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Special Events

Fourth-Annual Asheville Beer Week

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: Various Locations
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

It’s time to celebrate all things craft beer at Asheville Beer Week. The fourth-annual Asheville Beer Week is on the books! Mark your calendars for May 22 – May 30, 2015. Come see why 26 breweries were started here and still call Western North Carolina home. And, find out what drew Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues and New Belgium to build second homes here. Asheville Beer Week will feature an amazing line-up of tastings, dinners, beer education and other beer-related fun (and nonsen...

Sixth-Annual Beer City Festival

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Pack Square Park
  • Address: Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Pack Square Park

Asheville's premier downtown craft-beer festival will take place on May 30th on Roger McGuire Green. Beer City Fest brings the best local and regional breweries from Asheville and surrounding areas together for a great day of beer and music. This year's event features over 32+ breweries and local music acts such as Empire Strikes Brass, Lyric, Debrissaandthebearking, and Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats. All of the breweries featured in Beer City Festival are members of the Asheville Brew...

Single-Day Events

AkashVille Cafe™ - The Sweet Taste of Wisdom - 2015

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: Asheville Training Center - Behind Town & Mountain Realty
  • Address: 261 Asheland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

AkashVille Cafe™ "The Sweet Taste of Wisdom" WHAT DO I 'REALLY' OWE ANOTHER? Akashic Records Soul Gathering Building a Village of Light in Asheville FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00 pm (PLEASE BE PROMPT! WE WILL BEGIN AT 7PM!) Abundance Exchange: $11 - Thank You $22 - Thank You + Blessing $33 - Thank You + Blessing + I Love You Thirsting for wisdom? We invite you to join us for a cup of "sage" tea as we dialogue with and receive the depth and breadth of the masterf...

AMANDLA (Claude Coleman Jr. of Ween)

Amandla is the music and group of Claude Coleman Jr., familiarly known as the perversely versatile, original drummer for the group Ween. In addition to drumming with a host of additional artists including Eagles of Death Metal, his 25-year discography stretches across an eclectic array of artists and players throughout the NY/NJ area and beyond. Amandla is Coleman as its singer-songwriter, performing on all instruments, engineering and producing. Live, he is Amandla’s frontman and guitari...

An Evening with The Grahams

Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who've married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Join us for a great evening of entertainment, food, and spirits. Music : Genre: Acoustic,Americana,Folk,Singer/Songwriter Ge...

Author Event, Jamie Mason

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: Great Expectations Books and More
  • Address: 198 N Main St, Rutherfordton, NC 28139

Friday Evening, 29 May Author, Jamie Mason joins us at Great Expectations Books Doors open at 6:30 PM- start time is 7PM Jamie's newly released book, Monday's Lie, is a pulse-pounding thriller. Jamie's first novel, Three Graves Full, was nominated for Library Journal's best book of 2013. Meet Jamie as she reads from her new novel followed by a booksigning. This is a ticketed event with limited seating. Cost is $5 per seat but this cost will be deducted from the price of her book. Light re...

David Zoll Quartet

Come out to our tasting room this Friday for free live music with the David Zoll Quartet! David Zoll grew up on Long Island, NY with a steady diet of doo-wop, Motown and classic R and B from local oldies radio, Willie Nelson, Simon and Garfunkel, and the Everly Brothers from his parents, and Brian Setzer, the Ramones and Black Sabbath from his brother. Food Trucks Root Down and Appalachian BBQ will be on site.

Diane Durrett & Steff Mahan [Singer/Songwriter / Blues]

“She’s good. She’s damn good.” Sting’s summation of his duet with singer songwriter Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform. In 2013 Durrett was elected to the board of governors (vocal seat) by the Atlanta chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences best known for its Grammy Awards. A Memphis reporter once wrote that Diane’s performance was so powerful that “If you don’t go see her she may just come ...

East Asheville Tailgate Market

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: Groce Methodist Church
  • Address: 954 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday

The East Asheville Tailgate Market offers an array of fresh produce, eggs, meat, crafts, and baked goods. We're a family friendly environment with live music and a great community of vendors and customers.

Goldie and the Screamers with CaroMia Tiller on the Patio

Goldie & The Screamers have a mission to move you: to create music that stirs your heart without neglecting your body. This Asheville based Soul/Neo Soul outfit have been quickly building a loyal following since their first public performance in the Spring of 2014. Genre: Folk Rock,Indie,Singer/Songwriter Come enjoy an evening on the patio or a picnic on the Isis Lawn as we present CaroMia and her band Goldie and the Screamers 7:30pm - 9:30pm :: FREE We have blankets available for the lawn ...

In the Round: An Interactive Beer Dinner with Buxton Hall Barbecue

  • May 29, 2015
  • Address: 40 Collier Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Burial Beer Co.

Friday May 29th. Instead of hosting a sit down beer dinner, we came up with a unique approach. We will have 5 stations around our property each serving a dish by Elliott Moss and Buxton Hall Barbecue and a beer pairing from Burial Beer Co. You will be able to create an a la carte beer dinner by purchasing a "station". 2 Stations will be meat dishes 2 Stations will be sides/vegetarian dishes 1 Station will be a sweet dish. You can choose to purchase and sample them all or just a couple....

Nature Photography Weekend

  • May 29, 2015
  • Address: US 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 305, Linville, NC 28646
  • Venue:  Grandfather Mountain
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Hear from top nature photographers while practicing your craft atop scenic Grandfather Mountain. Enter your best shots from the weekend in our photo contest for bragging rights! Saturday buffet dinner included in admission price. Online registration opens April 1. More information available at grandfather.com or 800-468-7235.

Process vs. Product: Shifting Values in Art, Craft, and Design with Elissa Auther

The Center for Craft Creativity & Design (CCCD) will kick-off it’s new annual lecture series with 'Process vs Product: Shifting Values in Art, Craft, and Design', a lecture by Windgate Research Curator Elissa Auther. This talk covers the topic of process and it’s influence on value in the art world today. Debates over the concept of process have been central to the ways craft has been distinguished from art-both positively and negatively-and this presentation will consider how th...

The Wilhelm Brothers - Folk Rock With Cello Infusion

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: Foggy Mountain Brewpub
  • Address: 12 Church St., Asheville, NC 28801

"The Wilhelm Brothers are similar to the sounds of Damien Rice but with an Americana influence rather than Irish. There is a certain folk aspect in Wilhelm's voice, guitar melodies and Ensslin's bass lines, but when Ensslin's beautiful cello melodies enter the mix, a unique fusion is created with a passion that is often found in classical pieces such as Bach's Cello Suite." -Leena Dbouk / Spartanburg Herald Journals

Alex Krug Combo

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Highland Brewing Company
  • Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Highland Brewing Company

The Alex Krug Combo brings heart-driven, rock-americana to listeners. Not an easy band to classify, the experience may be described as vocal-driven rock, infused with bits of blues, jazz, country and a sprinkling of funk. Food Trucks - Root Down and Appalachian BBQ

An Evening With Charles "Wigg" Walker [Funky Soul]

Charles Walker was born in Nashville, Tennessee on July 12, 1940. Charles or “Wigg,” as he is known by his friends (his mother nicknamed him when he was born with a full head of hair), began singing at an early age in church and school. He cut his first record in 1959 for Ted Jarrett’s legendary Champion label. One cut, “Slave To Love,” was credited to Charles Walker and the Daffodils. In fact, there was no such group as the Daffodils. The backup singers on the reco...

BB King of the Blues Tribute – The Vintage Years with Peggy Ratusz

BB King of the Blues Tribute – The Vintage Years “Blues with Peggy Ratusz” Isis Upstairs Lounge residency will be wrapping up with a full on electric band tribute to BB King on Saturday May 30th at 9pm. The idea to pay tribute to the one born Riley B. King, came to Ratusz when owner of Isis, Scott Woody requested that for her final week, she move it to the big stage downstairs when at the same time the unfortunate news came that BB had passed away. Having already planned to fea...

Blue Ridge Rollergirls vs. Carolina Rollergirls

  • May 30, 2015
  • Address: 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  US Cellular Center

Join us on Saturday, May 30th in our ExploreAsheville.com arena as the Blue Ridge Rollergirls vs. Carolina Rollergirls! Tickets are on sale through our box office, all Ticketmaster locations, and online.

Finding the Storyteller in You

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Lenoir-Rhyne University (Third Floor of the Asheville Visitors Center)
  • Address: 36 Montford Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

A storytelling workshop that welcomes everyone – from beginner to experienced. Come explore your stories in a safe, supportive environment. During the workshop you will: develop skill in telling stories explore the legacy of memories gain confidence in speaking Practice deep listening skills Discover your innate capacity as a storyteller Learn how to ‘embody’ your stories Cultivate and enjoy the bond that forms between teller and listener.

Funny Business at The Millroom Presents Aaron Kleiber (AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, Nuvo TV)

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: The Millroom
  • Address: 66 Asheland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  The Millroom

Aaron Kleiber has been entertaining his entire life — from climbing atop his grandmother’s coffee table as a child, being voted class clown in high school, to taking the stage at comedy clubs across North America today. On the strength of his energized, crowd-pleasing live performances, Aaron Kleiber emerged as one of the most in-demand feature acts in stand-up - touring alongside Bob Saget, Jim Breuer, Bert Kreischer, John Witherspoon, Josh Blue and Steve-O (MTV’s “Jacka...

Halo Yoga Nidra Meditation at The Salt Spa of Asheville & Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary

Yoga Nidra is an ancient Indian tradition of going into the deepest possible relaxation state. Our Yoga Nidra instructor Katherine Caldwell has an unbelievable calming way of guiding through the meditation. Your experience will be deepened by the unique therapeutic negative ion rich dry Himalayan Salt air micro-climate in our Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary with Millions of Himalayan Salt Crystals on all walls and floor. The first 20 minutes of this class are dedicated to slow, conscious movements...

Moonlight Breakfast at Rhubarb

  • May 30, 2015
  • Address: 7 SW Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Rhubarb

Delight in breakfast favorites at Rhubarb’s Moonlight Breakfast, your best excuse to stay up past your bed time.

Ooh La La Curiosity Market

  • May 30, 2015
  • 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...

Painting Party at Pack's Tavern

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Pack's Tavern
  • Address: 20 South Spruce Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Pack's Tavern

Join us at Pack's Tavern for an evening of fun, food, drink, and painting. Enjoy one of Asheville's great local restaurants while being guided through painting a picture. Call 828-782-8540 to register or go online.

Vision - Guided Meditation & EFT Tapping at The Salt Spa of Asheville & Himalayan Salt Cave

Time to tune into the messages of our soul during this powerful guided meditation about accessing and using our visions. EFT Tapping will support the release of unwanted emotions so we can be reminded of our true self. This evening is guided by Sundara Fawn, a local artist and visionary and offered in our magical Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary in combination with Halotherapy. How much better can it get? Reservation is required; please call us at (828) 505-1838.

Waterfalls 'n Wine

With over 250 waterfalls within Transylvania County, it’s no wonder that you don’t know where to start looking for them! We’ll guide you to up to 6 of the most sought-after and accessible of the bunch, leaving room for some education on the unique history of Pisgah National Forest, the flora and fauna of the area and the geology and formation of the waterfalls themselves. We’ll end the trip in beautiful downtown Brevard with a private wine tasting at Broad Street Wines....

Recurring Events

A Wild Food Foraging Adventure

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: No Taste Like Home: Wild Food Adventures
  • Address: 624 Upper Grassy Branch Extension, Asheville, NC 28805
  • Venue:  No Taste Like Home: Wild Food Adventures
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Ready to go WILD? Join internationally-known "epicure of the obscure" Alan Muskat on a trip "off the eaten path." You'll learn how to SAFELY gather edible wild plants, mushrooms, and other extreme cuisine while enjoying The Mushroom Man's unique blend of stories, poetry, wit and wisdom. 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 ...

ACCORDION TIME MACHINE Presents "STARING CONTEST"

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: Toy Boat Community Art Space
  • Address: 101 Fairview Rd., Asheville, NC 28803
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Accordion Time Machine, Anam Cara's experimental theatre ensemble, is pleased to announce their latest production, Staring Contest. The performances take place Friday May 29th and Saturday May 30th at Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Rd. Asheville, NC 28803 www.toyboatcommunityartspace.com. The show technically starts at 8pm, but audience members are highly encouraged to arrive early as Accordion Time Machine hosts a range of fun surprises before the show “begins.” More inf...

Back to the Drawing Board | Blue Mountain, Mark Reigelman

Blue Mountain is a participatory, site-specific installation inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and their role in Western North Carolina's historically important and detrimental industries: tobacco, timber and textiles. Visitors will be invited to help recreate a mountain landscape in the gallery by cutting out wood block prints, squirting dyes onto the top of a metal mountain structure, and watching as a line of cigarettes, mimicking the Blue Ridge Parkway, is adhered to the gallery floor. T...

DJ Cosmo Q Presents Gastby Electro-Swing

DJ Cosmo Q takes the swinging sounds of the 1920s and '30s, turns them on their ear, and smuggles them into the 21st Century. He brings the modern sensibilities of house and step-beats to the prohibtion-era sounds of swing and gypsy jazz, with occasional blues influences and a dash of the Balkans for flavoring. Lex 18 serves up stylish Moonshine cocktails in swanky era deco - a perfect setting for you and your dance partner! No cover for your pleasure.

Downton Abbey Afternoon High Tea

Recreation of Downton Abbey Style Afternoon High Tea Elegant turn of the Century setting with live Classical Music designed to have guests feel they have stepped back into the 1920’s. Guests are invited to a 2-hour respite from the modern world to rejuvenate, connect and delight. Menu: Selection of teas brewed in vintage tea pots Chef’s quiche Classic scones with lemon curd and butters Assorted tea sandwiches Pastries and tea cakes Fruit parfait with organic yogurt Pot de creme choc...

New Paintings and Monotypes

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: The Junction
  • Address: 348 Depot St., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  River Arts District
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Lynn is a mixed media artist working in the Pink Dog Creative Studios. Lynn's work explores ideas of uncertainty and the tension of opposites as we navigate the endless stream of events, images, feelings, thoughts and actions that constitute our day-to-day lives. Her work will be exhibited at The Junction from May 21st - June 15th. The opening reception will be May 21st from 6 - 8 PM.

Surface & Texture: The Work of John Jordan

  • May 29, 2015
  • Address: 111 Grovewood Road, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Venue:  Grovewood Gallery
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Grovewood Gallery in Asheville is honored to host a solo exhibition for award-winning woodturner John Jordan. The Nashville, Tennessee artist, known primarily for his textured and carved hollow vessels, will have 30+ pieces on display in Surface & Texture: The Work of John Jordan. John’s work can be found in many prestigious permanent collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts in Washington, D.C., the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and...

Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale

The Italian tradition of Comedia dell’arte comes alive in Tarocco: A Soldier’s Tale, a kaleidoscopic narrative about one soldier’s journey out of the trenches of the first World War, and into the mesmerizing dreamworld of a 15th century Italian Tarot deck. Trapped in German-occupied Piedmont, the dying soldier uses a deck of playing cards (the Tarocco Piemontese) to weave himself a fantasy of ruin and redemption and keep the dark reality of war at bay. The Magician. The Hanged...

The Boarder's Garb

In “Look Homeward, Angel” Thomas Wolfe wrote, “Upon the darkening porch, awaiting food, the boarders rocked, oh rocked with laughter.” One hundred years ago boarding and providing lodging were not unusual in American family life, as an estimated one-third to one-half of all urban Americans either boarded or took in boarders. A new exhibit, “The Boarder’s Garb,” opens Feb. 10 at Thomas Wolfe Memorial. “Visitors will discover Julia Wolfe’s boa...

The Merchant of Asheville (A Locally Sourced Comedy)

  • May 29, 2015
  • Location: Magnetic 375
  • Address: 375 Depot St., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Join us for this rollicking world premiere, celebrating the grand opening of Magnetic 375 and The Magnetic Theatre's home city, Asheville! This contemporary comedy, set in a classic mold, concerns the family owners of a modest Bed and Breakfast in Montford, and the troubles they're having adjusting to the ongoing changes in our fair city...not to mention the appearance of a couple of mysterious strangers! Written and directed by The Magnetic Theatre's Steven Samuels (author of When Jekyll Met Hy...

Weekly Wine Tasting

  • May 29, 2015
  • Address: 1011 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805
  • Venue:  Divine Wine and Beer
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday

We host a wine tasting every Friday evening at 5:30pm. Whether you're stopping in to taste prior to dinner or you're making a night of it with us, we will offer a variety of amazing wines for you to try. The tasting is $5.00 / person but the fee is waived with a purchase following the event. To see the specific details for a tasting please visit our Events Calendar: https://divinewineandbeer.com/events/ Cheers!

"Saturday Night Lights" Spring Series at Tryon International Equestrian Center

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Tryon International Equestrian Center
  • Address: 4066 Pea Ridge Road, Mill Spring, NC 28756
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is launching its "Saturday Night Lights" spring series starting Saturday, May 16th from 5-9 p.m. These Saturday nights will feature free admission to TIEC to watch the Grand Prix competition, plus free carousel rides, street performers, live music, and more. Restaurants are now open onsite, as well, with a wide array of food options.

Addison Farms Vineyard Wine Tasting

  • May 30, 2015
  • Address: 4005 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, NC 28748
  • Venue:  Addison Farms Vineyard
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday

We invite you to sample a flight in our Tasting Room every Saturday and Sunday. A Tasting Flight is $8 + tax, and includes a souvenir Addison Farms Vineyard wine glass.

Concerts in the Park Series

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Biltmore Park Town Square
  • Address: 2 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Biltmore Park Town Square
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the last Saturday

We invite you to bring your family, friends and neighbors and enjoy a musical evening in Biltmore Park Town Square. Grab a blanket and join us in Cecil Park, the green space near Hickory Tavern and Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, for Concerts in the Park. The Concerts in the Park series takes place the last Saturday of the month, May through September, from 7-9 pm. Come enjoy two full hours of live music, dancing and fun for the whole family. Join us May 30th as we kick off the 2015 Concert in the Pa...

Orvis Fly Fishing 101

  • May 30, 2015
  • Address: 28 Schenck Parkway, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Orvis Asheville
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages, the Fly Fishing 101 course includes free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging.

Saturday Story Time

  • May 30, 2015
  • Address: 50 North Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Venue:  Spellbound Children's Bookshop
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Join us each Saturday morning at 11 a.m. for a free story time lasting approximately 20-30 minutes. Most stories geared to ages 3-7 years, but all ages are welcome. We’ll choose appropriate stories based on the age of our audience that day.

Trees Plants and Fungi of the Southern Appalachians

  • May 30, 2015
  • Location: Wild Abundance
  • Address: 72 Sanford Way, Weaverville, NC
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Meet and explore the unique and beautiful plants and fungi of our Southern Mountains, and the remarkable forests in which they dwell. Classes cover botanical identification, edible & medicinal and homesteading uses, ecological connections and techniques for expanding awareness. Hands on activities, such as fire, cordage and shelter craft will be utilized to deepen participants connections with the living forest. Bird Language and Animal Tracking will also be interwoven.