WNC Farmers Market
570 Brevard Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Conveniently located near downtown Asheville, N. C., and between Interstate Highway 40 & 240.
Onsite parking available in multiple areas however be prepared to park offsite if lot becomes too full as there will be a large crowd. Carpooling is encouraged.
Please drive responsibility or use Uber or a local taxi.
CiderFest NC began in 2013 as a fall fundraiser with locally produced apples, cheeses, hard cider and plans to serve only about 60 people. No one imagined that we would have exceeded those expectations, but we did and by a wide margin. Almost overnight we became recognized as the very first hard cider tasting festival in North Carolina, boasting of a sold-out event with over 400 attendees!
This year's festival builds on that success, offering a larger, fun-filled yet relaxing atmosphere to enjoy the distinctive hand-crafted hard ciders from many regions throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, as well as an opportunity to learn about this rapidly growing industry in Western North Carolina. Come and let your taste buds discover how our refreshing (and naturally gluten-free) hard ciders pair especially well with local cheeses and artisan, hand-crafted breads and crackers. Non-alcoholic organic cider and apple samples will also be served by our local apple growers.
And it gets even better. Local musicians will be performing familiar tunes and original works at this year's fall festival, making it a fun event for the entire family! Among the new activities will be cider and cheese tastings; apple press demonstrations; cider evaluation and awards by French Broad Vignerons; a Hard Cider 101 panel; and free pumpkin painting and activities for the kids and the young at heart! Reserve your space today. This event gets underway RAIN OR SHINE.
Music by Jon Stickley Trio during festival
1:00PM Festival Opens/Tickets/Wristbands
2:30PM Hard Cidermaking 101 Panel with Q & A on main stage
3:30PM Apple Press Demo @ Three Sisters Cidery booth
4:30PM Last hard cider samples served
5:00PM Event Ends
November 6, 2014
Location: The Venue
Address: 21 N. Market St., Asheville, NC 28801
The Montford Park Players present their annual masquerade ball. Open bar, food from local restaurants, and live music by Hank West and the Smokin' Hots are all included. The evening will also include a live auction, a silent auction, a raffle, and short performances by some of the company's stars. Cocktail attire. Costumes encouraged! Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door.
Christmas at Biltmore runs from November 7, 2014 through January 11, 2015.
When night falls behind the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains, Biltmore glows with the light of candles and flickering fireplaces. Music of the season performed by choirs and musicians provides a fitting accompaniment, and Biltmore House assumes the homey warmth that George Vanderbilt and his guests enjoyed every night. This is what makes Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore House so special. Guests attending Candlelight Christmas Evenings may also visit Antler Hill Village.
Candlelight Christmas Evenings require a separate ticket for entry from daytime admission and are available by reservation only. The ticket includes an evening self-guided candlelight tour of Biltmore House, same day or next day visit to the gardens and Biltmore Estate Winery.
Look for Santa Claus at Antler Hill Village every weekend, November 8 through December 21 from 1-5 p.m.
Biltmore-inspired holiday decoration classes are held daily at A Gardner's Place below the Conservatory.
At the Studio Stroll in Asheville's River Arts District, all of the gifts are locally handmade and one-of-a-kind. Visit the artists' studios and find special gifts for family, friends, and yourself.
The first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists' studios in the region, the River Arts District Studio Stroll takes place in 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There will be artists' demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend.
Getting to and around in the River Arts District is a breeze. Accessible by car from Downtown, West Asheville, and Biltmore Village, there is plenty of parking. Catch the trolley at Riverview Station or any of the stops on the map.
November 21, 2014 - January 04, 2015
Location: WNC Agricultural Center
Address: 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
Times: Dusk - 10 p.m.
Admission: Starting at $20
Welcome to Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland! You may wonder, why go to such great lengths to create an attraction of this magnitude? It's simple; we uncovered a passion and followed our dreams. After physically crafting each element, placing and bracing them, tediously programming hundreds of thousands of lights to perform with music, we managed to light up the nights!
There are over sixteen hundred individual and unique channels simultaneously directing this orchestra of lights. Using the most technologically advanced equipment in the industry, Christmas Wonderland magically expresses what Christmas means to us. Our hope is for this show to spark a smile on your face like it does ours.
Spreading Christmas cheer is our prime motivation and in doing so, we find great importance in giving back to our local community.
Now sit back... relax... and let the Christmas spirit take you away!
(November 27, 2014)
Asheville Restaurants: While many restaurants are closed, there are still many great choices for a Thanksgiving brunch, lunch or dinner. Click on the names to go to their web sites.
Biltmore Estate Restaurants
Requires estate admission ticket or 12-month pass to dine. See our Christmas at Biltmore Guide.
Deerpark 11 AM-4 PM: Extravagant Thanksgiving buffet, $45/person, reservations required (and books up fast). Phone: 828-225-6260.
Bistro (at Winery) 11:30 AM-8 PM: Gourmet four-course prix fixe menu plus limited a la carte. Phone: 828-225-6230. Reservations highly recommended.
Stable Café (by House) 11 AM-4 PM: A la carte menu with blend of most popular lunch menu items, plus a number of holiday offerings. Best option if you tour Biltmore on Thanksgiving and don't have a reservation.
Cedric’s Tavern (Antler Village) 11 AM-9 PM: Regular lunch and dinner menus, plus three-course menu. Phone: 828-225-1320
Grove Park Inn Restaurants (Dining reservations: 1-800-438-5800)
Blue Ridge Dining Room: 12-7:30 PM Grand Buffet, Adults $55, children 2-12 $20
EDISON, craft ales + kitchen: 11 AM–11 PM with full menu and specials
Grand Ballroom: 10:45 AM-6 PM, Phenomenal Buffet, Adults $55, children 2-12 $20
Vue 1913: 11 AM-2:30 PM and 4-8 PM, Thanksgiving pre fixe menu $65
Read more about Grove Park Inn and the Gingerbread House Competition Display
Grand Bohemian Hotel: (Biltmore Village) Two choices: The Red Stag Grill presents an elegant, four-course dinner starting at 11 AM featuring Heritage Black Turkey Roulade, Appalachian Forest Ham, Grilled Venison Tenderloin and Black Grouper. The Kessler Ballroom hosts family-style dining for larger gatherings, featuring traditional Turkey and accompaniments. Additional carvings stations will offer Cider-Glazed Pork Loin and roasted Brasstown Beef. 828-398-5600. Read more about the Grand Bohemian Hotel.
Roux: (South Asheville) Traditional Thanksgiving buffet including delicious selections of roasted all-natural NC turkey with orange-cranberry relish, baked ham with peaches and beam glaze, sweet potato casserole with pecan streusel, homemade pumpkin pie, apple-cinnamon bread pudding, gluten-free options, and much more! Seating will be from 1–8 PM. Adults $34/person, $15/child 12 and under. Located in the Hilton Hotel Biltmore Park. Reservations required, 828-209-2715.
DoubleTree Biltmore's Thanksgiving Buffet features seasonal classics with an elegant twist, with roasted turkey, autumn greens, herb roasted fingerling potatoes, pork loin stuffed with apples, pears and sage, creamy pumpkin pudding, vanilla cheesecake and much more. 1:30-6 PM. Adults $35; Children 12 and under $14. Reservations required at 828-274-1800.
Buffalo Nickel: In West Asheville, open 12-8 PM with a set menu of farm-to-table turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and green beans, plus dessert, for $17 adults and $9 for kids.
Edna's coffee shop in North Asheville is open 6 AM-10 PM with sandwiches, salads and a variety of drinks.
Downtown Asheville Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving
Storm Rhum Bar & Bistro, 3-course prix fixe menu with choice of heritage breed turkey, beef, pork or fish. They serve from 2-8 PM and the bar will be open until midnight. Reservations made online or call 828-505-8560.
Isa’s Bistro, 11 AM-4 PM, 3-course prix fixe menu $55. Call 828-575-9636
oneFIFTYone Boutique Bar & Kitchen at Hotel Indigo, Four course dinner, 2-9 PM, call 828-239-0186
Strada Italiano, 11 AM-8 PM, Italian family recipes, call 828-348-8448
Carmels, a al carte menu, Grove Arcade, 11 AM-7 PM, call 828-252-8730
Pack's Tavern, Thanksgiving Buffet with turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings special and plenty of beer choices, 20 South Spruce Street, 11 AM-9 PM. $25/adults, $13/children under 10. Reservations, call 828-225-6944
The Bier Garden, 46 Haywood St, 828-285-0002
Blackbird Restaurant, 47 Biltmore Ave, 828-254-2502
Kathmandu, 90 Patton Ave, 828-252-1080
Mountain Magnolia Inn Thanksgiving Harvest Dinner served from 12-7 PM. 3-Course Prix Fixe $50, 5-Course Prix Fixe $60, Children Under 12 with 3-Course Prix Fixe $25; Under 6 free. Executive Chef Chris Brown serving some traditional favorites as well as new creations, organic and locally sourced when possible. Dine by fireside in the 1868 Country Inn. Call 1-800-914-9306 for reservations.
Hendersonville / Flat Rock
Season's at Highland Lake Inn annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet Spectacular, 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM with live music. 828-696-9094.
Black Mountain Camp
The Thanksgiving Folk Dance Camp (November 27-30, 2014) is a holiday tradition with contra and folk dance classes, live folk music, crafts, hiking, outdoor gams and more. Packages include lodging, food and all activities. Go to their Web site.
Christmas at Biltmore2. Holiday Packages / Places to Stay: See our holiday vacation packages page for the latest holiday vacation packages, deals and specials. Also see our list of the bests hotels, bed and breakfast inns and cabin rentals in Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Make reservations early since we will have lots of visitors in town for the big Thanksgiving Weekend.
3. Biltmore Estate: Biltmore Estate is open on Thanksgiving Day. Normally it is not very busy, so it's a great day to visit to see America's largest home decked out in festive finery. Restaurants are open (make dining reservations in advance). The Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving are very busy on the estate. When you purchase tickets, inquire to see if your self-guided tour of Biltmore House requires a reservation (required on very busy days). See our Christmas at Biltmore Guide.
4. Shop Downtown Asheville: Most all downtown stores are closed on Thanksgiving. But there's plenty of holiday shopping on Friday and Saturday to find those special gifts. Browse through more than 200 shops, 30 art galleries and a dozen antique stores - all locally owned. Tour the fascinating Thomas Wolfe Home on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. See our Downtown Asheville Guide. For more great local shops with unique gifts, explore the quaint downtowns of nearby Brevard, Hendersonville and Waynesville.
LaZoom Holiday Tours5. LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours: What a fun outing with friends and family! Take the zany tour on the big purple bus. During their newest tour, you'll meet a real fruitcake, a traveling snowman and a turkey that simply defies explanation! The special Happy Jollidays Tour runs on Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Friday, Saturday and Sunday after (but closed on Thanksgiving Day). Read more about LaZoom Tours.
6. Gingerbread Houses at Grove Park Inn: For a real treat, see the amazing display of gingerbread houses from the National Gingerbread House Competition at the famous Grove Park Inn Resort. Overnight guests and restaurant guests at the resort can view the display at anytime. If you're not a guest, visit on Mondays-Thursdays. It's free to tour the display and see the other elaborate decorations at the grand hotel. See our Gingerbread House Competition Guide.
7. Holiday Shopping: Located across from the entrance to Biltmore Estate, Biltmore Village is home to more than 40 unique shops. Most businesses are housed in historic cottages and buildings. Asheville is a mecca for artists, so this is the place to find one-of-a-kind gifts. In addition to the galleries downtown and Biltmore Village, head to the Folk Art Center and the River Arts District. See our Gallery Guide. The best area in Asheville to find antiques is the Biltmore Antiques District with 13 stores within a mile and a half of the Biltmore Estate. Included is the local long-time favorite, the Antique Tobacco Barn. See our Antique Shopping Guide. Most all stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day.
8. Get Outdoors: Take a late fall hike and enjoy views through with leafless trees, cool temperatures, and few fellow hikers. See our hiking guide for top picks. All trails in the National Forests are open every day. And don't forget to find some of our spectacular waterfalls (most waterfalls are open on Thanksgiving Day, including DuPont State State Forest and Gorges State Park). Area ski resorts will open by the weekend if we get a lot of cold weather before Thanksgiving.
Green Friday for Ziplines: What's better than shopping? Take a canopy tour near downtown Asheville or in the Nantahala Gorge and help raise money for great environmental causes. Wildwater will donate 50% of profits that day to several local environmental organizations. Call them at 800-451-9972 or book a Zipline tour online for Nantahala or downtown Asheville. Please mention Green Friday when you book! Ziplines are open on Saturday & Sunday too.
NC Arboretum: Free admission on Thursday and Friday! The NC Arboretum property will be open 8 AM to 6 PM. Arboretum buildings will be closed, all outdoor gardens/trails open, and parking fees will be waived those days. See the special exhibit of lego sculptures in the garden!
9. Pick your Christmas Tree: North Carolina is the number two state in the country for growing Christmas Trees! Go to a "choose and cut" Tree Farm to pick the perfect one for your home on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. All are closed on Thanksgiving Day. Many farms offer hayrides and other holiday-related events. See our Asheville Christmas Tree Farms Guide.
10. National Parks: Both Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park are open on Thanksgiving Day, weather permitting. For road closures and conditions on the Blue Ridge Parkway, along with weather reports, call the Parkway information line at (828) 298-0398. The Parkway Visitors Center and Folk Art Center are closed on Thanksgiving Day. The Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smokies is open on Thanksgiving Day.
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