We love Asheville! There are so many wonderful and exciting things going on at any moment. The Circle Crew has put together this ever-growing list of our favorite things to do and places to go. We hope this helps you and maybe we’ll see you there!
Asheville Drum Circle – This is a free event. Happens every Friday when the weather is nice in Pritchard Park downtown on Patton Avenue at College Street. The drummers begin showing up around 6 PM (or sometimes as early as 5 PM) and the crowd builds until it ends at 10 PM. Don’t miss the drum circle… It will make you feel good all over! The drum circle has been active since 2001.
Asheville Hoop Jam – Join Asheville Hoops for some great entertainment, exercise and instruction every Tuesday from 5:30 – 7:30 pm during the warm weather months. Located in Pritchard Park, join in the fun!
Beer – There’s local breweries everywhere! See how many you can find, and see why Asheville is Beer City USA. Click here for a list to get you started.
Blue Ridge Parkway – The Blue Ridge Parkway is more than a road, it’s a beautiful journey! 469 curvy miles connects the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina to the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia. Stunning views, abundant hiking trails, picnic areas, campsites, and interpretative exhibits. Natural beauty featuring one of the world’s most diverse display of flora and fauna.
Downtown After Five – Free live music entertainment in downtown Asheville. The celebration is every third Friday, May through September, with the goal of encouraging locals and visitors to enjoy downtown Asheville and support local businesses and entertainers. Location is on North Lexington Avenue (between Hiawassee and the I-240 overpass) Time: 5:00 – 9:00 PM.
LaZoom – LaZoom offers a wide variety of Comedy and Seasonal Bus Tours of Asheville. Hop on LaZoom’s iconic purple bus & find the funny side of Asheville.
Montford Park Players – Catch the The Montford Park Players performing Shakespeare during summer months at the outdoor Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in the Montford Recreation area on Gay Street. These performances are free to the public, but donations are requested to keep the theatre running. A hat is passed at intermission. In the winter months, they perform various works at Asheville Masonic Lodge on Broadway.
River Arts District – This unique neighborhood along the French Broad River is home to more than 165 artists with working studios located in 18 turn-of-the-century industrial buildings. Many studios are open daily. Spend the day checking it all out!
Roller Derby – Cheer on Asheville’s own Blue Ridge Rollergirls! The all-female flat track roller derby league is sure to have you on the edge of your seats. Fun for the whole family. Whose your favorite Roller Girl?
Shindgig on the Green – In 2013, Shindig on the Green, the free mountain bluegrass music and dance festival, will return to its longtime home in the center of downtown Asheville, on Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park in front of the Asheville City Hall. Shindig on the Green in 2013 is June 29, July 6, 13, 20, August 10, 17, 24, 31, 7-10 PM (Free Admission).
Waterfalls – There are literally hundreds of waterfalls and miles and miles of hiking trails in this area. Western North Carolina is blessed to have over a million acres of national forests, national parks, state parks, and other public lands for our enjoyment and use. The Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests comprise most of this land and offer multiple uses including hiking, water, mountain biking, camping, and horseback riding.
There’s lots of awesome festivals in the Asheville area, here’s a few of our favorites. Just click on each one to find out more:
- All Go West Fest
- Asheville Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
- Asheville Fringe Festival
- Asheville Tattoo Festival
- Asheville Earth Day
- The Big Crafty
- The Big Love
- Blue Ridge Pride Fest
- Brewgrass Fest
- Jomeokee Music & Arts Festival
- LAAFF – Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival
- LEAF – Lake Eden Arts Festival
- Music on the Mountaintop
- Merle Fest
Here’s some of our favorite music venues, just pick up the free local Mountain Xpress to find out all the local music happenings!
- Asheville Music Hall & The One Stop
- Catawba Brewery
- The Grey Eagle
- New Mountain AVL
- The Altamont
- The Odditorium
- The Orange Peel
- Pisgah Brewing Company
Check out these other local resources for more info: