Asheville, North Carolina,has a reputation for many things. It’s been named one of the happiest places on earth, as well as one of the best places to retire, start a business and drink beer. Asheville events like Moogfest, Brewgrass and the Gingerbread House competition draw visitors from around the world. And the area rapidly is becoming a foodtopia for people who love to dine on fresh creations.
Not far from your front porch at Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, you can find everything to satisfy your appetite: from Southern BBQ and soul food to fine French cuisine, fresh farm-to-table meals and everything organic. There are vegetarian-only restaurants in town and others that will pile your plate high with meat.
A few lesser-known activities are helping put the area on the map too. And many of these Asheville events are happening in April, just in time for your visit.
Spiritual Asheville Events
Many holistic and spiritual seekers are drawn to the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and share their devotion through Asheville events like these:
- Chimney Rock Park’s Easter Sunday Sunrise Service is the place to catch the sunrise on Easter Sunday, April 5 this year. Gates open at the park at 5:30 AM. 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the event, which will feature live music withpark musician John Mason on the hammered dulcimer, a special addition to the spectacular vistas.
- The Asheville-based Practical Spirituality Institute’s Pursuing Happiness series kicks off on April 8 for a two-hour workshop called “Finding Your Life Purpose.” The location for this event is in nearby Hendersonville at Lila’s Garden, 707 Brooklyn Avenue.
- The Cove is home to the Billy Graham Training Center. On April 9 from 7:30 to 10:00 PM, at a special event — An Evening at the Cove — you can hear the all-female band Point of Grace perform just days after the release of their new album Directions Home.
Running on Full Tanks in Asheville
Very few running events are flat in the mountains, but runners love the scenery. And no matter the weather— which usually runs very mild in the Asheville springtime— there’s a race to suit your tastes. Enjoy the outdoors with friends and then relax in your cabin in a soothing hot tub.
Participate in one of the area’s popular race events:
- April 4:Carry Your Cross 5K in Candler, just to the west of Asheville, is sponsored by the Pole Creek Baptist Church
- April 11:Black Mountain Greenway Challenge consists of 5K and 10K races in scenic Black Mountain, starting and finishing at Pisgah Brewing
- April 11:Rotary Ray of Hope 5K/8K in West Asheville is a trail race (and a family fun day) for a good cause
- April 18:Blue Ridge Classic Fun Run Festival in Asheville is an evening of running activities for kids
- April 25:Race to the Taps is a 4-mile run that ends at the Highland Brewing Company in Asheville
Our round-up continues with another growing industry in Asheville — gardening, farming, plants, flowers and fresh food. Catch a slew of Asheville events geared toward the green enthusiast.
- 10th Annual BBQ Cook-Off and Bluegrass Jam on April 10 and 11 at the WNC Farmers Market in Asheville (includes a car show on the 11th)
- Mother Earth News Fair, on April 11 and 12 at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Asheville
- The North Carolina Arboretum features a special exhibit by nature photographer Sharon Mammoserthat runs through April 19
- Biltmore Blooms at the famous Biltmore House:one of the must-see Asheville events from now through May, as the tulips brighten the walled garden