Laura Hackett wearing a grey sweater and a turquoise necklace

Laura Hackett

Senior City Editor

Laura is based in Asheville, NC and has written for AVLtoday since March 2021. Before joining 6AM City, she wrote for Mountain Xpress and created content for the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce (the 2019 National Chamber of the Year). In her free time, she loves exploring her city by bike, testing out new restaurants, and hanging out with her dog Iroh at the park.

PARI is one of only three International Dark Sky-certified Parks in North Carolina — and it has fascinating ties to NASA and the Cold War.
As we dust off our Halloween costumes + ring in October, let’s take a moment to celebrate the best things we saw this September.
From craft fairs and block parties to vegan, cider, + beer-themed extravaganzas, there’s an event for everyone.
Catch 13 Halloween-themed films, from classic horror and dark comedy to spooky music videos and animation, at this year’s Cat Fly or Die indie film festival.
See extra orange in the trees this fall? It’s not just leaves — it’s a contingent of the ~500,000 monarch butterflies making their annual migration South.
The new installation and parklet, designed by a team of Cherokee and Asheville residents, symbolizes the living cultural legacy of the Cherokee and their rich contributions to craft.
Learn about the biggest industries and employers in the Asheville metro area with this guide to local business.
Asheville City Council has proclaimed Sept. 15-Oct. 15 as Latinx Heritage Months. Here’s how you can join in on the celebrations, from cooking classes and community gatherings to Buggy Pop’s Limber de Coco popsicles.
This historic, riverside neighborhood is a mecca for artists, outdoor enthusiasts, and craft beverage lovers — there’s also plenty of vintage shopping, coffee shops, and creative eateries.
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