Asheville Burlesque and Sideshow Festival

What is ABSFest?

What is



The Asheville Burlesque & Sideshow Festival is a multi-day event held during Memorial Day Weekend at venues across Asheville, NC. We offer up incredible shows, empowering workshops, artisanal vending and FREE community lectures. Nominated for Best Show in the Mountain Xpress Readers Choice Awards, ABSFest has attracted renowned circus and burlesque artists from across the US and overseas.

Take a class, enjoy a show, and join us in our 15th year of Keeping Asheville Weird!


We are always seeking a blend of burlesque and variety arts with a focus on the witty, empowered and political, as expressed through diverse bodies, skin tones, and gender identities.


Our application deadline for ABSFest is February 1, 2024.


Performer Application

Looking for artists for our shows: the Friday Speakeasy, the Saturday Spectacular, and the Burlesque Brunch!
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Vendor Application

The Saturday Spectacular usually brings in 400 patrons, and a handful of lovingly chosen vendors like you.
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2024 Events

Whether you want tickets to the shows, or to sign up for workshops, you're in the right place! 

2024 Show Schedule & Tickets

Thursday, May 23
Friday, May 24
Saturday, May 25
Sunday, May 26

Show Schedule

2024 Workshops

ABSFest is proud to offer burlesque, circus, & business workshops. Open to all levels! 
Sign Up Here