Easter Weekend in Asheville & NC Mountains

Easter Weekend in Asheville

April 2-4, 2021
Easter weekend in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains offers many things to do. Welcome spring by getting outdoors to see the blooms. Gather with family and friends for Easter Sunday brunch. Here's just a sampling of ideas. (Pic above: Tulips at Biltmore)

Easter Egg Hunt Biltmore House

Biltmore Egg Hunt
A longtime favorite is the Easter Egg Hunt is in front of Biltmore House on Sunday, for ages 2-9 years old. Registration begins two hours before hunts. Arrive early for activities. Exchange eggs for a treat bag. There's no extra fee to participate - included in Biltmore admission. More activities for kids including sheep herding and grape stomp at Antler Hill Village. See our Biltmore Guide to plan a visit and see all the spring blooms.

Downtown Asheville Egg Hunt
Easter on the Green on Saturday 2-5 PM in Pack Square Park is a free festival with age-specific hunts throughout the afternoon, ages 12 and under. Meet the Easter bunny and play oversized games.

Easter Sunrise Service NC Mountains

Sunrise Services
Our mountain scenery provides the perfect backdrop for a spectacular sunrise service. Go to Lake Junaluska for their 7 AM service by the big cross, followed by a breakfast buffet at The Terrace hotel. Or go to Chimney Rock Park to watch the sun rise over Lake Lure during a 6:30 AM service (read more) - with breakfast buffet at the Old Rock Cafe after.

Easter Brunch
Make reservations well in advance since it's a busy day. Our top picks for a very special Easter Brunch Buffet are:

Easter Hat Parade

Easter Hat Parade
The most unique and quirky event is the Easter Hat Parade in the artsy village of Dillsboro. Hundreds of people parade down the street with judging in 20 categories. The parade includes antique cars and the Easter bunny. The parade is 2 PM on Saturday but arrive early for hat-making sessions and egg hunt. Read more.

Downtown Asheville
Since Good Friday is a city holiday, enjoy free on-street parking - so don't feed the meters. All stores and restaurants will be open Friday and Saturday. Sunday is always free, but many stores will be closed. See our favorite things to do downtown.

Blue Ridge Parkway
The higher sections of the Parkway may remain closed due to the remaining ice and snow. Read about current closures. A great alternate scenic drive is the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway.

Easter Weekend Things to Do

Downtown Asheville
Explore Downtown Asheville
During the day, downtown Asheville bustles with shoppers browsing more than 200 galleries, antique shops and local boutiques. Each evening, enjoy street entertainers, restaurants, breweries, festivals and music. Walk the Urban Trail and tour historic sites. See our Top 25 things to do downtown.
Asheville Outdoors
Top 70 Outdoors - Asheville & NC Mountains
Explore our mountains with hikes, waterfalls, rivers, lakes and many thousands of acres of national forest and park land. Get outside in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains with our 70 favorite things to do.
North Carolina Arboretum Asheville
North Carolina Arboretum
Stroll through a variety of gardens and on peaceful woodland trails, located in Asheville adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Don't miss their impressive bonsai garden exhibit and many special events during the year.
300 Things to Do
300 Things to Do
See our master list of places to see and things to do in the western North Carolina mountains, including Asheville and our many small towns. 
Packages & Specials for Asheville & Mountains
Pick a package or special perfect for your vacation, with discounts and travel deals for hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, country inns and cabin rentals in the North Carolina mountains.
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