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

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Adult Kickball Returns Wednesdays
Feb 23 all-day
Charles D. Owen Park

Adult kickball players from spring
                                                          2019

Draft your co-workers, BFFs, and neighborhood pals in your quest for kickball stardom! Registration for Buncombe County Recreation Services’ (BCRS) popular Adult Kickball League has opened. All games will be played on Wednesday evenings  from April 8-May 20 at Charles D. Owen Park (875 Warren Wilson Road in Swannanoa). Staggered matches will start at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.

REGISTER HERE

“We host low-cost adult sport and recreation leagues throughout the year including dodgeball and volleyball, but kickball is our most popular. It always sells out since it’s easy to learn for any skill level,” said Mac Stanley, BCRS Program Coordinator. “The league offers a low-stress, fun atmosphere in which to stay active and connect with others. The move to Charles D. Owen Park allows us to play multiple games at the same time which means we can start later in the evening for those folks busy with work, school, or parenting. Plus the mountain views can’t be beat!”

Registration is open through March 20 and cost $35 per player. Players can sign up as an individual, small group, or full team. Individuals and small groups will be placed together to form full teams.

Teams are co-ed and consist of 9-16 players, with at least three players of the opposite sex. (If a team is majority female, there must be at least three male players. If a team is majority male, there must be at least three female players.) Registration fees include a team shirt and help offset the cost of referees and field maintenance.

 

Follow Buncombe County Recreation on Facebook and Instagram.

Asheville Tourists Baseball 2020 Season
Feb 23 all-day
McCormmic Field

the Tourists have officially released the 2020 baseball season schedule. Asheville plays 140 games with 70 of them coming at McCormick Field.

  • Asheville’s home Opening Day is Thursday, April 16th vs. the Columbia Fireflies
  • The Tourists host the Lexington Legends on Independence Day – Saturday, July 4th
  • The Tourists also host the Lexington Legends on Memorial Day – Monday, May 25th
  • Asheville plays host to the Charleston RiverDogs on Labor Day – Monday, September 7th
  • McCormick Field will have 12 Thirsty Thursday games in 2020
  • Asheville plays 10 Friday home games next year
  • The Tourists are at home for 12 Saturday contests during the 2020 season
  • Asheville opens the 2020 season on the road, April 9th at Delmarva
  • Game Times and the Promotional Calendar will be released at a later date

VIEW THE OFFICIAL 2020 TOURISTS SCHEDULE

Bulldog Challenge 2020
Feb 23 – Mar 6 all-day
UNCA

February 20 – March 6, 2020

We are challenging our student-athlete alumni, parents, and the Bulldog community members to make a gift in support of UNC Asheville Athletics teams.

The Bulldog Challenge is back for its seventh year, and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever! Teams will be competing for the highest number of unique donors.

Your gift makes a direct impact by providing scholarships, tutoring, and essential academic support that allows your Bulldogs to compete at the highest level.

Every dollar – and every donor – helps strengthen our student-athletes’ experience. Give back and help your team create the next generation of champions – on the court and in the classroom.

 

How Can I Support the Bulldog Challenge?

There are a number of ways you can make a gift to support the Bulldog Challenge!

Whether you want to offer a matching or challenge gift to inspire more donors or you want to make a stock gift – we can help!  to learn how you can increase your impact during the 2020 Bulldog Challenge!

 

Farm Burger Logo

Farm Burger Supports UNC Asheville Athletic Scholarships

Date: Thursday, February 27
Hours of Operation: 11:30am – 9:30pm
Location: 10 Patton Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

The downtown Asheville Farm Burger location is donating 10% of its sales to UNC Asheville Athletic Scholarships on February 27. Stop by for lunch or dinner to support our student-athletes.

The Bulldog Challenge LIVE

Date: March 5, 2020
Time: TBD

The Bulldog Challenge LIVE event is back! On March 5, we will go live on the UNC Asheville Bulldog Athletics Facebook page as each team competes for who can raise the most dollars.

Tune in and get ready to watch your favorite team! More details coming soon.

Early Bird Registration Open for Senior Games and Silver Arts 2020
Feb 23 all-day
Buncombe County NC

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 Tuesday, April 14-Friday, May 15. Registration is $5 before March 9 or $10 after that date. Military veterans may register for free.

To register, fill out a registration form (see documents below) or register online at ncseniorgames.org. Archery and pickleball have registration deadline dates.

Sports include basketball, bocce, croquet, football throw, softball throw, golf, cycling, track and field, archery, cheerleading, bowling, swimming, billiards, badminton, cornhole, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, shuffleboard, tennis, and table tennis. Miniature golf, rowing, and team softball and basketball are new this year. 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 at Buncombe County Libraries in April and May.

A full schedule can be accessed below as a PDF.

Follow Buncombe County Recreation on Facebook and Instagram.

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The Smoky Mountain Relay
Feb 23 all-day
Western North Carolina

ABOUT THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN RELAY

Registration is capped at:

60 ~ 200-mile teams (36 transitions)

&

40 ~ 135-mile teams (24 transitions)

A scenic, wild, team adventure in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the Smoky Mountain Relay is an adventure that is not to be missed.

This course will challenge you and your friends with tough legs and reward you with stories to last a lifetime.

Choose from the original 200-mile course or the 135-mile course.

The 200-mile course begins at the Pink Beds Trail Loop picnic area just outside of Brevard, NC in the Pisgah National Forest.

Teams of 12 or “ultra” teams of 6 make their way through 36 legs and finish at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC.

The 135-mile course begins at the Jackson Country Recreation Complex in Cullowhee, NC. Teams of 8 or “ultra” teams of 4 make their way through 24 legs and also finish at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC in the heart of the Nantahala National Forest.

Each relay team member runs between 3 and 6 legs (depending on the course chosen and the number of team members running) of varying lengths and difficulty and will cover an average total distance of 18-20 miles (for the 200 mile race).

UNC Asheville’s 2020 Pi(e) Run
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
UNCA starting on the Main Quad

Pi symbol, event basic information with running track in the background

Registration is open for UNC Asheville’s 2020 Pi(e) Run, an annual fun run that celebrates all things Pi(e). This year’s event will be held on Pi Day, Saturday, March 14, at Pi time, 3:14 p.m. Runners will run 3.14 miles around UNC Asheville’s campus and celebrate with pie at the finish line. The event is open to the public with an early-bird rate of $15 before Feb. 15. Runners who sign up before March 1 will receive a t-shirt and swag bag, and registration continues through March 14 at a cost of $20, with on-site registration and check-in starting at 2 p.m. the day of the race. Visit unca.edu/pi-run to sign up.

The 2020 Pi Day Run will start from UNC Asheville’s Quad and circle University Heights three times, via campus sidewalks, concluding with pie at the finish line. The fun run includes a pie baking contest, judged by Math Leaders from the Marvelous Math Club, with prizes awarded, and this year will feature a raffle. Registration includes a raffle entry for each runner. Registration also is available for the pie contest, without the run, by filling out the interest form at unca.edu/pi-run.

Proceeds from the annual Pi(e) Run will benefit the Asheville Initiative for Math at UNC Asheville and its Marvelous Math Club at Pisgah View Community Center. Marvelous Math Club is a partnership between UNC Asheville, Asheville Housing Authority, and Asheville City Schools. The Club uses math as a catalyst to build leadership skills, create community and provide a space for individualized academic support and social-emotional growth.

 

Free Funday Dodgeball Pickup Games
Feb 23 @ 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm
Stephens Lee Recreation Center

Want to learn about Stonewall Sports, stay active during winter, and meet new people? Dodge, duck, dip, and dive (best described as a party on the dodgeball court) at Stephens Lee Recreation Center in downtown Asheville. Your rise to dodgeball superstardom begins on Sundays through March 15 (except February 2). Come as an individual, small group, or full team of 12-15 dodgers. Join every week or only when you can!

Remember the hard rubber you got pummeled with during recess? We don’t use those. We use soft-centered balls to keep the hard impacts and injuries to a minimum. Balls start flying at 3:45 p.m. Sweat bands encouraged!

There is no charge for this community event that is open to all adults 21 and older. Stonewall Sports is a low-cost, high FUN adult recreational and philanthropic nonprofit organization for members of the LGBTQAI+ community and allies.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Early Bird tickets: 23rd annual French Broard River Festival
Feb 26 all-day
Hot Springs Campground & Spa

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Kick off spring in the mountains at the 23rd annual French Broad River Festival.  It’s part outdoor adventure, part music festival with whitewater rafting, biking, hiking, kid’s village, camping, great music, and much more.  Painter John, a popular FBRF musician, compares the atmosphere to “a big potluck at your best friend’s house”.  If you’ve been you know . . . what better way to enjoy spring in these mountains?

Weekend passes include camping

$120 online by 3/31/20
$125 online by 4/30/20
$140 at gate
$65 Saturday only
$45 whitewater rafting

Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks Basketball
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm
Spectrum Center
Greenville Swamp Rabbits vs. Cincinnati Cyclones
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Swamp Rabbits Hockey offers fantastic fun for the whole family! The Greenville Swamp Rabbits play in the South Division of the Eastern Conference of the ECHL, the premiere AA hockey league. The Swamp Rabbits play 36 home games (October-April) and offer endless entertainment opportunities! For more information on Swamp Rabbits hockey, visit swamprabbits.com. Proud affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Wofford v East Tennessee State University
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Farm Burger Supports UNC Asheville Athletic Scholarships
Feb 27 @ 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Asheville Farm Burger

Farm Burger Logo

 

The downtown Asheville Farm Burger location is donating 10% of its sales to UNC Asheville Athletic Scholarships on February 27. Stop by for lunch or dinner to support our student-athletes.

Friday, February 28, 2020
First Pitch Invitational Day 1 Baseball
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm
Fluor Field

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UNC Asheville’s 2020 Pi(e) Run
Feb 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
UNCA starting on the Main Quad

Pi symbol, event basic information with running track in the background

Registration is open for UNC Asheville’s 2020 Pi(e) Run, an annual fun run that celebrates all things Pi(e). This year’s event will be held on Pi Day, Saturday, March 14, at Pi time, 3:14 p.m. Runners will run 3.14 miles around UNC Asheville’s campus and celebrate with pie at the finish line. The event is open to the public with an early-bird rate of $15 before Feb. 15. Runners who sign up before March 1 will receive a t-shirt and swag bag, and registration continues through March 14 at a cost of $20, with on-site registration and check-in starting at 2 p.m. the day of the race. Visit unca.edu/pi-run to sign up.

The 2020 Pi Day Run will start from UNC Asheville’s Quad and circle University Heights three times, via campus sidewalks, concluding with pie at the finish line. The fun run includes a pie baking contest, judged by Math Leaders from the Marvelous Math Club, with prizes awarded, and this year will feature a raffle. Registration includes a raffle entry for each runner. Registration also is available for the pie contest, without the run, by filling out the interest form at unca.edu/pi-run.

Proceeds from the annual Pi(e) Run will benefit the Asheville Initiative for Math at UNC Asheville and its Marvelous Math Club at Pisgah View Community Center. Marvelous Math Club is a partnership between UNC Asheville, Asheville Housing Authority, and Asheville City Schools. The Club uses math as a catalyst to build leadership skills, create community and provide a space for individualized academic support and social-emotional growth.

 

South Carolina High School League Basketball Championship
Feb 28 @ 4:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

The South Carolina High School League Upper State Basketball Championships.

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Adult Kickball Returns Wednesdays
Feb 29 all-day
Charles D. Owen Park

Adult kickball players from spring
                                                          2019

Draft your co-workers, BFFs, and neighborhood pals in your quest for kickball stardom! Registration for Buncombe County Recreation Services’ (BCRS) popular Adult Kickball League has opened. All games will be played on Wednesday evenings  from April 8-May 20 at Charles D. Owen Park (875 Warren Wilson Road in Swannanoa). Staggered matches will start at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.

REGISTER HERE

“We host low-cost adult sport and recreation leagues throughout the year including dodgeball and volleyball, but kickball is our most popular. It always sells out since it’s easy to learn for any skill level,” said Mac Stanley, BCRS Program Coordinator. “The league offers a low-stress, fun atmosphere in which to stay active and connect with others. The move to Charles D. Owen Park allows us to play multiple games at the same time which means we can start later in the evening for those folks busy with work, school, or parenting. Plus the mountain views can’t be beat!”

Registration is open through March 20 and cost $35 per player. Players can sign up as an individual, small group, or full team. Individuals and small groups will be placed together to form full teams.

Teams are co-ed and consist of 9-16 players, with at least three players of the opposite sex. (If a team is majority female, there must be at least three male players. If a team is majority male, there must be at least three female players.) Registration fees include a team shirt and help offset the cost of referees and field maintenance.

 

Follow Buncombe County Recreation on Facebook and Instagram.

Asheville Tourists Baseball 2020 Season
Feb 29 all-day
McCormmic Field

the Tourists have officially released the 2020 baseball season schedule. Asheville plays 140 games with 70 of them coming at McCormick Field.

  • Asheville’s home Opening Day is Thursday, April 16th vs. the Columbia Fireflies
  • The Tourists host the Lexington Legends on Independence Day – Saturday, July 4th
  • The Tourists also host the Lexington Legends on Memorial Day – Monday, May 25th
  • Asheville plays host to the Charleston RiverDogs on Labor Day – Monday, September 7th
  • McCormick Field will have 12 Thirsty Thursday games in 2020
  • Asheville plays 10 Friday home games next year
  • The Tourists are at home for 12 Saturday contests during the 2020 season
  • Asheville opens the 2020 season on the road, April 9th at Delmarva
  • Game Times and the Promotional Calendar will be released at a later date

VIEW THE OFFICIAL 2020 TOURISTS SCHEDULE

Coach Needed at Hominy Valley Elementary Girls on the Run!
Feb 29 all-day
Hominy Valley Elementary
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We are in URGENT need of two assistant coaches at Hominy Valley Elementary on one or both program days (greater need on Wednesdays). The team practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm.

With your support, 15 girls will grow their confidence, learn to stand up for themselves and others, and realize their voices matter. You don’t even need to like running!

Early Bird Registration Open for Senior Games and Silver Arts 2020
Feb 29 all-day
Buncombe County NC

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 Tuesday, April 14-Friday, May 15. Registration is $5 before March 9 or $10 after that date. Military veterans may register for free.

To register, fill out a registration form (see documents below) or register online at ncseniorgames.org. Archery and pickleball have registration deadline dates.

Sports include basketball, bocce, croquet, football throw, softball throw, golf, cycling, track and field, archery, cheerleading, bowling, swimming, billiards, badminton, cornhole, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, shuffleboard, tennis, and table tennis. Miniature golf, rowing, and team softball and basketball are new this year. 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 at Buncombe County Libraries in April and May.

A full schedule can be accessed below as a PDF.

Follow Buncombe County Recreation on Facebook and Instagram.

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Schedule 45 KB 02/04/2020 7:52 AM
Early Bird tickets: 23rd annual French Broard River Festival
Feb 29 all-day
Hot Springs Campground & Spa

INTRO-IMAGE_1024px

Kick off spring in the mountains at the 23rd annual French Broad River Festival.  It’s part outdoor adventure, part music festival with whitewater rafting, biking, hiking, kid’s village, camping, great music, and much more.  Painter John, a popular FBRF musician, compares the atmosphere to “a big potluck at your best friend’s house”.  If you’ve been you know . . . what better way to enjoy spring in these mountains?

Weekend passes include camping

$120 online by 3/31/20
$125 online by 4/30/20
$140 at gate
$65 Saturday only
$45 whitewater rafting

The Smoky Mountain Relay
Feb 29 all-day
Western North Carolina

ABOUT THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN RELAY

Registration is capped at:

60 ~ 200-mile teams (36 transitions)

&

40 ~ 135-mile teams (24 transitions)

A scenic, wild, team adventure in the mountains of Western North Carolina, the Smoky Mountain Relay is an adventure that is not to be missed.

This course will challenge you and your friends with tough legs and reward you with stories to last a lifetime.

Choose from the original 200-mile course or the 135-mile course.

The 200-mile course begins at the Pink Beds Trail Loop picnic area just outside of Brevard, NC in the Pisgah National Forest.

Teams of 12 or “ultra” teams of 6 make their way through 36 legs and finish at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC.

The 135-mile course begins at the Jackson Country Recreation Complex in Cullowhee, NC. Teams of 8 or “ultra” teams of 4 make their way through 24 legs and also finish at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, NC in the heart of the Nantahala National Forest.

Each relay team member runs between 3 and 6 legs (depending on the course chosen and the number of team members running) of varying lengths and difficulty and will cover an average total distance of 18-20 miles (for the 200 mile race).

Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon
Feb 29 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Waynesville, North Carolina

Gateway To The Smokies Half Marathon

Welcome to the return of the Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon in beautiful Waynesville, North Carolina.  We are excited to bring this race back with the original course and start/finish lines.  This race will be run in conjunction with the inaugural Mighty 4 Miler to Benefit the Riley Howell Foundation Fund.

Welcome to the return of the Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon, Presented by The Swag, in beautiful Waynesville, North Carolina.  We are excited to bring this race back with the original course and start/finish lines.  This race will be run in conjunction with the inaugural Mighty 4 Miler to Benefit the Riley Howell Foundation Fund.

The 2020 National Girls and Women in Sports Day
Feb 29 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
UNC Asheville’s Student Recreation Center

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                                                          like foam
                                                          sword fights

The annual event is designed to  expose women and girls to a variety of activities that will inspire them to lead active, healthy lives. Beginner sport clinics include soccer, cheer, dance, pound, cycle, lacrosse, and many more run by professional coaches and athletes. Clinic selection takes place from 8 to 9:15 a.m. on the morning of the event.

Open to women and girls ages 6 and up, this is a chance to try new sports and fitness activities or improve on an area of interest. Registration is $10 per person and includes three clinics, a goody bag, and a healthy lunch. Clinics are divided into Grades K-3, Grades 4-8, and Grade 9-Adult. A full list of clinics will be made available closer to the date. Advance registration is available online.

NGWSD began in 1987 as a special day to unite premiere organizations and elite female athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports. The event has since evolved to acknowledge the accomplishments of female athletes, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality for women in sports. This year’s theme is Lead Her Forward, to honor the many ways sports push girls and women to achieve excellence and realize their boundless potential.

 

Asheville Catholic School’s 14th Annual Shamrock 5K/10K/Fun Run
Feb 29 @ 8:30 am
Asheville Catholic School

Asheville Catholic School presents the 14th Annual Shamrock Run on Saturday, March 14. There are two races: a 5K and a 10K, both of which start and finish at ACS and run through the beautiful neighborhoods of North Asheville. A fun run will precede the start of the 5K and 10K.  The 10K will start at 9:00 AM and the 5K at 9:15 AM. The Fun Run will begin at 8:30 AM. All events benefit the O’Brien and William Edward Gibbs Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The event will be three days before St. Patrick’s Day this year giving everyone a perfect way to celebrate this fun holiday. There will be great food, beer, and a DJ before and after the races.

National Girls & Women in Sports
Feb 29 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
UNC Asheville

The National Girls and Women in Sports Day will be held at UNC Asheville on Saturday, Feb 29th, 2020 from 8am-1pm.  The event is designed to expose women and girls to a variety of activities that will inspire them to lead active, healthy lives.  Ticket cost is only $10 per person, with purchase of a ticket you will participate in 3 different clinics run by professional coaches and college athletes, a healthy lunch and a goody bag too! Clinic selection takes place from 8am-9:15am on the day of the event.

8th Annual Chilly Challenge 8K/1 Mile Chili Chase Fun Run and Chili Cook-off!
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am
North Buncombe Middle School

Lace up your running shoes, grab your winter hats & join

us for the 8th Annual Chilly Challenge 8K

& 1 Mile Chili Chase Fun Run and Chili Cook-off!

Enjoy a scenic run & post-race celebration that includes:

  • Tasty Luella’s Bar-B-Que chili lunch

  • Local chili cook-off contest

  • Fantastic prizes

  • Race day t-shirt*

For runners and walkers of all ages, this event is hosted by the North Buncombe Middle School PTO and designed to raise much-needed funding for the school. This rolling hills course will start and finish on the school campus. Chip timing will be provided by Right on Time.

Baseball: First Pitch Invitational Day 2
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am
Fluor Field

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South Carolina High School League Basketball Championship
Feb 29 @ 11:00 am
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

The South Carolina High School League Upper State Basketball Championships.

YWCA Free Community Family Swim
Feb 29 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
YWCA
Community Family Swim
Every Saturday, YWCA of Asheville, in partnership with City of Asheville Parks and Recreation, is offering free Community Open Swim to the public. Winter/Spring 2020 hours are: Saturdays 1:30-3:30 pm through May 16th, 2020. Join us in our solar-heated, indoor pool and bring a friend! You do not need to RSVP or be a member of the YWCA to enjoy community open swim.
Florida State Seminoles at Clemson Tigers Mens Basketball
Feb 29 @ 2:00 pm
Littlejohn Coliseum
Florida State *
v.
Clemson