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, August 18, 2019
Asheville Community Theatre RALLFE $10,000 Cash
Aug 18 all-day

We’ve sent three lucky winners to London and one lucky winner to Hawaii – but in this summer’s raffle, someone’s going to win $10,000! Heck, you could go to BOTH London and Hawaii if you won (fly coach, stay in hostels?) Or build that outdoor firepit you’ve seen on HGTV, or rent a super swank beach house for a week, or anything you want, really, because it’s your $10,000!

Raffle tickets are $50 and only 500 will be sold! And proceeds from every ticket you buy supports operations and programming at Asheville Community Theatre!

ELIGIBILITY: Present employees of Asheville Community Theatre and any immediate family members residing with the employees are not eligible to participate. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest void where prohibited. You need not be present to win.

Monday, August 19, 2019
Asheville Community Theatre RALLFE $10,000 Cash
Aug 19 all-day

We’ve sent three lucky winners to London and one lucky winner to Hawaii – but in this summer’s raffle, someone’s going to win $10,000! Heck, you could go to BOTH London and Hawaii if you won (fly coach, stay in hostels?) Or build that outdoor firepit you’ve seen on HGTV, or rent a super swank beach house for a week, or anything you want, really, because it’s your $10,000!

Raffle tickets are $50 and only 500 will be sold! And proceeds from every ticket you buy supports operations and programming at Asheville Community Theatre!

ELIGIBILITY: Present employees of Asheville Community Theatre and any immediate family members residing with the employees are not eligible to participate. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest void where prohibited. You need not be present to win.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Asheville Community Theatre RALLFE $10,000 Cash
Aug 20 all-day

We’ve sent three lucky winners to London and one lucky winner to Hawaii – but in this summer’s raffle, someone’s going to win $10,000! Heck, you could go to BOTH London and Hawaii if you won (fly coach, stay in hostels?) Or build that outdoor firepit you’ve seen on HGTV, or rent a super swank beach house for a week, or anything you want, really, because it’s your $10,000!

Raffle tickets are $50 and only 500 will be sold! And proceeds from every ticket you buy supports operations and programming at Asheville Community Theatre!

ELIGIBILITY: Present employees of Asheville Community Theatre and any immediate family members residing with the employees are not eligible to participate. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest void where prohibited. You need not be present to win.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Asheville Community Theatre RALLFE $10,000 Cash
Aug 21 all-day

We’ve sent three lucky winners to London and one lucky winner to Hawaii – but in this summer’s raffle, someone’s going to win $10,000! Heck, you could go to BOTH London and Hawaii if you won (fly coach, stay in hostels?) Or build that outdoor firepit you’ve seen on HGTV, or rent a super swank beach house for a week, or anything you want, really, because it’s your $10,000!

Raffle tickets are $50 and only 500 will be sold! And proceeds from every ticket you buy supports operations and programming at Asheville Community Theatre!

ELIGIBILITY: Present employees of Asheville Community Theatre and any immediate family members residing with the employees are not eligible to participate. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest void where prohibited. You need not be present to win.

Thursday, August 22, 2019
Asheville Community Theatre RALLFE $10,000 Cash
Aug 22 all-day

We’ve sent three lucky winners to London and one lucky winner to Hawaii – but in this summer’s raffle, someone’s going to win $10,000! Heck, you could go to BOTH London and Hawaii if you won (fly coach, stay in hostels?) Or build that outdoor firepit you’ve seen on HGTV, or rent a super swank beach house for a week, or anything you want, really, because it’s your $10,000!

Raffle tickets are $50 and only 500 will be sold! And proceeds from every ticket you buy supports operations and programming at Asheville Community Theatre!

ELIGIBILITY: Present employees of Asheville Community Theatre and any immediate family members residing with the employees are not eligible to participate. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest void where prohibited. You need not be present to win.

Benefit Mountain BizWorks No Pearl Without Grit
Aug 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ambrose West

 

Join the Asheville Affiliates and Mountain BizWorks to celebrate 30 years of entrepreneurial spirit in Western North Carolina. Since 1989, Mountain BizWorks has developed small businesses and economic justice through lending and coaching. Most importantly, this dynamic organization turns the dream of business ownership and success into a reality.

Friday, August 23, 2019
Asheville Community Theatre RALLFE $10,000 Cash
Aug 23 all-day

We’ve sent three lucky winners to London and one lucky winner to Hawaii – but in this summer’s raffle, someone’s going to win $10,000! Heck, you could go to BOTH London and Hawaii if you won (fly coach, stay in hostels?) Or build that outdoor firepit you’ve seen on HGTV, or rent a super swank beach house for a week, or anything you want, really, because it’s your $10,000!

Raffle tickets are $50 and only 500 will be sold! And proceeds from every ticket you buy supports operations and programming at Asheville Community Theatre!

ELIGIBILITY: Present employees of Asheville Community Theatre and any immediate family members residing with the employees are not eligible to participate. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest void where prohibited. You need not be present to win.

Saturday, August 24, 2019
Asheville Community Theatre RALLFE $10,000 Cash
Aug 24 all-day

We’ve sent three lucky winners to London and one lucky winner to Hawaii – but in this summer’s raffle, someone’s going to win $10,000! Heck, you could go to BOTH London and Hawaii if you won (fly coach, stay in hostels?) Or build that outdoor firepit you’ve seen on HGTV, or rent a super swank beach house for a week, or anything you want, really, because it’s your $10,000!

Raffle tickets are $50 and only 500 will be sold! And proceeds from every ticket you buy supports operations and programming at Asheville Community Theatre!

ELIGIBILITY: Present employees of Asheville Community Theatre and any immediate family members residing with the employees are not eligible to participate. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest void where prohibited. You need not be present to win.

Sunday, August 25, 2019
Asheville Community Theatre RALLFE $10,000 Cash
Aug 25 all-day

We’ve sent three lucky winners to London and one lucky winner to Hawaii – but in this summer’s raffle, someone’s going to win $10,000! Heck, you could go to BOTH London and Hawaii if you won (fly coach, stay in hostels?) Or build that outdoor firepit you’ve seen on HGTV, or rent a super swank beach house for a week, or anything you want, really, because it’s your $10,000!

Raffle tickets are $50 and only 500 will be sold! And proceeds from every ticket you buy supports operations and programming at Asheville Community Theatre!

ELIGIBILITY: Present employees of Asheville Community Theatre and any immediate family members residing with the employees are not eligible to participate. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Contest void where prohibited. You need not be present to win.

Take The Plunge for Health!
Aug 25 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kanuga Lake

This fun and family-friendly lakeside celebration will support The Free Clinics and its unique healthy living program, HealthWays, which makes good health contagious in our community.

Local celebrities, including Superintendent Bo Caldwell, WTZQ’s Mark Warwick & Paige Posey, Vision Henderson County’s Ruth Birge, Major Frank Stout of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, and The Free Clinics’s own Judith Long will be lined up on the tossing block where bidders can vie for the chance to push them in the lake.   Infamous auction-tainers Duke & Bird will lead the sure-to-be raucous event, awarding the “Early Bird”, “Hot Ticket”, and “Golden Plunger” awards to the “Plungees” who bring in the most donations in advance, at the event, and in total respectively.

Community members who want to see a Plungee “take the plunge” can visit them in person to fill their donation buckets, make contributions online, or on-site at the event. All Plungee and event proceeds will support The Free Clinics and its HealthWays program, a free community health program open to all Henderson and Polk residents.

Event attendees will enjoy wood-fired pizza from Flat Rock Village Bakery, burgers and hot dogs from Kanuga, and a selection of craft beers, cider, and soft drinks. Live music will be provided by Hendersonville’s TNT Band, specializing in popular rock and country oldies. Children will enjoy the lifeguarded splash and play area and face-painting, while all guests can partake in swimming, kayaking, games, and fun photo opportunities.

Plungee Ruth Birge says, “I am so lucky to be included in The Plunge. Who wouldn’t want a chance at winning the “Golden Plunger”?! I mean, what an honor! Really, such fun. By the way, does anyone have a really big inner tube I can use so I won’t have to go all the way under? Yikes!”

“After 14 years working in healthcare in our community, I know someone has longed to push me in the lake. Well, now’s your chance. Give in to that urge…and help our vulnerable neighbors at the same time,” dares TFC’s executive director Judith Long.

Tickets are on sale now for $20 for adults (13yrs+) and $5 for children (5-12 yrs). Children under 5 are free. Family tickets are available for $45 to admit two guardians plus children. Admission includes one food item and one beverage per person, with additional food and beverages available for purchase.

To purchase a ticket or make a celebrity pledge, please call 828-697-8422 or order online at thefreeclinics.org/plunge.

Friday, September 6, 2019
Big Scary Fish Tank
Sep 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Asheville Masonic Temple

On Friday, September 6th, Asheville Investment Club (AIC) will host Big Scary Fish Tank, a fundraiser for local nonprofit, OnTrack WNC, as the capstone event of Asheville Entrepreneurship Week. The soirée will be held at the historic Asheville Masonic Temple where its exquisite, century-old theatre will serve as backdrop for the main attraction: a live pitch event wherein four local companies compete for $500,000 from local investors. The judge’s panel, made up of three core members from AIC and one guest from the community, will champion, challenge, and critique the contestants before proposing a deal. Audience members will also have an opportunity to vote for their favorite pitch, with the winner receiving a $5,000 investment.

Preceding the event will be an additional networking, cocktail, and hors d’ouervs hour. Noble Cider’s newest venture, The Greenhouse, will provide a premier selection of locally brewed craft beer, interesting wines, superb cider, and two specialty themed cocktails. 67 Biltmore, known for elevated catered options, will be supplying the canapés. Through the hallway and into the theatre, guests will have an opportunity to step into an alternate world with an immersive virtual reality experience brought to you by Better Than Unicorns.

All proceeds will benefit local nonprofit, OnTrack WNC, who’s mission is to educate, counsel and support people in reaching their money and housing goals so they can overcome crises, afford basic needs, improve money management skills and make sound financial choices rooted in their values.

Tickets now on sale for Big Scary Fish Tank, to take place Friday, September 6, 2019, from 6-9pm. The evening will be an ideal networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, community leaders, and all-around movers and shakers of Asheville. Expected attendees include founders, CEOs, investors, politicians, bloggers, media, and members of the local community.

For more information please visit www.bigscaryfishtank.com. Follow Big Scary Fish Tank on Instagram at @bigscaryfishtank.

Saturday, September 7, 2019
Asheville, NC NEDA Walk
Sep 7 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Carrier Park

Did you know that over 30 million Americans have or will struggle with an eating disorder? Join me at Carrier Park on September, 7 at 9:30 AM for the 2019 NEDA Walk.

Your support will help to raise awareness, eliminate stigmas and gather funds for those struggling. Come join our team of warriors in the fight against eating disorders!

The walk is donation based and all proceeds will be forwarded to the National Eating Disorder Awareness group, a non-profit organization.

Saturday, September 14, 2019
VETERANS OF VALOR POKER RUN TO BENEFIT BLUE RIDGE HONOR FLIGHT
Sep 14 all-day
Bold Rock Cidery in Mills River

The event begins and ends at Bold Rock Cidery in Mills River. Registration begins at 9am and is $25. First riders will go out at 10am with final riders to be out by 12 noon. The ridge will travel along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

Motorcycles and car clubs are welcome. There will be a free end of ride celebration at Bold Rock from 4 to 6P.M. with live music and prizes. The celebration is open to the public.

All proceeds will enable our Veterans of Valor to fly to Washington, D.C. on a Blue Ridge Honor Flight to visit their memorials and return home with lasting memories.

Established in 2006, Blue Ridge Honor Flight’s mission is to transport America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials dedicated to honor the sacrifices of themselves and their comrades. For more information about how to get involved in Blue Ridge Honor Flight, make a donation, or to get a veteran signed up for a flight, please visit blueridgehonorflight.com.

 

2019 WNC Run/Walk for Autism
Sep 14 @ 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Bill Moore Community Park

Step out to improve lives at the WNC Run/Walk for Autism on Saturday Sep. 14! Taking place at Bill Moore Community Park the event will include a 5K race and a recreational 1-K fun run/walk. Celebrate autism awareness and acceptance with a children’s play area, music, refreshments, and vendor space that will showcase local businesses, service providers, support resources, and sponsors. Proceeds will fund local programs of the Autism Society of North Carolina. Register today: wncrunwalkforautism.com

Friday, September 20, 2019
Epic Lip-Sync Battle United Way’s Campaign Kickoff
Sep 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Highland Brewing Event Center

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United Way’s third annual lip-sync contest marks the kickoff of this year’s Campaign season and is an opportunity for both businesses and individuals to pledge their time and financial resources to improve the education, health and financial stability of our community.

This year’s theme is Motown with lip-sync teams performing to their favorite Motown songs from any generation — 10 teams, 10 songs 1 champion and all the accolades that come with winning the highly coveted Golden Hairbrush Trophy. 

If you only come out once a year for a United Way event, this is the one you don’t want to miss!

Saturday, September 21, 2019
Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Sep 21 all-day
Pack Square

It’s been a little over a year since my sweet BB passed away and we as a family are all doing OK but the grief at times is unbearable.

I would imagine there are those that wonder why I continue to support the walk. My support for the walk and its fundraising was never about saving BB from the ravages of the disease. Once you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s pretty much a death sentence. My support and fundraising efforts to find a cure is with the sincere hope that my children and grandchildren and your children and grandchildren will not suffer from this horrible disease. Great strides are being made in research and I am convinced we will find a cure.

Please consider donating by using the link below. Thanks to all of you, we raised over $27,000 last year which is truly remarkable.

Thank you, Thank you for your continued support.

Fondly,

Robin

Thursday, September 26, 2019
Under the Stars
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Highland Brewing

Save the date for Asheville Museum of Science’s largest fundraiser of the year! The 6th annual “Under the Stars” is a benefit taking place September 26th from 6 PM to 9 PM at Highland Brewing Company with a special musical guest to follow. Come celebrate and support science and STEM education. For $40/person, the fundraiser includes dinner, drinks, live music, a visit inside the museum’s portable planetarium, and premier live and silent auction items to bid on. More details coming soon!

Friday, September 27, 2019
Woods & Wilds: Live Storytelling
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Mothlight

Join Dogwood Alliance on Friday, September 27th for our annual Woods & Wilds Storytelling Event at The Mothlight in Asheville from 7-10pm. This year’s theme is “When the woods saved us and Why it’s dire to save them.” The evening will feature local storytellers as they share their stories of the wild! Join us as we celebrate 23 years of standing with the people and forests of the South!

Featuring Live Storytelling By: Nicole Townsend, Cortina Jenelle, Isa Abdul-Halim Whitaker, Indy Srinath, Ali McGhee, and more!

MC’s: Elizabeth Lashay Garland of Slay the Mic on 103.3 Asheville FM and Lucia Ibarra, The Wetland Wanderer of Dogwood Alliance

Tickets are $20. The link to purchase tickets will be shared on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/484175115491529/

All proceeds go to Dogwood Alliance to protect Southern forests & communities.

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Justice Forum Pisgah Legal Jose Antonio Vargas Reception
Oct 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium – US Cellular Center

Jose Antonio Vargas is the founder of and CEO of Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization that uses the power of story to transcend politics and shift the conversation about immigrants, identity, and citizenship in a changing America. He will be telling his story and speaking about the current situation on these topics. 

In 2011, The New York Times published Mr. Vargas’s groundbreaking essay revealing and chronicling his life in America as an undocumented immigrant. He then produced and directed Documented, a feature film about his personal experiences. The film received a 2015 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Documentary. Vargas published a memoir in 2018 called Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.

Join us for a reception before the Justice Forum, with hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine.

Saturday, October 12, 2019
MAking Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk
Oct 12 all-day
Pack Square Park

UNITE FOR A WORLD WITHOUT BREAST CANCER
Join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Join the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk on October 12th, at Pack Square to help ignite the fight against breast cancer. Registration begins at 9:00am and the 5K walk starts at 10:00am. Funds raised at this noncompetitive, family-friendly event enable the American Cancer Society to save lives from breast cancer by investing in groundbreaking research; providing free, comprehensive information and support to those touched by the disease; and helping people take steps to reduce their breast cancer risk or find it early when it’s most treatable. Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit MakingStridesWalk.org/AshevilleNC to sign up and help save lives.

HELP SAVE LIVES FROM BREAST CANCER
Participate in the annual American Cancer Society Walk or Make an Online Donation

Form a team, join a team, walk as an individual, or make a donation for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk on October 12th, at Pack Square. Registration begins at 9:00am, and the walk starts at 10:00am. Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit MakingStridesWalk.org/AshevilleNC to sign up or donate today.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT BREAST CANCER WALK
We need you to help to save lives from breast cancer. Volunteers are needed for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk on October 12th, at Pack Square. Call the American Cancer Society 1-800-227-2345 or visit MakingStridesWalk.org/AshevilleNC for details.

Friday, October 25, 2019
Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction 2019
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center

About the event

The Authors for Literacy Dinner & Silent Auction will begin with a cocktail hour and silent auction to include distinctive art and crafts, autographed and rare books, and priceless opportunities to enjoy excursions in Asheville and beyond. Following the cocktail hour, event guests will enjoy a three-course dinner and presentation by a current Literacy Council student. Our featured author will then give the keynote presentation. Autographed books will be for sale. Book sales will be managed by Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Organic Growers School offers an Agroecology trip to Cuba
Jan 7 – Jan 16 all-day

Asheville, NC. Organic Growers School is partnering with Food First and Altruvistas to offer
their second Cuba Agroecology Tour from January 7 through 16, 2020, with a focus on the
country’s intensive sustainable agriculture practices. The tour, to be comprised of growers,
community leaders, educators, and activists who are passionate about sustainable agriculture,
will begin in Havana and travel to destinations such as Pinar del Rio, Artemisa, and Matanzas.
The cost of the trip is $2,900 and will serve, in part, as a fundraiser for Organic Growers School
(OGS), a 501c3 non-profit organization. There are a limited number of partial scholarships for
farmers and food activists to attend. This tour and all registrants will not be affected by recent
political actions to restrict American travel to Cuba.