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Celebrate Juneteenth With These Events in Asheville

Juneteenth is a time for celebration in Asheville as the community gathers to reflect on the end of American slavery 159 years ago and the work for equality that continues today. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville/Buncombe County and the City of Asheville host a weeklong Juneteenth celebration. This celebration, featuring educational and festive events, is a testament to our


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Asheville Has Become at Major Food Destination

Appalachian food is having a moment and there’s no better place to experience it than Asheville. Chow-chow (a relish made of pickled veggies), cornbread, grits, soup beans, chocolate gravy—these staples of mountain cooking were once considered “coarse food for coarse people,” says Erica Locklear Abrams, a professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville whose book


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The Ultimate BIPOC Guide to Outdoors in Asheville

This story was first published in AFAR Magazine* This isn't just another outdoor guide to Asheville, the North Carolina city that lies amid the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, we dive deep into the region’s rich tapestry of fresh-air experiences through the lens of the BIPOC people who’ve called Asheville home for generations. This is a celebration of diversity, of the



How to Experience Asheville's Artistic and Musical Heritage

This story was first published in AFAR Magazine* “Asheville gave me wings,” says poet Glenis Redmond. After visiting for a weekend some 30 years ago, Redmond realized the city's creative milieu was fertile ground for the art of the written word. She became a frequent participant in Asheville Poetry Slam (run by Allan Wolf who many consider the godfather of slam poetry) and


French Broad River

How to Experience the Good Life in Asheville

This story was first published in AFAR Magazine* If you’ve visited the Asheville area you’ve probably heard of (or more likely become obsessed with) Malaprop's, an independent bookstore and café. “As a teenager, who lived a fairly sheltered life, it was the most magically enchanting place to visit,” says Ashley English, who’s based in the North Carolina


Stand Up Paddleboard French Broad River

From Fishing to the Grateful Dead—Why the French Broad River is a Must-Visit

This story was first published in AFAR Magazine* Asheville waits for you and once it draws you in, there’s no turning back. What makes this North Carolina city so alluring? Not least is the French Broad River, a body of water that proves to be a connector of us all. As the third oldest river on Earth—hundreds of millions of years old, in fact—it’s defined the area from the


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Las Mejores Excursiones de Primavera en Asheville, NC

Con la llegada de la primavera, las montañas se tiñen de verde y la nueva estación trae consigo un estallido de color a los senderos de Asheville y sus alrededores. Cientos de tipos de flores silvestres aparecen en los senderos que conducen a paisajes impresionantes e imponentes cascadas. Estos senderos están entre los favoritos locales para ver las mejores floraciones


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Ultimate Guide: Where to Watch Super Bowl LVIII in Asheville, NC

There are a lot of big questions entering Sunday’s Super Bowl LVIII contest in Las Vegas featuring the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Fransico 49ers (6:30 p.m. ET on CBS and Nickelodeon). Will Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes become only the fifth quarterback to win his third Super Bowl? Will Usher be the best halftime show ever? And most importantly, will we get a postgame confetti kiss


Songwriting competition

The country's top new songwriters to compete in Asheville at Citizen Vinyl

Asheville will play host to a premier songwriting showcase on Saturday, Nov. 18 as eight finalists from across the country compete and perform for a chance to record a free album at Citizen Studios. NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition will be held at Citizen Vinyl with artists from North Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Massachusetts performing original music