Things To Do In Asheville
Golf Courses Asheville
Golf is one of the favorite activities in Western North Carolina and you can find a multitude of available courses open to the public. Here are a few: Broadmoor Golf Links just a short jaunt to Fletcher (near the Asheville Airport) for an 18 hole course with no out of bounds regions and 3 tee options. Asheville Municipal Golf Course (with easy-on-the-wallet greens fees) is one of the oldest golf courses in Western North Carolina designed by Donald Ross opened for play in 1927. Crowne Plaza Asheville Golf Course is a 9 hole course very close to downtown Asheville. High Vista Country Club has 18 holes and is 15 minutes to both Asheville and Hendersonville and 5 minutes to the airport. Poised on the hillside of Mills River, you have 360 degree views of the mountains and valleys. The Grove Park Inn played by PGA stars Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus and even President Obama is an 18 hole course in North Asheville. After enjoying this historic course, retire to the sunset veranda or go for a swim in the lap pool blanketed with 6,500 fiber-optic stars and underwater music. Their award-winning spa is sure to please.
LaZoom Comedy Tours
Take a comedy tour of Asheville with LaZoom Tours. Sure to make you LOL, the crew at LaZoom puts on a great show while telling you details of the city of Asheville’s history. You can bring your own alcohol to enjoy while on the bus. Don’t worry, they do make a pit stop! Book one of three tours, The City Comedy Tour that takes you around downtown Asheville as well as through city neighborhoods for $24/person. Walk downtown with the Haunted Comedy Tour at $21/person or get on the bus for the Band and Beer tour at $29/person.
The Biltmore Estate
Attracting more than one million visitors per year, the Biltmore Estate is one of the oldest and largest private estates in America. On 8,000 acres of French Broad River front property, visitors love being able to walk the trails or take a horse back ride. In the winter, Biltmore puts on the glitz in a grand show of Christmas celebration. Don’t miss the conservatory where you can find orchids blooming and tropical plants. It’s a nice respite from the cold. Seasonal passes allow you to attend summer concerts on the lawn and walking or biking the trails amongst the giant sunflowers. Go on a self-guided tour or schedule an exclusive one-on-one tour. The Biltmore Estate offers 15 venues to get a bite to eat between Antler Hill, The Biltmore Inn, Deerpark and The Biltmore House and Gardens. They also offer a winery tour. See their dining venues here: Dining
The NC Arboretum
Spend an afternoon at the North Carolina Arboretum and stroll through the gardens of botanically diverse life. Located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, the Arboretum offers 65 acres of cultivated gardens, including the Bonsai Exhibition Garden and the National Native Azalea Collection. Discover and learn with their many educational hands-on programs. They have 10 miles of hiking, biking and pet-friendly trails both easy and more difficult to traverse. Geocaching has become a popular activity and the NC Arboretum has it’s own surprises. Grab a bite to eat or visit their gift store for goodies for the grand kids. Planning a wedding soon? The Arboretum can provide that too!
Amazing Pubcycle Tour
Need a little shenanigans while you’re here? Have a few laughs while pedaling around Asheville on a pub tour or bring your own beverage of beer or wine with the Amazing Pubcycle Tour.
Zip Lines In Asheville
There are several zip-lining adventures in Asheville. Choose from French Broad Zip Lines, which offers over 1 mile of cable in canopy tours and 10 separate zip lines. Or check out the Adventure Center of Asheville located at the Crowne Plaza Resort with 4 different zip line tours. Or take the ultimate adventure in ziplining at the Navitat Canopy Tours.
Pritchard Park Drum Circle
If you’re heading downtown for a meal on Friday night, don’t miss the Pritchard Park drum circle. Fun for all ages, the drum circle has become a family outing during the summer. You don’t have to bring a drum, just bring a good attitude and possibly some dancing shoes. Surrounding restaurants with accolades include Mayfel’s, Jerusalem Garden Cafe, Kathmandu Cafe, Tupelo Honey Cafe, The Lobster Trap and Chorizo.
Asheville Art in the Park – Pack Square
Repeats every week 3 times. Saturday, June 11, 2016
Downtown After Five – Pack Square
Friday, June 17, 2016 – Every Third Friday May-Sept
Enjoy free live music and purchase food and beer from local vendors. Downtown After 5 brings national, regional and local bands to the stage on Lexington Avenue.
WNC Daylily Flower Show – NC Arboretum
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Hundreds of daylilies will be on display and for sale at the North Carolina Arboretum. This is just one of the beautiful exhibits during the summer at the Arboretum.
Shindig on the Green – UNCA Lawn
Repeats every week 4 times. Saturday, July 2, 2016
Free concerts on Saturday nights proves popular with local families. Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina and abroad gather to share the region’s stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and finger foods to enjoy this outdoor concert series.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands – U.S. Cellular Center
Thursday, July 21, 2016 to Sunday, July 24, 2016
The Craft Fair showcases work by over 900 members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild. Members’ works must be juried and accepted by a committee of peers, based on quality, design and craftsmanship.
LEAF Downtown Asheville – Pack Square
Saturday, July 30, 2016 to Sunday, July 31, 2016
Enjoy free International music festival with three stages of music, food trucks and 90 local and artisan vendors.
Mountain Dance & Folk Festival
Thursday, August 4, 2016 to Saturday, August 6, 2016
Old-time and Bluegrass music and dancing are the center of this festival happening the first weekend of August in downtown Asheville.
Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 to Saturday, August 13, 2016
The largest stand-up comedy event in the southeast happens in downtown Asheville.
Riverfest – French Broad River Park
Saturday, August 13, 2016
At the French Broad River Park in West Asheville you can enjoy free live music and dancing. Fun for the whole family with face painting, food trucks, craft beers, and arts and crafts. Don’t miss the Anything that Floats Parade competition.
Asheville Wine & Food Festival
Friday, August 19, 2016 to Saturday, August 20, 2016
This weekend festival offers the finest regional, national, and international wines. Pair the foods accordingly with exceptional local restaurant fare, craft beer and spirits.
Organicfest – Pack Square
Sunday, August 28, 2016 10 AM-6 PM
With live music, organic local food and beer, cooking demos, samplings, natural arts and crafts. Free admission.