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Downtown Asheville
Distance from hotel:6.60 miles
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Explore The Vibrant Entertainment Hub Of Downtown Asheville

You don't need to travel far to find things to do in Downtown Asheville. The city's Downtown area is actually a vibrant hub featuring more than 100 restaurants, 30 galleries, 10 breweries, and a wide variety of seasonal events.
This is where you can venture to enjoy great dining and artisanal craft beers; amble through the many galleries to discover a new favorite artist or two; shop at eclectic boutiques; marvel at the varied architecture; and wind your way along the Urban Trail to uncover Asheville's rich history and culture. 

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 Wandering downtown is free - including the Urban Trail.
 

Hours -

The operating hours of shops, galleries, and restaurants vary according to each proprietor. It's a good rule of thumb that many shops and galleries close by 6:00 or 7:00 PM, but you can always call to check.
 

Events

  • Easter on the Green
  • Pritchard Park Summer Series
  • Wednesdays With LEAF Community Art cultural arts programming and crafts
  • Asheville Oktoberfest
  • Summer Festivals & Events 
  • Downtown After 5 Summer Concert Series
  • Independence Day Celebration
  • Asheville Holiday Parade
  • Asheville Windows Contest
 
 

Activities

  • Open-Air Market at Grove Arcade
  • Friday Night Drum Circles
  • Shopping
  • Street Performances
  • LaZoom Big Purple Bus or Hop-On Hop-Off Tours
  • Perusing Independent Book Stores
  • Beer Tasting At Craft Breweries
  • Art Galleries
  • Dining
 

FAQs

  • Where is the best place to park?

    Parking in Downtown Asheville can sometimes be tricky. If you don't mind paying to park, there are a number of parking garages around the area (see the link to the map below which shows the garages throughout the downtown area). You can also drive around to look for street parking which is metered. The good news is that meters only need to be fed from 8:00 AM until 6:00 PM every day except Sunday. So, if you are parking on the street outside of those hours, it's free. But please be sure to read the meters carefully to confirm.
  • Does Downtown Asheville have any museums?

    Yes. Downtown is home to the Asheville Art Museum and Asheville Museum of Science. If you are looking to learn about Asheville's history, the city's heritage is outdoors along the sidewalks of downtown. Explore the Asheville Urban Trail, a self-guided walking tour of downtown that highlights the architecture, people, and historic events of the city. Follow the the Urban Trail Walking Map that directs you to walk 1.7 miles to 30 stations, each with a piece of art and a bronze plaque that commemorates the city's significant cultural, social and architecture stories.
 

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