Ben Knight, Neal Casal and Brent Rademaker of Beachwood Sparks perform live.

AVLFest 2024

AUGUST 01-04, 2024


Asheville’s citywide, comprehensive music festival returns for a second season.

Most major cities have one or two music festivals going in any given year, but Asheville’s AVLFest isn’t just a single event at a single venue. This festival takes the city by storm and features more than 200 artists at more than 20 venues around Asheville, including concert halls, clubs and outdoor parks. The Asheville Music Hall, The Outpost and The Cellar at Haywood Park Hotel are a few of these venues, giving you a choice between an acoustic set at a small, intimate microbrewery or a dance party at a performing arts center. The music, too, covers an enormous range, from your typical Appalachian folk rock to cosmic jazz and everything in between. At AVLFest, it’s all about options.

A few of those musical options include River Whyless, Blitzen Trapper and Papadosio. The inaugural AVLFest in 2023 saw performances by Dylan Leblanc, Indigo De Souza and Dustbowl Revival. With so many diverse local venues to choose from, the food and drink options are also limitless. Crunchy shrimp at The Odd, a Scotch egg at Jack of the Woods and a kava cocktail at Sovereign Kava are all on the menu. For locals, AVLFest is a celebration of beloved establishments and hometown artists. For visitors, it’s the perfect introduction to Asheville.

The Specs

  • AVLFest does not publish its attendance numbers.
  • Weekend GA passes are $135 and VIP passes are $250. Day passes are not available at the time of writing.
  • Check out our list of best things to do in Asheville.


Which airport is closest to the festival grounds?

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is 12 miles away.

What is the bag policy?

There is no official bag policy, but the festival is held across more than 20 venues, so check each venue individually.

Is the festival ADA accessible?

The festival takes place across more than 20 venues, so check each venue individually.

Which artists are on the festival lineup?

This year’s lineup includes 81 Drifters, Adam Chase & Friends, After Ours, Alex Krug Combo, Amanda Neill & The Blue Roses, Andrew Scotchie, Andrew Thelston Band, Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos, Appalachian Renegades, Arnold Hill, Ashes & Arrows, Ashley Chambliss, Ashley Heath & Her Heathens, Barrett Davis, Bask, Beachwood Sparks, The Beard Cult, Beekeepers, Billingsley, The Bins, Blitzen Trapper, Boat Command, Boulevards, Brew Davis featuring Nick Dauphinais, Bucko, Carpal Tullar, Chess Club, Chill Paxton, Chris McGinnis, Cigarettes at Sunset, Colby T. Helms, Color Machine, Company Swing, Crys Matthews, Daikaiju, The Dancing Fleas, Dangermuffin, Darren Nicholson Band, The Deathbots, Detective Blind, The Dirty French Broads, DJ Bobby Sparkles, DJ Lil Meow Meow, DJ Mad Mike Martinez, Doss Church & The Unholy Noise, Double Love & The Trouble, Dr. Bacon, Dulci Ellenberger, Dylan Leblanc, Dylan Walshe, Eaze Dogg, E’lon JD, Fancy & The Gentlemen, Fifty Year Flood, Floating Action, Florencia & The Feeling, Freeway Jubilee, Gold Rose, The Greenliners, Gyasi, Hannah Kaminer, Harriers of Discord, The Heavy Heavy, Hex Wizard, The High Divers, Hustle Souls, Isaac Haden Organ Trio, Ivy Eld, Jack Marion & The Pearl Snap Prophets, Jackson Grimm, Jeff Sipe Trio, Jesse Velvet, Jesus Casino, John Kirby & The New Seniors, Jon Charles Dwyer, Jon Stickley Trio, Josh Clark’s Visible Spectrum, Joshua Quimby, Joslyn & The Sweet Compression, The Judy Chops, Julia Sanders, Katie Oates, Keep Flying, Kellin Watson, Keturah Allgood, Kevin Daniel, Kilough, King Lazy Eye, The Lactones, Larry Keel Experience, Lavender Blue, Lazrluvr, Leisure McCorkle, Lew Card, Lo Wolf, The Long Distance Relationship, Life Like Water, Lua Flora, Lurky Skunk, Lyric, Magenta Sunshine, The Maggie Valley Band, Mama & The Ruckus, Mar & The Marmeladies, McKinney, Millie Palmer, Miriam Allen, The Moon & You, The Mother Hips, Myxed Messyngers, Old Sap, Palmyra, Papadosio, Peggy Tarusz, Pick Your Switch, Pink Mercury, The Pinkerton Raid, Pixel Vision, Planefolk, Pleasantly Wild, Pleasure Child, Po’Folk, Polly Panic, Powder Horns, Pretty Little Goat Band, Rahm Squad, Random Animals, River Whyless, Rond, SG Goodman, Shed Bugs, Ska City, Slow Packer, The Snozzberries, Songs from the Road Band, Sounding Arrow, Stevie Tombstone, Strawhouse, Sugar Bomb, Supatight, Susto, Tallboys, Taylor Martin Trio, Time Sawyer, Tina & Her Pony, Toubab Krewe, Town Mountain, Trap Jazz, ¡Tumbao!, Tyler Ramsey, Unspoken Tradition, Vince Junior Band, Virtuous, Viv & Riley, We Have Ignition, Whitney Monge, Yarn, Yesterday’s Clothes, and The Z-Man Experience.




BY Jeremiah David Jenkins