Celebrate You, Enjoy Others Spring in the Mountains

Spring in Asheville, North Carolina, is an enchanting time that beckons tourists not just with its natural beauty but also with its vibrant food scene. As the city awakens with the colors of blooming flowers and lush landscapes, so does the palate with fresh, seasonal produce that inspires a plethora of culinary experiences. Asheville's food scene is renowned for its farm-to-table restaurants, artisanal eateries, and eclectic mix of cuisines, making it a paradise for foodies. The mild spring weather is perfect for enjoying meals outdoors, from cozy brunches in sun-dappled patios to delightful dinners under the stars. Coupled with the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, dining in Asheville during spring offers not just a feast for the taste buds but also for the soul, making it an irresistible destination for those seeking a gastronomic adventure amidst nature's splendors.

Downtown Asheville Nightlife


  • Downtown After Five: Explore the vibrant evenings in the mountains by taking a leisurely walk along North Lexington Avenue and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of Downtown After Five. This fantastic outdoor music event offers residents and visitors the chance to indulge in a wide selection of local and national beers, as well as delicious food from various vendors. Mark your calendars for every third Friday from April to September, between 5-9pm, and join us for this free and unforgettable experience. Don't forget to bring a chair, grab a drink, and let the music move you!
  • Friday Night Drum Circle: Experience the vibrant energy of Asheville at the renowned drum circle, a beloved tradition cherished by both residents and tourists alike. Immerse yourself in the pulsating beats as you witness people of all ages and backgrounds come together in harmony. Every Friday night from April to October, and on warmer nights throughout the year, head to Pritchard Park on Patton Avenue at College Street in downtown Asheville. Feel the rhythm resonate through your soul as you watch mesmerizing dancers move to the powerful cadence of numerous drums. Don't miss the opportunity to join in the celebration by either playing an instrument or dancing to your heart's content. Discover the true essence of Asheville through its unique and diverse community.
  • Spring Hikes

  • Craven Gap to Ox Creek Road, Blue Ridge Parkway: The trailhead at Craven Gap for the Mountains-to-Sea trail is a short 15-minute drive from downtown Asheville, offering quick access to the forest and wildflowers. This two-mile stretch is known for its accessibility and diversity, with sights of robin trillium, violets, and azaleas along the way, as well as the scent of wild mountain mint. At Bull Gap, you can also find flowering prickly pear cactus and enjoy views of the Blue Ridge Parkway from a small rock outcropping.
  • Pink Beds, Pisgah Nation Forest: In late spring, you can enjoy a special treat by exploring the Pink Beds Trail in Pisgah National Forest. This trail offers a unique opportunity to discover the rare "swamp pink" flower, which can only be found in a few places in the southern Appalachians. The swamp pink, a member of the lily family, thrives in the mountain bogs of this valley. As you hike, you'll also be delighted by the vibrant mountain laurel and rhododendron, which often display a pink hue. This area of Pisgah National Forest is known as the "Cradle of American Forestry" and is home to babbling brooks, picturesque, wooded areas, and beaver dams.
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  • North Asheville Tailgate Market: The North Asheville Tailgate Market serves as a lively hub on Saturday mornings, fostering a welcoming and diverse atmosphere for people of all ages and backgrounds. Established in 1980, the market has grown to showcase over 120 top-notch farmers, bakers, chefs, and artists. Through cooking demonstrations, nutrition discussions, live performances, and the Growing Minds at Market program, the market actively involves the community in learning about food, health, and local culture
  • GRINDfest: GrindFest, a three-day extravaganza, is a celebration of the achievements of Black entrepreneurs and business owners in Asheville. Get ready for a block-party style event in the River Arts District, where you can immerse yourself in a weekend filled with music, games, live performances, delicious food, local vendors, and opportunities to learn, find employment, and form partnerships. This festival aims to showcase the progress made by people of color while fostering connections within the community. Get ready for a long weekend packed with fun and excitement!
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