March into Spring in Asheville
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“March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb,” so the old saying goes. We’re coming out of winter’s deep freeze, and “spring”-ing toward warmer, sunnier days. With the nicer weather comes the impulse to get out and enjoy it after being cooped up for several months. Luckily, this is a town with a lot to offer.
In Asheville, the month certainly roars from the start with the celebration of Mardi Gras on March 3. The theme of this year’s festivities is “Wild, Wild Asheville,” and includes a parade and the Queen’s Ball. Both events are free. Find more details here.
Not a fan of Fat Tuesday? There are plenty of other events and activities this month in Asheville. A few of our best bets follow.
Hop a Train
The WNC Model Train Show rolls into the WNC Ag Center March 1-2. More than 200 vendors from 7 states will display their collections to the public. Admission is $6, and kids under 10 are free.
Do Downward Dog with a Cat
The Asheville Humane Society is sponsoring Yoga with Kitties on March 2 from 9-10 a.m., and Pilates with Puppies on March 9, from 4-5 p.m. The cost for each class is $15, and funds raised benefit the Humane Society. Participants are encouraged to NOT bring their own pets, as the animals from the shelter will be on display.
The 8th Annual Asheville Wing War pits 15 area restaurants against each other, each competing for the title of best wings in Asheville, with proceeds benefitting REACH (Real Estate Agents Combatting Homelessness). The “war” takes place on March 10; click the link to learn more.
Run Off the Cold
The 13th Annual Shamrock Run 5K and 10K takes place on March 16 at Asheville Catholic School on Culvern Street. Runners report at 8:30 a.m., and the 10K starts at 9, while the 5K begins at 9:15. The course runs through North Asheville, and runners and spectators can enjoy food, beer, and a DJ before and after the races.
The Right Vintage
Vintage Market Days is an upscale market featuring vintage and vintage-inspired items for sale. The shopping begins March 15, and runs through the 17th at the WNC Ag Center. Tickets are $5, and children under 12 are free. Daily times vary; visit the event website for more information.
Dine Like a Vanderbilt
On March 23, Biltmore will host a Champagne Cellar Wine Dinner, featuring seven courses and Biltmore wine. The candlelight meal will be served in the champagne cellar of the winery, and is inspired by the estate’s most recent exhibit, A Vanderbilt House Party. The cost is $125 per person, and dinner begins at 7 p.m., with a reception at 6:30.
Begin April Healthy
The LiveWell Expo takes place on March 30 at the WNC Ag Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 vendors focused on healthy living participate in the event. In addition to vendors and information, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and free health screenings are also available. The event is free.
Winter Getaway Rates
Book a suite at The Residences at Biltmore when you visit Asheville and get $10 off per night when you stay two or more nights in March. Use the code MAR10 when you book your stay.
Call for more information, 1-888-786-3648