Blog by Jason Tarr

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Jason is the Content Specialist for ExploreAsheville.com 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.

Sunset at Cowee Mountains overlook with early fall color (2018)

Things to Do This Weekend in Asheville -- October 12-14, 2018

With cooler, fall-like temperatures expected this weekend, it's a great time to experience some of Asheville's favorite fall traditions.  Big arts celebrations, cider and beer fests, and live music take center stage. Throw in a celebration of Bonsai trees, a festival of Jewish food and culture and a car/motorcycle show and you've got quite a weekend ahead of you!  As you

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Beer in Asheville

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- October 5-7, 2018

Asheville is ready to welcome you to the mountains for the fall season! We're beginning to see the very first hints of fall in the highest elevations. As you explore Asheville this weekend, gear up for fall with the  fall leaf color forecast for 2018  and  our guide to the top 10 ways to experience fall in Asheville .  Plan your trip to the Asheville area by utilizing

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Couple Taking Selfie Photo from Rooftop Lounge in Downtown Asheville

Things to Do This Weekend in Asheville -- September 28-30, 2018

With fall officially underway, the calendar is full of events to help you celebrate the changing of the seasons!  Our weekend guide is jam-packed this week with festivals celebrating everything from coffee to Greek culture, quilting to river adventure. As you explore Asheville this weekend, gear up for fall with the  fall leaf color forecast for 2018  and  our guide to the

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Asheville Gives Back to Those Affected by Hurricane Florence

Our hearts go out to those in eastern North and South Carolina who are working to recover from the effects of Hurricane Florence. While Asheville did not experience any flooding or significant effects from the storm because Florence tracked farther east than originally forecast, we know communities on the other side of the Carolinas did not fare well.   We hope you will join

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Downtown Asheville, N.C.

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- September 21-23, 2018

This Saturday marks the official beginning of fall! Asheville is gearing up for an exciting fall season with fall color on the Blue Ridge Parkway and throughout the mountains, and a great lineup of fall events . Check out our 5 things to know about fall in Asheville and our top 10 ways to experience fall in Asheville to help you plan your visit! Here’s a look at what you can enjoy this

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Art in Autumn

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- September 14-16, 2018

Our thoughts are with those on the Carolina coast and throughout the Carolinas as Hurricane Florence prepares to make landfall. Asheville is about 300 miles from the coast and we do not expect to see the effects here until late this weekend.  Some of this weekend's events have been cancelled. Those cancellations are indicated below. Other events including the North Carolina Mountain State

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National Geographic Channel To Feature Asheville in New Documentary

The National Geographic Channel is featuring Asheville in a 30-minute documentary, which made it's debut September 2018. The documentary explores the magic of the Asheville experience, explaining how the enchantment and relaxation travelers find here in the mountains is “by design." The title of the program is "Asheville By Design." Here's a preview: If you

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Child at Goombay

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- September 7-9, 2018

It's a jam-packed weekend of excitement, adventure, culture, art and music! In one of our biggest weekend roundups yet, you'll find so many choices for experiencing Asheville in the coming days. As you explore Asheville this weekend, gear up for fall (it'll be here before you know it!) with the fall leaf color forecast for 2018 and our guide to the top 10 ways to experience

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LAAF Festival

Things to Do in Asheville on Labor Day Weekend 2018

Labor Day weekend is your opportunity to end summer on a high note! Asheville is the perfect place to do just that. In town, and in neighboring communities, find big celebrations, live music performances and endless outdoor adventure for a fun and relaxing holiday weekend! Plan your trip to the Asheville area by utilizing our easy-to-use search to  check room availability and rates

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Downtown Asheville, N.C.

Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- August 24-26, 2018

"There's so much to do!" It's a comment we see from our fans almost every week on social media when we post our round up of "Things to Do This Weekend." And, it's true! No matter when you visit Asheville, you can take your pick of many activities, celebrations, festivals, music performances and adventures. This weekend, among your many choices, you can enjoy a

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