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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

The Asheville Downtown Association will host the Ingles Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4 from 2-10pm at Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville. The free event features family activities throughout the day, with a fireworks extravaganza capping off the event at 9:30pm. VOLUNTEER INFO HERE. The Ultimate Air Dogs return to Asheville for the 4th of July event. Competitions will take place at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm, with the finals at 7:30pm. Learn more about the Ultimate Air Dogs at ultima...

Annual Passholder Spring Sunrise Breakfast

Few sights in Western North Carolina are as spectacular as watching the sun rise over Lake Lure. Weather permitting, the Park opens early for Annual Passholders with a tasty continental breakfast and the best seats in the area. Post your sunrise pictures to our Facebook page. To RSVP, please call 800-277-9611.

Brunch with The Wilhelm Brothers - Folk Rock with Cello Infusion

  • April 19, 2015
  • Location: The Phoenix
  • Address: 14 S. Gaston St., Brevard, NC 28712

"The Wilhelm Brothers have that intangible thing..that sound..that makes the difference between a band being good, or being great.. It's hard to describe..a spark..but, we know it when we hear it.." -Kimberly E. "Not only was I entertained, I was moved. The stories attached to each of the songs made me feel the intention behind the music. To see musicians, eyes closed, working to give the gift of emotion to us as an audience, made me realize that I was in the right place at the ...

Coming Home: A Wild Food Adventure with Alan Muskat at Addison Farms Vineyard

Come experience the life of a modern hunter-gatherer firsthand. Join Alan Muskat as you gather edible wild plants, mushrooms and other extreme cuisine from the forest surrounding our farm. After your three-hour adventure, join us for a wine tasting ($8 tasting flight). You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch, relax and enjoy the views after your adventure. It will be a unique experience in self-catering, a memorable lesson in high-class survival.

East Asheville Tailgate Market

  • May 15, 2015 - September 25, 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.

Hank Fuseler at Rhubarb

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

Drop by Rhubarb on Thursday, May 7 for a night to Make Your Medicine with Hank Fuseler and tot-tine. Hank will be behind the bar letting guest pick their poison and putting his superior twist on old favorites. Tasty tot-tines and delicious drinks begin at 6 p.m. No reservations required!

Lex 18 Music Performer Bob Strain Playing Romantic Jazz Ballads and Standards

Lex 18 features Bob Strain performing Romantic Jazz Ballads and Standards from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Bob Strain is a classically trained pianist who specializes in jazz and the American songbook of standards. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Shepherd University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. He has performed extensively in the Washington, DC region, with long-term engagements at venues such as the Willard Intercontin...

Lex 18 Music Performer Bob Strain Playing Romantic Jazz Ballads and Standards

Lex 18 features Bob Strain performing Romantic Jazz Ballads and Standards from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Bob Strain is a classically trained pianist who specializes in jazz and the American songbook of standards. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Shepherd University, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from Shenandoah Conservatory. He has performed extensively in the Washington, DC region, with long-term engagements at venues such as the Willard Intercontin...

One World Brewing at Rhubarb

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

Our neighbors at One World Brewing are taking over the taps at Rhubarb on Thursday, April 30. Join us for some local Asheville fun with One World’s handcrafted beers and our sinfully delicious tot-tine. Stop in R-Bar and see us!

Painting Party at Chef's Apron "The Bear"

  • April 28, 2015
  • Address: 33 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Chef's Apron

The Bear - Painting Party at Chef's Apron, half price tickets available if you like us on Facebook or follow us on twitter. A two hour event that gives you a chance to paint while you enjoy the fine food and drinks available at Chef's Apron (in Biltmore park). Visit us online at ashevillesketchyart.com for more details.

Pat Hinson at Rhubarb

  • April 23, 2015
  • Address: 7 SW Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Rhubarb

Channel your inner rebellious teen and join Rhubarb as we host MG Road’s Pat Hinson for a punk rock Tot-tine Thursday on April 23. Starting at 6 p.m., Pat will be serving hardcore cocktails, accompanied by tot-tines that are against the establishment. It will be a night of garage band fun.

60th-Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

  • July 9, 2015 - July 12, 2015
  • Address: US 221 & Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 305, Linville, NC 28646
  • Venue:  Grandfather Mountain
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Revel in Scottish traditions, music, dancing, athletics and food at the nation's grandest Highland Games, held at the base of Grandfather Mountain. Watch brawny athletes hurling massive cabers, dainty dancers performing traditional steps or bands of bagpipers blaring Celtic sounds. More information available at gmhg.org or 800-468-7235.

A Coming Home Wild Food Adventure with Alan Muskat

COMING HOME: A WILD FOOD ADVENTURE WITH ALAN MUSKAT Come experience the life of a modern hunter-gatherer firsthand. Join Alan Muskat as you gather edible wild plants, mushrooms and other extreme cuisine from the forest surrounding our farm. After your three-hour adventure, join us for a wine tasting. You are welcome to bring your own picnic lunch, relax and enjoy the views after your adventure. It will be a unique experience in self-catering, a memorable lesson in high-class survival.

Carolina Mountain Cheese Bicycle Tour

  • April 23, 2015
  • Location: The Monte Vista Hotel
  • Address: 308 West State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711

This is a unique kind of Asheville Bicycle Tour… you get to taste a variety of cheese made right here in Western North Carolina. Each day you will enjoy the delicious results of a different cheesemaker along the WNC Cheese Trail. Not only will we enjoy a route that showcases the rural farmland, mountains and quiet country roads of Western North Carolina, but you’ll visit the creamery of these artists and taste their fantastic cheeses. You’ll even ride a portion of the Blue R...

Carolina Mountain Cheese Festival

  • April 26, 2015
  • Location: Highland Brewing Company
  • Address: 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Highland Brewing Company

Cheese Fest, anyone? Sharpen your pencils and jot down this date: Sunday, April 26th, 2015. Come to Asheville for an afternoon of fantastic, fromage-based fun. Take part in the first-annual Carolina Mountain Cheese Festival at Highland Brewing to benefit the WNC Cheese Trail.

Cycle To Farm Bicycle Ride

  • July 18, 2015
  • Location: Black Mountain Recreation Park
  • Address: 715 Blue Ridge Road, Black Mountain, NC 28871

Cycle To Farm is a metric century bicycle ride that benefits Black Mountain Parks & Greenways. Registration is limited to 300 cyclists who will ride along a beautiful country route stopping every 10-15 miles to visit local farms. Farmers offer samples of their product and riders can purchase whatever they love. Volunteers return all items purchased to the Fabulous After Party at the finish where a farm-to-table meal, live music and New Belguim beer await the riders.

Downtown After 5 presented by Prestige Subaru

  • May 15, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Asheville - N. Lexington Avenue
  • Address: 100 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Downtown After 5 takes place the 3rd Friday of the month from May through September, Downtown After 5 is located at N. Lexington Avenue and I-240 and is always free. May 15: CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band (cjchenierandtheredhotlouisianaband.com) C.J. Chenier, son of the 'King of Zydeco' Clifton Chenier, joined his father's Red-Hot Louisiana Band playing saxophone at the age of 21. His musical style ranges from the traditional zydeco of Clifton Chenier right on up to modern funk with h...

Downtown After 5 presented by Prestige Subaru: Asheville All Stars

  • July 17, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Asheville - N. Lexington Avenue
  • Address: 100 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Downtown After 5 takes place the 3rd Friday of the month from May through September, Downtown After 5 is located at N. Lexington Avenue and I-240 and is always free. July 17: Asheville All Stars (iamavl.com) If the last two years of "The Asheville All Stars" are any indication of what is to come from the third incarnation of this collective, then this is one Downtown After 5 concert that you do not want to miss. The band will be comprised of a group of our city's finest and hardest wor...

Downtown After 5 presented by Prestige Subaru: Corey Harris

  • June 19, 2015
  • Location: Downtown Asheville - N. Lexington Avenue
  • Address: 100 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Downtown After 5 takes place the 3rd Friday of the month from May through September, Downtown After 5 is located at N. Lexington Avenue and I-240 and is always free. June 19: Corey Harris (corey-harris.com) Corey Harris is an American blues and reggae musician, currently residing in Virginia. Along with Keb' Mo' and Alvin Youngblood Hart, he raised the flag of acoustic guitar blues in the mid-1990s. He was featured on the 2003 PBS television mini-series, The Blues, in an episode directed by Mart...

Local Brewery Flight Night

We are excited to invite you all to our second installment of the Local Breweries Flight Night! We are celebrating North Carolina Beer Month, Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. We will be serving beer flights featuring Sierra Nevada. The tasting will feature: PALE ALE, TORPEDO IPA, NOONER, KELLERWEIS, and the seasonal SUMMERTIME. Choose either a flight of 4 for $6.50 or a flight of all 5 for $8.00. Mark your calendars! This is going to be great time!

Lost Cove 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 Lost Cove American Pale Ale, named for Lost Cove, NC located on the boundary of Yancey & Mitchell Counties, very near Unicoi County in Tennessee. 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 y...

Oskar Blues Brewery's N.C. Beer Month Blonde Ale Tapping

  • April 21, 2015
  • Location: Oskar Blues Brewery
  • Address: 342 Mountain Industrial Drive, Brevard, NC 28712
  • Venue:  Oskar Blues Brewery

We'll welcome our special N.C. Beer Month Blonde Ale on tap, brewed by the Oskar Blues Brew School at Blue Ridge Community College.

A Wild Food Foraging Adventure

  • January 1, 2015 - December 31, 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 ...

Addison Farms Vineyard Wine Tasting

  • March 21, 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.

Asheville Artisan Bread Bakers' Festival

  • May 2, 2015
  • Location: A-B Tech, Magnolia Building
  • Address: 340 Victoria Road, Asheville, NC 28801

The Asheville Bread Festival will again feature Artisan Bread making for two full days days, celebrating local farmers, millers and bakers, and Over 15 local artisans will be present on Saturday, May 2. Stop by to purchase and sample their wares from 10 am to 2pm. Enjoy lectures and workshops on this day as well from 10am - 4pm. Taste bread, share ideas, meet growers, millers and bakers! On May 3, professional bakers may enroll in the 6 hour "Master Class" bakers intensive, and lea...

Asheville Science Tavern

  • October 11, 2014
  • Location: Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar
  • Address: 1 Page Avenue #101, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 2nd Saturday

Eat, drink, meet and greet with fellow science lovers, then join a scientist for a brief talk and discussion about science. THIS MONTH: Climate scientist Rob Young presents: "The Crisis over climate change and rising seas: America's complete political failure to adapt or mitigate." For more info, go to Meetup.com and search for "Asheville Science Tavern." Eat and greet at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m. A $5 ($2 for students) covers our expenses.

Beats, Burgers and Brews

  • July 3, 2015 - August 1, 2015
  • Location: Old Rock Cafe
  • Address: 431 Main Street, Chimney Rock, NC 28720
  • Venue:  Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday

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...

Beer Week at Tupelo Honey

  • April 13, 2015 - April 26, 2015
  • Location: Tupelo Honey Cafe
  • Address: 12 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Tupelo Honey Cafe

Three Cheers for Beer Week! Tupelo Honey Cafe is proud to have a long-standing reputation of sourcing quality ingredients that are fresh, delicious, and local including our craft beer selection. This is the first of many Beer Weeks at Tupelo and it’s our way of saying thank you to our craft beer fans. You help us support local breweries for a quality brew from the first sip to the last. SO, RAISE A GLASS TO LOCAL BEER!   Featured Beer Week Brewers We’ll be offering a ver...

City Market South - Outdoor Farmer's Market

  • April 1, 2015 - October 28, 2015
  • Address: One Town Square Boulevard, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Venue:  Biltmore Park Town Square
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday

Join the City Market South for their annual outdoor farmer's market along the esplanade in Biltmore Park Town Square every Wednesday (April through the end of October) between 12 pm and 4 pm. This area farmer's market put together by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) brings together local food, farmers and artisans from western North Carolina. Market customers will find fresh and seasonal produce, dairy, a variety of meats, vegetarian options, locally-made condiments, snac...

Downton Abbey Afternoon High Tea

  • April 3, 2015 - May 30, 2015
  • Address: 18 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Lex 18 Moonshine Bar and Restaurant
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday

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...

FOOD LOVERS WEEKEND

  • April 17, 2015 - April 18, 2015
  • Address: 136 North Dougherty Street, Black Mountain, NC 28711
  • Venue:  Red Rocker Inn
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily

Who likes to eat? The Red Rocker Inn invites you to join our FOOD LOVERS WEEKEND April 17 & 18. We're starting with a six-course wine dinner on Friday. Saturday begins with a cooking class at 11 am followed by a walking restaurant tour with Creative Mountain Food Tours at 2 pm. Still hungry? Have a bite for dinner either at The Red Rocker Inn, or elsewhere and then come back for decadent and romantic Fireside Desserts at 8 pm. The entire weekend is $120 per person or sign up for just the win...

Girls on Deck at MG Road

  • April 7, 2015 - January 5, 2016
  • Address: 19 Wall St., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  MG Road
  • 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.

Hi-Wire Brewing Pint Night at Juicy Lucy's

  • April 1, 2015 - April 29, 2015
  • Location: Juicy Lucy's
  • Address: 620 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday

Hi-Wire Brewing is brewery of the month at Juicy Lucy’s Burger Bar and Grill in Asheville. Join us every Wednesday of the month for beer specials and free glassware! What could be better than a pint and a burger during North Carolina Beer Month?

Live Jazz With Patrick Lopez Modern and Latin Jazz Piano

Musical aficionado Patrick Lopez will be performing Modern and Latin Jazz Piano at Lex 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Patrick displays tremendous musicality, versatility and the ability to entertain everyone from the casual listener to the most discriminating improvised music aficionados. These qualities have become the trademark of multi-instrumentalist and entertainer Patrick Lopez. With performances that captivate and inspire his audiences, it’s obvious that he knows where music has be...

Live Jazz With Patrick Lopez Modern and Latin Jazz Piano

Musical aficionado Patrick Lopez will be performing Modern and Latin Jazz Piano at Lex 18 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. Patrick displays tremendous musicality, versatility and the ability to entertain everyone from the casual listener to the most discriminating improvised music aficionados. These qualities have become the trademark of multi-instrumentalist and entertainer Patrick Lopez. With performances that captivate and inspire his audiences, it’s obvious that he knows where music has be...

Sunday Jazz Brunch At Burial Beer Co.

  • December 14, 2014
  • Address: 40 Collier Ave., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Burial Beer Co.
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday

Starting NEXT Tuesday, December 9, 2014 Burial Beer Co. will be operating at full taproom hour capacity. What does this mean for the fine people of AVL and our visitors? Expanded hours starting Tuesday, December 9th. Tuesdays- Fridays 4-10PM Saturdays 2-10PM Sundays 12-8PM We are hosting a Jazz Brunch every Sunday (starting 12/14) from 12PM-the foods runs out. Gary Sernak (of Zambra, The Admiral and Blind Pig dinners) as well as Josh Dillard (of Zambra, Esmerelda and Asheville Pizza Co.) are t...

Sunday Supper at Rhubarb

  • September 21, 2014
  • Address: 7 SW Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  Rhubarb
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday

Rhubarb invites family, friends and strangers alike to enjoy its weekly Sunday Supper. Each Sunday, beginning at 6:30 p.m., chef John Fleer will offer a unique three-course meal inspired by the bounty of the weekend markets at the restaurant’s Family Tables. For Sunday Supper reservations, please call 828.785.1503. Don’t forget to try Fleer’s special sweet tea fried chicken.

The Thunderbird at MG Road Presents Monday Night Raw

  • April 6, 2015 - June 8, 2015
  • Address: 19 Wall St., Asheville, NC 28801
  • Venue:  MG Road
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday

Chef Elliott Moss and his crew create awesome raw-only specials from steak tartare cheeseburgers to spicy ahi tuna and avocado dip with shrimp chips every Monday at MG Road.

Ultimate Foodie Tour in Black Mountain

Not enough time to experience Black Mountain's food scene in one visit and wish you could Taste your way through town? Now you can! This 3 hour walking food tour is for the food and drink connoisseur who wants the ultimate experience!. Sip, taste and explore at least 5 restaurants all serving great local cuisine. Visit www.creativemountainfoodtours.com for more information and to book the tour. Advanced reservations required.

Weekly Beer Tasting

  • March 12, 2015
  • Address: 1011 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805
  • Venue:  Divine Wine and Beer
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday

Anxious to try some new brews!? Let us help. We host a beer tasting every Thursday to showcase a variety of exciting beers. The tasting is $5.00 / person but the fee is waived with a purchase following the tasting. To see the details on a specific tasting, go to our Events Calendar: https://divinewineandbeer.com/events/ Cheers!

Weekly Wine Tasting

  • March 13, 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!

Wine Lover's Wednesday

  • February 18, 2015
  • Location: United States
  • Address: 18 North Main Street, Weaverville, NC 28787
  • Venue:  Glass Onion
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday

Wine Lover's Wednesday - Get Over The Hump Day 1/2 Price Bottles Of Select Wines, All Pastas Dishes $15

Spruce Street Market

  • July 4, 2015 - September 26, 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.