Asheville, North Carolina is a great place to live and to visit. The food scene is on-point, the coffee here is amazing, we’ve got tons of breweries, and there are enough things to do to keep you busy for a very long time. But if you’re looking to have a fun time on a budget or without spending any money at all, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite free and fun things to do in Asheville that won’t cost you any money. How many of them have you done?
There are so many fun spots to photograph in Asheville. One of our favorite places is down at the Foundation where the Wedge Brewing Company and 12 Bones BBQ are located. There’s a ton of really cool street art and murals there and it’s always changing. West Asheville is another sweet spot for taking some cool Instagram photos. Also, though we might be biased because we call Asheville home, we recently put it into our list of the Best Cities for Street Art in the US! Join us for an Asheville Instameet sometime – a free event that we host for photographers of all skill levels!
Take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway
This is an awesome thing to do any time of year but if you come in the fall when the leaves are changing colors, you will be in for a special treat. Spring and summer are beautiful too because the mountains are green and lush. Winter has it’s own special charm – the trees are dead and brown but you can often see things you can’t during the rest of the year because the leaves are gone and it gives you an unobstructed view. Be sure to check the website above for road closures if you go during the winter.
Watch sunset from an overlook
Sounds romantic, and it is. It’s also fun to do alone. Take some snacks and hang out for a while. This is easily one of our favorite free and fun things to do in Asheville.
Drink free beer at Sierra Nevada
If this sounds too good to be true, fear not! It IS true! There are several different tours to choose from, the Heritage Tour, Beer Geek Tour and even Guided Barrel Tastings which DO cost money but the Brewery Tour is just that and it’s free. We did it about a year ago and had a blast.
Listen to live music downtown
Abby the Spoon Lady is probably the most well-known busker in Asheville. The best places to find buskers is near the Flat Iron statue on Battery Park Avenue, on Haywood Street by the Woolworth Walk and by Pack Square.
Do you love being outside? If so, you’re in luck because Asheville is an outdoors-y kind of place. There are so many trails within a short drive that the hardest part might be deciding on which trail to hike! For some suggestions, head on over to Asheville Trails. They’ve got tons of great info on some of the best spots in Western North Carolina.
Go to an Asheville Instameet!
A couple of times a year we host an Instameet. It’s a free photography event that’s open to all ages and skill levels. See below for more details.
Ride bikes at the Velodrome
Sometimes it’s also called the Mellowdrome. The what? Haha, don’t worry if you don’t know what this is. A lot of people don’t. It’s basically an oval track for your bike and a place where you can go and train (or race) without fear of getting hit by cars. It’s recently undergone some renovations (new lighting, new fencing, a new surface!) and looks like it will open back up in the spring of 2018!
What do you think about our list of free and fun things to do in Asheville?
What are you favorite things to do that don’t cost any money? Did we miss anything? We’d love to know your thoughts!