Asheville Local News

Local news for Asheville, North Carolina and the surrounding Western North Carolina communities. Includes coverage on the Biltmore, Asheville Tourists, local beer, and local food.

Holiday lights at Lake Julian Festival of Lights.

2020 Lake Julian Festival of Lights

Lake Julian Festival of Lights is once again brightening local holidays. The annual light show has become a local winter holiday staple, offering an inexpensive and accessible family-oriented experience.

Holiday lights in the shape of a caterpillar.

Winter Lights Return to the N.C. Arboretum

Western North Carolina is shining brighter this holiday season as the North Carolina Arboretum celebrates the seventh anniversary of its Winter Lights holiday light show.

Downtown Asheville lit up at dusk.

Asheville Rent Index up 3.1% Since Start of Pandemic

Asheville rents have increased 1.0% over the past month, and are up moderately by 2.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents stand at $1,038 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,377 for a two-bedroom.

The exterior of Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.

A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas

This year, Flat Rock Playhouse is celebrating the holidays a little differently by bringing this popular Christmas tradition to your home! Experience the magic and merriment with your favorite Vagabonds on stage and around town.

A person with a hand full of fresh soil.

Peak Season Soil Testing Fees Now in Effect

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Agronomic Services Lab’s peak-season testing fees are now in effect through March 31, 2021.

Hikers going through grassy terain toward a snow-covered mountain.

Winter Hikes Near Asheville

Asheville is a great city to visit no matter the time of year. It’s well known for being located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, which means you’ll want to get out and enjoy outdoor activities while you’re visiting.

Paint and paint brushes on an art board.

Asheville Art Museum Seeks Submissions for Cherokee Syllabary Exhibition

The Asheville Art Museum is accepting submissions through December 15 from artists who are enrolled members of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, the Cherokee Nation, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians for an upcoming exhibition on Cherokee Syllabary.