Hosting a Year of the Trail Event? Let Us Promote it for You!
Year of the Trail Celebrates Hiking, Biking, Walking, Paddling, and Horseback Riding Across North Carolina  

2023 marks a significant milestone in North Carolina’s outdoor recreation history with the state’s first-ever Year of the Trail designation, bringing together communities across the state to celebrate our trails.

As part of this campaign, Explore Asheville is recognizing our region’s vast network of trails and the people, organizations, and businesses who contribute to them. Are you hosting a trail-related event this year, such as a guided hike, clean-up, educational event, or group outing? We want to spotlight it!

When you add your event and select the “Year of the Trail” category, we will highlight it on Explore Asheville’s new Year of the Trail webpage, which will be published in early April. Additionally, we'll promote it on Explore Asheville’s social media channels and through our PR outreach.


Freshen Up Your Account Listings for Spring Break
Follow Our Tips to Clean Up Your Explore Asheville Listing    

🌱 Refresh your business description so it's current and speaks to your audience. The more descriptive, the better.
🌷Roll out new images to engage viewers and invite clicks to your website.
🐝 Update your account contacts to remove the people who no longer work there and add the new ones that do.
🌈 Review your Amenities
selected in your listings to ensure visitors can find you. This can include seasonal business hours and specials.

Participate in the Leading Outdoor Industry Event in WNC
Get in Gear Fest Now Accepting Vendors, Volunteers, and Sponsorships    

Celebrate the Outdoor Industry Hub of the East at the Outdoor Gear Builders’ 8th Annual Get In Gear Fest, sponsored by Explore Asheville, on Saturday, May 6, 12–5 pm at the Outpost - 521 Amboy Road.

Get In Gear Fest features local and regional companies, gear demos, sales, music, food, and fun for the whole family. Vendor applications are open to the public until April 30, 2023, with booth spaces starting at $500.

Outdoor Gear Builders is looking for volunteers at various times from 8 am to 6 pm for two-hour shifts who will receive an appreciation gift for their service.

Sponsorship opportunities and general event info can be found at

Be Prepared for the Biltmore Ave Garage Temporary Closure from March 23 to April 8
The Biltmore Avenue Garage will be closed for 15 days for the second phase of the Moxy Hotel construction.

Find real-time parking options on the City of Asheville's Where's Parking website or learn more about monthly parking passes.

Warm Welcome to Our New Partners
We are Delighted to Shine a Light on Your Creativity


Start Spring Early with Local Festivals & Cultural Events  
This Month's Recipients of Explore Asheville's Festivals & Cultural Events Support Fund

The Festivals & Cultural Events Support Fund Grant Program is designed to provide financial support for events that serve both the residents of Buncombe County and the visitors who travel to the Asheville area. Upcoming events include:

In addition to the Festivals & Cultural Events Support Fund, the BCTDA offers Event Sponsorship Funding to Buncombe County-based nonprofits on a quarterly basis. We are accepting the next round of applications for review until Monday, May 15.

The regular monthly meeting of Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) will take place in the board room of the Explore Asheville Offices beginning at 9 am, Thursday, March 23. All board meetings are open to the public and the agenda will be posted 48 hours in advance. Following the meeting, documents and presentations will be posted here


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