Event Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Several upcoming events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Events listed on this page may be outdated, so please visit the event website or contact the event organizer for the latest information.
Event organizers can contact us to update their event’s information.

Upcoming events and things to do in Asheville, NC. Below is a list of events for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, group meetups and more.

Saturday, August 8, 2020
“Say Their Names” Art Exhibit
Aug 8 all-day

The “SAY THEIR NAMES” display at The Oak Street Gallery lists the names of more than 60 Black Americans killed by police officers and the circumstances surrounding their deaths.

#SaveOurStages Action Requested
Aug 8 all-day


It brings us all together. 

Today, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the bipartisan Save Our Stages Act. We need you to contact your elected representatives through SaveOurStages.com asking them to support this bill.

The Save Our Stages Act provides Small Business Administration grants for independent venues, promoters, and festivals affected by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. These grants offer at least six months of financial support to keep us afloat, pay employees, and preserve a critical economic sector and our ecosystem for communities across America.

Through SaveOurStages.com, more than 1 million emails have been sent letting all 538 members of Congress know that constituents want to keep independent venues, promoters, and festivals alive.

Please help us and continue to push. 

Call, Email, Write, Shout!  

Help us to get the Save Our Stages and RESTART Acts passed.


to contact your legislators and help #SaveOurStages


This link will automatically populate with your Senators and Congressional Representative based on your zipcode.

Thank you so very much for your continued support!

100 Days and 100 Ways to Get Ready for Election Day
Aug 8 all-day

100 Days and 100 Ways to Get Ready for Election Day

FIND INFO AT:  https://www.lwv.org/blog/100-days-and-100-ways-get-ready-election-day?utm_source=MonthlyHighlights&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=July2020

7th Annual Business Plan Contest
Aug 8 all-day

The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 7th Annual Business Plan Contest. A well-written business plan lays the foundation for a financially successful business. A well prepared and executed business plan will grow sales, employment, and improve the bottom line. The business – start-up or existing – with the winning business plan will receive business services including advertising, tax, legal, and marketing for free, a value of over $5,000!

Please email your plan to Hoyle Adams at the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce
204 Kanuga Road, Hendersonville, NC 28739 • [email protected] (828) 692-1413

The 7th Annual Business Plan Contest is open to start-ups as well as existing businesses. You DO NOT have to be a Chamber member to participate. Electronic submissions are due to the Chamber by Friday, August 21, 2020. A panel of judges will select the winner and present the award at a reception on Monday, September 14 – part of Henderson County’s Small Business Week.
7th Annual Cycle NC Mountain Ride
Aug 8 – Aug 9 all-day
Forest City NC
The 2020 Mountain Ride will be held in Forest City, August 7-9! 

Click Here for our COVID-19 statement and info.

The preliminary 2020 Mountain Ride Daily Schedule is now available!  The schedule will be updated as we finalize details, so be sure to check back often!

The Cycle North Carolina Mountain Ride is a perfect weekend getaway for any outdoor enthusiast and their families.  The ride is a 3-day cycling festival featuring a variety of route options each day that focus on showcasing the beautiful landscapes that Western North Carolina has to offer.  The event kicks off on Friday afternoon with a warm-up ride led by our Cycle North Carolina Route Developers.  Once your legs are warmed up, you’ll be all set to spend Saturday and Sunday meandering along the rivers and streams through the Blue Ridge Mountains on one of our various route options ranging from 15 miles to 70 miles.

Anti-Racisim: Resources Literacy Council
Aug 8 all-day

Recognizing and understanding racism, and actively unlearning the everyday, built-in mechanisms of systemic racism is an ongoing effort that must be made by every single one of us. It can be difficult to navigate issues, origins, and solutions surrounding systemic racism, especially with so many different angles portrayed by the media.
There are countless truthful resources to help us find our way to social justice and equity. Here are just a few educational resources and ways to help our Black communities:
Educational reading:
The above photo has an excellent list of books!
Follow Black activists and voices on social media! Please reach out to us if you’d like suggestions on whom to follow.
Apply Now for a Preservation Grant
Aug 8 all-day
Our second and final grant round of 2020 is now open.  We will be accepting grant applications through August 9th in the following categories:
1. Bricks and Mortar -Rehabilitation, restoration and repair of structures that are 50 years of age or older
2. Public Education -Development of educational materials and programs that advance knowledge of our shared history
3. Planning, Survey and Designation -Planning and design for building rehabilitation and restoration projects, historic resource surveys and local or national designations
Artists Collective | Spartanburg 2020 Juried Exhibition Calling Artists
Aug 8 all-day

Artists Collective | Spartanburg 2020 Juried Exhibition

4 state exhibit – SC, NC, TN, GA

We have struggled with whether to cancel this exhibit or not. We know that artists need this type of exhibit more than ever so we are continuing as planned. The dates are Sept. 15 – Oct. 17. There will not be an awards reception this year, but we will make the awards announcements online at a given time. The exhibit can be viewed during normal business hours. Last year this was a very successful event and prizes totaled $4500. We plan the same this year.

Arts Business Buncombe County, please fill out Survey
Aug 8 all-day
Arts organizations were among the first to have to close their doors, and many have suffered substantial losses. Americans for the Arts Impact Dashboard shows over $5.2 million in lost revenue so far from the 89 arts organizations in Buncombe County that have responded. For perspective, there are (were) almost 500 arts organizations and close to 10,000 creative jobs in Buncombe County before the pandemic.

If you are an arts business in Buncombe County, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey! This data is vital to our advocacy efforts on behalf of the Buncombe County arts sector. Help us, help you!

Asheville Art Museum Now Offering Curbside Pickup
Aug 8 all-day
Asheville Art Museum

We’re excited to now offer curbside pickup on Monday and Saturday afternoons and Thursday mornings for your purchases from the Museum Store! Browse the selection of apparel, books, handcrafted jewelry and art, inspiring toys, and more online. Simply select “pickup” at checkout, and we’ll contact you to find a time that fits your schedule.

Asheville Gallery of Art August Show 2020
Aug 8 – Aug 31 all-day
Asheville Gallery of Art

Asheville Gallery of Art
August Show
“Vistas, Vibes and Visitors”

“Vistas, Vibes and Visitors” at Asheville Gallery of Art

Asheville Gallery of Art’s August show, “Vistas, Vibes and Visitors,” is a multi-artist show that highlights the diversity of our members’ art and celebrates all that makes Asheville great. The show runs August 1-31 during gallery hours to be announced.

We named this show after everything that best encapsulates what Asheville means to us as artists. We live in a corner of the world that is rich in vistas, whether we’re in town, roaming the mountains or looking out our windows. And the unique Asheville vibe never fails to give us energy and encouragement to be who we are. The show is also about our visitors who support and contribute to Asheville’s thriving art scene. While we’ve missed in-person interactions with tourists and local collectors lately, we look forward to opening our doors wide to everyone once again.

As a 31-member cooperative, Asheville Gallery of Art embraces the diversity of styles, techniques, mediums and viewpoints each of our artists uses to interpret both the inner and outer world. Even during this time of pandemic life, we have stayed connected to one another and to our resilient mountain community. We continue to focus on making new and exciting works and letting our art speak for us.

We wish to share this new work with you as soon as we can. Please look for our re-opening date and updated hours by visiting the gallery website at www.ashevillegallery-of-art.com, or find us on Facebook. While at our website, please be sure to visit our new online store.

Biltmore Gardens Railway
Aug 8 – Sep 7 all-day

July 1 – September 7, 2020

Included with Biltmore Admission

Our fun-for-all-ages botanical model train displays invite you to experience our grounds in an engaging new way. Located in Antler Hill Village, the displays feature replicas of train depots from around the country. Each beautifully executed piece was handcrafted from such natural elements as leaves, bark, and twigs.


Black Lives Matter mural around Vance Monument completed
Aug 8 all-day
Vance Monument

Black Lives Matter mural around Vance Monument completed

This week, 3 local Asheville artists completed a Black Lives Matter mural in Pack Square downtown. The mural wraps around the now-shrouded Vance Monument.

The mural was approved by Asheville City Council, and coordinated via the Asheville Area Arts Council. The push for the mural comes on the heels of weeks of protests over the death of George Floyd, heated debate over the Vance Monument and the memorial to Confederate soldiers in front of the Buncombe County Courthouse, and Asheville’s recent commitment to reparations.

Each artist took the lead on a different word in the mural.  Joseph Pearson was the lead artist for the word Black, Jenny Pickens for the word Lives, and Marie T. Cochran for the word Matter.

Brevard Music Center 2020 Car Raffle
Aug 8 all-day



Our 2020 Raffle is happening now! We are proud to partner with Hunter Automotive Group in Hendersonville, NC, in this year’s raffle! Only 1,500 tickets will be sold, so get yours online today! You may also call 828-862-2100 to order tickets over the phone.

Our winner will have ultimate flexibility in choice of model: ANY New 2020 Volvo or Subaru from Hunter Automotive Group with a MSRP up to $50,000!


This raffle is a fundraising event, and all net proceeds benefit the Brevard Music Center (BMC). Brevard Music Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


The drawing will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 3:00pm EST. All mail, phone, and internet orders must be received by 11:59pm EST on Monday, November 30.

Brevard Music Center Bach’s Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in d minor
Aug 8 all-day

From our home to yours: students and faculty share new concerts, living room recitals, and masterclasses.

Enjoy this special video by BMC guest artist Augustin Hadelich and 13 additional violinists performing Bach’s Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in d minor, BWV 1004. Recorded in April 2020, each violinist performs a section of the work, compiled and edited by Hadelich.

Brevard Music Center Car Raffle
Aug 8 all-day

Our 2020 Raffle is happening now! We are proud to partner with Hunter Automotive Group in Hendersonville, NC, in this year’s raffle! Only 1,500 tickets will be sold, so get yours online today! You may also call 828-862-2138 to order tickets over the phone.

Our winner will have ultimate flexibility in choice of model: ANY New 2020 Volvo or Subaru from Hunter Automotive Group with a MSRP up to $50,000!

Thank you to all raffle purchasers! Your purchase directly supports the Brevard Music Center!

The drawing will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 3:00pm EST. All mail, phone, and internet orders must be received by 11:59pm EST on Monday, November 30.

Buncombe County Area Meal Sites
Aug 8 all-day
Buncombe County

Find locations around Buncombe County working hard to feed our community.

FOR STUDENTS: text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877.

View meal sites by geographical area, day of the week, and/or service type offered.

Cades Cove Loop Lope
Aug 8 all-day
Cades Cove Loop Lope
Carpooling is essential to maximizing participation in this race. Only 100 vehicle passes will be available for purchase for an additional fee when registration opens. Registrants who do not purchase a vehicle pass must either carpool with a passholder they know or utilize the group transportation option which will be provided by Friends of the Smokies.
Event Date: Sunday November 8, 2020
EVENT: VIRTUAL 5K – 10/25/20-11/8/20
Can’t join us in person? Participate virtually! A virtual race can be run (or walked!) anywhere, even indoors on a treadmill, and anytime. This is a great way to support Great Smoky Mountains National Park on a day, time, and place that works for your schedule. All virtual runners will receive a race t-shirt and undated finisher’s medallion via mail.
Price: $75.00 Race Fee + $4.50 SignUp Fee
Citizen Vinyl Record Pressing Plant Opens September
Aug 8 all-day
NC’s Citizen-Times building




A full circle revival is underway for Asheville, NC’s Citizen-Times building. Once home to the daily paper’s printing facility and offices, the historic site will soon be unveiled with a new identity as a boutique vinyl pressing plant, record store and bar/cafe (and a new name): Citizen Vinyl. Founded by veteran music producer Gar Ragland and supported by a dream team of industry professionals and craftsmen, Citizen Vinyl is slated to become North Carolina’s first on site pressing plant, though its mission goes beyond just manufacturing great quality records.

Completing the Census is Safe, Easy and Important! Make NC Count!
Aug 8 all-day

Completing the survey is quick and easy to do. You can complete your Census questionnaire online, by phone or on paper. By using your phone, tablet or computer, or simply grabbing a pencil or pen, you can complete the questionnaire, spending less than 10 minutes on what can impact your community in the next 10 years.

The process is safe, easy and important and you can respond in one of three ways:

  • Online by visiting my2020census.gov.
  • By phone by calling 1-800-923-8282. For information on language support, click here for a listing of telephone numbers.
  • Via mail

Help Make NC Count! View and download resource materials by clicking on the button below.

NC Census Outreach & Engagement Toolkit


diverse group of people holding hands together in the park

Craft Your Commerce Online Summer Workshop Series
Aug 8 all-day

Craft Your Commerce is a Mountain BizWorks entrepreneurial program designed to connect, elevate and advance creative and craft-centered companies through a series of business training workshops and classes designed by makers for makers. The program is offered in partnership with Center for Craft, UNC Asheville, and area creative entrepreneurs.

The 2020 Summer Workshop Series: Creative Shifts will focus on adapting your craft business to thrive in a drastically changed market.

We will start with a speaker panel of leading WNC based craft business entrepreneurs to hear how they’ve adjusted their business model and operations to meet the challenges of COVID-19. We will then learn from a Portland-based craft manufacturing entrepreneur about the innovative techniques and leadership strategies that have helped him to successfully scale his business and continue to weather these challenging market conditions. Finally, we will open a window into the realm of commercial projects and buyers, which is a customer and revenue segment that remains untapped for many craft entrepreneurs.

Throughout the series, an integrative cohort-based learning program will help weave together lessons from the workshops and guide entrepreneurs in developing their own goals and actionable plans.

Deciphering the Riddle of Bach
Aug 8 all-day

Great Performances:
Violinist Scott Yoo discovers a riddle in Bach’s portrait, with discoveries and performances along the way.

Digital BMC: BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 IV. Allegro
Aug 8 all-day

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5
IV. Allegro
Brevard Music Center Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Recorded on June 23, 2017,
at the Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium in Brevard, NC

Selected past performances by BMC orchestras, faculty, and guest artists on YouTube, SoundCloud, and Open Air Brevard.

Don’t Waste Durham: Reduce Waste Survey
Aug 8 all-day
Customer Survey about Takeout “Extras”
This survey is 17 questions long and should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Responses will be recorded anonymously unless contact information is provided following completion.

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS? Don’t Waste Durham thanks you VERY much for taking this survey. Your responses are important to understanding whether and how much people are using the takeout “extras” (plastic forks, paper napkins, etc) that restaurants give you with your takeout/delivery. THANK YOU!

Donate Masks to the School of Your Choice
Aug 8 all-day



The Great American Mask Drive by Masks.com

Donate 100% cotton reusable & washable Hanes® masks to any school for just $1.50 per mask. We’ll send the masks directly to the school.

Find a school and donate masks.  Thanks for your support!

Farm Beginnings® Farmer-Led Training Program Virtual for 2020-2021
Aug 8 all-day

Many skills are required to start and expand a successful farm business: passion, clear goals, production experience, financial and marketing know-how, and more. Farm Beginnings® will help you build these skills through one year of farmer-led training, mentoring, and networking. Using a holistic management frame, farmer-led classroom sessions, on-farm tours, and an extensive farmer network, Farm Beginnings® will help you clarify your goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan, and start building a profitable and sustainable operation. Although students do not need to own land, some farming or production experience is required to get the most out of the program. As we know, farming is more critical than ever. Apply to this program and be prepared when crisis hits!

Program Details: December 2020 – September 2021

2020-2021 Farm Beginnings® Farmer Training is 200+ Hours including:

— Winter Whole-Farm Business Planning Courses – 60 hours (October – March)**
— ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference (February) – 8 hours
— OGS Conferences – 40+ hours
— Mentorship with an experienced Farmer Mentor (March – September) – 15 hours
— Production Training – 45 hours (April – October): WNC CRAFT tours on sustainable farms around WNC & Field Days with regional partners Living Web Farms  and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Incubator Farm
— One year WNC CRAFT Farmer Network membership – Membership and mentoring in a regional farmer network

Free WIFI Hotspots Available Outside Buncombe Libraries
Aug 8 all-day
Buncombe County Libraries

Buncombe County Public Libraries have free wifi hotspots available outside any library building. To use the wifi, look for the LibraryGuest network and use the password readmore. The wifi is available all day every day, whether the library is open or not. Please observe all Buncombe County social distancing and gathering requirements while using the wifi. Questions? Call (828) 250-4700 or email [email protected].

Gardening Video: Sun to Shade—Changing Light Patterns in Your Garden
Aug 8 all-day

Presenter: Kay Green, Extension Master GardenerSM Volunteer

The amount of sun or shade in your garden will change as the sun moves across the sky during the day and with the seasons.  By knowing how much sun the garden gets, you can better plan where your plants will thrive.  In this video, Kay shows you how to create a “Sun Map” and a “Sun Chart” to record the sun and shade patterns in your garden.  Using these simple tools will help you make better plant selections and reward you with better results.

Video access:
To access these videos on the Buncombe County Master Gardener website, click on the link below:
Sun to Shade—Changing Light Patterns in Your Garden 

Or go to www.buncombemastergardener.org, click on the ‘Resources’ tab at the top of the page, and select ‘Gardening Videos’ from the drop down menu.

Grant Opportunities for the Crafts
Aug 8 all-day
The Craft Futures Fund will fund up to $30,000 each month from May 2020 – October 2020 to support craft-based education projects. These one-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will be disbursed to craft-based education projects that envision and build new futures for craft.
Elevate: The Smoky Mountain Tattoo Festival
Aug 8 @ 12:00 am – Aug 10 @ 1:00 am
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Join us August 7-9, 2020 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort for WNC’s biggest & best Tattoo and Entertainment Event with over 150 artists!
Tattoo Competitions including $5,000 Best of Show Prize, live music, drag competition, after parties & more!
IG: elevate_tattooconvention
Email [email protected] for booth info
Website launching mid-May