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 Restaurant Week
January 21-27, 2014: Special fixed-price menus and meal deals at participating restaurants:
Dinner: $30 Three-Course Meal for One Person: 131 Main, All Souls Pizza, The Blackbird Restaurant, The Bull & Beggar, Carmel's Kitchen & Bar, Chestnut, Chorizo Latin Fare, Corner Kitchen, Cucina 24, Cúrate, Fig Bistro, The Junction, Lexington Avenue Brewery, The Market Place Restaurant & Lounge, Modesto Trattoria, Posana Café, Red Stag Grill, Rhubarb, Ruth's CHRIS Steak House, Seven Sows Bourbon & Larder, Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro, Table, Vincenzo's Ristorante & Bistro
Dinner: $30 Meal for Two People: Chai Pani, Green Tea Sushi & Japanese Restaurant Pizza Pura, Vincenzo's Ristorante & Bistro
Dinner $20 Meal for Two People: The Local Taco, White Duck Taco Shop
Brunch/Lunch: $15 Two-Course for One Person: 131 Main, All Souls Pizza, Another Broken Egg, The Blackbird Restaurant, Chestnut, Chorizo Latin Fare, Corner Kitchen, Cúrate, Edison, Craft Ales & Kitchen, Modesto Trattoria, Rhubarb, Table, White Duck Taco Shop
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 24-26, 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. Concerts by Billy the Kid and the Outlaws featuring Rockell Scott and Grammy-nominated saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Gerald Albright. 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.
Be the Dinosaur: Life in the Cretaceous
January 27-May 18, 2014: Special exhibit at the NC Arboretum. Read more.
Celtic Adventure Weekend at Grove Park Inn
January 31-February 2, 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. Click here to visit their Web site.
Broadway Musical: Cabaret
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.
Valentine's Star Gazing & Tour
February 14: Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) special Valentine's star gazing event includes an evening of storytelling involving love stories associated with the night sky, followed by a tour of the campus and a trip to the PARI Exhibit Gallery and observing session. Begins at 7 PM. Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3 PM on the 14th. $20 per adult, $15 for seniors/military. Read more about PARI.
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.
Valentine's Day Hot Chocolate Bar at the NC Arborteum
February 15: Warm up with a steamy cup of hot chocolate from the NC Arboretum gourmet hot chocolate bar, and sample decadent truffles and flavored chocolates from Gibson Confections as you settle in for a dulcimer performance by Don Pedi. 1 PM. $25/person. Reservations are required, call 828-665-2492.
The Peanuts Valentine Express & Sweetheart Train
February 15: Ride the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad with Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy as they travel along the Tuckasegee River to Dillsboro, where there will be a 1.5-hour layover to browse the shops. While this scenic train ride is great for families and children, they have a great option for couples in Adult First Class with a delicious lunch served by a private car attendant. Read more about the Great Smoky Railroad.
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!
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!
Comedy Classic Weekend at Grove Park Inn
March 7-9, 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. 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. After the conclusion of Friday's (7th) games, SoCon Overtime will take place at the Grove Arcade 6-9 PM, featuring local restaurants, breweries and musicians. Admission is free. Purchase special tokens for food and drink. Read more.
Organic Growers School Spring Conference
March 8-9, 2014: This one-of-a-kind event at UNC-Asheville that brings people of all walks of life together for a weekend of learning and networking. Pick from 70 classes and hands on workshops on a variety of topics, from starting your first vegetable garden, baking bread, and saving on home energy costs, to raising your own goat herd. Get down-to-earth, practical advice on growing and sustainable living, while remaining affordable and accessible to anyone wanting to participate. Go to their web site.
Fire on the Rock Competition Dining
March 10-31, 2014: Savor a six-course menu by two chefs and judge them as they compete for this fun statewide competition. All dinners at Biltmore Estate. See our Competition Dining Guide.
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 29-30, 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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