Biltmore Village Art and Craft Fair
August 3 & 4, 2013
The annual Village Art & Craft Fair is the area's premier outdoor art and craft fair with 120 exhibitors representing all media. The Fair draws thousands of eager shoppers from the Southeast to the beautiful tree-covered grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village. No admission, rain or shine. Saturday, 10 AM-7 PM & Sunday, Noon-6 PM. See our Village Art Craft Fair Guide.
Dickens Festival at Biltmore Village
November 29-December 1, 2013
Historic Biltmore Village transforms itself into a quaint Victorian village on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of December. Enjoy three days of concerts, refreshments, horsedrawn carriage rides, and strolling vocalists and instrumentalists in costumes of the period. The stage will be filled continuously with musicians, choral groups, singers, dancers, and the Montford Park Players performing scenes from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This year, the Festival will feature more than 300 performers who, after their stage segment, will rove throughout the Village entertaining on the streets and in the shops and restaurants. And when dusk turns into evening, the more than 250,000 white lights outlining the historic buildings will combine with the streetlights to enhance the ambiance. Shops will stay open both evenings until 7 PM with many of the shopkeepers dressed in Victorian-era garb. Free admission.
Performances Friday 5-7 PM, Saturday 11 AM-7 PM, Sunday 1-5 PM
Biltmore Village, located across from the entrance to Biltmore Estate, is home to more than 40 shops (mostly local with some national retailers like Chicos, White House Black Market and Williams-Sonoma) and 10 cafes and restaurants in Asheville. Most businesses are housed in historic cottages and buildings. Tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks and period architecture (including the Cathedral of All Souls) make the area a delight to stroll through and explore.
Village shops and galleries offer a diverse selection of merchandise, from one-of-a-kind decorative and functional craft items, to original artwork, custom-designed jewelry, clothing, home accessories, antiques and more. Galleries include Bellagio wearable art, Blue handblown glass and handcrafted jewelry and the big New Morning Gallery.
Cafes and restaurants at Biltmore Village present a wide variety of dining options, from Starbucks Coffee, the Village Tea Room, Rezaz Mediterranean, Neo Cantina Southwestern, Corner Kitchen and fine dining at the Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Many antique stores are nearby.
To reach Biltmore Village from downtown Asheville, take Biltmore Avenue south two miles. From I-40, take exit 50 and go 1/2 mile north (follow signs toward Biltmore Estate).
There is free parking throughout the Village. Most shops are open Monday-Saturday, 10 AM to 5:30 or 6 PM and Sunday 1 to 5 PM. Many businesses extend hours for holidays.
Biltmore Village History
Biltmore Village is a classic planned community, constructed in the late 1890s at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate. Originally designed as a picturesque residential prelude to the Estate, the Village recreates the quaint atmosphere of an English community. The streets are laid out in a fan shape. Most of the streets are short, terminating at the outer edge of the "fan," giving the Village a geographically self-contained design. The diagonal streets were designed to emphasize depth and create sight lines between focal points of the Village - the depot, the church and the Esate entrance.
Construction of Biltmore Village took place between 1897-1905, and the cottages were occupied as rental units beginning in 1900. Biltmore Village was declared a historic area and a local historic district in 1989.
For more shopping and art, nearby are Downtown Asheville and the River Arts District.
New Morning Gallery's 12,000 square foot showroom features American artists
Fabulous contemporary art at Bella Vista.
(See our Gallery Guide)
Bellagio "wearable art gallery"