Local Events

Autumn Color in Western North Carolina

Fall Leaf Forecast
The fall foliage show in the mountains and foothills surrounding Asheville in western North Carolina brings a kaleidoscope of leaf colors for many weeks.

Ongoing Events

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration

Nov 3 - Jan 6

Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St

Admission: Pricing varies by date

A daytime visit to Biltmore is a feast for the senses. Wrap yourself in the scent of fresh evergreens as you admire holiday décor featuring wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of thousands of ornaments on more than 55 glorious Christmas trees. The celebration continues across the estate, including colorful holiday blooms in the Conservatory, commemorative Christmas wine at the Winery, special menus in restaurants, and Antler Hill Village's must-see evening illumination display. Buy your ticket seven or more days in advance and save $10 on each admission!


Candlelight Christmas Evenings

Nov 3 - Jan 5 | 5 PM

Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St

Admission: By reservation only. Pricing varies by date

Candlelight, firelight, and live music bring holiday warmth to the extravagant holiday décor of Biltmore House, creating an evening to remember. Evening guests can also take advantage of Antler Hill Village & Winery to enjoy free wine tastings. Advance reservations are required for evening visits.


Eat, Drink & Be Merry

Nov 10 - Dec 31 | 10 AM - 5:30 PM

Grovewood Village, 111 Grovewood Rd (adjacent to Omni Grove Park Inn)

Grovewood Gallery invites you to Eat, Drink & Be Merry - a showcase of artfully curated table settings for festive holiday entertaining. Works will include ceramic tableware, wooden cutting boards, one-of-a-kind serving pieces, drinking vessels, and more - all displayed on handcrafted tables throughout the gallery.


Traditional Christmas at Historic Smith-McDowell House

Nov 14 - Jan 5 |Wed - Sat, 10 AM - 4 PM

283 Victoria Rd, Downtown

Admission: $9

The mansion and local history museum is authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period. Six period rooms are decked out with gold, silver and glassware from their permanent collections.

Winter Lights

Nov 16 - Dec 31 | 6-10 PM

NC Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way

Admission: $18

Experience Asheville’s BRIGHTEST holiday tradition at Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum. Walk through an outdoor winter wonderland and enjoy unique displays and landscapes composed of more than half-a-million holiday lights. Listen to the sounds of your favorite holiday tunes or enjoy a cup of holiday-inspired cocoa, cider or beer.


Winter Wonderland

Nov 16 - Jan 6 | 5-8 PM

Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave, Downtown

The historic Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville is an enticing place to visit any time of year. From Nov. 16 to Jan. 6, Grove Arcade visitors also can recapture the holiday magic of yesteryear with the annual Winter Wonderland celebration. In addition to shopping, dining and essentials, ongoing Winter Wonderland events at the Grove Arcade include appearances by Santa Claus from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9 and 16. And starting Nov. 21, the building’s halls feature a Gingerbread House Display in partnership with The Omni Grove Park Inn, celebrating the 26th year of its National Gingerbread House Competition. It all adds up to a holiday season of wonder in one of Asheville’s architectural treasures.


2018 National Gingerbread House Competition Display

Nov 25 - Jan 3 | Sunday, 3 PM; Mon - Thur, anytime

Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave

Parking: $20+

What started as a small group of gingerbread houses built by community members in 1992 has evolved into one of our most treasured traditions at The Omni Grove Park Inn. The gingerbread display has grown in more than just entries; it has become a true family holiday tradition. From the very young to the very young at heart, the reaction to this magical experience is the same - one of wonder, awe and delight.

November Events


Salute to Service

Nov 9-11 | 9 AM

Navitat Canopy Adventures, 242 Poverty Branch Rd, Barnardsville

Admission: Free for veterans

Calling all U.S. Military Veterans and families — get ready for Navitat Asheville’s annual Veterans Day event! All U.S. Military Veterans* and current active duty Military* zipline for FREE at Navitat Asheville on November 09, 10 or 11. Dependents (spouse and children) are eligible for a 10% discount off their ticket price!


Asheville Comic Expo

Nov 10 | 11 AM - 7 PM

US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St, Downtown

Admission: $15

A.C.E returns this year, bigger and better than ever, bringing the best of comics and nerd culture to Asheville, NC! Join us for a fantastic day celebrating independent artists, publishers, big-name titles, cosplay, gaming, fandom and more.


River Arts District Annual Studio Tour

Nov 10 & 11 | 10 AM - 8 PM

14 Riverside Dr, Downtown

Join us for our Fall Studio Stroll & Food Drive– experience + collect amazing art in the studios + galleries. Bring a can of non-perishable food to support MANNA Food Bank. Enjoy special demonstrations + events, free parking, + a free trolley. Sat. + Sun. Nov 10 & 11, 10am-5pm. Meet the artists and shop for the holidays.

‘Tis the Season Holiday Fair

Nov 16-18 | Fri & Sat, 10 AM - 6 PM; Sun, 11 AM - 5 PM

WNC Ag Center, 761 New Boylston Hwy, Fletcher

Admission: $5

A festive shopping event featuring fabulous art, crafts, gifts, adornments for the home as well as delectable holiday food and NC wines.


Asheville Holiday Parade

Nov 17 | 11 AM - 1 PM

Downtown Asheville (see website for route details)

The parade features nearly 100 entries including marching bands, dance and cheer squads, nonprofits and businesses. Parade entries include a little something for everyone with decorated floats, adoptable pets from area rescue organizations, our Honored Veterans float sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, live music, performances, and of course, Santa Claus. After the parade, families are invited to Pack Square for photos with Santa.


4th Annual Stout Bout Festival

Nov 17 | 12-5 PM

Hi-Wire Brewing, 2 Huntsman Place

Admission: $10

Stout Bout blends a traditional beer festival with a blind tasting. From 12:00pm-3:00pm attendees will be able to taste as many beers as they wish and cast a vote for their top two favorite stouts. At 3:00pm voting will close, and at 3:30pm winners will be announced, and all beers will be revealed to attendees. If there is beer left, full pours will be made available to customers for purchase.


Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Nov 22-25

The Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend in Asheville and the North Carolina mountains is a feast of fun. Here are our top things to do. Of course, eating is number one! Since it's one of our busiest weekends of the year, be sure to make lodging and dining reservations well in advance! While many Asheville area restaurants are closed, there are still many great local choices for a brunch, lunch or dinner on Turkey Day.


Kansas: Point of Know Return Tour

Nov 30 | 8 PM

Tickets: $35-$95

US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St, Downtown

With a legendary career spanning more than four decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. This “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner, and have gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide.

The Asheville Christmas Show

Nov 30 & Dec 1 | 7:30-9:45 PM

Arts Auditorium, 419 McDowell St, Downtown

Admission: $26

Celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season with an evening of live music, dance, and comedy that's sure to become an annual tradition! This family-friendly, Broadway-style production features the finest performers from Asheville and Western North Carolina and special guest artists.