has a listing of all community events in the Asheville, NC area.

Friday, October 30, 2020
5 Factor 5K Fundraiser to Prevent Child Abuse
Oct 30 – Oct 31 all-day

Welcome to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina’s first-ever 5 Factors (virtual) 5k! Because we cannot safely gather in-person this year, we are expanding our annual, one-day event to AN ENTIRE RACE WEEK (Oct. 24-31), packed with all the family-friendly activities we typically host on race day. That means you get to choose when and where you complete your 5k, AND you will have access to an entire week of fun, virtual activities designed for all ages!

When you register below, you will have access to our race week calendar of activities that will run October 24th through October 31st. We are so excited to feature mini events focused on mental and physical health, education, and family entertainment scheduled at different times throughout the week.

Your VIP Race Week includes:

  1. Access to more than 20 family-friendly virtual activities (live and pre-recorded) focused on exercise, entertainment, and education
  1. Pop-up drawings for free swag
  1. Discounts on featured merchandise
  1. Printable customized bib
  1. Printable customized certificate of completion – there is an option for you to submit your time!

VIP Race Week is jam-packed with family fun, all for the low price of $35. We may be physically distant, but we are TOGETHER in preventing child abuse and neglect.

Asheville City Extends Outdoor Expansion Program Until January 3
Oct 30 all-day

AVL Shares Space, the City of Asheville’s outdoor expansion program to help businesses add capacity during Covid-19, has been extended until January 3, 2021. AVL Shares Space includes curbside pickup zones throughout downtown, and expansions of private property, public property (sidewalk, on-street parking, parklets). The program has been instrumental for many downtown businesses.
The winter guidelines for temporary outdoor expansion spaces are available here. They include requirements for use of outdoor heaters, sides for tent/shade structures, outdoor lighting and additional maintenance considerations like snow and leaf removal. The guidelines also include staff contact information for questions and a frequently asked question section. City staff has been working directly with the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR) on this rollout and will continue providing one-on-one support to businesses as-needed.

In addition, the City is providing materials to assist with temporary parklet installation and has partnered with the American Institute of Architects Asheville (AIA) to improve accessibility into these spaces. Businesses owned or managed by people of color are especially encouraged to contact City staff for assistance.

Businesses and organizations can find applications for new temporary outdoor expansion and amend current applications with winterization changes through the City’s Development Portal here.

The public can provide feedback on these initiatives by emailing [email protected] and checking the project page for updates and input opportunities.

The City will make adjustments to the programs as-needed based on public health guidance, and will continue working with businesses and organizations to respond to critical needs, while considering new initiatives for the winter and spring and possible continuation of some opportunities longer term.



BOOsters and Pumpkins
Oct 30 all-day
Businesses throughout Buncombe County

The BOOsters are happy little friendly ghosts sold throughout the month of October in area banks, restaurants, cleaners, convenience stores, and many other businesses. For only $1.00, anyone can purchase a BOOster, place his or her name or business card on it and have it displayed. This is a great way to decorate area businesses for the holiday while providing fun, friendly competition, and funds to help continue the outreach of the Eblen Charities.

Eblen Charitable Group Pumpkin Sales: Much like the BOOster sales, these bright paper pumpkins are sold for $1.00 during the month of October in area schools and Ingles Markets. This program sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, Ingle’s Markets, Pepsi, and Clear Channel radio stations benefits the programs of the Eblen Charities  and helps provide a community program to the area schools with the premise of children helping children. Schools also have the opportunity to win prizes and equipment for their school. The school with the most over all sales is awarded the Frank Lewis Memorial Award, named in memory of our long time friend and Buncombe County educator, Frank Lewis.

Calling for Submissions: The Breath Project/Flat Rock Playhouse
Oct 30 all-day
The Breath Project logo

Flat Rock Playhouse is proud to partner with The Breath Project to create an archive of 8 minute and 46 second works of live theater from multidisciplinary theater artists of color who are responding to this moment in history. All submissions that meet the Breath Project guidelines will be featured in the archive, and as partners in the project, CJ Barnwell will be the curator from our theater who will help select pieces from the archive to feature in a virtual festival in Fall 2020. For those who do not have access to video recording equipment, the Playhouse is able to offer the use of the Mainstage and video recording support. If you are interested in recording on the Mainstage, please email [email protected].

To be considered for the Fall 2020 virtual festival, please submit your piece by Sept. 14, 2020. For more information on the submission process, the mission of the Breath Project and other partner theaters, visit

Coffee for Champions Supports Special Olympics
Oct 30 all-day
Buncombe County

Coffee for Champions Supports Special Olympics

Do you need a cup of ambition before you start the day (or a few throughout the day)? During the month of October, popular coffee shops and cafés throughout Buncombe County donate up to five cents of each cup of coffee purchased to support local sports programs for community members with intellectual disabilities.

Coffee for Champions is the largest annual fundraiser for Special Olympics Buncombe County, a completely donation-funded, volunteer-driven program that provides year-round training and competitive programs in 11 sports for more than 480 youth and adults. Funds raised help build equitable opportunities for everyone who lives here, create a connection between athletes and the greater community, and celebrate changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities.

“We started Coffee for Champions five years ago,” says Karla Furnari, Local Coordinator for Special Olympics Buncombe County. “Each year, it continues to grow and helps expand programs and fund critical needs such as equipment, uniforms, and transporting athletes. Even though in-person training was put on hold because of COVID-19, volunteer coaches continued to engage with athletes on a regular basis to keep them mentally and physically healthy during a time that has been particularly taxing on individuals with intellectual disabilities. We have safely resumed some programs in which social distancing is possible and face coverings can be worn such as tennis and bocce.”

Donating Five Cents Per Cup

  • Ivory Road Café & Kitchen (1854 Brevard Road in Arden)
  • Mosaic Café & Coffee House (1 Town Square Boulevard in Biltmore Park)
  • PennyCup Coffee Company at the YMI (39 South Market Street in Downtown Asheville)
  • Round Earth Roasters (518 Hendersonville Road in Asheville)
  • Trout Lily Market (1297 Charlotte Highway in Fairview)

Donating One Cent Per Cup

  • PennyCup Coffee Company West (362 Depot Street in Asheville’s River Arts District)
  • PennyCup Coffee Company Haw Creek (6 Beverly Road in Asheville’s Haw Creek)
  • PennyCup Coffee Company North (857 Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville)

Buncombe County Special Olympics is made possible through funding from donors and support from Buncombe County Government. To donate or volunteer, visit the organization’s website.

Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy in 1968 to celebrate changing attitudes about the talents of people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Buncombe County provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for adults and children above the age of seven. Sports include alpine skiing and snowboarding, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, bowling, cheerleading, gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, and tennis, as well as a young athletes program. The organization also offers the Adaptive Athlete Program in a partnership with Buncombe County Recreation Services.

COVID-19 Testing in Buncombe County Info. Website
Oct 30 all-day
Various locations in Buncombe County


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COVID-19 Testing General Information

Think you have been exposed to COVID?

Testing is widely available at urgent cares, federally qualified health centers, and through some primary care providers for those who need it however, it remains important to focus on the prevention of COVID first and foremost to keep the virus from spreading further into the community and to loved ones.

Find testing near you:

  • If you DO NOT HAVE a healthcare provider who offers testing for COVID-19 and you need to get tested, there are several ways to find testing near you.
  • Visit the Find My Testing Place website to find a clinic or pop up testing site near you.
  • People in Buncombe County can access testing by completing the Buncombe County Self-Checker online. If you need testing, you can set up an appointment at one of the county’s open-air, drive-through sites. People can also call the Ready Team at (828) 419-0095 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm., Monday – Friday to be pre-screened for testing at these sites. A Ready Team member will call you within 2 business days to schedule your appointment.
  • You can call the Buncombe County nurse line at (828) 250-5300 to find out where you can get tested (Press OPTION #1 to speak with a nurse) from 8 am to 5:30 pm.

Testing Site Locations in Buncombe County: Appointment required at these sites

South West Buncombe

58 Apac Dr., Asheville (Buncombe County Sports Park)
Every Thursday
9:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Central Buncombe

A-B Tech, Genevieve Circle, Asheville (Allied Health Parking Lot)
Every Sunday
1:30-5:30 p.m.

Important: Please check Buncombe County’s Facebook page for site cancellations due to weather. 

CRITICAL NEED For Blood Donations
Oct 30 all-day
various see below

Donate Blood - The Blood Connection
The message is simple – COVID-19 has made a severe impact on the blood supply and The
Blood Connection is asking the community to donate blood as soon as possible to support the
critical need of blood for local hospitals in this area.

To find a blood drive:
To find a center (5 in Upstate, 2 in Western NC):
Those interested in hosting a blood drive in the community:<>

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Services in Buncombe County
Oct 30 all-day
Various Locations

Buncombe County offers services for those facing Domestic Violence:

HelpMate: HELPMATE HOTLINE: (828) 254-0516 | BUSINESS LINE: (828) 254-2968

Our Voice: 24-hour hotline at (828) 255-7576


Clothing: Both Homeward Bound Welcome Home Donation Center (205 Elk Park Dr.) and Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry’s Donation Center (24 Cumberland Ave.) allow domestic violence survivors in Buncombe County to shop for free

One Stop Shop: The Family Justice Center (35 Woodfin St.) is a location of multi-service providers who work together to offer assistance to domestic violence survivors. These orgs include HelpmateMountain Child Advocacy CenterOur VOICEMission HealthBuncombe County Health and Human ServicesBuncombe County Sheriff’s OfficePisgah Legal Services, and the Asheville Police Department.

LegalPisgah Legal Services (62 Charlotte St.) works with domestic violence shelters, prevention agencies, and other partners in eleven WNC counties to provide info and services designed to aid independence from abusers, including protection orders, separation + divorce, child custody and support + more. With on-site attorneys + legal assistants, the Family Justice Center offers information about legal rights + protections.

Donate to AHOPE: Housing 65 people at the “COVID-19 hotel”
Oct 30 all-day

P.s. We invite you to join us in supporting one of AHOPE’s most urgent projects.

AHOPE is currently housing 65 people at the “COVID-19 hotel”. They are in need of donations to provide consistent meals to residents.

We are raising funds to purchase dinner for our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness in Asheville.

Will you join us?

Early Voting Buncombe County What’s The Wait? Website
Oct 30 all-day
Buncombe County Online

What is the wait? Buncombe County Website tracks waiting time for Early Voting in Buncombe County!

FAQ: Reappraisal 2021 Buncombe County
Oct 30 all-day

Reappraisal 2021

Through our efforts of informing Buncombe County about Reappraisal 2021 so far, we have received many questions from community members. So, we decided to compile them into this FAQ. Do you have more questions that aren’t covered here? You can email them to [email protected]. Otherwise, visit for everything you need to know about the reappraisal process.


North Carolina law requires counties to reappraise all real property once every eight years but also allows Counties to advance the reappraisal to less than eight years. Buncombe County Commissioners voted to conduct reappraisals every four years. The county must assess 127,000 parcels. The effective date of the reappraisal is Jan. 1, 2021.

Find My Testing Place Website
Oct 30 all-day

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COVID-19 testing is provided at some local health departments, doctor and clinician offices, many hospitals and clinics, many pharmacy sites and retail outlets, and other community locations.

No-Cost Community Testing Events

The content in the Test Site Finder below is provided and maintained by Castlight: COVID-19 Resource Center. These testing sites are not endorsed or vetted by NCDHHS. Please call the testing site or your health care provider before you go for testing.

Great Trails State Plan Survey for Public Opinion
Oct 30 all-day

A woman rides her bike on a path surrounded by woods. ​​​​​

​One Network of Trails. One Hundred Counties.

Give Your Feedback

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to hear from you about how to improve North Carolina’s greenways. Learn more about how you can get involved​.

​The Great Trails State Plan will draw upon existing plans and new recommendations to identify a network of shared-use paths and trails that connect​​​ every county in North Carolina, with a focus on connections between population centers and North Carolina State Parks.

The primary outcome of this planning process is to develop a statewide trail map coupled with an action-oriented network plan and 5-year implementation strategy.

The Great Trails State Plan is being led by the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Integrated Mobility Division, in coordination with the NCDOT Transportation Planning Division and North Carolina State Parks.​​​

Interested in Serving on the Asheville Downtown Association Board?
Oct 30 all-day
We are now accepting applications for our board of directors. Board members serve three-year terms, and represent a variety of downtown interests (retail, restaurant, nonprofit, resident). Board members are also asked to serve on a committee. Committees include issues, events, finance, equity and inclusion, and executive.

If you are interested in serving, please submit a letter of interest and your resume to Meghan Rogers. You can also reach out to Meghan with any questions regarding board service.

Asheville Downtown Association Weekly News

Local Companies are Still Hiring Land of Sky
Oct 30 all-day
Despite the high unemployment numbers for the Mountain Area Workforce Development region and state-wide, many local companies are in urgent need for employees. The Land of Sky Regional Council has developed a resource listing area businesses that are currently hiring. For information on how to be included on the list please contact the council at [email protected].
Meet Biblioboard, Buncombe Library’s Newest Digital Resource
Oct 30 all-day
The Perfect Turkey

Create, share, and discover with Buncombe County Public Library’s newest resource, Biblioboard.

BiblioBoard Library is an easy-to-use platform of high-quality digital content. Biblioboard offers books, articles, documents, images, audios, and videos. BiblioBoard Library is host to content from traditional publishers, indie authors, cultural institutions, and local thought leaders. Users can access BiblioBoard Library through the library’s website or on the device of their choice.

Some features of Biblioboard:

  • No waitlists or holds
  • Streaming audio and video are available on a wide variety of topics
  • Check out curated collections of the best indie authors.
  • Available for desktop, iOS, and Android devices

Local authors can submit their work for inclusion in the library catalog or publish books with Press Books. You can submit and share your work locally or nationally.


NC Moves 2050 Plan Public Input
Oct 30 all-day

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants your feedback for the NC Moves 2050 Plan, NCDOT’s update to the state’s long-range transportation plan. Participate by November 9 to provide comments on the recommended actions designed to provide a responsive, connected and inclusive transportation system. Your feedback will help guide North Carolina’s future transportation policies and investments. Take the quick survey.

Persons who do not speak English or have a limited ability to read, speak or understand English may receive interpretive services by calling 1-800-481-6494.

NC Nonprofit Coalition Launches Voter Safety Protection Campaign
Oct 30 all-day

Vulnerable North Carolinians can request free PPE as they head to the polls.

Protecting Voters

Whether you Early Vote or vote on Election Day, NCBA wants to protect voters at the polls by providing FREE single-use PPE kits. These kits will include:


  • A pair of disposable gloves
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Single-use protective mask
  • A pen and simple instructions on how to cast your ballot in person
  • A template to create your voting plan
  • A voter guide (will be mailed separately)

Need Assistance Requesting a PPE Kit?

Thanks to our partners at Disability Rights NC, voters can call 888-WEVOTE-2 for additional assistance, and to request a free PPE Kit.

New Tool to Track Your Mail in Vote
Oct 30 all-day

BallotTrax by i3Logix is a unique, patent-pending solution that tracks the status of every mail-in ballot and sends a series of proactive alerts to voters telling them where their ballot is in the election process from printed to accepted! This gives voters peace of mind knowing their vote remains private and has been counted!

North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 for three more weeks
Oct 30 all-day
North Carolina

Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 for three more weeks as health officials continue to monitor North Carolina’s viral trends. North Carolina has seen increased hospitalizations and trajectory of cases in recent weeks. Governor Cooper underscored the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, and using good judgment despite fatigue or frustration with the pandemic.

Online Education Series – From Mountain Crafts to Arts and Crafts
Oct 30 all-day

When Charlotte Yale and Eleanor Vance arrived in Biltmore Village in 1901, they had no idea how many hundreds of young men and women they would influence over the course of the next fifty years. Together they lead Biltmore Estate Industries and Tryon Toymakers and Woodcarvers into nationally respected Arts and Crafts enterprises, providing young men and women with critical skills in woodworking, woodcarving, toy making, and weaving. This three-part video prepared by author Bruce Johnson traces their lives and their influences, offering a glimpse into their dedication to improving the lives of area young men and women.
SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification App
Oct 30 all-day

How it Works

  • Download the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and enable Bluetooth and Exposure Notifications. Bluetooth must be on for the app to work. After opting-in to receive notifications, the app will generate an anonymous token for your device. A token is a string of random letters which changes every 10-20 minutes and is never linked to your identity or location, but is linked to date. This protects your privacy and security.
  • Through Bluetooth, your phone and the phones around you with the SlowCOVIDNC app work in the background (minimizing battery) to exchange these anonymous tokens every few minutes. Phones record how long they are near each other and the Bluetooth signal strength of their exchanges in order to estimate distance.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, you may obtain a unique PIN to submit in the app. This voluntary and anonymous reporting notifies others who have downloaded the app that they may have been in close contact with someone in the last 14 days who has tested positive.
  • PINs will be provided to app users who receive a positive COVID-19 test result through a web-based PIN Portal, by contacting the Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) call center, or by contacting their Local Health Department (LHD).
  • SlowCOVIDNC periodically downloads tokens from the server from the devices of users who have anonymously reported a positive test. Your phone then uses its records of the signal strength and duration of exposures with those tokens to calculate risk and determine if you have met a threshold to receive an Exposure Notification.
Support Pisgah Legal: Dollar to Dollar Match Donations
Oct 30 all-day

 A Wave of Evictions Expected This Winter
photo credit: Rob Schumacker/The Republic
A federal moratorium (temporary halt) on evictions due to non-payment of rent went into effect on September 4th and will last until December 31, 2020. While this moratorium is a welcome step forward, it does not solve the ongoing eviction crisis.  Jim Barrett, Pisgah Legal’s Executive Director, said in a recent article that he “hopes this so-called moratorium buys some time, but if you think about it, it expires the end of December. When would you rather not be evicted?”

Learn more:

Pisgah Legal is receiving an average of 1,000 calls a week, with over half relating to housing and fears of eviction.  Your support will help provide the vital free legal services to help stem the eviction crisis for thousands of our WNC neighbors. Gifts made to support this important work are being matched dollar-for-dollar. To learn more, contact Ally Wilson at [email protected] or call 828-210-3444.
The 2021 Preserve Our Parks Fund Drive
Oct 30 all-day

Preserve our Parks

America’s national parks belong to all of us. They connect us to the natural world and root us to our nation’s rich and fascinating history.

National parks exist because people had the foresight to protect the wonder of these unique places for future generations. The parks are a legacy that has been handed down to us; it is up to us to prove that we are worthy of that legacy by continuing to protect and preserve these iconic locations for the generations that come after us.

That’s the idea behind our annual Preserve Our Parks Fund Drive. In order to provide the resources for the crucial work that’s needed in our parks in 2021, we must raise $1,332,000 before December 31.

As an added incentive, when you donate to the Preserve Our Parks Fund Drive, you are able to send a beautiful eCard featuring our national parks to whomever you want. Let your friends, colleagues, and loved ones know how important our national parks are to you.

Use Your Voice – Support The Arts
Oct 30 all-day

Use Your Voice – Support The Arts

This May, we made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 season due to COVID-19. The entire industry of live entertainment has been severely impacted by the pandemic, and your support is needed now more than ever by asking your representatives to support the Save Our Stages Act. Click here to easily contact your congressional representatives. 

Volunteers needed at The Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store
Oct 30 all-day
Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store

If you are interested in volunteering, there is an ongoing need for volunteers at the Thrift Store! Positions range from one time to regularly occurring shifts, across a range of positions. No retail experience is required. To learn more about volunteering, visit and fill out the Volunteer Application.

All proceeds from purchases at the Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store go directly to helping animals at Blue Ridge Humane Society with housing, medical care, routine vet care and vaccinations, and more, as they are on their journey to a new, loving home.

Blue Ridge Humane Society thanks the community very much for continuing to remember us and for your ongoing support of the work of Blue Ridge Humane Society!

The Blue Ridge Humane Society Thrift Store is operated by the Blue Ridge Humane Society with proceeds directly helping animals in our care. Our store is almost entirely volunteer run. The Thrift Store is located at 1214 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville, NC, and is open 9:30am-4:30pm,Tuesday-Saturday. The store sells gently used donated items, including clothing, shoes, accessories, jewelry, furniture, linens, “boutique” items from upscale designer fashions,  antiques, crafting supplies, as well as a limited selection of electronics.

Voting in the 2020 General Election: What You Need to Know
Oct 30 all-day

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Voting in the 2020 General Election: What You Need to Know

The upcoming general election is on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Buncombe County Election Services wants to make sure you have all the information you need. Buncombe County is committed to having a safe and secure election in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. For more information about precautions regarding COVID-19, click here.

Below is information about Early Voting, absentee ballots, voter registration, sample ballots, and more. If you have additional questions, contact Election Services at (828) 250-4200.

YWCA Get out the Vote – 2020 Resources + Opportunities
Oct 30 all-day


If you are already registered, fill out a pledge that you will be voting and share with 3 friends here.

Absentee ballot deadlines
Info regarding absentee ballots

Request: Received by Oct. 27
Return by Mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3
Return in person: Nov. 3 by 5:00 p.m.

Early voting is Oct. 15 – Oct. 31Asheville locations are listed below
Early voting lookup for all counties. 

– Civic Center
– The Wesley Grant Center
– The Asheville Mall
– The Outlet Mall
– West Asheville Community Center
– Reynolds Village

Link to get a sample ballot
Nonpartisan candidate guide
Volunteer info
Link for Poll Worker Volunteer info

YWCA Fitness Center + Pool Open for Reservations
Oct 30 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Our Fitness Center successfully reopened in September and is available along with our indoor pool to all of our members by reservation. With our facility operating at 30% capacity, we are able to provide you with the space needed for a socially distant, indoor workout, swim, or limited personal training. You may make a reservation to use our Fitness Center or pool by either downloading the Daxko App, by visiting our website or by calling us directly and speaking with a Guest Services Associate.

YWCA Hours: Mon – Fri: 6 am – 6 pm | Sat: 7 am – 4 pm | Sun: closed  Pool Hours: Mon – Fri: 6 am – 6 pm | Sat: 7 am – 4 pm | Sun: closed

YWCA Enrolling Full-time School Age Remote Learners
Oct 30 @ 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
YWCA Justice Center

Since the onset of the pandemic in March, the YWCA of Asheville has been flexible and sensitive to the needs of our families as they arise. We closed our doors to the public from March–June to provide children of medical professionals and other essential workers with no-cost child care; now we continue to adapt.

We have opened a school-age classroom and are now enrolling children in grades Kindergarten-5th who are learning virtually. They will have access to a safe, learning environment, with WiFi access, meals (breakfast, lunch, and snack), outdoor activities, and crafts while guardians work. We accept vouchers for this program.

Fees are $433 per month, Priority will be given to families that qualify for
vouchers and subsidies OR who have no alternative childcare options.
We accept Child Care vouchers.
*At this time we are only enrolling full-time attendance.