Spring can be slow to arrive in the mountains of Asheville, NC, but when it does get here, it’s an amazing time to get outside and explore! The weather is mild, the temps are warm, and best of all, there are all kinds of events happening in Asheville and nearby towns to check out, and get you out of the house. Here are 8 festivals and events going on this spring that you’ll definitely want to look into as the weather starts to warm up:
Titanic Movie Costumes at the Biltmore: February 9 – May 18, 2018
We can all agree that there was more than enough room for Jack on the raft, but if you’re ready to move past that minor issue, head to the Biltmore for the first-ever exhibition of the costumes used in the Oscar-winning classic! All spring, the Biltmore will be showcasing 53 elaborate costumes from the Titanic movie. You can see the costumes for the regular admission price, but if you’re willing to pay a little more, there’s an in-depth guided 90-minute tour that explains the costumes and provides some inside information about the movie, the time period, and what the Vanderbilts themselves were doing when the Titanic sunk. Check this website out for a sneak peek at some of the Titanic costumes.
Biltmore Blooms: March 20 – May 25, 2018
If the Titanic isn’t your thing, or you’d rather spend some time outdoors this spring, then you might consider checking out the Biltmore Blooms instead. An annual event, every spring the Biltmore bursts into color as thousands upon thousands of flowers bloom all around the estate’s massive grounds. You’ll see tulips, hyacinths, crocuses, and even orchids as you walk the acres that surround the Biltmore building itself. It’s the perfect way to spend a warm spring day outside.
World Equestrian Games Test Events: April 5-8, and April 19-22, 2018
The local Tryon International Equestrian Center in Marion, NC is hosting the World Equestrian games this year, a massive event that happens only every four years, and brings the best horseback riders from all over the world into town. While the World Games themselves will cost money to enter, you can see the “test” or preparation events for free on the weekends of April 5-9 and April 19-22. Whether you know horse events, or you’ve never seen a competition before, it’s an awesome way to get outdoors and see some amazing athletes from all over the world perform. The first weekend the center will be testing Eventing and Vault competitions, and the second weekend, you’ll be able to get a sneak peek of the Dressage, Para-Dressage, and Driving events. It’s an amazing opportunity you won’t want to pass up!
Old Time Plowing and Folkways at the Biltmore Forest School: April 7, 2018
April 7th is opening weekend for the historically restored Biltmore Forest School, the first forestry school in America. While the school always has awesome events and attractions to check out, from their functional logging locomotive to accurately restored historical buildings to the interactive Forest Discovery Center and Adventure Zone for the kids, this event is even more special. You’ll meet old-time homesteaders and watch how they used to plow with their Percheron horses, and even have the chance to try it yourself! It’s a really fun event, in a beautiful area of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the perfect place to take the kids if they’re ready to bust out of the house for spring.
NOC Outdoor Elements Festival: April 13-14, 2018
For the family that loves the outdoors, this festival is an absolute must-do this spring. Hosted by the Nantahala Outdoor Center, this festival is a jam-packed weekend of free events and activities celebrating the start of spring. They’ve got free food, live music, free kayak and outdoor gear demos, yoga sessions, and even an outdoor movie viewing. It’s a great way to get back outdoors after the chilly winter, and best of all, it’s totally family friendly.
Block House Steeplechase: Saturday April 14, 2018
If you’ve never been to a steeplechase, this is the year to go. There’s nothing more exciting than horses thundering past as they jump over impossible obstacles and leap through ponds. The Block House Steeplechase is sure to be great entertainment, and the party starts at 10 am where there are contests to judge the best hats, the best tailgate setups, and so much more. There are also miniature horse and beagle exhibitions, and the horse races start at 2 pm! Admission is paid by the carload, so it’s an inexpensive way to spend a bright, spring Saturday near Asheville.
Cider Wine and Dine Weekend: April 20-22, 2018
North Carolina is any craft brewer’s mecca, and this Cider Wine and Dine Weekend hosted by nearby Hendersonville, NC, is just another example of how much we love our local brewers and restaurateurs. The event will celebrate more than 7 wineries and cideries around the county and features all kinds of free events and tastings throughout the weekend. From cider-making tours to tastings to bottle signings, there’s going to be tons to do, not to mention the local bands that’ll be playing and the amazing locally-sourced dining options.
Carolina Donut Festival: April 21, 2018
If you love donuts (and really, who doesn’t?) and you love festivals, then you need to be in nearby Marion, NC on April 21 for their third annual Carolina Donut Festival! There’s a Donut Dash 5K and half-marathon, a donut-eating contest, a pageant, and of course, more than enough donuts to go around. Marion, NC is a cute, Mayberry-like town that’s really fun to explore, and what better time to go than during the Donut Festival?
We hope this list of awesome events and festivals happening in Asheville, NC gets you excited for spring and gives you some ideas of fun, affordable things to do this year. If you’re in love with Asheville, but just haven’t found a place to call home yet, be sure to check out Sovereign Oaks, a nearby sustainable mountain community with just a few properties left. Check out our beautiful community, and take a look at the properties and lots we have to offer. If you’re interested, give our office a call at 866-936-5263 or contact us online for more information about the Sovereign Oaks properties.