Best Places to Celebrate Your Grad

With graduation season upon us, Asheville and its surrounding areas provide abundant opportunities for celebration. Come along as we explore the best places to celebrate your grad in this vibrant city and its picturesque surroundings.

University of North Carolina Asheville

UNC Asheville, known for its vibrant community and liberal arts excellence, celebrates its graduates in style! Whether you’re attending the fall ceremony at the Kimmel Arena or enjoying the spring festivities outdoors, it’s a great time to enjoy campus. Parking can be a bit tight, but shuttles are available throughout the parking lots. Remember your tickets for entry and keep your bags clear for a quick search at the gate.

Graduates in blue gowns outside the library throwing their caps.
Best Places to Celebrate Your Grad
Image from UNC Asheville

Western Carolina University

Nestled in Cullowhee, just an hour from Asheville, WCU boasts a rich history dating back to its founding in 1889. For graduation, plan to arrive early to secure parking and seating, as guests are accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis—no tickets required. Commencement takes place in the Ramsey Center, with multiple programs scheduled throughout the weekend, so be sure to double-check the timing for your grad’s ceremony.


Blind Tiger | 173 East Chestnut Street, Asheville | @blindtigerasheville
Blending historic charm and modern amenities downtown

The Horseshoe Farm | 155 Horse Shoe Farm Drive, Hendersonville | @thehorseshoefarm
Great place to stay with a big family or host a graduation party

The Radical Hotel | 95 Roberts Street, Asheville | @theradicalhotelavl
Offering chic accommodations and a prime location

Yonder Luxury Vacation Rentals | @yondernc
Accommodations throughout WNC and personalized service

Zelda Dearest | 150 South Lexington Avenue, Asheville | @zeldadearest
Boutique hotel located in Asheville’s South Slope


Capella on 9 Rooftop Bar | 10 Broadway Street, Asheville | @capellaon9

District 42 | 7 Patton Avenue, Asheville | @district42avl

The Roof at The Radical | 95 Roberts Street, Asheville | @theroofavl



The Barn at Honeysuckle Hill | 2 Country Spring Drive, Asheville | @honeysucklehillevents

Highland Brewing Company | 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville | @highlandbrewing

Engaged Asheville | 41 North Merrimon Avenue #107, Asheville | @engagedasheville

Forestry Camp | 10 Shady Oak Drive, Asheville | @burialforestrycamp

Stone Ashe Vineyards | 736 Green Mountain Road, Hendersonville | @stoneashe_vineyard


Sage & Spice Catering | @sageandspicecatering

Verbena Events | @verbenaeventsavl


Blossoms Creative | @blossomscreative

That’s Ranunculus | @thats_ranunculus_flowers


Marthaler Jewelers | 3578 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher | @marthalerjewelers

Provisions Mercantile | 728 Haywood Road and 14 Lodge Street, Asheville | @provisionsmercantile

Spicer Greene | 121 Patton Avenue, Asheville | @spicergreene

Whether you’re toasting at outdoor venues or trendy downtown spots, Asheville offers the ideal backdrop for unforgettable graduation celebrations. It’s an amazing milestone for any graduate, and Asheville provides the perfect setting to celebrate it in style!