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

Jun
15
Sat
2019
Tryon Resort’s “Saturday Night Lights” @ Tryon International Equestrian Center
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 26 @ 10:00 pm

Join us for “Saturday Night Lights,” a family-friendly event at Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC, happening every Saturday evening May through October featuring FREE carousel rides, pony rides, bounce house, face painting, entertainers and live music, plus horse show competition. General admission and parking are also free and open to the public. With onsite dining options, concessions, shopping, and lodging, come for the night or for a vacation getaway! Learn more at Tryon.com/SNL.

Phone: 828-863-1000

Email: [email protected]

Jun
24
Mon
2019
2019 Asheville Percussion Festival @ Multiple Venues in Downtown Asheville
Jun 24 – Jul 1 all-day

THE ASHEVILLE PERCUSSION FESTIVAL ENCOMPASSES A WHOLE WEEK OF EVENTS -MONDAY, JUNE 24th THROUGH MONDAY, JULY 1st- INCLUDING: immersive workshops in frame drum, doumbek, handpan, djembe, samba, marimba, gamelan, and more, as well as concerts and demos for those who enjoy listening more than playing. Complete schedule, details, and ticket sales can all be found at the Info page of our website:
www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/info
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This year’s theme, Rhythms of Diversity, brings percussionists from around the globe to Asheville to share their musical expertise, including four-time Grammy Award winner, Glen Velez; rhythm vocalist, Loire Cotler; and Balinese Gamelan Ensemble from New York, Yowana Sari. We also welcome back Persian daf and tonbak player, Naghmeh Farahmand, and versatile musical prodigy, Adam Maalouf, as well as djembe player, Adama Dembele, from Ivory Coast and members of the Asheville-based Samba group, Zabumba.

Check out the Residency Artists page on our website (http://www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/artists) to learn more about the stellar lineup of talent for the 2019 festival. These inspiring musicians will create original compositions during the week to perform in a Masters Concert on Saturday evening, June 29th. Some of the featured artists will also offer workshops during the week-long intensive program and facilitate a sound meditation together on Sunday, June 30th, while several local musicians will facilitate the free community workshops on Saturday, June 29th.

This year’s Festival events, including the intensive program, are offered à la carte; create your own experience! This flexibility allows you to select the festival events you would like to attend, customized to fit your work and travel schedule.

Complete schedule, details, and ticket sales can all be found at the Info page of our website:
www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/info

ALL TICKETS ARE DISCOUNTED 15% UNTIL MAY 1.
Please note: separate tickets are required for EACH event, including concerts and free workshops, even for intensive participants.

Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jun 24 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Jun
25
Tue
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jun 25 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Jun
26
Wed
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jun 26 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Jun
27
Thu
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jun 27 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Jun
28
Fri
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jun 28 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

FREE Gamelan Workshop @ Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Experience the exotic sounds and rhythms of Balinese Gamelan music. Gamelan is a ceremonial ensemble-style of music, indigenous to Indonesia, Bali, and Java. The ensemble arrangement is comprised of metallophones, metal keyboard instruments struck with mallets, and other percussion instruments, including gongs, chimes, and kendhang drums.The music often accompanies traditional dances and is played to summon the gods.

4-5:30pm/ FREE
Gamelan Workshop with Gamelan group Yowana Sari hosted by Michael Lipsey director of Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY.
Instruments provided.
*At Black Mountain Museum & Arts Center: 120 College St, Asheville, NC 28801.
Please register for this free ticket on-line at:
http://www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/info

This workshop is part of the Asheville Percussion Festival, a week-long celebration of diverse percussion traditions that take place at a variety of venues. To see a complete list of the various workshops, concerts, and other happenings that week and the specific times, days, and locations, please see:
http://www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/info

Tickets are à la carte for the array of workshop and concert offerings, so you can create your own custom experience for the week or for specific days and events.

ARTIST BIO
Gamelan Yowana Sari has been a performing Balinese Art Ensemble since 2011. The group is currently in residence at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. They’ve recently returned from a two week tour in Indonesia, performing in Pengosekan, Bali, at the home of the extraordinary composer I Dewa Ketut Alit. Gamelan YS performed two of Alit’s works along with other kreasi baru (new works) by Evan Ziporyn and Pak Windha. Gamelan YS has a long relationship with Alit as a constant source of encouragement and instruction. The group plans to return in 2019 for a longer tour of the island.

Percussionist Michael Lipsey has performed at festivals in Bali, London, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Mexico City, Taipei, Macao, Tokyo, La Jolla, New York, Moscow, Bogota and France. Michael is the founding member of Talujon Percussion and has also performed with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Steve Reich, Bang on a Can, Tan Dun, New York New Music Ensemble and Riverside Symphony. He has recorded for Sony Records, Red Poppy Records, Nonesuch, Albany, Capstone and Mode. Michael has performed throughout the world and given master classes at numerous schools including the Juilliard School of Music and California School of the Arts. Michael is a full-time Professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY, Queens College and Director of the Percussion Program and the New Music Ensemble.

Video of Yowana Sari performance with dancer:

Gamelan Concert by NYC Ensemble Yowana Sari @ Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center
Jun 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Experience the exotic sounds and rhythms of Balinese Gamelan music. Gamelan is a ceremonial ensemble-style of music, indigenous to Indonesia, Bali, and Java. The ensemble arrangement is comprised of metallophones, metal keyboard instruments struck with mallets, and other percussion instruments, including gongs, chimes, and kendhang drums.The music often accompanies traditional dances and is played to summon the gods.

8:00pm/ $15
A special evening of contemporary and traditional music featuring NYC Gamelan group, Yowana Sari.
*At Black Mountain Museum & Arts Center: 120 College St, Asheville, NC 28801.
Tickets to this concert are $15 and available on-line at:
http://www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/info

This concert is part of the Asheville Percussion Festival, a week-long celebration of diverse percussion traditions that take place at a variety of venues. To see a complete list of the various workshops, concerts, and other happenings that week and the specific times, days, and locations, please see:
http://www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/info

Tickets are à la carte for the array of workshop and concert offerings, so you can create your own custom experience for the week or for specific days and events.

ARTIST BIO
Gamelan Yowana Sari has been a performing Balinese Art Ensemble since 2011. The group is currently in residence at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. They’ve recently returned from a two week tour in Indonesia, performing in Pengosekan, Bali, at the home of the extraordinary composer I Dewa Ketut Alit. Gamelan YS performed two of Alit’s works along with other kreasi baru (new works) by Evan Ziporyn and Pak Windha. Gamelan YS has a long relationship with Alit as a constant source of encouragement and instruction. The group plans to return in 2019 for a longer tour of the island.

Percussionist Michael Lipsey has performed at festivals in Bali, London, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Mexico City, Taipei, Macao, Tokyo, La Jolla, New York, Moscow, Bogota and France. Michael is the founding member of Talujon Percussion and has also performed with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, Steve Reich, Bang on a Can, Tan Dun, New York New Music Ensemble and Riverside Symphony. He has recorded for Sony Records, Red Poppy Records, Nonesuch, Albany, Capstone and Mode. Michael has performed throughout the world and given master classes at numerous schools including the Juilliard School of Music and California School of the Arts. Michael is a full-time Professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY, Queens College and Director of the Percussion Program and the New Music Ensemble.

Video of Yowana Sari performance with dancer:

Jun
29
Sat
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jun 29 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit @ NC Arboretum
Jun 29 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Masters of Percussion Concert @ Diana Wortham Theatre
Jun 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

MASTERS CONCERT
A thrilling full-stage performance of original collaborative compositions created during the Asheville Percussion Festival’s residency week by our world-renowned Residency Artists. The lineup includes four-time Grammy Award winner, Glen Velez; rhythm vocalist, Loire Cotler; and Balinese Gamelan Ensemble from New York, Yowana Sari. We also welcome back Persian daf and tonbak player, Naghmeh Farahmand, and versatile musical prodigy, Adam Maalouf, as well as djembe player, Adama Dembele, from Ivory Coast and members of the Asheville-based Samba group, Zabumba.

Jun
30
Sun
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jun 30 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit @ NC Arboretum
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Billy Jonas Band Family Concert @ White Horse Black Mountain
Jun 30 @ 3:00 pm

Led by vocalist/guitarist/ “industrial re-percussionist” Billy Jonas, the BJB features multi-part vocal harmonies, drums, bass, marimba, and audience-engaging choreography. Featuring Ashley Jo Farmer, Sherman Hoover, and Juan Holladay, they are known internationally for highly engaging and energetic performances. Impossible to categorize, the band combines influences from folk, jazz, nonwestern traditions and one-of-a-kind sources, including the audience’s imagination!

Jul
1
Mon
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jul 1 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Jul
2
Tue
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jul 2 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Empower Hour @ YWCA of Asheville
Jul 2 @ 11:30 am

Join us for Empower Hour, a one-hour program and facility tour where you will experience firsthand the YWCA’s work to bridge gaps in earning power, education, health & wellness and access to childcare.

Empower Hours take place twice a month on the first and third Tuesday at 11:30 am.
Lunch is served as part of our Empower Hour, so reservations are required.

To make a reservation: contact Elizabeth Alvandi, Advancement Assistant, at (828) 254-7206 ext. 103 or [email protected]

Jul
3
Wed
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jul 3 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Jul
4
Thu
2019
Fireworks Extravaganza @ Tweetsie Railroad
Jul 4 all-day

Celebrate July 4th with a day of family fun at Tweetsie Railroad, followed by the High Country’s most spectacular fireworks display. The park will remain open until 9:00 pm and fireworks begin at 9:30 pm.

Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jul 4 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Asheville Independence Day 5k @ Asheville Outlet Mall
Jul 4 @ 8:00 am

Asheville’s Independence Day 5k will get you starting your July 4th with a bang! This is a flat, family friendly course that starts and ends at the Asheville Outlet Mall.

Jul
5
Fri
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jul 5 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Jul
6
Sat
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jul 6 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Cool Summer Nights @ Tweetsie Railroad
Jul 6 @ 9:00 am – Jul 27 @ 9:00 pm

Every Saturday in July the park stays open late, until 9:00 p.m., so you can make more time for family memories. Enjoy evening train and stage shows, rides at dusk, and fun throughout the park.

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit @ NC Arboretum
Jul 6 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Jul
7
Sun
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jul 7 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.

Serafina and the Seven Stars Book Launch Event @ Barnes & Noble-Asheville Mall
Jul 7 all-day

Join best-selling author Robert Beatty as he celebrates the launch of his eagerly awaited Serafina and the Seven Stars at a hometown event July 7 at Barnes & Noble-Asheville Mall.

The Serafina and the Seven Stars Launch Party is the first opportunity to get a copy of the new book — a full two days ahead of the official nationwide release by publisher Disney Hyperion on July 9. It’s also the author’s only event of the summer anywhere in the Carolinas, Tennessee or greater Southeast region.

The party runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and is a free, open house-style event. No ticket or purchase is necessary. A full schedule of Serafina themed activities is planned throughout the day, including:

• Book signing with the author
• Living statues of sculptures depicted in Seven Stars
• Live music, roving magician, face painting

Serafina and the Seven Stars is the fourth book in Beatty’s best-selling Serafina Series about a brave and unusual 12-year-old girl and her adventurous life in the late 1800s at the opulent Biltmore Estate. Published by Disney Hyperion, the spooky Southern gothic books are a mix of history, mystery and magic, loved by readers of all ages. The series includes Serafina and the Black Cloak (2016 Southern Book Prize winner and #1 NYT Best Seller), Serafina and the Twisted Staff (#1 NYT Best Seller debut) and Serafina and the Splintered Heart (NYT Best Selling Series). Beatty is also author of last year’s #1 best-selling Willa of the Wood, set in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Visit robertbeattybooks.com for more about Serafina and the Seven Stars, author Robert Beatty and his other books.

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit @ NC Arboretum
Jul 7 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

Jul
8
Mon
2019
Odyssey ClayWorks Summer Kids Clay Camp 2019 @ Odyssey ClayWorks
Jul 8 all-day

Come experience the love of clay with our talented artists at Odyssey ClayWorks! Learn to sculpt, coil, and even get to try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel in a fun and upbeat atmosphere. All skill levels welcome.