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Biltmore is Blooming!

April is a big month for the Asheville area; spring is finally here, and with it comes opportunities for getting out and enjoying warm weather and all that this unique city has to offer. Without any further ado, our list of the best April activities in Asheville follows.

Biltmore Blooms

Every year, the Biltmore Estate celebrates the blooming of the 75,000-plus flowers in its gardens and around the property with the two-month long display. In addition to the azaleas, orchids, tulips, and assorted other varieties outside, the interior of the home is flanked with elaborate displays, as well. It runs from April 1 through May 23.

Connect Beyond Festival

This 3-day conference features musicians, writers, filmmakers, activists, and assorted media influencers in various venues throughout the city, and is reminiscent of the popular South by Southwest festival in Austin. The festival runs the weekend of April 5. More details and ticket information can be found on the event website.

Biltmore Winery Spring Release

The winery on the estate will host an exclusive release and tasting of its 2019 spring release on April 5 from 5-6 p.m. The American white wine features a label designed by Weaverville artist Bryan Koontz, who will also be in attendance. The cost is $30 per person, and recommendations are required.

Asheville Orchid Festival

Love orchids? The Western North Carolina Orchid Society holds the festival at the NC Arboretum April 6 and 7 to showcase the delicate flower. Competitions and displays will take place, and vendors will be on-hand to sell them.

Asheville Bread Festival

The 15th annual festival’s theme is “A Celebration of Natural Leavening”. Attendees get to work with professional bakers to improve baking skills and attend workshops, and of course there will be plenty of bread to sample. An Artisan Bread Fair will take place at New Belgium Brewing on April 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend

The city of Hendersonville has numerous cideries, wineries, and restaurants to feature during this festival April 25-28. Throughout the city, find wine and hard cider tastings, feed trucks, cooking demonstration, music, tours, and orchard hikes, in addition to many other activities. For a full list of events, visit the website.

Weaverville Art Safari

The small town of Weaverville is just 10 minutes from Asheville, and is host to numerous art studios. Celebrate them April 27-28 during the self-guided “safari” that features 35 local artists. The tour is free, and a map and brochure can be downloaded from Art Safari website.

Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

The art of cheese-making will be celebrated at this must-attend festival. Best of all, it’s taking place at Highland Brewing Company, which means cheese and beer! Enjoy cheese chef competitions, milking demonstrations, workshops, and 19 southern cheesemakers on April 28 from noon to 5 p.m.

Mother Earth News Fair

Learn the best ways to live sustainably at the fair, taking place April 27-28 at the WNC Ag Center. Attend workshops and lectures, try healthy foods, get tips for food preservation, organic gardening, and homesteading, as well as raising your own livestock, among other topics. More details and a list of vendors is available on the Mother Earth News website.

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