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

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
‘AVL Shares Space’ outdoor expansion initiatives SURVEY
Sep 21 all-day

In the spring of 2020, the City of Asheville launched several temporary initiatives to support safe business operations and customer access to goods and services during COVID-19. These “AVL Shares Space” initiatives enabled businesses and organizations to quickly expand outdoors, generally into adjacent public spaces and parking lots, with the primary goal of supporting the local economy while facilitating alignment with public health guidance. To date, over 100 businesses have been authorized to expand outdoors. More information, including other guiding principles and goals of the program can be found here.

The City would like to collect public feedback on the successes and impacts of each initiative in order to assess possibilities for longer-term programs.

Please let us know how you’ve interacted with any or all of these initiatives, and provide feedback on your experience.

10th Annual ReStore ReUse Contest
Sep 21 all-day
Asheville Area--online

The Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore is hosting the 10th annual ReUse Contest to showcase innovative building projects constructed predominantly of used building materials.

Winners will be selected in the following categories:

  • Furniture: $200 ReStore gift card
  • Homesteading (i.e. chicken coop, raised bed): $200 ReStore gift card
  • Live and/or work space: $200 ReStore gift card
  • Art: $200 ReStore gift card
  • Home Decor: $200 ReStore gift card
  • Vans & Vehicle (NEW!): $200 ReStore gift card
  • Best in Show: $500 ReStore gift card

Winners will be announced in a press release, on Asheville Habitat’s website and social media pages, and featured in the Asheville Habitat ReStore.

The purpose of this annual contest is to showcase innovative building and DIY projects
constructed predominantly of reused building materials. A large number of ReStore shoppers
purchase items intended to be repurposed or reused in unique and creative ways; the ReStore
Reuse contest is a great way to showcase their projects and inspire others to reuse, recycle
and repurpose usable materials.
The creativity of this community never ceases to amaze. Past projects have included a fence
fashioned from doors, a potting bench built from pallets, a chair crafted from an oil drum, yard
art made from old tools, and so much more. To see photos from the 2020 contest, click here.
A panel of five judges will select winners in the following categories: Furniture, Homesteading,
Live and/or Work Space, Art, Home Décor, Vans and Vehicles (NEW!), and Best in Show.
Winners will be announced in mid-October.

Art Exhibit: Passage at the Asheville Airport
Sep 21 all-day
Asheville Airport

For the first time in more than a year, local artists and instrumental musicians have been welcomed back to the airport, as part of the Art in the Airport program.
Passage, the exhibit on display in the art gallery now through November 2021, features six local artists of multiple disciplines. The show brings a feeling of movement and vibrant color to the airport, and provides a passage with a unique view. The exhibit highlights:
  • a love for North Carolina through mixed media on paper by Sophia Allison;
  • well known local landscapes through acrylic on canvas by Carrie Jenson;
  • a change in perspective through oil on linen by Joan Lesikin,
  • communicative vessels through earthenware sculptures by Robert Milnes,
  • vibrant abstract motion through acrylics on paper by Eleanor Palmer;
  • and a glimpse of Asheville through oil on canvas by Maureen Scullin.
This month, passengers in the airport will also hear stylings from local pianists Mike Andersen and Phil Okrend, as well as Blues/Americana vibes from Mr. Jimmy accompanied by Charles Wilkinson.
“We have missed the art gallery being available for passengers to enjoy the work of local artists, and the sounds of local musicians playing welcoming tunes,” said Alexandra Ingle, Brand and Experience Designer at AVL and curator of the gallery. “Welcoming back these local makers allows travelers to experience a taste of our vibrant region.”
Artwork can be purchased from the gallery by emailing [email protected]. Artists who reside in any of the eleven counties within AVL’s primary service market may apply for acceptance into upcoming exhibits. Details about the program, including application instructions, can be found on the airport’s website at flyavl.com/artintheairport.
Artist Support Grant
Sep 21 all-day

Artist Support Grant

Now accepting applications for the Artist Support Grant (formerly Regional Artist Support Grant). Artist Support Grants will be distributed to eligible applicants by Haywood County Arts Council in the following counties: Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania. Grants will range in awards from $500 to $2,000. The deadline is September 30.

Artist Support Grants Now Available
Sep 21 all-day

Emerging and established artists in NC can apply for $500-2,000 in aid

The North Carolina Arts Council understands the important role artists contribute to the vitality, unity and resiliency of our communities. NCAC has established the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Support Grant (ASG) as a regional grant program to support individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The program funds professional and artistic development for emerging or established artists to create work, improve their business operations, or bring their work to new audiences.

Funds are granted through 18 regional partners across the state, to ensure a more equitable disbursement of funds to artists in rural and urban areas across the state. Buncombe County is part of Region 17, which includes Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania counties.

Last year, Region 17 received 126 applications and awarded 32 awards totaling $30,088– supporting artists from a variety of different mediums.

This year, applicants have the opportunity to apply for up to $2,000– double what was offered last year. Applicants will also apply directly through the NCAC website to help simplify the application process. Instructions and a virtual application workshop video are available on the AAAC website.

The deadline to apply is September 30.

Arts Council partners w/ Asheville City School Foundation + Buncombe County Schools: expand TAPAS program
Sep 21 all-day

| Just in time for NC Arts Education Week, the Asheville Area Arts Council (AAAC) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF) and Buncombe County Schools (BCS) to expand the Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Schools (TAPAS) program into county classrooms.

The new expanded program is called Teaching Artists Presenting in Asheville Area Schools, and the Fall 2021 TAPAAS catalog is now available online through both the ACSF and AAAC websites. Teachers in Asheville City Schools should continue to apply directly to ASCF for residencies. Teachers in Buncombe County Schools should apply through the arts council.

For more information visit: ashevillearts.com or acsf.org.

Asheville Ale Trail WNC: Flood Relief Fundraiser
Sep 21 all-day

Asheville Ale Trail has joined Wicked Weed in their WNC Love: Flood Relief

Flood Relief Fundraiser

For the month of September, all Asheville Ale Trail clothing sales will have $5 of each item sold donated to the WNC Love Flood Relief Fundraiser! Shop Asheville Ale Trail items now and help contribute to the WNC community.

On Tuesday, August 18th, Tropical Storm Fred hit Western North Carolina bringing 8-12 inches
of rainfall and causing extreme flooding. Haywood County in particular suffered severe flooding
and damage affecting both residential and commercial areas. Many residents of Haywood
County lost their homes. Unfortunately several members of the brewing community suffered
significant loss and destruction as well. BearWaters Brewing in downtown Canton had over 9
feet of flooding and lost countless kegs, barrels and equipment, in addition to some of their
outdoor structures.

As a response, Wicked Weed created the WNC Love: Flood Relief Fundraiser Campaign to
encourage the brewing community to get involved and help raise flood recovery donations.
Along with Wicked Weed, several breweries have joined in participation by donating a portion of
their proceeds to flood relief initiatives, and are hoping many more will join.
About Asheville Ale Trail: Asheville Ale Trail is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide
to breweries, cideries, wineries and distilleries in Western North Carolina. The printed Field
Guide is available for free at hundreds of locations throughout the region.




Asheville Area Arts Council JOB BOARD
Sep 21 all-day

Job Board

Make sure to check out all the great job postings and arts opportunities listed on the arts council’s website.

Do you have a job opening you would like us to share? Please email us a link to your listing at [email protected].

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival Applications Now Open!
Sep 21 all-day

Some things you should know


    We will be presenting a combination of in-person and online shows. Email us if you’ve got any questions.


We accept performances from 5 to 60 minutes in length, plus installations and films. Depending on its length, your piece may be grouped with others, or scheduled as a Random Act of Fringe.



A piece that is
5-20 minutes long

May be featured in a showcase, as part of our popular LaZoom Bus Tour, or as free Random Act of Fringe



A piece that is
25-40 minutes long

May be combined with one or more shows.



A piece that is
45-60 minutes long

Ticketed theater-style show.



A piece that is
Site-specific (any length)

May be in an unusual location, or repeated many times. May be seen by as few as one person at a time.

Asheville Gallery of Art, September Artist of the Month Show: “Beckoning In”
Sep 21 – Sep 30 all-day
Asheville Gallery of Art

Kate Thayer is the Asheville Gallery of Art’s featured painter for the month of September. Visitors to the gallery will have the entire month to view her outstanding oil-on-linen landscapes of nature. “Beckoning In” will run from September 1st to September 30th.
Thayer’s paintings focus on the beauty of nature. Her “Textural-Impressionist” style utilizes seasonal palettes and the movement and slowly-changing colors in the cycles of nature. “Nature is life-giving. It is what recharges our spirit and enriches our lives. The aim of my paintings is to share my encounters with the moods of nature using the unique palettes within each season. When viewers lose themselves within my paintings, they interpret the scene, creating their own personal connection with the place.”
Thayer began painting only after moving to North Carolina and exploring the forest. Walking with her eyes wide open gradually allowed her to experience the woods in a special way, and she began to paint the unique places that inspired her. “Painting is the freedom to create a place. My process is to apply many layers of paint over weeks. This stacking of colors evokes the textures I see that represent the rhythms of nature. Each time I return to an unfinished painting, I apply the next layer, and then another. Paintings are imperfect and incomplete and that is where the magic resides.”
One of Thayer’s paintings, “Water Colors”, focuses on the yellows and golds of fall, which are surrounded by the remaining greens of summer. With the sky colors reflected in the water, it makes for a colorful stream which one could put a toe into and feel the sweet coolness.
“Ridge Colors” beckons us in to look up toward the hillside, to walk among the highlighted oranges and golds of the forest, and into the light atop the ridge to see what calls from beyond.
Kate’s paintings have received multiple awards. They have also been displayed in printed material, galleries, and homes across the states. This “Painter of Places” continues to study and experiment with techniques to create her special places.
Visitors to the Asheville Gallery of Art will be able to view Kate’s show from September 1st through September 30th in downtown Asheville, NC. Kate will be present for a special event on First Friday, September 3rd, to meet the artist from 5pm-8pm.

Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk + Auction
Sep 21 all-day
Downtown Hendersonville and Online

About Bearfootin’ Art Walk

Since 2003, the Bearfootin’ Art Walk has helped raise funding for Downtown Hendersonville and a variety of local non-profits. In addition to raising funds, the bears offer a window into good work being done by community organizations in Henderson County.

The Bearfootin’ Bears arrive as blank slates before local artists transform each in a spectacular fashion, with creative themes ranging from Mona Lisa to Blue Ridge Mountain scenery. After the “Reveal” event in early May, the bears then take up residence in downtown Hendersonville for the duration of the summer and fall, up until auction. Participants bid during the auction to raise funds for local non-profits and Downtown Hendersonville. Winning bids up to $3,000 are split evenly between the downtown program and the non-profit chosen by the sponsor, while bid amounts exceeding $3,000 are directed entirely to the non-profit. In 2020, the Bears raised more than $84,000, and in 2021 we hope to continue the tradition of giving.


2021 Bearfootin’ Auction

The 2021 Bears are currently stationed along Main Street until the auction in October. Check out our 2021 Bearfootin’ Bears!

Until 2020, the Bearfootin’ auctions were hosted in traditional style with a live auctioneer. Then, in response to the pandemic, Friends of Downtown Hendersonville pivoted to a virtual format for the 2020 auction. The virtual bidding format allowed people to bid over the course of a month until a scheduled bidding cutoff. This turned out to be a big success, with the 2020 auction raising more than $84,000. 

For the 2021 Auction, the Downtown Events Team and Friends of Downtown Hendersonville staff are incorporating the virtual bidding format with an in-person event. This means bidders will be able to begin bidding as early as September 15, 2021. Bidding will come to a close with an exciting in-person event on October 16 from 4-6:30pm, with all bidding closing at 6pm.


What You Need to Know About the 2021 Bearfootin’ Bear Auction:  

  1. Bidding begins on September 15, 2021 at 12pm and ends at 6pm EST on October 16, 2021. Stay tuned for the release of the bidding platform closer to September 15!
  2.  All bidding will occur virtually. There will be no in-person bidding. However, there will be live bidding via phone/computer up until the bidding cut off at 6pm on October 16.

  3.  It’s free to register to bid, and you can bid anytime between September 15 and the deadline at 6pm on October 16. Initial bids will take place via the bidding website (stay tuned for link!). Bidders will receive automatic text message notification if they are outbid with the option to submit a new bid directly via text message.  

  4. There will be an in-person countdown celebration on October 16 from 4-6:30 pm on the outdoor plaza at the Historic Train Depot at 650 Maple Street. The event will have a lively atmosphere with bells and cheers at each incoming bid, as well as live music, beer/wine and food trucks. The event is free and open to the public. While there will be no in-person bidding at the event, attendees can bid live via their cell phone. There will be an event information booth to help attendees get registered and begin bidding.

  5. There will be no proxy bidding. Bidders will receive automatic text notification if they are outbid with the option to submit a new bid. There are no reserve/proxy bids, meaning you can’t set a price that the system will automatically bid for you. If you are outbid, you will need to place a higher bid if you wish to continue.   

  6. Starting bids for all bears will be $1,500 and minimum bid increments are $100.  

  7.  Any bear can be purchased at our “Buy Now” price of $10,000. The “Buy Now” option ends Thursday, October 14 at 5 p.m.

  8. Bidders do not have to attend the in-person event to be a winning bidder. For those who can’t attend the in-person event on October 16, we will conduct a virtual Facebook Live event of the auction on the Downtown Hendersonville page. We will start the off by introducing the bears and providing information about how to bid before the clock runs out. All bidding is automatically cut off at 6pm on October 16.

  9. Winning bidders will be contacted regarding payment and picking up their bear via text and email. Bears can be picked up at the event, or during a scheduled “pick up window” the week following the event. Winners have 5 days to pay or they will be automatically charged on the credit card filed. Alternatively, winners can pay with cash or check. There will be a 2.95% processing fee on all credit card transactions. 

Buncombe County Receives Federal Disaster Declaration
Sep 21 all-day


On Sept. 8, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden Jr., granted a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of North Carolina triggering the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred that occurred Aug. 16-18, 2021.

“This federal disaster declaration will help provide assistance for our Buncombe communities that were hit hard by the storm,” said Emergency Services Director Taylor Jones. The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred moved through Buncombe County on Aug. 17. The area experienced the heaviest rainfall in 50 years resulting in devastating flooding and damage to multiple businesses, homes, farmland, and public structures.

Residents and businesses who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing or speech impaired. Individuals may also access assistance via the FEMA app.

Please note that damages previously reported through the Buncombe County Storm Damage Hotline were for damage assessment purposes only, to determine if we met the criteria for a declaration. Anyone seeking FEMA assistance must now apply directly to FEMA. We are still waiting to see if the North Carolina Legislature will appropriate funding to assist with repairs to private culverts and bridges.

SBA Disaster Assistance

U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) Disaster Assistance is also part of the package authorized with the federal disaster declaration.

Businesses, homeowners, and renters can learn more on the SBA disaster details site and apply for assistance at disasterloanassistance.sba.gov.

Homeowners and renters should pursue the FEMA IA process first, since that assistance is not a loan that needs to be repaid. The SBA low-interest disaster loans can be useful for businesses that don’t qualify for IA or PA, and for homeowners that are insured, but still need additional funding to complete repairs.

Center for Craft Craft Research Fund
Sep 21 all-day

Center for Craft Craft Research Fund

Apply for the 2022 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship, Exhibition Grant, or Project Grant with the Center for Craft. Applications are due October 4, 2021

City of Asheville rolls out a fresh round of bear-resistant trash carts
Sep 21 all-day
Asheville Area

Bear with trash cart

The bear-resistant trash carts have a locking feature that allows the lid to open only when it is lifted and turned over by the motion made by the arm of the Sanitation truck.


Urban bears prowling for a trashcan meal may have to resort to berries in some sections of the City. Following the successful rollout of Asheville Sanitation’s bear-resistant trash cart pilot program in January with 340 initial carts, another 300 of them are now being delivered to residents on the waiting list.


resolution approved by Asheville City Council in November 2020 amended the City’s Fees & Charges schedule to allow the Sanitation Division to provide bear-resistant trash carts for a $10 a month fee on a first-come, first-served basis. Residents who sign up for the carts agree to a one-year rental commitment.

The initial order of bear-resistant trash carts was funded from the Sanitation Division’s Fiscal Year 2020-2021 Operating Budget. When the 2021-2022 Operating Budget was approved Sanitation was able to purchase 300 more carts — all that was available from the manufacturer at this time.

“More than a third of the calls that the N.C. Wildlife Resources receives about bears statewide come from Buncombe County,” said City Sanitation Manager Jes Foster. “Asheville residents are experiencing an increase in human-bear interactions and there are safety risks associated with these increasing issues.”

Securing garbage is identified as one of the top ways to reduce human-bear interactions and resulting problems. Eliminate the food source and the bear usually moves on.  Asheville residents have frequently requested that the City provide bear-resistant trash carts and we are excited to be able to deliver on this request.

The bear-resistant trash carts are 95 gallons (same size as regular large green trash carts) and weigh 45 pounds (10 pounds heavier than regular trash carts). They are for trash only, not recyclables or yard waste.


Want a bear-resistant cart?

While this latest delivery of 300 carts put a big dent in our waiting list, Asheville Sanitation continues to get requests for the bear-resistant trash carts. Please visit ashevillenc.gov/bearcart to sign up for future bear-resistant carts as we have funds to buy them and they become available. Or call the Sanitation office at 828-259-5857.


Community Input Sessions: African American Heritage Trail Online Survey and more
Sep 21 all-day

African American Heritage Trail Project

Be a Part of Creating Asheville’s
African American Heritage Trail

On display at the YMI Community Impact Center for the month of September 2021, drop in to view a collection of historical stories featuring unsung heroes and underrecognized achievements and contributions by the Black community in Asheville that may become part of the Heritage Trail.

This collection is presented to the community as part of the research for the Heritage Trail project, and is intended to honor, inform and inspire awareness of local Black heritage.

The community is invited to share feedback through an online survey. Read below for additional options for reviewing the collection of stories and completing the survey.



View the story panels at the YMI’s Community Impact Center, 39 S Market St, Asheville, NC

  • Saturday, Sept. 4, during Goombay Festival
  • Sunday, Sept. 5, during Goombay Festival
  • Saturday, Sept. 11, during Sankofa Market
  • Saturday, Sept. 18, during Sankofa Market

Via Zoom

Sign up to attend a Virtual Viewing Session via Zoom with Researcher Flo Jaques

  • Monday, Sept. 13, 7 – 8 p.m. >>Register
  • Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 – 11 a.m. >>Register
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6 -7 p.m. >>Register

Independent Online Review

View the story collection and complete the survey at your own pace.

Please allow 15 – 25 minutes to review the stories and complete the survey. See information below to get started.


Additionally, if you are interested in hosting your own session to review the story collection and take the survey either at the YMI or via Zoom, please contact Pat Kappes at [email protected]  for scheduling.

Festivals + Cultural Events Grant Opportunity
Sep 21 all-day

Background and Goals of the Festivals & Cultural Events Program

The Festivals & Cultural Events Support Fund Grant Program was launched in 2016 by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) and is designed to provide financial support for events that both serve the residents of Buncombe County and the visitors who travel to the Asheville area for the sense of authenticity and welcoming spirit that the destination exudes.

The primary purposes of this fund are to:

  • Support and preserve cultural identity within Buncombe County;
  • Stimulate the creation of new, or expansion of existing, festivals and cultural events; and
  • Contribute to the financial viability and long-term sustainability of the area’s festivals and cultural events.

Explore Asheville CVB is offering grants for Festivals & Cultural Events ranging from $1,000 to $5,000, not to exceed 50% of the total event budget. Application deadline is Sept 29th at 5 pm.

Help shape Asheville by serving on a City board or commission
Sep 21 all-day
photo illustration of Diverse People in Meeting With Speech Bubbles

Looking for a way to get involved in local government and play a part in shaping the future of Asheville? Serving on a City of Asheville board or commission is a great place to start.


Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape their government and their city. There are currently more than 30 boards and commissions that advise the Mayor and City Council on an array of issues.

Put your perspective, leadership and knowledge to work by serving on one of many City advisory committees. Being on a board or commission does require a significant personal commitment, however, so applicants should consider their ability to commit their time and personal energy before applying.

Currently there are openings on six committees or boards. For safety, during the COVID-19 pandemic boards and commissions are meeting remotely through the City’s Virtual Engagement Hub.

For an application form, please visit of City’s Boards and Commissions webpage or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 828-259-5839 or [email protected].

Unless otherwise stated, the application deadline for these vacancies is 5 p.m. October 4.


Current openings

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT — The vacancy is for an alternate seat. The Board functions as a quasi-judicial board to (1) hear and decides applications for approval of variances from the terms of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), except where the UDO places responsibility for hearing or considering such a variance with another body; (2) hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, permit, decision, or determination issued or made by an administrative officer of the City in enforcing any provisions of the UDO; (3) services as the City’s Housing Code Appeals Board; and (4) performs such additional powers and duties as may be set forth elsewhere in the UDO and in other laws and regulations.

HOMELESS INITIATIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE — Some duties of the Committee include: 1) Serve as an advisory body, in collaboration with the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition, to the Asheville City Council or its designated subcommittee for the NC 501 Continuum of Care: 2) Address homelessness through a coordinated community-based process of identifying needs and building a system of housing and services that meet those needs; 3) Foster a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; 4) Secure funding and make recommendations for allocations to support efforts to quickly re-house individuals and families who are homeless, which minimizes the trauma and dislocation caused by homelessness, and 5) Ensure access to and effective use of mainstream programs; and Promote self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION OF ASHEVILLE — Duties of the commission include, but are not limited to: (1) Make policy recommendations to the City Council which promote and improve human relations and advance equity in the City; (2) Support the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion; (3) Provide a forum where residents can raise issues and complaints relating to human relations in the City; (4) Engage the community regarding the utilization of City-funded programs and policies for the promotion of human relations; and (5) Promote and improve human relations and advance equity in the following areas: public safety; educational, art and cultural opportunities; economic development; health and human services; and housing. Candidates must submit a Human Relations Commission Form, in addition to the Boards and Commissions application.

NOISE ADVISORY BOARD —The Board is advisory to the Council and shall meet when called upon. Duties include 1) Evaluate the effectiveness of Ordinance No. 4390 regarding Noise Regulation and related city policies with the goal of developing recommendations regarding amendments, additions, or deletions; 2) Evaluate the effectiveness of enforcement of this article, including but not limited to response times, compliance rates, distribution of complaints, and ensuring equitable outcomes; 3) Propose long-term objectives for achieving reduction of sound levels in the community, and propose means for implementing such objectives; 4) Develop rules relative to the conduct of its meetings in accordance with City rules and policies governing advisory boards and commissions.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION — The Commission is an advisory board to City Council and shall (1) review all new text for proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and proposals to zone or change the zoning of all property regulated under the UDO and to make recommendations to City Council for final action thereon; (2) perform studies and surveys of the present conditions and probable future development of the City and its environs, including, but not limited to, studies and surveys of land uses, population, traffic, parking, and redevelopment needs; (3) formulate and recommend to City Council the adoption or amendment of a comprehensive plan and other plans, as necessary, for the City and its environs ; (4) review the terms of the UDO from time to time, as it deems appropriate, and to recommend to City Council any changes that the Commission considers necessary to regulate properly the development and use of land, buildings and structures; (5) review applications for planned unit development designation and the preliminary plans for such planned unit developments and to make recommendations to City Council for final action thereon; and (6) review and decide on approval of all proposed preliminary plats of major subdivisions.

TRANSIT COMMITTEE — This vacancy is open until filled. The Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and to the City staff on matters affecting the transit system and its operation. The Transit Committee consists of at least seven members and up to 11 members. All Transit Committee members are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The term of office is three years. Note: For an application form, please visit the Transit webpage, or contact Eunice Lovi ([email protected]) for more information.


Application process

Determine which board or commission interests you. Board and commission meetings are open to the public, so potential applicants are encouraged to sit in on monthly meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations vary, and are available on individual web pages.


Qualifications for appointees to boards and commissions shall be residents of the City of Asheville, unless otherwise specified or provided for by law or Council action.


Complete an application by filling out the board or commission application form. Notice: There is an additional human relations application form if you are interested in serving on the Human Relations Commission.

Confirm receipt, after your application is received, you will receive a receipt of application e-mail. If you do not receive that receipt within a day after submittal, please contact [email protected] to make sure that your application has reached the City Clerk’s Office.


When vacancies occur, the City Council will review the resource list and schedule interviews. You will be contacted directly if it is necessary for you to interview for an appointment.


Wait for a vacancy if one is not currently open. Once an application is received, the City will place your name on the resource list for the particular board. Applications are held on file for consideration for one year. Want to be notified when new vacancies are announced? Contact [email protected] to be added to the distribution list.

Join a Greenworks Volunteer Task Force!
Sep 21 all-day

Join a Volunteer Task Force!

Our volunteer task forces work hard behind the scenes diving deep into issues affecting Asheville and Buncombe County. If you’re interested in becoming more involved by partnering up with other passionate community members, this is the place for you!


Plastics Reduction Task Force – Meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm

Join the PRTF

Tree Protection Task Force – Meets on the last Monday of the month at noon. Contact [email protected] to be added to the email list.

Join City Hike for Climate Action
Sep 21 all-day

Just in the last week, we’ve seen extreme storms and flooding in the midwest, leading to power outages for 800k, heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest, and wildfires that continue to burn, forcing people to evacuate their homes in the west.

Feeling frustrated? It’s time to turn your feelings into action!

The Sierra Club is harnessing the power of community to fight for a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and we need YOU!  Join a powerful collective of millions of changemakers doing what’s right for the environment.

How can you help preserve the planet?

  • Register for City Hike, a nationally-powered, locally-experienced event raising money to protect the Earth while providing an adventurous, challenging, and engaging exposure to the great outdoors.
  • Fundraise to support Sierra Club’s local and national environmental initiatives, like ensuring a just transition to 100% clean energy. Show how much you care about our planet, and get your friends and family to join you. 
  • Hit the Trail! From September 19th – October 9th, lace up your shoes and get outside! Use AllTrails to find a great hike near you, or create a new experience. We’ll send you a virtual scavenger hunt that you’ll access through the Glide app to enhance (and educate you) along your self-guided hike route!
Join the Pisgah Legal team!
Sep 21 all-day
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LEAF Announces Fall LINE UP Global Citizen
Sep 21 all-day
Matching Gift Challenge! Asheville Community Theatre
Sep 21 all-day
online w/ Asheville Community Theatre

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor all donations given through Sunday, November 21 will be matched up to $8,500 – turning each donation into a SUPER DONATION! When you donate to ACT, you are assisting with scholarships, helping to keep ticket prices affordable, and so much more!

Help us reach this goal with a gift of any size!

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Sep 21 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests rafting on the Nantahala River Raft & Duck Rentals in North Carolina trip

A guided whitewater rafting trip is one of the best ways to experience the Nantahala Gorge. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. The fully guided rafting trip the most popular adventure at NOC, with thousands of families returning year after year.

National Preparedness Month 2021: Prepare to Protect
Sep 21 all-day

September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is Prepare to Protect.  In 2020,  North Carolina experienced 247 flood events and 609 severe thunderstorms with damaging wind and hail. Weather events, the global pandemic, and even a 5.1 earthquake, are stark reminders that disasters can happen quickly. “Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time and we want individuals, families and our entire community to be Buncombe Ready,” says Buncombe County Public Health Preparedness Director, Fletcher Tove. “The recent flash flooding events serve as a reminder that families and individuals need to have a plan in place for unexpected disasters.”

Each week in September, the national campaign will be highlighting different aspects of preparedness planning to encourage residents and communities to consider their options in the event of an emergency.

COVID-19 Vaccination 

The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not already been vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and are our best chance to defeat the virus. The COVID-19 vaccine may not keep you from getting the virus, but it is highly effective at reducing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death in vaccinated individuals. Additionally, as more people get vaccinated, the virus loses the opportunity to evolve into new variants. Getting the vaccine is vital to the safety of our community and ensures that you and your family are taking the most important step in being prepared for this real, disaster-level virus.

Click here, to find a vaccine provider near you.

Week 1 September 1-4: Make A Plan  

Active communication with your loved ones is crucial before, during, and after a disaster or emergency. Discuss a shelter plan, an evacuation route, a family communication plan and review the items in your emergency preparedness kit when composing a plan with your household. You should also establish a family meeting place that is familiar and easily accessible in case you are not together when disaster strikes.

Click here, for a guide to developing a household preparedness plan.

Week 2 September 5-11: Build A Kit  

There is a chance that you and your family may have to stay put in a designated area for several hours or days in the event of an emergency or disaster. It is important to have a kit ready with food, water and other supplies that can last your entire household at least three to seven days. You need to compile all supplies in an easy to carry container before an emergency so that it is ready at a moment’s notice. Consider unique needs of family members and pets when putting together your kit and make sure that all of the members of your household are aware of its location.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, make sure to include extra protective face masks, soap, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in your kit.

Click here, for a comprehensive list of supplies to include in your emergency kit.

Week 3 September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness  

Learn more about the risk of disasters in your area in order to limit their impacts on you and your family. Residents of Buncombe County can sign up to receive time-sensitive emergency alerts with the Buncombe Alerts emergency notification system. You can choose one or more options for receiving notifications, including landline, cellphone, text message, email, TTY, and the CodeRED mobile app.

Click here, to sign up for Buncombe Alerts.

Week 4 September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness  

Household members of all ages can and should get involved in making a preparedness plan and putting together an emergency kit. Getting kids involved in planning can ensure that they know what to do in the event of an emergency or disaster, especially if you are separated at first.

Click here, to find out more about how to involve youth in different aspects of preparedness planning.

The bottom line is that simple steps such as making a family disaster plan, creating an emergency supply kit, and signing up for your county’s emergency notification system are smart, cheap, and easy to do. Additionally, www.ReadyNC.org is a great resource for disaster preparedness in North Carolina. The site features resources and videos in multiple languages including American Sign Language. Prepare to Protect by taking these simple steps today!

New Benefits for Arts Businesses!
Sep 21 all-day

Add your arts business and upcoming events to the Asheville Area Arts Council website by becoming an Arts Business Member! Benefits include:

  • Login access to the arts council’s website to edit your directory listing and add events (new perk!)
  • Submit jobs and calls for artists to be shared on AAAC’s website
  • Ability for you and your staff to serve on the Arts Coalition
  • Discounted rates for you and your staff on tickets to the Creative Sector Summit (happening Nov. 2021)
  • Option to add something to the Creative Sector Summit swag bag
  • Local arts sector representation & advocacy
  • And so much more!
Nominate a Treasured Tree
Sep 21 all-day
September is Hunger Action Month Donate to Manna Food Bank
Sep 21 all-day
                                  YOU CAN DO TODAY
You Can Fill Plates for Those Who Need it Most
September is Hunger Action Month — a time to acknowledge the work we do all year long alongside our community in the fight against hunger, and a time to raise awareness of the obstacles that face more than 100,000 people in Western North Carolina who don’t have enough food tonight.
The dramatically widening gap between income and cost of living in our region continues to create deep hardship for working families, seniors, and single parents who reach out to MANNA and our partners for help. And thanks to you, and the supportive community joining us in this daily work to make a real, lasting difference for our neighbors. You see it in the eyes of a man who lights up at the sight of a watermelon, and in the tears of relief from a young mother receiving a box full of food.
The good you can do today is with a simple donation.
Make a Difference
Your support today has the power to change lives. Thank you for joining us in the action to address hunger in WNC. With your generous partnership, MANNA can continue to be there with food, anytime a family reaches out for help.
September is Library Card Sign Up Month!
Sep 21 all-day
Various Libraries in Buncombe County

Photo of typewriter

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Buncombe County Public Libraries join the American Library Association and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

In Buncombe County, there are two ways to get a library card.

Go to any library – this is the fastest way.

If you can’t to come to a library, we can give you a card online.  You will need to email us a photo of your ID to get a card by email. We’ll email you a library card number and PIN that you can use immediately for all digital resources and the physical card will be mailed to you at a later date.

Remember, all Buncombe County and Asheville City School IDs can be used to check out library materials, so if you have a school ID you already have a library card. The PIN for your school ID is the last four digits of the ID number.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. Please contact us if you have any questions and we look forward to seeing you at the library.

Share your feedback on ‘AVL Shares Space’ outdoor expansion initiatives SURVEY
Sep 21 all-day

Wall St parklet

The City of Asheville is seeking public feedback on temporary initiatives launched in the spring of 2020 to support safe business operations and customer access during COVID-19. These initiatives have enabled over 100 businesses and organizations in Asheville to quickly expand outdoors into adjacent public spaces and parking lots.


Take the survey here.


The AVL Shares Space initiatives include the following:

  • “Shared Streets” (pedestrian priority environment and use of on-street parking spaces along a corridor)
  • Temporary Parklets (use of on-street parking spaces)
  • Expansion on private lots (i.e. parking lots)
  • Expansion on public sidewalks
  • 10-minute curbside pick-up zones


While these temporary initiatives were launched in response to specific needs during the pandemic, the City would like to collect public feedback on the successes and impacts of each initiative to assess possibilities for longer-term programs. The survey will remain open through September 20. (Participating businesses are being surveyed separately.)


More information about each initiative, as well as goals and objectives of the program, can be found at www.ashevillenc.gov/AVLSharesSpace.

Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty at Biltmore Estate
Sep 21 all-day

Unique outdoor sculptural works by environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, known as “Stick Man,” will reside in Antler Hill Village. Renowned worldwide for his monumental creations, Dougherty weaves saplings and branches into intricate artworks, fashioning whimsical forms ranging from gigantic snares and cocoons to sculptural interpretations of notable buildings. The visual appeal of these large-scale artworks may be appreciated up close as guests are encouraged to walk through and around the creations, affording the opportunity to admire the artistry and technical skills required to make the sculptures.