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A Wild Food Foraging Adventure

Ready to go WILD? Join us on a trip "off the eaten path." You'll learn how to SAFELY gather edible wild plants, mushrooms, and other "extreme cuisine." After our woodland shopping spree, we'll cook up a sampling for a wild foods pick-nic. Then take your pick: bring home the rest of your "catch of the day" or take it to one of four award-winning Asheville restaurants, where the chef will prepare whatever you bring in, on th...

Doc Brown's Trivia

  • Sep 1
  • Highland Brewing Company
  • Location: The Tasting Room at Highland Brewing Company
  • Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville, NC 28803

Gather your friends and test your knowledge! A cold pint will only make you smarter, so stop by the tasting room from 6-8pm and play to win some great Highland swag. Doc Brown BBQ will be available.

Exhibit: Her Nobel Words

  • Sep 1
  • aSHEville Museum
  • Address: 35 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Come be inspired by aSHEville Museum's newest exhibit: Her Nobel Words - on the 16 women to have won the Nobel Peace Prize. These women fought to make the world a better place and were honored for their incredible achievements by the Nobel Committee. These are their words.

Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League Juried Show

  • Sep 1
  • Location: The Red House Studios and Gallery
  • Address: 310 West State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Enjoy the 48th Annual Juried Members Exhibit of the Swannanoa Valley Fine Arts League (SVFAL) will be held at the Red House Studios & Gallery in August and September. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.  The exhibit includes the work of both emerging and accomplished artists in a variety of two and three dimensional media.

Taste of Biltmore

  • Sep 1
  • Biltmore
  • Address: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

This September, food and wine takes center stage at Biltmore as we celebrate NC Wine Month with a Taste of Biltmore. Experience our legacy of hospitality with hand-crafted wines and interactive culinary events showcasing our winemakers, chefs, and farmers throughout the month. Discover our farm-to-table heritage with special offerings. Meet our chefs as they demonstrate their culinary expertise. Savor creative wine and food tastings plus distinctive menus featuring estate and locally-raised fare...

Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions Hosted by The Darren Nicholson Band

FREE 5PM Door :: Dinner Reervations Recommended 7:30 Host Band :: The Darren Nicholson Band 9:30PM Jam Sessions Every Tuesday evening Isis presents our Tuesday Bluegrass Sessions. The sessions are hosted each week by a local bluegrass musician with friends or a band. Following the host band, Bluegrass musicians from the Asheville area gather on stage to jam in an open session. Occasionally, we feature a touring band that will perform prior to the open session and help co-host the jam. It's alway...

Yoga & Soak | An Evening Yoga Retreat

  • Sep 1
  • Shoji Spa
  • Location: Shoji Spa & Lodge
  • Address: 96 Avondale Heights Road, Asheville, SC 28803

An unforgettable evening of yoga & rejuvenation awaits you. Take delight in this mini-retreat as you are lead through an all levels Vinyasa-flow set on Shoji's outdoor yoga deck surrounded by endless tree canopies on the edge of the Pisgah National Forest. This class will focus on proper alignment techniques, building strength, conscious breathing, and non-dogmatic philosophy and spirituality. Elevate your yoga practice with an indulgent summer night hot tub soak under the stars, honoring t...

ZaPow! Presents: Heroes and Villains! A Member Artist Group Show

  • Sep 1
  • Lexington Glassworks
  • Address: 21 Battery Park, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

ZaPow! Presents: Heroes and Villains! A Member Artist Group Show Saturday August 1 - October 11, 2015 What: New Visions of Heroes and Villains created by ZaPow Member Artists; Rock Gods to parodied comic book Heroes, Goblin King to Legend.

Breakfast Boogie- Benefitting Harmonia @ Altamont Theatre

  • Sep 2
  • Location: The Altamont Theatre
  • Address: 18 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801

How can you start your day off on the right foot when you’re wearing the wrong shoes? “What shoes?”, you ask? Why, boogie shoes, of course! You’ll need them for the Breakfast Boogie, Asheville’s early morning workout alternative! Harmonia is teaming up with The Altamont Theatre to help you get over the hump, Wednesday, September 2nd, with funky sounds from local Boogie Ambassador, Biig Poppa. The party kicks off at 7am in the heart of downtown Asheville. Delicio...

Dennis Berndt (of Chalwa)

Dennis Berndt has been a local reggae mainstay for the past ten years in the North Carolina region, having started the band CHALWA, Bruckshot along with supporting reggae artist Ras Alan and the Lions. Dennis has toured the southeast coast and Jamaica gathering inspiration along the way to fuel the creative writing process. A talented songwriter and performer Dennis plays a blend of old school meets new school original roots reggae. Having recorded two full-length albums with CHALWA, Dennis has ...

Elevations Wine Trail Tour

  • Sep 2
  • Location: Westgate Regional Shopping Center
  • Address: Westgate Drive, Asheville, NC
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday

The Elevations Tour features three wineries south of Asheville - Burntshirt Vineyards, Parker-Binns Vineyards and Mountain Brook Vineyards. During your tour the altitude of the vineyards changes dramatically and passengers will experience a major change in altitude as the bus travels into the foothills. 5 distinct tastings will occur at each winery and specific information about each wine will be shared - often by the winemaker. Participants meet at the Westgate Regional Mall on Westgate Park...

Dangermuffin & Weather and Waves (feat. Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove)

Isis is proud to host an evening of Dangermuffin and Weather & Waves (feat. Brock Butler of Perpetual Groove), a night of Organic, sand-blasted roots rock and improvisational neotraditional acoustic music. The third set will be super jam with both groups. $10 Advance :: $12 Day of Show 8:30PM

Gourmet Wine Trail

  • Sep 3
  • Location: Westgate Regional Shopping Center
  • Address: Westgate Drive, Asheville, NC 28753
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday

A unique experience featuring award winning wines and a French Country Luncheon. This tour visits three vineyards - St Paul Mountain Vineyards, Addison Farms Vineyard, and Fontaine Vineyards. Wines are all sourced from North Carolina fruit much of it grown in the winery vineyard. As an added feature St. Paul will also serve an award winning Hard Cider. 5 distinct tastings will occur at each winery and three will be offered with lunch and specific information about each wine will be shared.. P...

Les Amis (featuring members of Toubab Krewe and Zansa)

Featuring members of Toubab Krewe and Zansa, Les Amis (meaning "the friends"), is a mix of sounds ranging from West Africa to Appalachia and everything in between. A unique fusion of traditional West African music and modern rock 'n' roll that will inspire and astound. We are excited to have this talented group at Isis for an intimate Lounge Concert. 5PM Door :: 7:00PM Show General Admission Seated Lounge Show :: Limited Tables Available with Dinner Reservation. Seating without dinner...

Live Music with Chris Smith

In his debut release Love & War, CarolinaBound singer/songwriter Chris Smith brings a fresh, distinctive sound from an old country barroom in a southern ghost town. He conjures up the ghosts of Townes Van Zandt and Gram Parsons.

The Screaming J's

Boogie-Woogie piano music at it’s finest, the Screaming J’s hold nothing back with their wild and zany performances. Found somewhere in-between a honkey-tonk barn party and an Americana trio on a long psychedelic “trip”, you won’t be disappointed with the infectious energy that is a Screaming J’s performance!

The Wailers

Reggae music has never stopped evolving but for millions of people from around the world it’s still defined by the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers. It’s been their heartbeat rhythms that have inspired so much of what’s followed since, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of the “one-drop” reggae sound. The history of the band during Marley’s lifetime is well known. Just to recap, their music has sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England...

1st Friday Art Walk: Lexington Glassworks Open Late

  • Sep 4
  • Lexington Glassworks
  • Location: Lexington Glassworks
  • Address: 81 South Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday

Join us for the Downtown Asheville Arts District First Friday Art Walk. The Lexington Glassworks studio and gallery will be open late until 8PM, stop by and enjoy live demonstrations by the artists.

Addison Farms Vineyard Wine Tasting

  • Sep 4
  • Addison Farms Vineyard
  • Location: Addison Farms Vineyard
  • Address: 4005 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, NC 28748
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

We invite you to sample a wine flight in our Tasting Room every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A Tasting Flight is $8 + tax, and includes a souvenir Addison Farms Vineyard wine glass. Often, with prior notice, we are also happy to provide a tour of our vineyard and winery.

Allen Thompson Band

  • Sep 4
  • Highland Brewing Company
  • Location: The Meadow at Highland Brewing Company
  • Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville, NC 28803

They're a rock & roll band with roots in southern soul, California country, and psychedelic music. Along the way, they've grown a bit louder, too, adding a keyboardist to the lineup and replacing Thompson's acoustic guitar — a familiar sound on earlier albums like Salvation in the Ground — with its electric cousin. The songs still takes their cues from the music that came out of San Francisco and Laurel Canyon during the '70s, but the sound has broadened over the years, now owing...

Asheville Area Piano Forum Lecture

  • Sep 4
  • Location: First Baptist Church of Asheville, Crocker Auditorium
  • Address: 6 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Ruby Morgan Furman Music Professor presents: "From Perusal to Performance." She will discuss how we can strive for the ideal world in which a student learns everything correctly from the beginning and builds progressively toward the rewarding performance. Dr. Morgan has been described as "one of the outstanding pianists of the South," performing solo recitals and chamber music throughout the eastern United States and Europe. She made her orchestral debut at 15 with the Brev...

Asheville Downtown Gallery Association Art Walk

  • Sep 4
  • Downtown Asheville Art District
  • Location: Downtown Asheville Art District
  • Address: Various Locations, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday

The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than 20 galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as vibrant arts community and "The Paris of the South." Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity....from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.  Asheville an...

Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week

  • Sep 4
  • Location: Pisgah Inn Parking Lot, MP 408.5

Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week “A Room With A View” Join Parkway rangers at 10:00 am on Friday, September 4th for a moderate, 2-mile round trip hike to the top of Little Bald Mountain above the Pisgah Inn. Come learn about the rich history of this area and take in the fantastic views. Meet at the north end of the Pisgah Inn parking area, at the Buck Spring Trailhead (Milepost 408.5). Bring water, wear good walking shoes, and be prepared for changeable weather. For more infor...

Catawba Valley Winery Tour

  • Sep 4
  • Location: Westgate Regional Shopping Center
  • Address: Westgate Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday

Explore a wine fantasy as the Catawba Valley Winery Trail exposes you to the entire array of regional wines. Bordeaux style reds, lucious oaked chardonnay, chambourcin, rose, country fruit wines, and delghtful red and white blends from award winning wineries. This diverse tour takes you to 4 different and distinct wineries - Lake James Cellars, Silver Fork, South Creek and Belle Nicho. At each winery the winemaker will share with you their winemaking philosphy and those qualities that make ...

Friday Night :: Three for All Party with A Social Function, Feel More East, and Magenta Sunshine

Three Great Local Bands preforming party music :: classic rock songs, top 40, reggae, folk, indie, rock, R&B, jazz and soul driven music. It's a dance party A Social Function, Feel More East, and Magenta Sunshine Dinner reservations are available in the dining room, seating in the music hall and balcony will be first come first serve. Bring your dancing shoes - 21+ Show - Music : Genre: Blues,Classic Rock,Folk Rock,Indie,Jam,Jazz,Oldies,R&B / Urban,Rock

Hand Pan Sound Healing

The handpan is a new instrument of only 15 years. It is basically an inverted steel drum. It was founded in Switzerland and is now being made all over the world. Even though there are new makers and tuners all around the world it is still a hard instrument to come by as it takes quite a long time for the making of just one instrument. Worldly known for it’s magical music - the experience of the handpan is a rare gift. This workshop is designed to allow the tones of the handpan to deeply r...

Impossibilities: An Evening of Magic, Mind-Reading and Mayhem!

Magical Comedian Chris Collins and Master Mentalist Erik Dobell are back for another evening of Impossibilities! 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. Now they're bringing their acclaimed two man show to the North Carolina Stage Company in Asheville, North Carolina! New Magic, New Mind Re...

Pub and Grub Crawl in Black Mountain

Start the weekend off early by kicking back and experiencing some of the best eateries and pubs in town. There is no better way to drink up the flavor of Black Mountain with old and new friends than to take this 2 1/2 hour guided walk through town. We will taste local brew at 5 to 6 stops paired with great local cuisine.  Advanced reservations required.

Pugwash w/special guests - [pop/rock from Ireland]

Since releasing their debut power-pop album in 1999, ‘Almond Tea’, Pugwash (songwriter Thomas Walsh and friends) has become an instant favourite of Irish and British music critics alike, many of whom nominated ‘Almond Tea’ as their album of the year. Only 4 weeks after its release, the Hotpress rated it as one of the Top 30 albums of the Millennium. Thomas Walsh has been singled out by many critics as one of the most talented new songwriters to emerge on the Irish scene i...

Ten FIDY Release Party

FIDY's back and better than ever. We're bringin' it back with a HUGE CAN release party. Git a FIDY flight with these: 2015 FIDY 2012 FIDY Raspberry FIDY Tart Cherry FIDY Bourbon Barrel-aged FIDY Pumpkin Pie FIDY Peppermint Mocha FIDY Music from the Strangled Darlings from 6-8 p.m. Food from the Oskar Blues CHUBwagon. Wear black and git a free poster! Play Nintendo 64 on the big screen.

A Drink and Paint Party Downtown

  • Sep 5
  • The Paint Bug
  • Location: WeinHaus
  • Address: 86 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

WeinHaus has a plethora of wine and beer, both in bottles and on tap... And we're going to be painting there!! The Paint Bug will be hosting one of its LEGENDARY classes in scenic Downtown Asheville, once again. Their talented artist will guide you, step-by-step, in creating a masterpiece, all while you enjoy your favorite adult beverage! They provide all of the materials necessary. All YOU have to do is sign up, show up, and let the good times roll. See you there!

ARX Half Marathon

  • Sep 5
  • Location: Asheville, North Carolina
  • Address: Coxe Avenue (Start Point), Asheville, NC 28801

We proudly introduce the "ARX" Half Marathon, one of the five distinct events associated with the new "Asheville Running Experience" a brand new, two-day, five event experiences that promises to capture the essence of Asheville. The ARX Half-Marathon is planned as true to the old Citizen-Times Half-Marathon course as possible. The ARX Half will begin on Coxe Avenue in the heart of the South Slope and proceed north through downtown into North Asheville and through the Grove P...

Asheville Brewing Super Hero 5K

  • Sep 5
  • Location: The Mill Room
  • Address: 66 Asheland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

The course for the Asheville Brewing Super Heroes 5K has been completely redesigned and features areas throughout the South Slope and River Arts District. The Course will be USATF Certified. The Super Hero 5K is one of the five distinct events associated with the new "Asheville Running Experience" a brand new, two-day, five event experience that promises to capture the essence of Asheville. When you click on the web link below, you'll be able to register for the Super Hero as well a...

Bend and Brew

  • Sep 5
  • The Bywater
  • Address: 796 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC 28804
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

45 minutes of all levels yoga followed by a beer tasting-two of Asheville's finest!

Funktastic Fun Run

  • Sep 5
  • Location: Downtown Asheville

We proudly introduce the "Funktastic Fun Run", one of the five distinct events associated with the new "Asheville Running Experience" a brand new, two-day, five event experience that promises to capture the essence of Asheville. The Funktastic Fun run is great for all fitness levels. This is a 1k dash in downtown Asheville. We've extended the fun to include all ages and abilities. Note: when you click on the web link, you'll be able to check out all five of the Asheville Runn...

Labor Day Weekend Family Discovery Programs

Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends or possibly our birds of prey, a Red-tailed hawk and Great Horned Owl! Our resident education animals are the stars of the 2pm program, which explains each animal’s role in our ecosystem, how they came to live at the park and lessons on what we can do to help protect wildlife. Try to outwit gravity with a free climb per person on our climbing tower open 11am–4pm.

Living from the Soul - Guided Halo Meditation with flute sounds at The Salt Spa of Asheville

Living from the Soul means offering the highest virtues to ourselves and others. We all possess the energy of love, compassion, kindness, courage etc. but our ego mind is conditioned to separate and judge. In this guided Halo meditation we focus on bringing the message of the soul back to our hearts. Gentle Native American Flute Sounds support the process. During this guided meditation in our Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary we will be supported by the Millions of Himalayan Salt Crystals surroundi...

Ooh La La Curiosity Market

  • Sep 5
  • Location: Pritchard Park
  • Address: 67 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

Ooh La La Curiosity Market is an art market that takes place in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful downtown Asheville and will showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists. Taking place over 11 Saturdays throughout Summer beginning May 23th. Ooh La La will feature works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters, up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the marke...

Open Studios Art Tour on Historic Grovewood Grounds

Art lovers, architectural enthusiasts, and local history buffs are encouraged to go behind-the-scenes and take a free, self-guided tour of Grovewood Studios. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with our resident artists, learn a little about their process, and even delve into a bit of Asheville's rich craft history. The following studios will be open to the public on Saturday, September 5: Chris Abell (flute maker), Kathleen Doyle & Thomas Reardon (jewelry & fine metalworks), Car...

Open Studios Art Tour on Historic Grovewood Grounds

During this event, art lovers, architectural enthusiasts, and local history buffs are encouraged to go behind-the-scenes and take a free, self-guided tour of the artist studios on the historic Grovewood grounds (adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn). Open studios presents an opportunity for visitors to interact with professional artists, see artwork at the source, and expose them to the rich talent that Asheville has to offer. Grovewood Studios, a group of workspaces occupied by 11 artists, is lo...

Round the World Foodie Tour in Black Mountain

Chefs and owners share their love for international cuisine on this lively tour around the world. Who knew that Black Mountain could support this many global inspired gems in less than 2 square miles. Come as we sip and savor light fare from at least 5 restaurants and shops representing countries such as France, Argentina, Italy, Germany, USA and Japan on this 2 1/2 hour walking tour.

The James King Band :: An Evening of Tradition Bluegrass

James King’s earned the moniker “Bluegrass Storyteller” through his talent of telling stories through Bluegrass songs. James was born in Martinsville, Virginia and grew up in Cana (Carrrol County), Virginia. Bluegrass music was a part of the heritage of his childhood. His father, Jim, and his uncle, Joe Edd, were both musicians who influenced James. He recalls his early interest in Bluegrass music came through gospel songs performed by The Stanley Brothers (Carter and Ralph). J...

Valley History Explorer Hike #7 - Historic Black Mountain Tour

This moderate 3-mile hike explores historic Black Mountain. Pre-registration required.

Wee Bit Louder Fest 2015

Join us for Highland's very own rock and blues festival - featuring stellar regional bands and the best beer in town. Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats kick off the party 6pm, followed by Franklin's Kite at 7:15, and Delta Moon closing out the night. Music is free! Food Trucks will be available.

Recurring Events

Contemporary Muralism in Context: Street Art, Public Art, and Graffiti

  • Sep 1
  • Asheville Area Arts Council
  • Address: One Page Avenue, Suite 143 & 144, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st

The mural scene in the United States is as vast and stylistically diverse as the generations of artists, building owners and photographers who helped create and broadcast it. Contemporary Muralism in Context: Street Art, Public Art, and Graffiti looks at a cross section of that scene — one that begins here in Western North Carolina, stretches up and down the eastern seaboard and across the west coast.

Girls on Deck at MG Road

  • Sep 1
  • MG Road
  • Address: 19 Wall St., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Tuesday

Talented and creative female chefs, bartenders and DJs join the folks at MG Road to show off their skills. This month we welcome guest chef Jessica Mullice, cook at Kimball House, and guest bartender Kendall Cramer of Double Crown and The Lazy Diamond. All joined by a new set of killer DJs: Devyn Marzuola, Rachael Thorn aka Sweet Baby Ray, and Dani Harris. Don't miss this girl-powered night.

Heritage & Home: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm

  • Sep 1
  • Asheville Art Museum
  • Location: Asheville Art Museum
  • Address: 2 South Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801

Heritage & Home: Photographs of Hickory Nut Gap Farm features approximately 40 images, as well as a selection of historic photos and artifacts, from photographer Ken Abbott's Hickory Nut Gap Farm Project. After discovering the old Sherrill's Inn in 2004 while chaperoning his daughter's preschool field trip to Hickory Nut Gap Farm, Abbott, a newcomer to Western North Carolina, spent the next several years photographing the Fairview, NC house and family. Ken Abbott received his MFA in photog...

Hickory Nut Gap Farm Fall Festival Season

  • Sep 1
  • Hickory Nut Gap Farm
  • Address: 57 Sugar Hollow Road, Fairview, NC 28730
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Let the fall season begin!  Visit the store and purchase apples year around for no charge. General admission covers all activities (except rides) including: Corn Maze, Trike Track, Culvert Slides, Pumpkin Picking, Animal Barn, education barn, goat walk, cider making area, picnic areas, and more. Hayrides and horse rides start September 19th and run through October 31. Kiddies carts start September 5th!

Hoop Jam presented by Mission Health

  • Sep 1
  • Location: Pritchard Park
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

The Tuesday Evening Hoop Jam has become a staple in Pritchard Park with 2014 marking our 7th year of hooping in the park. Hoop Jam takes place Tuesday evenings from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 5:30-7:30pm. Asheville Hoops provides jammin tunes, demo hoops for all to use and a positive event that promotes movement, creativity, dance and FUN! This event is family friendly and a great way to put play in your kids day.

Local Tuesday Cave Sessions

  • Sep 1
  • Asheville Salt Cave
  • Address: 12 Eagle Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

Every Tuesday is Local Tuesday at Asheville Salt Cave. Show us your ID. If you live within 40 miles of downtown Asheville, enjoy a 45-minute Salt Cave Session for just $15.

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