Things to Do


The Orange Peel

The Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club of Asheville, North Carolina was voted one of Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 5 Rock Clubs in the country. Asheville’s premier downtown live music club is a smoke free facility that features a state of the art sound and lighting system. Musical acts appearing on stage have included Bob Dylan, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Blondie, Spoon, Sonic Youth, My Morning Jacket, Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins, Arcade Fire and many more. Our warm atmosphere and beautiful facilities are also ideal for private parties and events of all kinds. We look forward to seeing you at the Peel!

101 Biltmore Ave Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 398-1837

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

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School

Fox Mountain Guides and Climbing School is the south’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service. They offer rock climbing, ice climbing guiding and rock climbing courses across North Carolina. A great and exciting way to see the Mountains! FMG also offers a teen adventure summer camps June through August. We only use American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained and certified Instructors and Guides. No other guide service in the Southeastern USA upholds this incredibly high standard. Excellence in Rock Guiding and Instruction since 1994.

– The South’s only AMGA Accredited Guide Service
– AMGA Certified Instructors or Guides on every trip
– No experience necessary
– We cater to all ability levels and ages

3228 Asheville Hwy, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 Directions

Toll Free: 1-888-28-GUIDE (48433)

Omni Resorts The Grove Park Inn

The Grove Park Inn overlooks Asheville’s skyline and the Blue Ridge mountains. Built in 1913, the Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America. Amenities include a 40,000 sq ft world-class spa, Arts & Crafts antique furnishings, Club Floor, Donald Ross designed golf course, tennis, swimming, Sports Complex, shops, fine dining and children’s programs.

290 Macon Ave., Asheville, NC 28804 Directions

(800) 438-5800

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

With the romance and mystique of an era gone by, guests on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad will enjoy year-round scenic train journeys through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Great Smoky Mountains. Nantahala Gorge Excursion (4½ hour round trip), Day Out With Thomas™, Peanuts™ Pumpkin Patch Express, and the Polar Express™, are just a few of the wonderful trips available to passengers. Call for additional information, or to make advance reservations.

1-800-872-4681 or 828-586-8811

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.


Shindig on the Green

Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the new Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. Shindig on the Green takes place at Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m. Shindig on the Green has wrapped up the 2014 season, check back on for up to date details on the 2015 season as they become available.

Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC Directions

828-258-6101 extension 345

The Old Farmers Ball

The Old Farmers Ball (OFB) is a large group of WNC (mostly Asheville) residents who, as a community, participate in, promote, and sponsor various community dance events each week.

Asheville Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society

Our performances include hilarious segues characterized by G-rated humor reminiscent of Vaudeville days. Though centered in Asheville, our membership includes men from five western North Carolina counties. We enjoy a variety of vocal music activities throughout the area and take pride in our affiliation with the world’s largest singing fraternity—the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Western North Carolina Agricultural Center

This is the home of the Western North Carolina State Fair. The facilities include the McGough Arena, J. Clayton Davis Arena, Outside Warmup Rings, Sales Arena, Stall Barns, and Youth Building.

1301 Fanning Bridge Rd. Fletcher, NC 28732 Directions

(828) 687-1414


Zambra, Asheville’s home for Spanish wine and tapas, has beenglowingly reviewed in Southern Living, The New York Times, The LosAngeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Charlotte Observer; andfeatured on the Food Network. We feature the finest Iberian wines, andour dining room is widely recognized as the area’s most beautiful.

85 Walnut St., Asheville, NC 28801 Directions


Jack of the Wood Brew Pub

Where the Smokey Mountains meet the British Isles. Handcrafted beers and wine & spirits. One of Asheville’s favorite places to come and relax, listen to music, and enjoy fresh, locally sourced pub fare. Menu offers a broad selection of delicious meals. Located below the Laughing Seed Restaurant at 95 Patton Avenue.

95 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 252-5445

High Vista Weddings

You deserve an unparalleled setting and service…for your wedding day and you’ll find the best the mountains of Western North Carolina have to offer when you visit High Vista Country Club in Mills River, NC where events are catered exclusively by Frankie Bones Restaurant & Lounge. With seating for up to 150 people in The Laurel Room and outdoor ceremony space that includes breathtaking mountain backdrops, High Vista Country Club is one of the finest destinations for an Asheville wedding. Since 2009, Frankie Bones Restaurant and Lounge has been the exclusive caterer for all events and has delivered outstanding restaurant quality food with detailed service. Our event planning team will guide you through the entire wedding planning process with site visits, venue layout, decorations consulting, menu planning and menu tasting. We will customize your event to deliver an experience for you and your guests that will provide memories for a lifetime.

828-274-7111, Sales - 828-712-9505

Montford Park Players

The actors and technicians of the Montford Park Players are all volunteers. In any given year, about one hundred fifty people donate their time, talent, and expertise to our productions. What we all hold in common is a love of Shakespeare and a delight in presenting his plays to our friends and neighbors in Western North Carolina.


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



Southern Appalachian Supper Club and Moonshine Bar serves delicious local, seasonal and organic fare over candle light. This prohibition era supperclub was once Thomas Wolfe’s famous speakeasy: Eureka Saloon (1907-1922). Lex18 is considered one of Asheville’s most romantic restaurants with prohibition-era costumed waiters and nightly music. Moonshine Bar features hand crafted Asheville beers, Southern spirits and moonshine cocktails.

18 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 575-9494

The Brew-Hoppers Guide to Asheville

Most people aren’t aware that Asheville is the brewing capital of the Southeast. In fact, on just about any day of the year, one can select from about 50 locally brewed craft beers.

U.S. Cellular Center

The U.S. Cellular Center is Western North Carolina’s preeminent multi-purpose event facility and is managed by the City of Asheville.  The facility first opened to the public in 1974 and has since hosted thousands of concerts, sporting events, trade and consumer shows, graduations, speeches and other types of events over the years.

87 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions


North Carolina Stage Company

Professional theatre in downtown Asheville. NC Stage is a local hit, having won the 2005 Mountain Xpress Best Local Theatre Company award as well as producing many stellar successful productions. All performances at NC Stage Company Theatre, located on Walnut Street. For more information of current prodcutions please visit or call the Box Office.

828-350-9090, 828-669-4367

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


North Carolina Arboretum

A 427-acre facility with a Visitor Education Center, state-of-the-art greenhouses, beautiful gardens, and walking trails. Surrounded by lush folds of the botanically diverse Southern Appalachian Mountains, The North Carolina Arboretum is adjacent to the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at Milepost 393, and is nestled in one of the most beautiful natural settings in America.

100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way Asheville, NC 28806 Directions


The Artists Resource Center

A relaxed place for artists to gather, rehearse, relax, collaborate, exhibit, and perform. The Artist Resource Center is located on 45 Wall Street.


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

WNC Jazz Society

Performances on Sundays at Diana Wortham Theater present the best in straight-ahead, acoustic jazz at reasonable admission prices. Headliners have included Larry Coryell, Wycliffe Gordon, Freddie Cole, Bill Charlap, and Eric Alexander.

828-257-4530 Additional info about the Society, call Bo: 828-687-0407

Juicy Lucy’s Burger Bar and Grill

A family owned and operated business in beautiful Asheville, NC. Even though the Juicy Lucy Burger originated in MN we think the Asheville spin on this classic burger is a perfect fit for the area. We will be featuring one stuffed cheese Juicy Lucy Burger every month. We feature local farm fresh ingredients daily. We also bake our own buns, handmade patties, 13 different kinds of wings (including our famous Lucy Gone Wild . . go ahead, we dare ya’), pulled pork, baby back ribs, salads, vegan burgers, gluten free buns, and so much more that it’s just plain ridiculous. We also feature Asheville’s first ALL Stainless Steel draught beer system with 22 micro brews and a super cool Milk Shake Bar that Lucy herself couldn’t be more proud of. When you walk through the doors you will be treated like family because we are a family. We are open 7 days a week serving Lunch and Dinner daily. Hours:Sunday – Thursday 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 midnight.

620 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803 Directions

(828) 277-0355

Asheville and WNC Summer Camps

Looking for a summer camp in the cool WNC mountains, then look no further, as the camp directory lists a broad range of selections.

Creperie Bouchon

Much of our fare is sourced locally from dedicated farmers, cheese mongers, and bakers. Taste the freshness and understand the dedication to quality to the products that come out of the creperie kitchen. We’ve got local musicians rolling through the Courtyard a few nights a week. Come check out some sweet sounds, righteous spirits & of course, crêpes! In addition to our selection of wines & beer, Crêperie Bouchon has spirits for all your adult beverage needs. Crêperie Bouchon is located in a wonderfully quaint space located off Lexington Avenue in the Courtyard between Broadway & Lexington, Walnut & Woodfin in Downtown Asheville.

62 1/8 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 350-3741

Red Stag Grill at the Grand Bohemian Hotel

The Red Stag Grill emanates Old-World ambience with hand-hewn tables, oak flooring, and intimate lighting. The menu features a masterful blend of chops, game and traditional favorites – all with an emphasis on the freshest local ingredients complimented by an extensive wine list. The restaurant also includes a dramatic lounge for socializing while enjoying brilliantly prepared libations. Located in the Grand Bohemian Hotel.

11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803 Directions

(828) 398-5600

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.


Warren Wilson College Theatre

Warren Wilson Theatre is the performance laboratory of the College’s Theatre Department. Here students and members of the community can enjoy active involvement in a literary and performing art with roots in the past and innovative possibilities for the future. Students perform as actors, work backstage as technicians, and have opportunities as designers, directors, and playwrights


Pack’s Tavern

Located in the historic Hayes & Hopson building in the heart of Downtown Asheville’s newly renovated Pack Square Park, this locally owned tavern offers outstanding food in a friendly and hospitable atmosphere. Whether taking in our large eclectic menu in the beautifully restored interior, watching your favorite sports on the 10 big screens, enjoying some of Asheville’s greatest musical acts, or enjoying on of the more than 30 brews on tap while relaxing on the parkside patio; at Pack’s Tavern you will experience an atmosphere that is uniquely Asheville.
20 South Spruce Street, near the City Building.

20 South Spruce Street, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 225-6944

Country Inn Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road

Located a few minutes from downtown Asheville, the Asheville Mall & the world-renowned Biltmore Estate, and the Blue Ridge Parkway, Country Inn 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 Asheville Downtown Tunnel Road.

199 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC, 28805 Directions

(828) 254-4311

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!


Country Inn and Suites Biltmore Square

Looking for a place to stay in Asheville, NC? With its charming décor and comfortable amenities, the Country Inn & Suites provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere sure to please business and leisure travelers. Our Asheville hotel near the Blue Ridge Parkway boasts beautiful views of the mountains. You’ll find culture, nature, history and fine dining in abundance near our Asheville, NC lodging.

845 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806 Directions

(828) 670-9000

The Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall

185 Clingman Ave., in the River District. Legendary music hall with groups playing every night. Call for schedule. Sassafras Cafe & Catering Co. serves dinner from 6pm until 10pm and snacks & sandwiches until close. Check calendar of events on


MTN Merch

Asheville-themed gift and apparel for locals and visitors alike. This unique store offers a wide range of apparel including community-inspired t-shirts, jackets, hoodies and hats for adults and children – along with their higher-end line, NCline. MTN Merch offers a select number of locally-made products and gifts from woodworking to leather, soaps and food items. MTN Merch’s mission is to provide products that embrace the adventurous mountain lifestyle of the Asheville area while supporting the local community through proceeds and initiatives.

22 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803 Directions


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.


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


Licklog Players

This group is an extremely broad-based group that covers a five county area in North Georgia and Western Carolina.


The Watershed

207 W. State Street, Black Mountain

828-669-0777’s Calendar of Events

Events for this week, as well as future events around the Asheville/WNC area.

Brevard Little Theatre

performs at the Barn Theatre at Brevard College.


Asheville Symphony Orchestra

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


Cypress Cellar

321-C N. Main Street, Hendervonsille


Sports Zone

2310 Hendersonville Highway, Arden


Stella Blue

31 Patton Avenue, Downtown



237 Haywood Street, Downtown


Town Pump

135 Cherry Street, Black Mountain


Scandals Nightclub

11 Grove Street, Downtown


Smokey Tavern

18 Broadway, Downtown



107 N. Lexington Avenue, Downtown


Tressa’s Downtown Jazz & Blues

28 Broadway Avenue, Downtown



Moogfest, is a festival of 3 extraordinary days of music, plus exhibitions, installations, films, workshops, and discussions, all of which serve to help in celebrating the spirit and expansive vision of Bob Moog.

Fred’s Speakeasy

122 College Street, Downtown


Casey Jones

4 McLean Road, Brevard


Paddler’s Pub

Hot Springs


Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co.

675 Merrimon Avenue, North Asheville


ET’s Bar & Grill

2634 Hendersonville Rd, Arden


Downtown After Five

As summer heats up the Appalachian sky, so does Downtown After Five! Every third Friday of the Month, the Asheville Downtown Association brings you live music and cold beer. As well as lots of food offerings from local restaurants. Downtown After Five is a free event. Please remember to bring your valid ID and cash to purchase T-shirts, beer, wine, soft drinks and food!

(828) 251-9973

Ruby’s Tap House

8 Beverly Road



170 Rosscraggon Road, South Asheville


Norton’s Grill

1078 Tunnel Road, Asheville


College Street Pub

4 College Street, Downtown


Decades Bar & Grill

22 Woodfin Street, Downtown


The Relaxed Reader

721 Haywood Road, Downtown



71 Walnut Street, Downtown


Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour

112 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 Directions

(828) 407-0666