Things to Do

Arts & Entertainment

Flat Rock Playhouse

The State Theatre of North Carolina, and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 90,000 patrons annually and is a major contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.

2661 Greenville Hwy, Flat Rock, NC 28731 Directions

(828) 693-0731

Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville’s First Mansion

If you are planning a visit to the Asheville area for the color season, you might want to plan a visit to the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Built circa 1840 by James McConnell Smith, the Smith McDowell House is Asheville’s oldest surviving house and the oldest brick house in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Small admission fee.

283 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions


Asheville Art Museum

As the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina, the Asheville Art Museum, its collection and programs are the only such resources available to the diverse communities in the region. On the first Wednesday of every month, the Museum is pleased to offer free admission from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

2 S Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 253-3227

Greenlife Grocery

Greenlife is a full service natural foods store dedicated to bringing you and your family the freshest and healthiest foods and products available. For a great gift for that special person in your life, consider a gift certificate from Greenlife Grocery. An upscale one-stop supermarket that stocks only organic and naturally grown food products along with a broad selection of wines and beers. This upscale supermarket features an expansive deli serving foods prepared by a half dozen highly skilled chefs. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives.

70 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 254-5440

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre

SART’s purpose has been to produce quality theatre by a professional non-profit company and to present plays concerning Appalachia that portray the rich culture and heritage of its people and to promote the development of original plays.


Brevard Music Center

Nestled in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this premier summer music festival and comprehensive music center has set the highest standards in performance and education for nearly seven decades.
They offer over 80 performances over seven weeks, from mid-June through early August. 828-862-2100.


Pan Harmonia

Pan Harmonia is an independent repertory company based in Asheville, North Carolina, directed by flutist Kate Steinbeck. Nationally recognized for its artistic excellence and creative vision, Pan Harmonia offers a mosaic of concerts, educational residencies and community outreach.

(828) 254-7123 Directions

Grovewood Gallery

This locally-owned, fine crafts destination showcases the work of 500 American artists and includes rotating exhibits, an impressive studio furniture collection, outdoor sculpture gardens, and 9 working artist studios. The gallery is housed in the historic weaving and woodworking complex of Biltmore Industries, located adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn. Open daily. Restaurant and free parking on site.

111 Grovewood Rd, Asheville, NC 28804 Directions

(828) 253-7651

Hickory Furniture Mart

When you’re in Asheville, you’re just over an hour away from the nation’s leading home furnishings resource and a shopping experience you’ll never forget. See a thousand lines in nearly a hundred beautiful factory stores, outlets and galleries. Ideas galore. Famous North Carolina prices. On-site hotel, restaurant, shipping service. Visit

2220 US Highway 70 Southeast, Hickory, NC 28602 Directions


The Asheville Wine Market

The area’s largest wine retailer, specializes in finding tasty estate bottled wines from around the world at the best prices. In addition to weekly specials and free Saturday tastings, the selection of unique, rare and hard to find wines is truly impressive.To complement the wines, there is a thoughtfully selected inventory of cheese and gourmet foods and a well-stocked craft beer section. This downtown destination is a must stop for wine lovers and foodies.

65 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

828.253.0060 or 800.825.7175

Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center

Downtown across from Pack Square, Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center houses Three Centuries of Pack Square, and is the home for the Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater, Colburn Earth Science Museum, the Health Adventure and the YMI Cultural Center.
“A must see” when visiting Asheville, NC.

(828) 253-3227

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc.

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity. We perform a monthly live magic show at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church at 337 Charlotte Street in Asheville. “Magic, Mirth & Meaning” acts as a fundraiser for the non-profit and showcases the talents of people with disabilities and those who wish to help them.

337 Charlotte St Asheville, NC 28801 Directions



LYLAS, Asheville’s first all-female sketch comedy troupe. Written, directed, and performed by women, but performed for all genders without any pesky political or social messages, LYLAS is just plain funny. [email protected]

Asheville Area Arts Council

The Asheville Area Arts Council was founded more than forty years ago as a community arts council serving the needs of Western North Carolina. Designed as an umbrella service organization, AAAC is dedicated to developing cultural resources, city and audience development, fund raising and grant allocations, and administrative assistance.


Asheville Lyric Opera

Pack Place, Downtown
“Come see Asheville’s premier opera company as it makes a ‘quantum leap of artistic development.’ (ACT) in Western North Carolina, a full season of opera is to be experienced by all fans of the opera.


blue goldsmiths

asheville’s premier luxury jeweler for over two decades, offering one-of-a-kind pieces in susan west’s iconic, modern designs.

we proudly offer two locations: our flagship location and design studio at 1 swan street in historic biltmore village, and our downtown location at 1 battery park avenue at the corner of the historic flat iron building.


YMI Cultural Center

For years, the 18,000 square foot YMI building was the social and economic center of Asheville’s Black community. Currently YMI is a cultural center operating with support from the City of Asheville. Its impressive Tudor-style structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features four galleries and a 300-seat performing arts theatre.

39 S Market St, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 252-4614

Diamond Brand Outdoors, Asheville

At Diamond Brand we are proud to offer unique customer service and a selection of high-quality outdoor products, hand picked by expert staff to best satisfy our customers’ outdoor gear and apparel needs. Our products cover a broad range of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, backpacking, running, walking, climbing, paddling, yoga, work out, and lifestyle.

1378 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803 Directions


Diamond Brand Outdoors, Downtown Asheville

At Diamond Brand we are proud to offer unique customer service and a selection of high-quality outdoor products, hand picked by expert staff to best satisfy our customers’ outdoor gear and apparel needs. Our products cover a broad range of outdoor activities including camping, hiking, backpacking, running, walking, climbing, paddling, yoga, work out, and lifestyle.

53 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions


Asheville Community Theatre

Every year since 1946 ACT has offered Western North Carolina superb productions of comedies, dramas, and musicals, and this year will be no exception.


Song O’Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International)

Invites all women 18 and over to join the fun of singing 4 part barbershop harmony every Tuesday at Covenant Community Church. We sing many different genres–gospel, blues, Broadway show tunes, folk songs–just to mention a few. No previous musical instruction is required; you don’t have to be able to read music. A good ear, a love of harmony, and the desire for instant friends and fellowship are all that’s necessary. Please visit our website or call toll free. Better yet–plan to visit a rehearsal and see what we are all about: REAL women-REAL harmony–REAL fun!


The L.O.F.T.

Lost objects, found treasures. A very special gift shop. An old attic of a place where you can discover objects of beauty or find treasures that have been given new life through creativity and, ocassionally, a [smallish] glass of vino blanco.

(828) 259-9303

Hendersonville Little Theatre

The Official Community Theatre of Hendersonville is now in its 45th season. The Hendersonville operates in an old horse barn converted into a 121-seat theatre called “the Barn” by patrons. HLT is an all-volunteer, non-profit corporation located on State Street between Willow and Kanuga.


Country Inn & Suites Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road

Located a few minutes from downtown Asheville, the Asheville Mall, the world-renowned Biltmore Estate, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, the newly renovated Country Inn & Suites Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road has over 45 restaurants within 5 blocks.  Amenities include indoor heated salt water pool & whirlpool, fitness room, complimentary fresh cookies and coffee, free USA Today paper, In-room coffee maker, iron & ironing board, LCD TV’s and free high speed Internet, jacuzzi rooms available. After a good night’s rest, join us for our complimentary hot and healthy breakfast buffet. Please call (828) 254-4311 to book your reservation today at Country Inn & Suites Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road.

199 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC, 28805 Directions

(828) 254-4311

Diana Wortham Theatre

Pack Place, Downtown. The intimate 500-seat theater is host to more than 150 performances annually by professional touring artists and local arts organizations. Performances normally last around two hours. Call for performance schedule.


Colburn Earth Science Museum

Located in Pack Place, the heart of Asheville’s thriving downtown cultural area, Colburn Earth Science Museum ignites imagination, enhances science capability, and unlocks innovation. For more than 50 years, the Colburn Museum has fostered an appreciation for the Earth and its resources and environments through its exhibits, educational programming, and the care of its collection.

2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 254-7162

Haywood Arts Repertory Theatre

This award-winning Waynesville-based company will performs several times thoughout the season. Most shows take place at the Waysville Performing Arts Center, 250 Pigeon St.


Folk Art Center

Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Folk Art Center is the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, representing craft artists fromSouthern Appalachia. The Allanstand Craft Shop carries the work of over 300 of these guild members. Open: Jan-March 9am-5pm daily; April-Dec 9am-6pm daily.

Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC Directions


Brown’s Floral Design

Unique florals, weddings, parties, green and blooming plants, gourmet and custom gift baskets, condolences. Delivery service to Asheville and most sourrounding areas. Rustic or refined we guarentee fun, and customer satisfaction. Also, specializing in weddings in the mountains. Visit our wedding website,, Brown’s Weddings, or visit our regular web site, Brown’s Floral Design

25 North Main Street, Weaverville NC 28787 Directions

800-627-1876, or local 828-645-6544

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Downtown The brightest stars…the greatest music…the finest performances…


Hendersonville Symphony

The brightest stars…the greatest music…the finest performances…the Hendersonville Symphony.
P. O. Box 1811, Hendersonville, NC 28793


Blue Spiral 1

One of Asheville’s premier art galleries featuring contemporary fine art and craft by artists of the Southeastern United States.

38 Biltmore Avenue, Downtown Directions