The 24th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition™ is scheduled for Monday, November 21st. The winning creations will be on display from November 27th through January 5th at The Omni Grove Park Inn.
The Asheville Art Museum’s 2 S. Pack Square location will temporarily close beginning October 31st to allow for major construction and to keep its Permanent Collection safe and secure.
As early voting rates in Buncombe County continue to outpace the rest of the state, two community groups have launched a new non-partisan effort to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) among county residents.
The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) recently awarded five community projects $3,930,000 in funding from the Tourism Product Development Fund (TPDF).
Planning your visit to a North Carolina state park to view the spectacular colors of the changing fall leaves? Or maybe you’re still working to complete your N.C. State Parks Passport.
After two and half years of sharing an Appalachian menu, live jazz music, and immersive dinner theater, the partners of Lex 18 will be moving onto life’s next grand adventure.
A parking garage construction project is underway at Asheville Regional Airport which has resulted in temporary changes to parking at the airport.
WCQS / Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. will switch its current Haywood County translator frequency from 95.3 FM to 102.9 FM effective November 18th.
Firefighters are responding to a wildfire burning along Old NC 105 (Kistler Memorial Hwy / SR 1238) near Linville Gorge, north of Lake James in Burke County.
National Energy Action Month calls on Americans to work together to achieve greater energy security, a more robust economy, and a healthier environment for our children.
Attic Salt Theatre Company is pleased to announce their latest play, “How I Learned to Drive,” at 35below in downtown Asheville. 35below is located at 35 East Walnut St.
Halloween is enjoyed by children, the young at heart, and, this year, your canine friends as well. Brother Wolf Animal Rescue is holding their second annual Howl-O-Ween Walkathon on Saturday, October 29th at the Eliada Corn Maze from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Students at Western Carolina University’s NAACP college chapter and the Jackson County Branch of the NAACP will lead a March to the Polls on Thursday, October 27th at 12:00 pm.
Congratulations to the 2016 winners of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial “Telling Our Tales” student writing competition. This year 158 stories were submitted, inspired by the writings of Thomas Wolfe.
The Dick’s Creek Fire burning on the Nantahala National Forest and private land near Sylva, NC, is estimated at 200-250 acres.
Halloween is full of fun things for you and your family to enjoy, but it’s one of those holidays that is enjoyed more by people than by pets.
Warren Haynes’ 28th annual Christmas Jam returns on December 10th to once again light up Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center with holiday spirit.
Insurance Service of Asheville is holding its 7th annual “Toasty” drive on Thursday, November 17th, from 7:00 am until 1:00 pm, to help keep Asheville warm this winter.
Martin Rosenbluth, a North Carolina-based immigration rights attorney, will give a talk titled Refugees in Crisis: From Texas to Turkey at 4:00 pm on Oct. 27th at UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, in the Laurel Forum.
Comedian James Adomian will perform two shows in downtown Asheville at The Millroom at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm on Friday, November 11th.
Farmers whose crops were flooded by Hurricane Matthew face not only the prospect of lower yields and loss of quality, but also the reality that those crops cannot be used for human food.
Embrace the scares with our 2016 guide to Halloween in Asheville, filled with terror trails, haunted houses, and family-friendly trick-or-treating.
The City of Asheville will unveil an exciting new holiday light display this season called Winter Lights Downtown. The seasonally bright display will be centered around the Vance Monument and Hoss Haley fountain area of Pack Square Park.
The N.C. Forest Service and the U.S. Forest Service want people in Western North Carolina to be careful with campfires and when burning yard debris because of continuing dry weather in the region.
The third annual Haunted High takes place at Asheville High School on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for the Asheville High School Bands Program.
Asheville Humane Society wants all the animal lovers out there to put your best “paw” forward by joining other animal lovers for the premiere charity event of the season, the Taste of Compassion.
The Town of Fletcher’s annual Halloween Carnival will be held on Saturday, October 29th from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. This year’s event will be held at Fletcher Community Park on ball field #5.
Hurricane Matthew brought significant flooding to many areas of our state. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services encourages homeowners to check whether flooding washed away household termite protection.
A jury of rose experts from around the world has selected the winning roses in the 2016 Biltmore International Rose Trials, held recently in Biltmore’s historic Rose Garden.
The Village Potters will be celebrating their 5th Anniversary Extravaganza on Saturday, November 19th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
For the past ten years, the N.C. Transportation Museum has offered scenic day trips that combine railroading, history, travel, shopping, dining and fun.
As the nation marks the annual National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, the American Cancer Society is encouraging women to fight breast cancer by taking charge of their personal breast health and supporting efforts against the disease.
Series subscriptions, ticket packages, and single tickets are on sale now. Single tickets for all concerts are $22-62, depending on seating section (reduced youth pricing is available).
The Nutty Buddy Collective is holding a Carnival of Nuts fundraiser and celebration at Toy Boat Community Art Space on November 20th.
Our VOICE, Buncombe County’s incorporated rape crisis and prevention center, proudly announces a collaboration with the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (SCCADVASA) to provide training to its member agencies.
September 2016 was the warmest September in 136 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.
Asheville is widely known as a unique, lovely, giddy little city. There’s never been anything quite like it, and there’s never been anything anywhere like the multiple award-winning LaZoom Comedy Tours!
On select Fridays in October, visitors to Grovewood Gallery will be able to watch Asheville fiber artist Karen Kennedy needle-felt fall pumpkins using locally dyed wool.
Buncombe County Government is always striving to make things easier for its citizens. In the Fall/Winter 2016-17 edition of Buncombe Life, they have included tons of information about our county services that can make your life easier.
The U.S. Forest Service and the North Carolina Forest Service are warning the public of increasing fire danger in Western North Carolina.
When George Vanderbilt opened his home to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895, so began a tradition at Biltmore that is carried on to this day.
Jeremy Egner of The New York Times recently highlighted Asheville’s literary landmarks, ever-growing supper clubs, and legendary breweries in his article titled “36 Hours in Asheville.”
More underserved children in Asheville, Buncombe County and three rural counties in Western North Carolina will have access to arts education and activities through a $25,000 grant to the Asheville Art Museum.
Grab your go-go boots and step back in time when the hair was bigger, the clothes were brighter, and the music was bewitching! The Flat Rock Playhouse presents the all-women cast of Beehive: the 60s Musical.
Aloft Asheville Downtown, a McKibbon Hospitality property, recently announced that it will host two events to benefit local partner Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue this month.
Nestled near the heart of West Asheville, Asheville School has access to a unique and thriving community of artists who work across a diverse array of mediums.
Whether you’re goblin or ghoul, vampire or witch, poor costume choices and face paint allergies can haunt you long after Halloween if they cause injury.
It’s not only the fastest who wins the race. Sometimes it’s also the guy dressed as a Fat Tire, or the lady decked out as a Pumpkick.
A bricked-up building on Riverside Drive will find new life as a City of Asheville event space. The structure at 14 Riverside Drive, just across from Curve Studios, once served as a facility for the Asheville Gas Company.
Short Street Cakes and CIMA (Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción) celebrate the Mexican holiday of El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by offering authentic Mexican Sugar Skulls for the November 1st and 2nd holiday.
Wilshire Park is a residential community that was developed during the 1950s and 1960s in West Asheville.
With North Carolina as the third highest producer of trout in the United States, John McCoy, owner of Smoky Mountain Trout Farm, has been experimenting with new and innovative sustainable trout farming techniques.
Join Kitchen 743 at Isis Music Hall during the month of October for Burger and Brew night.
Lock your financial documents and records in a safe place at home, and lock your wallet or purse in a safe place at work. Keep your information secure from roommates or workers who come into your home.
The Asheville Habitat ReStore is pleased to announce the winners of its fifth annual ReStore ReUse Contest. The entries, ranging from furniture to trailers and everything in between, were built using predominantly reused materials.
Asheville is fortunate to have a unique combination of people, businesses, activities, and interesting side roads that come together to give it a depth of spirit unlike any other city in the South.
It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena.
Pan Harmonia announces its new season of chamber music by acclaimed local instrumentalists. Its eclectic performances take place in a variety of venues around the area including art galleries, historic churches, and a Cadillac showroom.
Thanks to the success of the curbside recycling program in the Southside communities, which began in October 2015, more Asheville Housing Authority residents will have access to the program by year’s end.
October is a great time for planting pansies and purchasing spring bulbs. These gardening tips from will help you get your garden ready for the cooler temperatures.
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County has assembled a page of resources to help educate the public on issues as well as the voting process.
The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is inviting anyone who loves North Carolina’s wildlife and wild places to be part of a statewide photomosaic project.
When Frederick Law Olmsted designed Biltmore’s gardens, he planned their beauty to last through all four seasons. It’s little wonder the blooms of the estate’s gardens continue well into fall.
Crossing College Street from the county parking deck over to the Buncombe County Courthouse or Asheville City Hall can be kind of like playing Frogger.
A long spell of dry weather during the spring and summer could provide some of the most brilliant colors seen in several years for leaf-lookers headed to the mountains of Western North Carolina this autumn.
The first day of fall was September 22nd! And trees will start shedding their leaves soon.
The Taste of Asheville, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17th, is Asheville’s premiere food event which features over forty-five independent restaurants, as well as various local wine and beer vendors.
Avadim Technologies, Inc. has announced an expansion that will create 551 new jobs and $25,400,000 in capital investment over the next five years.
Art, like politics, can create change. The artists represented in the Asheville Art Museum’s new exhibition Creating Change: Political Art from the Permanent Collection have created works that are a catalyst for dialogue.
Jessie Dean, a West Asheville mom and lifetime outdoor enthusiast, launched Asheville Tea Company in September, featuring craft teas blended with locally sourced ingredients and chock full of Asheville flavor.
Imagine if everything on your computer was “kidnapped” — including all of your precious family photos and important personal documents.
Asheville Regional Airport art gallery has unveiled its newest exhibit. Revealed is an eclectic group of works highlighting four of our region’s artists.
The buildings of today account for 40% of energy consumption and 38% of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.
Historic Biltmore Village businesses and ASAP recently partnered for a perfect evening under the stars. The inaugural event, which is sure to be repeated, served as a fundraiser for the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project.
The Environmental Protection Agency recently unveiled a waste and materials tracking feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which is a free benchmarking and tracking tool for commercial building owners and managers.
Thousands of young people are targets of bullying and cyberbullying every day, putting many at risk for outcomes such as depression or school absenteeism.
This year’s melt season in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas started with a bang, with a record low maximum extent in March and relatively rapid ice loss through May.
With the 2016 season hitting the home stretch, the Asheville Tourists have officially released their schedule for 2017.
Wiley Cash, returning to his alma mater as writer-in-residence for 2016-17, will host the UNC Asheville Visiting Writers Series, bringing a variety of authors to campus for public readings and discussions.
Your favorite store is having a sale. You’ve bought all your items on your shopping list, but you’re tempted to peek in the store to look for a few last minute gifts.
Nine Asheville-area law enforcement officers and juvenile court counselors are now better equipped to respond to people with issues related to mental illness, alcohol or drug use or a developmental disability.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced the national launch of myRA, a simple, safe and affordable new savings option for those who don’t have access to a retirement savings plan at work.
Asheville City Council recently voted to put three bond referendums totaling $74 million before Asheville voters in the November general election.
While seeing a bear is an exciting moment, it is important to remember that bears are wild and can be dangerous. Their behavior is sometimes unpredictable.
Thousands of gaming enthusiasts armed with smartphones and tablets have been seen in local parks recently, enjoying the challenge of finding and catching Pokemon – all while rediscovering their local parks.
Scientists just got one step closer to the next generation of solar panels. Today’s solar panels convert sunlight to electricity using silicon crystal chemistry.
Six nonprofits serving Western North Carolina will receive $900,000 over three years from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s Melvin R. Lane Fund.
The Henry Luce Foundation recently awarded the Asheville Art Museum a prestigious two-year American Art program grant of $375,000.
Asheville Humane Society’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
Beginning July 1st, Buncombe County will begin accepting text to 911 calls allowing persons who cannot dial 911 for whatever reason to make contact with emergency services by text message.
By any measure, Asheville’s catastrophic Flood of 1916 stands as “The Flood by Which All Other Floods Are Measured.”
Hiking to area waterfalls is a terrific way to get a little exercise, breathe some fresh mountain air, and spend some time with family and friends. In fact, this is just the type of outing of which memories are made.
The Biltmore Village of today is as charming an area of town as anyone is likely to find.
Legend has it that after a Chickasaw maiden’s warrior love had leapt from the Blowing Rock, she prayed daily to the Great Spirit to return her warrior beloved to her and was granted her wish when the brave was blown back up by …
The National Park Service and the YMCA of the USA are launching a joint program that will provide memorable and meaningful experiences for youth on public lands this summer.
Biltmore Farms Hotels announces the closing of the Biltmore Village Lodge, formerly the Sleep Inn Biltmore, located in Biltmore Village. The property will be repositioned to make way for a new Hampton Inn & Suites, which will open in spring of 2017.
When it comes to what’s in your wallet, consumers have choices. Here are some tips and information to help you understand the differences between credit and debit cards.
Highland Brewing Company announced expansion plans to add 15 jobs and invest $5 million in new equipment and facilities over the next three years.
Recent winter storms felled trees and branches across North Carolina. The N.C. Forest Service encourages homeowners and others who prune trees or burn yard debris to use caution and follow some basic steps.
Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them?
Asheville’s Urban Trail, an entertaining, informative, and artistic walk through Asheville history, is 1.7-miles of architecture and memories from earlier times in this engaging mountain city.
As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, many visitors to Western North Carolina find themselves drawn to any number of the region’s pristine waterfalls for the visual entertainment and cooling respite that they offer from the day’s heat.
Most people aren’t aware that Western North Carolina is the brewing capital of the Southeast. In fact, on just about any day of the year, one can select from about 50 locally brewed craft beers.
The most visited winery in the United States isn’t located in the Napa Valley. Perhaps a surprise to some, it is at the Biltmore Estate.