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LEAF Downtown AVL

  • Aug 1
  • Pack Square Park
  • Location: Pack Square Park
  • Address: Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

LEAF Community Arts is thrilled to announce the first annual LEAF Downtown AVL event taking place on August 1st & 2nd, 2015. Get ready to celebrate communities, creativity, diversity, and families in the heart of downtown Asheville! Long has it been our dream to bring the performance magic, cultural majesty, and beautiful family atmosphere cultivated over 20 years of LEAF Festivals to the city we call home. We welcome ONE AND ALL to two days filled to the brim with music, art, workshops, fa...

Single-Day Events

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...

Asheville Sketchy Art Painting Party @ Scully's

  • Jul 28
  • Location: Scully's
  • Address: 13 W Walnust St, Asheville, NC 28801

Looking for an exciting, out of the ordinary way to experience Asheville? You found it! You do not need any experience, just bring yourself and we will paint, laugh, eat, and drink. Register before the class.

Brevard Music Center Presents Student Chamber Music Platform

  • Jul 28
  • Location: Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
  • Address: 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712

Brevard’s talented students perform chamber music prepared throughout the summer and coached by BMC’s artist faculty.

Drink and Paint in East Asheville

  • Jul 28
  • Location: East Village Grille
  • Address: 1177 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC 28805

Enjoy an Award-Winning Craft Beer while you paint with The Paint Bug on Asheville's largest outdoor patio! Our talented artist will guide you step-by-step in creating your very own work of art! All materials will be provided and there is NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! So come on down to the southslope and join us! Reserve your spot using our calendar at www.paint-bug.com

Exhibit: Her Nobel Words

  • Jul 28
  • 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.

RLife Music with Jason Moore & Trust Trio

Trust Trio is a classic piano-less trio. Inspired by the strolling work of so many legendary saxophonists. The result is a surprising and enlivening blend of music brought to your ears by a trio of musicians who work to develop an expressive environment imbued with the quality featured in their name.

Slayer

In the beginning, when there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow, SLAYER assaulted the world with its hybrid of metal and punk. 

Tuesday Bluegrass 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 always a great evening of music and community. FREE 5PM Door :: Dinner Reservations are Available by Calling Isis at ...

Adron with Flatland

Adventurous, internationally all-inclusive folk/soul with tropical flavors, South American rhythms, and agile vocals. Adron's unique songwriting is both light with touches of humor, and hypnotic with moments of darkness. Adron is rapidly being recognized as one of the most uniquely gifted songwriters and vocalists of this generation. She was voted Best Songwriter of 2012 by the Atlanta-based arts and culture magazine Creative Loafing. Flat Land layers dreamy melodies over flashes of Stevie Wonde...

An Evening with Sean McGowan, Steve Baughman and Jonathan Brown :: Guitar Trio

Three outstanding acoustic guitarists and Swannanoa Gathering Instructors will play a concert in the round of acoustic music. Steve Baughman, Celtic influenced guitar and Clawhammer banjo, Sean Mc Gowan ­ Fingerstyle Jazz master and Jonathan Brown­ Chet Atkins fingertsyle , jazz and classical. Description of music: Celtic with Clawhammer style banjo and guitar, Jazz influences in popular tunes and Jazz standards, Chet Atkins style finger­picking blues, country and jazz. Music : Genre...

Asheville Sketchy Art Painting Party @ Chef's Apron

  • Jul 29
  • Location: Chef's Apron
  • Address: 33 Town Sq. Blvd. Biltmore Park, Asheville, NC 28803

Looking for an exciting and out of the ordinary way to experience Asheville? You found it! You do not need any experience, just bring yourself and we will paint, laugh, eat, and drink. Make sure to register before the class.

Award-Winning Craft Beer and Painting

  • Jul 29
  • Location: Asheville Brewing Co.
  • Address: 77 Coxe Ave., Asheville, NC 28801

Enjoy an Award-Winning Craft Beer while you paint with The Paint Bug on Asheville's largest outdoor patio! Our talented artist will guide you step-by-step in creating your very own work of art! All materials will be provided and there is NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! So come on down to the southslope and join us! Reserve your spot using our calendar at www.paint-bug.com

Brevard Music Center Presents Chamber Music: Soloists of The American Spiritual Ensemble

  • Jul 29
  • Location: Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College Campus
  • Address: 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28712

Brevard Music Center presents The American Spiritual Ensemble – a critically-acclaimed professional group composed of some of the finest singers in the classical music world. The vocalists have thrilled audiences around the world with their dynamic renditions of classical spirituals and Broadway numbers.

Brevard Music Center Presents Student Piano Recital

  • Jul 29
  • Location: Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
  • Address: 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712

Searcy Hall at the Brevard Music Center 12:30 PM | FREE!

Elevations Wine Trail Tour

  • Jul 29
  • Location: Westgate Regional Shopping Center
  • Address: Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806

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...

All Ages Painting at Fuddruckers

  • Jul 30
  • Location: Fuddruckers
  • Address: 130 Charlotte St., Asheville, NC 28801

Come to Fuddruckers for some family fun! The Paint Bug will be hosting a painting class for all ages. There is no experience required! All materials will be provided. They have burgers, fries, cakes and pies! and for the adults in the group, BEER! Bring your family and try something new with The Paint Bug! Reserve your seat now at www.paint-bug.com

Blue Ridge Parkway Family Night

Blue Ridge Parkway Family Night “Talk Like An Animal!” Join park rangers at 7:00 pm on Thursday, July 30th for a night of family fun and education. Have you ever wondered what animals are saying to each other? Communication plays an important role in survival and the health of our Blue Ridge ecosystems. Come learn how to speak some animal languages! Meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center, Milepost 384, for an evening of family-friendly activities. Registration is required f...

Brevard Music Center Presents The Ballad of Baby Doe

  • Jul 30
  • Location: Scott Concert Hall, Porter Center at Brevard College
  • Address: 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712

The Ballad of Baby Doe is one of the most popular and beautifully melodic American operas in the standard repertory! Baby Doe is based on the story of Horace Tabor, Elizabeth “Baby” Doe Tabor, and Augusta Tabor - all real historical figures. The action takes place in Colorado and Washington, DC…even President Chester Arthur and William Jennings Bryan make an appearance. (Ticket holders may attend a free Pre-Opera Talk in Scott Commons which begins one hour before the performa...

Classical Dinner and a Concert featuring Amicimusic's "FRENCH FROLIC"

AmiciMusic returns to Isis for another fabulous dinner/concert with a program titled "FRENCH FROLIC" featuring music by French composers including Poulenc, Debussy, Saint-Saens, Faure, and more. Rachel Patrick, violin, returns to the region from California along with clarinetist Matthew Boyles and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser for this very appetizing program. Music : Genre: Classical $15 Advance / $15 Door 7:00pm Advance Tickets and Reservations can be secured by callin...

Gourmet Wine Trail Tour

  • Jul 30
  • Location: Westgate Regional Shopping Center
  • Address: Westgate Parkway, Ashevile, NC 28806

A unique experience featuring award winning wines and a French Country Luncheon expected to be quiche and salad prepared by highly acclaimed French chef. 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 tastings will occur at each winery and specific information about ea...

Guest Bartender Sarah Winschel at Rhubarb

  • Jul 30
  • Rhubarb
  • Address: 7 SW Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801

Guest bartender Sarah Winschel is pouring specialty cocktails tonight at Rhubarb! Don’t forget about the special late night bar menu at R-Bar from 10 p.m. until midnight.

RLife Live Music with TLQ+2

Terri Lynn's soulful, honest, sometimes, gut-wrenching vocals are reminiscent of Linda Ronstadt meets Bonnie Raitt with a little bit of country mixed in.

Tom Scheve from The Asheville Disclaimer w/Special Guests [Comedy]

  • Jul 30
  • Location: The Altamont Theatre
  • Address: 18 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801

Tom Scheve got his start in stand-up comedy at a notorious open mic show: Tomato Tuesdays, in which comedians performed next to a large gong while rowdy audience members threw foam tomatoes (or cigarette lighters) at the comedians and, occasionally, the gong. Tom then spent two years refining his act performing weekly at the world-famous Omni Grove Park Inn Resort for guests from all over the world. Tom Scheve now performs for audiences of all socio-economic status. He has performed at the Laugh...

Viva Ashevegas! A 40th anniversary celebration of Elvis in Asheville

The event will feature a mini-documentary on Elvis’ time in Asheville, a performance by local Elvis tribute artist Carlo Martini—who will also debut his new memoir—an Elvis-themed dance party, and more.

Addison Farms Vineyard Wine Tasting

  • Jul 31
  • 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.

An Evening of the Blues with Riyen Roots and Kenny Dore

Original Blues, Rock, Roots, and Soul Music From The Mountains Of North Carolina Riyen Roots and Kenny Dore are one of the busiest performing acoustic blues duos in the US. Having played 120+ shows in 2014. Currently recording our new cd with special guest appearances by good friends "Steady Rolling" Bob Margolin, and Grammy Winner David Holt, both have done shows with Roots and Dore shows here in the Carolinas. Always a bluesy good time had by everyone when Riyen Roots and Kenny Dore ...

Astronomy Night at the Cradle with PARI - Registration Required!

The Pisgah Field School is proud to partner with the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute to bring you a night of star gazing at the Cradle of Forestry Historic Site! We will have several activities on-hand, including kid’s activities, short films and several telescopes. PARI representatives will guide us through the stars and help us to discover what makes our universe so unique and beautiful. Takes place at the Cradle of Forestry Historic Site. Registration is required!!

Blue Moon Meditation & Harmonizing Native American Flute Sounds at The Salt Spa of Asheville

Blue Moon is the second full moon in one month and we honor this lunar cycle with our Blue Moon Meditation. Be guided through a deep meditation for ​manifesting. Supported by the harmonizing sounds of the native American Flute and Salt Therapy, you will feel peaceful, refreshed and rejuvenated.​ $35/person , Reservation is required, please call (828) 505 1838

Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week

  • Jul 31
  • Location: Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 374.4

Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week “Historic Homestead Hideaway” Join Parkway rangers at 10:00 am on Friday, July 31st for a moderate, 1.5 mile round-trip hike to the old site of Rattlesnake Lodge. Learn what life was like at a large mountain homestead, see the remains of Dr. Ambler’s famous Rattlesnake Lodge, and find out what makes it so “snake-y”. Meet at the dirt pull-off at the southern entrance of the Tanbark Tunnel, Milepost 374.4. Bring water, wear good...

Brevard Music Center Presents A London Symphony

  • Jul 31
  • Location: Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
  • Address: 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712

The Brevard Concert Orchestra—led by conductor Keith Lockhart with violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley—performs Higdon’s blue cathedral, Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy, and Vaughan William’s A London Symphony. (Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.)

Brevard Music Center Presents New Music

  • Jul 31
  • Location: Searcy Hall at Brevard Music Center
  • Address: 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712

Brevard Music Center presents premiere performances of new works written by BMC composition students.

Brevard Music Center Presents Piccolo Opera

  • Jul 31
  • Location: Morrison Playhouse, Porter Center at Brevard College
  • Address: 1 Brevard College Drive, Brevard, NC 28712

Brevard Music Center’s high school students present opera scenes.

Clawhammer Oktoberfest Release Party

Come celebrate the love of beer and mountains with Highland Brewing Company, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife for the release of the seasonal Clawhammer Oktoberfest, named for Clawhammer Mountain. Help us protect the world's oldest mountains by raising awareness and raising a pint in honor of all the hard work that these organizations do throughout the year protecting land, clean water and conserving unique plant life and animal habitat. $1.00 per pint from t...

Dr. Seuss Spectacular

  • Jul 31
  • Asheville Mall
  • Location: Barnes & Noble
  • Address: 3 South Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805

Join us at the Asheville mall Barnes & Noble in a celebration of Theodor Seuss Geisel, know to the world as the beloved Dr. Seuss. There's fun to be done! Special Storytime and activities.

Friday Night Dance Party with Free Flow

Our Friday Night Dance Party for July 31st will feature "Free Flow". According to the Mountain Xpress, the Free Flow Band members are “The Guardians of Funk”, and an “Irresistible Dance Party that draws fans from across generations and social groups”. If you ask their fans, they will tell you Free Flow is a dance band that doesn’t try to sound like anyone but Free Flow. Join us for some dinner and dancing. Celebrate Life with an evening of Motown and Soul ...

Full Moon Meditation and Gong Bath

July offers two full moons, making the full moon on the 31st to be a Blue Moon. Come gather in community and learn a special Full Moon Meditation through the technology of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. After the meditation enjoy a deep relaxation to the sound of the Gong. The Gong is the most sublime instrument of the Yogi, and is a healing tool for the nervous system as it creates deep relaxation, releases you from the torrents of the subconscious mind and stimulates your glandular system for ...

June and July Moon Series Bottle Release

Our Moon Series continues into the sixth and seventh (of 12) releases with a dual release. This series is a handmade series and a tribute to our craft. From the art and design, to the trinkets hand crafted to each bottle and of course, the beer and the inspiration behind it. Small batch. This month bottle release- Friday July 31st. we open at 2PM on Fridays. June- Strawberry moon- the full moon that began on June 2 would be called the "strawberry moon" because most of the strawber...

Pub and Grub Crawl in Black Mountain

Start the weekend early and join us for a leisurely crawl through Black Mountain drinking local brew and sampling great local cuisine. This 2 1/2 hour walking tour will take you to at least 5 eateries, shops and a local brewery where you can eat, drink and be entertained by local chefs and owners along the way. Advanced reservations are required.

Pump Boys and Dinettes

  • Jul 31
  • Location: Owen High School
  • Address: 99 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

A Musical Presented by SART at Owen High School The ‘Pump Boys’ sell high octane on Highway 57 in Grand Ole Opry country and the ‘Dinettes’, Prudie and Rhetta Cupp, run the Double Cupp diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform on guitars, piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils. “Both musically and theatrically, a triumph of ensemble playing....

43rd Annual Village Art & Craft Fair

  • Aug 1
  • Location: Cathedral of All Souls
  • Address: Biltmore Village, ASHEVILLE, NC 28803
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

This area's premier outdoor art and craft fair, hosting 114 exhibitors representing all media. This is a high quality, juried event which has been a time honored tradition for over four decades.

An Evening with Danika Holmes featuring Jeb Hart

Danika Holmes feat. Jeb Hart will give you a concert to remember between Danika's smooth vocals and Jeb's guitar chops. This duo from Nashville combines their own unique styles to create a new blend of soul and alternative country. Currently touring the US, you can hear them on Sirius XM's coffeehouse station. Mike Wolfe from American Pickers said, "She's a true American talent… I couldn't stop listening." Music : Genre: Acoustic,Alt. Country,Singer/Songwriter 5PM Door :: 7:00...

Asheville Anime Regional Convention

Asheville Anime Regional Convention is a fan-operated event. We are dedicated to spreading awareness and appreciation for all fandoms, with a primary focus remaining on Japanese animation, manga, and culture. In addition to providing a regional event for fans to gather and share common interests, AARC seeks to become a vehicle for sharing and disseminating industry information. Finally, they provide an outlet for the community and related industries to network and conduct business.

Bend and Brew

  • Aug 1
  • 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!

Brevard Music Center Presents Brevard Symphonic Winds

  • Aug 1
  • Location: Straus Auditorium at the Brevard Music Center
  • Address: 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712

The BSW presents their final concert of the season—led by conductor Kraig Alan Williams— featuring Joe Lulloff in a performance of Maslanka’s Saxophone Concerto.

Brevard Music Center Presents Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

  • Aug 1
  • Location: Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
  • Address: 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712

The Brevard Sinfonia presents their final concert of the season—led by conductor Ken Lam with mezzo-soprano Courtney Miller—performing Ravel’s Shéhérazade, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. (Ticket holders may attend The PreConcert, a free recital in Thomas Hall, which begins one hour before the performance.)

LEAF Art Dash 5K and Relay

  • Aug 1
  • Location: Downtown
  • Address: Vance Monument, Asheville, NC 28801

Lace up your shoes and grab a paintbrush for the LEAF Art Dash Asheville. This 5k course will start and finish in Downtown Asheville on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 to kick off LEAF Downtown. The run will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with a chip-timed 5k for individual runners. The course will travel through the city’s downtown and surrounding area. At 10 a.m. a Friend and Families Relay will commence from the start line. Teams of four people will compete in a relay. At each exchange point, ...

Music On the Patio :: Featuring CaroMia Tiller and the Siamese Jazz Club

Siamese Jazz Club is a R&B/Neo-Soul trio based out of Asheville, NC. This trio features the stellar musicianship of Simon George (Hermit Kings, Mandelkorn George Project, The Feels), Phill Bronson (Jonathan Scales Fourchestra) and CaroMia Tiller (Goldie & The Screamers, CaroMia, The Feels). Siamese Jazz Club performs inspired sexycrazycool, hard grooving original remixes of favorite tunes from R&B/Neo-Soul/Soul’s past and present. Come hang with us on the patio or on the lawn!...

Ooh La La Curiosity Market

  • Aug 1
  • 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 the artist studios on the historic Grovewood grounds (adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn). Grovewood Studios, a group of workspaces occupied by 11 artists, is located directly next door to Grovewood Gallery, tucked away in the Grove Park neighborhood in North Asheville. The following artists will have their studios open to the public on Saturday, August 1: C...

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