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

Saturday, October 23, 2021
2nd Annual “Pup Crawl”
Oct 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Historic 7th Avenue

Dog owners and pet lovers are invited to bring their pups and friends to tour the businesses of the Historic 7th Avenue as they participate in the 2nd Annual Historic 7th Avenue District Pup Crawl presented by Hunter Subaru. The event will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 and benefits Blue Ridge Humane Society. Hosted by Guidon Brewing, the Brandy Bar, Southern Appalachian Brewing, Triskelion Brewing Company, and White Duck Taco Shop, each stop will feature a pet giveaway or treat as well as an interactive activity hosted by a local pet-centric business, such as paw print painting, paw reading, agility course, ask a trainer, and more! Crawlers may also enjoy specials just for the Pup Crawl at the host venues.

To see all the activities and to participate, purchase your “Pupport” online at www.blueridgehumane.org/pup. As crawlers travel around 7th Avenue they’ll receive a stamp at each location as they participate in each activity. When their pupport is full they’ll be entered into a grand prize drawing for a basket of merchandise and gift certificates from the host locations and more. Pupports purchased by October 10 are only $15. Last minute and onsite purchases are $20. Each pupport includes most activities and giveaways at each stop for participating pets, with some activities offered by donation. Proceeds from the event, as well as a portion of sales from the host locations, will provide rescue services for animals in Henderson County.

Sunday, October 24, 2021
Doggoween Dog Costume Contest
Oct 24 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Getaway River Bar

Join the hilariously cute contest where dogs dress and compete showing off their power, attitude, weirdness and skill. Held at the Getaway River Bar, this event is hosted by local celebrity judges outdoor by the river. 

Full bar available for humans. All nice doggies are encouraged to participate as contestants and welcome as part of the crowd at this dog friendly bar.

Venue is 21+ ONLY

NO COVER AND DOG SIGN UP IS FREE

Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Tacos + Trivia Tuesday
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Down Dog

Tacos & Trivia Tuesday

Join us every Tuesday night for Tacos & Trivia!

Twisted Roots will be cooking up a variety of tacos and authentic sides (vegetarian options available) starting at 5 pm.

Trivia will run from 7-8:15 pm. We will be capping the teams at 20 and teams will not be able to join after 7 so make sure to arrive early to secure your spot!

No reservations needed, just grab your thinking caps and get ready for good food, a good time, and a chance to win a $10, $20, or $30 gift certificate to Down Dog!

Sunday, October 31, 2021
Treat Street Carnival
Oct 31 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Downtown Hendersonville

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Treats and fun all along Main Street in downtown Hendersonville. Trick & Treat at merchants, celebrate Dia de los Muertos, win fabulous prizes at the costume contest, play on inflatables, enjoy live music and dance…so much to do in Downtown Hendersonville this Halloween. Registration for the contest begins at 4pm and contest will begin at 5pm in front of the historic courthouse. 7 Costume Categories: ages 0-3; 4-7; 8-11; 12-15; 16+; group and pet

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Tacos + Trivia Tuesday
Nov 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Down Dog

Tacos & Trivia Tuesday

Join us every Tuesday night for Tacos & Trivia!

Twisted Roots will be cooking up a variety of tacos and authentic sides (vegetarian options available) starting at 5 pm.

Trivia will run from 7-8:15 pm. We will be capping the teams at 20 and teams will not be able to join after 7 so make sure to arrive early to secure your spot!

No reservations needed, just grab your thinking caps and get ready for good food, a good time, and a chance to win a $10, $20, or $30 gift certificate to Down Dog!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Blue Ridge Humane Offers Pet Loss Peer Support Group
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Onlinew/  Blue Ridge Humane Society

 Blue Ridge Humane Society knows how difficult the loss of a loved pet can be, and to support grieving pet owners, is offering a new peer support group with a professional group moderator.

The free program will provide a safe and non-judgmental space for members of the community to come together to support one another through their loss and grief of their beloved pet(s).

Sign-up is required and the sessions are limited to 20 participants. Sessions will be held via Zoom on the first Wednesday of the month, 6pm-7pm. Registration will be open for the first session until Friday, May 28, 2021, or until full, whichever occurs first. Registration is available at www.blueridgehumane.org/pet-loss-support/

“Pet loss is the worst part of being a pet owner. Our pets are family. Every pet is different and brings a unique light into our lives. The loss of that light can be devastating. Coping with grief, especially in today’s world, is a difficult process,” shares Angela Prodrick, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Humane Society. “We at Blue Ridge Humane Society feel it is important to help people navigate that time of mourning and offer what support we can.”

The sessions will be moderated by BRHS staff and led by Judi Moolten. Judi is a former clinical social worker, with a PhD certificate in Stress and Somatic Psychology. In addition to being a stress coach Judi lives and resides in Hendersonville. Judi comes to BRHS as a volunteer, but also as a pet parent who uses animals to help heal stress and more! Judi also has suffered many losses during COVID-19 and beyond and will be available to just listen, or when requested offer feedback.

Pet loss and grief can trigger intense emotional responses that may need to be addressed with professional resources which is beyond what BRHS is able to provide through the Peer Support group. This cannot to take the place of professional counseling and therapy.

Additional info or support for those who have suffered the loss of a pet can be found at The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement https://www.aplb.org/.

If you feel that you’re in distress or having thoughts about harming yourself, please call:

Friday, November 5, 2021
Furry First Fridays Pet Adoption
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wagbar

ADOPTION EVENT 🐾
We’ve partnered with Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville to help find homes for some of the WNC area’s best doggos!
Every first Friday each month, we will close off our grassy hillside from 2-4 p.m. to give adoptable doggos plenty of space to roam + meet their potential new owners.
Make sure to stop by + show some love.
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Burton Street Puppy Parade
Nov 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Burton Street Community Center

Dress up your pup and enjoy dog treats, pet vendors and more. Refreshments and snacks will be provided for pups and their owners, Prizes for “Best Dress Pup” will be awarded.

Sunday, November 7, 2021
“Paws + Pints” Adoption Day Free ·
Nov 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hillman Beer - Asheville/Biltmore Village

Stop by on the first Sunday of the month 2-5pm to grab a beer, have a bite to eat and possibly meet your new best friend from Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Blue Ridge Humane Offers Pet Loss Peer Support Group
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Onlinew/  Blue Ridge Humane Society

 Blue Ridge Humane Society knows how difficult the loss of a loved pet can be, and to support grieving pet owners, is offering a new peer support group with a professional group moderator.

The free program will provide a safe and non-judgmental space for members of the community to come together to support one another through their loss and grief of their beloved pet(s).

Sign-up is required and the sessions are limited to 20 participants. Sessions will be held via Zoom on the first Wednesday of the month, 6pm-7pm. Registration will be open for the first session until Friday, May 28, 2021, or until full, whichever occurs first. Registration is available at www.blueridgehumane.org/pet-loss-support/

“Pet loss is the worst part of being a pet owner. Our pets are family. Every pet is different and brings a unique light into our lives. The loss of that light can be devastating. Coping with grief, especially in today’s world, is a difficult process,” shares Angela Prodrick, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Humane Society. “We at Blue Ridge Humane Society feel it is important to help people navigate that time of mourning and offer what support we can.”

The sessions will be moderated by BRHS staff and led by Judi Moolten. Judi is a former clinical social worker, with a PhD certificate in Stress and Somatic Psychology. In addition to being a stress coach Judi lives and resides in Hendersonville. Judi comes to BRHS as a volunteer, but also as a pet parent who uses animals to help heal stress and more! Judi also has suffered many losses during COVID-19 and beyond and will be available to just listen, or when requested offer feedback.

Pet loss and grief can trigger intense emotional responses that may need to be addressed with professional resources which is beyond what BRHS is able to provide through the Peer Support group. This cannot to take the place of professional counseling and therapy.

Additional info or support for those who have suffered the loss of a pet can be found at The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement https://www.aplb.org/.

If you feel that you’re in distress or having thoughts about harming yourself, please call:

Friday, December 3, 2021
Furry First Fridays Pet Adoption
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Wagbar

ADOPTION EVENT 🐾
We’ve partnered with Mountain Pet Rescue Asheville to help find homes for some of the WNC area’s best doggos!
Every first Friday each month, we will close off our grassy hillside from 2-4 p.m. to give adoptable doggos plenty of space to roam + meet their potential new owners.
Make sure to stop by + show some love.
Sunday, December 5, 2021
“Paws + Pints” Adoption Day Free ·
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Hillman Beer - Asheville/Biltmore Village

Stop by on the first Sunday of the month 2-5pm to grab a beer, have a bite to eat and possibly meet your new best friend from Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue.