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

Thursday, May 26, 2022
City Dance
May 26 @ 7:30 pm
Landmark Hal

Beginner’s workshop lesson at 7:30 P.M., then 8-11 P.M. Contra Dance with Country Waltzing at the break and the final dance. This is a partner dance but it’s not necessary to come with a partner. We have different live bands and callers.

Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
May 26 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Friday, May 27, 2022
BALLET CONSERVATORY OF ASHEVILLE PRESENTS A Mid Summer Night’s Dream
May 27 @ 7:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”,

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a frolicking ballet based on Shakespeare’s spriteful play, is set by Ballet Conservatory director Angie Lynn, ballet master Nadia Iozzo and Gavin Larsen after Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballet “The Dream.” Felix Mendelssohn’s prolific score showcases it’s celebrated overture and famed “Wedding March.” Tender, fading melodies and playful rambling riffs capture the imagination of youthful romance.

Ballet Conservatory’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs May 27-28 at the Wortham Theatre, with performances Friday at 7pm & Saturday at 3pm & 7pm.

Ballet Conservatory’s Helen Coates and Esme Hair alternate the role of Titania alongside Manuel Mata as Oberon. Sarah Adams dances the role of Helena & Sophie Feinblatt as Hermia, with partners Jonah Bell as Demetrius and Eli Simpson as Lysander. Addie Rockoff and Jillian Epstein alternate as the mischievous fairy, Puck, plus Iris Schreiner as Peasblossom.

Ballet Conservatory’s thirteenth Performance Season includes: “Winter Works: Innovations and Variations”, back in March with guest choreography by Nederlands Dans Theater’s Fay Van Baar; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, May 27-28; and “The Nutcracker”, performing at Western Carolina University and the Wortham Theatre this December 2022. The Ballet Conservatory offers excellent classical training in its comprehensive Pre-professional program and full schedule of children’s open classes in ballet, modern, jazz & tap. This year BCA students were awarded spots to attend prestigious Summer Intensives, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. BCA students have been accepted into ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school in NYC, North Carolina School of the Arts and the top U.S. universities for ballet: Indian University, Oklahoma University, Butler University, Utah University & Cincinnati University; and one just signed a professional contract with Finnish National Ballet.

Saturday, May 28, 2022
ADULT CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASS WITH STEWART/OWEN DANCE
May 28 @ 9:30 am – 10:45 am
Henry LaBrun Studio

Led by Stewart/Owen Dance Co-Directors, Vanessa Owen and Gavin Stewart, this open level adult contemporary dance class gradually awakens the body and senses through guided improvisation and a follow along warm-up, followed by foundational across-the-floor exercises and center-work combinations. All experience levels welcome!

In person: $10, pay at the door

Online: $7 suggested donation, contact [email protected] for class link and details.

About Stewart/Owen Dance: Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen, a husband and wife duo, are the co-directors of Western North Carolina based Stewart/Owen Dance. Their choreography has been presented by festivals and companies across the U.S., and their careers have most notably taken them around the globe on fifteen U.S. State Department tours to teach, perform and choreograph contemporary dance with Washington D.C. based Company E. In 2017 they made North Carolina their home base where they work towards building a sustainable community for professional dance artists to set roots. They have choreographed music videos for artists such as Moses Sumney, Sylvan Esso and Ben Phantom. Gavin and Vanessa won the Audience Choice Award at the NYC Dance Gallery Festival 2018, were commissioned as Dance Gallery 2019 Level UP Artists, are recipients of a McDowell Regional Artist Project Grant, a North Carolina Artist Support Grant and were voted “Artists Who Most Pushed the Boundaries with the Human Body” by 2020 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. Since the pandemic, they have focused on producing COVID-conscious dance experiences for live audiences, including drive-up performances and a guided walk-along dance exhibit presented in residence with Asheville’s beloved Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

STEWART/OWEN OPEN COMPANY CLASS
May 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Henry LaBrun Studio

Led by Stewart/Owen Co-Directors, Vanessa Owen and Gavin Stewart, this class begins with full body conditioning followed by a series of technical modern exercises, and culminates in either phrase creation or Stewart/Owen repertory. Dancers are encouraged to modify for their own bodies and spaces! We recommend this class to experienced dancers who are looking for a fast-paced contemporary class that pushes their physical and mental boundaries.

In person: $10, pay at the door

Online: $7 suggested donation, contact [email protected] for class link and details.

About Stewart/Owen Dance: Gavin Stewart and Vanessa Owen, a husband and wife duo, are the co-directors of Western North Carolina based Stewart/Owen Dance. Their choreography has been presented by festivals and companies across the U.S., and their careers have most notably taken them around the globe on fifteen U.S. State Department tours to teach, perform and choreograph contemporary dance with Washington D.C. based Company E. In 2017 they made North Carolina their home base where they work towards building a sustainable community for professional dance artists to set roots.They have choreographed music videos for artists such as Moses Sumney, Sylvan Esso and Ben Phantom. Gavin and Vanessa won the Audience Choice Award at the NYC Dance Gallery Festival 2018, were commissioned as Dance Gallery 2019 Level UP Artists, are recipients of a McDowell Regional Artist Project Grant, a North Carolina Artist Support Grant and were voted “Artists Who Most Pushed the Boundaries with the Human Body” by 2020 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival. Since the pandemic, they have focused on producing COVID-conscious dance experiences for live audiences, including drive-up performances and a guided walk-along dance exhibit presented in residence with Asheville’s beloved Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

BALLET CONSERVATORY OF ASHEVILLE PRESENTS A Mid Summer Night’s Dream
May 28 @ 3:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”,

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a frolicking ballet based on Shakespeare’s spriteful play, is set by Ballet Conservatory director Angie Lynn, ballet master Nadia Iozzo and Gavin Larsen after Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballet “The Dream.” Felix Mendelssohn’s prolific score showcases it’s celebrated overture and famed “Wedding March.” Tender, fading melodies and playful rambling riffs capture the imagination of youthful romance.

Ballet Conservatory’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs May 27-28 at the Wortham Theatre, with performances Friday at 7pm & Saturday at 3pm & 7pm.

Ballet Conservatory’s Helen Coates and Esme Hair alternate the role of Titania alongside Manuel Mata as Oberon. Sarah Adams dances the role of Helena & Sophie Feinblatt as Hermia, with partners Jonah Bell as Demetrius and Eli Simpson as Lysander. Addie Rockoff and Jillian Epstein alternate as the mischievous fairy, Puck, plus Iris Schreiner as Peasblossom.

Ballet Conservatory’s thirteenth Performance Season includes: “Winter Works: Innovations and Variations”, back in March with guest choreography by Nederlands Dans Theater’s Fay Van Baar; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, May 27-28; and “The Nutcracker”, performing at Western Carolina University and the Wortham Theatre this December 2022. The Ballet Conservatory offers excellent classical training in its comprehensive Pre-professional program and full schedule of children’s open classes in ballet, modern, jazz & tap. This year BCA students were awarded spots to attend prestigious Summer Intensives, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. BCA students have been accepted into ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school in NYC, North Carolina School of the Arts and the top U.S. universities for ballet: Indian University, Oklahoma University, Butler University, Utah University & Cincinnati University; and one just signed a professional contract with Finnish National Ballet.

BALLET CONSERVATORY OF ASHEVILLE PRESENTS A Mid Summer Night’s Dream
May 28 @ 7:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre

Ballet Conservatory of Asheville presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”,

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, a frolicking ballet based on Shakespeare’s spriteful play, is set by Ballet Conservatory director Angie Lynn, ballet master Nadia Iozzo and Gavin Larsen after Sir Frederick Ashton’s ballet “The Dream.” Felix Mendelssohn’s prolific score showcases it’s celebrated overture and famed “Wedding March.” Tender, fading melodies and playful rambling riffs capture the imagination of youthful romance.

Ballet Conservatory’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” runs May 27-28 at the Wortham Theatre, with performances Friday at 7pm & Saturday at 3pm & 7pm.

Ballet Conservatory’s Helen Coates and Esme Hair alternate the role of Titania alongside Manuel Mata as Oberon. Sarah Adams dances the role of Helena & Sophie Feinblatt as Hermia, with partners Jonah Bell as Demetrius and Eli Simpson as Lysander. Addie Rockoff and Jillian Epstein alternate as the mischievous fairy, Puck, plus Iris Schreiner as Peasblossom.

Ballet Conservatory’s thirteenth Performance Season includes: “Winter Works: Innovations and Variations”, back in March with guest choreography by Nederlands Dans Theater’s Fay Van Baar; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, May 27-28; and “The Nutcracker”, performing at Western Carolina University and the Wortham Theatre this December 2022. The Ballet Conservatory offers excellent classical training in its comprehensive Pre-professional program and full schedule of children’s open classes in ballet, modern, jazz & tap. This year BCA students were awarded spots to attend prestigious Summer Intensives, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Boston Ballet, School of American Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. BCA students have been accepted into ABT’s Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis school in NYC, North Carolina School of the Arts and the top U.S. universities for ballet: Indian University, Oklahoma University, Butler University, Utah University & Cincinnati University; and one just signed a professional contract with Finnish National Ballet.

Thursday, June 2, 2022
Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Jun 2 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Saturday, June 4, 2022
WNC DANCE ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE 2022
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre

WNC Dance Academy presents their annual Spring Showcase, featuring award winning WNCDA Performance Company and the artistry of talented academy students and choreographers.

WNC DANCE ACADEMY SPRING SHOWCASE 2022
Jun 4 @ 5:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre

WNC Dance Academy presents their annual Spring Showcase, featuring award winning WNCDA Performance Company and the artistry of talented academy students and choreographers.

How Sweet the Sound
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

How Sweet The Sound is back, returning for 1 Live show ONLY at The Bon Secours Wellness Arena. 

 

Come and celebrate with Grammy and Stellar awarding winning National Gospel Artist Donald Lawrence and many more as they Perform and Judge Americas best choirs, soloists and dance ensembles!

Thursday, June 9, 2022
Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Jun 9 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Thursday, June 16, 2022
Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Jun 16 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Riverdance
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Riverdance

Riverdance: The New 25th Anniversary Show is a powerful and stirring reinvention of the beloved family favourite, celebrated the world over for its Grammy Award-winning music and the thrilling energy and passion of its Irish and international dance. Composer Bill Whelan has rerecorded his mesmerising soundtrack while producer Moya Doherty and director John McColgan have completely reimagined the ground-breaking show with innovative and spectacular lighting, projection, stage and costume designs and many of the cast for this rescheduled tour are so young that they were not even born in the year that the show first opened – 1995 at the Point Theatre in Dublin!

Thursday, June 23, 2022
City Dance
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm
Landmark Hal

Beginner’s workshop lesson at 7:30 P.M., then 8-11 P.M. Contra Dance with Country Waltzing at the break and the final dance. This is a partner dance but it’s not necessary to come with a partner. We have different live bands and callers.

Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Jun 23 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Thursday, July 7, 2022
Grandfather Mountain Highland Games
Jul 7 – Jul 10 all-day
Grandfather Mountain
Bagpipers marching at Grandfather Mountain's MacRae Meadows for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Blaring bagpipes, Scottish athletics, Highland melodies, Celtic cuisine, crafts aplenty and a spectacular highland setting make this colorful celebration of Scottish culture one of the most highly acclaimed games in the country. Additional cost. For more information, visit www.gmhg.org.

 

High in the Mountains of Western North Carolina the ancient Celtic spirit beckons. Answering the call, as hundreds of tartan banners unfurl, are the sounds of bagpipes echoing through the valley, and once again, thousands of kilt-clad Scots make their way to MacRae Meadows for their annual gathering and games. Nowhere in the New World is there a place more reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands than the home of America’s grandest Highland Games—Grandfather Mountain, North Carolina.

Here you will be able to register for all events, sponsorship packages, clan tents, and buy general admission tickets.
Choose a category and then begin registering for each person in your group or family one at a time. Keeping in mind that clan tent sponsors and patrons get a package of tickets, and we want to make sure that each ticket holder in those packages has the opportunity to add on a whisky tasting or sign up for a competition.

We encourage you to watch the video tutorials at www.gmhg.org/FAQs before you begin the registration process.

* Please note that as of March 14, 2022 the Camping sites are all sold out.*

Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Jul 7 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Thursday, July 14, 2022
Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Jul 14 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Vampyre, a Gothic Tale of Love, Death and Immortality
Jul 14 @ 8:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre

Recommended for ages 12+ (adult content).

A gorgeous and highly erotic dance theater event, ‘Vampyre ’features a cast of critically acclaimed dancers from ballet companies across the US and abroad. Inspired by the gothic short story by John Polidori, this evening of dance is a feast for the eyes, transporting the audience to a world of darkness and beauty that will haunt your memory for years to come. Only presented once in 2011, Heather Maloy’s masterpiece continues to be Terpsicorps ’most requested work. In order to find the perfect cast for this uniquely challenging ballet, a national search has been performed to discover lead dancers capable of exquisite technical virtuosity and possessing the theatrical skills needed to bring the story to life.

‘Vampyre ’is not Dracula, nor is it what you might imagine ballet to be. Ready yourself for London nightclub scenes inspired by the aesthetic of goth fashion designers like Alexander MacQueen, 15 foot tall dancing trees weeping as they stretch their branches over a young man and the body of his beloved, and Grecian ruins haunted by faceless statues come to life. Presiding over it all is a vampire, simultaneously elegant, savage and cunning; a force so powerfully sensual that men, women and children alike are willingly drawn into his web.

Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance has been producing cutting edge, world class dance in Asheville since 2003. Utilizing hand picked professional ballet dancers in the summers when they are off contract from larger companies, has given the dance lovers in our community the opportunity to enjoy performances of a caliber seldom seen outside of major metropolitan cities. To learn more visit Terpsicorps.org.

Friday, July 15, 2022
Vampyre, a Gothic Tale of Love, Death and Immortality
Jul 15 @ 8:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre

Recommended for ages 12+ (adult content).

A gorgeous and highly erotic dance theater event, ‘Vampyre ’features a cast of critically acclaimed dancers from ballet companies across the US and abroad. Inspired by the gothic short story by John Polidori, this evening of dance is a feast for the eyes, transporting the audience to a world of darkness and beauty that will haunt your memory for years to come. Only presented once in 2011, Heather Maloy’s masterpiece continues to be Terpsicorps ’most requested work. In order to find the perfect cast for this uniquely challenging ballet, a national search has been performed to discover lead dancers capable of exquisite technical virtuosity and possessing the theatrical skills needed to bring the story to life.

‘Vampyre ’is not Dracula, nor is it what you might imagine ballet to be. Ready yourself for London nightclub scenes inspired by the aesthetic of goth fashion designers like Alexander MacQueen, 15 foot tall dancing trees weeping as they stretch their branches over a young man and the body of his beloved, and Grecian ruins haunted by faceless statues come to life. Presiding over it all is a vampire, simultaneously elegant, savage and cunning; a force so powerfully sensual that men, women and children alike are willingly drawn into his web.

Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance has been producing cutting edge, world class dance in Asheville since 2003. Utilizing hand picked professional ballet dancers in the summers when they are off contract from larger companies, has given the dance lovers in our community the opportunity to enjoy performances of a caliber seldom seen outside of major metropolitan cities. To learn more visit Terpsicorps.org.

Saturday, July 16, 2022
Vampyre, a Gothic Tale of Love, Death and Immortality
Jul 16 @ 8:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre

Recommended for ages 12+ (adult content).

A gorgeous and highly erotic dance theater event, ‘Vampyre ’features a cast of critically acclaimed dancers from ballet companies across the US and abroad. Inspired by the gothic short story by John Polidori, this evening of dance is a feast for the eyes, transporting the audience to a world of darkness and beauty that will haunt your memory for years to come. Only presented once in 2011, Heather Maloy’s masterpiece continues to be Terpsicorps ’most requested work. In order to find the perfect cast for this uniquely challenging ballet, a national search has been performed to discover lead dancers capable of exquisite technical virtuosity and possessing the theatrical skills needed to bring the story to life.

‘Vampyre ’is not Dracula, nor is it what you might imagine ballet to be. Ready yourself for London nightclub scenes inspired by the aesthetic of goth fashion designers like Alexander MacQueen, 15 foot tall dancing trees weeping as they stretch their branches over a young man and the body of his beloved, and Grecian ruins haunted by faceless statues come to life. Presiding over it all is a vampire, simultaneously elegant, savage and cunning; a force so powerfully sensual that men, women and children alike are willingly drawn into his web.

Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance has been producing cutting edge, world class dance in Asheville since 2003. Utilizing hand picked professional ballet dancers in the summers when they are off contract from larger companies, has given the dance lovers in our community the opportunity to enjoy performances of a caliber seldom seen outside of major metropolitan cities. To learn more visit Terpsicorps.org.

Thursday, July 21, 2022
Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Thursday, July 28, 2022
City Dance
Jul 28 @ 7:30 pm
Landmark Hal

Beginner’s workshop lesson at 7:30 P.M., then 8-11 P.M. Contra Dance with Country Waltzing at the break and the final dance. This is a partner dance but it’s not necessary to come with a partner. We have different live bands and callers.

Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Thursday, August 4, 2022
Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Thursday, August 11, 2022
Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Thursday, August 18, 2022
Contra Dance At The OFB CANCELLED
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Thursday, August 25, 2022
City Dance
Aug 25 @ 7:30 pm
Landmark Hal

Beginner’s workshop lesson at 7:30 P.M., then 8-11 P.M. Contra Dance with Country Waltzing at the break and the final dance. This is a partner dance but it’s not necessary to come with a partner. We have different live bands and callers.