Warmer weather brings out flowers, festivals, and all manner of fun in North Carolina. March has something for everyone in and around the Asheville area. Only a couple of hours away, North Carolina continues to be a popular getaway for Knoxville residents. So start making your plans now.
The Paper Chase – Celebrating 100 Years of Collage
March 2-April 2, 2013: Special art show in the Grand Bohemian Hotel Gallery. See this Paper Chase Exhibit Guide.
March 3, 2013: Held on the grounds at Biltmore Estate, runners will explore 26.2 miles through America’s largest backyard through hardwood forest, meadows, and gardens.
Comedy Classic Weekend at Grove Park Inn
March 8-9, 2013: Two days and nights of laughter, hosted by comedian Caroline Rhea. Both weekend package and individual tickets available. Visit their Web site.
Friday, March 8 – Cy Amundson, Al Jackson, Julie Scoggins, David Crowe and Tom Cotter, $45/person
Saturday, March 9 – Headliner Caroline Rhea, Don Friesen, Nick Griffin and Rocky LaPorte, $50/person
SoCon Basketball Tournament
March 8-11, 2013: Catch an exciting game at the Southern Conference Basketball Tournament in Asheville. Read more.
Asheville Tattoo Fest
March 14-17, 2013: Live tattooing, music, competitions, art walk, celebrities and more at Renaissance Hotel in downtown Asheville.
Festival of Flowers
March 21-May 19, 2013: Stunning floral displays across the estate as spring unfolds.
See this Biltmore Festival of Flowers Guide.
Du the Asheville Duathlon
March 23, 2013: The first ever duathlon event held at Biltmore with a 5k road run, off-road 10.75-mile bike and then another 5k run through packed dirt and single track challenges both mind and body.
Scandinavian Heritage Week
The John C. Campbell Folk School is now a bastion of traditional Appalachian folk art, but it got its start when founder Olive Dame Campbell paid visits to similar folkehøjskole across Scandinavia in the early 1920s. The seed of an idea was planted, and the folk school was born. So in a paean to its heritage, the school is dedicating a week to all things Scandinavian. On offer are courses such as Scandinavian bark weaving, cooking, fiddling, stitchery, figure carving, towel weaving and—if you’re keen to connect with your inner warrior, Viking ironwork. For more information, contact the John C. Campbell Folk School at 828.837.2775 or online at folkschool.org. March 24-30, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, N.C.
Orchid Show and Sale
March 23-24, 2013: This popular show at the NC Arboretum features hundreds of orchids, education classes, plant and supply vendors. See this Orchid Show Guide.
Easter Sunrise Service at Chimney Rock
March 31, 2013: Celebrate Easter by watching the sun rise over Hickory Nut Gorge.
See this Chimney Rock Sunrise Service Guide.
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