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

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
2022 Leiman Match For Giving Tuesday
Nov 29 all-day
online

We have so much to be grateful for at the end of the 2022 Season. Thanks to supporters like you, Flat Rock Playhouse celebrated its 70 th Birthday this year. That’s 70 years of high-quality, hand-crafted entertainment and unique arts education experiences, right here in Henderson County.
In honor of the arts and the impact they have on our lives, we hope you’ll consider becoming a Monthly Donor this Giving Tuesday. Thanks to a generous couple, David and Sharon Leiman, your gift will be matched at $1.80 for every $1.00 donated, starting at $18.00/month through the end of 2022. Over 30 donors have already signed up to make a difference. Help us reach our goal of 70 donors to celebrate our 70th birthday! If we reach 70 monthly donors by Giving Tuesday, we’ll enter all monthly donors in a raffle to win a free concession item for every production in 2023! Thank you for supporting the arts today!
Asheville Community Theatre Holiday Special Subscription
Nov 29 all-day
online

From 11/15 – 12/31, we’re offering a Holiday Special on our subscriptions! Get tickets at a discounted price, AND get a free ticket voucher for our next play, Native Gardens! Check our website on 11/15 to purchase this limited-time deal!

Be Here Now at NC Stage
Nov 29 @ 12:00 am – Dec 11 @ 2:00 pm
North Carolina Stage Company

Bari’s always been a bit of an angry, depressed misanthrope and losing her job teaching nihilism in New York to work at the local fulfillment center in her rural hometown has sent her into despair. But lately her recurring headaches manifest bizarre, ecstatic, almost religious experiences, and they’re changing her entire view of life. She’s in love. She’s almost… happy. When she finds out they’re also killing her, she must decide whether it’s better to live a short, joyful life, or risk a lifetime of unhappiness. Explore the immense joy and sorrow that come with being alive in this quirky, unexpected romantic comedy at Asheville’s only professional theatre.

Discretionary Warning: Mature Language and Content
COVID protocol: masks required in the theatre space

Tanglewood Youth Theatre: Youth Acting Ages 8-12
Nov 29 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

In this class designed for beginners and younger performers, students will learn basic acting techniques and have a great time doing so! They’ll get creative with short scenes and play drama games that teach key skills in a fun and approachable way. This class builds the confidence to help them to shine on stage and in life –  even in their next audition or school play! Students will perform a showcase for family and friends during the last class.

Registration begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $225 – Scholarships are available.

NOTEIf applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

Auditions for Native Gardens
Nov 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

 callbacks Thursday, December 1 5:30 – 7:30 pm

MAINSTAGE

Native Gardens

PLAY

By Karen Zacarías

Directed by: Candace Taylor

AUDITION DATES: UPDATED: Monday, November 28 and Tuesday, November 29 from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm, callbacks Thursday, December 1 5:30 – 7:30 pm

PRODUCTION DATES: February 10 – February 26, 2023; Performances: Fridays February 10, 17, 24 and Saturdays February 11, 18, 25 at 7:30pm and Sundays February 5, 12, and 19 at 2:30pm. Cast must plan to arrive at least 1 hour prior to show time.

DIRECTOR SEEKS: TBA – check back for more information closer to audition dates!

ABOUT THE SHOW: Tania, a very pregnant PHD candidate, and Pablo, her high-powered lawyer husband, realize the American dream when they buy a house with a backyard in Washington, DC. Living next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank is great – until a disagreement arises over a long-standing fence line between their homes. The conflict spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. With witty humor and engaging real-life drama, Native Gardens showcases conflict – and the worst and best ways to work it out!

Director Candance Taylor seeks a cast of four for this quick-witted and engaging real-life drama. Characters include Tania, a doctoral candidate, her husband Pablo, a rising attorney, and Frank and Virginia, their neighbors – a well-established D.C. couple with a prize-worthy English garden.

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Asheville Community Theatre Holiday Special Subscription
Nov 30 all-day
online

From 11/15 – 12/31, we’re offering a Holiday Special on our subscriptions! Get tickets at a discounted price, AND get a free ticket voucher for our next play, Native Gardens! Check our website on 11/15 to purchase this limited-time deal!

Thursday, December 1, 2022
Asheville Community Theatre Holiday Special Subscription
Dec 1 all-day
online

From 11/15 – 12/31, we’re offering a Holiday Special on our subscriptions! Get tickets at a discounted price, AND get a free ticket voucher for our next play, Native Gardens! Check our website on 11/15 to purchase this limited-time deal!

Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic + Feature Comedy at Pulp Lounge
Dec 1 all-day
Pulp Lounge

12.01 PULP Featuring Katie Hughes plus Comedy Open Mic
What: Stand up Comedy at The Orange Peel’s Pulp Lounge
When: Thursday 12.01.22. 8p-10p, doors at 7:30p
Where: The Orange Peel’s Comedy Basement, Pulp Lounge103 Hilliard Ave, Downtown Asheville
Tickets: $15 (available at door or The Orange Peel Website)
Katie Hughes is an Atlanta-based comedian and writer who Creative Loafing Atlanta named Critics’ Choice Best Comedian & Readers’ Choice Best Celebrity of 2019. Her album “Queen of the Castle” debuted at #1 on iTunes. Katie can be heard frequently on SiriusXM and seen on HBOmax and [adult swim].
Comedy open mic. [signup at the door to get 3-5m. Free entry for performing comics, free snacks at comics table]
Hosted by Cody Hughes.
Katie Hughes Videos:


FB EVENT: https://fb.me/e/22QEIpORh

Tanglewood Youth Theatre: Broadway Cabaret (ages 8-12)
Dec 1 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Ages 8-12 Nov 3 – Dec 18 | Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Learn to be a triple threat in this musical performance class! Students will work with acting, music, and dance professionals to stage songs from some of our favorite Broadway musicals. Get ready for the spotlight – students perform in a cabaret style showcase at the end of the class!

Registration begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Tuition will be $375.00 – payment plans and scholarships will both be available. 

Student Ages 8-12
Classes/Rehearsals: 
Nov 3 – Dec 18 | Thursdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm and Saturdays 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Tech Week: Dec 12-15 | Monday through Thursday | 4:30-6:30 pm
Performances: Sunday, December 18, 2022 at 6:30 pm

NOTE: If applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out a registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

Tanglewood Youth Theatre: Teen Acting
Dec 1 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

In this class designed for beginners to intermediate performers, students will develop and hone their acting techniques. They’ll work on short scenes, monologues and play drama games that teach key skills in a fun and approachable way. This class gives students the confidence to shine on stage and off – even in their next audition or school play! Students will perform a  showcase for family and friends during the last class.

Registration begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $225 – Scholarships are available.

NOTEIf applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse
Studio 52 Presents: A Charlie
                Brown Christmas. Dec. 1 - 4.

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in a spectacular new production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story and featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi,  A Charlie Brown Christmas is a present the whole family can enjoy. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they sing, dance, and learn the true meaning of Christmas!

Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic + Feature Comedy at Pulp Lounge
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm
Pulp Lounge

12.01 PULP Featuring Katie Hughes plus Comedy Open Mic
What: Stand up Comedy at The Orange Peel’s Pulp Lounge
When: Thursday 12.01.22. 8p-10p, doors at 7:30p
Where: The Orange Peel’s Comedy Basement, Pulp Lounge103 Hilliard Ave, Downtown Asheville
Tickets: $15 (available at door or The Orange Peel Website)
Katie Hughes is an Atlanta-based comedian and writer who Creative Loafing Atlanta named Critics’ Choice Best Comedian & Readers’ Choice Best Celebrity of 2019. Her album “Queen of the Castle” debuted at #1 on iTunes. Katie can be heard frequently on SiriusXM and seen on HBOmax and [adult swim].
Comedy open mic. [signup at the door to get 3-5m. Free entry for performing comics, free snacks at comics table]
Hosted by Cody Hughes.
Katie Hughes Videos:


FB EVENT: https://fb.me/e/22QEIpORh

Friday, December 2, 2022
Asheville Community Theatre Holiday Special Subscription
Dec 2 all-day
online

From 11/15 – 12/31, we’re offering a Holiday Special on our subscriptions! Get tickets at a discounted price, AND get a free ticket voucher for our next play, Native Gardens! Check our website on 11/15 to purchase this limited-time deal!

Wine with DIVINE, a fundraiser for Healing Solutions Counseling
Dec 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
plēb urban winery

Wine with DIVINE, the happiest hour! A fundraiser for Healing Solutions Counseling and a great way to unwind after the week. Enjoy the fine wines from Pleb Urban Winery and the company of backwoods busy gal, DIVINE the bearded lady. The show is Friday, December 2nd from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Buy $20+ tickets at https://winewithdivineoct.bpt.me You’ll soon realize that DIVINE’s the best friend you’ve never had. A 30-year veteran to the stage, DIVINE wows audiences with her knack for storytelling, live singing, chit-chat, interviews, and more. Admission starts at $20 and includes a souvenir glass, your first pour, and this exclusive intimate cabaret show. Grab your VIP+ tickets before they sell out! All profits support Healing Solutions Counseling 501c3 with JFS. Produced by Asheville Drag Brunch. Tickets are limited and are available at www.AshevilleDragBrunch.com. Group reservations? Questions? Text/call (828) 333-7247 or email [email protected].

Disney’s Newsies JR – Wed. Cast
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm
Asheville Performing Arts Academy

Disney's Newsies JR - Wed. Cast

Seize the day at the APAA with Disney’s Newsies JR! Come and see the Prep & Community Cast fight against all odds through music and dance.

Newsies JR. is a 60-minute version of the 2012 Broadway musical, based on the 1992 film. Inspired by the rousing true story of newsboys in turn-of-the-century New York City, Newsies JR. features a Tony Award-winning score by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman and a book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.

When powerful newspaper publishers raise prices at the newsboys’ expense, the charismatic Jack Kelly rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions. Together, the newsies learn that they are stronger united and create a movement to fight for what’s right.

Including the now-classic songs “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” and “Santa Fe,” Newsies JR. is a timeless story full of spirit and heart.

This performance is for the Wednesday Cast consisting of APAA’s Prep Students and Community Students. Please check with your cast members before purchasing tickets to ensure you are seeing the correct cast.

A Christmas Carol by William Leach
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm
Brevard College

A Christmas Carol by William Leach

A Christmas Carol

by William Leach

One person show performed by faculty member, Dan Toot

Morrison Playhouse in the Paul Porter Center for the Performing Arts

The Spirits are coming! In this faithful and poetic adaptation by William Leach, Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim and all the rest, are brought to life in one body! Presented in a comfortable, intimate setting let Brevard Theatre Faculty Dan Toot get you and the family in the Christmas Spirit, and perhaps reflect on how we’ve been a “Scrooge” in our own life.

2022 HOLIDAY SHOW
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
Magnetic Theatre

2022 HOLIDAY SHOW
By Skyler Goff

From the deviant minds that brought you Spanko: A Tex-Mex Commedia Musical, in partnership with The Magnetic Theatre comes a paranoid, bawdy, and morbid retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic. More information to follow!

December 2 – 17, 2022
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm
Sundays at 4pm

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
Flat Rock Playhouse
Studio 52 Presents: A Charlie
                Brown Christmas. Dec. 1 - 4.

Everyone’s favorite holiday classic comes to life in a spectacular new production of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story and featuring the music of Vince Guaraldi,  A Charlie Brown Christmas is a present the whole family can enjoy. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the whole Peanuts gang as they sing, dance, and learn the true meaning of Christmas!

ASHEVILLE CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
Diana Wortham Theatre 18 Biltmore Ave. Asheville, NC 28801

ASHEVILLE CONTEMPORARY DANCE THEATRE PRESENTS

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

December 2, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
December 3, 2022 at 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

A GREAT WAY TO KICK OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON!

Expect the brilliantly unexpected from Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s eleventh annual performance of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. ACDT has shocked and surprised audiences over the years with their original version of The Nutcracker. Though The Nutcracker might be the world’s most famous ballet, if it is being performed by ACDT you can guarantee it is something you haven’t seen before. Their version couldn’t be farther from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet. It is based on the original and much darker story written in 1816 by German author E.T.A. Hoffmann.

School Show – Dec. 2 @ 10:00 a.m. Call the box office for tickets: 828-257-4530, ext. 1.

Caroling by Gaslight A deviously twisted new take on a Christmas classic
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
The Magnetic Theatre

CAROLING BY GASLIGHT

Written and Directed by Skyler Goff

Everyone knows the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the tightfisted old miser. But if you thought he was bad, wait until you get a load of his neighbors. Find out what really happened that fateful night in this hilariously devious retelling of the Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.

Content Warning: Contains explicit sexual content, language, and dialogue. Depicts murder, gore, gun use, conspiracy, prostitution, necrophilia, hallucinogens, psychotic breaks, and other content not suitable for children. Please contact the box office for more information if needed. We do not recommend this show for audiences under 18.

Elf The Musical
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Book by: Thomas Meehan & Bob Martin; Music by: Matthew Sklar; Lyrics by: Chad Beguelin; Directed by: Jeff Catanese

 

Based on the beloved holiday film, this hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to live joyfully in community as he finds and shares his true identity. Elf The Musical is full of cheer with bright costumes, jolly dancing, and show-stopping songs. This heartwarming holiday tale dazzles and delights all ages!

 

Accessibility:

All performances: Accessible wheelchair/scooter seating available.

Saturday, Dec 17, 2022: ASL-Interpreted Performance

Holiday Double Cheer
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
Hendersonville Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Jim Christian
Music by Kenneth Plain

Directed by Beth Norris

FIVE CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s 1954, and five best friends – all named Carol – as they prepare for their annual holiday performance at the local high school on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, egos, miscommunication, and a power outage turn their quest for perfection into a madcap misadventure that somehow manages to salvage their camaraderie and the spirit of the holidays. Bursting with wonderful new songs and lush arrangements of Christmas classics, this riotous romp is heartwarming and absolutely hilarious.

JINGLEJACKS
Four Canadian lumberjacks, isolated in a cabin, are living out their dreams of becoming internet sensations with their Christmas webcast featuring favorite holiday songs sung in the style of barbershop, classical, hip-hop, smooth jazz, rap, glee club, rock, and many more. And just like every pop star wannabe, they hold contests, sell merchandise, and send shout outs to their loyal fans, “The Jackals.” Through it all, their warmth, charm, and quirkiness provide a big ol’ holiday bear hug loaded with traditional song favorites and fresh new melodies.

HOLIDAY DOUBLE CHEER
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
Hendersonville Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Jim Christian
Music by Kenneth Plain

DIRECTED BY CHANDLER SMITH

FIVE CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s 1954, and five best friends – all named Carol – as they prepare for their annual holiday performance at the local high school on Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, egos, miscommunication, and a power outage turn their quest for perfection into a madcap misadventure that somehow manages to salvage their camaraderie and the spirit of the holidays. Bursting with wonderful new songs and lush arrangements of Christmas classics, this riotous romp is heartwarming and absolutely hilarious.

JINGLEJACKS

Four Canadian lumberjacks, isolated in a cabin, are living out their dreams of becoming internet sensations with their Christmas webcast featuring favorite holiday songs sung in the style of barbershop, classical, hip-hop, smooth jazz, rap, glee club, rock, and many more. And just like every pop star wannabe, they hold contests, sell merchandise, and send shout outs to their loyal fans, “The Jackals.” Through it all, their warmth, charm, and quirkiness provide a big ol’ holiday bear hug loaded with traditional song favorites and fresh new melodies.

Holiday Double Cheer: FIVE CAROLS FOR CHRISTMAS + JINGLEJACKS
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm
Hendersonville Theatre

Hendersonville Theatre invites you to join them this December to celebrate the holidays in a new and unique way. In Holiday Double Cheer: Five Carols for Christmas and JingleJacks, two unique musical one-acts will make their North Carolina premiere at Hendersonville Theatre from December 2 to 18. Tickets are $21-30 and are available online at HVLtheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (828) 692-1082. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10 percent discount.

Double Holiday Cheer opens with Five Carols for Christmas. Set in 1954 suburbia and inspired by classic holiday Christmas specials, Five Carols is the story of five best friends (all named Carol) who set out to present a memorable Christmas program at the local high school. Unfortunately, egos, miscommunication, and a power outage turn their quest for perfection into a madcap misadventure that somehow manages to salvage their camaraderie and the spirit of the holidays.

The second half of Double Holiday Cheer presents JingleJacks, a new, modern, Christmas musical. Four Canadian lumberjacks, isolated in a cabin somewhere in the wilderness, are living out their dreams of becoming internet sensations with their Christmas webcast. Using webcams and laptops, they serenade their “cyber” audience with a broad spectrum of musical genres: barbershop, classical, hip-hop, smooth jazz, rap, glee club, rock, and many more. And just like every pop star wannabe, they hold contests, sell merchandise, and send shout outs to their loyal fans, “The Jackals.” Through it all, their warmth, charm, and quirkiness provide a big ol’ holiday bear hug loaded with traditional song favorites and fresh new melodies.

Double Holiday Cheer is sponsored by Harvey’s Al Fresco at The Henderson and is also supported by the Community Foundation of Henderson County, the City of Hendersonville, and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

French Broad-way Baby Drag Show
Dec 2 @ 10:00 pm
Getaway River Bar

Come for a Broadway themed drag show hosted by the legendary comedian and award winning performer Ida Carolina.

The show is held at the Getaway River Bar, full bar and chill vibes right on the French Broad River.

Doors at 10pm. Show starts at 11pm. $5 Cover

21+

Saturday, December 3, 2022
Asheville Community Theatre Holiday Special Subscription
Dec 3 all-day
online

From 11/15 – 12/31, we’re offering a Holiday Special on our subscriptions! Get tickets at a discounted price, AND get a free ticket voucher for our next play, Native Gardens! Check our website on 11/15 to purchase this limited-time deal!

Tanglewood Youth Theatre: Journey to Imaginationland Ages 5-7
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Asheville Community Theatre

Kids have great imaginations – this is the place to let it loose! Our youngest students will learn to bring fun stories and characters to life. Through games and play, they’ll get comfortable expressing with their voices and bodies. And, their confidence will grow as they perform with other kids! Join us for play and creativity!

Registration begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $175 – Scholarships are available.

NOTEIf applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

Tanglewood Youth Theatre: Youth Improv
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Asheville Community Theatre

 

Improv teaches performers spontaneity, creativity, and to think outside the box! In this class, students will learn the basics of improv with techniques designed to get them comfortable with performing, quick thinking, and being present on stage. They’ll be laughing and learning with fun games, warm-ups, “Yes And” exercises, and a showcase for family and friends during the last class.

Registration begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $225 – Scholarships are available.

NOTEIf applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.

Sample the Nutcracker at Pack Library with the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville
Dec 3 @ 10:30 am
Pack Memorial Library

The Ballet Conservatory of Asheville will visit Pack Library on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. to give us a special preview of their upcoming performance of The Nutcracker.

This festive presentation will include dance performances and demonstrations, readings of The Nutcracker story, and best of all, an opportunity to dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Come take a selfie with a real ballerina!

We will also feature Nutcracker books, movies, and music available for checkout with your library card. No registration is required, this a free holiday program, and all ages are welcome.

Tanglewood Youth Theatre: Teen Improv
Dec 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

 

Improv teaches performers spontaneity, creativity, and to think outside the box! This class is for both beginner students and for students continuing their improv journey. Students will learn and practice improv with techniques designed to get them comfortable with performing, quick thinking, and being present on stage. They’ll be laughing and learning with fun games, warm-ups, “Yes And” exercises, and a showcase for family and friends during the last class.

Registration begins on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 10:00 am. Tuition will be $225 – Scholarships are available.

NOTEIf applying for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application INSTEAD of filling out registration. If your application is approved, we will be in touch with you to register.