River Arts District


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River Arts District

Welcome to the "RAD" - Asheville's creative center known as the River Arts District. This colorful neighborhood, which was once full of bustling mills, is now home to 200+ working artists and offers an eclectic mix of dining, vibrant murals, as well as easy access to the French Broad River. Located just minutes from downtown Asheville, the River Arts District provides endless opportunities for visitors to personally connect with some of Asheville's top creatives, engage in hands-on workshops and purchase local artwork. 

Explore the RAD! Discover the top things to do, see and eat in the River Arts District.

Things To Do

Things to Do

The River Arts District is home to numerous art galleries, restaurants, and spectactular views of street art, backlit by the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.



With a wide variety of shops and galleries featuring custom one-of-a-kind pieces, purchase locally made artwork from over 200 artists and makers.



From wood fired pizza to fresh ground coffee or fine dining, the restaurants of the River Arts District offers delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

How to Spend a Day in Asheville's River Arts District

Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD) is a destination that grew out of necessity. Artists needed cheap rent and large spaces.

What's on Tap in the RAD

Discover some of the top food, drinks, art and things to do in the RAD.

Meet The Artists

Akira Satake

Akira Satake is a Japanese potter, artist and musician. Originally from Osaka, Japan, he moved to the U.S. in 1983 and relocated from Brooklyn, New York to Swannanoa, North Carolina in 2003. Satake received the National Award for Excellence in Contemporary Clay from The Philadelphia Museum and was featured in the weekly television series, “A Craftsman’s Legacy,” on PBS. “For me, the act of creation is a collaboration between myself, the clay and the fire,” describes Satake. “Collaboration means finding what the clay wants to be and bringing out its beauty in the way that the beauty of our surroundings is created through natural forces.”

Visit: Riverview Station, 191 Lyman Street, Studio #165, Asheville