Things to Do in Asheville This Weekend -- March 1-4, 2018
By Jason Tarr
Asheville is drawing major international and national sports competitions to town in large part because of its prime location, top-notch facilities and great hometown teams. This weekend, two major sports tournaments will take place here in Asheville.
The UNC-Asheville men’s college basketball team ended on a great run to clinch the Big South Championship, meaning the majority of the Big South Tournament will be played in Asheville.
Meanwhile, the Southern Conference Tournament returns to Asheville this weekend. The men’s and women’s teams from 10 colleges and universities representing five states will compete at the U.S. Cellular Center.
Later this year, Asheville will host more big sports events including prestigious European-based cycling event Haute Route and the largest international event in equestrian sports, the 2018 FEI World Equestrian games.
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Here's a look at what you can enjoy this weekend in Asheville:
Friday through Monday
U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville
March Madness starts in Asheville! This weekend, the teams of the SoCon will battle it out for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Even those who aren’t a fan or an alum of the member institutions will love the atmosphere, appreciate the high-level of competition and delight in the many activities planned. In addition to the great action on the court, you can enjoy the Downtown Dribble and KidsFest (Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m.), the JAMFEST featuring live music (Sunday, 1:30-3:45 p.m.), and Hometown Heroes Night dedicated to first responders and members of the military (Monday, 9 p.m.). See the full list of events during the SoCon Tournament. The teams competing are: Chattanooga, East Tennessee State, Furman, Mercer, Samford, The Citadel, UNC Greensboro, VMI, Western Carolina, and Wofford.
Thursday through Sunday
Kimmel Arena at UNC-Asheville
Thanks to the success of UNC-Asheville, Asheville will host at the least the quarterfinals and semifinals of the 2018 Big South Men’s Basketball Tournament. The games will be played Thursday and Friday at Kimmel Arena on the campus of UNC-Asheville. Should the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs advance to the championship game, they will host the championship game on Sunday. The other teams competing in the tournament are: Campbell, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Liberty, Longwood, Presbyterian, Radford and Winthrop.
There is no single sound in the Asheville music scene. You’ll hear artists representing just about every genre you can think of and that’s true yet again this weekend.
Headlining the weekend in Asheville is Matisyahu, who has famous blends Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop sounds. He has landed hits in the Top 40 and has released five studio albums. Matisyahu will perform Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Orange Peel in Asheville.
Experience a show in one of Asheville’s newest music venues when Jelly Ellington and Special Guests play the Ellington Underground. Jonathan “Jelly” Ellington is a blues and rock n’ roll guitarist, singer and songwriter based in Austin, Texas. He is originally from Asheville.
Friday marks the opening for a new show by the Asheville Community Theatre. Putting it Together is a compilation of songs by Stephen Sondheim from hits such as Follies, Company, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George. See the show March 2-March 18, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
As that show begins, a popular show is down to its last weekend. This weekend is your last chance to see the Asheville Community Theatre’s production of 9 to 5, with music and lyrics written by Dolly Parton. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Art Gallery Openings
As spring approaches, Asheville’s art galleries are opening new exhibitions and shows.
Blue Spiral 1 Gallery will open all new exhibitions Thursday with a reception from 5-8 p.m. The Main Gallery features the exhibition Organic Form, a range of works by artists who find inspiration in nature.
On Friday night, the Asheville Area Arts Council hosts an opening reception to announce its 2018 Juried Members Exhibit. The Juror will announce the cash prizes for best in show and two honorable mentions. The reception is from 5-8 p.m. at the Refinery Creator Space (207 Coxe Avenue). The exhibit will be on display through March 30.
Also on Friday from 5-8 p.m., the Asheville Gallery of Art debuts its March show, Black, White, and Shades of Gray with an opening reception for the artist. The show features the work of Jane Molinelli, known for her expressive paintings. The reception will be at the gallery at 82 Patton Ave., across from Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville.