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, April 22, 2023
Maker Faire Asheville
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Mission Health/AB Tech Conference Center

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement!

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. With an emphasis on interactive, hands-on exhibits, people of all ages will leave inspired to make something of their own!

Saturday, April 29, 2023
The Block Party presented by Looking Glass Realty AVL
Apr 29 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Liberty St. Block

The Second Annual Block Party will be held on Saturday, April 29th from 2:00 – 7:00 PM on South Liberty Street at the crossroads of East Chestnut and Merrimon Place in Asheville, North Carolina.

The event is free to enter, but a recommended donation at the door is encouraged, with all donations going directly to benefit The Pisgah Conservancy, an organization that leads sustainable projects to improve and preserve Pisgah National Forest.

The event will feature live music from several performers, including Red Clay Revival, The Larry Keel Experience, DJ Logic, and an interactive drum performance by Billy Zanski.

There will also be over 15 local craft vendors and fun activities for the whole family, such as yard games, a board breaking station from Premier Martial Arts Studio and more.

Food sold on-site by Pulp & Sprout, Smashville Food Truck, and sweet treats by Sunshine Sammies.

Craft beverages will be sold by One World Brewing, The Whale and N/A beverages by Headspace Elixirs. Complementary water provided by Blue Moon Water.

Pisgah National Forest is one of the most visited National Forests in the nation, with millions of visitors each year. The Pisgah Conservancy has successfully led projects focused on improving the forest’s trail systems and access points in a sustainable way, developing a close relationship with the National Forest Service in the process. The Block Party aims to create awareness and financial support for The Pisgah Conservancy’s work, which is crucial in the face of unprecedented growth in the outdoor recreation economy and the region as a whole.

The Block Party committee consists of seven individuals from Looking Glass Realty’s Asheville office, who donate their time and talents to organize the event. This year, event coordinator Jessica Grion of Pisgah Brewing has joined the team, and the committee is excited to work with The Pisgah Conservancy once again to make the event a success.

Please click the link below to learn more about our Sponsorship Opportunities for this year’s event: Block Party Sponsorship Opportunities.

Want to volunteer? Contact Jessica at [email protected]

This is a rain or shine event! Donations at the door can be made by Cash, Venmo and Paypal.

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Thank you kindly for your support! Happy trails and see you on the Block!

~ Looking Glass Realty

Thursday, May 11, 2023
LEAF Retreat
May 11 – May 14 all-day
Lake Eden

Everywhere across this great land, we see, hear and feel impressions of the peoples that once cultivated it. In this year’s Spring Retreat, we will uplift and honor First Nations, Indigenous and LatinX peoples as a precursor to our Fall Festival, “Legends of The Americas!” We also have a yearly focus on Health: mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing. It is a time of rejoicing and celebrating those who came before us. A rekindling of the wisdom passed down through generations; a time of honoring beautiful legacies, stories and traditions. Please join as we enter a world of learning through the eyes of the greats, this May 11-14th at LEAF Retreat!

“Legends of the Americas”

The Headhunters
Arise Roots
Boukman Eksperyans
Chinobay of Uganda and Dance of Hope
John Toineeta (John-John of Cherokee)
Larry & Joe
LEAF International Guatemala
VOXMANA (w/ Natalia Clavier of Thievery Corp)
A Sneak Preview Screening of “The Last Ecstatic Days”
Adama Dembele Artist in Residence
Amado Espinoza – Native Instruments
Angela Gladue & The 1st Nations Dancers
Aztec Dance Chichimeca
Billy Jonas
Blue Ridge Pride Drag Queens
Carol Rifkin
D.O.A. Breakdancers
EarthShine Nature Programs
Elder Roy Harris
Haviken Hayes
James Nave’
Marcos Napa
Masankho Banda
Melissa McKinney
Monika Guerra
Mountain Circus Arts
Nélida Lopez-Fernandez
NewSong LEAF Songwriters Showcase
Playing with Fyre
Quadre’ Stuckey
Quraishi Roya
Ronna Dragon
Sarauniya “Niya” Zulu
Shalullaby League
Sonos Poetica featuring Jeff Firewalker
Spaceman Jones
Stephanie Winters
Street Creature Puppet Collective
The Grief Happening
The Wandering Swordsman
Tom Heck
Tracey Schmidt’s “The Awakening of Turtle Island: Portraits of Native Americans”
Underhill Rose
Unifire Theater
Unspoken Tradition
Volando Magnifico

LEAF Retreat “Legends Of The Americas”
May 11 – May 14 all-day
Lake Eden

Performer Aztex Dancer

Everywhere across this great land, we see, hear and feel impressions of the peoples that once cultivated it. In this year’s Spring Retreat, we will uplift and honor First Nations, Indigenous & LatinX peoples as a precursor to our Fall Festival, and honor our own community leaders. We also have a yearly focus on Health: mental, physical & emotional wellbeing. It is a time of rejoicing and celebrating those that came before us. A rekindling of the wisdom passed down through generations; a time of honoring beautiful legacies, stories and traditions

Saturday, May 13, 2023
Pan Harmonia | Concoction 5
May 13 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Asheville Art Museum Atrium

ASO Amadeus Festival

Visit the Asheville Art Museum Atrium for Music Mixology!

Music on the hour from Noon to 5 pm
The music begins with Flute at Noon, adds Bassoon at 1 pm then Clarinet at 2 pm; Oboe at 3 pm and finally mixes in a French horn at 4 pm to concoct a woodwind quintet!

Gorgeous music featuring: Kare Steinbeck, flute; Rosalind Buda, bassoon; Taylor Massey, clarinet; Michael Jones, oboe; Anneka Zuehlke, French horn

Each musical portion is 20-25 minutes long. Drop in for any part of the afternoon. Walk-ins are welcome. Reservations are encouraged, as seating is limited.

Sunday, June 4, 2023
2nd Annual Asheville Honey Festival
Jun 4 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Salvage Station

Looking for a buzz-worthy event? Look no further than Asheville’s 2nd Annual Honey Festival! Join the Center for Honeybee Research and Shanti Elixirs on Sunday, June 4th, from 12-6pm for a day of celebration, education, and community-building.
At the festival, you’ll enjoy live music, food trucks, and vendors showcasing the unique flavors of honey and other artisanal goods. But that’s not all: you’ll also be supporting a great cause, as proceeds from the festival will go towards saving pollinators and our planet.
The Center for Honeybee Research will be offering local and international honey for guests to sample and purchase, and you can even participate in the People’s Choice award for local honey vendors. Plus, we will be featuring the live finals of the 12th Annual International Black Jar Honey competition. Festival goers can watch as local celebrities determine the world’s best tasting honey.
And don’t forget to come dressed in your best pollinator-themed costume! It’s all part of the fun at Asheville’s 2nd Annual Honey Festival.
Personal water bottles are recommended, and families are encouraged to attend. So mark your calendars for June 4th, and come out to celebrate the wonderful world of beekeeping, honey, and all things pollinators. Together, we can help save the bees!

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Annual Firefly Gathering 2023
Jun 20 – Jun 25 all-day

Near the summer solstice each year, over 1,000 people convene from around the world for The Firefly Gathering. Here, folks come together to connect and share skills with the common goal of expanding our capacity to live well with one another and our beloved Earth.

Days are filled with a wide variety of classes focused on deepening our relationship with the wisdom and rhythms of nature, dipping into the deep wells of ancestral knowledge, and integrating these skills into our daily lives and communities.

Evenings are filled with live music, dancing under the moon and stars, opportunities to connect with each other, and of course–the fireflies–who dazzle us with their beautiful display of light as they communicate in the darkness! A variety of nature connection programs guide children and teens to engage through learning and play.

For many, coming to The Firefly Gathering is a life-changing experience that they return to year after year.