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Things To Do Upcoming Events in Buncombe County, North Carolina

Independence Day Block Party

Join us for the Independence Day Block Party, Sponsored by Ingles Markets, in Asheville’s South Slope area on July 4th, 29 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801. Enjoy free entry, local food vendors, crafts, kids’, and live music starting at noon. Highlights include performances by Ultimate Airdogs, The Rock Academy, Emcee Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, DJ Badonkey Kong, The Legendary Tuesday Night Funk Jam House Band, and The Pink Stones. Don’t miss the fireworks at 9:30 PM! See you there!

Pack Square Artisan Market

Recurring weekly downtown on Fridays until July 19th, discover a delightful assortment of qualityhandmade goods from skilled makers at Asheville’s weekly street party. The event runs from 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM at 1 Court Plaza in Asheville. The Pack Square Artisan Market provides economic opportunities to independent artists, makers and creatives in the Western North Carolina region by producing inclusive, accessible and engaging special events. The Pack Square Artisan Market is a safe place for people of all colors, abilities and preferences. Come find your next favorite bespoke piece!

36th Annual Downtown After 5

The Asheville Downtown Association is thrilled to unveil the lineup for the 36th annual Downtown After 5, presented by Prestige Subaru. This year’s series promises an eclectic mix of music and themes, alongside collaborations with local nonprofit organizations, underscoring our commitment to community engagement and cultural enrichment. Downtown After 5 is more than just a concert series; it’s a community staple that celebrates the diversity and creativity of Asheville. Each event is free to the public, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and partners. Food and beverage vendors will be on-site, with a portion of proceeds supporting the nonprofit partners associated with each event.

Downtown After 5 has become a staple of Asheville’s cultural calendar, offering residents and visitors alike a chance to experience live music in the heart of our vibrant city. Each event runs from 5pm – 9pm through September.

July 19 | AVL Fest Kickoff

The official kick-off to AVL Fest, Asheville FM brings to the stage Caitlin Krisko & The Broadcast as headliners, with The Greenliners opening.

August 16 | LEAF Downtown

In collaboration with LEAF Global Arts, we’re excited to bring back LEAF Downtown at Downtown After 5. Tito Puente Jr. will be headlining the event, with the LEAF Kono Band opening.

September 20 | Outdoor Rec Fest

Closing out the series is September’s Outdoor Rec Fest with Riverlink. Featuring headliner Oliver Hazard and opener Paul McDonald. Celebrate Asheville’s outdoor lifestyle by engaging with our outdoor recreation partners and vendors.

Love Shine Play Festival 2024

Each year, a curated and diverse group of renowned yoga teachers, wellness experts and spiritual leaders offer a wide range of workshops, classes and discussions to inspire and educate attendees. Presenters are accomplished masters in their respective crafts, spanning a range of styles including yin yoga, Ayurveda, dance, sound, bhakti, and much more! Stretch for yourself at 121 College Street from July 25th – July 28th.

2024 Asheville Open Tennis Championships

The Asheville Open at the Aston Park Tennis Center benefits the Asheville Tennis Association non-profit. Their mission is to grow the game of tennis for ALL. The Asheville Open in 2024 will be the 92nd year for this event! The proceeds to fund underserved community programs throughout the year. The fun happens on July 9th-13th from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM and admission is free! Players come from all over the United States but are mostly from the Southeast. Check out your favorite player’s backhand at the Asheville Open!

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