Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- October 7-9, 2022

Hiker on top of Black Balsam during sunset with fall colors

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:

10th Annual Haunted Trail and Glow Trail

Friday - Saturday, October 7-8, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Adventure Center of Asheville

Take the family out to enjoy the 10th Annual Haunted Trail featuring live actors, spooky sounds, and spectacular props. This no-contact trail is the only Halloween event in Asheville ideal for children ages 3-12 years old. The younger ghouls can enjoy the (actor-free) “Sweet Peek Tour” of the Trail at 6:30pm before it gets dark. During the evening, adults and kids ages 4 and over can climb the Treetops Adventure Park Aerial Glow Trail, which are illuminated with thousands of colored twinkle and laser lights.

First Friday - Great Bird Adventure

Friday, October 7, Begins at 9 a.m.
Carolina Avian Research and Education, Fletcher

See and learn about 65 exotic, and in some cases endangered, birds at this sanctuary and education center. Discounts for the guided tour are available on the first Friday of each month.

Asheville Wine and Food Experience

Saturday, October 8, 1 p.m.
Salvage Station

Savor and explore the Asheville culinary scene, from local trends to regional traditions at this inaugural food fest presented by USA TODAY. Take part in the grand tasting or upgrade to the VIP experience for an extra hour of early admittance. Enjoy unlimited samplings of food, wine and beer and watch live demonstrations.

BMH Fall Festival

Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Black Mountain Home for Children

Visit the BMH campus for their signature event. Take part in a silent auction, enjoy live music, a car show, games for the kids, and learn about their campus and ministry.

Yoga on the Rooftop

Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Asheville Art Museum

Enjoy some Gentle Flow Yoga, followed by social time with complimentary coffee and fresh-baked pastry, atop the Asheville Art Museum's rooftop. This 60-minute class features gentle stretching and strengthening aimed to restore the body and mind, with a special focus on breathing, body awareness, and mindset care.

Second Saturday Studio Stroll

Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
River Arts District

Meander the mile-long River Arts District and discover all that the “RAD” has to offer. There are more than 250 artists in the 23 buildings throughout the district. Most of them will be on hand to describe or show you their techniques and share their inspirations. Also available are demonstrations, workshops, live music, wine tastings and delicious food.

Peanut Butter Porter Release Party

Saturday, October 8, 12 - 9 p.m.
12 Bones Brewing - South Asheville

Don't miss the one-time release of this highly anticipated beer release. The Peanut Butter Porter returns in all of its nut-free glory with ample body, rich notes of Reese’s cups drizzled with drippy peanut butter, caramelized toffee, & roasted marshmallow. Live music begins at 6 p.m.

CiderFest NC

Saturday, October 8, 1 - 4 p.m.
Olivette Riverside Community & Farm

Celebrate all things cider at the eighth annual CiderFest NC fundraiser. The event will feature ample tastings of hard cider, mead and apple wine, along with artisanal food, live music, workshops, a kids zone along the scenic French Broad River.

Recurring Events

Eliada Fall Festival and Corn Maze

Friday - Sunday, October 7-9, various times
Eliada Homes - Leicester

Find your way through Eliada's annual corn maze at this family-friendly event. There are also corn cannons, a spider climber, lawn games, hay rides, and face painting. You'll also be able to purchase a pumpkin to take home with you.

Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius

Friday - Sunday, October 7-9, various times

Leonardo da Vinci’s brilliance and many extraordinary achievements are brought to vivid life in Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius, the world’s most comprehensive and thrilling Leonardo da Vinci experience.

Live Music, Comedy, Dance and Theatre

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Senza Surprise

Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Lipinsky Auditorium, UNCA

The Blue Ridge Orchestra leads off its 2022-2023 Season with two afternoon performances of Senza Surprise. The concert features Franz Josef Haydn’s Symphony No. 94, known as the Surprise Symphony for reasons better experienced than described. The program will open with Beethoven's Coriolan Overture.

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Tailgate & Specialty Pop Up Markets

A person shopping for plants

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

Chicken Alley Stroll

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

Couple standing in front of Catawba Falls

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.

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.