May Plan Ahead: Your Asheville events calendar

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Happy May, Asheville. 🌷If you’re anything like us, you’re looking forward to more sunny days, beautiful flowers, and being so close to summer — 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

  • Support Asheville’s Queer Youth Prom | Now-Fri., June 3 | Virtual | Donations accepted | Asheville’s Queer Youth Prom, hosted by Youth OUTright, returns in-person this June after a two-year hiatus — donate to help the prom committee’s enchanted vision come to life.* 

May 1 

 

Sunday, May 1 

  • The Grey Eagle Classic Golf Tournament | Sun., May 1 | 2 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | $600 | Register to participate in this team golf tournament benefit which raises money for Asheville Music School. ⛳️
  • 3 Year Anniversary Celebration | Sun., May 1 | 12-7 p.m. | 12 Bones Brewing, 2350 Hendersonville Rd. | $20 | Celebrate 12 Bones Brewing with live music, beer brats from Ob-Skewered Food Truck, raffle prizes from local businesses, and draft pours of local beer. 
  • PATIO SHOW: Aaron “Woody” Wood | Sun., May 1 | 5 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | $10 | Experience this American artist’s unique style of “Cosmic Appalachian Soul.”
  • HardLox Jewish Festival | Sun., May 1 | 11-4 p.m. | Pack Square | Free | Satiate your stomach with Jewish culinary classics (and vegan versions, too) of matzoh ball soup, corned beef on rye, and bagels galore, while enjoying Israeli dancing, crafts, and Klezmer music.
  • Parlor Bazaar Spring | Sun., May 1 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Story Parlor, 227 Haywood Rd. | Free | Local makers and artisans come together to celebrate storytelling through crafts
  • Riverside Get Together | Sun., May 1 | 1-3 p.m. | High Five Coffee, 2000 Riverside Dr. | Free | Get some sunshine, listen to live music from Jake Wolf, and eat woodfired sourdough pizza from Snacks & Company. 
  • May Day Rally | Sun., May 1 | 2 p.m. | Pritchard Park, 67 Patton Ave. | Free | Come celebrate International Workers’ Day and join with the WNC Workers Assembly. 

May 2-8 

 

Monday, May 2  

  • Mental Health Webinar | Mon., May 2 | 4-5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn from AdventHealth’s Dr. Garrett Hazelton about the trends mental health practitioners are seeing currently and how to manage stress. 

Tuesday, May 3 

  • 2022 Sky High Growth Awards | Tues., May 3 | 4-6 p.m. | Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, 100 Sierra Nevada Way | $15 | Celebrate the growth and success of small businesses at this networking social + awards ceremony. 
  • WNC Prostate Support Group | Tues., May 3 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Find a community here and learn about testing, treatment, and how to manage side effects. 
  • Literacy Together Volunteer Orientation | Tues., May 3 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how to help those struggling with literacy. 📚
  • Members’ Recital | Tues., May 3 | 7:15 p.m. | St. John in the Wilderness, 1895 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock | Free | Come listen to organ music by the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  

 

Wednesday, May 4

  • Yak Attack | Wed., May 4 | 8:30 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $12 | Dance to off-the-wall electronic music. 
  • Kathryn Miles in conversation with Ben Montgomery | Wed., May 4 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Get insight to Miles new book, Trailed: One Woman’s Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders.   
  • Smart Series: Everyone Knows Marketing Sucks | Wed., May 4 | 12-1 p.m. | Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. | Free for members, $15 for non-members | Learn how to market the smart and effective way with Sarah Benoit, the lead instructor of JB Media Institute.
  • Fwuit! with Night Teacher | Wed., May 4 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Rd. | $15+ | Listen to the Asheville-based retro soul band, Fwuit! + Night Teacher, a mix of traditional folk with electro-pop, blues-rock, and Afro-Cuban rhythm. 
  • Money Visioning & Goal Setting | Wed., May 4 | 5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Interactive online class focusing on money goals. 
  • TPDF Information Session | Wed., May 4 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority is hosting an Information Session for the Tourism Production Development Fund 2022 grant cycle.

Thursday, May 5 

  • 13th Annual Authors for Literacy | Thurs., May 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Crowne Plaza Resort Expo Center, 1 Resort Dr. | $95 | Support the program that helps people rise out of poverty and get better-paying jobs to support their families and listen to the keynote speaker New York Times bestselling author Delia Owens. 
  • Health Benefits for Small Businesses | Thurs., May 5 | 9-10 a.m. | Hatchworks Coworking, 45 South French Broad Ave. | Free | Learn about the future of the Affordable Care Act + tips for choosing health insurance benefits.
  • May Business After Hours | Thurs., May 5 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Holiday Inn Asheville East, 1450 Tunnel Rd. | Free | Bring your business cards and network away.   
  • Learn and Practice Spanish | Thurs., May 5 | 5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Practice your Spanish with this intermediate-level immersive discussion experience.  
  • Literacy Together Volunteer Orientation | Thurs., May 5 | 10 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how to help those struggling with literacy. 📚
  • Western NC Regional Listening Session: Asheville | Thurs., May 5 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Center for Craft, 67 Broadway St. | Free | Join this listening session to see how to better understand the opportunities and challenges faced by creative entrepreneurs in this region.  
  • Weaverville Library Houseplant Exchange | Thurs., May 5-Sat., May 7 | All day | Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St. | Free | Bring in houseplants and clippings of all sizes and swap for what you want. 🪴
  • Cinco De Star Wars | Thurs., May 5 | 6-9 p.m. | 134 Burton Street | Free | Enjoy a spring fiesta with food, music, and an outdoor movie. 📽️

   

Friday, May 6 

  • Dana and Susan Robinson | Fri., May 6 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $20 | Rock with this Americana roots and folk duo. 
  • Hot Chip | Fri., May 6 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | The Orange Peel | $42 | This English synthpop band draws influences from house and disco.
  • Snail Mail | Fri., May 6 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $25 | Listen to the American indie rock solo project of guitarist and singer Lindsey Jordan. 
  • Chamber Challenge 5K | Fri., May 6 | 4 p.m. | Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. + Virtual | $40+ | Friendly competition between local businesses to promote wellness. 
  • C5 Finckel/Wu Han | Fri., May 6 | 8 p.m. | Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Pl. | $42 | Attend the final concert of the season with acclaimed cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han.   
  • Night Teacher-Pink Mercury after show | Fri., May 6 | 9:30 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | Come listen to this mix of traditional folk with electro-pop, blues-rock, and Afro-Cuban rhythm. 
  • MGCA Spring Plant Sale | Fri., May 6-Sun., May 7 | Various Times | Beverley Hills Baptist Church, 777 East Tunnel Rd. | Free | Shop annual flowering plants as well as selected perennials.  
        

Saturday, May 7 

  • Master Gardener Plant Sale | Sat., May 7 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Interchange Building, 59 Woodfin Pl. | Free | Shop a variety of roses, including own-root, fragrant, miniature, and old garden roses.
  • Anti-inflammatory healthy cooking | Sat., May 7 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Asheville Mountain Kitchen, 332 E Sondley Dr. | $85 | Learn how to create a delicious, anti-inflammatory dinner using spices + vegetables. 
  • BomBassic Album Release | Sat., May 7 | 8:30 p.m | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $30 | Celebrate a new album from this Asheville artist who is influenced by NY hip-hop and electronica. 
  • Steep Canyon Ranger’s Free for All | Sat., May 7 | 5-9 p.m. | Pack Square | Free | Local Grammy award-winning American bluegrass band.  
  • Pop-up Mini Fair | Sat., May 7 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Folk Art Center, 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy. | Free | Shop from different folk artists who specialize in everything from bladesmithing to  glassblowing to hand-built ceramics.
  • Maker Faire Asheville 2022 | Sat., May 7 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | A-B Tech, 16 Fernihurst Dr. | Free | Family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.
  • Back To The 90s Throwback Party | Sat., May 7 | 9 p.m.- 2 a.m. | Asheville Music Hall
  • 31 Patton Ave. | $10 | DJ Deacon will be playing all the 90’s throwbacks. 
  • Role Model | Sat., May 7 | 7 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $20 | Pop artist Tucker Pillsbury Tucker Pillsbury assembles, disassembles, and reassembles different vibes, sounds, and emotions into Role Model. 
  • Deborah’s School of Shoemaking | Sat., May 7- Sat., Jul. 16 | 2-4 p.m. | 121 Montana Ave. | $1500 + material costs | Meet once a week and find out how to bring your dream shoes to life with a beginner shoemaking course.
  • Odditorium Community Flea Market | Sat., May 7 | 9 a.m. | The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Rd. | Free | Shop all your wacky tacky needs here. 

Sunday, May 8 

  • Pisgah’s 17 Year Anniversary Party | Sun., May 8 | 6-11 p.m.| Pisgah Brewing Company, 2948 US Hwy 70 | $17+ | Night of funk and rock music with the Pimps of Joytime and Travers Brothership, featuring special guest Karl Denson.
  • Loss Moms Remembrance Circle | Sun., May 8 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Mars Landing Galleries, 37 Library St., Mars Hill | $5+ | Find community with other loss moms + breathe and journal together. 
  • Ranky Tanky | Sun., May 8 | 7:30 p.m. | Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave. | $35 | American musical jazz-influenced ensemble.
  • Mother’s Day Brunch | Sun., May 8 | 10-3 p.m. | Posana, 1 Biltmore Ave. | $55 per person $35 per child | Four-course prix fFixe that includes banana doughnut holes, kale salads, huevos rancheros, and pink lemonade cake.
  • Film: Southern Rites | Sun., May 8 | 2 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Sq. | $15 | Watch this film that visits Montgomery County, Georgia, one year after the town merged its racially segregated proms, and during a historic election campaign. 

May 9-15 

 

Monday, May 9 

  • Fused Glass Pendant Class | Mon., May 9 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Burnt Toast Fused Glass, 191 Lyman St. | $105 | Using basic glass tools, you’ll craft a wearable work of art.

Tuesday, May 10 

  • Coffee with Kit | Tues., May 10 | 9-10 a.m. | 36 Montford Ave. | Free | Learn how Chamber partnerships can benefit the local business community.
  • AVLMEETUP |Tues., May 10 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Archetype North, 174 Broadway St. | Free | Join for a quick but in depth conversation on the real estate market.    

 

Wednesday, May 11

  • Lunch & Learn: Building Local Food Systems | Wed., May 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Learn how SAHC farmland programs are helping to build local food systems through opportunities to access farmland and more. 
  • Joy Oladokun | Wed., May 11 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | $17 | Don’t miss the Grey Eagle debut of this Black, queer child of Nigerian immigrants.
  • Money Visioning & Goal Setting | Wed., May 11 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Interactive online class focusing on money goals.

Thursday, May 12 

  • God is a Scottish Drag Queen | Thurs., May 12 | 8 p.m. | Wortham Center, 18 Biltmore Ave. | $35 | This award-winning comedy show tells the story of a floral pantsuit-clad God descending from heaven into the modern world.  
  • Calming the Anxious Mind | Thurs., May 12 | 10:30 a.m. | Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. | Free | Learn about different anxiety disorders and interventions available to assist in calming the anxious mind.
  • J. Pavone String Ensemble | Thurs., May 12 | 7 p.m. | Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 120 College St. | $8+ | Listen to the instrumentalist and a composer, Jessica Pavones.
  • GRATEFUL SHRED | Thurs., May 12 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $25 | Love the Grateful Dead? Check out this cover band. 

Friday, May 13 

  • An Evening with Reggie Harris | Fri., May 13 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $20+ | A singer, songwriter + storyteller with a passion for global peace and justice.
  • Psychic Distance & The Unrealistic Narrator  | Fri., May 13 | 1-4 p.m. | Virtual | $75 | Beginning + experienced fiction writers are invited to learn with bestselling author Lauren B. Davis.
  • Brews and Bears at the WNC Nature Center | Fri., May 13 | 5:30-8 p.m. | WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Rd. | $15-$35 | Walk the WNC Nature Center with a beer or cider in hand. 🐻*
  • 2022 WNC Bigfoot Festival | Fri., May 13-Sat., May 14 | Various times | Downtown Marion | Skeptical about Bigfoot? Attend this festival and get all your questions answered.

 

Saturday, Map 14 

  • The Tray Wellington Band | Sat., May 14 | 8:30 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Catch the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2019 Momentum Instrumentalist of the year. 
  • Fiber Day | Sat., May 14 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Folk Art Center, 382 Blue Ridge Pkwy. | Free | Learn the process of fiber art with an interactive demonstration.  
  • Pasta and Croissants | Sat., May 14 |11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Asheville Mountain Kitchen, 332 E Sondley Dr. | $85 | Get ready to carb load and learn to make ravioli, fettuccini, and  croissants. 
  • Build & Fish: Handline Fishing | Sat., May 14 | 2-4 p.m. | Lake Julian Park, 37 Lake Julian Rd. | $25 for license | Learn how to build your own handline fishing rig and then test it out.      
  • SWANNANOA COMMUNITY YARD SALE | Sat., May 14 | 8 a.m.-1 p.m. | Swannanoa Ingles parking lot, 2299 US 70 | Free | Come shop everyone’s Spring time clean out.     
  • HEEAL Market | Sat., May 14 | 2 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Free | Pop up vendor market focused on healing self & earth. 
  • Furever Friends Festival: a benefit for Mountain Pet Rescue | Sat., May 14 | 1-5 p.m. | Wagbar, 320 Merrimon Ave. | Free | Live music, a craft market, food from Ayni 51 vegan Peruvian AND Smokee’s Pizza and a chance to meet your new fur baby.  
  • Playdate: ‘Jammin Gellis & Journals’ | Sat., May 14- Sun., May 15 | Various Times | ArtPLay Studio, 372 Depot St. | $175 | Learn with guest artist Kirah Van Sickle about gelli printing.  

 

Sunday, May 15

  • Dialogue & The Memoir  | Sun., May 15 | 2-5 p.m. | Virtual | $75 | Learn how dialogue can help reveal character and deepen stories in memoir with author Laura Kalpakian. 
  • Gone Gone Beyond | Sun., May 15 | 9 p.m. | Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave. | $15+ | Folk-americana songwriting with a mix of jazz and soul.   
  • Chicago | Sun., May 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville | $72+ | Revisit hits from this award-winning soft rock band.
  • A musical tribute to Frank Zipperer | Sun., May 15 | 2 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | Donations | Celebrate “The Music Shooter,” a live music and nature photographer, a huge supporter of the Asheville live music scene.  
  • Sunday Planty Hour | Sun., May 15 | 1-5 p.m. | plēb urban winery, 289 Lyman St. | Free | Monthly pop-up plant market featuring local plant vendors.  

 

May 16-22

Monday, May 16 

 

Tuesday, May 17 

  • 3rd Open Discussion: Affordable Housing | Tues., May 17 | 6-9 p.m. | 12 Bones Smokehouse RIVER, 5 Foundy St. | Free | A community discussion about Asheville’s affordable housing crisis. 🏠
  • Girls Pint Out | Tues., May 17 | 6-9 p.m. | Archetype Brewing, 174 Broadway St. | Free | Come find community with other women who love craft beer.   

Poetry Night | Tues., May 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Lowdown, 204 Black Mountain Ave.  | Free | Share your own original poetry or just listen and enjoy.

Tuesday, May 17 

Wednesday, May 18

  • Ride of Silence | Wed., May 18 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 70 Court Plz. | Free | A silent cyclist procession honoring those who’ve been killed or injured on public roadways. 
  • Building the Research Essay | Wed., May 18 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | $125 | Learn to blend personal narrative + research in your personal essays in this two-session class with award-winning author Tessa Fontaine.​​
  • May Chamber Orientation | Wed., May 18 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. | Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, 36 Montford Ave. | Free | Mix + mingle with chamber members.  
  • Leon Bridges | Wed., May 18 | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $70 | American neo soul artist.  
  • Money Visioning & Goal Setting | Wed., May 18 | 12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Interactive online class focusing on money goals.

 

Thursday, May 19 

  • Character: At the Heart of the Story | Thurs., May 19 |  6 p.m. | Virtual | $137.50 | Learn to write great characters for fiction, creative non-fiction, or scripts with Gotham Writers’ Paul Zimmerman.
  • WomanUP Workshop | Thurs., May 19 | 8-10:30 a.m. | Crowne Plaza Resort, 1 Resort Dr. | $45 | Make new connections and discuss topics such as leadership, empowerment and work-life balance.
  • Sound Effects Benefit Concert | Thurs., May 19 | 5 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $20 | Special benefit show in support of Asheville Music School with rock/classic rock. 
  • Food Systems Revolution | Thurs., May 19 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Celebrate the release of activist + author Robert Turner new book, Lewis Mumford and the Food Fighters.   
  • 2022 Farm Hike | Thurs., May 19 | 10 a.m. | SAHC Community Farm , 372 Merrimon Ave. | $10 | Hike along the Southern Appalachian Highland Conservancy’s Discovery Trail and see projects in progress.

 

Friday, May 20  

  • ​​Downtown After 5 | Fri., May 20 | 5-9:30 p.m. | 115 N. Lexington Ave. | Free | Enjoy local food and live music from Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience.
  • Franc Moody | Fri., May 20 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | $15 | Contemporary electric-infused funk music.  
  • Kenny G | Fri., May 20 | 7:30 p.m. | Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville | $36 | Discover why the iconic saxophonist is one of the best-selling artists of all time. 
  • Million Dollar Quartet | Fri., May 20 – Sun., June 19 | Various times | Flat Rock Playhouse, 2661 Greenville Hwy., Flat Rock | $45+ |  This Tony Award-winning Broadway musical was inspired by the true story of Sam Phillips bringing together Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley for one night.  
  • Pop Bubble Tea Grand Opening | Fri., May 20 | 12-8 p.m. | The Hop, 640 Merrimon Ave. | Free | Sample traditional bubble teas in a variety of flavors.
  • The Collection | Fri., May 20 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 469 Riverside Dr. | $18+ | This group of seven pop-infused artists was a 2019 NPR Tiny Desk Judge’s Pick.

 

Saturday, May 21 

  • Vietnamese street food | Sat., May 21 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Asheville Mountain Kitchen, 332 E. Sondley Dr. | $85 | Learn how to make two popular Vietnamese dishes: Banh Mi sandwiches + Pho.
  • Plant Club Pop-up at Art Garden | Sat., May 21 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Art Garden AVL, 191 Lyman St. | Free | This plant + plant goods pop-up sale features 10+ local vendors.  
  • WNC Comic Con | Sat., May 21 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | WNC Agricultural Center, 761 Boylston Hwy. | $5 | Meet artists and shop from the Southeast’s best comic shops.   
  • Kidd G | Sat., May 21 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $22+ | Chart-topping blend of country +  hip hop.   
  • PATIO SHOW: Polly Panic + Bryan Colston | Sat., May 21 | 6 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | $10 | A high energy night of blues and hip hop.  
  • Spring Splash Fundraiser for French Broad River Academy | Sat., May 21 | 6:30-10 p.m. | French Broad River Academy South Campus, 1420 Riverside Dr. | $60 | Celebrate with BBQ, beverages, and a live auction to support Asheville’s independent middle school with separate campuses for boys and girls.*
  • Psychedelics and Nature Connection | Sat., May 21 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Location details provided upon registration | $20 | Dr. Tiffany Sauls discusses the latest updates in MDMA therapy and psychedelic legalization. 
  • The Vegabonds | Sat., May 21 | 7 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $15+ | Jam out to this Southern rock band.   
  • Barketype + MPR Dog Adoption Event | Sat., May 21 | 7 p.m. | Archetype Brewing West, 265 Haywood Rd. | Free | Come find your new fur baby.   
  • 2022 Gala | Sat., May 21 | 6-10 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Sq. | $225 | A night of special exhibitions, dinner and beverages, a live auction, and more to support the Asheville Art Museum.
  • Mardi Gras in May | Sat., May 21 | 1-5 p.m. | Aloft, 51 Biltmore Ave. | $10 | Celebrate with a local DJ, themed cocktails, and a decked-out pool.   
  • Spring Market | Sat., May 21 | 11 a.m-4 p.m. | Pack Square Parking Garage, 26 Biltmore Ave. | Free | The top level of the Pack Square Parking Garage comes alive with local makers, artists, and food vendors.  
  • Napa Valley Wine | Sat., May 21 | 10 p.m.-1 a.m. | Little Jumbo Bar, 241 Broadway St. | Wine cocktails with a dance party.

 

Sunday, May 22

  • Uncommon Market Asheville | Sun., May 22 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Foundry Street | Free | The 8th season of Asheville’s largest curated pop-up market features antiques, art, vintage decor + jewelry.
  • BREETHEFEST | Sun., May 22 | 3 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $75+ | A day of music benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.   
  • Mind Your Plastic May Benefit Concert | Sun., May 22 | 2-10 p.m. | French Broad Outfitters, 230 Hominy Creek Rd. | Free | Help raise funds and distribute sustainable items to the community. 
  • ​​Access the Groove | Sun., May 22 | 1-5 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | $15 | Join a variety of artists, entrepreneurs, and local agencies that support disability justice, equity, and inclusion.  

May 23-39

 

Monday, May 23 

Tuesday, May 24 

  • Lunch & Learn- Anxiety | Tues., May 24 | 1-2 p.m. | Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Rd. | Free | Learn how to manage and treat anxiety with help from Vaya Health. 
  • Quilting Bee |  Tues., May 24 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | East Asheville Public Library, 3 Avon Rd. | Free | Bring your own sewing machine and project or work on a community project. 
  • Poetry under the Stars | Tues., May 24 | 7 p.m. | Tyron Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave. | $10 | Hear original poems from some of the area’s top professional writers.  
  • Money Visioning & Goal Setting | Tues., May 24 | 5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Interactive online class focusing on money goals. 
  • Calming the Anxious Mind | Tues., May 24| 1 p.m. | Pack Memorial Library, 67 Haywood St. | Free | Learn about different anxiety disorders and how to best navigate them.

Wednesday, May 25

  • An Evening for Kids Deserve Justice | Wed., May 25 | 4 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $20 | Show your support to Pisgah Legal Services’ Children’s Law Program, which helps disadvantaged children avoid unsafe housing conditions and homelessness. 
  • Michigan Rattlers | Wed., May 25 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | $15 | Original folk-rock tunes reminiscent of Creedence Clearwater Revival. 
  • ASAP’s 20th anniversary | Wed., May 25 | 4-6:30 p.m. | Hickory Nut Gap, 57 Sugar Hollow Rd. | Free | Celebrate two decades of local foods and founder Charlie Jackson’s retirement.    
  • The Wailers | Wed., May 25 | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $25 | Listen to this culture defining reggae band.  

 

Thursday, May 26 

  • Dirty Logic: A tribute to Steely | Thurs., May 26 | 6 p.m. | Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Dr. | $20 | Listen to an all-star line-up of some of Asheville North Carolina’s best musicians.  
  • Giving Garden workday | Thurs., May 26 | 6-7 p.m. | Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Rd. | Free | Come help get the garden ready as the growing season rapidly approaches. 
  • Xochi & Popoca | Thurs., May 26-Sun., June 5 | 7 p.m. | Bebe Theater, 20 Commerce St. | $18 | Come watch this new performance about two legendary volcanoes.   

 

Friday, May 27  

  • GrindFest 2022 | Fri., May 27-Mon., May 30 | Various times | Black Wall Street AVL, 8 River Arts Pl. | Free | This four-day event celebrates the success of local Black entrepreneurs + business owners.
  • Greensboro Grasshoppers at Asheville Tourists | Fri., May 27 | 6:05 p.m. | McCormick Field, 30 Buchanan Pl. | $26 | Minor league teams go head to head.  ⚾
  • North Carolina Arboretum Plant Sale | Fri., May 27- Sat., May 28 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Free | Shop from the plants grown right in the Arboretum as well as from 20 other vendors.
  • Beer and Bratwurst Stein Hoisting Contest | Fri., May 27 | 7-8 p.m. | Catawba Brewing – South Slope, 32 Banks Ave. | Free | Enjoy brat specials from The Deli Llama and see how long you can hold a full one-liter beer stein with a straight arm as part of a traditional Bavarian strength competition. 
  • Poppin Bubbles & Oysters! Anniversary Kick Off Party with Katie! | Fri., May 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Botanist & Barrel, 32 Broadway St. | Various prices | Celebrate Botanist & Barrel’s one-year anniversary with natural cider, wine, beer, and NC oysters

 

Saturday, May 28 

  • PATIO SHOW: BadRabbit | Sat., May 28 | 6 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | $10 | Jam out to a mix of pop + rock-infused original tunes at this band’s Grey Eagle debut. 
  • BOMBINO | Sat., May 28 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | $22 | The Grammy award-nominated Nigerian singer songwriter brings the soulful sounds of his native Tuareg culture to the mountains. 
  • Asheville Blue Ridge Rose Society Rose Exhibition | Sat., May 28 | The North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way | Free | Look at the hundreds of beautiful roses on display and ask questions to the experts around.   
  • Free Professional Photos | Sat., May 28 | 12-2 p.m. | Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Rd. | Free | Get a new headshot, family photo, or new dating profile pic. 
  • Sharpen the Blades | Sat., May 28 | 5-10 p.m. | Forestry Camp, 10 Shady Oak Dr. | Free | Burial Brewing’s third annual Festival of Saison will feature traditional, pastoral ales + mixed culture beers from across the country.

Sunday, May 29

  • ​​Battle of The Breweries | Sun., May 29 | 4:30-9:30 p.m. | Highland Brewing Company | $20 per team | This 6v6 co-ed tournament pits breweries against each other in beach volleyball. 
  • Lifting Lucy Presents- A screening of One Pint at a time | Fri., May 27 | 4:30-7 p.m. | $20 | New Belgium Brewing, 21 Craven St. | In partnership with GrindFest, Lifting Lucy Foundation will screen a film about the various journeys BIPOC entrepreneurs have embarked upon in craft beer. There will also be a special release of the Equity Over Everythang coffee milk stout.
  • Grape-y: Beer like wine + Cider is wine tasting experience | Sun., May 29 | 12- 1 p.m. | Botanist & Barrel, 32 Broadway St. | $18 | Explore the blurred lines between beers, cider, and wine with a tasting featuring “beer-like wines” and “cider-wine hybrids.”

May 30-31 

 

Monday, May 30 

  • Principles of the Mediterranean diet | Mon., May 30 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Asheville Mountain Kitchen, 332 E. Sondley Dr. | $85 | Make six delicious dishes and learn about the health benefits of Mediterranean cuisine.  
  • Freshen Up Comedy Showcase at 5 Walnut | Mon., May 30 | 7-9 p.m. | 5 Walnut Wine Bar | Donation based | Laugh with some of the city’s best local comedians. 

  

Tuesday, May 31

  • Sowing Circle Presents: Cut Flower Gardens | Tues., May 31 | 6:30-7:30 | Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St. | Free | Learn many tips about flowers with Abigail Helberg Moffitt from Bloom WNC
  • Folk Herbalism & Garden Magic | Tues., May 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Appalachian folk herbalist Rebecca Beyer talks about new book.  
  • Craft Brewery Cookbook VIP Reception | Tues., May 31 | 5:30 p.m. | Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy. | $20 | Enjoy small bites made by Chef Cody from Bun Intended inspired by author + photographer John Holl’s new cookbook.
  • An Evening with Beer Author, John Holl | Tues., May 31 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Highland Brewing Co. | Free or $20 for small bites | Take part in a public podcast taping featuring a discussion with John Holl and Oscar and Leah Wong about Holl’s new book “The Craft Brewery Cookbook.”