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Events & Festivals in Hendersonville, NC

1898 Waverly Inn in Hendersonville, North Carolina is conveniently located to many North Carolina festivals. During your stay, experience festivals celebrating western North Carolina's unique take on music, art, the holidays and more. You will appreciate the comfortable setting of our historic inn as a place to start out from and return to after a day of activities and celebrations. Whether you're visiting with friends or family, the atmosphere at our B&B is uplifting and one that you won't soon forget.

May Events in and around Hendersonville near 1898 Waverly Inn

Till May 25 - Biltmore Blooms
Included with estate admission
Admire the progression of blossoms throughout all the gardens at Biltmore this spring, ranging from daffodils and stunning tulips to beautiful azaleas and fragrant roses. Biltmore House joins the festivities as well, with a bountiful display of orchids in the indoor Winter Garden and stunning arrangements throughout.

Till May 25 - Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times at Biltmore
See costumes from Downton Abbey at the Biltmore House in Asheville. The costumes will be displayed arranged to illustrate connections between events from the show and life at the Vanderbilt estate during the same early 20th century era. "Ranging from servants’ uniforms to lavish evening gowns, the award-winning costumes reflect how world events—the sinking of Titanic, World War I, the Jazz Age, and the evolving roles of women—influenced fashions."

May 7 - 31 - Always... Patsy Cline is at the Flat Rock Playhouse

A heartwarming celebration of down home country humor, true emotion and timeless classics.
More than just a concert, this play based on the true story of an unlikely country music superstar includes 27 of her hits.  At the Flat Rock Playhouse Main Stage till the end of May.

Thursday May 21 - Rhythm and Brews Concert Series

Free Concert with fantastic music, good food, fine drink and good friends!
The Allen Thompson Band: A rootsy outfit from Nashville, TN.  Thompson’s country-soul vocals and earthy, literate songwriting are compared to the Grateful Dead, Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, the Black Crowes, and the Band.
Showtime starts at 5:00 pm. The Headliners come on at 7:00 pm.

Friday May 22 till Monday May 25 - Blue Ridge Classic of the Carolinas AKC Dog Show
Starts at 8:00AM and ends at 3:00PM each day.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) will hold Dog Agility Trials at the McGough Arena at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
We went in January and we loved it! There were two rings with dogs in both rings racing obstacle courses. Some dogs were pros. They knew exactly what they were doing, focused on their person and jumped over hurdles and through rings, raced through tunnels and weaved in and out of poles. Other dogs ran through tunnels the wrong direction, jumped the wrong hurdle at the wrong time and even decided to investigate things going on outside the ring. It was so much fun to watch and you could tell the dogs were loving it, too.
McGough Arena at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center is about 20 minutes from the Inn, toward Biltmore, right across from the Airport.

Asheville Tourists Baseball

Asheville Tourists Baseball Season has started.
See a home game (Tourists vs. Visitors) May 28, 29, 30 and 31st.
Even before our Inn was built professional baseball came to our area. The Asheville Moonshiners began playing in 1897. The team took the name the Tourists in 1915. You might have seen the Tourists in the movie Bull Durham. Crash Davis, played by Kevin Costner's breaks the all-time minor league home run record with the Tourists toward the end of the movie. The Asheville Tourists are in the Class A South Atlantic League. They are a farm team of the Colorado Rockies. The Tourists are an exciting team to watch. They were league champions in 2014.

Baseball Package: Box seats at a Tourists game; a team with a history longer than our Inn's, league champions in 2014 and featured in the movie Bull Durham.

Friday May 22, Saturday May 23 & Sunday May 24 - White Squirrel Festival in Brevard

This nutty Memorial Day Weekend festival has a little bit for everyone; two and a half days of great live music and over eight blocks of street vendors, food vendors, merchants, artists, craftsmen, potters, painters, games and kid’s activities. The White Squirrel Festival in Downtown Brevard, NC is the perfect way to experience everything this charming mountain community has to offer

Saturday May 23 & Sunday May 24 - Garden Jubilee

Garden Jubilee is Hendersonville’s premier lawn & garden show, and one of the largest gardening shows in the Western North Carolina. It is a spectacular two day festival. More than 200 vendor spaces lining Main Street.

Saturday, May 23rd - Jump Off Rock Music Festival

Experience two great bands at the best scenic venue WNC offers.
Gates open at 4:00 PM with The Nightcrawler Band. Dashboard Blue performs from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Tickets are $10 per person.  Bring food, beverage of your choice, and lawn chairs. Beer and wine welcome.  

Night of May 23 - Comet 209P/LINEAR Meteor Shower

Have you seen a meteor shower? This area is a wonderful place to see shooting stars. The overlooks on the parkway are ideal or just drive far enough out of town and look up. Find any dark, secluded spot where oncoming car headlights will not periodically ruin your night vision. If it's dark enough to see the big dipper, it's dark enough to see falling stars. But, the darker it is, the more stars you can see and the more shooting stars you will see.

Monday, May 25, 2015 - Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival

A free music festival held on the grounds of Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock, NC. The festival honors Carl Sandburg's folk music collection, The American Songbag.

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Western North Carolina Air Museum
1340 Gilbert Street, Hendersonville, NC.
Wednesday and Sunday Noon until 5:00; Saturday 10:00 until 5:00 pm
Come back in time to the Western North Carolina Air Museum. You won't find airplanes under glass. You won't find velvet ropes to keep you away. You won't find guards and ticket sellers and concessionaires.You'll only find airplanes and people who love them.
Admission and Parking are free.

Golden Age "Coming of the Railroad" Exhibit
Henderson County Heritage Museum
1 Historic Courthouse Square , Hendersonville NC
Apple Valley Model Railroad Club's replica of the Saluda Mountain Grade, the steepest main-line standard gauge railroad in the United States, will be on display, along with other artifacts; & the Civil War Exhibit, artifacts of military weaponry & uniforms dating back to the war; Henderson County Heritage Museum, free to the public.

Turn of the Century Country Store Exhibit
Henderson County Heritage Museum
1 Historic Courthouse Square , Hendersonville NC
A continuation of The Golden Age with a turn of the century county store. The Shepard store is complete with a video host from the past.

Civil War Exhibit
Henderson County Heritage Museum
1 Historic Courthouse Square , Hendersonville NC
A commemoration of the sesquicentennial anniversary of the American Civil War. An extensive collection of never-before-seen military weaponry & accoutrements, dating back 150 years.

Team ECCO Ocean Center and Aquarium
511 N Main Street, Hendersonville, NC.
Join Team ECCO for a visit under the sea, check out cool fish, and meet some awesome young marine biologists! This local aquarium houses over 75 species of marine and fresh water animals including turtles, tortoises, lizards, geckos, lion fish, eels, sting rays, marine invertebrates, budding soft corals, puffers, clowns, dwarf angels, butterflies, and upside down jellies! A shark research project is monitoring the development of 2 bamboo shark pups. Team ECCO is staffed by volunteers, mostly students, who will answer your questions, guide you, or tell you cool facts.
$3.00 per person

Historic Johnson Farm
3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville, NC
Take a guided tour, visit the animals, wander the nature trails or picnic at Historic Johnson Farm. There are 10 historic structures on 15 acres of forest, fields and streams.
September through May Tuesday - Friday
June through August Monday - Thursday
Tours for the public are at 10:30 am.  Tour fees are $5 for adults, $3 for students K-12, and preschoolers are free.
The grounds are free and open to the public for walking on operating days.

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