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
Become a Sponsor! of Flat Rock Playhouse
Oct 23 all-day
online w/Flat Rock Playhouse

Celebrate the holiday season and the joy of live theater by becoming a sponsor for A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas! Your support sustains the impact of the performing arts on our hearts and minds as well as our local economy.
Act now!

Matching Gift Challenge! for Asheville Community Theatre
Oct 23 all-day
online

Amazing!

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor all donations given through Sunday, November 21 will be matched up to $8,500 – turning each donation into a SUPER DONATION! When you donate to ACT, you are assisting with scholarships, helping to keep ticket prices affordable, and so much more!

Help us reach this goal with a gift of any size!

Asheville Community Theatre Costume Sale
Oct 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Costume Sale

 

 

Come find a treasure or two at our next Costume Sale!

September sale is cancelled – but our October 23 sale is ON!

The sale will include costumes pulled from ACT’s extensive collection and donated items. Vintage petticoats and bloomers have been added to the sale, along with men’s dress and formal shirts, fur coats and accessories, hats, evening dresses, and children’s costumes. Men’s and women’s day wear and a variety of fabric pieces will also be available.

Weather permitting, the sale will be held in our parking lot and the newly fenced in side yard below the theatre. In the case of rain, the sale will take place in 35below, on the lower level of the theatre.

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status.

Cards only, please – no cash!

Venardos Circus
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Asheville Outlets
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    Venardos Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and limited seating. The circus performers also are the crew in this traveling tour, much like the original circus tradition. There are no animals in Venardos Circus.

     

    Parking is free. Festive preshow entertainment begins an hour prior to showtime. Tent concessions will be available when doors open. Classic circus treats like fresh popcorn, cotton candy, house-made all-natural pink lemonade, nachos, hot dogs, packaged candy, and more are available. The main event lasts approximately 90 minutes, with a brief intermission.

  • Saturday, October 30 – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**
  • Sunday, October 31 – 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**
CAROLINA BALLET THEATRE GHOSTS
Oct 23 @ 2:30 pm
Peace Center

Ghosts

The Greenville-centric story opens on Halloween night. While most families make their rounds through the well-known neighborhoods, a handful of kids break off from the group. Hoping to reveal an unspoken Greenville secret, they head to an abandoned mansion along the Reedy River. They knock on the door, and after no answer, a brave little girl says “Let’s go!” and pushes it open.

Lightning flashes to reveal a silhouette of a couple who dance a pas de deux to a string quartet medley of several Michael Jackson-inspired tunes. Ghosts creep out of every crevice but will not lunge into the audience at the matinee performance. Startling sound effects will also be kept to a minimum during the matinee performance.

Music By Michael Jackson and Choreography by Hernan Justo.

Venardos Circus
Oct 23 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Asheville Outlets
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    Venardos Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and limited seating. The circus performers also are the crew in this traveling tour, much like the original circus tradition. There are no animals in Venardos Circus.

     

    Parking is free. Festive preshow entertainment begins an hour prior to showtime. Tent concessions will be available when doors open. Classic circus treats like fresh popcorn, cotton candy, house-made all-natural pink lemonade, nachos, hot dogs, packaged candy, and more are available. The main event lasts approximately 90 minutes, with a brief intermission.

Saturday, October 30 – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**

  • Sunday, October 31 – 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**
Youth Production Class for High Schoolers
Oct 23 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 27 @ 6:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Our first Youth Production Class is right around the corner! We will be offering TWO sessions of Clue (High School Edition) – 1 session for middle school students, and one session for high school students. Classes will meet afterschool, and each session will end with two performances on the Mainstage! Registration for both sessions will begin on Wednesday, July 14. Tuition will be $350.00 – payment plans and scholarships will both be available.

High School Cast:
Classes/rehearsals: Meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons August 30 – October 27, 2021 from 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech Week: Monday, November 1 – Thursday, November 4, 2021; 4:30-6:30 pm each night
Performances: Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2:30 pm and Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 6:30 pm

Youth Production Class for Middle Schoolers
Oct 23 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

Our first Youth Production Class is right around the corner! We will be offering TWO sessions of Clue (High School Edition) – 1 session for middle school students, and one session for high school students. Classes will meet afterschool, and each session will end with two performances on the Mainstage! Registration for both sessions will begin on Wednesday, July 14. Tuition will be $350.00 – payment plans and scholarships will both be available.

Middle School Cast:
Classes/rehearsals: Meet Monday and Wednesday afternoons September 6 – November 3, 2021 from 4:30-6:00 pm
Tech Week: Monday, November 8 – Thursday, November 11, 2021; 4:30-6:30 pm each night
Performances: Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 2:30 pm and Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm

The Legend Of Tommy Hodges- Outdoor Drama
Oct 23 @ 6:30 pm
Cradle of Forestry

During this unique and exciting outdoor performance, audiences will travel back in time to the year 1908 and hear yarns about the legendary Tommy Hodges, a student of the Biltmore Forest School who went missing one autumn night. Audiences will be led around the Biltmore Campus Trail by different characters from the play and watch as the story unfolds around them from all sides. In addition, audience members are invited to dress up in Biltmore Forest School-era clothing (early 1900’s) to fully immerse themselves in the event and take part in the story.

The show is a one-mile-long experience, as the audience walks the well-lit trail to see the entire play and takes about 45 minutes to an hour. The story is better suitable for ages six and up. Audience members are asked to dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a flashlight, and although we love our pets as much as you, we ask that you please leave them at home. Ponchos and other raingear are welcome if the weather is drizzly, but please leave umbrellas at home so everyone has a chance to see the show unobstructed.

Admission to the show is $14.00 for ages 13 and up, $7.00 for youth 12 and under as well as for Cradle Annual Pass, America the Beautiful and Golden Age Passport holders.  Please call the Cradle at (828) 877-3130 if the weather is severe as the show may be cancelled. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC. Tickets will be sold in person at the Pisgah Ranger Station and Cradle of Forestry. For more information call (828) 877-3130.

Venardos Circus
Oct 23 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Asheville Outlets

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Venardos Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and limited seating. The circus performers also are the crew in this traveling tour, much like the original circus tradition. There are no animals in Venardos Circus.

 

Parking is free. Festive preshow entertainment begins an hour prior to showtime. Tent concessions will be available when doors open. Classic circus treats like fresh popcorn, cotton candy, house-made all-natural pink lemonade, nachos, hot dogs, packaged candy, and more are available. The main event lasts approximately 90 minutes, with a brief intermission.

  • Wednesday, October 27 – 7:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**
  • Thursday, October 28 – 7:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**
  • Friday, October 29 – 7:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**
  • Saturday, October 30 – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**
  • Sunday, October 31 – 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**
Clue
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

2021-22 Season: Clue

Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well … dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

Please come prepared to wear a mask for the entire performance. Masking requirements may change based on the recommendation of federal and/or state health officials; please check our website for ACT’s most up-to-date masking policy.


Seats have been blocked throughout the audience to provide social distancing between patrons. Patrons may purchase in groups of one or two only.


All tickets are subject to sales tax and a $3 ticketing system fee. All sales final. No exchanges or returns.

Dracula: The Failings of Men
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Mountainside Theatre

Dracula: The Failings of Men

Synopsis: A ghost ship washes ashore near London in 1897 and an ancient evil springs to life! DRACULA is an action-horror reimagining of the classic Bram Stoker novel. Walk along with Ada Van Helsing as she battles against the darkness in this cirque inspired adaptation.

Our Dracula is not a typical theatre show. In our production, patrons follow the action as they stroll through the theatre. This show is not recommended for Children under 10.

Where: Mountainside Theatre, home of “Unto These Hills” 688 Drama Road, Cherokee, North Carolina, 28719

Capacity: Limited to 199 patrons per show

When: Select days, October 1-31, 2021

First Release days: Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Overflow Days: Wednesday and Sunday

House will open at 7:00 PM Show Starts at 7:30 PM Show runs approximately 90 minutes**Tickets will be sold for Thursday through Saturday until it is necessary to release more tickets. If more seats are needed CHA will release Wednesday and/or Sunday tickets.

 

(20) VIP Experiences are available each night for an extra $20.00. (Ticket + VIP Upgrade)

https://www.havocmovement.com/

Dracula: The Failings of Men

HARVEY
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm
HART’s Main Stage

Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed but things… don’t go as planned. This Pulitzer Prize winning play is considered to be one of the greatest comedies ever written. Of course, it all gets sorted out in the end, but there are many surprises (as well as comic doses of wisdom) along the way, as everyone questions just what exactly is real.

 

Suitable for all audiences

Living Dead in Denmark w/ The Montford Park Players
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre

Living Dead in Denmark – Oct. 22 – 31

by Qui Nguyen

An action-adventure/horror sequel to William Shakespeare’s HAMLET. Set five years after the events of the original, the undead have risen to power and are trying to take over the world, led by the zombie lord and true king of Denmark

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm
Parkway Playhouse

Written by John Heimbuch
Created in collaboration with Jon Ferguson
Based on the story by Washington Irving

Directed by Daniel Moore

 

In the quaint village of Sleepy hollow, stories of wonder and strangeness surround the legend of a mighty headless Hessian. When the humble schoolteacher Ichabod Crane vies for the hand of the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel, the townsfolk might protest, but it is ultimately the Horseman who will decide his fate.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Masks are required to be worn by all audience members, regardless of vaccination status, at all times during this show. The health and well-being of our patrons, students, and staff remain our top priority. Thank you for your understanding and assistance with PPH’s policies and procedures.

The Legend Of Tommy Hodges- Outdoor Drama
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm
Cradle of Forestry

During this unique and exciting outdoor performance, audiences will travel back in time to the year 1908 and hear yarns about the legendary Tommy Hodges, a student of the Biltmore Forest School who went missing one autumn night. Audiences will be led around the Biltmore Campus Trail by different characters from the play and watch as the story unfolds around them from all sides. In addition, audience members are invited to dress up in Biltmore Forest School-era clothing (early 1900’s) to fully immerse themselves in the event and take part in the story.

The show is a one-mile-long experience, as the audience walks the well-lit trail to see the entire play and takes about 45 minutes to an hour. The story is better suitable for ages six and up. Audience members are asked to dress warmly, wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a flashlight, and although we love our pets as much as you, we ask that you please leave them at home. Ponchos and other raingear are welcome if the weather is drizzly, but please leave umbrellas at home so everyone has a chance to see the show unobstructed.

Admission to the show is $14.00 for ages 13 and up, $7.00 for youth 12 and under as well as for Cradle Annual Pass, America the Beautiful and Golden Age Passport holders.  Please call the Cradle at (828) 877-3130 if the weather is severe as the show may be cancelled. The Cradle of Forestry is located on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest near Brevard, NC. Tickets will be sold in person at the Pisgah Ranger Station and Cradle of Forestry. For more information call (828) 877-3130.

We’re Locals – LIVE Multimedia Show!
Oct 23 @ 8:00 pm
Sly Grog Lounge

WE’RE LOCALS IS COMING TO ASHEVILLE!

We’re Locals is a unique live multimedia show where two bozos (Dan Vetrano and Aaron Nevins) do their best to blend in with the natives in a completely different town every seven days, culminating in one dazzling show at the end of the week.

Dan and Aaron comb your bars, businesses and peculiar classified ads to find the most fascinating people around, following strange paths to meet even stranger strangers, scouring your thrift shops for choice finds, and generally embarking on insane life-changing experiences that they’ll tell you all about.

In addition, We’re Locals aims to showcase the colorful and vibrant idiosyncrasies of each town, rounding up local bands, comedians and artists and shining a spotlight on the workers, craftspeople and small businesses that make each place unique.

Come on out to We’re Locals for one night only of charmingly idiotic powerpoint presentations, games, surprises, and weird Wifi names from your neighborhood. By the end of the week, you might even confuse Dan and Aaron for your neighbors.

Sunday, October 24, 2021
Become a Sponsor! of Flat Rock Playhouse
Oct 24 all-day
online w/Flat Rock Playhouse

Celebrate the holiday season and the joy of live theater by becoming a sponsor for A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas! Your support sustains the impact of the performing arts on our hearts and minds as well as our local economy.
Act now!

Matching Gift Challenge! for Asheville Community Theatre
Oct 24 all-day
online

Amazing!

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor all donations given through Sunday, November 21 will be matched up to $8,500 – turning each donation into a SUPER DONATION! When you donate to ACT, you are assisting with scholarships, helping to keep ticket prices affordable, and so much more!

Help us reach this goal with a gift of any size!

HARVEY
Oct 24 @ 2:00 pm
HART’s Main Stage

Elwood P. Dowd is an affable man who claims to have an unseen (and presumably imaginary) friend Harvey — whom Elwood describes as a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall pooka resembling an anthropomorphic rabbit. Elwood introduces Harvey to everyone he meets. His social-climbing sister, Veta, increasingly finds his eccentric behavior embarrassing. She decides to have him committed but things… don’t go as planned. This Pulitzer Prize winning play is considered to be one of the greatest comedies ever written. Of course, it all gets sorted out in the end, but there are many surprises (as well as comic doses of wisdom) along the way, as everyone questions just what exactly is real.

 

Suitable for all audiences

Clue
Oct 24 @ 2:30 pm
Asheville Community Theatre

2021-22 Season: Clue

Each of the guests has an alias, the butler offers a variety of weapons, and the host is, well … dead. So whodunnit? Join the iconic oddballs known as Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard as they race to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up. Based on the cult classic film and the popular board game, Clue is a madcap comedy that will keep you guessing until the final twist.

Please come prepared to wear a mask for the entire performance. Masking requirements may change based on the recommendation of federal and/or state health officials; please check our website for ACT’s most up-to-date masking policy.


Seats have been blocked throughout the audience to provide social distancing between patrons. Patrons may purchase in groups of one or two only.


All tickets are subject to sales tax and a $3 ticketing system fee. All sales final. No exchanges or returns.

BLOODBATH: VICTORIA’S SECRET
Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm
The Magnetic Theatre

MAINSTAGE

BLOODBATH: VICTORIA’S SECRET

Written and Directed by Jamieson Ridenhour

As “Tori Piper,” Victoria Leigh was once the darling of mid-to-late eighties low-budget horror—she was the go-to final girl of a dozen or so B-level slashers. Then she filmed the cult classic Sorority Bloodbath, a cinema verité horror film plagued by rumors of sinister occurrences on-set. Then she vanished, fueling a subset of fan conspiracy theories.

In 1999, Victoria Leigh is planning a quiet New Year’s Eve dinner with her girlfriend, but things aren’t working out. People keep showing up at the apartment, and some of them may have sinister intentions. Deadly intentions. Add in a crazed young wanna-be agent and Tori’s former lover / co-star who has hidden motivations of her own, and the pressure and terror mounts quickly for the former scream queen.

But as the night lengthens and the body count grows, more questions arise. Who is really the hunter and who the prey? And what really happened on the set of Sorority Bloodbath all those years ago? To what lengths will a final girl go to survive?

IN ORDER TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITY, THE MAGNETIC THEATRE IS CURRENTLY REQUIRING MASKS AND VACCINATION OR A RECENT NEGATIVE COVID-19 TEST TO ENTER THE THEATRE.

Venardos Circus
Oct 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Asheville Outlets
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    Venardos Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and limited seating. The circus performers also are the crew in this traveling tour, much like the original circus tradition. There are no animals in Venardos Circus.

     

    Parking is free. Festive preshow entertainment begins an hour prior to showtime. Tent concessions will be available when doors open. Classic circus treats like fresh popcorn, cotton candy, house-made all-natural pink lemonade, nachos, hot dogs, packaged candy, and more are available. The main event lasts approximately 90 minutes, with a brief intermission.

Saturday, October 30 – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**

  • Sunday, October 31 – 1:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. **spooky spectacular**
Dracula: The Failings of Men—- New date Added
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm
Mountainside Theatre

A ghost ship washes ashore near London in 1897 and an ancient evil springs to life! DRACULA is an action-horror reimagining of the classic Bram Stoker novel. Walk along with Ada Van Helsing as she battles against the darkness in this cirque inspired adaptation. Our Dracula is not a typical theatre show. In our production, patrons follow the action as they stroll through the theatre. This show is not recommended for children under 12.

Living Dead in Denmark w/ The Montford Park Players
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre

Living Dead in Denmark – Oct. 22 – 31

by Qui Nguyen

An action-adventure/horror sequel to William Shakespeare’s HAMLET. Set five years after the events of the original, the undead have risen to power and are trying to take over the world, led by the zombie lord and true king of Denmark

Monday, October 25, 2021
Become a Sponsor! of Flat Rock Playhouse
Oct 25 all-day
online w/Flat Rock Playhouse

Celebrate the holiday season and the joy of live theater by becoming a sponsor for A Flat Rock Playhouse Christmas! Your support sustains the impact of the performing arts on our hearts and minds as well as our local economy.
Act now!

Matching Gift Challenge! for Asheville Community Theatre
Oct 25 all-day
online

Amazing!

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor all donations given through Sunday, November 21 will be matched up to $8,500 – turning each donation into a SUPER DONATION! When you donate to ACT, you are assisting with scholarships, helping to keep ticket prices affordable, and so much more!

Help us reach this goal with a gift of any size!

Studio 52 ACTING Class(In-Person), K-2nd Grades
Oct 25 @ 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Studio 52/ Flat Rock Playhouse

ACTING (In-Person), K-2nd Grades

Does your little kid have a big imagination and lots of energy? Then this class exploring the fundamentals of theatre is just for them! During this 8-week class, students will explore favorite storybook characters and bring them to life through acting, creative movement, and music! This high-energy class will celebrate your young artist’s creativity, develop skills in improvisation, public speaking, and expression, and release creative energy in a meaningful way. With new material every semester, this class can (and should) be taken multiple times!

Notes: To ensure increased ventilation, this class will be held outside whenever possible. If rain forces the program indoors, all students and staff will be required to wear masks. Thank you for understanding as we work to keep our community safe. Read more about our Covid Safety Guidelines here.

Instructor: Tania Battista
*Need-based scholarships are available upon application.
Learn more below about payment plans and multi-student discounts.
Studio 52: ACTING (In-Person), 6th-8th Grades
Oct 25 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Studio 52/ Flat Rock Playhouse

In this eight-week semester, young artists will learn to create dynamic relationships through theatre games, improvisation, and scene work. With an emphasis on ensemble storytelling, character creation, physicality, and voice and speech, students will leave feeling more collaborative, creative, and confident making bold choices on stage and in life. Apply your skills in an informal showcase for friends and family. No prior experience is necessary, only an open mind! With new material every semester, this class can (and should) be taken multiple times.

Instructor: Tania Battista

Notes: To ensure increased ventilation, this class will be held outside whenever possible. If rain forces the program indoors, all students and staff will be required to wear masks. Thank you for understanding as we work to keep our community safe. Read more about our Covid Safety Guidelines here

 

*Need-based scholarships are available upon application.
Learn more below about payment plans and multi-student discounts.

SPEAKEASY IMPROV: THE FELLOWSHIP
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm
Wedge Foundation

Taught by Tim Hearn

This class is divided into 10 distinct lessons for newer students that have never taken an improv class as well as seasoned improvisers who are looking for a new take on some old techniques.

EPISODES

Each week is designed to ensure students learn through group experience and active play. This class will approach the Learning Targets from different angles with a focus on process, not product, allowing students to learn and grow at their own pace.

  • Ep. 1 – Woolly Bully
  • Ep. 2 – “There’s Been A Murder”
  • Ep. 3 – “For Those Reasons, I’m Out”
  • Ep. 4 – Shrek
  • Ep. 5 – A2C
  • Ep. 6 – NEW CHALLENGER APPROACHING!
  • Ep. 7 – Show N Tell
  • Ep. 8 – Shrek 2
  • Ep. 9 – “Practice?”
  • Ep. 10 – “We Talkin’ Bout Practice?”

October 4 – November 29, 2021
Mondays at 6:30pm at Wedge Foundation