Every Friday | 6-10 PM
Pritchard Park, Patton Ave, Downtown
Don't miss the drum circle, a favorite Asheville tradition for both locals and visitors. Anyone can participate by drumming, dancing or watching. Stop by the Asheville Drum Circle every Friday night (April-October) in Pritchard Park in downtown on Patton Avenue at College Street. Join folks of every age and description. Watch people dance to the thunderous rhythm of the dozens of drums. Or better yet, join in by playing or dancing!
Sep 28 | 11 AM - 11 PM
Hillman Beer, 25 Sweeten Creek Rd
Put on your lederhosen, it's time for our annual Oktoberfest, happening on September 28th! Join us for great live music, a special beer release, a delicious Oktoberfest special from Rise Above Deli, and a commemorative stein for sale!
Sep 28 | 10 AM - 7 PM
Pack Square Park, Downtown
Asheville's Blue Ridge Pride Festival celebrates the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. Two stages will feature regional musicians and many talented entertainers. Check out the 150 vendors and organizations who will do their best to feed, cloth, accessorize, entertain and educate the 10,000+ festival goers.
All events are held in Asheville & FREE unless otherwise noted.
For a full calendar of events, click on ASHEVILLE link below.
Fall Foliage Forecast
From RomanticAsheville.com. Please visit their website for more information and to find links for areas mentioned.
September 27-October 6: Spotty color at 6,000+ feet in the highest mountains north of Asheville turn first, especially along the drive up to Mount Mitchell and near Grandfather Mountain.
October 3-12: Colors transform above 5,000 feet elevation around high rocky ridges including Rough Ridge and Graveyard Fields on the Blue Ridge Parkway. South on the Parkway, head to Waterrock Knob and Black Balsam areas. Hike & picnic atop both Max Patch and Roan Mountain on the AT.
October 8-19: 4,000-5,000 feet elevation. Best colors really pick up steam, including Mount Pisgah and Devil's Courthouse areas south on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The mountains surrounding Waynesville and Cashiers peak, including Whiteside Mountain with the Shadow of the Bear. Also, see colorful highest ridges of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and drive the Cherohala Skyway.
October 15-26: 3,000-4,000 feet elevation. The ultimate week for the most color including large sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway. This also includes much of Pisgah National Forest near Brevard. Drive the Forest Heritage Scenic Byway. Top hikes there include Looking Glass Rock or Cradle of Forestry. North of Asheville, best color will be Banner Elk and hikes to Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain at Linville Gorge. West of Asheville, head to Maggie Valley, Cherokee and Bryson City.
October 22-31: 2,000-3,000 feet elevation. The city of Asheville, French Broad River and Biltmore Estate show their best color, along with many of our small towns including Sylva and Saluda. It's a great time for a waterfall hike in DuPont State Forest or a stroll at the NC Arboretum.
October 28-November 7: 1,000-2,000 feet elevation. Color fills the lush Hickory Nut Gorge at Chimney Rock. See the fall reflections on Lake Lure. Also hike and camp at Lake James and South Mountains State Parks east of Asheville. The leaf progression concludes in the foothills around Marion, Rutherfordton and Tryon Foothills Wine Country.