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

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Saturday, July 20, 2024
Music at The Radical
Jul 20 – Sep 29 all-day
The Radical Hotel

Listen to DJs and live music Thursday-Sunday 7-10pm. Find the good vibes either on The Roof or After/Glow.

SKYLARANNA Jazz Festival
Jul 20 all-day
SKYLARANNA Resort and Spa

SKYLARANNA first ever Jazz Festival! Join us for an unforgettable night of beautiful jazz music with 5 of the best local jazz bands in WNC! Local art vendors, featuring delicious food by Chef Bruce Bogartz of SKYLRANNA’S very own ELEVATIONS restaurant and cool off with drinks. and ice cream! Event is Saturday, July 20, 2024, from 4PM-5PM. Includes free on-site parking or complimentary shuttle to venue.

VIP tickets are available and includes meet & greet with all the bands, wine, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres all serves poolside and in the exclusive SKYLARANNA lounge.

Live Music at the Bandstand Biltmore Estate
Jul 20 @ 4:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Biltmore

Relax and unwind to the rhythm and charm of Antler Hill Village as accomplished jazz, blues, rock, pop, swing, bluegrass, and rock duos, trios, and bands deliver fantastic 45-minute sets! Grab a sandwich, a cool drink, or an ice cream cone to enjoy against a backdrop of excellent musicianship, dynamic vocals, and the beauty of Biltmore Estate. Included with admission.

Sets begin on the half hour at 4:30 until 8:15 p.m. (last set starts at 7:30)

Shindig on the Green
Jul 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Pack Square Park

Locals and visitors alike come together at downtown’s Pack Square Park “along about sundown,” or at 7:00 pm for those who wear a watch, and continues until 10:00 pm. Concessions are available!

2024 Dates
Shindig on the Green
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 10, 17, 24

The stage show takes place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.

Shindig on the Green remains a free event due in part to net proceeds from ticket sales to the nation’s longest continually running festival, the granddaddy of all festivals, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

Cabaret
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse

Cabaret

Book by Joe Masteroff

Based on the play by John Van Druten

and Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Willkommen to the Kit Kat Klub! A Berlin Nightclub at the end of the 1920s. Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the Nazi Party are on the rise. Be transported back in time and welcome for the first time at Flat Rock Playhouse, Kander and Ebb’s Broadway sensation, Cabaret! Dark and sensual, it will break your heart and lift your spirits more wildly than anything else you’ll see this season.  “Cabaret is one of the great Broadway musicals and musical scores of all time–an exhilarating, harrowing masterpiece.” –Time Out New York

*Adult language and content. Parental discretion is advised.

Copland 3
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium

Brevard Music Center Orchestra
André Raphel, conductor
William Hagen, violin

JESSE MONTGOMERY Hymn For Everyone
ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto
AARON COPLAND Symphony No. 3

Tickets go on sale to the general public on May 1. To receive early access to tickets for this event, become a donor today! Donor presale begins March 25.

Legally Blonde the Musical
Jul 20 @ 7:30 pm
Hendersonville Theatre

America’s favorite blonde, Elle Woods, is ready to prove who’s in charge in this fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie. In the ultimate tribute to girl power, Legally Blonde follows Elle’s transformation from the UCLA sorority house to the Harvard halls of justice as she tackles stereotypes and scandal to pursue her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with pink, memorable songs, and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

NO SCRUBS: 90S DANCE PARTY
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm
The Orange Peel
Ages 18+

No Scrubs features rad DJs and 90s visuals that will transport you back to the days of fanny packs and AOL!
We’ve got the 411: at No Scrubs, you’ll hear music from TLC (duh), The Notorious B.I.G., Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Nirvana, Tupac, Spice Girls, No Doubt, LL Cool J, Salt-N-Pepa and more.
** Wear your best 90s gear at No Scrubs! Bust out your flannel shirts, band tees, hemp necklaces, FUBU, skateboard gear or any other vintage gear you’ve got! **
We’re taking song requests all night, too. Grab your old CD binder and have your favs ready to go!

Sunday, July 21, 2024
The Big Secret Family Festival (featuring your fav AVL bands, circus acts, and performances!)
Jul 21 all-day
Pisgah Brewing Outdoor Stage

This is the 3rd year of THE BIG SECRET Family Festival! We combine fantastic family friendly sets from your favorite AVL bands with improvisation, circus acts, and wonderfully strange performance art to make EVERYONE feel like a kid! And while we have fun, we raise funds for other kids in the area. In the first two years, THE BIG SECRET has raised $36,000 for local kids and families, and we’re going strong! This year, we’ve got EMPIRE STRIKES BRASS, THE FRITZ, 23 SKIDOO & THE SECRET AGENCY, THE DELTA HOUSE JAZZ BAND, circus acts curated by TOYBOX THEATRE, Cherokee storytelling by JOHN GRANT, and much more. All profits will go to DELTA HOUSE Afterschool Program and Bounty & Soul Free Food Program. The show is at PISGAH BREWING’s Outdoor Stage on SUNDAY, JULY 21, from Noon till Dark. Tickets are $23 in advance, $30 day of show, and kids under 3 get in FREE!

The Big Secret Family Festival
Jul 21 @ 11:30 am
Pisgah Brewing Company

Starring: 23 Skidoo & The Secret Agency, Empire Strikes Brass, Toybox Theatre, The Fritz and the Delta House Jazz Band

We are very excited to host the third annual Big Secret Family Festival on Sunday, July 21st!

Gates: 11:30 AM | Festival: 12:00PM

This year, the lineup is a goodie! 23 Skidoo & The Secret Agency, Empire Strikes Brass, The Fritz, and The Delta House Jazz Band, as well as loads of circus performers organized by Toybox Theatre and Cherokee Storytelling by John John Grant! Expect once in a lifetime performances where each band will collaborate with every other band to create weird and wonderful new musical mutations! Fun for the whole family, and unforgettable for everybody!!

100% of the profit from this festival will be split equally between DELTA HOUSE, Asheville’s oldest afterschool program, now celebrating its 40th anniversary, and BOUNTY & SOUL, an organization providing free nutritious produce to marginalized members of the Asheville and Black Mt. communities.

How do you feed the MIND, BODY, & SOUL of kids throughout the community, and have a BLAST DOING IT? …….That’s THE BIG SECRET!!!

Jack’s Bluegrass Brunch
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jack of the Wood

Jack’s Bluegrass Brunch kicks off every Sunday at 12 noon — with lively bluegrass tunes courtesy of The Jack of the Wood Bluegrass Brunch Boys from 1-3pm. Sip a Bloody Mary or Mimosa or a warm Irish coffee. Tasty brunch specials alongside our regular menu and 18 taps of rotating craft brews! Sláinte, y’all!

Live Music Saturdays
Jul 21 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Grove Arcade
Enjoy live music from local singer-songwriters in the Atrium of the Grove Arcade each Saturday from 12-3pm!
Stop by to kick your weekend off with shopping from local merchants and tunes from local musicians.
Serenity Sound Bath
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Center or Spiritual Living Asheville

Come in from the heat and immerse yourself with the healing vibrations of a Sound Bath!
Join your host Kristin Hillegas, for a one-hour Serenity Sound Bath and experience a deeply immersive, full-body sound and vibrational experience. A sound bath can cleanse your soul, restore your balance, surround you with peace and tranquility and stimulate healing.
Note: Please bring a yoga mat/pillow/blanket since you will be lying on the floor. Wear warm, comfortable, and flexible clothing.
The Sound Bath will take place upstairs in the Education Building. Choose your space starting at 12:45 PM, doors close promptly at 1:00 PM.
This service is being offered on a Love Offering basis. Donations allow us to continue to provide these immersive experiences.
Accessible parking is available in the Center for Spiritual Living Asheville upper parking lot. The entrance to the upper parking lot is off of S. Bear Creek Rd between Science of Mind Way and Sand Hill Rd.
There is a boardwalk walk-way from the upper parking lot to the building entrance.

Cabaret
Jul 21 @ 2:00 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse

Cabaret

Book by Joe Masteroff

Based on the play by John Van Druten

and Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Willkommen to the Kit Kat Klub! A Berlin Nightclub at the end of the 1920s. Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the Nazi Party are on the rise. Be transported back in time and welcome for the first time at Flat Rock Playhouse, Kander and Ebb’s Broadway sensation, Cabaret! Dark and sensual, it will break your heart and lift your spirits more wildly than anything else you’ll see this season.  “Cabaret is one of the great Broadway musicals and musical scores of all time–an exhilarating, harrowing masterpiece.” –Time Out New York

*Adult language and content. Parental discretion is advised.

Frozen, JR
Jul 21 @ 2:30 pm
Parkway Playhouse

A story of true love and acceptance between sisters, Frozen, JR expands upon the emotional relationship and journey between Princesses Anna and Elsa. When faced with danger, the two discover their hidden potential and the powerful bond of sisterhood. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen, JR is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!

Directed by Jenny Martin, with Music Direction by Melanie Veazey, and Choreography by Collin Eten. Ages 9-18.

Performances on July 19 and 20 at 6:30pm; July 21 at 2:30pm. Adult tickets $15, Child tickets $10.

ASHEVILLE MUSICAL THEATRE: Songs for a New World
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre

It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or
take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of
today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner, Jason
Robert Brown (Parade, Bridges of Madison County), this moving collection of powerful
songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.
With a small, powerhouse cast and a driving, exquisitely crafted score that runs the
gamut of today’s popular music, Songs for a New World is a great way to bring the next
generation into the theatre.

Head to www.avlmt.org or @avlmusicals for more information.

Legally Blonde the Musical
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm
Hendersonville Theatre

America’s favorite blonde, Elle Woods, is ready to prove who’s in charge in this fabulously fun, award-winning musical based on the adored movie. In the ultimate tribute to girl power, Legally Blonde follows Elle’s transformation from the UCLA sorority house to the Harvard halls of justice as she tackles stereotypes and scandal to pursue her dreams. Action-packed and exploding with pink, memorable songs, and dynamic dances – this musical is so much fun, it should be illegal!

TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC SESSION
Jul 21 @ 3:30 pm
Jack of the Wood

Jack’s long-running Traditional Irish Music Session is the perfect way to enjoy the Celtic-influenced sounds of talented pluckers from all over WNC & further afield! Stop in to enjoy a pint or afternoon Irish coffee with the music! Sláinte!

Live Music at the Bandstand Biltmore Estate
Jul 21 @ 4:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Biltmore

Relax and unwind to the rhythm and charm of Antler Hill Village as accomplished jazz, blues, rock, pop, swing, bluegrass, and rock duos, trios, and bands deliver fantastic 45-minute sets! Grab a sandwich, a cool drink, or an ice cream cone to enjoy against a backdrop of excellent musicianship, dynamic vocals, and the beauty of Biltmore Estate. Included with admission.

Sets begin on the half hour at 4:30 until 8:15 p.m. (last set starts at 7:30)

Live Music at the Bandstand Biltmore Estate
Jul 21 @ 4:30 pm – 8:15 pm
Biltmore

Relax and unwind to the rhythm and charm of Antler Hill Village as accomplished jazz, blues, rock, pop, swing, bluegrass, and rock duos, trios, and bands deliver fantastic 45-minute sets! Grab a sandwich, a cool drink, or an ice cream cone to enjoy against a backdrop of excellent musicianship, dynamic vocals, and the beauty of Biltmore Estate. Included with admission

Sets begin on the half hour at 4:30 until 8:15 p.m. (last set starts at 7:30)

July Schedule:

Thur. 7/4 – SPEAK EZ, Jazz, R&B and Motown

Fri. 7/5 – FLASHBACK, Classic Rock

Sat. 7/6 – MICHAEL STEVENS QUARTET, Jazz

Sun. 7/7 – STORMY WEATHER, Swing and Rock

Fri. 7/12 – CLAY LUNSFORD BAND, Americana

Sat. 7/13 – FREEPORT JAZZ, Jazz

Sun. 7/14 – FIRECRACKER JAZZ, Jazz

Fri. 7/19 – MICHAEL STEVENS QUARTET, Jazz

Sat. 7/20 – EMPORIUM, Variety 1950’s-Today

Sun. 7/21 – DRAYTON AND THE DREAMBOATS, Swing Jazz and Early Rock

Fri. 7/26 – ANNE COOMBS AND COMPANY SWING, Swing, Jazz, Blues and Pop

Sat. 7/27 – JOSEPH HASTY AND CENTERPIECE JAZZ, Jazz

Sun. 7/28 – MARK GUEST QUINTET, Jazz

 

To enjoy this complimentary event, guest must have a daytime ticket, a Biltmore Annual Pass, or a stay at one of the estate’s splendid overnight properties. Space is limited; seating available on first-come, first-served basis. Dates and live performance schedule subject to change. Outside food and beverage not permitted on Village Green. Outside alcohol not permitted on Biltmore property.

Greensky Bluegrass
Jul 21 @ 7:00 pm
Beech Mountain Ski Resort, Beech Mountain, NC

General Show Info
This show is open to all ages.
4:30PM GATES FOR VIP – 5:30 FOR GA and FOOD TRUCK VILLAGE OPEN / 7:00PM SHOW (set times subject to change at artists discretion)
This event is rain or shine.
There is no re-entry into the concert venue, except for emergency situations.
Children 5 years of age and under are admitted free.
Camping chairs and blankets are permitted, however chairs will NOT be allowed within 150 feet of the front of stage.
All tickets are General Admission.

Ticket Information
Pricing:
VIP Tickets: $250
Advanced General Admission: $65
At the Door General Admission: $75

VIP Tickets Include:
Early Entry to concert grounds and food trucks – 4:30PM
Premium Viewing Area in front of the stage
Lifted Premium viewing area by the VIP Tent & VIP Bar
Access to VIP Area Portable Restrooms
One complimentary drink ticket

Monday, July 22, 2024
Pritchard Park Arts and Culture Series: Pickin’ in the Park
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pritchard Park

The Asheville Downtown Association is thrilled to announce the return of the beloved Pritchard Park Arts and Culture Series, made possible through a generous partnership with the Trina Mullen Foundation, City of Asheville Parks and Recreation, ArtsAVL, and Explore Asheville. This summer series will run from May 28 through August 30, featuring exciting activations every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

 

Mondays: Pickin’ in the Park

Enjoy performances by local singer-songwriters in an intimate and relaxed setting. Experience the rich musical heritage of Asheville as talented musicians share their stories and songs.

A Steinway Celebration
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm
Brevard Music Center

BMC Artist Faculty take center stage as we shine a spotlight on Brevard’s world-renowned piano program.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on May 1. To receive early access to tickets for this event, become a donor today! Donor presale begins March 25.

Swannanoa Gathering: Old-Time Week Concert I
Jul 22 @ 7:30 pm
Warren Wilson College-Kittredge Theatre

 

Old-Time Week Concert I, Monday, July 22 is the first of two concerts featuring some of the best old-time musicians around, many of whom are familiar faces around western NC. The first concert features guitar & banjo with Phil Jamison & Gordy Hinners, fiddle and guitar with Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones, harmonica and more with Jackie Merritt, banjoists Ben Nelson and Laura BoosingerCary Moskovitz & Mark Olitsky, singer Cary Fridley, fiddler Earl White, clogger Rodney SuttonTessa & Chance McCoy, and Kelli Jones & Chas Justus.

SWANNANOA GATHERING STAFF CONCERTS

All shows begin at 7:30 pm in the college’s Kittredge Theatre. Tickets are $35 per concert (during Old-Time Week, ticket price includes dances following concerts). Children under 12 are $17Limited tickets are available for check or cash only in Asheville at Malaprops Bookstore, and in Black Mountain at Acoustic Corner.

Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Pritchard Park Arts and Culture Series: Hoop Jam
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Asheville Downtown Association is thrilled to announce the return of the beloved Pritchard Park Arts and Culture Series, made possible through a generous partnership with the Trina Mullen Foundation, City of Asheville Parks and Recreation, ArtsAVL, and Explore Asheville. This summer series will run from May 28 through August 30, featuring exciting activations every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

Tuesdays: Hoop Jam

Join the fun with hula hoops and a live DJ. Whether you’re a seasoned hooper or a beginner, this vibrant event invites everyone to dance, spin, and groove to the music in a welcoming and energetic atmosphere.

BMC Presents: Aoife O’Donovan in Concert with the Brevard Festival Orchestra
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm
Brevard Music Center

Grammy-award winner Aoife O’Donovan radiates with a timeless charm and contemporary allure that defies genre. Her distinctive sound weaves together intricate melodies and introspective lyrics. Along with favorites from throughout her career, Aoife performs America, Come, a new work for orchestra, choir, and vocals inspired by the lives, letters and speeches of suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt in which she explores the nation’s evolution through her compassionate songwriting and voice.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on May 1. To receive early access to tickets for this event, become a donor today! Donor presale begins March 25.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Cabaret
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse

Cabaret

Book by Joe Masteroff

Based on the play by John Van Druten

and Stories by Christopher Isherwood

Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Willkommen to the Kit Kat Klub! A Berlin Nightclub at the end of the 1920s. Hitler’s totalitarian regime and the Nazi Party are on the rise. Be transported back in time and welcome for the first time at Flat Rock Playhouse, Kander and Ebb’s Broadway sensation, Cabaret! Dark and sensual, it will break your heart and lift your spirits more wildly than anything else you’ll see this season.  “Cabaret is one of the great Broadway musicals and musical scores of all time–an exhilarating, harrowing masterpiece.” –Time Out New York

*Adult language and content. Parental discretion is advised.

OLD-TIME JAM Old-Time Mountain + Folk Music
Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Jack of the Wood


Grab some dinner and a pint while enjoying our long-running Old-Time jam! Featuring many talented musicians from the local WNC area, our traditional Appalachian mountain music jam runs from 5-9pm every Wednesday night at Jack of the Wood!

Sing Your Heart Out
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
LEAF Global Arts

Sing songs that celebrate Peace & Community, with Resident Teaching Artist Melissa McKinney. Sing, play, drum, and dance while learning songs from the Justice Choir Songbook.

Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
$15 drop-in class
All ages welcome.

IRATION + PEPPER: DAYTRIPPIN IN PARADISE SUMMER TOUR
Jul 24 @ 6:30 pm
Salvage Station

Iration is an alternative/reggae group originally formed in Isla Vista, CA. Their deep-rooted island influence and Hawaii upbringing is fused with elements of rock, pop and soul to create smooth, uplifting original sounds. The group is made up of members Micah Pueschel (Guitar/Lead Vocals), Adam Taylor (Bass), Joseph Dickens (Drums), Cayson Peterson (Keyboard/Synth), Micah Brown (Guitar/Vocals), and Drake Peterson (Trumpet, Keys).

Now, after almost two decades creating music together, Iration has racked up more than 1 billion streams, topped Billboard charts and established themselves as one of the most beloved reggae-rock bands to emerge from the SoCal scene.

After riding the wave of their 2020 release Coastin’, their 8th studio album, Daytrippin released on October 6th, 2023. The album’s title track “Daytrippin” released on June 9th accompanied with their official music video featuring desert visuals and a slightly dazed storyline from Joshua Tree. Watch the video now on YouTube. Additional sneak peeks previously dropped this year include “IRL” and “New Style.”

“Daytrippin is a return to our roots. We set out to strike a balance between polished studio production and the energy of a live show. We leaned on our reggae and rock influences to find a natural evolution from earlier albums like Time Bomb and Hotting Up,” says Iration lead vocalist, Micah Pueschel.

Iration performs coast-to-coast in 2023 in support of all things Daytrippin, headlining their “IRL Fall Tour,” an 18-date trek across the US with special guests Artikal Sound System and Cydeways, in addition to joining Rebelution’s Good Vibes Summer Tour for 44 dates at amphitheaters and venues across the country June-August.

The band has been touring nationally since 2008, performing at festivals nationwide from Lollapalooza to Sunfest and Hangout, closing stages at festivals like Bottlerock and Outside Lands. “Every night we create a little bit of paradise for the people that are coming to the show,”  Micah Brown told editors at Billboard.

Iration’s first four albums reached No. 1 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart. Early fan-favorite songs “Time Bomb” and “Falling” formed the foundation of Iration’s signature sound, and reached RIAA Certified Gold Status in 2020. In the years since, the group’s catalog hit the airwaves of alternative rock radio stations nationwide, including the world-famous KROQ in Los Angeles, and earned the ear of critics at American Songwriter, The Noise and All Music amongst many more.

Artikal Sound System is a reggae band based out of South Florida. Founded by Chris Montague (guitar) and Fabian Acuña (bass) in 2012, the band honed their chops backing a series of Caribbean singers. Along the way the boys picked up the insane and absurd keys player Christopher Cope and the heavy footed drummer Adam Kampf before finally trying something a little sonically different with their neighbor, female vocalist Logan Rex. After nearly a decade of playing together the boys sound tight and powerful, creating the perfect foundation for their jazz-influenced singer to dance around on lyrically and literally. What you hear is the sound of friendship, hard work, imagination and the hope to spread their message of love and the importance of having a good time.