Event Cancellations Due to Coronavirus

Several upcoming events have been canceled or postponed due to concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). Events listed on this page may be outdated, so please visit the event website or contact the event organizer for the latest information.
Event organizers can contact us to update their event’s information.

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, April 15, 2021
 April is Earth Month: virtual 5k/10k with the Bend Marathon! 
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ Sierra Club

We have 15 entries for free registration for the first 15 people to raise $150. Your virtual race can be completed between April 12 – May 25, plus you can earn other fun prizes:

We’ve set a goal to raise $150k for Earth Month to advance climate solutions, ensure clean air and water for all, and make the outdoors an accessible and safe place for everyone. 2021 is a crucial year for us to come together for the future health of our planet and generations to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about other ways to get involved in Earth Month, we’ll be releasing our schedule of activities later this week, or you can make a $39 donation to get the Marine Layer Earth Day T-shirt.

Be the Change Challenge, a virtual 5k/10k fundraiser
Apr 15 all-day
Online

The Junior League of Asheville is excited to announce Be the Change Challenge, a virtual 5k/10k fundraiser to be held between April 9th and 18th, 2021.  Members of the community are invited to skip, hop, walk, run, or race the event, which will also act as fundraiser for the JLA.  Funds raised for this event will directly support the programs of the Junior League of Asheville.  Please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/NC/Anytown/JuniorLeagueofAshevilleVirtualRun to register for Be the Change Challenge.

The Junior League will be awarding $5000 in grants, at minimum increments of $500, to regional nonprofits, with a focus on organizations that serve vulnerable individuals and children in Western North Carolina.  Applicants are limited to organizations in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and McDowell counties.  Grant applications are due by March 9, 2021.  Grant recipients and lead time winners will be announced on April 19th.  To access the application and apply for a grant, please visit https://juniorleagueofasheville.org/2021/02/be-the-change-grant/

“This has been a challenging year for our community and for the nonprofits who provide invaluable services to the most vulnerable members of our community.  We hope that this virtual race will encourage participants to get outdoors and engage in healthy activities while simultaneously supporting our grant program and the local community.” –  Jamie Bryan-Whitlock, JLA President.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner or sponsor of the Junior League of Asheville please contact [email protected]

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Apr 15 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

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

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

Pisgah Legal Run for Justice Virtual 5K Begins May 29th
Apr 15 all-day
Pisgah Legal--Online

This beautiful spring weather makes it easy to get out and train for our virtual Run for Justice 5K which kicks off next month!  Register today to participate anytime between May 29th through June 12th on a route of your choice and then join us for our awards ceremony June 12th!  Everyone who registers by April 30 will receive a Run for Justice t-shirt.

Three ways to sign up

  1. Register for $25 per participant  (you can add a donation to support Pisgah Legal if desired)
  2. Peer to Peer Fundraising:  Invite your friends and family to donate $1,$5 or more for each kilometer you walk or run.
  3. Be a Sponsor:  Sponsor as an individual, a couple, a group or a business. Sponsors receive race entries, t-shirts and recognition. (Find out more about sponsor benefits here)

Check out our registration page for more details, a fun explainer video and FAQs.

Registration Open for Senior Games + Silver Arts 2021
Apr 15 all-day
Buncombe County Parks

Each spring, hundreds of locals 50+ years-old enjoy participating in the Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts. This year’s program will be held at locations throughout Buncombe County from the week of Apr. 19 through May 19 (tentative). There is no registration fee this year.

To register, fill out a registration form (see documents below) or register online at ncseniorgames.org.

Sports include bowling, croquet, football throw, softball throw, golf, putt-putt, cycling, track and field, archery, cheerleading, swimming, billiards, badminton, cornhole, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, shuffleboard, tennis, and table tennis. Age categories start at 50 and increase at five year intervals.

Silver Arts categories are classified as Heritage (quilting, woodwork, crochet, basket weaving, jewelry, needlework, tole painting, weaving, knitting, pottery, stained glass, woodcarving, and woodturning), Visual (solo, small group, and large group), Performing, Literary (poem, short story, essay, and life experience), and Contemporary. Art pieces will be displayed online.

Registration open: Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition
Apr 15 all-day
Online w/ Asheville Parks and Rec.
Registration opens for 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition

 

 

Asheville Parks & Recreation is proud to present the 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition in partnership with Buncombe County, the YMCA and Black Mountain Parks & Recreation.

 

The games will be held April 19 through May 19 and feature a hybrid format of both in-person and virtual events.  All in-person competitions will be held outdoors with enhanced health and safety protocols.  All participants qualify for the North Carolina State Games.

 

The juried Silver Arts competition includes media from visual and performing arts categories and will be held in an entirely virtual format.

 

Registration is free and available through April 19.  There are two ways to register — click here to register online or print a paper application by clicking here.

 

Asheville Parks & Recreation is committed to providing quality programs in a safe environment for everyone in our community.  For more information about these and all Asheville Parks & Recreation programs, visit our website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks, our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/APRCA or call 828-259-5800.

Take + Play: Borrow Disc Golf Sets, Ukuleles, + Games
Apr 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pack Memorial Library

Pack Youth Services introduces Take & Play, a pilot program that offers everyone the opportunity to borrow games, ukuleles, and disc golf sets from the Youth Services department at Pack Library. Take & Play items check out for three weeks, and you need to pick them up and drop them off at Pack Library. Games, ukuleles, and disc golf sets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and you check them out with your library card just like a book. Call 250-4720 for details, or drop by the library anytime we’re open.

All our library hours are listed here.

Aston Park Tennis Center
Apr 15 @ 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Aston Park Tennis Center
people playing on the courts at aston park tennis center

 

Asheville Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the opening of Aston Park Tennis Center on April 1 for the 2021 season.  The tennis facility will be open seven days a week with two sessions of court availability — a morning session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an afternoon session from 3 to 7:30 p.m. with a one-hour break for midday cleaning.

Visitors can expect some changes to typical operations to meet current state and local health guidelines including enhanced cleaning, social distancing and mandatory mask wearing except while actively engaged in tennis activity on the court.  The Pro Shop will remain closed to foot traffic, however basic tennis supplies, drinks, and racquet drop-off for restringing will be available at the window.  Court fees will also be accepted at the window by credit card only and water fountains and showers will not be available.

 

Tennis Center prices are the same as they were in 2019, with hourly rates beginning at $6 and $7 and season passes starting at $299 and $399 for City of Asheville residents.  For more information and to purchase a season pass, visit the City’s Parks & Recreation website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks.

 

The Aston Park Tennis Center, 336 Hilliard Ave.,  is one of the finest public clay tennis court facilities in the US.  The complex is open from April through November and offers 12 lighted courts for play.

 

The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing quality facilities and programs in a safe environment for everyone in our community.  For more information about everything Asheville Parks & Recreation offers, visit the website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks,  Facebook page at www.facebook.com/APRCA or call 828-259-5800.

Kolo Bike Park: Little Rippers Ages 5-8 years old
Apr 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
The Adventure Center of Asheville

 

$300/MONTH TUES & THURS
MARCH, APRIL, MAY

On Tuesdays & Thursdays this Spring, join the Kolo Afterschool Bike Club to grow your skills and enjoy fun afternoons on bikes!  The club will be working on bike handling and riding all the trails and features of Kolo Bike Park. Students must be comfortable riding bikes off-road, as this is not a club to teach kids how to ride or for beginners.

Kolo is excited to be able to offer local students a great afternoon activity in an open-air environment on over 100 acres.  Come shred and enjoy mountain biking with us!

  • $300/month
  • Ages 9-15 years old:  Big Senders Club from 3:00 -6:00
  • Ages 5-8 years old: Little Rippers from 12:00-3:00 (If need 3:00-6:00 time slot, let us know)
  • March, April, May on Tuesdays & Thursdays only

Limited spaces available! Reservations are required by calling our office at 828.225.2921.

Kolo Bike Park Spring Afterschool: Big Senders Bike Club Ages 9-15
Apr 15 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Adventure Center
$300/MONTH TUES & THURS
MARCH, APRIL, MAY

On Tuesdays & Thursdays this Spring, join the Kolo Afterschool Bike Club to grow your skills and enjoy fun afternoons on bikes!  The club will be working on bike handling and riding all the trails and features of Kolo Bike Park. Students must be comfortable riding bikes off-road, as this is not a club to teach kids how to ride or for beginners.

Kolo is excited to be able to offer local students a great afternoon activity in an open-air environment on over 100 acres.  Come shred and enjoy mountain biking with us!

  • $300/month
  • Ages 9-15 years old:  Big Senders Club from 3:00 -6:00
  • Ages 5-8 years old: Little Rippers from 12:00-3:00 (If need 3:00-6:00 time slot, let us know)
  • March, April, May on Tuesdays & Thursdays only

Limited spaces available! Reservations are required by calling our office at 828.225.2921 or online at:

Asheville Fit Tribe Group: 60 minute of strength training
Apr 15 @ 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Carrier Park

Join the Asheville Fit Tribe Group for a 60 minute of strength training. You will get personalized training with the power of the group to positively motivate you. Get ready to get a full body workout in for all fitness levels. So, no matter where you are at from beginner to collegiate athlete Trainer Preston will make sure you get a phenomenal workout. For Strength day we focus on slow controlled weight lifting. Learning how to become more aware of our bodies. We hope you give us a shot and see what we are all about!! For any question shoot Preston a text/call (984)204-0591.

Asheville Fit Tribe Group: 60 minute of strength training
Apr 15 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Carrier Park

Join the Asheville Fit Tribe Group for a 60 minute of strength training. You will get personalized training with the power of the group to positively motivate you. Get ready to get a full body workout in for all fitness levels. So, no matter where you are at from beginner to collegiate athlete Trainer Preston will make sure you get a phenomenal workout. For Strength day we focus on slow controlled weight lifting. Learning how to become more aware of our bodies. We hope you give us a shot and see what we are all about!! For any question shoot Preston a text/call (984)204-0591.

Asheville Fit Tribe Group: 60 minute of strength training
Apr 15 @ 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Carrier Park

Join the Asheville Fit Tribe Group for a 60 minute of strength training. You will get personalized training with the power of the group to positively motivate you. Get ready to get a full body workout in for all fitness levels. So, no matter where you are at from beginner to collegiate athlete Trainer Preston will make sure you get a phenomenal workout. For Strength day we focus on slow controlled weight lifting. Learning how to become more aware of our bodies. We hope you give us a shot and see what we are all about!! For any question shoot Preston a text/call (984)204-0591.

Friday, April 16, 2021
 April is Earth Month: virtual 5k/10k with the Bend Marathon! 
Apr 16 all-day
Online w/ Sierra Club

We have 15 entries for free registration for the first 15 people to raise $150. Your virtual race can be completed between April 12 – May 25, plus you can earn other fun prizes:

We’ve set a goal to raise $150k for Earth Month to advance climate solutions, ensure clean air and water for all, and make the outdoors an accessible and safe place for everyone. 2021 is a crucial year for us to come together for the future health of our planet and generations to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about other ways to get involved in Earth Month, we’ll be releasing our schedule of activities later this week, or you can make a $39 donation to get the Marine Layer Earth Day T-shirt.

Be the Change Challenge, a virtual 5k/10k fundraiser
Apr 16 all-day
Online

The Junior League of Asheville is excited to announce Be the Change Challenge, a virtual 5k/10k fundraiser to be held between April 9th and 18th, 2021.  Members of the community are invited to skip, hop, walk, run, or race the event, which will also act as fundraiser for the JLA.  Funds raised for this event will directly support the programs of the Junior League of Asheville.  Please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/NC/Anytown/JuniorLeagueofAshevilleVirtualRun to register for Be the Change Challenge.

The Junior League will be awarding $5000 in grants, at minimum increments of $500, to regional nonprofits, with a focus on organizations that serve vulnerable individuals and children in Western North Carolina.  Applicants are limited to organizations in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and McDowell counties.  Grant applications are due by March 9, 2021.  Grant recipients and lead time winners will be announced on April 19th.  To access the application and apply for a grant, please visit https://juniorleagueofasheville.org/2021/02/be-the-change-grant/

“This has been a challenging year for our community and for the nonprofits who provide invaluable services to the most vulnerable members of our community.  We hope that this virtual race will encourage participants to get outdoors and engage in healthy activities while simultaneously supporting our grant program and the local community.” –  Jamie Bryan-Whitlock, JLA President.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner or sponsor of the Junior League of Asheville please contact [email protected]

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Apr 16 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

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

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

Pisgah Legal Run for Justice Virtual 5K Begins May 29th
Apr 16 all-day
Pisgah Legal--Online

This beautiful spring weather makes it easy to get out and train for our virtual Run for Justice 5K which kicks off next month!  Register today to participate anytime between May 29th through June 12th on a route of your choice and then join us for our awards ceremony June 12th!  Everyone who registers by April 30 will receive a Run for Justice t-shirt.

Three ways to sign up

  1. Register for $25 per participant  (you can add a donation to support Pisgah Legal if desired)
  2. Peer to Peer Fundraising:  Invite your friends and family to donate $1,$5 or more for each kilometer you walk or run.
  3. Be a Sponsor:  Sponsor as an individual, a couple, a group or a business. Sponsors receive race entries, t-shirts and recognition. (Find out more about sponsor benefits here)

Check out our registration page for more details, a fun explainer video and FAQs.

Rafting
Apr 16 all-day
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Rafting

Available April – October with the morning departure of the Nantahala Gorge Excursion departing Bryson City, NC. Train seating in Open Air Gondola. Booking available by phone only: 1-800-872-4681.

Convenient, Inclusive, and Simple!

  • Adult (13 years and older) $109
    Child (Minimum of 7 years old or 60 pounds) $92

A Fully-Guided Experience

The original Raft & Rail© since 1988: enjoy the two best adventures in the region in one day, great for families. Southern Living Magazine calls this “an ideal adventure for families, first-timers, young or old.” This full-day guided adventure starts with a Wildwater staff member greeting you at the train depot, followed by a scenic train trip, deli lunch with all the fixings, and a Nantahala River whitewater trip with a guide in every boat. Hot showers and a photo show follow immediately after your 8 mile Nantahala River trip. All transportation is included to and from the Bryson City Train Depot.

Available by phone only. Book now by calling 800-872-4681.

Registration Open for Senior Games + Silver Arts 2021
Apr 16 all-day
Buncombe County Parks

Each spring, hundreds of locals 50+ years-old enjoy participating in the Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts. This year’s program will be held at locations throughout Buncombe County from the week of Apr. 19 through May 19 (tentative). There is no registration fee this year.

To register, fill out a registration form (see documents below) or register online at ncseniorgames.org.

Sports include bowling, croquet, football throw, softball throw, golf, putt-putt, cycling, track and field, archery, cheerleading, swimming, billiards, badminton, cornhole, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, shuffleboard, tennis, and table tennis. Age categories start at 50 and increase at five year intervals.

Silver Arts categories are classified as Heritage (quilting, woodwork, crochet, basket weaving, jewelry, needlework, tole painting, weaving, knitting, pottery, stained glass, woodcarving, and woodturning), Visual (solo, small group, and large group), Performing, Literary (poem, short story, essay, and life experience), and Contemporary. Art pieces will be displayed online.

Registration open: Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition
Apr 16 all-day
Online w/ Asheville Parks and Rec.
Registration opens for 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition

 

 

Asheville Parks & Recreation is proud to present the 2021 Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts Competition in partnership with Buncombe County, the YMCA and Black Mountain Parks & Recreation.

 

The games will be held April 19 through May 19 and feature a hybrid format of both in-person and virtual events.  All in-person competitions will be held outdoors with enhanced health and safety protocols.  All participants qualify for the North Carolina State Games.

 

The juried Silver Arts competition includes media from visual and performing arts categories and will be held in an entirely virtual format.

 

Registration is free and available through April 19.  There are two ways to register — click here to register online or print a paper application by clicking here.

 

Asheville Parks & Recreation is committed to providing quality programs in a safe environment for everyone in our community.  For more information about these and all Asheville Parks & Recreation programs, visit our website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks, our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/APRCA or call 828-259-5800.

Take + Play: Borrow Disc Golf Sets, Ukuleles, + Games
Apr 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Pack Memorial Library

Pack Youth Services introduces Take & Play, a pilot program that offers everyone the opportunity to borrow games, ukuleles, and disc golf sets from the Youth Services department at Pack Library. Take & Play items check out for three weeks, and you need to pick them up and drop them off at Pack Library. Games, ukuleles, and disc golf sets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and you check them out with your library card just like a book. Call 250-4720 for details, or drop by the library anytime we’re open.

All our library hours are listed here.

Aston Park Tennis Center
Apr 16 @ 10:00 am – 7:30 pm
Aston Park Tennis Center
people playing on the courts at aston park tennis center

 

Asheville Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the opening of Aston Park Tennis Center on April 1 for the 2021 season.  The tennis facility will be open seven days a week with two sessions of court availability — a morning session from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and an afternoon session from 3 to 7:30 p.m. with a one-hour break for midday cleaning.

Visitors can expect some changes to typical operations to meet current state and local health guidelines including enhanced cleaning, social distancing and mandatory mask wearing except while actively engaged in tennis activity on the court.  The Pro Shop will remain closed to foot traffic, however basic tennis supplies, drinks, and racquet drop-off for restringing will be available at the window.  Court fees will also be accepted at the window by credit card only and water fountains and showers will not be available.

 

Tennis Center prices are the same as they were in 2019, with hourly rates beginning at $6 and $7 and season passes starting at $299 and $399 for City of Asheville residents.  For more information and to purchase a season pass, visit the City’s Parks & Recreation website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks.

 

The Aston Park Tennis Center, 336 Hilliard Ave.,  is one of the finest public clay tennis court facilities in the US.  The complex is open from April through November and offers 12 lighted courts for play.

 

The City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department is committed to providing quality facilities and programs in a safe environment for everyone in our community.  For more information about everything Asheville Parks & Recreation offers, visit the website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks,  Facebook page at www.facebook.com/APRCA or call 828-259-5800.

Saturday, April 17, 2021
 April is Earth Month: virtual 5k/10k with the Bend Marathon! 
Apr 17 all-day
Online w/ Sierra Club

We have 15 entries for free registration for the first 15 people to raise $150. Your virtual race can be completed between April 12 – May 25, plus you can earn other fun prizes:

We’ve set a goal to raise $150k for Earth Month to advance climate solutions, ensure clean air and water for all, and make the outdoors an accessible and safe place for everyone. 2021 is a crucial year for us to come together for the future health of our planet and generations to come.

If you’re interested in learning more about other ways to get involved in Earth Month, we’ll be releasing our schedule of activities later this week, or you can make a $39 donation to get the Marine Layer Earth Day T-shirt.

2021 Ville to Ville Craft Brew Relay
Apr 17 all-day
Asheville NC to Greenville SC

The Ville to Ville Craft Brew Relay celebrates the beautiful region from Asheville, NC to Greenville, SC. It is a 75-mile team running event traveling from the peaks to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, through local craft breweries, and into quaint southern towns.

The 2021 Ville to Ville Craft Brew Relay will be held on April 17, 2021. The first flight of teams will start the relay around 5:00 am in Asheville, NC. Over the next few hours, additional teams will depart on their journey through the Carolinas.

Be the Change Challenge, a virtual 5k/10k fundraiser
Apr 17 all-day
Online

The Junior League of Asheville is excited to announce Be the Change Challenge, a virtual 5k/10k fundraiser to be held between April 9th and 18th, 2021.  Members of the community are invited to skip, hop, walk, run, or race the event, which will also act as fundraiser for the JLA.  Funds raised for this event will directly support the programs of the Junior League of Asheville.  Please visit https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/NC/Anytown/JuniorLeagueofAshevilleVirtualRun to register for Be the Change Challenge.

The Junior League will be awarding $5000 in grants, at minimum increments of $500, to regional nonprofits, with a focus on organizations that serve vulnerable individuals and children in Western North Carolina.  Applicants are limited to organizations in Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and McDowell counties.  Grant applications are due by March 9, 2021.  Grant recipients and lead time winners will be announced on April 19th.  To access the application and apply for a grant, please visit https://juniorleagueofasheville.org/2021/02/be-the-change-grant/

“This has been a challenging year for our community and for the nonprofits who provide invaluable services to the most vulnerable members of our community.  We hope that this virtual race will encourage participants to get outdoors and engage in healthy activities while simultaneously supporting our grant program and the local community.” –  Jamie Bryan-Whitlock, JLA President.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner or sponsor of the Junior League of Asheville please contact [email protected]

Cooper River Bridge Run Sept. 2021
Apr 17 all-day
Cooper River Bridge Run

Bridge Run Rescheduled

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Apr 17 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

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

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

Pisgah Legal Run for Justice Virtual 5K Begins May 29th
Apr 17 all-day
Pisgah Legal--Online

This beautiful spring weather makes it easy to get out and train for our virtual Run for Justice 5K which kicks off next month!  Register today to participate anytime between May 29th through June 12th on a route of your choice and then join us for our awards ceremony June 12th!  Everyone who registers by April 30 will receive a Run for Justice t-shirt.

Three ways to sign up

  1. Register for $25 per participant  (you can add a donation to support Pisgah Legal if desired)
  2. Peer to Peer Fundraising:  Invite your friends and family to donate $1,$5 or more for each kilometer you walk or run.
  3. Be a Sponsor:  Sponsor as an individual, a couple, a group or a business. Sponsors receive race entries, t-shirts and recognition. (Find out more about sponsor benefits here)

Check out our registration page for more details, a fun explainer video and FAQs.

Rafting
Apr 17 all-day
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Rafting

Available April – October with the morning departure of the Nantahala Gorge Excursion departing Bryson City, NC. Train seating in Open Air Gondola. Booking available by phone only: 1-800-872-4681.

Convenient, Inclusive, and Simple!

  • Adult (13 years and older) $109
    Child (Minimum of 7 years old or 60 pounds) $92

A Fully-Guided Experience

The original Raft & Rail© since 1988: enjoy the two best adventures in the region in one day, great for families. Southern Living Magazine calls this “an ideal adventure for families, first-timers, young or old.” This full-day guided adventure starts with a Wildwater staff member greeting you at the train depot, followed by a scenic train trip, deli lunch with all the fixings, and a Nantahala River whitewater trip with a guide in every boat. Hot showers and a photo show follow immediately after your 8 mile Nantahala River trip. All transportation is included to and from the Bryson City Train Depot.

Available by phone only. Book now by calling 800-872-4681.

Registration Open for Senior Games + Silver Arts 2021
Apr 17 all-day
Buncombe County Parks

Each spring, hundreds of locals 50+ years-old enjoy participating in the Asheville-Buncombe Senior Games and Silver Arts. This year’s program will be held at locations throughout Buncombe County from the week of Apr. 19 through May 19 (tentative). There is no registration fee this year.

To register, fill out a registration form (see documents below) or register online at ncseniorgames.org.

Sports include bowling, croquet, football throw, softball throw, golf, putt-putt, cycling, track and field, archery, cheerleading, swimming, billiards, badminton, cornhole, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, shuffleboard, tennis, and table tennis. Age categories start at 50 and increase at five year intervals.

Silver Arts categories are classified as Heritage (quilting, woodwork, crochet, basket weaving, jewelry, needlework, tole painting, weaving, knitting, pottery, stained glass, woodcarving, and woodturning), Visual (solo, small group, and large group), Performing, Literary (poem, short story, essay, and life experience), and Contemporary. Art pieces will be displayed online.