Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend — January 31 - February 2, 2020
By Del Holston
This weekend enjoy the best Asheville has to offer with fewer crowds and some of the best deals of the year.
Make the most of the recent rainfall by visiting one of hundreds of waterfalls around the region. They’re sure to be raging from the rainfall - just be careful and mind the slick rocks. If the rain continues into the weekend, then there are plenty of rainy day adventures to be found all around Asheville. Check out our roundup of activities for indoor fun.
Planning a trip to Asheville is easy. Utilize our easy-to-use search to check room availability and rates at Asheville area accommodations, and be sure to check out the special deals and packages. And, you can check events for any date by using our events calendar search.
Don't miss these great events happening this weekend!
Sunday, February 2, 6:30 p.m.
Looking for a place to watch the 49ers battle the Chiefs in the Superbowl this Sunday? There are lots of places planning special viewing parties. Here are some places to check out.
Craft Centric Taproom and Bottle Shop
Public Star Gaze
Friday, January 31, 7:00 p.m.
Lookout Observatory – UNC Asheville Campus
Join the Astronomy Club of Asheville for a night under the stars! This star gazing event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required to attend. The sun will set at 5:56 p.m. Shuttle service is provided and begins at 7:00 p.m.
George Orwell’s 1984
Friday, January 31, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts
Watch as Aquila Theatre performs George Orwell’s 1984, a dystopian novel published 70 years ago. The book has become a classic, and serves as a powerful warning against the dangers of totalitarian society. Aquila Theatre has been praised as producing high-quality classics “with superb acting and clever staging” (The New Yorker) and has been called “one of the most inventive and daring theatre companies in the country” by The Lincoln Star Journal.
Yonder Mountain String Band
Friday, January 31, 8:00 p.m.
The Orange Peel - Downtown Asheville
Head out to catch a performance by the Colorado-based progressive bluegrass outfit, Yonder Mountain String Band. For the past 20 years, they have redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation.
The Power of Distinction – Gallery Exhibit
Now – May 10, Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Folk Art Center - Blue Ridge Parkway
Visit a museum filled with Appalachian handmade arts and crafts located at milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Southern Highland Crafts Guild’s newest exhibit features the traditional work of contemporary artists influenced by twentieth-century art movements, formal education, and objects praised in modern galleries and museums.
LaZoom Comedy: Andrew Orolfo
Saturday – February 1, 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
LaZoom Room - Downtown Asheville
Filipino American, Andrew Orolfo has been named one of the country’s "top knot" comedians by... don't even ask, just go with it. An established staple in San Francisco comedy, he has been featured in SF Sketchfest, Limestone Comedy Festival, and Comedy Central’s Clusterfest.
Hearty Italian Cooking Class
Saturday, February 1, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Asheville Mountain Kitchen
Learn how to make some of the best Italian foods from Emilia-Romagna, one of Italy’s best food regions. Delicious and simple, Italian food is all about the quality of the ingredients, the freshest farm tomatoes, garlic and basil. In this class you will learn how to make classic dishes such as homemade gnocchi with lamb ragu, some vegetable side dishes, and profiteroles with chocolate sauce for dessert.
15th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration
Sunday, February 2, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Chimney Rock State Park
Take the whole family to watch Greta the Groundhog predict whether spring will come early or now. Following the prediction, stick around for a guided hike along the Great Woodland Adventure trail or to meet more animal ambassadors at the Park.
Comedy at Fleetwood’s: Blaire Erskine
Sunday, February 2, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Fleetwood’s – West Asheville
Blaire Erskine is a weekend regular at Atlanta’s Laughing Skull Lounge, where she entertains audiences with silly observations and stories inspired by her eccentric family, rural upbringing, and love for cats.
Paws & Pints
Sunday, February 2, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Hillman Beer - Biltmore Village
Ready to meet your new furever friend? Grab a pint of Hillman Beer and hang out with some amazing animals that will brighten your day and quite possibly your life if you choose to adopt.