PlanAhead: December 2021

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Happy December, Asheville. ☃️  If you’re anything like us, you’re ecstatic about the snow fall, holiday traditions, and the new year on the horizon — and with all that excitement, you’re also looking for fun local events to attend. Read on for all the top events happening this month in AVL.

All month long

  • Home for the Holidays Adoption Event | Tues., Dec. 2-Fri., Dec. 31 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Asheville Humane Society, 14 Forever Friend Ln. | Free | Bring a fuzzy friend back to their forever home with this month-long adoption promotion. All adoptions include spay/neuter, microchip, vaccines, medication, starter bag of food + zero fees. 🐾*
  • Deck The Trees 2021 | Thurs,. Dec. 3-Mon., Jan. 4rd | Various Times |  Monte Vista Boutique Hotel, 308 W State St., Black Mountain | Check out the uniquely decorated trees by the theme, A Black Mountain Christmas.🎄
  • Joyful Light | Wed., Dec. 3-Fri., Dec. 31 | 11a.m.- 6 p.m. | Asheville Gallery of Art,  82 Patton Ave | Free | Enjoy this art exhibit that welcomes the joy and light of the season. ✨

 Dec. 1-5

Wednesday, Dec. 1

  • Smart Series: Purpose-Driven Marketing | Wed., Dec. 1 | 12-1 p.m. | Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. | $15 | Learn how corporations are connected to their communities through social impact, education, and more.
  • Miss Tess | Wed., Dec. 1 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Weinhaus, 86 Patton Ave. | $13 | Bring proof of vaccination to the this vintage blues, country, and jazz show. 🎤
  • An Evening With The Steel Wheels | Wed., Dec. 1 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | Bring proof of vaccination to this rock and folk band. 🎸
  • Mipso | Wed., Dec. 1 | 7 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $22 | Bring proof of vaccination to this North Carolina-bred country band. 🎶
  • Bluegrass + Brews | Wed., Dec. 1 | 6 p.m. | Archetype Brewing, 265 Haywood Rd. | Free | Listen to local band, Knob Creek Incident and drink some brews. 🍻
  • YMCA Mobile Food Markets | Wed., Dec. 1-Fri., Dec. 31 | Times vary | Various locations in five counties | Free | ​​The YMCA’s mobile food markets distribute FREE fresh, healthy produce — check the schedule to see when it will be in your neighborhood.*
  • Day With(out) Art | Wed., Dec. 1-Sun., Dec. 5 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Free-$15 | 2 South Pack Sq. | View the new documentary ENDURING CARE + installations including local tales of life with HIV, and Félix González-Torres’s interactive candy installation.*

Thursday, Dec. 2

  • Holiday Dance Party Fundraiser | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 7-10 p.m. | Harmony Interiors AVL, 936 Tunnel Rd. | $25 | Enjoy this dance party benefiting Save Our Stages. 💃

  Friday, Dec. 3

  • Fatherhood Forum & Luncheon | Fri., Dec. 3 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Gateway Asheville, 20 Integrity Dr. | Free | Learn why a father’s involvement is vitally important.  
  • The Nutcracker and the Mouse King | Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Dec. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, 18 Biltmore Ave. | $32 | Enjoy Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre’s tenth annual performance.🩰
  • 2021 Dickens Festival | Fri., Dec. 3- Sat., Dec. 4 | Various times | Biltmore Village | Free | Enjoy this traditional tree-lighting ceremony. 🎄
  • Larkin Poe | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $25 | Bring proof of vaccination to this American roots rock band. 🎸 
  • Cristina Vane | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Enjoy original music ranging from blues, Americana + bluegrass. 🎤
  • Silent Disco: Ugly Sweater Party | Fri., Dec. 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. |  $5 | Bring your ugliest sweater and dancing feet.
  • Boozy Blackout Poetry | Fri., Dec. 3 | 5-8 p.m. | Noble Cider & Mead Downtown, 49 Rankin Ave. | Free | Write a quick, witty silly poem and get a free drink and help promote the The UNPRECEDENTED Project.  
  • Watchhouse | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7 p.m. | Harrah’s Cherokee Center | $27+ | Bring proof of vaccination to this folk band’s show.  
  • Frosty Sweat | Fri., Dec. 3 | 7:30 p.m. | Static Age Record, 110 N. Lexington Ave. | $10 | Join for a night of house techno and electro music with local and Raleigh DJs.  
  • Stillness: A Series by Artist Tony Griffin | Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Jan. 8 | 5-8 p.m. | Free | Come and enjoy beautiful works of art, imported European antiques, and curiosities (food + wine on opening night).*
  • It’s The Most __ Time Of The Year: Oil On Canvas | Select days Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Dec. 18 | Times vary | The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot St. | $25 | Jean and Doug are excited about the holidays, but Jean has arranged a surprise that makes the family question her sanity.*
  • Still Point Wellness BOGO Float Sale | Fri., Dec. 3 | All day | Virtual | $95 | 90 minute salt water floats are buy one get one free online through Dec. 4 for $95 ($190 value).*

 

Saturday, Dec. 4

  • An Appalachian Christmas Carol | Sat., Dec. 4 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Rd., Weaverville | $7 | Learn about the history of plantations + race in WNC.
  • Winter Ball | Sat., Dec. 4 | 8-10:30 p.m. | The American Ballroom Company, 85 Main St., Canton | $75 | A winter-themed dance for 15-19 year olds.
  • Holiday Harp and Flute | Sat., Dec. 4 | St. Marys’ Episcopal Church, 337 Charlotte St. | Donations | Bring proof of vaccination and to hear Kate Steinbeck on the flute and John Wickey on the harp. 🎼
  • Wagbar Weaverville Christmas Parade | Sat., Dec. 4 | 11:15 a.m.-3 p.m. | Davita Weaverville Dialysis, 329 Merrimon Ave. | Free | Bring your furry friend to join the parade. 🐶
  • Asheville Winter Grass with Songs From the Road Band | Sat., Dec. 4 | 3-9 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $20 | Live outdoor music with special award winning guests.    
  • Biology Basics of Food and Wine Pairing | Sat., Dec. 4 | 4 p.m. | North Carolina Wine Academy, 58 Wall St. | $40 | Learn from Elizabeth Schneider, host of the podcast “Wine for Normal People”. 
  • Soul Blue Rocks | Sat., Dec. 4 | 8-10:30 p.m. | Weinhaus, 86 Patton Ave. | $10 | Enjoy this classic soul, blues, and R&B band.
  • The Big Crafty | Sat., Dec. 4-Sun., Dec. 5 | Harrah’s Cherokee Center | $8 | Bring proof of vaccination to support creative venturers make connections with their community.  
  • Midland | Sat., Dec. 4 | 7 p.m. | Harrah’s Cherokee Center | $27+ | Enjoy this country band from Dripping Springs, Texas.     
  • 94th Annual Holiday Greens Market | Sat., Dec. 4- Sun., Dec. 5 | Various Times | Clem’s Cabin, 1000 Hendersonville Rd. | Free | This event features unique, handmade goods created by regional artists including wreaths, centerpieces, pottery, ornaments, and more.  
  • Kenilworth Artists Association Holiday Market | Sat., Dec. 4 | 12-5 p.m. | Kenilworth Church, 123 Kenilworth Rd. | Free | Purchase beautiful holiday gifts — pottery, mixed media, jewelry, mosaics, knits, and more from 15+ local artists.*

 

Sunday, Dec. 5

  • Free Vermiculture | Sun., Dec. 5 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Pearson Garden, 408 Pearson Dr. | Free | Worm composting workshop.🪱
  • Asheville Drag Brunch | Sun., Dec. 5 | 11 a.m- 2 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $25 | Enjoy brunch and a drag show benefiting Tranzmission of Asheville.
  • Bro Revels | Sun., Dec. 5 | 3 p.m. | Lipinsky Auditorium, 300 Library Ln. | $15 | Enjoy the full Blue Ridge Orchestra reunites for the holiday celebration. 🎼
  • Refraction Holiday Art Market | Sun., Dec. 5 | 12-6 p.m. | Wedge at Foundation, 5 Foundy St. | Free | Buy ceramics, paintings, prints, woodwork, fiber arts, jewelry, and more. 🖼
  • Michigan Rattlers | Sun., Dec. 5 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15 | Bring proof of vaccination to watch this folk band make their local debut.  🎤 
  • The Magic of Drag Brunch | Sun., Dec. 5 | 12 p.m. | Asheville Beauty Academy, 28 Broadway St. | $32 | Enjoy a delicious buffet and a fabulous Drag Show. 
  • Santa Paws Holiday Photos | Sun., Dec. 5 | 1-4 p.m. |  Green Man Brewery, 27 Buxton Ave. | Donations  | Come take your photos offered in both digital or polaroid format. All proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society.
  • Premier & Emporium Auctions | Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Dec. 4 | 9 a.m.-5 a.m. | 117 Tunnel Rd. | Free | Bid on items from Estate of the Artists James McBey and Marguerite McBey, William Merritt Chase, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. Platinum + more.*

Dec. 6-12

Monday, Dec. 6

Tuesday, Dec. 7

  • Asheville Waits Band | Tues., Dec. 7 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $12 | Bring proof of vaccination and join this Tom Waits tribute band. 🎶
  • Literacy Together Volunteer Orientation | Tues.,Dec. 7 | 5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how to help those struggling with literacy. 📚
  • Pink Sweat$ | Tues.,Dec. 7 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $20 | Bring proof of vaccination to this soulful R&B show. 🎤
  • Women Veterans Writing Class | Tues.,Dec. 7 | 4-6 p.m. | East Asheville Library,  902 Tunnel Rd. | Free | Register to learn how to write short stories. 
  • Skyland Library Knitting & Crochet Club | Tues.,Dec. 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Rd. | Free | Bring your needles or hooks and join the fun. 
  • Fête x Femme | Tues., Dec. 7 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Smoky Park Supper Club, 350 Riverside Dr. #314 | $70 | A fundraising event to support a female-driven independent film,  “Whistle Down Wind.”
  • NC Stage Presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol | Tues., Dec. 7-Sun., Dec. 19 | Times vary | North Carolina Stage Company, 15 Stage Ln. | $25 | This imaginative two man adaptation combining Dickens’ text with music and Foley-style sound effects in a timeless story for adults and children.*

Wednesday, Dec. 8

  • 2021 Metro Economy Outlook | Wed., Dec. 8 | 11-1 p.m. | Omni Grove Park Inn, 290 Macon Ave. | $80 | Andrew Busch, the first chief market intelligence officer for the United States government at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, presents.
  • Riddy Arman | Wed., Dec. 8 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15+ | Bring proof of vaccination to this country show.
  • Flamingosis | Wed., Dec. 8 | 7 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $18 | Bring proof of vaccination to this mix of old school soul, wild funk, and D.I.Y. electronic music.
  • Decorate Cookies w/ Beer City Sisters  | Wed., Dec. 8 | Asheville Mall, 3 S Tunnel Rd. | $5 | Attend to support Arms around ASD.
  • Holiday Pop Up Shop | Wed., Dec. 8-Sat., Jan. 1 | Citizen Vinyl, 14 O’Henry Ave. | Free | The Pop Up shop includes gift offerings from local women-owned and BIPOC Artists. 
  • Santa Paws Holiday Photos | Wed., Dec. 8 | 5-8 p.m. | Highland Brewery, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy | Donations | Come take your photos offered in both digital or polaroid format. All proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society.        

Thursday, Dec. 9

  • An Appalachian Christmas Carol | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Rd., Weaverville | $7 | Learn about the history of plantations + race in WNC.
  • Never Can Say Goodbye: Isaac Hayes’ landmark ‘Black Moses’ | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7-9 p.m. | Citizen Vinyl, 14 O Henry Ave. | $5+ | Local music journalist Bill Kopp and special guest musician Davaion Bristol discuss the social, political, and artistic contributions of the groundbreaking artist.  
  • Literacy Together Volunteer Orientation | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how to help those struggling with literacy. 📚
  • Black Experience Book Club | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Register and discuss The Perishing, by Natashia Deón. 
  • Miss Bennet: Christmas At Pemberley | Thurs., Dec. 9- Sun., Dec. 19 | Various Times | Be Be Theatre, 20 Commerce St. | $22 | Enjoy this play that takes place two years after the events of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
  • Holiday Shop Party | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6-9 p.m. | Playdate, 315 Haywood Rd. Unit 111 | Free | Enjoy wine, food, pottery and more.
  • German Christmas! German Beer Tasting & Pairing | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6 p.m. | North Carolina Wine Academy, 58 Wall St. | $35 | Learning about the main beers perfect to celebrate the Holiday season according to German tradition.
  • Holiday Dog Treat Decorating Class | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Down Dog, 51 Sweeten Creek Rd. | $25 | Decorate a dozen of your own take-home holiday dog treats with Jackie from 3 Eggs Cakery of Asheville.*

Friday, Dec. 10

  • 2021 Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast | Fri., Dec. 10 | 8-10 a.m. | The Hideaway, 49 Broadway St. | $55 | Learn the impact of this year’s NC General Assembly legislative session on important issues from pandemic relief to budgets, and school funding. 
  • The Nutcracker | Fri., Dec. 10-Sun., Dec. 12 | Various Times | Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, 18 Biltmore Ave. | $15+ | Enjoy full-length classical holiday traditional ballet show.🩰
  • Pop-up shop | Fri., Dec. 10 | 2-5 p.m. | All Day Darling, 102 Montford Ave. | Free | Do some holiday shopping from local vendors.   
  • Old-Time Jam | Fri., Dec. 10 | 8-10:30 p.m. | Weinhaus, 86 Patton Ave. | Free | Bring proof of vaccination and your instrument to jam out with the area’s best or just go and listen.  
  • Composting Workshop | Fri., Dec. 10 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Urban Orchard Cider Co., 210 Haywood Rd. | Free | Learn more about composting and take home a composting static bin and a countertop pail to get you started.
  • Handmade Holiday Sale | Fri., Dec. 10-Sun., Dec. 12 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Grovewood Gallery, 111 Grovewood Rd. | Free | Shoppers can enjoy 3 days of shopping, artist demonstrations, and 10% off American-made gifts + merchandise.*

Saturday, Dec. 11

  • An Appalachian Christmas Carol | Sat., Dec. 11 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Vance Birthplace State Historic Site, 911 Reems Creek Rd., Weaverville | $7 | Learn about the history of plantations and race in WNC.
  • Second Saturdays | Sat., Dec. 11 | 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. | River Arts District | Free | Enjoy gallery walks with demonstrations, workshops, live music, wine tastings, and more. 
  • The 4th Annual Christmas Bar Crawl | Sat., Dec. 11 | 4 p.m.-12 a.m. | Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave.| $10+ |  This bar crawl benefits Toys For Tots.🍻 
  • Make Your Own Paper Lanterns | Sat., Dec. 11 | 10:30 a.m. | Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. | Free | Learn how to transform a flat sheet of paper into a three dimensional lantern.
  • RBTS Win | Sat., Dec. 11 | 9 p.m. | Static Age Records, 110 N Lexington Ave. | $12 | Mask up and check out Alan Charmer and DJ Juan Bounce’s set. 
  • 2021 Sock It To Me Santa 5K | Sat., Dec. 11 | 9 a.m. | Asheville Middle School, South French Broad Ave. | $40 | Support the Asheville High and Middle School band programs at this inaugural race. 👟
  • Lookout Brewing Company: Christmas Market | Sat., Dec. 11 | 1-7 p.m. | 103 S Ridgeway Ave. | Free | Find locally handcrafted gifts and goods.
  • A Night before Christmas | Sat., Dec. 11 | 6-9 p.m. | Downtown Weaverville | Free | Enjoy carolers, live music, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and horse drawn wagon rides. 🎄 
  • Mix & Mingle Saturday | Sat., Dec. 11 | 7-10 p.m. | Black Wall Street AVL, 8 River Arts Pl | $20 | Join Fredo Davis & Friends for a comedy show. 
  • Holiday Market | Sat., Dec. 11-Sun., Dec. 12 | 2-7 p.m. | Ginger’s Revenge, 829 Riverside Dr Suite 100 | This market will feature jewelry, art, gluten-free/vegan baked goods, house plants, spices, botanical skin care products, and more.
  • Make a Paper Star | Sat., Dec. 11 | 1-3 p.m. | Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Rd. | Register and learn how to use 4 strips of paper to weave a Moravian Star Ornament.
  • Swannanoa Winterfest | Sat., Dec. 11 | 3-8 p.m. | Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston Ave. | Free |  Celebrate the holiday season with caroling, hot drinks, food, gifts, and more.
  • “Weaving Across Time” Opening Reception | Sat., Dec. 11 | 5-7 p.m. | Center for Craft, 67 Broadway St. | Free | Join to see nine contemporary Eastern Band Cherokee artists who are building on a centuries-old practice of basket making.
  • Pawliday Party | Sat., Dec. 11 | 1-4 p.m. | Down Dog,  51 Sweeten Creek Rd. | Free | join for pup and human charcuterie boxes, holiday photobooth and more!
  • Champagne & Company: Far and Beyond | Sat., Dec. 11 | 6 p.m. | North Carolina Wine Academy, 58 Wall St. | $80 | Join for an educational masterclass and tasting featuring different sparkling wines of the world. 
  • Winter Wonderland | Sat., Dec. 11 | 1-7 p.m. | YMI Cultural Center, 20-44 Eagle St. | Free | Come have fun with the whole family at this holiday gathering where there will be a coat giveaway, hot coco, gift bags and more.   
  • Santa Paws Holiday Photos | Sat., Dec. 11 | 1-4 p.m. | Hi-Wire Big Top, 2A Huntsman Pl | Donations | Come take your photos offered in both digital or polaroid format. All proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society.
  • ACA Health Insurance Information + Sign-Up | Sat., Dec. 11 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Asheville Mall, 3 S Tunnel Rd. | Free | Join independent agents from Trout Insurance to review new plans and savings in 2022, hosted by Western Women’s Business Center Popup Market.*

Sunday, Dec. 12

  • American Aquarium | Sun., Dec. 12 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $18 | Bring proof of vaccination to this country show.
  • Beers & Cheers – The Holiday Market | Sun., Dec. 12 | 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. | Mills River Brewing Co., 336 Banner Farm Rd. | $10 | This holiday market features local wares and complimentary experiences like a photobooth, acupuncture, and massages.
  • 2021 JCC Hanukkah 8K | Sun., Dec. 12 | 9 a.m. | Asheville JCC, 236 Charlotte St. | $35 | Celebrate Hanukkah and support Eblen Charities to help provide emergency assistance to those in the community needing help with their winter fuel costs.
  • The Worldwide Candle Lighting | Sun., Dec. 12 | 6 p.m. | Farewell Coffee Shop, 11 South Slope Ave. | Free | Join to remember all children, siblings, and grandchildren who have died.
  • Free Christmas Open House Tasting | Sun., Dec. 12 | 3-5 p.m. | North Carolina Wine Academy, 58 Wall St. | Free | Reserve your spot for this wine tasting where you will try perfect wines for the holidays.

Dec. 13-19

Monday, Dec. 13

  • Winter Tablescape | Mon., Dec. 13 | 2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join local florist Beth Hohensee and learn how to make your table into a winter wonderland.    

Tuesday, Dec. 14

  • Lawrence | Tues., Dec. 14 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $17+ | Bring proof of vaccination to this soul-pop group’s show.  🎤
  • December Business After Hours | Tues., Dec. 14 |8-10 a.m. | The Monte Vista Hotel, 308 W. State St., Black Mountain | Free | Bring your business cards and network.
  • Money Visioning & Goal Setting | Tues., Dec. 14 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join this online class by financial education & counseling business, OnTrack WNC.💰 
  • Santa Paws Holiday Photos | Tues., Dec. 14 | 4-7 p.m. | Chemist Spirits, 151 Coxe Ave. | Donations | Come take your photos offered in both digital or polaroid format. All proceeds benefit Asheville Humane Society.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 15

  • Charlie Parr + Dead Horses | Wed., Dec. 15 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15+ | Bring proof of vaccination to listen to Parr, an American country blues musician and Dead Horses, a Milwaukee-based folk band.
  • Ciao Asheville Making Limoncello | Wed., Dec. 15 | 5:30 p.m. | Metro Wines,169 Charlotte St. | $10 |learn how to make this popular Italian Liqueur, Limoncello with Howard Rampersaud, food and wine traveler in Italy.  

Thursday, Dec. 16

  • The Nutcracker | Thurs., Dec. 16-Sat., Dec. 18 | Various Times | Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, 18 Biltmore Ave. | $15+ | Enjoy the full-length classical holiday ballet show. 🩰
  • Illiterate Light | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15 | Bring proof of vaccination to this Indie rock show.   
  • The Venture 15 & Venture Asheville Honors | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $30 | Join this annual end of year party where the top 15 fastest growing startups in the area are announced.  

 

Friday, Dec. 17

  • Sarah Shook & The Disarmers | Fri., Dec. 17 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave | $15 | Bring proof of vaccination and listen to this American country band.
  • Patch CV | Fri., Dec. 17 | 7 p.m. | 7 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $12 | Bring proof of vaccination to watch this documentary film with live performances by Orgatroid and RedStripeDown.   
  • Silent Disco: Everyone’s Santa Party | Fri., Dec. 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $5 | Dance the night away and if you wear a santa hat you get in for free.
  • SAGITTARIUS SEASON | Fri., Dec. 17 | 9 p.m. | Static Age Records, 110 N. Lexington Ave. | $7 | Come celebrate the fire sign with DJs Nex Millen and JP Miller.♐️   
  • The Barsters | Fri., Dec. 17 | 8-10:30 p.m. | Weinhaus, 86 Patton Ave. | $5 | Bring proof of vaccination and listen to bluegrass,country and acoustic rock music.
  • Holiday Film Screening – White Christmas | Fri., Dec. 17 | 1-3 p.m. | Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. | Free | Watch what is considered one of the most beloved Christmas movies.
  • Bulleit X Hi-Wire Release Party | Fri., Dec. 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing, 2A Huntsman Pl. | Free | Sample the new brew, take part in the giveaways and listen to the live music of The Saylor Bros.   
  • Carolina Hemp Company opens second location downtown | Fri., Dec. 17-Wed., Dec. 22 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 57 Haywood St. | Free | The second location features an extract lab (guests can see extractions of oil and tinctures) + a cafe with Stay Glazed Donuts, craft teas, coffees, and more.*

 

Saturday, Dec. 18

  • 5th Annual Ugly Sweater Crawl | Sat., Dec. 18 | 2-10 p.m. | Downtown Asheville Bars | $15 | Join for a night of trivia, ugly sweaters, and many drinks. 
  • The Mercury Arcs | Sat., Dec. 18 | 7 p.m. | The Orange Peel | Bring proof of vaccination to listen to this Asheville-based heavy garage rock band. 
  • Holiday Pop Up Market | Sat., Dec. 18- Fri., Dec. 24 | 12-9 p.m. | Archetype Brewing-North, 174 Broadway St. | Shop over 50 vendors from the best in handmade, vintage and fair trade. 
  • Rising Appalachia | Sat., Dec. 18 | 5 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $35 | Listen to this folk band that is supporting MANNA food bank.🎤
  • Chelsea Handler | Sat., Dec. 18 | 6 p.m. | Harrah’s Cherokee Center | $50+ | Bring proof of vaccination to this comedy show to this actress, writer, television host, and producer’s show.    
  • Give with the Riv | Sat., Dec. 18 | 3-8 p.m. | The Riveter, 701 Old Fanning Bridge Rd. | Free | Support those in our community dealing with food insecurity by partnering with MANNA FoodBank + Bountiful Cities.    

Sunday, Dec. 19

  • Burlesque Brunch | Sun., Dec. 19 | 11 a.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15+ | Join this monthly burlesque and belly dance show. 
  • Elf | Sun., Dec. 19-Tues., Dec. 21 | Various times | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | Free | Movie screening of Elf.
  • Kids Quiet Play Session | Sun., Dec. 19 | 10-11 a.m. | Asheville Salt Cave, 16 N Liberty St. | $25 adults, kids $15 | Enjoy the salt cave with your little ones. 
  • Grateful Sunday | Sun., Dec. 19 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $10 | Bring proof of vaccination to listen to Phuncle Sam known as Asheville’s own Dead-Centric “jam band”.  🎶
  • Exploring Asheville’s Jewish History | Sun., Dec. 19 | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn more about Jewish history within Asheville.
  • The Magic of Drag Brunch | Sun., Dec. 19 | 12 p.m. | Asheville Beauty Academy, 28 Broadway St. | $32 | Have a delicious buffet while enjoying a Drag Show.   
  • Interactive Dinner Theatre – Nonna’s New World Gnocchi | Sun., Dec. 19 | 5-8 p.m. | 22 Frannys Farm Rd., Leicester | $150 | Join this interactive dinner and show to kick off the official launch party of Pasta & Prana’s gluten free Hemp Gnocchi. 
  • A Family-Friendly Ugly Sweater, RAD Scavenger Hunt | Sun., Dec. 19 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | River Arts District Wheel, 3 River Arts Pl | Free | Come  try on Altra shoes and race through RAD to a few checkpoints where you can “enhance” the ugliness of your sweater. 

     

Dec. 20-26

Monday, Dec. 20

Tuesday, Dec. 21

  • Spirit of Christmas Wine Tasting & Pairing | Tues., Dec. 21 | 6 p.m. | North Carolina Wine Academy, 58 Wall St. | $50 | Join to talk, learn, taste and learn how to pair wines perfectly to celebrate Christmas Day.
  • Chef J Chong Cantonese Pop-up | Tues., Dec. 21 | 4:30 p.m. | Bottle Riot, 37 Paynes Way, | Various Pricing | RSVP and try Chef J Chong’s traditional Cantonese flavors.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

 

Thursday, Dec. 23

  • Pink Beds & Friends: The Naughty List Throwdown | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $12 | Bring Proof of vaccination and listen to this band that’s the intersection of indie rock, psychedelic folk and cerebral pop. 🎶
  • Stars & Promises Christmas Tour | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Crest Center & Pavilion, 22 Celebration Pl. | $35+ | Join Peter Mayer, singer, songwriter and guitarist on the 22nd anniversary of his Christmas tour. 🎄
  • Oak and Gristmas with Katie Kasben | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Oak & Grist Distilling Company, 1556 Grovestone Rd. | Donation based | Come get a sneak peak of the winter cocktails and Christmas music.
  • Move On Up  | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 9 p.m. | Asheville Beauty Academy, 28 Broadway St | Free | Dance to classic soul + R&B music. 🎵
  • Amy Steinberg Holiday Show | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $20+ | Join for a dinner and show with this folk and pop-rock singer.   
  •  A Jazz Piano Christmas with the Bill Bares Trio | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 8:30 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $20 | Listen to Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” played live by Dr. Bill Bares on piano, Zack Page on bass, and Alan Hall on drums.
  • Smith-McDowell House Museum & Gallery Tour | Thurs., Dec. 23 | Various Times | 283 Victoria Rd. | $10 | Take an hour self-guided tour of the House Museum and galleries of WNC history.
  • Karaoke with Karaoke Jackass | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 8 p.m. | Getaway River Bar, 790 Riverside Dr. | Free | Come sing your heart out.

Friday, Dec. 24

  • It’s a Wonderful Life | Fri., Dec. 24 | Various times | Grail Moviehouse, 17 Foundy St. | $10 | Watch the Frank Capra Classic. 🎥
  • Family Friendly Forest Bathing | Fri., Dec. 24 | 1-4 p.m. | Blue Ridge Parkway | $55 | Get outside and reconnect with your family.
  • Brunch B’Yachad Virtual | Fri., Dec. 24 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Be in community for a light brunch and lively discussion.  

Saturday, Dec. 25

  • Game Day | Sat., Dec. 25 | 1-11:30 p.m. | Boomer’s Bourbon & Cigars, 81 Coxe Ave. | Free | Watch your favorite sports team while enjoying handcrafted cocktails and cigars. 🍸

Sunday, Dec. 26

  • The Uptown Hillbillies honk ‘n tonk | Sun., Dec. 26 | 4-10:30 p.m. | Weinhaus, 86 Patton Ave. | $10 | Bring proof of vaccination and keep the Christmas weekend going with classic country music.  

Dec. 27-31

Monday, Dec. 27

Tuesday, Dec. 28

 

Wednesday, Dec. 29

  • Holiday Arts Extravaganza 2021 | Wed., Dec. 29-Thurs., Dec. 30 | 1-4 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Sq. | $40 | Kids from grades 1-4 can come and make crafts in the Museum’s Education Center.  
  • Ryan Perry | Wed., Dec. 29 | 7-10 p.m. | CONTINUUM ART NC, 1st Avenue East Hendersonville | $10 | Listen to this acoustic, country set.  
  • Get Healthy at the YMCA for Less | Now-Mon., Jan. 31 | YMCA locations | For a limited time, save $22 a month on a membership for the first three months — sign up online or in-person.*

Thursday, Dec. 30

  • Maggie Rose | Thurs., Dec. 30 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15 | Bring proof of vaccination to this American rock and blues singer’s concert. 🎼
  • Pigeons Playing Ping Pong NYE 2021 Arena 54 | Thurs., Dec. 30-Fri., Dec. 31 | 6 p.m. | Harrah’s Cherokee Center | $70+ | Enjoy this New years celebration with special guests Killer WIlliams and Funk You.

Friday, Dec. 31

  • NYE ft Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band w/ Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $25 | Bring proof of vaccination and celebrate the new year.  🎶
  • Arrested Development | Fri., Dec. 31 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $45 | Listen to the multi-platinum, grammy award winning hip hop/rap group. 🎤 
  • Popperpalooza! NYE Party & Drag Show | Fri., Dec. 31 | 10 p.m.-2 a.m.  | Getaway River Bar, 790 Riverside Dr. | $10 | Party with Dj Ganymede, watch a Drag show and have a toast at midnight. 
  • NYE GALA 2022 | Fri., Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Asheville Social Hall, 81 Broadway St. | $125 | Ring in the new year dancing to live DJ performances, experiencing an immersive fashion show, and enjoy speciality cocktails. 
  • Pleasure Yourself 2022 | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m. | Bottle Riot, 37 Paynes Way | Free | RSVP to celebrate the new year with Pleasure Chest with blues, soul, and rock and roll soirée and enjoy the wine and bubbly specials running all night.
  • Jesse Barry & The Jam NYE Dance Party | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8:30 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $25 | Celebrate the new year with a blues, funk & soul dance party. 
  • New Years Eve Botanist & Barrel Style | Fri., Dec. 31 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Botanist & Barrel Tasting Bar + Bottle Shop, 32 Broadway St. | $67 | Enjoy champagne and unlimited pours of Pet Nat, accompanied with caviar bites, Boxcarr Cheese Raclette, and raw chocolate from Cocoa Manna
  • Sly Grog & Your Allure Present: NYE 2022 | Fri., Dec. 31 | 9 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $35 | Join this celebration featuring musicians Ill.Gates, Kirby Bright, Zeplinn, and special guests. The proceeds from this event will help to support Sly Grog’s staff and their reopening efforts.
  • Fare Thee Well 2021! | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | District 42, 7 Patton Ave. | $50 | This “Asheville Black Tie” soiree features live music from Posey Royale, complimentary champagne toast, and light hors d’oeuvres + desserts. 
  • NYE 2022 Dance Party | Fri., Dec. 31 | 7p.m.-1 a.m. | Making Whole, 754 Biltmore Ave. | Free | Ring in the New Year alcohol free, dancing, and setting intentions 2022.
  • Polanco NYE 2022 Upscale Dinner Event | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m. | Polanco, 10 N Market St. | $70+ | Check out the newly opened tapas bar and celebrate the new year.
  • Asheville Symphony presents New Year’s Eve: Queens of Soul | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8-10 p.m. | Thomas Wolfe Auditorium at Harrah’s Cherokee Center, 87 Haywood St. | $40-85 | Guests can ring in the New Year with an evening of Motown, R&B, and Soul — plus style + bubbly.*