Events in Asheville February 2019

February is the perfect month for a winter getaway to the mountains. While the temperature can fluctuate from full-on chilly Winter to pleasant Spring, snow accumulation is generally mild, making it possible to get out and about to enjoy the city and surrounding areas without the crowds typical of Summer and Fall.

Getting out in the Winter, sans crowds, is the secret to enjoying Asheville’s restaurants, brewery scene and night life like a local. The staff at Hill House has been enjoying Asheville Restaurant Week with trips to White Labs and Posana, which we recommend any time of year during your stay. We also ventured to Urban Orchard Cider Co. in West Asheville last week to try something new, and can say their ciders (and their reubens) are delicious!

If you’re looking for events while you’re in town, we’ve selected a few we think you might enjoy, and there’s something for everyone… From a brand new installation at The Biltmore Estate (complete with masquerade ball!) to the annual Arts & Crafts Conference to a brand new winter beef festival … we’re convinced you’ll find something you’ll love to plan your February visit to Asheville around.


Classic Rock-N-Roll Weekend at Omni Grove Park Inn | February 1 – 3, 2019

The Grove Park Inn features an annual Winter Concert Series that features legendary bands and comedy headliners. The first weekend in February, the theme is classic rock-n-roll, with performances by One More Night, The Phi Collins Experience on Friday night and Captain Fantastic, A Tribute to Elton John on Saturday night. Doors open at 7:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom.


Groundhog Day at Chimney Rock Park | February 2, 2019

Celebrate this unique American holiday tradition at Chimney Rock’s 14th Annual Groundhog Day Celebration when Greta the Groundhog predicts whether Spring will come early or not. This family-friendly event includes Greta’s big scene with her shadow, crafts, a guided hike along the Great Woodland Adventure trail and the chance to meet more of the park’s anial ambassadors.

Please note that advanced registration is required for the guided hike, but the event itself is included with regular park admission. For the most up-to-date information, visit ChimenyRockPark.com or call 828.625.9611.


Vanderbilt House Party Clothing at Biltmore | February 8 – May 27, 2019

February kicks off A Vanderbilt House Party – The Gilded Age event at America’s largest private home, The Biltmore. This event offers a unique opportunity to view reproductions of the the Vanderbilts’ own wardrobes for the first time, displayed in the rooms where they would have been originally worn. Quality and attention to detail will mark the clothing, as the curators of this event are Oscar-winning costumier John Bright and Cosprop, London. The showing is accompanied by a new custom Exhibition Audio Guided Tour created just for this event.

The installation itself can be seen displayed throughout the house as part of the regular ticket price. Did you know we sell Biltmore tickets at Hill House as a convenience for our guests? Our tickets offer visitors a two-consecutive-day pass to the house and all grounds inside the estate. Late Winter is the perfect time to see the estate, as it offers the least expensive ticket prices of the year, with the fewest crowds. If you’d like us to add the tickets to your room charge, just let us know when booking or any time after arrival.


Sparkling Soiree: Gilded Age Masquerade at Biltmore | February 9, 2019

If you think you might have been born in the wrong decade, or have a penchant for Great Gatsby-era dress and dance, this is the perfect event for donning the flapper costume in the back of your closet! It’s not often an opportunity to party in period dress combines with a masquerade ball… so don’t miss this chance, as The Biltmore kicks off its new exhibition titled A Vanderbilt House Part – the Gilded Age, with a masquerade celebration in its grand new venue, the Amherst Ballroom. The soirée features live aerial performances, live music for dancing, a photo booth, and a costume contest. A selection of Biltmore wines, along with the exclusive introduction of a new dessert wine, plus canapés and petit fours are included in the ticket price.

Tickets are $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Black tie is optional, but masks are encouraged (and provided on-site). Reservations are required. Call 800-411-3812.


Arts & Crafts Conference | February 15 – 17, 2019

Dubbed, “the most important weekend of the year for Arts & Crafts collectors,” by the New York Times, this annual national conference is in its 32nd year. Since 1933, the Grove Park Inn has been known as the mecca for Arts and Crafts enthusiasts, making it the perfect location for this conference that offers educational and entertaining information for enthusiasts at every level.

The conference includes seminars, small group discussions, walking tours, demonstrations, selling shows. If you think you might like to attend, we recommend purchasing a Conference Events Pass sooner than later, as the event could sell out (it often does!) at any time.

This year’s workshops include Arts and Crafts Block Printmaking with Renaissance Master Artisan Laura Wilder on Thursday and Friday; Coppersmithing with Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan Frank Glapa, which teaches the basics of copper repoussé techniques; Basice Arts & Crafts Embroidery with Roycroft Master Artisan Natalie Richards; and an Introdution to Arts & Crafts Metalwork & Jewelry with Ron VanOstrand.

Selling shows begin Friday from 1-6 pm and continue throughout the weekend. Visit this page for the full conference schedule and for information about how to purchase tickets.


Brew Horizons Beer Festival | February 23, 2019

This new event is yet another event celebrating Asheville’s premier status as Beer City U.S.A., brightening up the winter months by featuring over 20 craft drinks from Western North Carolina’s best breweries and cideries. For a $40 ticket, you gain entrance to the festival, and also support the Blue Horizon Project, which manages the Energy Upgrade Program that provides free home upgrades to low-income families so that they save money and energy while staying warmer through the winter. You’ll be drinking beer with a purpose at this event.

The festival will be held from 2 pm to 6 pm at U.S. Cellular Center’s Exhibit Hall level in downtown Asheville. The ticket price includes a souvenir tasting stein for sampling, food tastings and local caterings, two live music performances, and local artisan vendors. Visit brewhorizonsberrfest.com to purchase tickets.

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