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

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!

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The Biltmore

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Hours vary

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.

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Tryon International Equestrian Center

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Hours vary

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.

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Omni Grove Park Inn

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Hours vary

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!

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Main Street Forest City

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Hours vary

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.

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National Guard Armory, East Flat Rock

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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.

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