Top Winter Events & Getaways in Asheville

Winter Outings, Events & Getaways

It's snuggle season! The winter months of January, February and March are the most serene of the year in Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. So it's the perfect time for a North Carolina mountain romantic getaway, including a Valentine's trip. Surprising to some, it rarely snows in Asheville. Since the city is protected by the highest mountains in eastern America, snow is often kept about 20 miles away on the higher mountain peaks and ski areas. (Pic above: Winter Hike on Roan Mountain)

Spa at Grove Park Inn, Asheville

Top 12 Asheville Winter Things to Do: Jan-March 2018

1. Winter Getaway Packages: Since the winter months are the slowest months for inns, hotels and cabin rentals, you will find the best deals of the year. See a big variety of Winter Packages and Specials. Book ahead for Valentine's Weekends, since they will be busier. See our top rated B&Bs, cabins and hotels.

2. Biltmore Specials: Enjoy the grand estate without the big crowds and get great deals on tickets and accommodations at two hotels. The big clothing display inside the house "Vanderbilt House Party" opens on February 8, 2019. Read about winter outings and specials at Biltmore.

3. Spa Pampering: Be it a simple weekend of relaxation, a romantic couple’s getaway in the mountains or a chance to improve your health, Asheville is the ultimate destination for spas and wellness. See our Top 15 Asheville Spas. Photo above is the Spa at Grove Park Inn. Also, warm up in the 100-degree natural mineral waters in Hot Springs.

4. Ski & Snowboard: Beech Mountain is the highest town and ski area in eastern USA, and they have tubing and great ski packages. Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley is an easy drive from Asheville. Plus, see other NC ski resorts near Asheville.

5: Foodie Favorites: Dine at farm-to-table restaurants, take a chocolate tour, and browse the WNC Farmers' Market, just to name a few. See our Top 12 Foodie Favorites.

6. Beer Crawl: Asheville (a.k.a. Beer City U.S.A) has an amazing selection of craft breweries and pubs. Sample 100+ local brews and meet some very interesting people along the way. See our top picks for beer the Asheville area. If wine is more to your liking, see our guide to Asheville Wine Bars.

7. Downtown Asheville: Browse through more than 200 shops, 30 art galleries and a dozen antique stores. Savor local food at 70+ restaurants. Tour the fascinating Thomas Wolfe Home. See our Downtown Asheville Guide.

8. Indoor Attractions: Winter is a great time to explore the many fascinating indoor things to do in western North Carolina. Many are free or have a minimal admission fee, and there's something for all interests.

9. Art & Craft: With more than 100 galleries and even more artist studios, you will need plenty of time for exploring. In addition to the galleries in downtown, head to the Folk Art Center and the River Arts District. See our Gallery Guide.

10. Outdoors: Take a hike with great views due to leafless trees, cool temperatures and far less crowds, it may become your favorite time of the year to hit the trail. See our winter hiking guide for our top picks. And don't forget to find some of our spectacular waterfalls. See our Top 20 Winter Waterfalls to explore. Zipline and play in the trees at the Adventure Center near downtown Asheville.

11. Live Music & Dance: Each evening, Asheville hosts a big variety of live music. See some of our favorite music venues.

12. Biltmore Village: Located across from the entrance to Biltmore Estate, the Village is home to more than 40 unique shops and 10 cafes and restaurants.Tree-lined streets, brick sidewalks and period architecture make it a delight to explore. And this is the best area for antiques. See our Biltmore Village Guide.

Valentine's Day Week: Take a photo tour of 10 things to do with your sweetie.

Mardi Gras Parade
March 3, 2019: Mardi Gras Parade, downtown Asheville

Top Asheville NC Mountain Winter & Valentine Events

Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Lake Lure Polar Plunge
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Jump into the chilly waters of Lake Lure to raise money for local charities. What a way to start the new year!
Christmas at Biltmore
Christmas at Biltmore
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 to Sunday, January 6, 2019
See the final week of the elaborate holiday decorations inside Biltmore House during a quieter time on the estate. Open New Year's Day.
First Days Hikes, NC
First Day Hikes
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Go to a state park near Asheville for a free guided hike with a forest ranger - a great way to begin a resolution to get outdoors for exercise and education. Most are easy trails, perfect for all ages and fitness levels.
Beech Mtn Beer Festival
Winterfest Beer Festival
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Sample 40 beers and ciders from North Carolina breweries indoors at Beech Mountain ski resort, 4-8 PM. Live music and shuttle. Great way to end a day of play on the slopes. $35/person in advance. $45 at door.
Big Band Weekend
Big Band Dance Weekend
Friday, January 11, 2019 to Sunday, January 13, 2019
Swing dance away the weekend at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra on Friday & Saturday nights. Two night package from $918/couple.
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Sunday, January 20, 2019 to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Local and national artists explore the edges of their work, collaborate across genres and bring innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences. Includes dancers, installation artists, theatre companies, Butoh dance, puppetry, modern dance, and performance art.
Someone Else at NC Stage Theatre
Jeeves at Sea @ NC Stage Theatre
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 to Sunday, February 17, 2019
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville: Set sail for laughter as Bertie Wooster revels in life aboard the Vanderley yacht as the pampered guest of the lively Lady Stella accompanied by his peerless valet Jeeves. Wed-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM, Feb 9 &16 2 PM
Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Go to Chimney Rock Park to see if Greta the groundhog sees her shadow to predict an early spring or a long winter. Other activities for kids of all ages. 
Vanderbilt Clothing Biltmore House
Vanderbilt House Party Clothing at Biltmore
Friday, February 8, 2019 to Monday, May 27, 2019
See the fabulous clothing exhibition inside Biltmore House, “A Vanderbilt House Party: Guests, Grandeur & Galas” and imagine yourself as a cherished guest at one of George and Edith Vanderbilt's grand turn-of-the-century celebrations. Included in admission.
Asheville Community Theatre
Footloose Musical, Asheville Community Theatre
Friday, February 8, 2019 to Sunday, March 3, 2019
Energetic musical version of the 1984 film with the Top 40 score amplified with new songs, Footloose celebrates the wisdom of opening minds and listening to the voices of young people. Fri & Sat 7:30 PM; Sun at 2:30 PM; Thurs 2/21 and 2/28 at 7:30 PM. Tickets from $15/person
Valentines Asheville NC
Valentine's Week
Saturday, February 9, 2019 to Sunday, February 17, 2019
See our Top 10 Things to Do on Valentine's Day and Week in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains, with a photo tour of romantic getaway ideas.
Grove Park Inn
Arts & Crafts Conference
Friday, February 15, 2019 to Sunday, February 17, 2019
Perfect for the passionate collector or those just interested in the Arts and Crafts period. The three-day agenda includes lectures, small group discussions, special exhibitions, book exhibits, a contemporary crafts show and the finest of the antiques shows devoted to the Arts and Crafts period. Get advance tickets!
Beech Mtn Ski
Totally 80s Retro Ski Weekend
Thursday, February 21, 2019 to Sunday, February 24, 2019
Beech Mountain Ski Resort will bend the space-time continuum for a righteously rad celebration with live 80s music nightly, retro skiing daily and plenty of throwback activities in between.
Mardi Gras Asheville
Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Everyone is invited to participate in, or simply spectate this family-friendly spectacle. This fun parade in downtown Asheville is led by this year's King and Queen, with dancers, roller skaters, drummers and krewes of colorful characters. 3 PM
Organic Conference
Organic Growers Conference
Friday, March 8, 2019 to Sunday, March 10, 2019
The Annual Conference by Organic Growers School at UNC Asheville features 70+ sessions per day: regionally-focused workshops on growing, permaculture, homesteading, and urban farming. Trade show, seed exchange, kid’s program. From $49/person per day, $99/weekend
NC Stage
Silent Sky @ NC Stage
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 to Sunday, April 7, 2019
Professional theatre in downtown Asheville: True story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt exploring a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed. Wed-Sat 7:30 PM, Sun 2 PM, March 30 & Apr 6 2 PM. Tickets from $18/adult.
Tulips at Biltmore
Spring Events & Festivals: Top 40
Monday, April 1, 2019 to Friday, May 31, 2019
Check out our calendar of the best festival and events in Asheville and western North Carolina in April and May.

Past Events

Orchid Show
Asheville Orchid Festival
Saturday, March 24, 2018 to Sunday, March 25, 2018
The Western NC Orchid Society hosts a big show and competition at the North Carolina Arboretum. Hundreds of orchids will be on display and vendors will be selling them with plenty of advice.
Henry River Mill Fest
Mill Vill Fest
Saturday, March 24, 2018
First ever festival is this abandoned Henry River mill village near Morganton, film location for The Hunger Games. Fundraiser to save the village. Music, food trucks, beer/wine and behind the scenes tours. Free admission. 12-4 PM. GPS Address: 4255 Henry River Road, Hickory
Winery Hop
Stop Sip Savor Wine Hop
Sunday, March 18, 2018
Visit four Catawba Valley Wineries near Morganton (near I-40) and get a commemorative wine glass, and enjoy wine and cheese pairings. 1-5 PM. Advance tickets $25 - usually sells out. 
Classic Rock Weekend
Classic Rock-N-Roll Weekend
Friday, March 16, 2018 to Sunday, March 18, 2018
Groove to classic pop rock with The Stranger – A Tribute to Billy Joel, featuring a full band and nonstop energy. Saturday evening, the stage rocks with TUSK - The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band. Overnight 2-night packages ($826/couple) or concert single tickets.
Hendersonville Restaurant Week
Hendersonville Restaurant Week
Thursday, March 15, 2018 to Saturday, March 24, 2018
Try some of the best restaurants in Hendersonville and Flat Rock and take advantage of great savings and special menus - with multi-course dinners priced at $20, $30, and $35. Lunches $10-$15.  
River Arts District 2nd Saturday Events
Second Saturday, River Arts District
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Home to over 200 artists, the River Arts District (near downtown Asheville & Biltmore) is extra festive on each second Saturday in 2018. Find show openings, hands-on classes, demos, music and more in 23 repurposed industrial buildings along the French Broad River. 
Asheville Restaurant Week
Asheville Restaurant Week
Monday, January 15, 2018 to Friday, January 26, 2018
Try some new restaurants or revisit favorites and get the lowest prices of the year, with a prix fix menu at $15-$35/person. With many choices, there's something for all appetites! Presented by the Asheville Chamber of Commerce.

For events throughout the year, see our list of seasonal calendars.

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