Thursday, November 17, 2016

What to do this Weekend in the Mountains

November 17, 2016
Event:     Taste of Asheville  
An evening of food, wine and beer tasting with 40+ AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurants) restaurants, wine sponsors and local brewers.  This event usually "sells out" so get your tickets in advance. Enjoy the best of Asheville's food and beverage scene with tastings and samplings of old favorites and new creations. This is a fundraiser for AIR and it's programs, including the "Chef's of Tomorrow" Scholarship at AB Tech and GO! Kitchen Ready.

November 17 - December 17, 2016
Event:     A Christmas Carol at The Flat Rock Playhouse 
Adapted for the stage by Richard Hellesen.  Original music with lyrics adapted from traditional sources by David De Berry.  By popular demand, Charles Dickens’ classic tale returns to Flat Rock Playhouse in 2016. The State Theatre of North Carolina will be presenting the hit 2014 production bi-annually. Seats from $15 - $40

November 18, 2016
Event:     Light Up Downtown  
Annually, Historic Downtown North Wilkesboro kicks off the Holiday Season with the lighting ceremony soon after dusk. Main Street is filled with the lights, joys, smells, and sounds of Christmas. Santa will be in the lobby of Wilkes Towers ready for photos with the little ones. Local community groups take part in in providing hay rides, live entertainment, food, crafts, kids activities and more.

November 18, 2016
Event:    Scheduled Opening Day for Appalachian Ski Mountain  
ASM Opens (if weather permits) for the 2016-2017 season.  To celebrate, the first 100 guests to the Ticket Cashier Window will receive a FREE ski ticket. 

November 18 - 23, 2016  (continues  select dates through Jan 1, 2017)
Event:     The Polar Express at The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  The 1 ¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story.  Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Enjoy singing Christmas carols during the trip back. Kids of all ages will believe in the magic of the Holiday season. 

November 18, 2016 - January 1, 2017
Event:     Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum   
Winter Lights is a three-acre nightly walking tour of The North Carolina Arboretum's nationally-known gardens, including its Quilt Garden and Bonsai Exhibition Garden. Celebrate the holidays and discover the natural beauty of western North Carolina through lighted garden exhibits and landscapes. The 2015/2016 Winter Lights exhibit will also include animated displays that are programmed to illuminate to the sounds of musical holiday favorites. In addition, there will be several new displays and family-friendly activities that will be placed throughout the gardens. 

November 18 - January 4, 2017
Event:    Winter Wonderland at The Grove Arcade 
The historic Grove Arcade is all dressed up in holiday style with 35 shops and restaurants in celebration mode. Gingerbread entries from The Omni Grove Park Inn are on display along with traditional winter wonderland decorations and shops filled with special gifts. for friends and family.

November 19, 2016
Event:     Classic Car Cruise-in   Held the 3rd Saturday of every month. Bring your car, truck or motorcycle. Downtown Old Fort, 3-5 PM. A  free Sponsored by Route 70 Cruisers

November 19, 2016
Event:     Annual Holiday Parade
   The Holiday parade begins at 3 PM followed by the 1st Annual Light up the Town event starting around 5:30 PM. The Downtown will be lit at dusk with lighted displays and decorations. Businesses will be all decked out for the Holiday season many  will also have extended hours to start your Holiday shopping early. Food specials and live music at will be offered by downtown restaurants. Visit stores for chances to win prizes. End your evening at the WJ Methodist Church Hensley Hall for Coffee House Live with great entertainment and refreshments beginning at 7:30 PM.

November 19, 2016
Event:    Christmas Ornament Festival in Town Center  
9 AM - 2 PM. An annual Christmas Ornament Festival featuring one of a kind gift items handmade by local crafters and artisans. Admission is free. The Burnsville NC area is home to hundreds of North Carolina's favorite artists and crafters. This is your opportunity to make your holiday gift giving really special with a handcrafted piece from, the mountains.

November 19, 2016
Event:     Asheville Holiday Parade  
The 70th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade, presented by Bojangles, rolls through downtown Asheville beginning at 11 AM. The parade starts on Biltmore Avenue near South Charlotte Street, makes a left on Patton Avenue, and ends at French Broad Avenue.  This year's parade features nearly 100 entries including marching bands, dance and cheer squads, nonprofits and businesses. Bojangles will have food and beverages available for sale along the parade route.

November 19 - January 3, 2017
Event:     19th Century Carolina Christmas at the Smith-McDowell House  
Asheville's oldest surviving dwelling is now a National Register property and a window into how life was lived here in the 19th century. Celebrate Christmas the old-fashioned way. The Smith-McDowell House Museum's timeline of authentically decorated period rooms showcases the evolution of Christmas celebrations and decorations. This yearly exhibit, began in 1981, is a tradition for many regional families and tour groups. The mansion and local history museum will again be authentically decorated with fresh trees, garlands, ornaments and toys of the Victorian Period. 

November 20, 2016
Event:     Marion Christmas Parade
    This annual event marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Marion. 3 PM - 4 PM in historic downtown Marion. 


Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Swank 65 This Weekend in The Pisgah National Forest

November 13, 2016     The Swank 65    Mountain bike racing at its most primeval, far removed from civilization and polluted air. The race begins at 2500 feet, and consists of a triad of cloverleaf shaped loops winding around Gloucester Gap in Pisgah National Forest. Rolling over rugged mining roads, fun single track, tough climbs and hell-raising descents, the exhilarating course will test your skills and desire as you explore the devilish terrain of the Pisgah National Forest.


 Get complete local information on our Brevard NC Visitor Guide