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Entertainment & Events in Asheville, North Carolina

Special Events

  • Carolina Bonsai Expo 828-665-2492
    100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
    Asheville, NC 28805
    North Carolina Arboretum
    The largest Bonsai show in the Southeast, this two day event features outstanding Bonsai, exhibits, demonstrations, a live auction, and a market place. more

  • Asheville Civic Center 828-259-5736 or 828-259-5544
    87 Haywood Street
    Asheville, NC 28801
    Located in Downtown Asheville
    A major entertainment facility for Western North Carolina, the Asheville Civic Center hosts several dramas, music performances, pageants, conventions and festivals per year in its Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. The Center also includes an Exhibition Hall on the bottom level, an Arena Floor immediately above, and a third level complex which includes a glass-enclosed concourse. It has excellent acoustic and lighting systems and is also the performance space for the Asheville Symphony Orchestra.  more

  • Art Walk 828-258-0710 #108
    From April to October, the first Friday of every other month, restaurants are filled as people enjoy the surrounding galleries and shops which extend their hours. more

  • Harvest Home Celebration 828-211-9805
    1 Approach Road
    Asheville, NC 28801
    Located at the Biltmore Estate
    Celebrate the changing of the seasons and the Appalachian heritage with craft demonstrations, storytelling, music, and dance at this weekend festival in September.  more


  • Regal Hollywood Cinemas 14 828-274-9500
    1640 Hendersonville Road
    Asheville, NC 28803
    Features critically-acclaimed films, alternative productions, restored classics and first-run foreign movies.  more

  • Fine Arts Theatre 828-232-1536
    36 Biltmore Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801
    Located in Downtown Asheville
    Housed in an elegant and historic Art Deco building, the Fine Arts Theatre shows an array of first run art and independent films on its two screens. more

  • Carmike 10 828-298-4452
    121 River Hills Road
    Asheville, NC 28805

  • UA Beaucatcher 7 828-298-1234
    321 Haw Creek Lane
    Asheville, NC 28805
    Features critically-acclaimed films, alternative productions, restored classics and first-run foreign movies.  more

Night Life

  • Imperial Life, The 828-254-8980
    48 College Street
    Asheville, NC 28801
    A low-light, grown-up bar above Table Restaurant in downtown Asheville, the Imperial Life offers an extensive selection of small batch spirits, local beers on tap, seasonal changing craft cocktails, a wine list with lesser-known and esoteric varietals and an inventive small plate menu that includes house-made charcuterie, artisan cheeses, raw oysters & sashimi, lamb tartare, and salads. more

  • Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club, The 828-225-5851
    101 Biltmore Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801
    On the Corner of Biltmore & Hilliard Avenue
    "One of the Southeast’s preeminent concert venues," the Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club features state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment. Acts over the years have included Bob Dylan, Ben Harper, Blondie, Spoon, Sonic Youth, Damien Rice, Arcade Fire, Joan Jett, My Morning Jacket, Lauryn Hill, Ice Cube, Lucinda Williams, Cyndi Lauper, Modest Mouse, the Beastie Boys, and the Smashing Pumpkins. more

Concerts & Performances

  • Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival 828-298-3325 Ext 3050
    Warren Wilson College
    This month long chamber music series features 15 concerts of traditional and contemporary composers presenting beautiful music. more

  • Shindig on the Green 828-258-6101
    City/County Plaza
    Outdoor Southern Appalachian music and dance evening event that takes place on the 5th, 12th, and 19th of July and includes clogging, bluegrass, and old-time music and dancing. more

  • Mountain Dance and Folk Festival 828-258-6101
    Diana Wortham Theatre
    America's original folk festival, this two day festival features three evening performances of old-time and blue grass music by some of the finest traditional musicians in West North Carolina. Traditional Southern Appalachian dancing is also featured during this festival. more

  • Summer Evening Concerts 828-274-6333
    Biltmore Estate
    Month long concert event that takes place on the weekends throughout August at the South Terrace of the Biltmore House. Listen to some of the most noted names in entertainment performing an array of outstanding music during these concerts. Reservations are required. more

  • Grey Eagle 828-232-5800
    185 Clingman Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801
    The Grey Eagle is a listening room-style concert venue with a capacity of 610 for standing room only and 310 for seated events. more

Plays & Productions

  • Asheville Community Theatre 828-254-1320
    35 East Walnut Street
    Asheville, NC 28801
    This Western North Carolina theater has been offering professional quality productions since 1946 and presents an array of comedies, musicals, and dramas throughout the year. The theater is also involved in education and community outreach programs plus offers an "Act I Mystery Production" troupe to add a bit of fun, mystery, and suspense to any party or event. more

  • Diana Wortham Theatre 828-257-4530
    2 South Pack Square
    Asheville, NC 28801
    Downtown Asheville
    This intimate 500-seat theater is host to more than 150 performances annually by professional touring artists and local arts organizations. Dramatic productions, musical concerts, and dance productions are among the performances that are featured. more

Arts & Crafts Shows

  • Village Art & Craft Fair 828-274-2831
    Grounds of All Souls Cathedral in Biltmore Village
    Over 120 exhibitors from ten different states will be representing all styles of media during this two day arts and crafts show that features a wide display of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, glassware, and metal treasures to take home as gifts for all occasions. more

  • Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands 828-298-7928
    87 Haywood Street
    Asheville, NC 28801
    Held at the Civic Center in Downtown Asheville
    The bi-annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands features over 200 craftspeople with fine handcrafted items, live local musicians, and craft educators.  more

Festivals & Fairs

  • Spring Herb Festival 828-689-5974
    Brevard Road
    Asheville, NC 28805
    WNC Farmer's Market
    The largest herb festival in the Southwest, this three day festival features over 50 vendors offering a wide assortment of herb plants and herbal products. Educational programs are offered. more

  • 4th of July Celebration 828-529-5800
    City/County Plaza
    The largest 4th of July celebration in the region, this event features live entertainment, special children's activities, delicious foods, and a grand finale fireworks show. more

  • Red, White & Blues 828-274-6333
    Biltmore Estate Winery
    Celebrate the 4th of July during this unique three day holiday celebration that includes live blues and jazz music, fine wines and foods, a variety of games and activities for children, cooking demonstrations, and wine programs. more

  • Sourwood Festival 828-669-2300
    207 Sutton Avenue
    Black Mountain, NC 28711
    Black Mountain
    Two day street festival held every August in downtown Black Mountain. Features over 150 booths filled with arts and crafts, as well as delicious food, live music, an 8K road race, and one-mile Fun Run for kids.
    Sponsored By: Black Mountain-Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce

  • Goombay! Festival 828-252-4614
    Market & Eagle Streets, Downtown Asheville
    A three day outdoor celebration of African-American and African-Caribbean cultures that includes exotic music, dancing, food, crafts, and a children's area. Held every August. more

  • Heritage Weekend 828-665-2492
    382 Blue Ridge Parkway
    Asheville, NC 28805
    Held at the Blue Ridge Parkway's Folk Art Center
    The annual Heritage Weekend features the World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Competition, traditional music and dancing, storytelling and heritage craft demonstrations. Experts on beekeeping, canning and preserving, coopering, heritage toy making, blacksmithing, natural dyeing, spinning, quilting, whittling, basket weaving and folk pottery will be on hand.
    Sponsored By: Southern Highland Craft Guild

  • Greek Festival 828-253-3754
    227 Cumberland Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28801
    Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
    Celebrating the Greek community in the region, this two day festival features authentic Greek foods and pastries, cooking demonstrations, native Greek folk dancing, live music, and imported Greek novelties. more

  • National Truffle Fest 919-845-8880
    11 Boston Way
    Asheville, NC 28803
    Grand Bohemian Hotel
    This decadent weekend takes place in the rustic beauty of the Grand Bohemian Hotel and pairs some of Asheville's most highly-acclaimed restaurants with outstanding winemakers for a weekend of unforgettable dining. All proceeds generated will be given to the Frankie Lemmon Foundation.  more

Seminars & Symposiums

  • Grandfather Camera Clinic 828-733-2013
    Grandfather Mountain
    Held annually on the third weekend in August, this two day seminar and clinic will feature presentations by some of the nation's top news photographers and professionals with an emphasis on press photography applications. Professional and serious amateur photographers are invited to attend. more

Sporting Events

  • Asheville Tourists Baseball Club 828-258-0428
    30 Buchanan Place
    Asheville, NC 28801
    Located at Historic McCormick Field
    A minor league Class A Affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, the Asheville Tourists Baseball Club's regular schedule is from April to September. more

  • Asheville Grizzlies 828-257-2518
    515 Hiawassee Avenue
    Asheville, NC 28711
    Located at Memorial Stadium
    Asheville Grizzlies are a Professional Minor League Football Team owned and operated by AGPA, Inc., a non-profit organization "dedicated to providing an avenue for young men to pursue their desire to continue playing the game they truly love and to provide an avenue to develop and hone their skills to make the jump to the next level of Professional Football." Their regular scheduled season is from June to September.


  • Montreat Parade 828-669-2911
    Montreat, Lake Susan
    The whole family will enjoy this fun, and funny, 4th of July parade and festival around the scenic Lake Susan. more

  • Asheville Holiday Parade 828-251-4147
    Downtown Asheville
    An Asheville tradition celebrating over 60 years, this year's theme is "Joy to the World - Holiday Celebrations Around the Globe."  more


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