Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- February 16-18, 2018

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When you think of a romantic evening out on the town in Asheville, what comes to mind? Many of our social media fans tell us what comes to mind is the ambiance of a cozy restaurant, a delicious meal prepared by an award-winning chef and live music. It's the perfect recipe for romance.

Feel the Valentine's week love well into the weekend with these great offerings in music, food and the arts. 

Now's a great time to plan your trip by utilizing our easy-to-use search to check room availability and rates at Asheville area accommodations. And, while you can check events for any date by using our events calendar search

Here's a look at what you can enjoy this weekend in Asheville:

23rd Annual Bluegrass First Class Festival

Friday-Sunday (Feb. 16-18)
Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville

Some of the best bluegrass performers in the country rock out this weekend in Asheville at the Crowne Plaza Resort just outside of downtown. The three-day Bluegrass First Class Festival will feature impeccable harmonies by award-winning singers, and there will be appearances by Bluegrass Music Hall of Famers. You’ll also hear from up-and-coming bands, including Dailey & Vincent. Check out the full schedule of performances.

Umphrey’s McGee Blue Ridge Rockway

Friday and Saturday (Feb 16 and 17), 8 p.m.
ExploreAsheville.com Arena at the US Cellular Center

Rock band Umphrey’s McGee returns to Asheville for a two-night stop on the It’s Not Us Tour celebrating 20 years as a band. During the past two decades, the band has released nine studio albums, selling more than 4.2 million tracks online. The performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the US Cellular Center. Following both nights of shows, there is an official afterparty with the band Mungion at Asheville Music Hall.

Chai Pani Indian RestaurantChai Pani Pop-Up Restaurant

Now-Feb. 21
829 Riverside Drive, Asheville

While wildly popular Asheville restaurant Chai Pani undergoes a month-long renovation, there’s a pop-up store, Chotta Chai Pani, to feed your cravings! Through Wednesday (Feb. 21), head to Riverside Drive to try a bevy of hit menu items previously unavailable at Chai Pani Asheville. Chai Pani is the work of Meherwan Irani, who owns a restaurant group in town that includes MG Road and Buxton Hall. So, you’ll also be able to enjoy tasty dishes and desserts from those restaurants. The pop up shop is located at 829 Riverside Drive.

PosanaCelebrate Valentine’s Week with A Romantic Dinner

Keep these feelings of Valentine's love going this week with a romantic night out on the town in Asheville. Feel the ambiance and savor the meals at Asheville’s most intimate and romantic places to dine. We asked our social media fans to share their favorite date night spots in Asheville. Check out the list they helped us compile of the Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in Asheville.

Valentine’s Friday Comedy Special with Any Woodhull and Maddie Wiener

Friday (Feb. 16), 7 p.m.
The Grey Eagle, Asheville

After your romantic dinner, how about enjoying a comedy show? Andy Woodhull and Maddie Wiener take to the stage Friday at 7 p.m. at The Grey Eagle for a Valentine’s Friday Comedy Special. Woodhull recently appeared on Conan on TBS. And, he recently appeared in his half-hour special on Comedy Central. Wiener is one of the youngest comics in North Carolina. Veteran comics have described her as, “a natural writer with a quirky performance style that is abrasive and likeable at the same time.”

Young Woman in Blue Spiral 1 Art GalleryGet in touch with the Art Scene

In celebration of Black History Month, Blue Spiral 1 gallery hosts an artist talk with Cleaster Cotton on Friday at 6 p.m. Cotton is exhibiting for the first time at the gallery. Well known in Asheville for her contributions to art, writing, community, projects and education, Cotton will reflect on her journey as a black artist in the South. The talk is in conjunction with the gallery’s annual artist invitational, Into the Blue, which presents artists who have never before shown in the gallery.

On Saturday in downtown, the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design hosts a family fun day featuring interactive gallery tours and hands-on art making! The kid-friendly gallery tours will happen each hour on the hour. And there will be treats to enjoy! The programming is designed for children over the age of 5 and their families. The event runs 2-5 p.m.

In addition to the downtown arts scene, explore the River Arts District – home to nearly 200 working artist studios. Or, head to Biltmore Village where beautiful galleries abound among the historic buildings just outside of Biltmore Estate.

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