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#PlanAhead: January 2021

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January + the new year have finally arrived — and to help you kick-off 2021, we’re rounding up some of the top local events (both virtual and in-person) to help you stay connected. 🌟

Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in the following events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.

Friday | January 1st

Outdoors 

New Year’s Resolution Run | Fri., Jan. 1 | 10 a.m. | Downtown Asheville | Register | Run a 5- or 10K in person or virtually.  

Wellness

2021 Yoga Reboot: Movement + Reflection | Fri., Jan. 1 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Waynesville Yoga Center, 274 S Main St., Waynesville | $20 | Start 2021 with a new outlook. 

Holiday

Break Up with 2020 | Fri., Jan. 1 | 2-5 p.m. | Catawba Brewing Co. South Slope, 32 Banks Ave. | $5 | Smash plates, bowls, figurines, glasses + more while raising money for Asheville’s  Pandemic of Love

New Years Fun Day | Fri., Jan. 1 | 3-9 p.m. | The Poe House, 105 1st Ave. W., Hendersonville | Free | Mimosa + Bloody Mary specials all day. 

Show

Son’s of Ralph | Fri., Jan. 1 | 7 p.m. | Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave. | Free | Enjoy the unique sounds of Madison County bluegrass. 

Saturday | January 2nd

Cause

Blood Drive | Sat., Jan. 2 | 11 a.m. | 1 Legacy Oaks Pl. | Free | Support those in need + donate blood. 

Outdoors 

Winter Hike: Walk Into Narnia | Sat., Jan. 2 | 1-5 p.m. | Appalachian Trail, Location Provided After Booking | $40 | Enjoy 360 degree views of majestic mountains with hot cocoa or cider along with s’mores around a campfire.

TryThis

Foraging Food Tour | Sat., Jan. 2 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Location Provided After Booking | $75 | Forage mushrooms, wild fruits + more with expert guides.

Show

BoogiTherapiTrio | Sat., Jan. 2 | 4 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $5 Cover | Grab your dancing shoes + head on over for an outdoor funky soul session.    

 

Sunday | January 3rd

Wellness

Tea Meditation | Sun., Jan. 3 | 9-10 a.m. | Dobra Tea, 78 North Lexington Ave. | $20 | Guided meditation through preparing + drinking tea. 

New Beginnings – Online Sunday Dance Wave | Sun., Jan. 3 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | $8+ | Dust off those dancing shoes with Asheville Movement Collective. 

Virtual SOMA Breathwork Circle | Sun., Jan. 3 | 8-9 p.m. | Virtual | $11+ | Practice SOMA breathing + reconnect with your inner self. 

Dish

Charcuterie Night | Sun., Jan. 3 | 1-5 p.m. | Archetype Brewing Tap Lounge + Venue, 174 Broadway St. | $20 | Enjoy two draft pours + charcuterie for your evening. 

Outdoors

Skateville Meetup | Sun., Jan. 3 | 3-5 p.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd. | Free | A casual weekly event for Asheville roller skaters to make friends, practice skills + more. 

Show

Sunday Sessions | Sun., Jan. 3 | 3 p.m. | Archetype Brewing, 265 Haywood Rd. | Free | Sunday Sessions is back with live music, in person + virtually by streaming. 

 

Monday | January 4th

Community

Animonday | Mon., Jan. 4 | 1-9 p.m. | Asheville Retrocade, 800 Haywood Rd. | Free | Talk, game + listen to all things anime.

Wellness

Meditation Hour | Mon., Jan. 4 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Robyn Wolf, Evidential Medium + Psychic, gives a guided meditation as your wind down the day. 

Arts

Asheville Film Virtual Meetup | Mon., Jan. 4 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | An online social gathering for filmmakers + film enthusiasts hosted by Asheville School of Film. 🎥

TryThis 

4 Week Intro to SPIN Pole Series | Mon., Jan. 4-Mon., Jan. 25 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Danceclub Asheville | $68 | This class will build on spin pole fundamentals + incorporate small combinations.

Tuesday | January 5th

Holiday

A New Year’s Celebration | Tues., Jan. 5 | 12:05 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Asheville Academy for the Arts hosts Bach’s Lunch concert as a celebration for the year ahead. 

 

ForFamilies

Rec N Roll | Tues., Jan. 5 | 2-4 p.m. | Klondyke, Grant Center | Free | The Rec n Roll mobile recreation unit is a free program that offers games + activities the whole family can enjoy. Weather permitting.

Trivia

Robert’s Totally Rad Trivia | Tues., Jan. 5 | 6-8 p.m. | French Broad River Brewery, 101 Fairview Rd. | Free | Treat yourself to a cold brew + seven rounds of pop culture trivia.

Show

Travis Book + Friends | Tues., Jan. 5 | 6 p.m. | 185 King Street, Brevard | $30+ | Travis will be joined by Kyle Tuttle + Lindsay Pruett for a night of bluegrass + more.

Community

Weaverville Library Evening Book Club | Tues., Jan. 5 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Sign Up | Discuss Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, newcomers welcome.

Wednesday | January 6th

Film

Moana | Wed., Jan. 6 | 4 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $5+ | Do you hear the call of the ocean? Heated tables available. 🌊

Talk

Doris Iarovici presents Minus One | Wed., Jan. 6 | Virtual | Free; ; Register | The author reads + discusses her new short story collection. In conversation with Elizabeth Kadetsky. 📚

Civic

Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting | Wed., Jan. 6 | 5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The agenda includes amending a zoning text amendment to include new standards regulating hotels and a request to apply a new Hotel Overlay District to certain properties in the city. 🏨

Cause

Bolts Blood Drive | Wed., Jan. 6 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Franklin School of Innovation, 21 Innovation Dr. | Sign Up | Donate blood + save a life. 💉

Show

Travis Book Happy Hour | Tues., Jan. 5 | 7-9 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Donations Accepted | Travis will be joined by Kyle Tuttle + Lindsay Pruett for a night of bluegrass streaming on the Grey Eagle’s Facebook Page + IAMAVL channel. 🎶

FeaturedEvent

The Healthier + Happier Series | Wed., Jan. 6 – Wed., Feb. 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Atelier Maison + Co., 121 Sweeten Creek | Free | Join Dr. Brian Asbill as he leads discussions on taking a broader look at how to live a healthier, happier life. This is a 7 part series taking place each Wednesday at Atelier Maison & Co.’s wellness studio.  

Thursday | January 7th

ForFamilies

Rec N Roll | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 2-4 p.m. | Klondyke, 500 Montford Ave. | Free | The Rec n Roll mobile recreation unit is a free program that offers games + activities the whole family can enjoy. Weather permitting.

TryThis

Virtual Spanish Conversation Group | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 5-6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Looking to practice Spanish speaking skills? Check this out. 

Network

Asheville Women In Business | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6 p.m. | Engaged Asheville, 41 North Merrimon Ave., Suite 107 | Free, Register | Create connections while sipping on champagne + snacking on a charcuterie board. 

Show

Izzi Hughes | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6-8 p.m. | Oklawaha Brewing Company, 147 1st Ave., Hendersonville | Free | Listen to an eclectic mix of tunes + sip on a craft brew. 

Art

Art Travels: The Columbus Museum | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 7-8:15 p.m. | Virtual | $15+, Register | Take a virtual tour of The Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA + see unique collections + exhibits.

Friday | January 8th

Networking 

Free Coworking Friday | Fri., Jan. 8 | 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. | Focal Point Coworking, 125 S. Lexington Ave. Suite 101 | Free | Enjoy a clean workstation, high-speed Wi-Fi, coffee & more. RSVP via Facebook. 

Wellness

Mindfulness Now: Meditation for All Moments | Fri., Jan. 8 | 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Asheville Community Yoga, 8 Brookdale Rd. | Donation | Learn mindfulness skills in a peaceful + supportive environment. Beginners welcome. 🧘

TheBuy

Vintage Pop Up | Fri., Jan. 8-Sun., Jan. 10 | 12-7 p.m. | Asheville Beauty Academy, 28B Broadway St. | Free entry | Shop for treasures from the Booth Fairy’s Traveling Trunk Show. Clothes $5-$15. 👗

Outdoors

Cabin Fever Defeater Series | Fri., Jan. 8 | 12-4 p.m. | Black Mountain Recreation, 304 Black Mountain Ave. | $12 | Go on a local hike + beat the winter boredom. ⛰️

Cause

Blood Drive | Fri., Jan. 8 | 1-8 p.m. | Reserve at Biltmore Apartments, 300 Cranbrook Dr., Arden | Register | Donate blood + save a life.

ForFamilies

Rec N Roll | Fri., Jan. 8 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Deaverview, 275 Deaverview Rd. | Free | The Rec n Roll mobile recreation unit is a free program that offers games + activities the whole family can enjoy. Weather permitting.

Wellness

Reflect and ReNEW YEAR Yoga Retreat | Fri., Jan. 8-Sun., Jan. 10 | 6 p.m. | Celebration Hall at Lake Logan, 25 Wormy Chestnut Lane, Canton | $150+ | Escape to the lake for a weekend of relaxation, reconnection + begin to navigate the new year. 

Wellness

Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā and Prāṇāyāma | Fri., Jan. 8-Sun., Jan. 10 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | $350 | Earn 300 hours of YA credit + explore an ancient text to extract the essence of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

Saturday | January 9th

ForPets

Canine Manners Course | Sat., Jan. 9 | 10:15-11:15 a.m. | Asheville Humane Society Community Center, 1425 Patton Ave. | $150 | A six week course to help teach your dog basic manners using reward-based training methods.

Beyond Basic Manners | Sat., Jan. 9 | 1-2 p.m. | Asheville Humane Society Community Center, 1425 Patton Ave. | $150 | A six week course to help your dog achieve reliable behaviors anywhere, anytime. 

TryThis

Foraging Food Tour | Sat., Jan. 9 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Location Provided After Booking | $75 | Forage mushrooms, wild fruits + more with expert guides. 

Show

Asheville Winter Grass | Sat., Jan. 9 | 3-8 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | $20 | Songs From The Road Band + special guest Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry of Acoustic Syndicate bring an afternoon of bluegrass. 

Sunday | January 10th

MustDo

Fringe Preview Party | Sun., Jan. 10 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Excited for Fringe Fest? Catch a sneak peek of the event, movie trailers + get festival announcements. 🎞️

ForPets 

Breed Meetup: Poodles + Doodles | Sun., Jan. 10 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Wagbar, 320 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville | Humans Free, Dog Membership | Meet up with other Poodle + Doodle owners at Wagbar’s bi-monthly breed meetup.   

Puppy Kindergarten | Sun., Jan. 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Asheville Humane Society Community Center, 1425 Patton Ave. | $150 | A six week course that focuses on proper socialization, bite inhibition, house training, manners + more. 

Dish

Charcuterie Night | Sun., Jan. 10 | 1-5 p.m. | Archetype Brewing Tap Lounge + Venue, 174 Broadway St. | $20 | Enjoy two draft pours + charcuterie for your evening. 

Learn 

Video Village Series- the Path to Directing/Producing | Sun., Jan. 10 | 3-6 p.m. | Virtual | Donations Accepted |The Asheville School of Film is hosting three Hollywood Industry Professionals for a Q+A style webinar.

Outdoors

Skateville Meetup | Sun., Jan. 10 | 3-5 p.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd. | Free | A casual weekly event for Asheville roller skaters to make friends, practice skills + more. 

Show

Sunday Sessions | Sun., Jan. 10 | 3 p.m. | Archetype Brewing, 265 Haywood Rd. | Free | Sunday Sessions is back with live music, in person + virtually by streaming. 

Monday | January 11th

Cause 

Free Pet Food Giveaway | Mon., Jan. 11 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Blue Ridge Humane Society, 88 Centipede Ln., Hendersonville | Free | Food will be distributed carside while supplies last.

Cause 

Power In Pints | Mon., Jan. 11 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Hillman Beer, 78 Catawba Ave., Suite F., Old Fort | Free | $1 for every Hillman beer sold will be donated to the Old Fort Fire Department.

ForFamilies

Rec N Roll | Mon., Jan. 11 | 2-4 p.m. | Malvern Hills Park, 75 Rumbough Pl. | Free | The Rec n Roll mobile recreation unit is a free program that offers games + activities the whole family can enjoy. Weather permitting.

Learn 

Plot Writing – Part 1 | Mon., Jan. 11 | 6-8 p.m. | Virtual | $395 |The Asheville School of Film is hosting Richard Bergh to explore developing a compelling + effective plot.  

TryThis 

Winter Workshop 1: Fermentation Made Easy | Mon., Jan. 11 | 6:30-7:45 p.m. | Virtual | $8+ | Ishka Shir discusses the fermentation process, the history of fermentations + shows how to make sauerkraut.

Community 

Monday Virtual Circle of Parents | Mon., Jan. 11 | 8-9 p.m. | Virtual, Zoom | Free | Talk with other families about virtual schooling and/or homeschooling, offer support + suggestions, problem-solve, share ideas, and more.

Tuesday | January 12th

Job

Airport Road – New Store Job Fair | Tues., Jan. 12 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Hampton Inn, 18 Rockwood Rd., Fletcher | Free | Check out the new job opportunities for the new Ingles store on Airport Rd. coming in Feb. 

ForFamilies

Rec N Roll | Tues., Jan. 12 | 2-4 p.m. | Carrier Park, 500 Amboy Rd. + Weaver Park, 200 Murdock Ave. | Free | The Rec n Roll mobile recreation unit is a free program that offers games + activities the whole family can enjoy. Weather permitting.

Learn 

Crossing the Line- An Actor/Director Study | Tues., Jan. 12 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Virtual | $375  |The Asheville School of Film holds a six-week course concerning trust, boundaries + more between directors + actors. 

Trivia

Robert’s Totally Rad Trivia | Tues., Jan. 12 | 6-8 p.m. | French Broad River Brewery, 101 Fairview Rd. | Free | Treat yourself to a cold brew + seven rounds of pop culture trivia.

Show

Reggae Tuesdays with Chalwa + NewRootz Studio | Tues., Jan. 12 | 9:30-10:15 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Listen to Chalwa, an original Mountain Reggae band out of Asheville, in the comfort of your own home.

Wednesday | January 13th

ForFamilies

Rec N Roll | Wed., Jan. 13 | 2-4 p.m. | Deaverview, 275 Deaverview Rd. | Free | The Rec n Roll mobile recreation unit is a free program that offers games + activities the whole family can enjoy. Weather permitting.

Chalk Art and Classic Cartoons | Wed., Jan. 13 | 1-4 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 70 Coxe Ave. | Free | BYOChalk + watch old cartoons with your fam. 

Watch

Virtual Jazz by Request Hour | Wed., Jan. 13 | 5:30 p.m | Virtual | Free | Join Steinway pianist + composer, Michael Jefry Stevens for a free virtual jazz hour. 

Quarantine Livestream of Poetry Open Mic | Wed., Jan. 13 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Sovereign Kava features Caleb Beissert. Share a live video to the page to participate.

Trivia

Robert’s Totally Rad Trivia | Wed., Jan. 13 | 7-9 p.m. | 12 Bones Brewing, 2530 Hendersonville Rd., Arden | Free | Treat yourself to a cold brew + seven rounds of pop culture trivia.

Edu

Odyssey Virtual Open House | Wed., Jan. 13 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn more about Odyssey Highschool in their virtual open house discussion.

Civic

Special Board of Adjustment Meeting | Wed., Jan. 13 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Review applications for compliance with existing ordinance requirements including Zoning Variances, Conditional Use Permits, + appeals.

Networking

Explore Asheville 101 Orientation | Wed., Jan. 13 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Explore Asheville, 27 College Pl., 2nd Floor | Free, Register | Connect with the Explore Asheville Convention + Visitors Bureau.

FeaturedEvent

Let’s Talk: Influencer Marketing | Wed., Jan. 13 | Virtual | Dive headfirst into the world of influencer marketing and providing tips, tricks, and insights along the way.  

Thursday | January 14th

Cause

Blood Drive | Thurs., Jan. 14 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Biltmore Park Town Square, 1 Town Square Blvd. | Sign Up | Donate blood + save a life. 

Film

Finding Nemo | Thurs., Jan. 14 | 4 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 70 Coxe Ave. | $5+ | Just keep swimming with Nemo, Dory + the gang. 

Learn

Tipping Point Grant Writing Workshop | Thurs., Jan. 14 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Buncombe County is holding a virtual grant writing workshop, email to sign up.

Watch

Film Screening: Julian Price Documentary | Thurs., Jan. 14 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $5 | Learn a little Asheville history + the role Julian Price played in our city’s development.

Community

Dining at the YMI | Thurs., Jan. 14-Sun., Jan. 17 | Various Times | YMI Cultural Center, 20-44 Eagle St. | $150 | Enjoy dinner + entertainment while learning about the YMI Cultural Center’s role in WNC + raise money to preserve their efforts. 

Outdoors

Enjoying Your Woods: Trail Cameras & Nature Photography | Thurs., Jan. 14 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get tips on using your phone camera or remote cameras for nature photography from experts with ForestHer, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission + NCSU Extension Forestry. 🌲

Friday | January 15th

Holiday

Official Kickoff: Remembering Our Past and the Equal Justice Initiative | Fri., Jan. 15 | Virtual | Free | Kickoff address, city/county welcome, the Buncombe County Remembrance Project, the Equal Justice Initiative, reflections from David Gantt, and a panel discussion on racial + social justice.

Learn 

Introduction to Filmmaking | Fri., Jan. 15 | 3-6 p.m. | Virtual | $595 |This course is a detailed, interactive introduction to the complete filmmaking process held weekly for eight weeks.

Network

Hendo B2B Networking Hour | Fri., Jan. 15 | 8-9 a.m. | The 2nd Act – Coffee, Wine & Craft Beer Bar, 101 East Allen St., Hendersonville | Free | Network with other local Hendersonville businesses professionals.

Show 

Zapato | Fri., Jan. 15 | 6-9 p.m. | Mills River Brewing, 336 Banner Farm Rd. | Free | Vibe to the tunes of this Jazz + Funk trio.

Sons of Ralph | Fri., Jan. 15 | 6-9 p.m. | Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave. | Free | The Master’s of Bluegrass are back at your local hangout.

Saturday | January 16th

Holiday

Prayer Breakfast: 40 Years of Commemorating Dr. King’s Dream and Legacy | Sat., Jan. 16 | Virtual | Free | Music, welcome message, keynote speech from Dr. Oralene Simmons.

Wellness

Early Bird Yoga | Sat., Jan. 16 | 9:45-10:30 a.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square | $7+ | BYOMat for family, friendly yoga + mindfulness.

TryThis

Foraging Food Tour | Sat., Jan. 16 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Location Provided After Booking | $75 | Forage  mushrooms, wild fruits, + more with expert guides.

Show

The Arcadian Wild | Sat., Jan. 16 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $12+ | Love Bluegrass? Get your chance to see a Billboard charting group. 

Event

WNC Wedding Festival | Sat., Jan. 16 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | WNC Agriculture Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd., Fletcher | $8+ | Find wedding supplies, services, workshops + more.

Sunday | January 17th

Holiday

Say Their Names | Sun., Jan. 17 | Virtual | Free | With Equal Justice Initiative Videos and a presentation on the Buncombe Community Remembrance Project Research, in memoriam, “Say Their Names,” and the Interracial RAIL Project.

Dish

Charcuterie Night | Sun., Jan. 17 | 1-5 p.m. | Archetype Brewing Tap Lounge + Venue, 174 Broadway St. | $20 | Enjoy two draft pours + charcuterie for your evening. 

Outdoors

Skateville Meetup | Sun., Jan. 17 | 3-5 p.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd. | Free | A casual weekly event for Asheville roller skaters to make friends, practice skills + more. 

Show

Sunday Sessions | Sun., Jan. 17 | 3 p.m. | Archetype Brewing, 265 Haywood Rd. | Free | Sunday Sessions is back with live music, in person + virtual by streaming. 

The Traveling Pilsburys’ Benefit for Asheville Guitar Bar | Sun., Jan. 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Head on over to hear brilliant harmonies + support Asheville Guitar Bar.

Monday | January 18th

Holiday

Peace March and Rally: Marching to the Promised Land | Mon., Jan. 18 | Virtual | Free | With a talk on understanding the march, a call to action, and virtual march.

Holiday

Candlelight Service: Honoring Community Leaders | Mon., Jan. 18 | Virtual | Free | A celebration to announce + honor this year’s awardees. 

Holiday

Annual MLK Day of Service | Mon., Jan. 18 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Burton Street Community Peace Gardens, Bryant St. | Free | Wear your mask and layer up to help with community service projects in the Burton St. neighborhood. A focus will be on getting the gardens ready for spring planting, so bring a pair of gloves.

Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King and Black History Month | Mon., Jan. 18-Mon., Feb. 1 | Various Times | Virtual | Free | This year’s theme is “Don’t Be Afraid to Change the World.” Daily content includes art, film, online activities, non-violence training + more. The event is also a fundraiser for a new scholarship at UNC Asheville honoring the legacies of Dr. Dolly Mullen and Dr. Dwight Mullen; donate here.

Drink

Just Economics WNC Pint Night | Mon., Jan. 18 | 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Hillman Beer, 25 Sweeten Creek Rd. | Free | $1 from every brew will support Hillman’s Jan. non-profit, Just Economics WNC.

Tuesday | January 19th

Holiday

Closing Celebration: Community Resiliency and Moving the Dream Forward | Tues., Jan. 19 | Virtual | Free | With a closing address, as well as resources for resilience presentation + empowerment.

Outdoors

Gardening in the Mountains Series: Vegetable Gardening | Tues., Jan. 19 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | $10 | Tackle common home gardening topics from warm-season vegetables to lawns +  native plants.

Event

Drawing Discourse | Tues., Jan. 19 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Register | The 12th year of the annual juried international exhibition of contemporary drawing + keynote lecture by Pamela P. Sunstrum.

Show

The Power of Spirituals | Tues., Jan. 19 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | $25 | The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts presents the critically acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble.

Community

North Asheville Book Club | Tues., Jan. 19 | 2-3 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Register | Discuss the January pick,”My Antonia” by Willa Cather.

Wednesday | January 20th

Cause

Online Volunteer Info Session | Wed., Jan. 20 | 10-11 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how you can give back to the local pet community + volunteer with the Blue Ridge Humane Society. 

Wellness

The Healthier + Happier Series | Wed., Jan. 6 – Wed., Feb. 17 | 4-5 p.m. | Atelier Maison + Co., 121 Sweeten Creek | Free | Join Dr. Brian Asbill as he leads discussions on taking a broader look at how to live a healthier, happier life. 

Trivia

Schitt’s Creek Themed Trivia Night | Wed., Jan. 20 | 7-9 p.m. | Catawba Brewing Company, 32 Banks Ave. | Free | DAVID! 

Watch

Quarantine Livestream of Poetry Open Mic | Wed., Jan. 20 | 8 p.m.-12 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Sovereign Kava features Caleb Beissert. Share a live video to the page to participate.

Event

The Asheville FRINGE Arts Festival 2021 | Wed., Jan. 20-Sun., Jan. 24 | Various Times | Virtual | $12+ | With plenty of shows + more, make sure to check out this rad virtual festival. The schedule can be found on their website.

Show

The Asheville FRINGE Arts Festival 2021 – “Walking on Spectrum” | Wed., Jan. 20 | 7-8 p.m. | Virtual | $30+ | Walking On Spectrum is a funny + eye-opening glimpse into life with autism by the online comedian + spoken word poet, Juliana Heng.

Event

The Asheville FRINGE Arts Festival 2021 | Wed., Jan. 20-Sun., Jan. 24 | Various Times | Virtual | $12+ | With plenty of shows + more, make sure to check out this rad virtual festival.

Thursday | January 21st

TryThis

Mini-Air Plant Terrarium + Candle Making Workshop | Thurs., Jan. 21 | 6 p.m. | Hummingbird Candle Co., 82 North Lexington Ave. | $52 | Choose from beautiful air plants + moss to nest in your own mini-magnetic air plant terrarium.

Learn

Research Presentation: PTSD Symptoms in Professional Firefighters | Thurs., Jan. 21 | 3-4 p.m. | Virtual | Free | UNC Asheville researchers Evelyn Chiang, Keith Cox + Kevin Riordan discuss their recent research on PTSD symptoms in professional firefighters.

Establishing a Writing Practice | Thurs., Jan. 21 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $40 | Join novelist Kim Wright + learn how to establish + sustain a writing practice.

Event

Third Thursdays | Thurs., Jan. 21 | 5-8 p.m. | Downtown Marshall | Free | Celebrate art studio openings, music + more. 

Friday | January 22nd

Arts

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival | Fri., Jan. 22-Sun., Jan 24 | Various locations | Various prices | AVL’s favorite experimental performance fest continues through the weekend with virtual and distanced in-person events. 👁

Cause

Blood Drive | Fri., Jan. 22 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Biltmore Park Town Square, 1 Town Square Blvd. | Sign Up | Donate blood + save a life. 

Learn

Justice Matters Tour | Fri., Jan. 22 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn more about Pisgah Legal + examine the legal needs in our region.

Talk

OLLI Fab Friday: Dr. Thomas Large – Avoiding Hip Fractures | Fri., Jan. 22 | 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Register | Dr. Thomas Large, orthopedic trauma surgeon at Mission Health, provides insights into avoiding hip fractures.

Community

Community Workday | Fri., Jan. 22 | 2:30-5:30 p.m. | George Washington Carver Edible Park, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. | Free | Mulch pathways, do light tree pruning, and clear invasive plants with fellow locals. 

Saturday | January 23rd

Community

Feed Our City Free Meal Pop-Up | Sat., Jan. 23 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | The Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. | Free | 300 hot meals from Gypsy Queen Cuisine are provided to help our local community. 🍴

Community

Hard 2 Recycle West | Sat., Jan. 23 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | 1569 Sand Hill Rd., Candler | Free | A self-serve, drop off event. See accepted materials here. ♻️

Wellness

Bold Souls Morning Yoga | Sat., Jan. 23 | 9:45-10:45 a.m. | Bold Rock Hard Cider, 72 School House Rd., Mills River | Free, Suggested $5 donation | Join a fun + playful yoga session to kick off your Saturday morning. 🧘

Show

Jangling Sparrows | Sat., Jan. 23 | 4-7 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | Hang out under some nice + toasty heaters while listening to some tunes + sipping a local brew. 🍻

TryThis

Foraging Food Tour | Sat., Jan. 23 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Location Provided After Booking | $75 | Forage mushrooms, wild fruits, + more with expert guides.

Sunday | January 24th

ForPets 

Breed Meetup: Heinz 57 | Sun., Jan. 24 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Wagbar, 320 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville | Humans Free, Dog Membership | Meet up with other Heinz 57 (mixed breed) owners at Wagbar’s bi-monthly breed meetup.  

Dish

Charcuterie Night | Sun., Jan. 24 | 1-5 p.m. | Archetype Brewing Tap Lounge + Venue, 174 Broadway St. | $20 | Enjoy two draft pours + charcuterie for your evening. 

Outdoors

Skateville Meetup | Sun., Jan. 24 | 3-5 p.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd. | Free | A casual weekly event for Asheville roller skaters to make friends, practice skills + more. 

Show

Sunday Sessions | Sun., Jan. 24 | 3 p.m. | Archetype Brewing, 265 Haywood Rd. | Free | Sunday Sessions is back with live music, in person + virtual by streaming. 

Outdoors

So You Want to Hike a Long Distance Trail? | Sun., Jan. 24 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Virtual | $30 | This virtual workshop features trail expert Carly Moree as she gives tips + answers your most burning trail questions. ⛰️

Show

Bluegrass Brunch with Supper Club | Sun., Jan. 24 | 12-3 p.m. | Jack of the Wood, 95 Patton Ave. | Free | Enjoy mimosa + bloody mary specials while listening to the Supper Break band. 🎻

WaterCooler

Packers vs Buccaneers | Sun., Jan. 24 | 3 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 70 Coxe Ave. | Free | Catch the game on the big screen. 🏈

Monday | January 25th

Talk

MLK Commemorative Panel – Pathways to Liberation: Grassroots to Government | Mon., Jan. 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free; register | With City Councilmembers Sandra Kilgore and Antanette Mosley, London Newton (President, UNC Asheville Student Government Association), and Bryan Thompson (President, Warren Wilson College Black Student Union).

Event

Annual Robert Burns Birthday Celebration | Mon., Jan. 25 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Suggested Donation | Join Asheville’s sister cities Dunkeld + Birnam, Scotland as they celebrate the 262nd birthday of Scortland’s Bard, Rabbie Burns. 

Tuesday | January 26th

Talk

Keynote: Remigining Black Liberation | Tues., Jan. 26 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | From keynote speaker and Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper, New York Times-bestselling author of Eloquent Rage. The event will be preceded by a 12 p.m. virtual masterclass for UNC Asheville students.

Wednesday | January 27th

Talk

Winter Buzz Breakfast – Removal of Confederate Monuments with former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu | Wed., Jan. 27 | 8:30-10:45 a.m. | Virtual | Free, Register | Discuss the removal of Confederate monuments with Mitch Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans, + author of In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History.

Thursday | January 28th

Talk

COVID-19 Death Gaps: Understanding How Race and Class Inequities Shape Pandemic Health Outcomes | Thurs., Jan. 28 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A presentation form Whitney Pirtle, assistant professor of sociology and McArthur Foundation Chair in International Justice and Human Rights at the University of California, Merced.

Friday | January 29th

Talk

OLLI Fab Friday: Bryan Tompkins – The Crucial Role of Pollinators – Amazing Facts | Fri., Jan. 29 | 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Register | Bryan Tompkins, fish and wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish + Wildlife Service in Asheville, discusses the crucial role of pollinators.

Event

Let’s Explore Africa Quiz Competition | Fri., Jan. 29 | 5-6 p.m. | The Collider, 1 Haywood St. Ste. 401 | Free | Teens + adults are eligible to compete.

Saturday | January 30th

TryThis

Foraging Food Tour | Sat., Jan. 30 | 1:30-4:30 p.m. | Location Provided After Booking | $75 | Forage mushrooms, wild fruits, + more with expert guides.

Sunday | January 31st

Dish

Charcuterie Night | Sun., Jan. 31 | 1-5 p.m. | Archetype Brewing Tap Lounge + Venue, 174 Broadway St. | $20 | Enjoy two draft pours + charcuterie for your evening. 

Outdoors

Skateville Meetup | Sun., Jan. 31 | 3-5 p.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd. | Free | A casual weekly event for Asheville roller skaters to make friends, practice skills + more. 

Show

Sunday Sessions | Sun., Jan. 31 | 3 p.m. | Archetype Brewing, 265 Haywood Rd. | Free | Sunday Sessions is back with live music, in person + virtually by streaming. 

Learn

Podcasting 101 | Sun., Jan. 31 | 2-5 p.m. | Virtual | $75 | Learn the basics of podcasting from Blue Ridge Public Radio producer + podcaster, Matt Peiken.