Blog by David Thompson

15 Blog Posts
David Thompson

David Thompson is the Digital Communications Manager at Explore Asheville, an avid runner, hiker and lover of all things Asheville. 

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Ultimate Guide: Where to Watch Super Bowl LVIII in Asheville, NC

There are a lot of big questions entering Sunday’s Super Bowl LVIII contest in Las Vegas featuring the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Fransico 49ers (6:30 p.m. ET on CBS and Nickelodeon). Will Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes become only the fifth quarterback to win his third Super Bowl? Will Usher be the best halftime show ever? And most importantly, will we get a postgame confetti kiss


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The country's top new songwriters to compete in Asheville at Citizen Vinyl

Asheville will play host to a premier songwriting showcase on Saturday, Nov. 18 as eight finalists from across the country compete and perform for a chance to record a free album at Citizen Studios. NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition will be held at Citizen Vinyl with artists from North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Massachusetts performing original music


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8 Unique Ways to See Fall Color in Asheville

The autumnal bliss that overtakes Asheville throughout the fall months is not something to be missed. There’s nothing like a mid-October drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway or a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so check out these great spots for some scenic splendor.  But, with one of the longest and most vibrant fall color seasons in the nation, there are so many different


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5 Things to Do on Labor Day in Asheville, NC

Whether it’s taking in nine innings of baseball or enjoying a stunning late-summer hike amidst the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, Labor Day weekend in Asheville opens up endless possibilities for fun and adventure. Here are five ways to enjoy the holiday weekend and take advantage of that extra day off! Last Chance to See the Asheville Tourists The 2023 minor league baseball


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The Ultimate Guide to Late Night Asheville

The perfect day in Asheville doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. There are a myriad of late night adventures in Asheville: dance parties, drag shows, dive bars, karaoke, live music, craft cocktails and delicious eats that can be experienced after dark. Here’s your ultimate guide for an unforgettable night in a city that never sleeps. Or, at least likes to stay up


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Spend a Perfect Day in Black Mountain

Simply put, Black Mountain is one of the prettiest small towns in America. Don’t take our word for it, ask TripAdvisor. With gorgeous mountain views at every turn, incredible eats and a rich arts culture, Black Mountain has enough to fill up an entire vacation. But, hey, we get it, sometimes you just have a day. Let’s help you get the most bang for your buck. Here’s one way to


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5 Cool Asheville Hikes to Combat the Summer Heat

Sometimes we forget how lucky we are in Asheville. Even on the hottest days, the temperature rarely rises to rival those unfortunate souls that live in other parts of the South – I’m looking at you: Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston and Savannah. Triple-digit weather? No thanks! Not here! That doesn’t mean we aren’t prone to a day of sweaty backs, or an afternoon where


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The Art of Food: Experience Asheville Art Museum's Newest Tasty Collection

How do we think about our food? This is the simple yet layered question posed in the Asheville Art Museum's newest collection: The Art of Food — a deep dive into the significance of what we put into our mouths, the community that it builds, the people that we love and, in some ways, how what we put on our plate defines us.   Running through October 22, the


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Asheville's Performing Arts to Watch in August, 2023

Asheville is more than the beauty that surrounds it. At its core, this city is a beacon for artistic expression and originality—a place where vision becomes reality and life can find new meaning. Whether you're a theater buff, a dance aficionado, or simply love live performances, Asheville's flourishing performing arts scene has something for you. Here’s what you can


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Where to Watch Fireworks in Asheville on July 4, 2024

As the scorching summer days approach, one event brightens up the night sky and fills the air with a sense of awe and wonder: July 4th fireworks in Asheville. If you're seeking a memorable Independence Day celebration, look no further than this list. Check back often for updated event links. Independence Day Block Party: The free event on the South Slope between Coxe and Buxton