Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- January 28-30, 2022

Get Edgy With the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Ready to make your weekend plans? Experience some of the best events happening all around the Blue Ridge Mountains. As you plan your getaway to Asheville, check out our easy-to-use accommodations search tool to find room availability and rates.

Here are ideas for what to do this weekend:

Asheville Fringe Festival

Friday - Sunday, January 28-30, Various Times

This weekend Asheville lets its freak flag fly with a full schedule of out-of-the-box and unusual performances that explore the further edges of dance, puppetry, theatre and more. Due to Covid concerns, all in person events were postponed until March. However you can still catch this annual tradition by purchasing tickets for online streaming, or you get a Fringe Freak Pass to see as many shows as you wish. Here is a sampling of the events happening all weekend long:

Dance Film Showcase (Virtual)

Saturday, January 29, 8 p.m.

This fringe event features four different dance groups interpreting four completely different stories. 1. Sideror - A manager launches an experimental choreography that brings together various individuals suffering from mental illness. 2. Lilium - Song and movement are integrated using the mystical music of Hildegard Von Bingen. 3. HEARKEN - A dance film which explores the relationship between two worlds. 4. She Moved the Prairie - A dance film based on the work women did both in the home and on the land in the early 20th century on farms and ranches.

The Perspective Collective

Heaven Sent / Divination of the Three / Young Goodman Brown (Virtual)

Saturday, January 29, 7 p.m.

A Fringe Triple Feature! Three separate stories will be performed. 1.  Heaven Sent - The bands we love influence how we understand ourselves and how we process life events. But what happens when the artist's actions change your personal relationship to their music? 2. Divination of the Three - A man visits three witches on the night of a full moon, seeking answers about his wife’s fidelity—but the moon may illuminate a darker truth. 3. Young Goodman Brown - This mini-opera tells the short story of a young man who goes walking into the woods one night and meets a mysterious figure who might just be the Devil. From there he discovers a dark secret hidden by the most respected members of the community...or does he discover his own darkness within?

Supersized Comedy (Virtual)

Friday & Sunday, January 28 & 30, various times

Take a fun-filled romp into the minds of New York's finest, funniest female comedians with curves. In this stand-up comedy and music show they will explore perceived beauty standards in society.

Charming Disaster's Musical Tarot Show (Virtual)

Sunday, January 30, 4 p.m.

Delightfully dark musical duo Charming Disaster present a virtual performance of their interactive, musical Tarot reading, with audience members selecting cards that not only determine the set list but also predict the future! Featuring playfully macabre original songs inspired by death, crime, myth, magic, folklore, and the occult, performed with ukulele, guitar, vocal harmonies, and theatrical flair.

Asheville Mind Reading Show

Saturday, January 29, 6 p.m.
Wortham Center for the Performing Arts

"Asheville Mind Reading Show" is the brainchild of world traveling mentalist & author, Jonathan Pritchard. It is a stunning tour de force of what the human mind can do when trained to unimaginable heights and it features. . . you. This is beyond improv. Way beyond. You aren't merely throwing out suggestions: your thoughts are the stars of the show.

Biltmore: Legends of Art and Innovation

Friday - Sunday, January 28-30, various times

Immerse yourself in Biltmore's new exhibition series, Legends of Art & Innovation, which features a large-scale, multi-sensory experience using the latest in immersive technology to illuminate the remarkable life of Van Gogh.

Live Music, Comedy, Dance and Theatre

Orange Peel Music Venue

Asheville's booming and diverse music scene takes center stage this weekend with bands set to perform musical styles from bluegrass to jazz to rock & roll. And, get ready to laugh! The live performance schedule also includes comedy shows.

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Tailgate & Specialty Markets

Holiday gifts

Shop local at the Asheville area's numerous farmers, tailgate, and holiday markets. Here's a look at some of the markets you can visit this weekend:

Visit an art studio or art exhibition

A Glass Artist Fires His Work at the North Carolina Glass Center in Asheville

Asheville is home to hundreds of artists, galleries and studios making creative expression a way of life here in the mountains. Here is a look at some of the current art exhibitions in the city:

Go for a hike

Experience incredible layered mountain vistas, thundering waterfalls and gorgeous forests on a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Begin browsing hikes with our Asheville Hiking Guide. And, find the hike just right for you by checking out our Asheville Hike Finder tool. The tool gives you the opportunity to filter hikes by length, difficult, popularity and distance from Asheville.

Slate Rock

Leave No Trace

As you're out exploring the trails and waterfalls that make the Blue Ridge Mountains so special, it's important to leave everything as you found it. Follow these seven principles of Leave No Trace to ensure you and future generations can enjoy these mountains for years to come.