Asheville events

The spring-long series of displays at Biltmore House, grouped under the title Biltmore Blooms ( continues through May 23. Biltmore’s outdoor evening concert series ( will be July 30-Aug. 28.

The 25th annual Asheville Herb Festival ( is May 2-4 at the Western North Carolina Farmers Market. Exhibitors include herb growers and vendors and makers of herbal products ranging from balms to soaps to teas.

In Black Mountain, the twice-a-year LEAF – Lake Eden Arts Festival ( – has its spring incarnation May 8-11. The popular event on the former site of Black Mountain College combines music, art and culture.

Asheville’s Mountain Sports Festival ( returns May 23-25 to Carrier Park with family-style athletic activities, from runs to dodgeball, disc golf to bike races.

The Shindig on the Green series ( resumes June 28 and continues most Saturday evenings with free outdoor concerts, typically bluegrass and old-time music, on the green downtown at Pack Square Park. A related event – the Mountain Dance & Folk Festival ( – is July 31-Aug. 2 in Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place.

At the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands (July 17-20; (, more than 200 artisans will display and sell their traditional and contemporary work downtown in the US Cellular Center. John Bordsen