Calendar of Events

Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, fairs, bar meetups, and other listings.

Ocoee River Week
Sep 24 – Oct 2 all-day

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Ocoee River Week: September 24 to October 2

Every year the Tennessee Valley Authority draws Lake Blue Ridge down for winter dam maintenance and flood control, resulting in a week of whitewater downstream on the Middle Ocoee. This is a great opportunity to paddle the Ocoee with very limited commercial traffic. It’s also the perfect way to fine tune paddling skills with great water, cooler temperatures and autumn scenery. NOC’s renowned Paddling School will be offering a Class III River Kayaking Course to help paddlers seize this opportunity on the nation’s most popular stretch of whitewater rapids.

Oktoberfest – NOMA Square
Sep 29 – Oct 2 all-day
Plant Sale : Flat Rock Playhouse
Sep 29 – Oct 2 all-day


Tuesday, Sept 29 & Friday, Oct 2

9 am – 1 pm

Thursday, October 1

5:30 – 7:30 pm

As the gardens mature, the North Carolina State Theatre Garden Club members divide and pot their favorite plants just for you!

All proceeds from the sale will be fed back into the gardens as our wonderful volunteers continue to create a garden befitting to Flat Rock Playhouse and the Village of Flat Rock. The sale includes perennial favorites, shrubs, and trees. Our famous spring flowering bulbs to order including the piece-de- resistance, Allium schubertii, priced at well below retail prices.

Drawing or Painting at John Mac Kah Studio
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Drawing or Painting

Register anytime.

Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.

– Monday & Thursday, 9-4 p.m.

John Mac Kah Studio, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio H, Asheville
(828) 225-5000,


Eliada’s 8th Annual Corn Maze
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am

Elida’s 8th Annual Corn Maze

Eliada is proud to announce our 2016 Corn Maze and Signature Event theme,
“Going the Distance for Eliada Kids!” 

This year’s design features an airplane, clouds, a globe, and local business and title sponsor, MB Haynes. We are proud to host, yet again, WNC’s largest Corn Maze with 100% of proceeds going toward caring for the Eliada kids and families that we serve!

Wednesday & Thursday 9-3pm


  • Children (age 4-16) $10
  • Adults (age 16+) $15
  • Children 3 and under admitted free of charge


Your ticket for Eliada’s Corn Maze includes access to all mazes and established attractions including our jumping pillow, corn cannons, hayrides, “spider web” climber and so much more!

Location: 49 Compton Drive, Asheville, NC 28806

Flatrock Prop Sale
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am
2016 NCSHRM Conference: Tom Rath
Sep 29 @ 9:30 am
Fall at Biltmore
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am

Fall at Biltmore

Included with estate admission.

The bounty of Biltmore’s fields, gardens, and vineyards is celebrated this fall throughout the estate, from the magnificence of America’s largest home embraced by autumn hues across the Blue Ridge Mountains to glorious gardens, harvest menus, and Winery activities by the barrel full.

The Biltmore Estate,  1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

The Future of Fixing
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am

The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design Presents:

The future needs a new relationship with making. A forward-thinking, backward-looking, sideways-stepping kind of making. A making born of the imaginative use of skills. Something like fixing. The Future of Fixing is an open source exhibition and program that promotes engagement with making and repair. It is a call for integrating fixing in our day to day life and for reflecting on attitudes to fixing in the future.

The exhibition will feature sixteen international and national design studios and artists whose work addresses the concept of repair, either through fixing things, materials, process, systems, or attitudes.  CCCD’s gallery will also include a Maker Library where visitors can seek further inspiration and information about fixing and a hands-on Fixshop where visitors can take their fixing knowledge and put it into practice.

67 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801

Thursday Morning Demos
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Thursday Morning Demos –

Register anytime.

Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.

– 10 a.m. to noon

John Mac Kah Studio, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio H, Asheville
(828) 225-5000,


Fall Festivites at Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am

Fall Festivites at Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Hickory Nut Gap Farm

Families can come out to the farm and enjoy apples, tunnel slides, the corn maze, a mini hay maze for toddlers, the trike track, and more.

Admission is $7 on Saturdays and Sundays, $6 on weekdays, and $3 on Mondays.

On Saturdays and Sundays, we offer hay rides and kiddie cart rides for $3 from 11-4, and horse rides for $7 from 11-3.

57 Sugar Hollow Road
Fairview, NC 28730

Preschool Fun
Sep 29 @ 11:00 am HomepageBuncombe County, North Carolina Library

West Asheville Branch Library, 942 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806

Preschool Fun (3-6 years old)

Story Time


Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings
Sep 29 @ 12:00 pm

Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings

Summit Wine Club

Wine Tastings Sunday – Thursday 12-6pm

Winery Tours 2 pm Daily

2695 Sugarloaf Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792

A Gardener’s Place Seminars – Fall
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm

A Gardener’s Place Seminars – Fall

Included with estate admission.

Please join us in A Gardener’s Place Gift Shop, located beneath the Conservatory, for daily free demonstrations featuring gardening and floral topics.

1:00 p.m. – Success with Succulents

  • Attend the seminar and get a 20% off coupon towards purchase of a succulent!
  • Super-trendy and a favorite group of plants for many gardeners
  • Learn how to plant and grow these easy-care plants
  • Ideas for beautiful and creative arrangements to brighten any indoor or outdoor space

Please note, these are demonstrations and are not participatory.

The Biltmore Estate,  1 Lodge St, Asheville, NC 28803

Creating Change: Political Art from the Permanent Collection
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm

Creating Change: Political Art from the Permanent Collection


Within the Museum’s Permanent Collection are works of art with political content that speak directly to the concerns of our society. This exhibition features artists who make work as a catalyst for dialogue. By addressing political, social and environmental issues, these works aim to effect change in communities and invite visitors to reexamine the world around them.

Geometric Landscapes
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm

Asheville Art Museum Presents Geometric Landscapes by

Black Mountain College Artists 

The Asheville Art Museum is excited to present Geometric Vistas: Landscapes by Artists of Black Mountain College, a new exhibition openingSaturday, August 6. Geometric Vistas provides visitors with the opportunity to explore abstract landscapes and cityscapes created by artists who studied and taught at Black Mountain College between 1933 and 1957. Black Mountain College was situated in the mountains of Western North Carolina, surrounding its students and faculty with beautiful scenery from which to take inspiration. Because of its remarkable setting, many students and faculty painted, drew and photographed the school and its nearby surroundings, making landscape an integral part of the learning process. Using the skills they acquired at the College, each artist moved beyond a realist interpretation of the landscape to create abstract forms rooted in nature and geometry.

2 S Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801


Science is Fun! (Grade 2-5)
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm

1:00-4:30 pm. 
Full STEAM Ahead for Fall Break! 
Don’t Try This at Home- Try it at Hands On! (Grade 2-5) 
Want to blow something up, drop eggs on the floor, have money to burn? 
Join Dr. Beaker and Dr. Bunson as we observe, predict, collect data, and control variables
- then you can conduct your own messy scientific investigations! $40 non member/$30 member. 
Pre -registration required. Call 697-8333 to register.
Selections from the Permanent Collection: 140 Years of American Art
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm

Selections from the Permanent Collection: 140 Years of American Art

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Ongoing Exhibition

In this exhibition, Museum Curatorial staff examine the Collection from a chronological point of view while highlighting works of great interest. This ongoing installation will allow visitors to chart the evolution of American art from the late 19th century to the early 21st century.

While the Museum’s Permanent Collection primarily focuses on American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, there are a few notable art works from the 19th century that help set the stage for art at the dawn of the 20th century, such asEvening on the Hudson by George Inness.

From the early 20th century, the Collection includes art works by American Impressionists such as Childe Hassam and Myron Barlow. The period between World War I and World War II has often been noted for the prevalence of American Scene artists. Some, like Thomas Hart Benton, focused on rural America, while others, like Isaac Friedlander, depicted urban life.

The post-World War II period saw the development of Abstract Expressionism. Examples include works by artists Hans Hofmann and Adolph Gottlieb. By the early 1960s American art had splintered into a number of different approaches: Pop Art, Optical Art, Minimalism and the second generation of Abstraction.

During the late 20th and early 21st centuries, new styles emerged including Neo-Expressionism and Conceptual art. The Museum has been fortunate to acquire works with the assistance of the Museum’s Collectors’ Circle and generous individual donors. We invite visitors to experience and be inspired by this selection of remarkable and significant works of American art from the Permanent Collection.

This exhibition is organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum.

Music Jam at the Orchard
Sep 29 @ 1:45 pm

Orchard at Alta Pass

    • Live music performance at 1:45pm on Thursday and Friday, May through September
2016 NCSHRM Conference – IDEATE: Form an Idea
Sep 29 @ 3:30 pm

NCSHRM Ideate 300

Join us for the 2016 North Carolina Society for Human Resource Management State Conference at the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC.

With our Lead Differently theme, we will be challenging you to rethink how you engage and inspire your staff and colleagues through your leadership in Human Resources.

With downtown Asheville as our backdrop, this conference will no doubt be different as we engage our community’s creative spirit to educate, entertain, and nourish you while you’re here.

Oakley Farmers’ Market
Sep 29 @ 3:30 pm

Oakley Farmers’ Market


THURSDAY’S 3:30-6:30 pm

Parking lot of the Screendoor at 115 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Appalachian Chic at Noble
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm

Noble Cider Presents:

Appalachian Chic Food Truck


356 New Leicester Hwy, Asheville, NC 28806, USA

Live After Five
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm

The Biltmore Presents: Live After Five

Biltmore turns up the volume as darkness falls across the Blue Ridge Mountains with musical evenings. Fridays and Saturdays feature Live After Five with energetic bands, the Grape Stomp, and casual food featuring chef-inspired cookout favorites. Dance with lively jazz and pop, then complete your evening with relaxed dining on the estate.

*Your visit to Antler Hill Village & Winery is included in your Biltmore admission. Passholders can bring friends to Antler Hill Village for free after 5:00 p.m. Please note, no outside food and beverage is permitted in the village area, and no outside alcohol is permitted on Biltmore grounds.

Rainbow Pride Ale Night
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm

Blue Ridge Pride Festival Event:

Rainbow Pride Ale Night

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Celebrate the naming of “Rainbow PRIDE Ale” in honor of BRPC with fun, food, and community.

Bhramari Brewhouse 101 S. Lexington Ave (South Slope), Asheville


The Refinery Creator Space Grand Opening
Sep 29 @ 5:00 pm

The RefineryCreator Space Grand Opening

The Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) will host the Grand Opening of The Refinery Creator Space, located at 207 Coxe Avenue on the South Slope of Asheville’s downtown.  The event will feature the unveiling of Asheville’s newest mural Bower Power created by artist Lara Nguyen of Stone Cloud Studio who teaches in the art department at Warren Wilson College. Technical assistance for the mural is being provided by artist Ian Wilkinson.

Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm

The Salvage Station Presents:



Every Thursday in September, we will be hosting a FREE weekly disc golf competition beginning at 5:30pm.

Nutrition Support Group
Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm

Nutritious Thoughts

Nutritious Thoughts Presents:

Nutrition Support Group:
This group will be held Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm
. We invite all motivated clients to join, previous and current, to support a balanced relationship with food, movement and body. This group is designed to build a strong community around positive recovery from an eating disorder, disordered eating, or weight related concerns.
$35/hour group

819 Haywood Road / Asheville, NC 28806

Jack of the Wood : Thurs-Bluegrass Jam
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm

Jack of the Wood : Thurs-Bluegrass Jam


Tends to get started around 6-7 pm.

A scorching line-up of the areas best bluegrass musicians. You never know who will show! $1 off Bourbon

Jack of the Wood

95 Patton ave

Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 252.5445

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Studio Painting
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Studio Painting

Register anytime.

Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.

Thursdays, 6-9pm

John Mac Kah Studio, 122 Riverside Dr., Studio H, Asheville
(828) 225-5000,

One Stop Deli & Bar : Phish N’ Chips – FREE SHOW
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

One Stop Deli & Bar :

Phish N' Chips - FREE SHOW


Tickets: FREE
Ages: All Ages

One Stop Deli & Bar

31 Patton ave

Asheville, NC 28801

Political Prisoners Letter Writing Night
Sep 29 @ 6:00 pm

Political Prisoners Letter Writing Night

The first Thursday of every month, join local activists for a night of support and solidarity for those incarcerated. Materials will be provided.

4th Annual Root Ball
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm


Get down with Asheville GreenWorks at our Fourth Annual Root Ball party by the river at the Outdoor Adventure Center down on the French Broad River.
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The Root Ball is a party to celebrate the accomplishments of GreenWorks’ 2,700 volunteers.

“We work hard all year long, planting trees and picking up litter,” said GreenWorks Executive Director Dawn Chávez. “It’s time to take off our waders and kick up our heels in honor of those working to keep Asheville clean and green.”

The evening includes:

  • Gourmet cookout provided by Hickory Nut Gap Farms
  • Musical entertainment by Asheville favorite, LYRIC
  • Raffle & Auction items including a Perception Rambler Kayak, the newest Eno hammock, gift certificates to local restaurants, handcrafted pottery and much more
  • Family-friendly activities
Feasting for FEAST
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm


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On September 29th we will host our annual event ‘Feasting for FEAST’ in the Renaissance Hotel, and it will be a pressure cooker filled with awesome food of Asheville’s best chefs! FEAST dishes up a delicious evening of fun and food and all proceeds of this night will go to our cooking and gardening classes for kids in Asheville city and charter schools. This event will have live music, raffles, an auction and celebrity bartenders. Tickets include food, drinks and support of a great cause!

Participating Restaurants include:

  • All Souls Pizza
  • Ambrozia Bar & Bistro
  • Blue Dream Curry
  • Chai Pani
  • Chestnut
  • Copper Crown
  • Cucina 24
  • Curate
  • French Broad Chocolate Lounge
  • Gypsy Queen Cuisine
  • Homegrown
  • The Hop
  • Isis Restaurant & Music Hall
  • The Junction
  • Posana
  • Renaissance
  • Rhubarb
  • Saffron Fine Foods
  • Sunny Point Cafe
  • West End Bakery

VIP: Sovereign Remedies with Guest Chef Steven Goff

Thursday Night Lights
Sep 29 @ 6:30 pm
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm


Asheville’s Gay Bar/An Alternative Industrial Dance Bar


Live Music & Great Food
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm

The Market Place Asheville Presents: Live Music

We are a group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, organizers, ranchers, brewers and dishwashers who share a common philosophy about how we eat and in a larger sense, about life.

20 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

Off the Wagon- Dueling Pianos
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm

Off The Wagon Presents: Dueling Pianos

Casual haunt featuring piano duels & specialty cocktails in a 1920s space with a convivial vibe.

22 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801

Ray Biscoglia Duo (Piano & Bass Jazz Standards)
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm


JAZZ MUSIC Ray Biscoglia Duo (Piano & Bass Jazz Standards)


18 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC

Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm


The Peace Center, Greenville NC

Getting away with murder can be so much fun… and there’s no better proof than the knock-‘em-dead hit show that’s earned unanimous raves and won the 2014 Tony Award® for BEST MUSICAL—A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder !

Coming direct from New York, where a most gentlemanlyNPR critic said he’d “Never laughed so hard at a broadway musical,” Gentleman’s Guide tells the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

The Hollywood Reporter raves, “Gentleman’s Guiderestores our faith in musical comedy” and The New York Times cheers, “It will lift the hearts of all those who’ve been pining for what sometimes seems a lost art form.


Grounded at NC Stage
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

The Peace Center Presents: SCHUBERTIAD

Kicking off the Peace Center’s 2016-17 Chamber Concert Series is Schubertiad! Join Miles Hoffman and the American Chamber Players with guest artists Kyoko Saito (soprano), Reiko Uchida (piano), Brice Andrus (horn), and Ian Bracchitta (double bass), as they explore the great Trout Quintet plus other intimate works written by Franz Schubert for his friends.

Steve Forbert
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm
The Great Gatsby
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

The Parkway Playhouse Presents: The Great Gatsby

236-, 324 Green Mt Dr, Burnsville, NC 28714

Thursday Horrow Picture Show
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

Grail Moviehouse Presents: Thursday Horror Picture Show
Address: 45 South French Broad Avenue, Suite 130, Asheville, NC 28801
Times: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Join us Thursdays at 7:30, for the Asheville Film Society’s Thursday Horror Picture Show, presented by Mountain Xpress film critics Ken Hanke and Scott Douglas.

We are so excited to be hosting the weekly Thursday Horror Picture Show at the Grail!!

Live Music w/Station Underground
Sep 29 @ 8:00 pm

Creekside Taphouse Presents:

Live Music w/Station Underground

8 Beverly Rd, Asheville, NC 28805