Festivals & Events

Asheville hosts some of the region’s and country’s most celebrated festivals and special events for residents and visitors throughout the year. Here’s a seasonal sampling of not-to-miss happenings:



 January 1, 2015; 10 a.m.

Welcome in the New Year with the inaugural race through downtown Asheville. Proceeds benefit Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. Click here for more info.



Sunday (Monthly), Doors open at 6:30 pm; Music begins at 7 pm – Mountain Spirit Coffeehouse presents various artists at UUCA. This UUCA venue features live acoustic music performed by local, regional and national musicians. Coffee, tea and baked goods are offered for sale in a friendly, smoke- and alcohol-free environment. More info and tickets: 828-545-2260. Doors open at 6:30pm Music starts at 7 PM Donations at the door: $15 for adults $10 for students (most shows).

SU (1/11) – New England folk singer, Bill Gaines.



January 24, 2015

Don’t miss the 8th Annual Winter Warmer Beer Fest held at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville (Event organizers recommend purchasing tickets in advance). Nearly forty local and regional guest breweries pour their seasonal craft beers at the popular event which also includes music and food. A portion of the proceeds will support the Western North Carolina Alliance.




January 27, 2015; 7:30 p.m.

The Spirit of John Muir performance at the Asheville Community Theatre features a fun romp through some of Muir’s thrilling wilderness adventures. Presented by Mountain Blue. $35.


Asheville_Small_Plate_Logo1-300x115February 24-26, 2015

The three-day culinary event showcases Asheville’s independent restaurants. Fun, food-lovers’ event for locals and visitors wishing to sample some of the south’s finest cuisine. Crawlers download a printable AIRpass to navigate their way to more than 20 Asheville Independent Restaurants. A handy interactive map is also available. New for 2015: Convenient paperless mobile-friendly AIRpass.