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Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Explore downtown Asheville’s wonderful shops and specialty stores, art galleries and restaurants, and don’t miss the myriad of craft breweries for which the town is famous!

Don't miss the Asheville Drum Circle, an Asheville tradition that happens every Friday night during the warm-weather months in downtown Asheville's Pritchard Park (at Patton Avenue and College Street). Join in and watch the fun, drum, or dance to your own beat.

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Visit Biltmore Estate and marvel at its stunning interior as well as its gorgeous exterior gardens and hiking/biking trails. You’ll be amazed it was ever a private residence!

While every day is a wonderful time to visit Biltmore Estate, it's most spectacular when adorned with tulips in Spring during Biltmore Blooms or poinsettias during the holiday season.

And if you're looking to tour more sumptuous gardens, hiking/biking trails and see wildlife on display, visit the North Carolina Arboretum.

Take a craft beer tour to experience a variety of Asheville’s outlying craft breweries, including Highland Brewing Company, French Broad Brewery, Pisgah Brewing, Lookout Brewing Company and nationally known Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Mount Mitchell State Park offers a stunning view of the tallest peak east of the Mississippi, and access to numerous hiking trails, a museum, an observation platform and a restaurant, all just 35 minutes up scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Blue Ridge Parkway is a destination in and of itself, with breathtaking views of the mountain range, which is particularly dazzling and colorful in the fall.

Many local companies offer bike rentals and canoe, kayak, rafting, paddle boarding and tubing adventures along the French Broad River. The daring can even zip-line through the mountains!

Several companies offer hot air ballooning excursions over Asheville, providing a memorable view of its lush flora and stately townscapes.

Delightful Annual Events

The third weekend in January welcomes the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival, featuring performing artists as they “explore the edges of their work, to collaborate across genres and bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences.” The festival is unconventional, quirky, interesting and always entertaining.

Are craft breweries your thing? There's no better place to sample local brews than in Asheville, the "Craft Brew Capital of the United States." Discover these fun festivals and local tastes to your heart's content: 

  • Asheville’s “Winter Warmer” Beer Festival unites the craft brewers from Asheville and many from the southeast for an amazing beer-fest. Food and music make this a grand way to spend the 4th Saturday in January.
  • The last Saturday in May, beer lovers rejoice! It’s time for the Beer City Festival, featuring Asheville-area brewers sharing their favorite craft brews and live music all day and into the evening.
  • The third Saturday in September is the Brewgrass Festival, offering more than 50 craft brewers ready to seduce you with their scrumptious suds, plus three Bluegrass bands to provide a fun soundtrack to the festivities.
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Don’t miss the Asheville Oktoberfest every second Saturday in October. The oompah bands, polka dancing and games like the stein race and keg-roll will have you feeling like you’re in a spirited German town. More than a dozen local breweries are in attendance with their signature beers as well as traditional German lagers, and even wine.

The first Sunday in February is the Asheville Mardi Gras, a wild, New Orleans-inspired parade, full of noise, celebration, a little polite mayhem and loads of fun!

Every Memorial Day weekend Asheville hosts the Mountain Sports Festival, a 3-day sports and activities event with running, biking, climbing and other activities, as well as food vendors, craft beer and music. Fabulous fun for the whole family!

If art is your thing, visit Art in the Park, held in the center of Asheville in Pack Square Park on three consecutive Saturdays each June and October. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is that they are all local.

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