Blog by Jason Tarr

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Jason is the Content Specialist for and is a former television news reporter.  He now combines his love for writing and Asheville to highlight the best of our mountain community.  He's also an avid outdoorsman who spends nearly all his free time hiking and photographing the mountains of western North Carolina. When he's not hiking or writing, you'll find him singing karaoke around town or catching a local sports game.

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Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- July 21-23, 2017

As we hit mid-July, summer is in full swing! This weekend, we're expecting warm temperatures in the mountains. But, thankfully, there's a lot of big events and activities going on indoors this weekend to help you cool down and have fun. To see what's going on each day throughout the week, take a look at our full event calendar ! Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands Friday through


Young Woman in Blue Spiral 1 Art Gallery

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- July 14-16, 2017

Asheville is well-known for its creative community of artists and crafters. In fact, craft enthusiasts recently voted Asheville one of "America's Top 10 Towns for Craft Lovers in 2017." This weekend, experience Asheville's craft culture as you browse locally-made wares and artwork. And, discover the area's tremendous talent on the stage from the opera to bluegrass to


Outdoor Dining

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- July 7-9, 2017

Summer is now in full swing in the mountains. With the warmer weather comes lush green foliage and an uptick in outdoor activities. This coming weekend, those activities include outdoor concerts, dining, adventures, and athletic competition. So, this Friday through Sunday, step out and explore all Asheville has to offer! Jamey Johnson at New Mountain Amphitheater Friday, 5-11 p.m. New Mountain


Shindig On the Green

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- July 1-4, 2017

Patriotism runs deep in the mountains of Western North Carolina. So, it's no wonder that Asheville and the surrounding communities go all out when it comes to celebrating our nation's Independence Day. The festive atmosphere surrounding this holiday weekend sets the stage for dancing, drumming and mountain music that hearken back to the all-American traditions of Southern


WNC Cheese Trail

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- June 23-25, 2017

Asheville is well known for being a city of artists, musicians, chefs, and other creative types. But you may not know as much about the Asheville area's robust farming community that's sending fresh food straight to the tables of local restaurants. Or you may not know about Asheville's diversity, including its growing Latino population. And, you may have yet to explore neighboring


Music Festival Asheville

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- June 16-18, 2017

We hope you've marked your calendar! Father's Day is this Sunday (June 18), making this a great couple of days to bond with the family. From a new festival to a music extravaganza, it's easy to gave your dad (or any other family member!) the gift of a memorable Asheville experience this weekend.. Better Dads Festival Saturday, 12-9:30 p.m. Pack Square Park, Asheville Kick off


Hiker Couple at Craggy Pinnacle at Sunrise

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- June 9-11, 2017

The warm weather of late spring/early summer just begs for you to head outside and soak in the sun. That sun makes outdoor activities even more appealing than usual and helps people find their groove when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle. Personal health and wellness, and community health, are a theme of many of the exciting events slated for this weekend in Asheville. Asheville VeganFest


Fourth of July

Fourth of July Events and Fireworks in Asheville, N.C.

Asheville takes great pride in celebrating our nation's Independence Day. From festivals to parades to fireworks, you'll have a blast celebrating the Fourth of July here in the Blue Ridge Mountains! Downtown Asheville Festival and Fireworks There's something special about watching fireworks burst over the twinkling skyline of downtown Asheville that keeps families coming back on


Hiking at Craggy Gardens

Things To Do in Asheville This Weekend -- June 2-4, 2017

Every weekend in Asheville brings a bounty of things to do and new places to explore. Keeping up the momentum from a busy holiday weekend of events, the outdoors and the arts take center stage this weekend. Art in the City: Downtown Art Walk Downtown Asheville Friday, 5-8 p.m. On the first Friday of the month (April through December), downtown Asheville showcases its robust and diverse arts scene.


Downtown Asheville, N.C.

Things to Do in Asheville on Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Memorial Day Weekend signals we’re in the final stretch to summer. And, this year, the holiday weekend will really feel like it, too. The forecast calls for temperatures reaching well into the 80s. While the warm weather will be great for outdoor adventure, Asheville is also serving up big celebrations of music, the arts, and beer. Here’s what’s on tap: Fill Up Your Cup: