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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 8, 2019
Drink Coffee, Support Special Olympics
Oct 8 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 buncombecountyspecialolympics.org.

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.

Open House at Sola Salon Studios South Asheville
Oct 8 all-day
Sola Salon Studios South Asheville

Sola Salon Studios, the locally owned and operated home to multiple independent beauty salons, hosts a public open house on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at its South Asheville location at 1636 Hendersonville Road. Visitors are invited to drop in between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to meet the salon owners, visit their unique studios, learn about the services that each business offers, collect beauty product giveaways, and enter free raffles for a variety of the luxury hair, skin, permanent makeup, and lash services offered by Sola’s salon owners. Light refreshments served.

Wands for Wildlife collection has begun!
Oct 8 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! ????
www.wandsforwildlife.org

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 8 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 9 @ 2:00 am
The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall

10pm
21+
Donation$
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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2261496624135396/?event_time_id=2261496760802049

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo Volunteers Needed
Oct 9 all-day
various

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.

Standing Strong Seeks Sponsors
Oct 9 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 9 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 9 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! ????
www.wandsforwildlife.org

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….
WNC Farmer’s Market
Oct 9 @ 8:00 am

WNC Farmer’s Market

Image result for farmers market vegetables

570 Brevard Road, in Asheville, North Carolina

8-6pm Daily

Women’s Work Day in Tennessee
Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (SAWS)

Come out for a day’s work in the woods to improve the Appalachian Trail from Wilbur Dam Road to Vandeventer Shelter. This section of the A.T. runs right through the heart of Big Laurel Branch Wilderness.

We’ll be dedicating our efforts to cutting annual growth.

This work day is the chance for new volunteers as well as those with experience to be part of something bigger – stewarding federally designated wilderness areas and keeping the A.T. open. This doesn’t happen without volunteer hands! Work on Wednesday, October 9 will be performing the essential maintenance for the Trail, including drain clearing, brush cutting, busting up fire rings, tread improvements, and, of course, a rewarding experience making new friends.

This event is hosted by Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. All training and tools will be provided. Wear long pants, sturdy boots. Bring work gloves, lunch, personal snacks, a rain jacket, sun protection, and plenty of water.

For volunteers participating from Asheville, North Carolina, a carpool will leave at 8 a.m. and return by 5:00 p.m.

Everyone else should meet at the Food City in Elizabethton, TN at 9:00am. 920 Broad St., Elizabethton, TN 37643

Advance registration is necessary. Please register before October 3, so we can be sure to have adequate tools and equipment.

https://wildernessstewards.org/event/womens-work-day-2/

https://www.facebook.com/events/658353977981622/

Fall Foliage Photography Contest
Oct 9 @ 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 facebook.com/chimneyrockparknc. 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/453143675217439/?event_time_id=453143728550767

Valle Crucis Nature Walk
Oct 9 @ 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/650396048754175/?event_time_id=650396138754166

107th Cherokee Indian Fair
Oct 9 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 pm
Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds

It’s over a century old. It’s a cornucopia of sights and sounds—a treat for all your senses. It’s a carnival and an agriculture show. It’s an art show and a game show. There’s food, music, and rides. It’s pure, unfiltered fair entertainment with that unmistakable Cherokee touch.

General admission is $10 per person at the ticket booth (gate), Tuesday through Saturday. Children ages 6 to 10 are $5 per person. Youth under 6 years old will be admitted for free. Enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and other federally recognized tribes will receive free admission with their enrollment card.

Tuesday: Parade Day (gates open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 11 p.m.)

Wednesday: Children’s Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and from noon until closing, youth 17 years old and younger are admitted for free and will get a wristband to enjoy complimentary rides)

Thursday: Elder’s Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and all Elder’s ages 59 and a half are admitted for free)

Friday: Veterans’ Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and all Veterans’ are admitted for free)

Saturday: Community Day (gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. and will feature a variety of traditional competitions for the communities to compete against one another for a chance to win cash prizes)

Eliada Corn Maze
Oct 9 @ 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 EliadaCornMaze.com.
Toddler Time
Oct 9 @ 11:00 am

BuncombeCounty.org 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 9 @ 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

The Fall Color Ramble
Oct 9 @ 5:00 pm – 5:20 pm
Grandfather Mountain

From Oct. 1-11, guests can enjoy 20-minute guided walks that highlight Grandfather Mountain’s fall colors. On Oct. 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., guests can meet the park’s naturalists at the Nature Museum to obtain a map and information on where to find the most beautiful fall color. Plus, special programming throughout the day will allow families to explore the natural phenomenon.

This event is included with regular admission.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2326407340907982/?event_time_id=2326407367574646

The Flat Rock Playhouse Smoke on the Mountain
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm
Leiman Mainstage

Take a break from the frenzy of everyday life and enjoy Smoke on the Mountain, a wholesome celebration of faith, community, and Appalachian Music. Set in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina around 1938, Smoke on the Mountain brings to life a small-town musical revival featuring the traveling Sanders Family as they play the best of bluegrass, gospel, and hymns. Audiences will recognize beloved songs such as “Rock of Ages”, “The Church in the Wildwood”, “A Wonderful Time Up There,” and more as they are performed by talented actor-musicians. Running October 4th – 19th, Smoke on the Mountain, showcases the power of music to bring us all together and will have audiences singing along.

 

Director, Amy Jones, describes the experience as, “an entertaining and inspirational evening full of rousing gospel music played by the cast while also getting to know the unique dynamics of the Sanders family through their witnessing. The music is beautiful and heartfelt, and the characters are fleshed out in a very real and relatable way.”

Children’s Art with Alisa
Oct 9 @ 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, www.JohnMacKah.com

 

Adult Coloring
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Balsam Falls Brewing Co

Have a pint and express yourself to creating works of art in the beer-themed coloring books! Adult Coloring will be held every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Bring in your own coloring gear or pick through our many gel pens and themed coloring books.
Art

https://www.facebook.com/events/320830388762640/?event_time_id=320830455429300

Game Night at Hickory Nut Gorge Brewery
Oct 9 @ 4:00 pm
Hometown Hump Day
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 10 @ 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/560723244441751/?event_time_id=560723347775074

Reduced Price Growler Fill Wednesdays
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 10 @ 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/859748727719594/?event_time_id=859748861052914

Jack of the Wood :Old Time Mountain Music Jam
Oct 9 @ 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

http://www.jackofthewood.com/

Beer Run with Wild Bill
Oct 9 @ 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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Highland Brewing Company : Woody Wood Wednesdays
Oct 9 @ 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

http://www.highlandbrewing.com/

My Daddy Taught Me That: Men’s Discussion Group
Oct 9 @ 5:30 pm

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

MDTMT

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]

A Wine Deconstructed
Oct 9 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
plēb urban winery

A Wine Deconstructed is an Education Series hosted by plēb urban winery on the second Wednesday of the month. Depending on the topic, one or two wines will be deconstructed to identify the various components and discuss their meaning in the wine.

https://www.facebook.com/events/318802065417640/?event_time_id=318802095417637

Adoptable Pet Night
Oct 9 @ 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

Adult Coloring
Oct 9 @ 10:00 pm – Oct 10 @ 1:00 am
Balsam Falls Brewing Co

Have a pint and express yourself to creating works of art in the beer-themed coloring books! Adult Coloring will be held every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Bring in your own coloring gear or pick through our many gel pens and themed coloring books.
Art

https://www.facebook.com/events/320830388762640/?event_time_id=320830448762634