The Asheville Civic Center: The Event Center of Asheville Since 1975
The Asheville Civic Center is an exhibition center located in the heart of downtown Asheville. Since it was first built in 1975 it has been one of the primary locations for bands, sports events, trade shows, and other entertainment functions that come to Asheville.
Due to the amount of tourism coming to Asheville in recent years, the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority recently allocated $2 million for upgrades and renovations at the Civic Center. The resources will in part go toward bringing The Southern Conference basketball tournament to the area in 2012. Other upgrades include new seating, improving lighting and dressing rooms, renovating the balcony area, sound system, information technology, and other overall improvements.
Built as a focal point of downtown Asheville, many hotels and restaurants are now established within walking distance of the Civic Center. The Haywood Park Hotel located on Battery Park Avenue is just blocks away, along with Hotel Indigo on Haywood Street. Renowned restaurants such as the Tupelo Honey Cafe, Mela, Salsas, Olive or Twist, Fiore’s Ristorante Toscana, Mellow Mushroom, Vincenzo’s and other fine cuisine are nearby, in addition and an array of bars such as Bier Garden, Jack of the Wood and Sante Wine Bar. Other Asheville staples like great shopping and eats at The Grove Arcade, Malaprops Bookstore, and many fashion boutiques are within walking distance of the Asheville Civic Center.
Every month, the Civic Center is host to different events from across the region. MoogFest during October brought major music headlines from across the country to the center. During the Christmas holiday season, Warren Haynes lit up the center with the annual Warren Haynes Christmas Jam. Other recent acts include Robert Plant, lead singer for the classic rock band Led Zepplin who performed on January 18th.
This month, The Asheville Winter Warmer celebrates the finest handcrafted beer from across the Southeast on January 21st. Bill Cosby, the long time comedian brings down the house on January 23rd, followed by the Asheville Symphony's presentation of Romeo and Juliet on February 12th. Lord of the Dance will perform on February 16th followed by the indie/folk band Bright eyes on March 5th. Many graduations and commencement exercises are also held each year at the Asheville Civic Center.
The Asheville Civic Center is host to some of the areas most vibrant cultural and community events. The upcoming renovations will bring even more exciting and diverse attractions to the region.