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Arts & Entertainment

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Check out our events calendar, Asheville's one-stop shop for music.

Asheville area art galleries, performing arts, fine art, mountain crafts and folk art

The Asheville arts scene is buzzing, featuring hundreds of fine artists, performing arts venues, mountain crafters, folk artists, hip arts neighborhoods, numerous art galleries and myriads of art events.

  • Performing Arts

    Asheville has a thriving performing arts scene with amazing diversity, ranging from opera, ballet, country music, engaging theater to experimental jazz. Street performers entertain crowds on nearly every corner of downtown.
  • Art Galleries

    Home to countless galleries, studios and craft shops, the Western North Carolina mountains are a hotbed of craft and contemporary art.
  • Art History

    Asheville has a wide range of historic attractions and museums, including America's largest home, the Biltmore, and the home of native author Thomas Wolfe. Asheville also boasts more Art Deco architecture than any southeastern city other than Miami Beach.
  • Music Scene

    Asheville's art scene includes an enthusiastic music culture. From bluegrass and mountain music to experimental jazz and rock, the city's creative atmosphere inspires musicians.
  • Downtown Asheville

    In the <a href='http://www.exploreasheville.com/listings/Downtown-Asheville-Art-District/329/default/'>Downtown Asheville Art District</a>, more than 20 galleries within easy walking distance of one another feature a wide variety of fine art and studio crafts created by local, regional, national and international artists. The <a href='http://www.exploreasheville.com/listings/Asheville-Art-Museum/262/default/'>Asheville Art Museum</a> entices with a variety of shows and collections throughout the year.
  • River Arts District

    The River Arts District, filled with dozens of working art studios, is one of Asheville's unique arts neighborhoods.

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Upcoming Events

American Craft Week Event: Kick-Off Reception with Mayor Manheimer

Come and join Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer and our greater Asheville art community with a reception to kick-off American Craft Week. In Western NC, the American Craft Week celebration brings awareness and fun to craft events across our region. It is also a wonderful way to collaborate and connect with one other. Craft contributes to our economy, drives tourism to our region and provides a way for us to express our individuality, opinions and current events. From a family including artists, ...

Blue Ridge Pride Presents Jennie McNulty

Jennie McNulty is “One of the premiere comedians in the country” as proclaimed by The New England Blade. The Examiner called her an,“infectiously energetic, remarkably deft comic with a warm disarming style and some of the best improv skills in the business.” And Curve magazine rates her amongst the “Top 10 lesbian comics.” Her playfully sarcastic style is sure to win you over and most definitely make you laugh.

Die Fledermaus

Come and see the Asheville Lyric Opera's adaptation of Die Fledermaus, coming October 2014! Adapted to reflect the cultural aristocracy of the Southern Mountains at the turn of the century, the opera’s famous second act is set during a party at the “Giltmore” (the home of the famous “Vanderburgs”). Asheville Lyric Opera is thrilled to offer audiences of Western North Carolina a glimpse of the history of this region through a classic, operetta production.

Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mind Reading and Mayhem

Magical Comedian Chris Collins and Master Mentalist Erik Dobell have teamed up to bring you a night of stunning magic, reality shattering mindreading and hilarious mayhem. A night where impossibilities are brought to life right in front of your eyes. With a combined 40+ years in the art of magic, Chris Collins and Erik Dobell have traveled from Las Vegas to South Korea performing their award winning shows for audiences and companies such as the NFL, Sony Electronics, and Carnival Cruise Lines. N...

Jackson Pollock Eat Your Heart Out!

Join us as we welcome Demetry Chakonas in the Laughing Mask Gallery. Demetry's work exhibits the technique of drip painting made famous by Jackson Pollock during the late 40's. Complimentary beverages.

TEXTure Gallery and Art Bar Opening

  • October 3, 2014
  • Location: Texture Gallery and Art Bar
  • Address: 2004 Riverside Drive, SUITE P, Asheville, NC 28804

Grand {re}Opening of TEXTure Gallery and Art Bar. Come experience a new way to not only enjoy art but participate and create art yourself. The newest addition to open up creativity is the ART BAR, all the art supplies you can imagine at your fingertips, come up to the bar and order your supplies to create. Come meet the owners, artists, local musicians and other talent that will be performing. We offer a variety of art classes for all ages.

A Weekend with Kathy Milici

  • October 4, 2014
  • Location: Texture Gallery and Art Bar
  • Address: 2004 Riverside Drive Suite P, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

We are thrilled to announce that with the completion of our dedicated classroom / Art Bar, currently under construction, we welcome Kathy Milici as the first guest instructor! We are offering her Modern Storybook Script on Saturday, October 4th, followed by The Flourished Name on Sunday, October 5th. Registration is NOW open.

Die Fledermaus

Come and see the Asheville Lyric Opera's adaptation of Die Fledermaus, coming October 2014! Adapted to reflect the cultural aristocracy of the Southern Mountains at the turn of the century, the opera’s famous second act is set during a party at the “Giltmore” (the home of the famous “Vanderburgs”). Asheville Lyric Opera is thrilled to offer audiences of Western North Carolina a glimpse of the history of this region through a classic, operetta production.

Spinzilla - Spinning Demonstration

Come see local spinners make yarn from the fleece of sheep, goats, alpaca and rabbits at this opening event of a national celebration called Spinzilla.

Chair Caning Demonstration with Brandy Clements

  • October 7, 2014
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Venue:  Grovewood Gallery
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

This is an American Craft Week event. Brandy Clements, a fourth generation chair caner, will be demonstrating a variety of caning techniques in Grovewood's upstairs furniture gallery on Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 8 from 11am - 4pm. Brandy has been weaving new lives for chairs for 10 years and is a self-proclaimed chair nerd. Fresh from the first leg of her Appalachian Caning Tour in New England, she is excited to continue her mission to revive this dying art by sharing her skills...

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