CLTure Travel Guide: Asheville in January

By Lea LeFebvre

January 6, 2016

Now that the holidays have come and gone, those that prefer a more laid back weekend getaway will find January in Asheville to be the most serene time of year. From beer festivals to cook-offs, Asheville offers a one-of-a-kind Winter experience with something for everyone.

Best of Asheville Comedy January 9

$10 advance/$12 at the door


Come see the most popular stand up comedians in Asheville perform together in one outstanding show at the annual Best of Asheville Comedy at The Millroom in downtown Asheville. From 8-9:30 on January 9, enjoy food and beer and lots of laughs featuring Petey Smith-McDowell, Tom Peters, Minori Hinds, Cody Hughes, Jason Webb, Grayson Morris, Tom Scheve, Cary Goff, Gabe Rosenberg, Macon Clark, and host Chase McNeill. Last year’s event sold out in advance so purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Asheville Restaurant Week January 20 to 29

Participating restaurants only, $15 to $30


Looking for a change from Charlotte’s culinary scene? Enjoy some of Asheville’s tastiest options this month during the annual Asheville Restaurant Week. Asheville Restaurant Week provides local restaurants with an enhanced audience during a shoulder season and offers food lovers with prix fixe menus at discount prices from some of Asheville’s best restaurants.

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival January 21 to 24

$12 per show


Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is an annual performing arts, multiple-venue festival that provides artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work and allows culturally adventurous spectators to enjoy innovative performances in funky art spaces across town. From dance performances to art installations, the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival offers more than 30 local and imported artist showcases over the course of four days. Space for each event is limited and preregistration for all events is highly recommended.

Ninth Annual Winter Warmer Beer Festival January 23

$50 for general admission


The Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Festival has become a staple event for the Asheville and regional community, and this year’s event is slated to be the biggest yet. From 3 to 7 p.m., 40 brewers from across the region will come together at the Asheville Civic Center for a four hour all-you-can-drink extravaganza. Enjoy live music from Alarm Clock Conspiracy and Black Robin Hero and consume with the fulfillment of knowing that a portion of the proceeds will benefit MountainTrue, a regional organization committed to keeping forests healthy, air and water clean and communities vibrant through policy advocacy, scientific research and community collaboration.

Annual Cajun Cookoff January 24

$15 general admission entry fee


Get your taste buds ready for a sampling of Asheville’s best Cajun cuisine at Asheville Mardi Gras’ Eighth Annual Cajun Cook-off and Art & Oddities Silent Auction. This year’s event will kick off at 2 p.m. at The Mill Room in downtown Asheville. The crowd’s favorite dish will take home the coveted cook-off trophy, not to mention, bragging rights until next year’s cook-off where they will defend their title. The Cajun Cook-off/Silent Auction is open to the public and is a fundraiser to help support the Asheville Mardi Gras Parade and Ball which are free to all and will occur on February 7.

Classic Rock-N-Roll Weekend January 29 to 31

Rock N Rock Weekend

Step back to a time where everyone was “feelin’ groovy” with the latest installment of the Omni Grove Park Inn’s Twenty-Seventh Annual Winter Concert Series. Hear the happenin’ sounds of the ‘60s and ‘70s with the ultimate Beatles Tribute: 1964, and We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered, at this one-of-a-kind Blue Ridge Mountain resort located just minutes from downtown Asheville. Packages start at $799 with double occupancy and include Friday and Saturday night stays, breakfast and more.

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