Things to Do in the Asheville Area

Filled with natural wonders and architectural treasures, you’ll soon come to understand the allure of Asheville. Discover for yourself all there is to see and do. From our iconic landmarks to local favorites, these are our sure bets for a memorable mountain escape.

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  • Serafina and the Twisted Staff
    by Jason Tarr

    In the cavernous basement of the Biltmore Estate and in the magical forests surrounding Asheville is a mythical protagonist, 12-year-old Serafina, who has captivated the attention of the nation’s readers. The first chronicle of her daring quest to … read more

  • Asheville-born funk & soul musician Lyric
    by Jason Tarr

    Performing on the street in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park one day in 2011, Leeda “Lyric” Jones caught the attention of someone she never could have imagined. “I saw her and turned to my dad and said, ‘That’s Lizz Wright !” Jones said. Wright, … read more

  • Go Out to Eat: Asheville's Hottest Patios
    by Cat Kessler

    If there's one thing that drives home Asheville's moniker as "the Paris of the South," it has to be the outdoor dining scene. On a warm evening in downtown Asheville, diners are lined up on sidewalks, tucked into courtyards and gathered around fire … read more

  • Asheville Symphony Sessions Cover ARt
    by Del Holston

    Asheville’s music scene is taking center stage in an innovative new album, which was released in May 2016. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra (ASO) , along with some of Western North Carolina’s most beloved musicians including Steep Canyon Rangers, … read more

  • Isis Restaurant and Music Hall
    by Jonathan Ammons

    Dinner and dancing are not mutually exclusive in Asheville. Many of our music halls double as a restaurant, or offer ways to nosh before catching a show. If you’re looking for the best all-in-one spots for your night on the town, then check out one … read more

  • Asheville Lyric Opera
    by Janet Moore

    In a city where creativity is a way of life, it’s not surprising that the classics play an integral part of Asheville’s music scene in surprising ways. Take the Asheville Symphony Orchestra , for example. “Asheville is a musical oasis between … read more