Top Asheville NC Mountain Winter Events
January 1, 2014: Start the year with a fun adventure by jumping into chilly Lake Lure to help raise money for the local fire department. Or just watch the fun with some hot chocolate! Read more about the Polar Plunge.
Big Band & Swing Dance Weekend at Grove Park Inn
January 17-18, 2014: Bring your dancing shoes and hit the floor for a weekend of great Big Band & Swing Dance music at Grove Park Inn. This is a “don’t miss” weekend for those who value and treasure the Big Band era of music and dance! Event activities for package holders include dance instruction, an exclusive afternoon tea dance, and two nights full of amazing performances by the NC Revelers and The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra. Other weekend offerings include guided historical tours of the hotel, chair massages, and live music throughout the resort. Click here to visit their Web site.
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
January 23-26, 2014: This avant-garde festival pushes the boundaries of artistic endeavor through a variety of media: dance, words spoken and unspoken, visual, theatre, picha kucha and others. See our Asheville Fringe Arts Festival Guide.
All That Jazz Weekend at Grove Park Inn
January 24-25, 2014: The Grove Park Inn jazz lovers’ weekend has earned national recognition as one of the premiere jazz festivals of the Southeast. Evening and afternoon concerts in the Grand Ballroom along with fun activities and live music throughout the rest of the resort make this a weekend that will satisfy even the most discriminating jazz enthusiast. Other resort activities include guided historical tours of the hotel, chair massages, and much more! Click here to visit their Web site.
Winter Warmer Beer Festival
January 25, 2014: Features specialty brews from the Asheville area as well as breweries from other states. Local chefs offering food pairings. Live music. Get advance tickets since it usually sells out. For tickets, go to their Web site.
Celtic Adventure Weekend at Grove Park Inn
January 31-February 1, 2014: Passion, artistry and skill collide during this dream weekend for lovers of all things Celtic. Celebrate the Scottish-Irish heritage of Western North Carolina with the finest in music with a concert with Seven Nations and Gaelic Storm. Other weekend activities include Scottish Border Collie sheepdog trial demonstrations, Celtic vendors, chair massages, guided history tours, and live Celtic music throughout the Inn. Click here to visit their Web site.
Asheville Restaurant Week
January 21-27, 2014: Special fixed-price menus and meal deals at participating restaurants for lunch and/or dinner: $15 two-course lunch option; $20 two-course dinner; or $30 three-course dinner. 131 Main, Carmel's Kitchen & Bar, Chai Pani, Chestnut, Corner Kitchen, Cucina 24 Restaurant, Curate, Fig Bistro, Frankie Bones, Moose Café, Native Kitchen & Social Club, Nona Mia Ritrovo, Pack's Tavern, Posana Café, Red Stag Grill, Rezaz Restaurant & Wine Bar, Ruth's CHRIS Steak House, Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro, Sunny Point Café, The Blackbird, The Cantina Biltmore, The Lobster Trap, The Market Place, Vincenzo's, Wild Wing Cafe. Coordinated by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.
Mardi Gras Parade
March 2, 2014: Asheville's Mardi Gras Parade is presented by the Mystic Mountain Krewe, an all-volunteer community based organization made up of New Orleans ex-pats, and aficionados of that culture! Read all about the Mardi Gras Celebration!
Asheville Bluegrass First Class Festival
February 14-16, 2014: This annual festival features plenty of bluegrass music and jamming. See our Asheville Bluegrass First Class Festival Guide.
February 7-March 2, 2014: Asheville Community Theatre in downtown presents Cabaret. The scene is the Kit Kat Club, a night club in Berlin, as the 1920 ′s are drawing to a close and the Nazis are beginning their rise to power in Germany. Cliff, a young American writer, visits the sleazy Kit Kat Club and meets an English singer, Sally Bowles. Cliff and Sally fall in love, but when the political climate changes, they are forced to make choices that will forever impact their lives. Go to their Web site.
February 15, 2014: Held at Burnsville's Town Center,
RiddleFest is a day of musical education and activities honoring Yancey County native Lesley Riddle, a talented African-American musician who traveled the Southeast with
legendary A.P. Carter from 1929-1934 documenting and recording the earliest forms of country music.
This year's event focuses on capturing mountain life via story and song. At 1 PM, Michael Reno Harrell demonstrates how to take family memories and turn them into stories and songs revealing life in the southern Appalachians. Laura Boosinger of Madison County will look at the ballad as a musical form used to transmit community values from one generation to the next. Free. Concert at 7 PM.
Arts & Crafts Conference at Grove Park Inn
February 21-23, 2014: Arts and Crafts enthusiasts, including new collectors, veterans, curators, craftspersons, authors, builders, architects, designers, editors, and bungalow owners gather for workshops, tours, crafts show and more. See our Arts & Crafts Conference Guide.
Black Mountain Marathon & Mt. Mitchell Challenge
February 22, 2014 (Races are full, plan for 2015!): The event for the elite athlete or weekend warrior! Begin at dawn in Black Mountain and run up the mountains. With a starting altitude of 2,360', the elevation gain for this 40-mile run is 4,324 feet on a demanding course run over rugged mountain terrain under potentially life-threatening winter weather conditions to reach the Mt. Mitchell 6,684' summit. For more, go to their Web site.
Asheville Small Plate Crawl
February 25-27, 2014: Sample the best of our culinary scene at the Asheville Small Plate Crawl!
Comedy Classic Weekend at Grove Park Inn
March 7-8, 2014: It’s a weekend of a thousand laughs, as the Grove Park Inn hosts two nights of sidesplitting comedy. Hosted by Sid Davis, Friday night features comedians Nate Bargatze, Carmen Lynch, Bengt Washburn, Mike E. Winfield and Gary Gulman. The laughter continues on Saturday night with performances by Andrew Norelli, Patti Vasquez, Pete Lee and John Heffron. Other event activities include guided historical tours of the hotel, chair massages, live music throughout the resort and much more! Click here to visit their Web site.
SoCon Basketball Tournament
March 7-10, 2014: Catch an exciting game at the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament in Asheville. Read more.
Biltmore Blooms festival of flowers
March 20-May 23, 2014: Stunning floral displays across the estate as spring unfolds.
See our Biltmore Blooms festival of flowers Guide.
Orchid Show and Sale
March 22-23, 2014: This popular show at the NC Arboretum features hundreds of orchids, education classes, plant and supply vendors. See our Orchid Show Guide.
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