Summer in Asheville, N.C.

Summer in Asheville, North Carolina, is the perfect time to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains, go for a hike, or float down the river. Plus, check out summer festivals, events and arts.

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Discover Summer in Asheville

Head to Asheville’s higher elevations and find sweet relief from summer’s sweltering humidity. During the day you’ll discover the refreshing cool of North Carolina mountain breezes, secret swimming holes, and whitewater adventures around every bend. When the sun begins to set, Asheville heats up with lively street performances, a super-fun nightlife scene, and off in the distance… the beating of a drum.

  • Things to Do in Summer
  • Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars. With 11 rooftop bars (nine in the downtown alone),
  • Best Rooftop Bars in Asheville, NC
    Take your Asheville experience to the next level! Discover incredible views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the city skyline from Asheville’s growing selection of unique rooftop bars. With 11 rooftop bars (nine in the downtown alone),
  • 10 Waterfalls You Want to Find Now
    Waterfalls for All Occasions With hundreds of beautiful cascades near Asheville, where do you begin? Here’s a quick sampler to get you started. These 10 locations represent a diverse range of options, so there’s something for everyone.
  • Asheville Hiking Guide: The Trail Starts Here
    Choose Your Own Hiking Adventure in Asheville, N.C. Thousands of miles of trails twist, meander, dip and climb through the peaks and valleys around Asheville. In this world-class hiking destination, you can take your pick from peaceful hikes along
  • Shindig on the Green Music and Dance Festival in Asheville, N.C.
    Each summer, the festival series celebrates traditional mountain music and dance of Asheville and the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Shindig on the Green is a free, outdoor mountain bluegrass music and dance festival that takes place throughout the
  • Asheville's Drum Circle
    Every Friday night in the rounded outdoor amphitheater of downtown's Pritchard Park people join together to play thundering sounds on the drums, dance to the powerful rhythms, or just sit back and enjoy the show of individuality and diverse
  • Sliding Rock Natural Waterslide
    Feel the rush of sliding down a 60-foot all-natural water slide in the heart of gorgeous Pisgah National Forest! The appropriately named Sliding Rock is an experience unlike any other and it’s one of the most exciting ways to cool off in the

Thrills for Everyone: A Zipline Guide to Asheville

by Shayla Martin

Find Your Perfect Zipline Tour in Asheville Take in the sites of Asheville from a new perspective – by soaring hundreds of feet above the ground. From strictly tree-based courses to courses fit for little ones, here’s a guide to the … read more

Top 8 Sunset Spots in Asheville, N.C.

by Del Holston

The Best Places to Catch a Scenic Sunset The Blue Ridge Mountains offer some of the best vantage points to watch the sun drop below the peaks in a splash of color. People travel from all over the world to see the nightly show. We asked our social … read more

6 Drive-By Waterfalls: A Windshield Tour for All to Enjoy

by Mark File

Easy-to-see cascades in the Blue Ridge Mountains The Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Asheville are home to thousands of beautiful cascades. While most are in remote areas or require a hike to see, here are half a dozen waterfalls that you can easily … read more

Asheville Venue Guide: Places to Eat, Drink and Dance

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 … read more

Adventures on the Third Oldest River in the World

by Melissa Stanz

Things to do and see on Asheville’s French Broad River Asheville’s vibrant urban scene, gorgeous mountains, and cultural treasures may be what draws so many visitors to the area, but the French Broad River is arguably what allowed all … read more

The Most Popular Mountain Biking in WNC

by Pat Barcas

Everything from urban riding to deep wilderness, we tell you where to go An experimental forest and some trails that are slick Asheville is quickly becoming a mecca for mountain bikers throughout the entire country who want to experience the deep, … read more

Beercation Getaway

by Jen Nathan Orris

Tap Into Asheville’s Beer Scene Asheville offers a dizzying array of beer. From hoppy IPAs to dark stouts, the city’s breweries keep beer flowing like mountain water. With more breweries per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., … read more