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, June 30, 2018
Burgers & Beers
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
4 South Tunnel Rd.Suite 100

Enjoy Burgers & Beers all summer long at the Tunnel Road Tap Haus (inside Whole Foods). Every Saturday from noon to 2pm you can grab a $5 Grass-fed Burger and $3 drafts. The featured brewery will change weekly.

Hillman Beer Presents: Saturday Sounds – Jordan Okrend Experience
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Every Saturday through the Summer and the Fall, Hillman Beer will feature an eclectic array of live music from 7pm-9pm. Come join the party every Saturday night with some sweet beats, delicious fare from Rise Above Deli, and refreshing libations from Hillman Beer!
Lineup:
5/19 – Wintervals
5/26 – Steelin Time
6/2 – The Groove Shakers
6/9 – Record Prophets
6/16 – Fin Dog
6/23 – Cyndi Lou & the Want To
6/30 – Jordan Okrend Experience
More acts to be announced!

Friday, July 13, 2018
Brews and Bears
Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

“Brews and Bears has sold out each year we’ve had it, and people enjoy it so much. This year we added
two more dates to make sure that everyone who wants to join in can do so,” said Kelly Shanafelt,
Executive Director of the Friends of the WNC Nature. The fundraiser gives attendees the rare opportunity
to visit the Nature Center past 5PM. “Many of our animals are more active in the evening and guests
really enjoy seeing them in this different setting,” said Shanafelt.

Admission to Brews & Bears is $8 for Friends of the WNC Nature Center members, and $10 for
non-members. The event is intended primarily for adults, although youth are welcome to attend with the
purchase of a ticket. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are available online at www.wildwnc.org/event or
in person at the Center. Proceeds from both ticket and beverage sales will go to support the Friends of the
WNC Nature Center.
The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina
Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC
Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region
by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich
biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and
support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org.

 

Sunday, July 29, 2018
Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews – Adults Only
Jul 29 all-day

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience!

Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm.

In the Basket

Each of you will get your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.

And, of course, no respectable Southern barbeque would forget to warm up some apple cobbler for dessert.

Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews – Family Friendly
Jul 29 all-day

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience!

Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm.

In the Basket

Each of you will get your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.

And, of course, no respectable Southern barbeque would forget to warm up some apple cobbler for dessert.

Friday, August 3, 2018
Brew in the Zoo
Aug 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Riverbanks Zoo

Gather your herd for Brew at the Zoo — Columbia’s coolest suds sippin’ safari!

  • Stroll through the Zoo.
  • Sample from over 100 varieties of imported, domestic and micro-brews.
  • Enjoy one-of-a-kind animal encounters and presentations.
  • Listen to live entertainment.

No outside food or drink allowed; food will be available for purchase.

Proceeds support ongoing conservation and education efforts at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews – Adults Only
Aug 18 all-day

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience!

Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm.

In the Basket

Each of you will get your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.

And, of course, no respectable Southern barbeque would forget to warm up some apple cobbler for dessert.

Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews – Family Friendly
Aug 18 all-day

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience!

Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm.

In the Basket

Each of you will get your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.

And, of course, no respectable Southern barbeque would forget to warm up some apple cobbler for dessert.

Saturday, September 1, 2018
Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews – Adults Only
Sep 1 all-day

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience!

Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm.

In the Basket

Each of you will get your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.

And, of course, no respectable Southern barbeque would forget to warm up some apple cobbler for dessert.

Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews – Family Friendly
Sep 1 all-day

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience!

Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm.

In the Basket

Each of you will get your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.

And, of course, no respectable Southern barbeque would forget to warm up some apple cobbler for dessert.

Friday, September 14, 2018
Brews and Bears
Sep 14 @ 5:30 pm – 5:45 pm

“Brews and Bears has sold out each year we’ve had it, and people enjoy it so much. This year we added
two more dates to make sure that everyone who wants to join in can do so,” said Kelly Shanafelt,
Executive Director of the Friends of the WNC Nature. The fundraiser gives attendees the rare opportunity
to visit the Nature Center past 5PM. “Many of our animals are more active in the evening and guests
really enjoy seeing them in this different setting,” said Shanafelt.

Admission to Brews & Bears is $8 for Friends of the WNC Nature Center members, and $10 for
non-members. The event is intended primarily for adults, although youth are welcome to attend with the
purchase of a ticket. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are available online at www.wildwnc.org/event or
in person at the Center. Proceeds from both ticket and beverage sales will go to support the Friends of the
WNC Nature Center.
The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina
Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC
Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region
by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich
biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and
support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org.

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Our VOICE Benefit at the Retrocade
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Asheville Retrocade

The Retrocade is hosting a benefit for Our VOICE, Buncombe County’s sexual assault prevention and crisis intervention center.
Come play classic arcade games, drink a beer, and support an amazing cause! Half of your entry wristband will be donated to Our VOICE. There will also be a raffle for two super cool paintings by local artists. We look forward to seeing you there!
*21 And up after 9*

Saturday, January 19, 2019
AshevilleFairyHair.com at Craft Centric
Jan 19 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Craft Centric Brewery

Come get your F~A~I~R~Y H~A~I~R Sparkles!
?Saturday, January 19th 4:00pm-7:30pm
at
Craft Centric
100 Julian Shoals Drive, Arden, NC 28704
Sign up here to reserve your spot:
http://bit.ly/craftcentric

Sunday, January 27, 2019
Blue Ghost Brewing Welcomes AshevilleFairyHair.com
Jan 27 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Blue Ghost Brewing

Come get your Fairy Hair Sparkles!
Sunday, January 27th 12-3pm (can extend if fills)
at
Blue Ghost Brewing
125 Underwood Road, Fletcher, NC 28732
Sign up here to reserve your spot:
http://bit.ly/BlueGhostBrew

Saturday, March 16, 2019
Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews – Adults Only
Mar 16 all-day

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience!

Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm.

In the Basket

Each of you will get your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.

And, of course, no respectable Southern barbeque would forget to warm up some apple cobbler for dessert.

Fontana Trestle Train Ft. BBQ & Brews – Family Friendly
Mar 16 all-day

Back by popular demand our BBQ & Brews now featured on the Fontana Trestle Train, will roll out this Summer! Featuring slow-cooked BBQ prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing our local breweries! Family friendly seating is be available on this experience!

Departing from Bryson City, these trains will travel to the Fontana Trestle and arrive just around sunset for a spectacular view! A delicious BBQ meal will be served during the trip. Returning back to the Bryson City Depot at 9pm.

In the Basket

Each of you will get your own basket of Southern-style barbeque goodness with hand-pulled pork slider, a couple pork ribs, and chicken drumstick accompanied by baked beans and house-made coleslaw.

And, of course, no respectable Southern barbeque would forget to warm up some apple cobbler for dessert.

South Atlantic Hops Conference 2019
Mar 16 @ 8:00 am – Mar 17 @ 1:00 am
Crowne Plaza Resort and Conference Center

North Carolina State University brings you:
The fourth annual South Atlantic Hops Conference: Beer and Beyond: Growing Hops for Multiple Uses and Markets
This conference is designed to educate, enlighten, and engage growers, brewers, beer enthusiasts, and other interested parties about the South Atlantic hops industry. The event will take place all day Saturday, March 16th and the first half of Sunday, March 17th. March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day which is quite the event in Asheville, especially for beer lovers. So, plan now to stay over until Monday.

Our special partners for this conference include Catawba Brewing Company, the hops program at Virginia Tech University, and the Old Dominion Hops Cooperative.

We welcome sponsors for our event. Sponsorship gives you the opportunity to showcase your business and allow us to make this a special conference affordable for attendees.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Bhramari Brewing Company Welcomes AshevilleFairyHair.com
Apr 24 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bhramari Brewing Comapny

Come get your Finklepott’s Original Fairy Hair Sparkles! The MOST MAGICAL Fairy Hair in the World! Not tinsel.

You can wash it,
brush it,
comb it,
curl it,
flat iron, (up to 450°!)
color it,
straighten it,
perm it,
blow it dry, get your haircut, etc.
Do whatever you normally do to your hair, but most of all; ENJOY IT!

?Wednesday, April 24th 5:00pm-7:00pm
at
Bhramari Brewing Company
101 S Lexington Ave, Asheville, North Carolina 28801

Space is limited! Sign up here TODAY to reserve your spot and for more information:
http://bit.ly/bhramari42019

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Tryon International Film Festival – 5th Annual BBQ, Music & Movie Fundraiser
May 18 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Mountain Brook Vineyard

5 th Annual Tryon International Film Festival BBQ Fundraiser
Brought to you by the Polk County Film Initiative
Join us for the 5 th Annual, Tryon International Film Festival BBQ Fundraiser, at Mountain Brook Vineyards
in Tryon.
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, bell bottom jeans, tie-dyed shirts and free spirit, as we trip back to
1969 for a special screening of “Woodstock”.
Rap with all your friends and dig the music of Michael Baughman. Then munch out on the classic BBQ of
Bird Mountain and Tim Wright. Soak in the fabulous wines which are grown, bottled and produced on
Mountain Brooks’ spectacular seven-acre vineyard.
Asheville’s Power Band, “The Paper Crowns” will take the stage as the evening gets rolling. Then, as the
sun goes down, toss down a blanket let the Polk County Film initiative take you on a trip to
“Woodstock”. See how 50,000 tickets holders brought along 500,000 of their friends and turned
Woodstock into a pivoting point of the pop culture.
It will be a groovy evening to remember. Please support Year 5 of the Tryon International Film Festival.

Friday, May 31, 2019
Pisgah-ha-ha Comedy Showcase
May 31 @ 8:00 pm
LaZoom Room

It’s AVL Beer Week and we are celebrating local beer the best way possible.. by pairing it with local comedy! Come enjoy a pint or three of Pisgah’s special Blonde Ale (brewed just for this event!) and all your favorite local Asheville comedians.

Featuring Jacob H. Koll, Bethany Kathleen Vance, Jess Cooley, Moira Goree, Blaine Perry and more!
Hosted by Lily Campbell

Tickets $10
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pisgah-ha-ha-comedy-showcase-tickets-61210212393

Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm

Saturday, June 1, 2019
White Zombie 5k
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am
Catawba Brewing Company

Run or walk from Catawba’s downtown Asheville South Slope tasting room and dodge zombies along the way in several “Outbreak Zones”. Racers who wish to dress in costume are encouraged to come as zombies or other Catawba characters (i.e. Farmer Ted, Evening Joe, HOPness Monster, etc) to join in the festivities.
A beer token is included with registration for those zombies/racers who are 21 years and older! All runners will receive a custom ZOMBIE race bib.

Bear Banter + Brews
Jun 1 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
UpCountry Brewing

Bears Bees + Brews and UpCountry Brewing are celebrating National Black Bear Day, Saturday, June 1st. Join us for a fun and educational evening with two live interactive brewery talks, trivia, and much more:
> NC Wildlife Resources Commission biologist Ashley Hobbs: Coexisting with Black Bears
> Wildands Network scientist Liz Hillard: The Importance of Habitat Connectivity for Wildlife
> Frugal Backpacker: Leave No Trace workshop
> Center for Honeybee Research shares world honey for you tasting pleasure.
> Grift Town Goods live printing Bears Bees + Brews t-shirts to raise funds for our continued wildlife conservation efforts.
> UpCountry brews will be flowing all night long!

Brewery Bear Talks start at 6pm and live music at 8pm.
Come one, come all! Let’s party… FOR BEARS!

Saturday, June 15, 2019
Just Brew It
Jun 15 all-day
Wedge at Foundation

Homebrew Festival and tasting. Proceeds of this event benefit Just Economics, an Asheville-based non-profit organization whose mission is to build a more just and sustainable local economy that works for all in WNC.
– Sample over 100 unique home brewed beers
– Vote for your favorite for People’s Choice Award!
– Learn about Just Economics’ work and how to engage

Slide Guitarist John Emil live at Sweeten Creek Brewery
Jun 15 all-day
Sweeten Creek Brewery

Come out and see blues and roots slide guitarist John Emil playing live at Sweeten Creek Brewery. Free show. www.johnemil.com

John Emil, an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, and a master of slide guitar, has delivered show stopping performances at major music festivals like the Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, the Leek Blues & Americana Festival UK, the Florida Folk Festival, the Decatur Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the Bangor On Dee Blues Festival UK and Garden & Gun Festival support act for The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Friday, June 21, 2019
Into The Fog at Sweeten Creek Brewing
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sweeten Creek Brewing

Join Into The Fog on Friday, June 21st at Sweeten Creek Brewing in Asheville, NC!

Into The Fog is a string band out of Wilmington, NC that encompasses a wide array of genres from bluegrass to country to folk to rock n’ roll. The band is made up of Brian Stephenson on Vocals and Guitar, Winston Mitchell on Vocals and Dobro/Mandolin, and Derek Lane on Vocals and Bass. After forming around an opportunity to play in the 2018 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, Into the Fog is quickly making a name for themselves throughout North Carolina and catching audience’s attention with their high energy blend of traditional bluegrass and modern folk. In February 2019 Into the Fog released debut album Wishin’ It Would Rain.

Into The Fog:
Home
https://www.facebook.com/Intothefogmusic


Soul Train Dance Party
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Start digging through your parents’ closet and working on your dance moves because Sierra Nevada Mills River is throwing a Soul Train Dance Party on Friday, June 21st. The Digs and Marley Carroll will be supplying old school funk tunes from 6:00-9:30pm in the High Gravity Room. There will be a dance and costume contest with prizes, and of course…….A DISCO BALL!!

Friday, July 12, 2019
Eyes Up Here Comedy (early show)
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fleetwood's

Eyes Up Here Comedy is back!!! The amazing Erin Terry is back in Asheville with another group of incredible femme comics from all over the South East!
Featuring Allie Steinhoff, Morgan Bost, Chloë Marie Stillwell and more!

Sponsored by Hi-Wire Brewing & BRÖÖ Craft Beer Hair

Don’t forget to bring items to donate to the Homeless Period Project for chances to win great prizes from BRÖÖ and Hi-Wire Brewing!

All VIP tickets will receive a gift bag from BRÖÖ and VIP seating at the shows, but limited number of VIP seats available!

Tickets:
Early Show: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eyes-up-here-comedy-early-show-tickets-64587077688
Early VIP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eyes-up-here-comedy-early-show-vip-ticket-tickets-64587138871

Late Show: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eyes-up-here-comedy-late-show-tickets-64587169964
Late VIP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/eyes-up-here-comedy-late-show-vip-ticket-tickets-64587264246

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Craft Centric Welcomes AshevilleFairyHair.com
Sep 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Craft Centric

Come have fun with Finklepott’s Original Fairy Hair and craft libations!
You can wash it,
brush it,
comb it,
curl it,
flat iron, (up to 450°!)
color it,
straighten it,
perm it,
blow it dry, get your haircut, etc.
Do whatever you normally do to your hair -but most of all; ENJOY IT!

Sign up here to reserve your spot and for more information:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B044BA5AB2FA1FA7-craft6

Saturday, September 21, 2019
New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat
Sep 21 all-day
New Belgium Brewing

New Belgium Brewing’s annual Tour de Fat is back for 2019, offering a day packed full of free festivities celebrating beer, bikes, and bemusement. This year’s tour kicks off on August 31 in Fort Collins, CO, heads to Asheville, NC, on Sept. 21, and wraps up in Tempe, AZ on October 5.

Each festival gets underway with a wildly popular costumed group bicycle ride roaming public streets in human-powered, two-wheeled euphoria. Immediately following each bike parade, revelers amass at a transformed outdoor space for an afternoon of unforgettable FREE entertainment from a touring ensemble of comedians, cirque performers, general mayhemists, top-notch live musicians and world-class New Belgium beer.

“Our love for bikes runs deep at New Belgium – we like to say our brewery was born on a bicycle seat – so every year we spread that love around the country by coming into towns and hosting the best way to spend a Saturday,” said Tour de Fat Brand Manager, John Yeast. “Big thanks in advance to everyone who will celebrate with us as we attempt to eclipse the $6 million mark of funds raised and donated to nonprofit organizations.”

This year marks the 20th season for Tour de Fat, which has raised nearly $6 million for local non-profits since it all began. The daylong festivities are free, but proceeds from beer and merchandise sales, along with parade donations, go to local non-profits. New in 2019 is a pedal-powered parade participant contest parade contest where winners will be selected based on the creativity, flair and uniqueness of their pedal-powered parade “vehicle” and rewarded with a prize pack that includes up to $500 worth of fixings to throw one heck of a party.

“A typical Tour de Fat parade draws thousands of costumed revelers together who share our mission to amaze and entertain,” Yeast explained. “To further stoke those creative fires, this year we’re offering a super sweet prize package to those people, businesses, civic groups, and the like who wow the crowd by rolling around in unmatched one-of-a-kind style.”

In typical New Belgium style, the brewery tries to leave as little of an environmental imprint as possible. Tour de Fat hosts green vendors, has compost and recycle stations and consciously works diligently to practice sustainable festivization.

“Bicycles basically run on fat and save you money, so they fit perfectly with our commitment to sustainability. Riding improves physical wellness and mental health, reduces CO2 emissions and provides a responsible form of transportation after a beer. Or two,” Yeast said.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
Sierra Nevada’s Oktoberfest
Oct 12 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sierra Nevada's Six Row Field

Celebrating our 5th year in Mills River, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest welcomes thousands of lederhosen-clad and dirndl-sporting beer lovers to hoist a stein and Prost like a Pro! Join us for a festive night of craft beer, bountiful food, costumes, dancing, raucous music, and more. Dress your best and brush up on your Chicken Dance skills.

A German-inspired celebration featuring our beer (including our new Oktoberfest Collaboration), ample fest food (think brats, kraut, pretzels and way more), live music, glass blowing demonstrations, a Chicken Dance contest, a Flash Your ‘Stache competition, and more!