Great question! In today’s world, it’s up to all of us to create the next generation of compassionate, authentic and mission-driven men. Fatherhood is much more than having babies. It’s our collective responsibility to mentor and create a nurturing environment for all children to grow up in an equitable community. Join us!

All of us! We are all responsible for creating the kind of community we want to be part of. How men show up in the world begins with what our children learn in their families, from the media, in their schools and from their peers. Women and men share equal roles in determining how we communicate, maintain relationships, respect one another and welcome diversity. We all have much to share. We all have much to learn. Come be part of this journey.

We all want strong, protective, loving fathers. Some of us have that experience. Some do not. Come share your experience, whatever it was. Together, our collective wisdom can move us in a good direction. We need you to be part of this discussion.

Absolutely not! Women play an important role in directing how men and fathers show up in the world. And aspects of fatherhood lie all along the gender spectrum. The next generation stands on all of our shoulders. The festival welcomes and has activities for all adults and the children that make up that next generation. What will we model for them?

Absolutely yes! For many, this may be an opportunity to have that discussion you’ve always wanted to have. Or maybe another chance to share your gratitude for the man your father has been. Or maybe, your dad has some wisdom to impart to the rest of us. Or just bring him to have some fun! We would love to meet him!

The more, the merrier! There will be lots of activities for children of all ages. Our goal is to engage kids and their parents/guardians/mentors/friends in age-appropriate exploration and celebration of those relationships. Games, art, music, sharing circles, photos, letters… plenty to choose from! This will be a great way to celebrate Father’s Day!

Sorry, no. City utilities dictates they be on or off for the whole 12 hour cycle. Water and amps don’t mix well so…

Sorry, no. Asheville City regulations prohibit pets. (Don’t tell them you are out having fun…)


Please be respectful of other festival-goers and performers in taking and sharing photos.

Admission to the festival is FREE and open to the public. Food and beverages will be for sale, as will our awesome festival T-shirts and CDs and other musician fare. Cash and credit cards will be accepted. Nearby banks have ATMs.

We are bringing in vendors to provide a range of small plate options. We have asked them to post clearly which dishes meet the various dietary categories.

Highland Brewing Company will feature their “Better Dads Fest Golden Lager” as well as other craft brews. To purchase alcohol, you will need to show ID, get a wristband and purchase beer tickets at the main festival booth. No outside alcohol is permitted. Please no drinking near the Veterans Memorial.

The festival will go on! Most booths, vendors and performers will be under canopy. If rain is predicted, we will do our best to provide shelter for activities. Check the forecast and bring an umbrella if needed!

Yes, we will have plenty of portable toilets, including wheelchair accessible ones. Ok, they’re still porta-potties! Plan accordingly!!

Roger McGuire Green is generally wheelchair friendly. If there is a special accommodation you need, please let us know by submitting a REQUEST.

Yes, we welcome blankets and low profile camp chairs. You may bring your own lunch, but we invite you to support our festival food vendors, who are all local businesses that support our community and have invested in and support the vision of the Better Dads Festival.

Ahhh, music to our ears!! We will need lots of volunteers to help set-up and break-down, act as guest service representatives, run activities and help sell beer. We also welcome help in advance planning and follow-up on our outcomes assessment. Your reward? A free Better Dads Festival T-shirt and knowing you are making a difference! Let us know where you’d like to help by clicking on our VOLUNTEER link.