Besides the hundreds of amazing hikes and hours of downtown window shopping available in Western NC, these are our top picks for fun things to do this fall for free. Do one, do them all! — just be sure to tag on social media which ones you enjoyed with #ilove828!
1) FALL FOLIAGE
Peepers come from all over the world to witness Western NC’s color show across 5,000 ft of elevation along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Just about any weekend in October you can catch nature’s splendor rolling through the mountains. To plan your cruise like a pro, check out Romantic Asheville’s peak-color predictions and check out the amazing time lapse video of what you can expect to see.
2) SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Montford Park Players host NC’s longest running Shakespeare Festival. The Players begin the “off-season” wih a new twist on Julius Caesar–with an all-female cast! This magical playhouse is located in the middle of Montford Park. A hidden Asheville jam that locals love. Showtimes are Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30pm, Sundays @ 2:30 October 28 – November 13 at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway, AVL.
3) SIERRA NEVADA BREWHOUSE TOURS
Asheville is well becoming the place to be for beer and is getting the nickname “Beer City 828″. Get hoppy and hands-on with the beer-making process at a Sierra Nevada Brewery. Must be 21 to tour; reservations are free, but required. 100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River. Stay for lunch, visit the gift shop, and take in some live music also. If you love beer, you will love this tour.
4) SATURDAY NIGHT LIGHTS GRAND PRIX FALL 2016
Bring the whole family. Free parking and admission to entertainment, food, fun, music, and Venetian carousel rides along with horse jumping with the best riders in the country at the the Tryon International Equestrian Center. October 8, 15 ,22, & 29. Check out the Video. If you have never been to a horse show before, this is the one.
5) ART IN THE PARK FESTIVAL
Local and nationally known artists fill Pack Square Park for Asheville Art in the Park 2016 with a wide array of wares and art work from pottery and paintings to jewelry and clothing. Held in Downtown AVL October 1, 8, and 15, from 10 am – 5 pm.