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October 20, 2014

Morning Show Features Local Brews & BrewersOver the weekend, a TODAY ... more

October 14, 2014

Biltmore displays Dowager Countess outfitA costume worn by actress Dame ... more

October 07, 2014

New Tasting Menu + TV PreviewFelix Meana & Katie Button of Nightbell. ... more

October 06, 2014

Village Hotel underway in Antler HillArtist rendering of the new Village ... more

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

Tot Time

For pre-school aged students accompanied by an adult. Come discover the art of play in our interactive Art PLAYce for Children! A monthly program for pre-school aged children occurring on the third Tuesday of each month. Each month will feature a fun activity designed especially for our young visitors plus time to explore the Museum galleries.

Two Hundred Years of the Cherokee Language, Dr. Hartwell Francis

The Cherokee people have written in their language for 200 years. Early in the 18th Century, Cherokee genius Sequoyah (Sigwoya) saw that European immigrants were able to graphically represent the stream of speech. Based on this insight, Sequoyah developed a syllabic writing system for the Cherokee language that is still in use today. Around 1825, the Cherokee Nation commissioned lead type in order to print in the Cherokee language. Over the years, Cherokee literacy and literature in the Cherokee...

Build and Beer

Join artist Leigh Ann Parrish for a fun evening of making art in Beer City! Come and let your inner child shine as we play and create together. This workshop will engage your artistic creativity as we explore a variety of materials to create masks just in time for Halloween. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience, however you must be 21 years of age or older. All materials plus beer and snacks are included in the cost. Held in conjunction with X, Y + Z: Dimensions in Sculpture.

Jonas Gerard Paints Plein Air Opening Reception

Inspired by the living presence of raw nature, Jonas' paintings take a journey into the abstract landscapes of his imagination. Whether electrified by vibrant sunlight or soothed by a cool morning fog, he channels the outdoor world into his own unique expression of reverence for the universal creative force. While many plein air painters favor small, easily transported canvases, Jonas practically brings his whole studio with him, creating everything from intimate vignettes to majestic vistas s...

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF)

  • October 24, 2014
  • Address: 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
  • Venue:  WNC Agricultural Center
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Join us for 3 days of fun for the entire family. See spinning, knitting, weaving, felting and much more. Join a workshop class to improve your skills or just enjoy browsing and shopping the beautiful unique apparel and wearable art. Visit the barns to see the fiber on the hoof and talk to the people who raise them - sheep, llama, alpaca and goat. Visit the Skein, Garment & Fiber Art Show, Fleece Show & Sale or the Sheep to Shawl competition.

Ooh La La's Holiday Bazaar

  • October 25, 2014
  • Location: Pritchard Park, Downtown Asheville

Ooh La La's Holiday Bazaar is happy to announce its 3rd season this fall. A continuation of the Curiosity Market that took place this Summer in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful downtown Asheville. The Holiday Bazaar will showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists. Taking place over three Saturdays this Fall from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 18th, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1st. Ooh La La's Holiday Bazaar will feature works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters, ...

TV Star of Jackass, Steve O, to Perform in Asheville

  • October 26, 2014
  • Address: 66 Asheland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  The Millroom

Steve-O has become a household name, best known for his stunt-work on JACKASS, the TV show and movies. It all started when he snatched his dad's video camera. Later he enrolled in Clown College to become a professional stuntman. Steve-O’s videos made it into the hands of Jeff Tremaine and Johnny Knoxville, creators of JACKASS. In 2001, Steve-O launched his own "Steve-O Don’t Try This At Home Tour" and in 2009 competed on DANCING WITH THE STARS. He lasted 6 weeks, despite an...

Other Desert Cities

  • October 31, 2014
  • Location: 35below at Asheville Community Theatre
  • Address: 35 East Walnut St., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Other Desert Cities By Jon Robin Baitz Directed by Anita Chapman Friday, October 31 and Saturday, November 1, 2014: Performed at 35below at Asheville Community Theatre Sunday, November 2, 2014: Performed at the Reuter Center on UNCA’s campus In this contemporary drama set in Palm Springs, a grown up daughter presents her parents with her soon to be published memoir in which she challenges the integrity of their actions around a tragic event in the past. The ensuing confrontation threatens...

Public Exhibition of The Historical Buddha's Relics

  • October 31, 2014
  • Location: The Venue
  • Address: 21 North Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour, a free public exhibition of the historical Buddha's relics will be on display at The Venue in Asheville October 31, November 1 & 2. Most of the Relics in this collection resemble beautiful multi-colored pearl-like crystals and are over 2,600 years old. Many of the relics are from the 14th Dalai Lama’s own collection. Relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of wisdom and loving kindness. This free exhibition provides a chance for people to con...

Ooh La La's Holiday Bazaar

  • November 1, 2014
  • Location: Pritchard Park, Downtown Asheville

Ooh La La's Holiday Bazaar is happy to announce its 3rd season this fall. A continuation of the Curiosity Market that took place this Summer in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful downtown Asheville. The Holiday Bazaar will showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists. Taking place over three Saturdays this Fall from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Oct. 18th, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1st. Ooh La La's Holiday Bazaar will feature works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters, ...

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