creative Technology & Arts Center at Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St., Asheville. Workshops with master teachers and local teachers, concert with master teachers at 8 p.m. June 9. 301-6605 or

River Arts District Studio Stroll, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 9-10, River Arts District, Asheville.

Bluff Mountain Festival, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. June 9, Hot Springs Resort and Spa in Hot Springs. Bluegrass and old-time music, silent auction, artist vendors. Fundraiser for Madison County Arts Council. 649-1301 or

Father's Day Fest, noon-6 p.m. June 16, Highland Brewing, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville. Opportunities for building wood projects, slime science experiments, fly fishing demonstrations, Speed Stacking tournament, early morning Father's Fest Obstacle Team Run, chili cook-off with 10 tasting stations for $5, entertainment, and more. $25 per family (4). 298-4789 or visit

46th Annual Shindig on the Green. Celebration of traditional and old-time string bands, bluegrass, ballad singers, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers. 7 p.m. June 30, July 7, 14, 21, Aug. 11, 18, 25, Sept. 1, Pack Square Park on Bascam Lamar Lundsford Stage, downtown Asheville. Bring a lawn chair. 258-6101, ext. 345, or

Appalachian Summer Festival, June 30-July 28 at Appalachian State University in Boone. Music, dance, theatre, visual arts, film events. Begins with Bill Cosby performance at 4 and 8 p.m. June 30. Tickets $5-$50. Visit or call 262-4046 or 800-841-2787.

Ribfest, July 13-15, WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher.

Franklin Folk Festival, July 21 on West Main Street. Also Centennial Anniversary for Franklin Fire and Rescue Department. Kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a fire engine parade at the fire department at 49 Maple St. or

Bele Chere, July 27-29, downtown Asheville. Music, arts, crafts, food.

85th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, 7 p.m. Aug. 2-4, Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville. Traditional and old-time musicians, ballad singers, mountain dance groups, cloggers. $20, $10 age 12 and younger, $54 three-night package (adults). 257-4530 or or

Downtown Asheville gallery walk, 5-8 p.m. Aug. 3. Explore local galleries.

Gnarnia Festival, Aug. 9-11, Beech Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain. Live music, mud wrestling, costume ball, yoga, bicycle jousting, more. $95 plus fees.

Music on the Mountaintop, Aug. 24-26, music festival at Grandfather Campground in Foscoe, just outside of Boone, featuring Railroad Earth and many others. Music workshops, yoga classes, cabin rental options. $99, $120 at the gate, includes three-day admission.

Asheville Wine & Food Festival, Aug. 25, U.S. Cellular Center, Haywood Street, downtown. WNC Chef's Challenge Finale Aug. 23, SWEET (desserts and champagne) Aug. 24, Grove Arcade, Grand Tasting Aug. 25. 777-8916.

TriCities Bacon Fest, Sept. 1, Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn. Music, arts/craft vendors, and bacon. Visit or

Beach Music Festival, 4 p.m. Sept. 14, Blue Ridge Mountain Club in Blowing Rock. Fe aturing Chairmen of the Board and The Embers. $28. Tickets on sale Aug. 1 from Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce. Patron tent $500: tent, 10 tickets, table and chairs.

Downtown Asheville gallery walk, 5-8 p.m. Oct. 5. Explore local galleries.

Downtown Asheville gallery walk, 5-8 p.m. Dec. 7. Explore local galleries.

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