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 Events listed on this page may be outdated, so please visit the event website or contact the event organizer for the latest information.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, August 13, 2020
Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 13 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Friday, August 14, 2020
Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 14 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Tour Flat Rock Playhouse’s Garden
Aug 15 all-day
Flat Rock Playhouse

Despite the cancellation of the Flat Rock Playhouse’s 2020 season due to COVID-19, folks are being encouraged to take time to enjoy the lush gardens on the grounds of the historic campus.

With a QR code reader on any smartphone, garden visitors can tap into information about the individual plants wherever they’re standing. The codes direct the phone to webpages on a Muddy Sneakers site that the garden volunteers control.

The Master Gardners have been hard at work adding some tech to our gardens! QR codes can now be found on the 62 garden beds that make up the Playhouse gardens. Visitors can use their smartphones to learn more about the plants they are seeing. Congratulations and thank you to Tamsin Allpress and all of our gardening volunteers who work to keep our gardens beautiful! Photo by volunteer Mary Smit

Yellow and
                            black striped caterpillar on orange flowers

Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 15 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Tour Flat Rock Playhouse’s Garden
Aug 16 all-day
Flat Rock Playhouse

Despite the cancellation of the Flat Rock Playhouse’s 2020 season due to COVID-19, folks are being encouraged to take time to enjoy the lush gardens on the grounds of the historic campus.

With a QR code reader on any smartphone, garden visitors can tap into information about the individual plants wherever they’re standing. The codes direct the phone to webpages on a Muddy Sneakers site that the garden volunteers control.

The Master Gardners have been hard at work adding some tech to our gardens! QR codes can now be found on the 62 garden beds that make up the Playhouse gardens. Visitors can use their smartphones to learn more about the plants they are seeing. Congratulations and thank you to Tamsin Allpress and all of our gardening volunteers who work to keep our gardens beautiful! Photo by volunteer Mary Smit

Yellow and
                            black striped caterpillar on orange flowers

Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 16 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 20 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Friday, August 21, 2020
Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 21 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Hemp Xpress Trolley:  Cruisin’ Asheville 
Aug 21 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Carolina Hemp Company

 The Hemp X Hot Box:Roll with us Fridays from 5-10pm as we coast a route through West Asheville and Downtown. Stops at UpCountry Brewing, One World Brewing West, Foggy Mountain, and The One Stop. We’ll have smokable and edible hemp products for purchase to enjoy alongside any wine or beer you bring yourselves (closed containers only). We’re happy to provide an affordable way for locals and visitors to Roll Up, Stay Safe and Party Down! Cruisin Asheville July 10th, July 31st, August 7th, August 21st. More dates to come! 

Purchase Tickets on board! One Way Pass $3 and All Night Unlimited Pass $5

Private Rentals: Spark up your next Asheville area celebration with our personalized rental platform! We offer several packages at different price tiers to best cater to your party’s needs! Our team is dedicated to working with you to create an experience that will leave your guests (and your smoke) blown away!

The Hemp Xpress is dedicated to the safety of the Asheville community; public routes and experiences are operating at half capacity within social distance guidelines. Hand sanitizer is readily available to riders, and surfaces are regularly sanitized. Buncombe County requires a face mask be worn in public places.

Saturday, August 22, 2020
Tour Flat Rock Playhouse’s Garden
Aug 22 all-day
Flat Rock Playhouse

Despite the cancellation of the Flat Rock Playhouse’s 2020 season due to COVID-19, folks are being encouraged to take time to enjoy the lush gardens on the grounds of the historic campus.

With a QR code reader on any smartphone, garden visitors can tap into information about the individual plants wherever they’re standing. The codes direct the phone to webpages on a Muddy Sneakers site that the garden volunteers control.

The Master Gardners have been hard at work adding some tech to our gardens! QR codes can now be found on the 62 garden beds that make up the Playhouse gardens. Visitors can use their smartphones to learn more about the plants they are seeing. Congratulations and thank you to Tamsin Allpress and all of our gardening volunteers who work to keep our gardens beautiful! Photo by volunteer Mary Smit

Yellow and
                            black striped caterpillar on orange flowers

Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 22 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Tour Flat Rock Playhouse’s Garden
Aug 23 all-day
Flat Rock Playhouse

Despite the cancellation of the Flat Rock Playhouse’s 2020 season due to COVID-19, folks are being encouraged to take time to enjoy the lush gardens on the grounds of the historic campus.

With a QR code reader on any smartphone, garden visitors can tap into information about the individual plants wherever they’re standing. The codes direct the phone to webpages on a Muddy Sneakers site that the garden volunteers control.

The Master Gardners have been hard at work adding some tech to our gardens! QR codes can now be found on the 62 garden beds that make up the Playhouse gardens. Visitors can use their smartphones to learn more about the plants they are seeing. Congratulations and thank you to Tamsin Allpress and all of our gardening volunteers who work to keep our gardens beautiful! Photo by volunteer Mary Smit

Yellow and
                            black striped caterpillar on orange flowers

Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 23 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Carl Sandburg Home Free Tour Days CANCELLED
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carl Sandburg Home
  • Sandburg Home Free Tour Days and National Park Fee Free Days (when noted)
    Visitors can enjoy free tours of the Sandburg Home on 10 days in 2020. Five days are also fee free days at all national parks.
  • April 11, 2020 (first Saturday of local school spring break)
  • April 18, 2020 – First Day of National Park Week (national fee free day)
  • June 13, 2020 (Sandburgs’ wedding anniversary)
  • August 25, 2020 – National Park Service Birthday (national fee free day)
  • September 26, 2020 – National Public Lands Day (national fee free day)
  • October 17, 2020 (Park Anniversary)
  • November 11, 2020 – Veterans Day
  • December 26, 2020 (Saturday after Christmas)
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 27 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Friday, August 28, 2020
Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 28 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Tour Flat Rock Playhouse’s Garden
Aug 29 all-day
Flat Rock Playhouse

Despite the cancellation of the Flat Rock Playhouse’s 2020 season due to COVID-19, folks are being encouraged to take time to enjoy the lush gardens on the grounds of the historic campus.

With a QR code reader on any smartphone, garden visitors can tap into information about the individual plants wherever they’re standing. The codes direct the phone to webpages on a Muddy Sneakers site that the garden volunteers control.

The Master Gardners have been hard at work adding some tech to our gardens! QR codes can now be found on the 62 garden beds that make up the Playhouse gardens. Visitors can use their smartphones to learn more about the plants they are seeing. Congratulations and thank you to Tamsin Allpress and all of our gardening volunteers who work to keep our gardens beautiful! Photo by volunteer Mary Smit

Yellow and
                            black striped caterpillar on orange flowers

Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 29 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Tour Flat Rock Playhouse’s Garden
Aug 30 all-day
Flat Rock Playhouse

Despite the cancellation of the Flat Rock Playhouse’s 2020 season due to COVID-19, folks are being encouraged to take time to enjoy the lush gardens on the grounds of the historic campus.

With a QR code reader on any smartphone, garden visitors can tap into information about the individual plants wherever they’re standing. The codes direct the phone to webpages on a Muddy Sneakers site that the garden volunteers control.

The Master Gardners have been hard at work adding some tech to our gardens! QR codes can now be found on the 62 garden beds that make up the Playhouse gardens. Visitors can use their smartphones to learn more about the plants they are seeing. Congratulations and thank you to Tamsin Allpress and all of our gardening volunteers who work to keep our gardens beautiful! Photo by volunteer Mary Smit

Yellow and
                            black striped caterpillar on orange flowers

Virtual Tour Asheville Art Museum
Aug 30 all-day
Online
Take a 3D Museum Tour: Even while we’re closed, we want to share the Museum and exhibitions with you and your family at home! Take a virtual walk through the galleries and explore each artwork. Within the 3D tour, click the smARTguide links on the yellow dots to hear audio information about selected works of art. Scroll down on the Museum From Home page to find tours of each level, and click here to learn more about the Museum’s exhibitions.
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Riverlink Bus Tours 2020
Sep 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
New Belgium Brewery

Because of the Covid-19 situation, we will book tours on an individual basis. Please contact our office at 828-246-6777 or [email protected] We will not mix groups with people who do not know each other.

Join us as we explore the history of the French Broad River and its seminal place in the development of Asheville–from the time when Native Americans lived along its banks to the Buncombe Turnpike, the railroad, and industries of yesteryear. On the tour you’ll hear about:

    • How the river has changed since the days of George Vanderbilt, Thomas Wolfe, and when NASCAR greats Richard Petty and Junior Johnson raced cars in the area.
    • The 1950s when Wilma Dykeman asked, “Who poisoned the river?” in her groundbreaking book, “The French Broad.”
    • The current-day thriving River Arts District, the beautiful chain of parks along the riverfront greenway, and the recreational opportunities that abound.
    • The great work of the RiverLink and our many partners (government, corporations, civic, non-profit conservation groups, and individuals) that have worked together to protect, preserve, and enhance the riverfront area so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy its beauty and grandeur.

If you like history and you appreciate environmental sustainability, this tour is for you.

Friday, September 4, 2020
Tuckasegee River Excursion with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Sep 4 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Join us for a relaxing ride through quiet countryside on your way to small town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Departing from Bryson City, this 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back to the Bryson City Depot. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford!

The Tuckasegee (tuck-uh-SEE-jee) River Excursion includes an 1½ hour layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than 50 shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City.

 

Saturday, September 5, 2020
Tuckasegee River Excursion with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Sep 5 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Join us for a relaxing ride through quiet countryside on your way to small town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Departing from Bryson City, this 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back to the Bryson City Depot. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford!

The Tuckasegee (tuck-uh-SEE-jee) River Excursion includes an 1½ hour layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than 50 shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City.

 

Sunday, September 6, 2020
Tuckasegee River Excursion with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Join us for a relaxing ride through quiet countryside on your way to small town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Departing from Bryson City, this 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back to the Bryson City Depot. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford!

The Tuckasegee (tuck-uh-SEE-jee) River Excursion includes an 1½ hour layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than 50 shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City.

 

Saturday, September 26, 2020
Carl Sandburg Home Free Tour Days CANCELLED
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carl Sandburg Home
  • Sandburg Home Free Tour Days and National Park Fee Free Days (when noted)
    Visitors can enjoy free tours of the Sandburg Home on 10 days in 2020. Five days are also fee free days at all national parks.
  • April 11, 2020 (first Saturday of local school spring break)
  • April 18, 2020 – First Day of National Park Week (national fee free day)
  • June 13, 2020 (Sandburgs’ wedding anniversary)
  • August 25, 2020 – National Park Service Birthday (national fee free day)
  • September 26, 2020 – National Public Lands Day (national fee free day)
  • October 17, 2020 (Park Anniversary)
  • November 11, 2020 – Veterans Day
  • December 26, 2020 (Saturday after Christmas)
Monday, September 28, 2020
History Café: Preserving the Historic South Asheville Cemetery
Sep 28 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center

The South Asheville Cemetery, located in the Kenilworth neighborhood behind St. John “A” Baptist Church, is the resting place for approximately 2000 African American residents of Asheville, who were buried there from the mid-19th century to the early 1940s. In recent decades, the cemetery has been reclaimed and maintained by groups of volunteers, led by members of the South Asheville Cemetery Association. George Gibson, one of the founders of the Association, will be joined by Olivia Metz, Patricia Griffin, and David Quinn to discuss the history of the cemetery and the Association’s ongoing efforts to honor the people buried in the cemetery, to maintain this sacred and historic site, and to promote greater public awareness of African American history in Buncombe County.

About History Cafe
Ever wonder how Asheville came to get its drinking water from Black Mountain? What slavery looked like in western North Carolina (Yes, there were enslaved people here.)? How wagons, stagecoaches, and trains made it up the steep grade from Old Fort into Ridgecrest? Come to the Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center one monday a month at 10:30am for a discussion about local history. Come start off your morning getting to know our region a little better!

Cost: $5 for museum members and students with ID. Nonmembers may pay $10 in advance online or at the door. Coffee will be provided.

Designed for adults and modeled after the popular Science Cafes taking place across the nation, Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center’s monthly History Cafe offers lectures and workshops led by local experts and researchers on regional history topics. These hour-long meet-ups engage the many stories that have shaped our southern Appalachian community as a place — from geological changes to native histories, musical innovations, pioneer experiences, and labor struggles — and will end with informal discussion bringing our shared history into context with contemporary issues.

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Riverlink Bus Tours 2020
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
New Belgium Brewery

Because of the Covid-19 situation, we will book tours on an individual basis. Please contact our office at 828-246-6777 or [email protected] We will not mix groups with people who do not know each other.

Join us as we explore the history of the French Broad River and its seminal place in the development of Asheville–from the time when Native Americans lived along its banks to the Buncombe Turnpike, the railroad, and industries of yesteryear. On the tour you’ll hear about:

    • How the river has changed since the days of George Vanderbilt, Thomas Wolfe, and when NASCAR greats Richard Petty and Junior Johnson raced cars in the area.
    • The 1950s when Wilma Dykeman asked, “Who poisoned the river?” in her groundbreaking book, “The French Broad.”
    • The current-day thriving River Arts District, the beautiful chain of parks along the riverfront greenway, and the recreational opportunities that abound.
    • The great work of the RiverLink and our many partners (government, corporations, civic, non-profit conservation groups, and individuals) that have worked together to protect, preserve, and enhance the riverfront area so that locals and visitors alike can enjoy its beauty and grandeur.

If you like history and you appreciate environmental sustainability, this tour is for you.

Monday, October 12, 2020
Tuckasegee River Excursion with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Oct 12 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Join us for a relaxing ride through quiet countryside on your way to small town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Departing from Bryson City, this 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back to the Bryson City Depot. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford!

The Tuckasegee (tuck-uh-SEE-jee) River Excursion includes an 1½ hour layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than 50 shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Tuckasegee River Excursion with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Join us for a relaxing ride through quiet countryside on your way to small town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Departing from Bryson City, this 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back to the Bryson City Depot. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford!

The Tuckasegee (tuck-uh-SEE-jee) River Excursion includes an 1½ hour layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than 50 shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Tuckasegee River Excursion with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
Oct 14 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Join us for a relaxing ride through quiet countryside on your way to small town life in western North Carolina on the Tuckasegee River Excursion. Departing from Bryson City, this 4 hour excursion travels 32 miles round-trip to Dillsboro and back to the Bryson City Depot. Pass by the famous movie set of The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford!

The Tuckasegee (tuck-uh-SEE-jee) River Excursion includes an 1½ hour layover in the historic town of Dillsboro, where you’ll find more than 50 shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts and country inns. There is time to shop, snack, and visit the many unique shops before returning to Bryson City.