The River Arts District of Asheville consists of a vast array of artists and working studios set in an urban scene of old factories and historical buildings. Everywhere you turn, art abounds - with creativity happening around every corner. Many studios are open every day, all year round. Visitors are encouraged to come explore artist studios and watch while they work, or meet the artists and discuss the creative process.
The River Arts District Artists work together each month for an exciting "Second Saturday" event. It’s a great way to spotlight the diverse types of art that one can find in The River Arts District, as well as educate visitors on some of the intricate techniques involved in the artist’s creative process. Shop, Eat and Explore The River Arts District every Second Saturday and discover a new favorite every time! Watch an artist as they weave a scarf, fire pottery, turn a wood bowl, or weave a basket. Pick out some handmade jewelry to wear during your trip. Have an amazing experience walking around The River Arts District, shopping for the perfect gift, and meeting our friendly and nationally acclaimed local artists.
Another great time of the year to visit: The Annual Fall Studio Stroll. The Stroll is the first, largest, and most walkable tour of working artists' studios in the region. Open studios are scattered throughout 19 historic buildings along the French Broad River. There are artist's demonstrations and hands-on activities throughout the weekend.
Getting to and around in The River Arts District is a breeze. Accessible by car from Downtown, West Asheville, and Biltmore Village, there is plenty of free parking. During Second Saturdays & Fall Stroll weekend, park once and hop on and off of the free trolley at any of the stops listed on the map.