Things to Do in Asheville, NC

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Find the latest events and happenings in Western North Carolina, and post your own events on our free Community Event Calendar. Whether it’s business, fun, recreational, church, non-profit or any other community event in Asheville, Hendersonville, Weaverville, Black Mountain, or other surrounding communities, our calendar is the place to be!

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Biltmore Estate

Visit Biltmore in Asheville, NC, a National Historic Landmark with America’s largest home, gardens, winery, and world-class luxury Inn.  Truly an experience not to be missed when on a visit to our area.

Grove Arcade

Built by E.W. Grove, the visionary and creator of the Grove Park Inn, the Grove Arcade opened in 1929 and thrived until World War II as one of the country’s leading public markets. The historically renovated Grove Arcade reopened to the public in 2002 as a destination featuring boutique shopping and exciting dining in a beloved downtown architectural wonder.

Beer City USA

Asheville is well known for it’s beer scene. Crowned “Beer City USA” for multiple years, it’s hard not to find a brew you will love crafted right here in the Asheville metro area. Find a brewery on the Asheville Ale Trail Map.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

Whether you delight in the challenge of a strenuous hike to the crest of a mountain or prefer to sit quietly and watch the sun set, Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers a myriad of activities for you to enjoy. The hardest part may be choosing which auto tour, trail, waterfall, overlook, or historic area to explore!

Blue Ridge Parkway

Experiencing “America’s Favorite Drive” The Blue Ridge Parkway is designed for a slow paced and relaxing drive, revealing the natural and cultural history here in the southern mountains. Winter views can be spectacular before spring leaves come on the trees.

Colburn Earth Science Museum

Founded in 1960, the Colburn is WNC’s only Earth science museum. Visit our Hall of Minerals, History of WNC Mining exhibit, Weather Climate and You exhibit, cut gemstones, fossils, our Crystal Pocket gift shop and

The North Carolina Arboretum

Just as our experience of nature is intimate, visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum connect with plants in personal ways that are as diverse and rich as the land itself. Whether you enjoy strolling through gardens, exploring exhibits, enriching your mind or hiking and biking, the Arboretum offers activities for all ages.

Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock is the natural fulfillment of your trip to the North Carolina mountains. Take a deep breath of refreshing mountain air, become invigorated by our hiking trails, and let your cares fade away in the cool mist of Hickory Nut Falls. This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. Only minutes from Lake Lure, Chimney Rock offers the best of the mountains in one place – spectacular 75-mile views, hiking trails for all ages, a 404-foot waterfall, a variety of special events and much more. Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park is proud to be part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and is located just 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina.

North Carolina Gem Mining 

Click the link above for locations for Gem Mining in North Carolina and unleash your inner rockhound!

WNC Waterfalls

Experience the natural beauty and power of Waterfalls in Western North Carolina. Make sure you pack your bathing suit, some snacks and your hiking shoes!

Hiking in Western North Carolina

The natural beauty of Western Norh Carolina is well known, and best experienced in person. There are more places to go hiking around the Asheville area than you can imagine, but here is a great guide to Hiking near Asheville, NC

Live Music 

Jam with Live Bands and Performers across the Asheville Metro Area, home to a Diverse and Vibrant Music Scene! You are sure to find what you like in the area at Asheville Music Guide