Best Family Friendly Events this Summer in Asheville, NC

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Asheville is a great place to raise a family, and in the summer, the number of family-friendly events really soars. Hawthorne at Weaverville is conveniently located in Weaverville, NC, not far from Asheville, which makes it easy to enjoy all the city has to offer. Here are some of the top upcoming events that you'll want to consider adding to your summer calendar:
Asheville Drum Circle
Every Friday night throughout the summer you can catch the Drum Circle, a free musical event that takes place at Pritchard Park's outdoor amphitheatre. At the event, drummers will create a circle and play their rhythms while onlookers enjoy the sounds. You're welcome to bring your own drum to the festivities if you wish! Your kids will enjoy seeing the many variety of drums that are present at the festival, and you'll enjoy spending some time outdoors in the Asheville area.
Ride the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad
Grab the kids and head to Asheville to take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. While you can ride all year long, on Independence Day you can experience the Freedom Train. At 7:00 p.m., the Freedom Train will leave from the Bryson City Depot and travel along the Nantahala Gorge Excursion route. After the ride, you'll return in time to catch the Bryson City's Freedom Fest fireworks.
NC Gold Festival
Head to the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort for the NC Gold Festival. Your kids can try their hands at panning for "gold," take a scavenger hunt, go geocaching, or tour the exhibits, and you can enjoy the many vendors that come. This festival is scheduled for June 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday Night Lights
Do you have a horse lover in the family? Every Saturday from June 3 through August 26, head to the Tryon International Equestrian Center to watch exceptional show jumping. Kids activities, entertainment, carousel rides, and food will be available, and admission is free.
As you can see, there's plenty to keep your family busy this summer. Make your schedule now, before the summer months get away from you!

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