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Asheville Fav Things To Do: LGBT Visitors

LGBTQ visitors find plenty of fun things to do in Asheville. What could be better? Enjoy the great outdoors of the Blue Ridge Mountains during the day, and return to downtown Asheville for an evening of fine food and drinks. If you are not into hiking or driving the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, there are plenty of options for shopping and museums. And don't forget Biltmore! Here are some ideas for you:

Big Events

  • October 1, 2016: The big and fun Blue Ridge Pride Festival is held in the middle of Downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park, 12-7 PM. The Main Stage will feature the hilarious, the zany, and the truly talented entertainers. The Kids Area will offer children and families a non-alcoholic area to enjoy children's entertainment, craft activities, games, bounce houses, and a stage. Check out the 120 for-profit and non-profit vendors who will do their best to feed, cloth, accessorize, entertain, or educate you. This year's festival is expected to be the biggest, most entertaining Blue Ridge Pride festival yet with over 12,000 of your friends and family in attendance!
  • February 7, 2016, Mardi Gras Parade: Family-friendly, fun parade in Downtown Asheville that includes Blue Ridge Pride group. Read more
  • March 18-20, 2016, LGBT in the South Conference: This fun and educational weekend by the Campaign for Southern Equality features workshops, grassroots caucuses and other events. This conference offers dialogue, analysis and strategy sharing about emerging LGBT issues in the South; as well as direct training, networking opportunities and support to grassroots leaders and to practitioners. Go to their Web site.
  • December 31, 2016: Grove House New Year's Eve Bash with three clubs (Club Eleven, Scandals & Boiler Room) for one price. Dancing on three floors, four bars, 5 DJs, balloon drops, party favors, heavy hors d'oeuvres. Very diverse crowd since it's Asheville's largest gay / LGBT club. 8 PM-3 AM. Best dance club downtown. 11 Grove Street

What to Do in Asheville?

Biltmore House Asheville
Biltmore Estate
Touring America’s Largest Home is easily the number one indoor attraction in Western North Carolina. Experience the breathtaking beauty of Biltmore House and century-old gardens. Explore their 8,000-acre Blue Ridge Mountain backyard, taste award-winning wines, dine, shop, and relax at Antler Hill Village & Winery, and treat yourself to a four-star inn. See our extensive guide with many photos and tips.
Scandals Nightclub
Scandals Nightclub
Since 1982, Asheville's largest high-energy dance club is renowned throughout as the epicenter for creativity, diversity, and entertainment. Don't miss their midnight show, premiering the best drag anywhere. Dance the night away with state of the art lighting and sound systems.
Performing Arts
Performing Arts
Enjoy many choices for great theatre, plays, music, dance and more in Asheville and nearby areas.
Beer & Local Craft Brews
Beer & Local Craft Brews
Taste your way on a tour of the many craft breweries and pubs in and near Asheville. Many are located downtown, so you can create your own walking tour. Or take a guided tour!
Winery Tours
15 Wineries Near Asheville
In addition to the big winery at Biltmore, visit more than a dozen wineries in western North Carolina and taste their wines while enjoying the beautiful scenery at their vineyards.
Edna's of Asheville
Edna's of Asheville
Find a fun and welcoming environment for visitors and locals to socialize and enjoy great coffee and food. They roast their own coffee and bake their pastries, while using the finest local products to support the community. Two locations: 870 Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville and 219 Amboy Road in West Asheville
LaZoom Tours
LaZoom Tours
Take the most fun city tour ever in a bright purple LaZoom bus! Through captivating stories, outlandish comedy skits, and an enthralling musical soundscape, experience Asheville's history, current culture and counterculture with their 90 minute interactive bus tours that depart from downtown. Haunted and beer tours too!
Asheville Homes for Sale
Asheville Realty Group
If you are looking for homes for sale in Asheville and the western North Carolina mountains, check with these fun and hard working realtors. Find your perfect downtown condo, mountain cabin, charming bungalow or country house.
Foodie Heaven
Find Foodie Favorites
Check out our very diverse and passionate food and drink scene. Be a little adventurous and try something new. Or enjoy time honored classics. In downtown, walk to 60+ locally owned restaurants, many use local food and offer outdoor dining. From crafted cocktails to a host of local brews, there's plenty to drink. Forage for food, visit a farm or tour a vineyard.
Wine & Cocktail Bars
Wine & Cocktail Bars
Unwind at one of our favorite downtown Asheville wine bars and great places for cocktails.
Art Galleries & Studios
Top 20 Art Galleries
Visit a gallery to be amazed at big variety of local art and craft, including glass, paintings, pottery and every medium you can imagine. Asheville and the North Carolina mountains are home to hundreds of world-class artists. Here are our favorite galleries to see the their creations.
River Arts District
River Arts District
Some 185 working artists have set up shop in the River Arts District. Drive a little, walk a little to visit studios and galleries. Find an amazing variety of art and see how the artists create it. It's just a few miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate.
Modern Asheville
Modern Asheville Real Estate
Realtors Kelly and Troy combine their passion for real estate and design to help you mindfully buy, sell and find resources for creating a warm and clean home that works for you and today's modern lifestyle in the mountains. Specializing in Architectural, Modern, Mid-Century, Ranch, Vintage and Lofts.
Malaprops Bookstore & Coffee Shop
Malaprops Bookstore & Coffee Shop
Enjoy java in this wonderful independent bookstore that has been a fixture downtown for 20+ years. Browse their diverse collection, enjoy goodies in their coffee and pastry shop, or use their free wi-fi. Stop by for a reading and autograph on many evenings. Or enjoy open mic nights for local poets. Open until 10 PM on Friday & Saturday. 55 Haywood St.

Resource: - This is the go-to resource site for everything LGBTQ in Asheville and Western North Carolina. You will find a complete monthly calendar of meetings and events, listing and contact information for social and service organizations and listing of gay welcoming places of worship. YES (Your Equality Speaks) Gay Welcoming Businesses and Services are featured on the site. ENews and a monthly online magazine with local, state and national items of interest to the LGBTQ community are also included. Click here to visit their Web site

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