Western NC

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

Outdoor Adventures

Hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, paddling—in our neck of the woods, you'll find every outdoor activity under the sun. Here are a few of the top parks to visit when you need a breath of fresh air: 

  • Chimney Rock State Park
  • Grandfather Mountain
  • Linville Gorge
  • Harper Creek Falls
  • Lake Lure

Top-Notch Dining

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
  • Plant
  • 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

Local Shopping

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

Find Your Fun in Western NC

Our Favorite Upcoming Events

Woodcarvers & Whittlers FestivalOct. 19th

A unique celebration in Downtown Columbus, the Woodcarvers & Whittlers Festival will feature amateur and professional carvers, whittlers, suppliers, demonstrations, and more.

event location

Downtown Columbus

event date

10am - 3pm

4th Fridays TryonOct. 25th

Every fourth Friday of the month, Downtown Tryon comes alive with shopping, dining, and activities. Be sure to check out this month's special festivities!

event location

Downtown Tryon

event date

5pm - 7pm

City of Saluda Halloween Stroll Oct. 31st

Celebrate Halloween in Saluda at the Halloween Stroll! Come out in your best costume and enjoy tasty BBQ, tons of treats, and maybe a few tricks.

event location

Downtown Saluda

event date

4pm - 6pm

Spooktacular Halloween 2019Oct. 31st

If you have any little ghouls, ghosts, or goblins, be sure to bring them to the Spooktacular Halloween celebration in Columbus, where local businesses will be handing out treats and goodies.

event location

Downtown Columbus

event date

4pm - 6pm

Tryon Rolling Art 2019 November 2nd

Tryon's annual car, truck, and motorcycle show, Rolling Art will be celebrating its 8th year of operation.

event location

83 Palmer St

event date

10am - 1pm

Discover Life along 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.


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