Events & Activities
The dramatic backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the towering majesty of the loblolly pine trees, the cool, trickling streams that flow lazily through the foothills—Western NC has to be one of the most breathtaking areas in the country. But it's not just the scenic beauty that makes life here so one-of-a-kind—it's also the wide variety of things to do and explore, from locally owned breweries to vibrant art museums to bustling community events.
Whether you're new to the communities of Western NC or are just looking for the best upcoming events, let this page be your guide to all of the local activities and happenings! Looking to find your new home in the area? Just give the experts at Cielo Real Estate a call!
Things to Do in Western NC
All of that outdoor recreation? It tends to work up an appetite. Luckily, you'll find tons of flavors to choose from around Western NC—and some of the best breweries in the country to visit for a nightcap.
- Newman's Restaurant
- High Five Coffee
- New Belgium Brewing Company
- Burial Beer Company
Arts & Culture
Not only does Western NC boast a rich history, we also have a thriving arts and culture scene. From museums to galleries to historic sites, here are the top spots to visit:
- The Biltmore Estate
- Asheville Art Museum
- Asheville Museum of Science
- Asheville Pinball Museum
- Folk Art Center
Handmade art, outdoor gear, clothing and accessories, gifts and trinkets, locally sourced goods—no matter what your'e looking for, you'll likely find a charming local store that can help you out. Here are the can't-miss shops in the area:
- Asheville Emporium
- Appalachian Craft Center
- Dovetails & Rusty Nails
- Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar
- Shoppes Under Main
45th Annual Christmas at the BiltmoreNov. 1st - Jan. 5th
Dozens of Christmas trees, thousands of holiday lights, miles and miles of holiday decor—every year, the Biltmore transforms into a magical winter getaway. Don't forget to check out the festive food and wine menu!
Shadrack’s Christmas WonderlandNov. 15th - Jan. 5th
Get in your car and cruise through 2.5 miles of dazzling light displays, all synchronized to Christmas music on the radio! Once you've taken in the festive wonder, be sure to visit on the weekends for photos with Santa, carousel rides, live music, and more.
Tryon International Equestrian Center
2019 National Gingerbread House Competition™ DisplayNov. 20th - Jan. 2nd
Heading into its 27th year, the National Gingerbread House Competition™ brings chefs, artists, and culinary whizzes from all around to display their most impressive gingerbread works.
Omni Grove Park Inn
Forest City Christmas LightsNov. 28th - Jan. 1st
Enjoy Christmas in a small town as the holiday season takes over Downtown Forest City. You can stroll through the lights on Main Street or hop on a carriage or hay ride any day of the week, and there are also special festive events every weekend!
Main Street Forest City
Christmas Craft ShowDecember 14th
Still looking for the last few gifts or stocking stuffers on your list? Check out the Christmas Craft Show, filled with handmade wares from local artists and vendors, including unique gifts, ornaments, and holiday decor.
National Guard Armory, East Flat Rock
9am - 3pm
Discover Life in the Mountainside
Tons of community endless, endless opportunities to explore, scenic beauty around every corner—there's nothing quite like life in Western NC. Are you hoping to find your new home in one of these charming communities? We can help! Take some time to browse our area guides, checkout our specialized resources for buyers, and give us a call when you're ready to get started.