Things to Do This Weekend - January 12-14, 2018
By Jason Tarr
January is a great time to visit Asheville. You’ll enjoy the best rates of the year. With leaves off the trees, the mountain views are even better. And, you’ll have your pick of great Asheville events.
One of the tastiest events of the season, Asheville Restaurant Week, is set to kick off in just a few days. Take out your calendar out and plan to experience the winter whimsy of the Fringe Arts Festival (Jan. 25-28, 2018), showcasing innovative theater, dance and spoken word. Close out the month with the sounds of Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers (Jan. 27) who will host a special concert in Asheville to celebrate the release of a new album.
Get started making your plans for a cozy mountain getaway this season to experience these events and other great Asheville winter happenings! Check room availability at Asheville area accommodations.
In the meantime, here's a look at some of this weekend's highlights in Asheville:
Monday (Jan. 15) marks the beginning of Asheville Restaurant Week, a unique opportunity to savor meals at special prices from Asheville’s award-winning chefs. Zagat just named Asheville one of the most exciting food cities in America so there’s never been a better time to dive into the food scene lovingly known as Foodtopia. Take a look at the Asheville Restaurant Week guide to see special offers from each restaurant and then plan out your course. Stay overnight in Asheville to maximize the number of restaurants you can try during the event. Asheville Restaurant Week takes place January 15-19 and January 22-26. See our guide to Asheville Restaurant Week.
Dance the weekend away to the sounds of the Big Band era at The Omni Grove Park Inn! The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will headline each concert for a complete weekend of truly great dance music. The weekend package includes two nights of accommodations, breakfast each morning, two tickets to the Saturday afternoon Tea Dance, two tickets to both Friday and Saturday nights of Big Band sounds and dances, and overnight parking.
Head to Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on Friday night for an evening of soul and R&B music by an all-star lineup of local and regional musicians. This is third annual Mountain Soul Party. Ryan RnB Barber headlines the evening with support from the Secret B-Sides and an array of special guests. The show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show.
A new show comes to the stage of Asheville Community Theatre’s 35Below beginning Thursday night (Jan. 11). A Turnpike Sunset is historical fiction with music that is authentically Appalachian. A group of 19th century drovers traveling the Buncombe Turnpike have gathered around a campfire to tell stories, play instruments, sing and, of course, drink moonshine. The show is filled with funny anecdotes, history and live music performed by members of the Asheville bluegrass group Buncombe Turnpike. Shows at Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.