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Ingles Independence Day Celebration

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: Pack Square Park
  • Address: Pack Square Park, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Pack Square Park

Long considered one of the most respected artists working in Americana, bluegrass and country music, Lauderdale's 2012 album, I'm A Song, featured an all-star cast including Lee Ann Womack, Patty Loveless and Buddy Miller. Lauderdale has written songs recorded by George Jones, Shelby Lynne, Blake Shelton and George Strait. Lauderdale has also collaborated with legends like Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello and Robert Hunter. Local country star, Joe Lasher Jr., will open the show. Lasher has built a ...

Single-Day Events

1st Annual West End 4th of July Celebration w/ The Broadcast

This Independence Day, join us at New Mountain Asheville for the 1st Annual West End 4th of July Celebration! Headlined by homegrown Rock & Roll local favorites The Broadcast, the day long event will be held outdoors in the New Mountain Amphitheater with additional performances from Blu Bop: A Tribute to the Music of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, East Coast Dirt, and Andrew Scotchie & the River Rats! Tickets are only $10.

4th of July CookOff & Lyric

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: The Social
  • Address: 1078 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805

Join us for a 4th of July Celebration to remember! Enter your favorite smoked meat, grilled meat, or side dish in our cookoff for up to $500 in cash prizes. Asheville's premiere funkstress LYRIC will take the stage after the fireworks are over! Grateful Dead live show on the monster screen outside.

Addison Farms Vineyard Wine Tasting

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: Addison Farms Vineyard
  • Address: 4005 New Leicester Highway, Leicester, NC 28748
  • Venue:  Addison Farms Vineyard
  • 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.

Brevard Music Center Presents Pendergrast Family Patriotic Pops

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium at Brevard Music Center
  • Address: 349 Andante Lane, Brevard, NC 28712

Brevard Music Center presents an Independence Day celebration featuring the world famous Boston Brass! The Brevard Symphonic Winds and the Brevard Community Band join forces to perform patriotic favorites including Tchaikovsky’s rousing 1812 Overture. Always a crowd favorite, live cannon are featured in the grand finale.

Independence Day Fireworks Hike

Celebrate Independence Day with a moderate 1.5-mile hike to watch the sunset and Black Mountain's fireworks display from the peak of Sunset Mountain. Pre-registration required.

Independence Day Scavenger Hunt

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: Pisgah National Forest
  • Address: 49 Pisgah Hwy., Suite 4, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

Come see what secrets are to be found in the Pisgah National Forest! Great for groups of your friends, family or co-workers and create your team for the hunt. Find answers and clues on or around trails in the Pisgah National Forest. Remember….no removing any of nature from the trails. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place. Visit our website for reservation and cancellation information.

Kiwanis Firecracker 5K

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: PNC Bank
  • Address: 81 Weaver Boulevard, Weaverville, NC 28787

The Kiwanis Club of North Buncombe plans its 22nd annual Firecracker 5K race in downtown Weaverville beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 4. The race will begin at PNC Bank on Weaver Boulevard and go through downtown Weaverville. Register online at www.active.com. Those who pre-register will receive a T-shirt.

Knapping

Knapping is the shaping of flint, chert, obsidian or other colloidal fracturing stone through the process of lithic reduction to manufacture stone tools, strikers for flintlock firearms, or to produce flat-faced stones for building or facing walls, and flushwork decoration. Making Arrowhead, Spear Heads, and Knives out of rock... Stop and learn the history, and a little about the art.

Ooh La La Curiosity Market

  • July 4, 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...

Time Travel Weekend Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: Barnes & Noble
  • Address: 3 South Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805
  • Venue:  Asheville Mall

Travel back millions of years to explore the age of dinosaurs with fun activities, giveaways, and a special offer. On July 4 at 10am, we're traveling back millions of years with Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark. Before they head out on their July 4th adventure, young paleontologists are invited to explore the age of dinosaurs with fun activities and giveaways. With Jurassic World now in theaters, what better way to celebrate Time Travel Weekend and dinosaurs than with our Magic Tree H...

Ultimate Foodie Tour in Black Mountain

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: E State Street

Sip Stroll Eat Explore... Sign up for the ultimate foodie experience in Black Mountain! Find out why this town is hidden culinary gem while taking this delectible 2 1/2 hr stroll. Taste a wide variety of food and drink at 5 or more restaurants and shops while being entertained by owners, chefs and your tour guides. Visit our website at www.creativemountainfoodtours.com to book a ticket or learn more. Advanced reservations are required.

Recurring Events

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

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: Tryon International Equestrian Center
  • Address: 4066 Pea Ridge Road, Mill Spring, NC 28756

Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) is launching its "Saturday Night Lights" summer series starting Saturday, June 27th 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.

A Wild Food Foraging Adventure

  • July 4, 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 ...

Beats, Burgers and Brews

Relax outdoors to the beat of bluegrass, Americana, folk, blues or other genres while enjoying a regional craft brew or glass of wine on our riverside deck. Talented local musicians and singer-songwriters liven up the scene on Friday & Saturday evenings in July at this popular burger joint in Chimney Rock Village. The Old Rock Café features one of the 2014 Zagat-rated “Must-Try Burgers Across the Country” with Hickory Nut Gap Meats' 100% grass-fed beef burger. The full men...

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.

July 4th Weekend Family Discovery Programs

Meet some of Grady’s live 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 programs, which explain 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. Programs vary. One free climb per person on our Climbing Tower, open 11am-4pm.

Live Art Demo - Wire Bonsai Trees

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: Mountain Made Art Gallery
  • Address: Grove Arcade, Suite 123, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Mountain Made Art Gallery

Wire Bonsai Trees by Jim Begthol Jim Begthol’s wire bonsai trees are all hand-crafted - made from over a 1000 strands of wire - individually twisted. Jim uses a variety of metals from galvanized steel to stainless, from "bark" covered artistic wire to the ever popular twisted bare copper. We invite you to come by Mountain Made, a downtown Asheville art gallery...and watch Jim create one of his special wire bonsai trees.

Photography Exhibit by the Carolina Nature Photographers Association

  • July 4, 2015
  • Address: 11250 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
  • Venue:  Cradle of Forestry
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Come enjoy the beautiful photography exhibit on display in the Discovery Center! Continuing a legacy of forest conservation history, the Cradle of Forestry offers a snap shot of life at America's first school of Forestry along the Biltmore Campus Trail. You can also take a picturesque walk along the Forest Festival Trail complete with a restored 1915 logging locomotive, or take a ride with firefighters aboard a helicopter on their way to a roaring fire in the wilds of Idaho in the Forest Disc...

Saturday Story Time

  • July 4, 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.

Spruce Street Market

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: Spruce Street Market
  • Address: 10 North Spruce Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Spruce Street Market
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

The Spruce Street Market is a weekly artist vending area. A full range of handmade arts and crafts will be displayed each Saturday and no two Saturdays will look alike! It runs from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the corner of Spruce St. and College by Pack Square Park. The event is free to the public! Local and regional artists are encouraged to apply to become vendors in the market.

Surface & Texture: The Work of John Jordan

  • July 4, 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...

The Merchant of Asheville (A Locally Sourced Comedy)

  • July 4, 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...

Trees Plants and Fungi of the Southern Appalachians

  • July 4, 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.

Velo Girl Rides Social Bicycle Ride

  • July 4, 2015
  • Location: Black Mountain Town Square Park
  • Address: 120 East State Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Bicycle road ride around Black Mountain. This is a socially paced ride (10-12 mph average) which includes roads open to motorists. The length is approximately 11-15 miles. The route is best suited for road bikes, but mountain bikes and hybrid bikes can easily cover this terrain as well. Helmets are required. After the ride, take a short roll or stroll to the Black Mountain Tailgate Market for coffee and a treat...you've earned it. Please watch Velo Girl Rides on Facebook for weather related u...