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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.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
NCAA Women’s Regional Finals Basketball Tickets on Sale Now
Oct 15 all-day
on line sales for Bon Secours

Venue Presale Harlem Globetrotters “Pushing the Limits”
Oct 15 all-day
online presale event

Get exclusive access to the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters
new show “Pushing the Limits” before they go on sale to the public!
The star-stuffed line up is ready to show off their high flying dunks, and
ball handling skills at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on
January 4 for two incredible shows!

Venue Presale
Valid Wednesday, October 9 from 10AM
through Tuesday, October 15 at 10PM
(Available online only)

Click HERE to view how to add the code on Ticketmaster.

Presale Starts October 9 at 10 AM
Wands for Wildlife collection has begun!
Oct 15 all-day
October is here!! Wands are being accepted throughout the month. Please go to the website for the form to send in with them and more information. SHARE THIS FORWARD! ????

Since March of 2017 the Wands for Wildlife program has grown and spread all over the world! Engaging people of all ages and from all walks of life to take action, help the planet and save wild lives.
One Wander (wand donor) from Poland shared, “I am so happy that good people still exist in the world.”
From a Preschool teacher in Illinois, “I was unsure if my preschoolers would understand conservation and pollution, but starting with taking care of animals was the perfect way to start the unit since it was a more concrete idea and something they had prior knowledge about.”
Link to post that went up announcing the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge ‘Wands for Wildlife’ drive for October has begun….
Turntable Tuesday at The One Stop
Oct 15 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 16 @ 2:00 am
The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall

One Stop

Join us downstairs during Funk Jam for an all-star local cast of rotating DJ’s spinnin’ vinyl and scratchin’ like there’s no tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo Volunteers Needed
Oct 16 all-day

Call for Volunteers!! We are grateful that the Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo supports conservation of land and water resources — and we need YOUR help to make it happen. Binge volunteers enjoy fun and camaraderie while helping in a variety of ways, from course marshals to Binge party hosting.

Drink Coffee, Support Special Olympics
Oct 16 all-day
various locations in buncombe county

Buncombe County Special Olympics’ annual Coffee for Champions fundraiser returns for a third year on October 1. During the month of October, local coffee shops donate up to five cents for each cup of coffee purchased at their establishments to support Special Olympics training and competitions for area youth and adults.

“We are a completely volunteer-driven, donation-funded program focused on inclusionary sporting opportunities for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities,” said Karla Furnari of Buncombe County Recreation Services, who is also a Buncombe County Special Olympics coach and Local Coordinator. “Coffee for Champions helps build connections between our athletes and the community. It also allows us to move away from labor intensive fundraising campaigns that often pull volunteers from other critical program needs such as coaching and transporting athletes.”

A map on the organization’s website lists participating coffee shops:

  • Donating Five Cents Per Cup
    • Ivory Road Café & Kitchen (1854 Brevard Road in Arden)
    • Mosaic Café & Coffee House (1 Town Square Boulevard in Biltmore Park)
    • Trout Lily Market (1297 Charlotte Highway in Fairview)
  • Donating One Cent Per Cup
    • Dynamite Roasting Company (3198 US Highway 70 in Black Mountain)
    • PennyCup Coffee Company West (362 Depot Street in Asheville’s River Arts District)
    • PennyCup Coffee Company East (6 Beverly Road in Asheville’s Haw Creek)
    • PennyCup Coffee Company North (857 Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville)
    • Round Earth Roasters (518 Hendersonville Road in Asheville)

Buncombe County Special Olympics is made possible through funding from donors and support from Buncombe County Government. To donate or volunteer, visit

Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy in 1968 to celebrate changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Buncombe County Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for youth and adults. Sports include alpine skiing and snowboarding, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, and tennis. The organization also offers the Adaptive Athlete Program in a partnership with South Slope CrossFit and Buncombe County Recreation Services.

Standing Strong Seeks Sponsors
Oct 16 all-day
Diana Wortham Theatre

JOIN US for standing strong!

Please join us on the evening of Thursday October 24, 2019 at the Diana Wortham Theatre. This event supports the quality health care and education programs that Planned Parenthood provides in the Asheville community.                                                                                                    STANDING STRONG details

Sponsor Lunch with Irin: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sponsor Reception with Irin: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Main Program: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Private Champagne and Dessert Reception  8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Sponsor Reception ($1,000+) begins at 5:30 p.m. at Diana Wortham Theatre. Guests will meet Irin Carmon and enjoy complimentary wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres before the program.

Doors open for all at 6:30 p.m. with curtain time at 7:00 p.m. in the Diana Wortham Theatre. Irin will deliver the keynote address.

To close out an evening supporting our critical work, sponsors ($500 – $150) are invited to the Private Champagne and Dessert Reception immediately following the program.

Trails Forever Work Days | Every Wednesday, June – November
Oct 16 all-day
Trails Forever Work Crew

Trails Forever works crew - Chimney Tops Trail. Photo by Jack Williams

Trails Forever Work Days | Every Wednesday, June – November
The Trails Forever crew’s working season is beginning again and they are always happy to have a helping hand. Volunteer with the crew on Trillium Gap Trail every Wednesday from June through November. No experience or tools are necessary, but pre-registration is required.

Wands for Wildlife collection has begun!
Oct 16 all-day
October is here!! Wands are being accepted throughout the month. Please go to the website for the form to send in with them and more information. SHARE THIS FORWARD! ????

Since March of 2017 the Wands for Wildlife program has grown and spread all over the world! Engaging people of all ages and from all walks of life to take action, help the planet and save wild lives.
One Wander (wand donor) from Poland shared, “I am so happy that good people still exist in the world.”
From a Preschool teacher in Illinois, “I was unsure if my preschoolers would understand conservation and pollution, but starting with taking care of animals was the perfect way to start the unit since it was a more concrete idea and something they had prior knowledge about.”
Link to post that went up announcing the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge ‘Wands for Wildlife’ drive for October has begun….
Bedouine at The Mothlight
Oct 16 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 am
The Mothlight

Bedouine at The Mothlight
w/ TBA
Tuesday October 15th
Doors 8pm
Tickets: $15adv,

“Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.”

― Italo Calvino

“I am a pilgrim and a stranger traveling through this wearisome land. I’ve got a home in that yonder city, good Lord and it’s not, not made by hand.”


Bedouine, a gallicized riff on bedouin, the nomad, the wanderer. Anyone can assume such a name, but Azniv Korkejian has an experience of what it means, the type of ground it covers. “Moving around so much caused me at some point to feel displaced, to not really belong anywhere and I thought that was a good title.” Her development was shaped by political landscapes and family opportunities, her adult life patterned by paths of her own. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, Korkejian spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. They settled in Boston, then Houston, but she split for L.A. as soon as she could. A casual offer to stay on a horse farm took her to the rolling hills of Lexington, Kentucky, followed by a year in Austin, and a trip east to Savannah for a degree in sound design. Returning to L.A., she discovered a close-knit community of musicians in Echo Park that started to feel like home. Maybe America is just a highway that leads back to L.A.

Korkejian works with sound professionally, in dialogue editing and music editing, a slice of Hollywood’s sprawling industry. She never set out to be a singer in L.A., taking a zen approach to that part of her life, thinking that if it happens, it happens. “I just kept meeting the right people, who were professional musicians, and even though they were going on these big legitimate tours, they were still coming back to this amazing small scene, still demoing at home, and I immediately felt welcomed to join in on that. L.A. actually made me less jaded.” One day she walked into the studio of bass player / producer Gus Seyffert (Beck, Norah Jones, The Black Keys) to inquire about portable reel-to-reel tape machines and ended up cutting “Solitary Daughter in a first take. So they began another kind of journey.

Bedouine has a sound. Sixties folk meets seventies country-funk with a glimmer of bossa nova cool. Lithe guitar picking and precise lyrical excursions. That mesmerizing voice and phrasing. Working on around thirty tracks over three years, with contributions from a remarkable cast of players like guitarist Smokey Hormel (Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash), Seyffert and Korkejian brought a selection of ten songs to Richmond, Virginia. She specifically sought out Spacebomb, approaching Matthew E. White after a show in L.A. He remembers listening to the song she sent over and over, on and off the road, “‘One of These Days’ became our alarm when we woke up for almost all of that tour.” Anticipating this future collaboration, the tracks were created with breathing room for the Spacebomb touch and Trey Pollard’s sinuous symphonic arrangements. Back in California, Thom Monahan (Pernice Brothers, Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) brought all the elements together in a masterful final mix.

Eschewing notions of nomadic chic, Bedouine represents minimalism motivated by travel, paring down and paring down until only the essential remains. Her music establishes a sustained and complete mood, reflecting on the unending reverberations of displacement, unafraid to take pleasure along the way. At the end of “Summer Cold” Korkejian composed an interstitial piece to recreate the sounds of her grandmother’s street in Aleppo. Partly due to America’s role in destabilizing Syria, this sonic memory is the only way to return to her birthplace. Worlds that have been lost might only be accessed through a song, in a line or a melody or a trace of tape, but they must be looked for in order to be found, so she wanders on.

WNC Farmer’s Market
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am

WNC Farmer’s Market

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570 Brevard Road, in Asheville, North Carolina

8-6pm Daily

Fall Foliage Photography Contest
Oct 16 @ 12:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Capture photos of your friends and family members enjoying the vivid hues of fall and enter them into our photo contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

No additional costs to enter.

The first-place winner will receive an overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to the Park, brunch for two at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

The contest’s second-place winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at the Old Rock Cafe and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

Chimney Rock’s Facebook followers will select the People’s Choice Award winner. Followers will have a week to like and share their favorite photo from an album of Winter Photo Contest entries posted on the Park’s Facebook page at The People’s Choice Award Winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at Old Rock Cafe and their photo will be featured on the Park’s Facebook page.

Shutterbugs interested in capturing Mother Nature’s wintry beauty can do so by entering Friday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Park’s winter hours.

All entries must be submitted to [email protected] or to the Parks’ Facebook page through Facebook messenger.

Valle Crucis Nature Walk
Oct 16 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Valle Crucis Community Park

Join the High Country Audubon Society for a bird walk at Valle Crucis Community Park every Wednesday. Enjoy an opportunity to see our beautiful birds in the area in a walk led by one of your community members. These walks will start on April 3rd and end on October 30th, 2019. Please note that the 4th Wednesday walk of every month will not be guided by any specific person; this walk will be a group-led walk.

Eliada Corn Maze
Oct 16 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Eliada Homes

A Monster Maze and a Monstrously Good Time
 All money raised from the 6-week event benefits Eliada’s vast continuum of care for children and youth 0-25 years old.
This year, Eliada will maintain some beloved attractions including the tractor ride, which now drives all the way around, and partially through, the Corn Maze, the jumping pillow, the corn kernel sand box, the spider web climber, the tube slides, and the corn cannons.
New This Year:
This year, Eliada’s featuring fun monsters in the maze design. To accompany this theme, a new game has been added to the event. This monster mystery will take you through the maze, where you follow clues, and find monsters hidden throughout the cornfield. You can be a monster mystery detective!
Like last year, Eliada is pleased to announce that the corn planted in the field is Non-GMO, and that Eliada used all natural fertilizers to help the corn grow. Eliada is committed to sustaining our land and the health of our campus through sustainable farming methods. Since we made this shift in practice last year, our neighboring farmers have already let us know that their bee populations have returned. We are proud to be impacting the great community through our farming practices.
Beer and Cider:
This year, Eliada is pleased to offer beer and cider to guests during select weekend hours.
  • Friday: 5-8pm
  • Saturday: 11am-8pm
  • Sunday: 11am-6pm
  • Special Events: We offer field trip, birthday party, and corporate night experiences. Contact Chris Rainwater at [email protected] to schedule your event.
  • Volunteer:Volunteers may work 3 hours shifts at one of our many attractions. Volunteers receive 2 FREE tickets to the Corn Maze for every shift served. More information at
Storytime & Art Enka-Candler Library
Oct 16 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Enka-Candler Library

Come join in the fun with stories and songs, then make a hands-on art project just for the little ones! The Education Department staff is visiting public libraries for preschool storytime at locations near your neighborhood.

Storytime & Art takes place at Enka-Candler Library on third Wednesdays at 10:30am.

Our program for preschool-aged students accompanied by an adult is at a library near you! During the school year, come join in the fun with stories and songs, then make a hands-on art project just for the little ones.

Toddler Time
Oct 16 @ 11:00 am HomepageBuncombe County, North Carolina Library

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

Toddler Time Story Time (18 months – 3 years)


Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm

Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings

Summit Wine Club

Wine Tastings Sunday – Thursday 12-6pm

Winery Tours 2 pm Daily

2695 Sugarloaf Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792

Exploring Indoor Air Quality Through Whole Living: GBA 2019 Workshop Series
Oct 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lenoir-Rhyne University

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the concept of Whole Living.

We will recognize the dangers that selections and furnishing can present to your home as well as explore and identify the pollutants that contribute to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) during the construction process.

This class will identify construction practices that reduce particulates and increase IAQ, and present real solutions to furnishing a new home.

This workshop is hosted by the nonprofit Green Built Alliance and sponsored by Atelier Maison.

This event is part of Green Built Alliance’s ongoing monthly workshop series through the second half of 2019 that aims at educating and engaging building professionals in regenerative design.

Instructor Bios:

The owner of Living Stone Design + Build in Asheville NC, Sean Sullivan, started out as a remodeler and subcontractor with numerous small projects. He slowly transformed Living Stone into the award-winning company it is today. Sean joined the Green Built Alliance in 2006 and has been building only certified homes ever since. In 2008, he was elected the President of the Asheville Home Builders Association while earning his Accredited Master Builder Designation. After his tenure with the Asheville HBA, he began serving at the state level, most recently as the North Carolina HBA President in 2015. Sean was named Certified Green Professional of the Year at the National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders’ Show in 2017. In 2018, Sean served on NAHB’s Executive Committee and was the Chair of the Design Committee.

Being a believer in the power of home, Laura K. Sullivan, CAPS, CGP, Allied ASID (Owner & Principal Designer), was born into a family of creativity and real estate, where she was immersed in all aspects of real property design and construction from an early age. Through these exposures, she excelled through her Bachelor of Science in interior design, real estate brokerage and general contractor licensures before her 2012 debut in the interior-design market in Asheville. Laura channeled her passion for interior design and God-given creativity into the conception of ID.ology Interiors & Design, Asheville’s leading interior-design firm and furniture showroom, where she has cultivated a highly talented, all-female team composed of national award-winning, Certified Aging In Place, Wellness Within Your Walls Certified and Certified Green professionals. ID.ology collaboratively works hand-in-hand with architects, builders and homeowners to curate personalized, livable, comfortable, and low-toxicity spaces that speak to the essence of each client’s personality and lifestyle through consciously selecting healthy, non-toxic materials and finishes through to the furnishings that are placed in their homes.

Children’s Art with Alisa
Oct 16 @ 3:30 pm

John Mac Kah Studio Presents: Children’s Art with Alisa

Register anytime.

Classes, Workshops, and Private Fine Art Instruction.

– Tuesday & Wednesday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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


Asheville Outlets Hosts Job Fair
Oct 16 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Asheville Outlets

Shopping for a new career? Join us at Asheville Outlets, ( to meet with retailers, restaurants and MORE! The Job Fair at Asheville Outlets will be held Wednesday, October 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Participating retailers will have tables in front of their stores with applications and representatives to conduct interviews and/or answer questions.

Please bring multiple copies of your most current resume to provide to retailers. Full time, part time and holiday positions available. Jobs vary per retailer. For a list of retailers currently hiring, visit

Game Night at Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery
Oct 16 @ 4:00 pm
Hometown Hump Day
Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 17 @ 12:00 am
Oskar Blues Brewery North Carolina

Head out to Oskar Blues every Wednesday to hang out with the families + locals of Brevard. We’ll feature artists, businesses, nonprofits, and other rad people that make this community so great. Each week will feature different events, live music, or activities, so check back here for what’s happening. Kids eat free with the purchase of a regular meal from the Oskar Blues CHUBwagon.

Reduced Price Growler Fill Wednesdays
Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 17 @ 2:00 am
plēb urban winery

Select a wine on draft and fill a plēb urban winery 500mL or 1L growler for a reduced price (see menu for availability and pricing). Growler purchase is separate. Carry out only.

Jack of the Wood :Old Time Mountain Music Jam
Oct 16 @ 5:00 pm

Jack of the Wood : Old Time Mountain Music Jam

Every Wednesday!

Starts at 5 pm

Jack of the Wood

95 Patton ave

Asheville, NC 28801

(828) 252.5445

Beer Run with Wild Bill
Oct 16 @ 5:15 pm

Join Wild Bill every Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. for a group run to and from the brewery. Run your buns off, reward yourself with a beer after.

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Asheville Green Drinks
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm

Asheille Green Drinks



Asheville Green Drinks has rebooted to have an original event on 3rd Wednesday of the month.

Currently our location is at The Spot76 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801 (formerly Build it Naturally) –

Visit their website to learn more about this vegan community center located in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Highland Brewing Company : Woody Wood Wednesdays
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Highland Brewing Company :

Woody Wood Wednesdays

Location: Highland Brewing Tasting Room
When: Wednesdays 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Tasting Room Hours: Open 4:00-8:00PM; Music 5:30-7:30PM (FREE)
Music Style: Rock/Soul/Funky Mountain Rock
Food Truck: Avery’s Hot Dogs

Woody Wood plays an acoustic show live in the tasting room at Highland Brewing Company in Asheville, NC.

Aaron Wood is quite the renaissance music man. He grew up steeped in the traditions of blues and folk music of North Carolina. His father has shared the stage with the likes of Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley and performed at The Grand Ole Opry, taking Aaron with him every chance he got. It didn’t take long before the music took hold, and he studied any kind of music he could get his fingers on.

One look at the long list of artists he has shared the stage with exemplifies his diversity and respect from his musical peers. From Jimmy Martin to Leon Russel, R.L. Burnside to Warren Haynes, Sara Evans to Carlos Santana, Aaron has played with and learned from some of those who have helped shaped music into what it is today.

Highland Brewing Company

12 Old Charlotte Hwy

Asheville, NC 28803

(828) 299-3370

My Daddy Taught Me That: Men’s Discussion Group
Oct 16 @ 5:30 pm

A youth development program designed to support young males, ages 12-19, in Western North Carolina through advocacy, education, and mentoring.


My Daddy Taught Me That meets twice a week – on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 5:30 – 7:30pm.  We also have occasional outings and weekend events.  To volunteer or for more information on how you can be involved, email [email protected]

Adoptable Pet Night
Oct 16 @ 6:00 pm

Sanctuary Brewing Company is a nano brewery and tap room committed to enriching the lives of humans through our excellent craft beer, and benefiting animals through local advocacy.

Adoptable Pet Night every Wednesday at Sanctuary Brewing.

147 First Ave East

Hendersonville, NC 28792
828 595 9956

FBVMA Mountain Music Jam
Oct 16 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 17 @ 12:00 am
Sanctuary Brewing Company

The French Broad Valley Music Association: FBVMA jam session is focused on regional fiddle tunes and songs. Carol Rifkin and John Mitchell cohost weekly, bring an instrument to play or just enjoy the music, its free, kid friendly, donations encouraged. Key Players are intermediate to advanced but beginners are most welcome and encouraged to attend to listen, learn/quietly play along. More experienced players sit in the inner circle and take turns choosing fiddle tunes or songs. Guests, families and kids are invited to listen and often sing along. This style of community play has been used to entertain and pass down music to kids for generations.

The French Broad Valley Music Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization formed to celebrate local musical heritage. “Our community. Our music. Our sense of place.”