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:
- 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
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Resource: GayAshevilleNC.com - 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