Free Things to do in Asheville


Are you looking for some activities for you and your family around the Asheville area that won’t break the bank? How does free sound?

Here is a list of free activities that visitors and residents alike can participate in around Asheville:

Downtown Asheville is full of cafes, art galleries, boutiques, and more. The best part is, it’s all walk-able making it the perfect place for some sightseeing around Asheville. You will get to enjoy the great architecture the buildings around the city have to offer. You can even stroll into the Asheville Art Museum for a free look around on Wednesdays 3pm-5pm.

Asheville is well known for its large, diverse music scene there are many venues around where you can catch well known national acts as well as great local bands. The great part, a lot of venues are outdoors where you can hear some great music from great artists for free.

See local folk are and demonstrations:
The Folk Art Center is located just outside Asheville on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here you can find great examples of local traditions and crafts from southern Appalachia. During a majority of the year you can catch live demonstrations of people performing old-time activities like wood carving, broom making, and more.

Great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains:
Max Patch is a giant bald meadow located along the Appalachian Trail. It is located about 4,600 feet up so you will get breath taking views of the surround Blue Ridge Mountains.

The great out doors:
Blue Ridge Parkway is a large nation park running through the Blue Ridge Mountains. Some of the most spectacular views can be seen around the Asheville area. This is perfect for a nice scenic drive and even more so when the leaves start to change in the fall. The Blue Ridge Parkway is also perfect for backpacking, hiking, and even picnicking with your family.