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Special Events

Fourth-Annual Asheville Beer Week

  • May 22, 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...

Single-Day Events

15th Annual Mountain Sports Festival

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Carrier Park
  • Address: 220 Amboy Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

The Mountain Sports Festival is a weekend music and sports festival that celebrates community, athletics and local business. Events Include: Rock 2 Rock 10K, Cyclocross, SUP Yoga with Mind Body Paddle, SUP Race with Asheville Adventure Rentals, Collier Lilly Ride with NC Outward Bound School, Ultimate Frisbee, Crossfit with Summit Crossfit, Yoga with Asheville Community Yoga, Kolo Bike Park Mountain Bike Ride, sand volleyball tournament. Music Includes: East Coast Dirt, The Congress, Cameron St...

East Asheville Tailgate Market

  • May 22, 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.

Hanks A Lot - A Tribute to the Many Hanks of Country Music

The name Hank has become synonymous with country music, thanks to the great Hank Williams, Sr. who wrote and performed so many songs that are now standards of the American songbook. In addition to Hank Senior's son and grandson, the history of country music is brimming with a number of accomplished Hanks, and they've all inspired our latest tribute presentation: Hanks A Lot. Join some of WNC's most caring keepers of the country flame as we pay homage not only to the legendary Hank Williams and h...

Jodi John + Laura John: A Mother + Daughter Exhibition of Paintings Reception

Displayed in the AAAC's Artist Resource Center Gallery from April-June of 2015 Laura and Jodi's paintings bring vibrancy and movement to the space. Come join them to celebrate this Mother + Daughter exhibition on Friday, May 22nd from 5-7pm. For more information about the artists visit www.jodijohnart.com or www.ljohnart.com.

N.C. Belgian Beer Fest

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Thirsty Monk Warehouse
  • Address: 92 Thompson St., Asheville, NC 28803

This exciting small-scale festival will feature over 20 North Carolina breweries presenting stellar examples of various Belgian-style beers! Look for some of the state's best breweries, including: Fonta Flora Brewery, Burial Beer Co., Appalachian Mountain Brewing, Highland Brewing, Haw River Ales, and Pisgah Brewing. Enjoy the full Thirsty Monk experience at our newly unveiled Thirsty Monk Warehouse space at 92 Thompson St. in Biltmore Village! Your ticket includes: - Free bus transportation to ...

SOLID Studios Inaugural Soiree

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: SOLID Studios
  • Address: 144 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805

SOLID Studios announces it's Inaugural, Opening Evening Event. The walls will be shared by sculptors MOLLY SAWYER and JAMEID FERRIN with pieces from their individual, current series. Musical guests will include members of PAN HARMONIA; KATE STEINBOK, ROSALIND BUDA, and AMY BRUCKSCH. SOLID Studios is a new and excitingly, versatile project space that is designed to encourage further development of creative endeavors for members of Asheville and the surrounding communities of Western North Carol...

The Malpass Brothers ~ CD Release "The Malpass Brothers"

They’ve got the sound, and they’ve got the look. The Malpass Brothers, Christopher and Taylor, are unabashed purveyors of tradition, playing music that is reminiscent of classic country, rockabilly and honky-tonk songs of decades past. The Malpass Brothers’ self-titled album was produced by Bluegrass legend and IBMA Hall of Fame member Doyle Lawson. The CD Release will be held at Isis on May 22nd. General Admission Seated Show :: Limited Tables Available call 828-757-2737 for D...

The Yoga Trail

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Pisgah National Forest

Birds tells us to hold life with a light grasp, trees convey both strength and beauty, streams reminds us that life is constantly shifting and changing, flora and fauna reflect their delicate beauty. Our certified yoga instructor will lead a Flow Yoga session that will end with an easy stroll through the woods in silence for reflection and self awareness. This is the perfect mix of nature, reflection, and relaxation. Maximum capacity is 20 students (ages 18 & up), so sign-up soon as this cla...

Acoustic Blues With Peggy Ratusz

This week's theme is "Down Home Blues" and featured guests include Jonathan Pearlman on guitar , and Will Beasley on string bass and her very special guest singer for the evening, Songwriter and multi-genre vocalist, Millie Palmer These four captivating avid and eager performers will cover a lot of ground in 2 hours and take you many places where Blues made and continues to make a home in towns across our nation like The Piedmont, NOLA, Memphis, Kansas City, Nashville, St. Louis, Hill ...

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

  • May 23, 2015
  • Address: 11250 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
  • Venue:  Cradle of Forestry

10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.: Guided walks along the Pink Beds Trail interpret the natural history of beavers, their wetland-creating activities and the changing habitats they create. --Programs begin in the Forest Discovery Center with a talk about beavers. --Total walking distance: 1.75 miles. --Program lasts 1.5 hours.

Forest To Fork

  • May 23, 2015
  • Location: Pisgah National Forest

Oh, to learn from the Family Robinson! Certified Herbalist Laura Gardner has spent most of her life searching for the tastiest morsels from the forest. This Pisgah tour will spend the afternoon along several trails identifying (not picking) the various plants and flowers that would be suitable for human consumption. Learn what you can do to survive on what the forest provides for us! Easy to moderate hiking required. Meet at John Rock/Fish Hatchery parking lot in front of main building. Maxim...

Garden Jubilee

  • May 23, 2015
  • Address: Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Garden Jubilee is Historic Hendersonville’s premier lawn & garden show, and one of the largest gardening shows in Western North Carolina. The Garden Jubilee is a spectacular two-day festival, held on Saturday, May 23 & Sunday, May 24 from 9am-5pm both days during the Memorial Day weekend. Bring wagon or cart to make transporting your plants easier. The Garden Jubilee Festival showcases more than 200 vendor spaces lining Main Street, and the centerpiece of the Festival is the Lowe&r...

Gemstone Crystal Bowl Meditation and Chakra Cleansing at The Salt Spa of Asheville

The vibrations of Gemstone Crystal Bowls are deeply relaxing and encourage well-being and balance. In this peaceful place, self healing can begin. Forget the mundane world and enter into a space for nourishing the soul. Experience sound healing and Halotherapy (salt therapy) in our Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary. Kate Beloved will also integrate chakra balancing into her sound healing event. $45/person Reservation is required; please call us at The Salt Spa at 828-505-1838.

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...

Memorial 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 animal ambassadors are the stars of the 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. Family wildlife programs at 2pm. Try to outwit gravity with a free climb per person on our climbing tower open 11am–4pm.

Ooh La La Curiosity Market

  • May 23, 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...

Poetry Reading: "The South"

Organized by poet and educator Eric Steineger. Invited poets will consider the South as place, muse, hero and villain.

Uprizing Featuring Hot Rize, Town Mountain, Mipso, and more!

DETAILS **TICKETS ON-SALE MARCH 20th @ 10AM** A new event is dawning in WNC, and it involves some of the deepest heritage that contemporary bluegrass has to offer. Hot Rize has long been a member of the bluegrass community, dating back to their first shows in 1978. UpRizing is a focus on the many branches of the Hot Rize tree, with banjo/instrument workshops throughout the day with Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick, feature artists accompanying the instrumental talents that brought Tim O-Bri...

Recurring Events

A Wild Food Foraging Adventure

  • May 22, 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 ...

Biltmore Blooms

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Biltmore
  • Address: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Biltmore
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Biltmore's gardens are alive with color as spring arrives. Stunning floral displays – featuring nearly 100,000 tulips – across the estate celebrate the majesty of Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy as Biltmore’s master horticulture planner. Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special menu items, with the Winery offering wine seminars.

Cruisin' with Blossman Friday Night Classic Car Cruise

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Blossman Gas Appliance & Hearth Center
  • Address: 170 Sweeten Creek Rd., Asheville, NC 28803
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 4th Friday

Come to the Friday Night “Cruisin’with Blossman.”For classic, custom, street rod, rat rod or other type vehicles. Grills on site. Bring a side or dessert and share with other car folks. Hot dogs, chips and drinks are also available for a nominal donation to Meals on Wheels of Asheville & Buncombe County. The Friday “Cruisin’ with Blossman” will take place on May 22, June 26, August 28, September 25 and October 23. Each event features the grilling opti...

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...

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times at Biltmore

  • May 22, 2015
  • Address: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Biltmore
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

We welcome an exciting new exhibition exploring fashions of the early 1900s featured in the hit PBS series Downton Abbey. "Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times" includes more than 40 costumes from the series showcased in rooms throughout Biltmore House. The groupings are inspired by the fictional show and by real life at Biltmore, with stories from the estate during the time period woven throughout the exhibition.

Food Truck Fridays

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: Shops at Reynolds Village
  • Address: 41-61 North Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28804
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 4th Friday

Food Truck Fridays the 4th Friday of each month May to September at The Shops at Reynolds Village in north Asheville. Family-friendly block party with live music, face painting, local artist vendors, and popular local food trucks. Outdoors. Free. All ages.

Letters and Notes Found on the Windshield at Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot

  • May 22, 2015
  • Location: 35bleow Theatre behind ACT
  • Address: 35 East Walnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Asheville Community Theatre
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

Produced, directed and written by Waylon Wood. In a small town in the Florida Panhandle, a series of correspondence has been found between two people: she works at Piggly Wiggly, he is a plumber. This WNC premier tells the story of their lives, their town, and their love - with the added deliciousness of unearthing someone else's private letters.

Loving After Lifetimes of All This

Curated by Danny Orendorff, 2013-2014 Curator-in-Residence and Interim Programs Director for Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO, 'Loving After Lifetimes of All This' is an exhibition exploring the intersections of craft, (self-) care, apprenticeship, and survival within the practices of historically disadvantaged populations. Including artwork and ephemera from over 15 artists, activists, and archives nationwide, this exhibition considers ‘craft’ in an expanded sense to ...

New Paintings and Monotypes

  • May 22, 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.

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...

Weekly Wine Tasting

  • May 22, 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 23, 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 23, 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.

Orvis Fly Fishing 101

  • May 23, 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 23, 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.

Surface & Texture: The Work of John Jordan

  • May 23, 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...

Trees Plants and Fungi of the Southern Appalachians

  • May 23, 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.