River Arts District: Asheville's Artistic Center Reimagined
The heart of Asheville’s creative spirit resides in this colorful neighborhood, where once-bustling mills now house 200+ artist studios. The River Arts District now is better than ever thanks to a multi-million dollar community redevelopment project completed in spring 2021.
The expansive RADTIP improvement project, undertaken by the city of Asheville with support from the tourism community, has helped make it easier and safer for you to explore Asheville's artistic center thanks to improved roads and traffic flow. At the heart of the project is the Wilma Dykeman Greenway, a new paved 2-mile greenway along the French Broad River that features new public artwork. You'll also find new bike lanes, paved sidewalks, river access and better parking. The project has been in the works for 10 years and construction began five years ago.
Join the artists and businesses in celebrating the completion of this project! A month-long grand opening celebration is planned from April 22-May 20, 2021. Visit the River Arts District website or our events calendar for a list of upcoming activities.
As you join the River Arts District in celebration, explore this creative, eclectic corner of Asheville. Wander into a studio to watch an artist at work in clay, metal, wood or paint; grab a rack of ribs and a pint of craft beer amid brightly colored graffiti art; dance along to live local music.