Ring in the New Year in Asheville

There’s no better place to end the 21st century’s first decade than in Asheville, always a lively place for a celebration of any sort and for any occasion. Here, we do fun right. Visitors at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, are well-positioned to take advantage of all the happenings around New Year’s Eve in Asheville.

New Year’s Eve events in Asheville

The popular Asheville-based Toubab Krewe band will perform at the Orange Peel this Thursday, Dec. 30 to get a start on New Year’s Eve festivities.

The Avett Brothers will play at the Asheville Civic Center downtown Dec. 30 and Dec. 31.

Also on New Year’s Eve, clubs will be hopping and happening. The Orange Peel will host Clutch, the Grey Eagle will present the Reigning Sound and the Legendary Singing Stars plus DJ sets, and you can hear more live music at the Westville Pub, Stella Blue, Jack of the Wood, Mo Daddy’s, Magnolia’s, Get Down and elsewhere.

Tressa’s will have its annual New Year’s Eve Bash with the Charles Walker Band, a buffet and complimentary champagne at midnight. Pack’s Tavern will have DJs, party favors, champagne at midnight and a buffet.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Asheville’s Grove House

If you want a lot of bang for your party buck, check out the Grove House downtown, which offers three clubs for one admission price. You can choose from DJs, electronic and video productions and drag performers.

Stick around for balloon drops and champagne at midnight, and enjoy party favors and snacks. Prizes and cash giveaways, too. Such a deal.

Free things to do New Year’s Eve in Asheville

Simply strolling through downtown Asheville on New Year’s Eve should provide its own entertainment with the people-watching that’s so engaging in Asheville. If it’s warm enough, look for street musicians and other performers. And you’ll enjoy the random, costumed curiosities who will roam the streets looking for fun.

The Lexington Avenue Brewery downtown will offer live music with no cover charge.

Walk or drive along the Blue Ridge Parkway, just around the corner from Lovers’ Loop

Retreat, and welcome the last moon of 2010 — or the first of 2011.

Feast your eyes on the gingerbread house display at the Grove Park Inn. The creations are imaginative and amazing.

Stick around until Sunday, Jan. 2, and check out the Poetrio event at Malaprop’s bookstore downtown. You’ll hear three poets reading their work.

Contact Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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