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

Craft Fair, Fall Edition @ U.S. Cellular Center
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm


71st Anniversary | Fall Edition, October 19-21
Friday – Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00pm
Note: Fairs are 3 days. We look forward to welcoming you on Friday!

General Admission, $8.00
Weekend Pass, $12.00
Children under 12 free

In its 71st year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.


Uber –
Lyft –
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Passport Parking App –

Asheville City Parking Map,
Asheville Parking Garages,
Asheville Street Parking, 700 metered spaces, $1.50 per hour and FREE on Sunday.

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce also have available parking for visitors.

EXHIBITORS | Cultivating Fine Craft Since 1930

Upstairs Concourse Level, TBA
Downstairs Arena Level, TBA


Jeffrey Neil, wooden shaker boxes
John Turner, raku glazing
Lesley Gail Keeble, doll making
The Village Potters Clay Center, wheel-throwing and hand-building
Marjorie Warren, tartan weaving
NC Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America – ABANA, blacksmithing


Friday, October 19
11am, Cary Fridley Music & Down South
1pm, Carol Rifkin
3pm, Hot Duck Soup

Saturday, October 20
11am, Smoky Mountain Rhythm
1pm, Split Rail Bluegrass
3pm, Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express

Sunday, October 21
11am, Honey Holler
1pm, Sherri Lynn and Friends
3pm, Buncombe Turnpike

OUR SPONSORS | Partners in Craft
Asheville Citizen Times, Our State Magazine, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, WNC magazine

TR&HC Horse Trials 2018 @ Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE)
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm

Don’t miss the 43rd annual Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Horse Trials offering levels from Starter through Preliminary and proudly hosting a college team challenge with a perpetual trophy!

Entries open September 4:


12th Annual Lynn Boggess Exhibition At The Haen Gallery @ The Haen Gallery
Oct 21 – Nov 30 all-day

The Haen Gallery, located in downtown Asheville, North Carolina, is proud to present their 12th Annual Lynn Boggess Exhibition. The exhibit will run through November.

Lynn Boggess is one of the most unique and noteworthy American landscape painters of the 21st Century. He resides in West Virginia, a state whose diverse mountains, forests, and rivers provide abundant inspiration for the artist’s plein air paintings. In place of brushes he uses palette knives and trowels to thickly layer the broad sweeping strokes and exquisite fine detail that capture all the colors of the seasons in rushing rivers, snow covered hillsides, and thick forest vegetation. Mr. Boggess’ work is recognized internationally for its incredible three-dimensional texture, rendered solely in oils. These remarkable paintings combine elements of Abstract Expressionism and Photorealism to create a style that is totally unique and original.

The Haen Gallery in Asheville is located at 52 Biltmore Avenue between City Bakery and Chestnut. There is a parking garage at the Aloft hotel across the street, another garage just up the hill, as well as street parking.

The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 11am-6pm & Sunday 12-5pm. For more information: 828-254-8577 or Gallery contacts: Chris Foley, Director; Leslie Logemann, Gallery Manager.

With locations in Asheville and Brevard, The Haen Gallery offers the work of established artists whose distinctive and unique style sets it apart from ordinary and imitative efforts. Visit the website at

Climate Data Hackathon: Disruptions to Global Food Supply @ The Collider
Oct 21 all-day
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Join us at The Collider’s first Climate Data Hackathon where you’ll have the opportunity to use climate data to dive into climate-related disruptions to our global food supply. Understanding climate risks and vulnerabilities through the use of data allows communities, organizations, and businesses to better plan and adapt.

This year’s theme: Climate-Related Disruptions to Global Food Supply

Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad @ Tweetsie Railroad
Oct 21 all-day

Open 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Advance tickets are rquired. It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train – if you dare!

LEAF Community Arts Festival
Oct 21 all-day

For 23 years, each May & October, an intergenerational family of 12,000 people join together to experience the power music, art & culture has to transform lives, strengthen community & foster community.

The award-winning LEAF Festival takes place at Lake Eden in the Blue Ridge Mountains among a stunning array of rolling hills, lakes & streams on 300 acres of comfortable camping grounds and features 6 performance stages, 400+ performing artists, 8 family adventure villages, 100+ handcraft, healing & culinary vendors & so much more!

LIKE our Facebook page ( to stay informed about lineup release, ticket contests & event details.

Voted by WNC as the #1 Nonprofit Serving the Arts, #1 Music Festival, #1 Camping Festival, #1 Kids Festival, #1 Music-Related Nonprofit & #1 Cultural Arts Event, LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization in which all donations & festival proceeds support cultural arts education programming locally & globally! Since 2004, LEAF Schools & Streets has served over 55,000 youth with programs in over 20 Western North Carolina locations. LEAF International features cultural preservation programs in 10 countries worldwide. Your attendance at LEAF not only provides you with an amazing weekend experience with friends and family, but provides a platform for fostering the growth of our youth into creative leaders in their communities worldwide. Join the movement @


PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
Oct 21 all-day

The leaves will be turning this October and the pumpkins will be ready to be carved! The PEANUTS gang returns to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch this October. Ready for some family fun? PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2018! The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City Depot in October of 2018!

Pickin’ and a Grinnin’ @ Flat Rock Playhouse
Oct 21 all-day

A musical romp through the cornfields with a jug of moonshine in hand. Taking inspiration from classic variety shows of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, this original production will feature some of our favorite Flat Rock Playhouse singer/musicians and is guaranteed to be a foot stomping, hand clapping good time for the whole family. Howdyyyy!

Matinees: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00PM

Evenings: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30PM. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00PM

Reclaimed Creations @ NC Arboretum
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Reclaimed Creations is a unique sculpture exhibit created by renowned artist Sayaka Ganz. Utilizing reclaimed plastic objects, such as discarded utensils, Ganz creates amazing sculptures that visually appear unified at a distance, but are in fact separated when examined up close. Described as using a “3D impressionistic” style, Ganz’s exhibit includes installations of animals in motion, which are in rich in color and energy, to create an illusion of form.

About the Artist

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka Ganz grew up living in Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A lecturer and teacher, Ganz’s work has been displayed at various institutions around the globe, including the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, the Isle Gallery in Isle of Man, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

My work is about perceiving harmony, even in situations that appear chaotic from the inside. When observing my sculptures up close, one might see gaps, holes and items being held on only by small points; step away, however, and the sculptures reveal the harmony created when the objects are aligned to the same general (but not identical) direction. Similarly, it is important to gain perspective by stepping back from current problems and look at the larger picture. Then one can perceive the beauty and patterns that exist.”

Climate Data Hackathon: Disruptions to Global Coffee Supply @ The Collider
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Join us at The Collider’s first Climate Data Hackathon! We’ve partnered with Counter Culture Coffee to identify climate-related challenges facing the coffee industry.

Coffee is a particularly climate-sensitive crop, so even small changes in temperature and precipitation can dramatically impact quality, yield, and price. And it’s not just your cup of coffee at stake, but also the livelihoods of coffee farmers around the world.

Use National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Population Explorer, Inc. data to help coffee companies and producers better understand their climate risks. Help build data-driven solutions for climate adaptation and resilience.

Learn more at

Climate Data Hackathon: Disruptions to Global Food Supply @ The Collider
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Climate Data Hackathon: Disruptions to Global Food Supply @ The Collider  |  |  |

Join us at The Collider’s first Climate Data Hackathon where you’ll have the opportunity to use climate data to dive into climate-related disruptions to our global food supply. Understanding climate risks and vulnerabilities through the use of data allows communities, organizations, and businesses to better plan and adapt.

This year’s theme: Climate-Related Disruptions to Global Food Supply

Yoga on the Mountain Hike @ Bearwallow Mountain
Oct 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 pm

Unplug, unwind, and reconnect with nature as Fall comes to a close and Winter approaches! Hike to Bearwallow Mountain, a nearby local’s favorite, for panoramic views of stunning fall color on Sun, Oct 21 at 9am. Get your heart pumping with a 1-mile hike to the summit followed by an hour of yoga for all levels.


2018 Autumn Lake Lure Arts and Crafts Festival
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 2018 Autumn Lake Lure Arts & Crafts Festival takes place Saturday 10/20 – Sunday 10/21, beginning at 10am daily. Enjoy 90+ wonderful crafters and artisans selling unique gifts and handmade works of art. There will also be live music and performances throughout the event, food, family-fun and you can also enjoy stunning views of beautiful Lake Lure. Well-behaved pets are welcome but must be on a leash. It’s all happening in downtown Lake Lure across from the beach. We look forward to seeing you there!

2018 Scarecrow Contest @ Chimney Rock Village
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 7:30 pm

Fall in Chimney Rock Village is a time of traditions as families with young children and couples return to our bustling Main Street and Riverwalk Trail to take in the splendor of autumn. Merchants show off their creativity all month long by decorating scarecrows in front of their businesses. B&Bs, Inns, and vacation rental cabins decorate too, and the outdoor cafes are brimming with activity. The monthlong celebration of Fall culminates with our annual Trick or Treat on Main St., on Halloween evening from 5 pm to 7 pm. Restaurants in the village may be open later than this. So, dress up the whole family and head down to Main St to score your best treats.

2nd Annual WNC Iron Sisters Fundraiser @ 2710 New Leicester Hwy
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

It’s that time again ! Please come out to our fundraiser and help us raise money for our outreach programs. Anything will be greatly appreciated . As we head into winter the Iron Sisters have lots of awesome things planned for our community💜
Thank you all !

A Sense of Place: Interpretations by Kari Morton and Lauren Rutten @ Flow Gallery
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Show runs through November 7
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am – 4pm

This beautiful exhibit celebrates the works of photographer Lauren Rutten and quilter Kari Morton. What these two artists share in common are a partnership in the five-woman, artist-owned Flow Gallery in historic downtown Marshall, and a deep love of Madison County, their newly chosen home.

In 2015, Lauren and her husband Andy, traveled the US for one year searching for a home. “From the very moment I arrived in Marshall while on this journey, I had a sense of having dreamt of this place since childhood – I knew this was where I wanted to be.

I have found that my life here is not confined within four walls, so I’m very interested in reflections, when the light shines through a structure, or a barn begins to dilapidate so the outside and inside merge.

Marshall finds itself in a season of change. Many families who are moving here to homestead live alongside families who have farmed here for generations. This collection hopes to show the range of those who have come to call Marshall home, as well as the hard reality of homesteading and its immense beauty, which are in direct relationship with each other here. In this land I dig my hands in the earth and muddy my feet on the ground, while at the same time experiencing the transcendence of being and connecting to so much beyond my body. I hope those who view these photos might experience this too.”

Kari and her husband, Mike, moved to Madison County in 2012, after having lived a fairly nomadic life. They decided Madison County was the place to put down roots and call home.

“This collection is inspired by my immediate world, the things I live with and the things I see – the garden in my front yard, the chickens in the back yard, the buildings in downtown Marshall, where I spend many hours working at Flow and serving as a guardian ad litem in the county courthouse. Each of my pieces tell a story of connection, to my community, to my world. I love sharing this part of myself with others.”

Flow Gallery is located on Main Street in the historic, picturesque town of Marshall, which lies along the French Broad River, just 25 minutes north of Asheville, NC. The gallery is in its 8th year of business and showcases the work of over 65 talented, regional artists.

Harvest Festival presented by Humana @ Dollywood
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Watch the leaves change in the Great Smoky Mountains while surrounded by the uplifting sounds of Southern Gospel. Stick around when the sun goes down for an even larger Great Pumpkin LumiNights experience during this season’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana.

🎃 Great Pumpkin LumiNights: The largest addition ever made to Dollywood’s fall festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun. Learn more here:
*Great Pumpkin LumiNights is included with your regular Dollywood admission.

🎶 Southern Gospel Jubilee: More than 500 free concerts throughout the festival are included with your admission! Learn more here:

🎨 World-Class Artisans: Unique artisans from around the country share their beautiful handmade crafts with Dollywood. Learn more here:

In Times of Seismic Sorrows @ Center for Craft
Oct 21 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

When reflecting on the current state of the environment, it seems that we have entered into times of seismic sorrows. Carbon emissions, water pollution, fracking, and changing climate patterns all point to a troubling reality with serious consequences for human and non-human populations. Through weavings, installations, sculpture, and print, artists Rena Detrixhe and Tali Weinberg (Tulsa, OK) explore the complex relationship between humans and the planet, offering insights, expressing grief, and creating space for resilience and change.

In Time of Seismic Sorrows is curated by Marilyn Zapf and organized by the Center for Craft. The Center for Craft is supported in part by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Fall Fun on the Farm @ Strawberry Hill USA
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

It’s almost time for fall fun on the farm! We invite YOU to bring your family or group to enjoy some good ole’ fashioned fun on the farm. It’s going to be a ball, y’all!

Open weekends Sept. 22 through Oct. 28!

– Hayride Hours – $9 per person
Sat: 10 am- 5 pm (last hayride leaves at 5)
Sun: 12-5 pm (last hayride leaves at 5)

– Corn Maze Hours – $7 ages 2-12 & $8 ages 13+
Sun- Fri: 12-6 pm
Sat: 10 am – 6 pm

**COMBO TICKETS** (maze and hayride)
$12 per person (ages 2 & up)

Food Trucks of the Week @ Highland Brewing Company
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This week’s tasty line up is:
Monday: El Querubin
Tuesday: Appalachian Chic Food Truck
Wednesday: Tin Can Pizzeria
Thursday: Doc Brown’s BBQ
Friday: El Querubin & Tin Can Pizzeria
Saturday: El Querubin & Tin Can Pizzeria
Sunday: Cecilia’s Kitchen /Cecis’ Culinary TOUR

Halloween Origami Workshop @ Wakuwaku Eatery
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Let’s create PUMPKIN, BLACK CAT, BAT, WITCH, HAUNT etc with Origami Paper

🎃This is free event for customer
🎃All materials will be provided
🎃The spaces are limited. Please share with other friends
🎃Pre Registrations are not required. Just ask staff!

👻Any questions? Please feel free to ask staff of email to [email protected]

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit @ NC Arboretum
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Round Up for the Tennessee Theatre at Mast Store Knoxville
Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

This year the Tennessee Theatre, located on Gay Street just a short walk from the Mast Store in Knoxville, is celebrating its 90th year. A grand palace for entertainment, the Theatre was also a catalyst for the rebirth of Downtown Knoxville. It hosts a myriad of programs throughout the year including local and traveling performances, classic movies, and the Mighty Wurlitzer Concerts, which are free.

During the month of October, we’re asking guests to support the theatre by rounding up their purchases to the next dollar. It’s a great way to see a little spare change add up to an impactful contribution.

Flavor of the Month – Choco-latte @ Ultimate Ice Cream Company Asheville
Oct 21 @ 12:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Enjoy Choco-latte throughout October to support LEAF in Schools and Streets! This is a delicious coffee and chocolate mix is reminiscent of a frozen mocha latte. LEAF in Schools and Streets is the main nonprofit of the popular Black Mountain festival, LEAF.

Learn more at the link below!

Asheville HBA Parade of Homes – Ventana Asheville @ Ventana
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Asheville Home Builders Association’s Parade of Homes is a Free Self-Guided Tour of Homes and Communities within Asheville.

Homes and Communities will be open 1 to 5 pm, October 13 – 14 & 20 – 21, 2018.

For more information visit and to pre-order your 2018 Guide visit –>

Come by Ventana and see what out Beautiful Community has to offer!

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains at an elevation of 3,000 feet, Ventana provides a private, gated community where residents can appreciate luxury as well as the beauty of nature. Ventana is a place to relax, to experience nature and all its possibilities, to enjoy the culture of downtown Asheville, and to come home with a sense of community.

403 Baird Cover Road
Asheville, NC

Feast in the Field – Fall 2018 @ Southern Hills Lavender
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come join us for a Feast in the Field! Dine under the stars and 100-year old oak trees, surrounded by lavender. Seasons Cafe & Catering will bring us a lavender-themed menu using local and seasonal dishes. Seats are limited to 40, so don’t wait to get your tickets!
–> Go to our website to see the dates, menus, and to register!
–> Cost: $50 per person, First drink included follow by cash bar
–> Date/Time: We have 3 dates and 3 menus this fall – make sure you have the correct date and time!
————-> Thursday, October 11th, 6-9pm | Raindate: Oct 18th
————->Tuesday, October 16th, 6-9pm | Raindate: Oct 23rd
————-> Sunday, October 21st, 1-4pm | Raindate: Oct 28th

Jam in the Park-Thanks for Giving Jam-Series Finale @ Jam in the Park
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hello Jam in the Park Family!

Please join us Sunday, Oct 21st for the last Jam in the Park of the 2018 season.

For our last series we are asking for donations to benefit the Dominion Boys Home of Spartanburg. Winter is fast approaching and these young men could use winter clothing; Lightly used and new all welcome. Age range for these young men are 13 and older. In addition any monetary donations will also be appreciated.

Black and Navy Long sleeve shirts
Belts, Khaki pants
Toiletry and household items are needed

Lineup will include:

Seppe March- 1:00

Tres Borrachos- 2:10

Sonic Curve- 3:20

The Dang Chang Experience 4:30

Special outdoor turntable set by Seppe March- 5:50

Again, we would like to thank all of our sponsors throughout the series who make this event possible. We couldn’t do this without you! Special thanks to Todd Scarborough, our Sound Man.

Bring your friends, family and furry loved ones! Can’t wait to see you all there!

Let’s make the last one of the season our biggest one yet. Please spread the word and share!

Much Love!

Your JITP team!

NFL Sunday Ticket at Sanctuary Brewing Company @ Sanctuary Brewing Company
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

We will have all the NFL Games all year long! NFL Sunday Ticket at Sanctuary Brewing Company!

Panthers at Eagles | Presented by Primesport @ Lincoln Financial Field
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Panthers will face the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, October 21, 2018. Kickoff is set for 1PM ET. Visit to purchase your tickets.

Reggae Sunday with Chalwa @ Highland Brewing Company
Oct 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Chalwa is based out of Asheville, NC and plays original High Country Reggae. The band consists of a diverse all-star line-up of local musicians from bands such as the Asheville Horns, Hope Massive, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, Biodesiel, and the Everydays. Ever since they hit the scene in 2006, Chalwa has toured throughout the southeast US and Jamaica. The band has shared the stage with reggae greats such as Midnite, Groundation, The Meditations, Bambu Station, SOJA, Pato Banton, and many more.