The Asheville area is home to over 15 local tailgate markets, all selling farm-fresh produce and artisan wares. Every week during market season, you’ll find artists, bakers, farmers, cheese makers, and more congregating to provide the best in locally-made products. Here are a few to visit during your stay:
Asheville City Market (Downtown)
Saturdays 8 AM-12 Noon, April-December
You’ll find this popular market between Woodfin Street and East Walnut Street. Free parking for Asheville City Market is available at the HomeTrust Bank lot and the lot across from the YMCA at 35 Woodfin Street. This market is held outside until the 3rd Saturday in December (with special holiday hours) before it moves indoors to the Asheville Masonic Temple during the winter.
Asheville City Market (South)
Wednesdays 12-4 PM, April-October
This is a mid-week market operated by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), and it’s located off Long Shoals Road on I-26 (Exit 27) in the center of Biltmore Park on Town Square Boulevard.
North Asheville Tailgate Market
Saturdays 8 AM-12 PM, April-November
This is the area's oldest market with 40+ of the best farmers, bakers, growers, chefs, and artists who offer a wide range of products. It’s located on UNCA’s Campus on Commuter Lot #C. You should enter UNCA from WT Weaver Blvd. via a traffic circle onto University Heights, and then you’ll see the market on the first lot to the right.
West Asheville Tailgate Market
Tuesdays 3:30-6:30 PM, April-November
It’s located at 718 Haywood Road, Asheville
East Asheville Tailgate Market
Fridays 3-6 PM, May-September
It’s located at 954 Tunnel Road, Asheville
River Arts District Farmers Market
Wednesdays 3-6 PM
This “producer-only” market offers sustainably grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, wood-fired bread, and an amazing selection of meats, goat cheese, and handmade soaps. It’s located at 175 Clingman Avenue in the River Arts District.
Black Mountain Tailgate Market
Saturdays 9 AM-12 Noon, May-October
It’s located behind the First Baptist Church in Black Mountain at 130 Montreat Rd.
Henderson County Tailgate Market
Saturdays 8 AM-12 Noon, April-October
One of the oldest open-air markets in Western North Carolina, this unique market has a festival feel, with local growers who operate small family farms in Henderson County. It’s located at 100 North King Street in downtown Hendersonville.
Farmer's Markets & Tailgates keep the spirit of community alive—from the regionally-grown vegetables to the handcrafted wooden tables to gather around and enjoy them on. Get a true taste of local culture by visiting one of these markets during your mountain vacation!