By Lea LeFebvre
November 7, 2015
November is a wonderful time of year in North Carolina. While much of the country prepares for the extremes of winter, North Carolinians enjoy a climate suitable for both indoor and outdoor events—even in the mountains. There’s a tranquil calmness that settles in before the lunacy of the holiday season, and there’s no better place to take it in than Asheville. At just about two hours west of Charlotte, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville makes for the ideal weekend getaway.
Here are some of our recommended events in Asheville for the month of November:
3rd Annual CiderFest November 7
$30 for adults (21+), $15 for designated drivers, kids and young adults up to 20 are free.
What began in 2013 as a fall fundraiser with plans to serve only about 60 people has blossomed into a staple event with over 20 hard cider makers from all over the region, and attendance expected to reach the thousands. Starting 1 p.m. at the WNC Farmer’s Market on Saturday, November 7, the Beer City will give cider the recognition it deserves with the state’s only hard cider tasting festival. The festival will also feature imported Spanish ciders, local mead makers, small plate and food pairings, local vendors, and local bands and buskers until 5 p.m. Best of all, proceeds will go to Western North Carolina Green Building Council to raise awareness about green building and energy efficiency.
3rd Annual Faerie Arts Festival November 14
$15 for an all-day adult ticket, $5 for kids under 15, age 2 and under free.
As internationally acclaimed faerie artist, Brian Froud, once said, “To dress as a faerie, donning wings, is to actively join in the dance, to be connected to creative spirit…transcending language, race, and time.” On Saturday, November 14, the 3rd Annual Asheville Faerie Arts Festival returns to the Renaissance Hotel for a full day of mythical, mystical and enchanted celebration. A daytime family-friendly segment will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. with all the Faerie basics including costumes, magic, music, stilt walkers, life-size sculptures, face painting, an inflated castle bouncer, and more. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., adults are invited to enjoy the popular world music of the Juan Benavides Group in addition to live body art painting and fashion show, organic chocolate, food and drinks, and crafts by local artisans. The event will be sponsored by Wicked Weed Brewing and there will be other local vendors on site.
River Arts District Studio Stroll November 14-15
Free and open to the general public.
The River Arts district is a lively center of art, artists, galleries, studios, music and great food and is located less than two miles from downtown Asheville. While many of the shops and galleries are open to visitors on any given day, on November 14 and 15, almost all resident artists will be at work in their studios, eager to interact with the general public. On this weekend only, over 180 artists in over 20 historically industrial buildings along the French Broad River will be available to answer questions, give demonstrations, discuss their creative process and help you discover the perfect piece you’ve been looking for.
Taste of Asheville November 19
$75 per person for general admission, $100 per person for VIP early entry.
Kick off the holiday season with local flavors from your favorite Asheville chefs while benefiting the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association. This year, Taste of Asheville will be held on Thursday, November 19, at The Venue in downtown Asheville. From 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy small plates and tastings from local, independent restaurants as well as regional and local wine, hard cider and beer samples. Proceeds from the 2015 Taste of Asheville event will support the “Chefs of Tomorrow” Scholarship Fund at A-B Tech’s nationally-acclaimed culinary program.
Christmas at Biltmore November 6 -January 7
Admission prices are based on the date and range from $50-$75 for adults and $25-$37.50 for kids ages 10-16.
For those eagerly awaiting the holiday season, Christmas at Biltmore begins November 6 following the annual tree raising ceremony on November 4. Enjoy the spectacle of America’s largest home decorated with dozens of trees, thousands of ornaments, live music, daily demonstrations, spectacular light shows and miles of brightly-lit evergreen garland until January 7. Santa is rumored to be making special appearances on Saturdays and Sundays from November 7 through December 20, and Friday, November 27 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. On premise restaurants will feature special holiday menus as well as festive wine tastings. Christmas at Biltmore is included in the purchase of regular daytime passes and includes a complimentary wine tasting.