DJ Ek Balam spins vinyl at Shakey’s every Wednesday night. | Photo via Shakey’s
Ready to bust a move, Asheville? If so, you’re not alone — our city is spinning with dance enthusiasts, from funk freaks and swing dancers to salsa extraordinares. Whether you’re a lifelong dancer or just looking to dip your toes into a new hobby, there’s something for everyone in this roundup of 20+ weekly dance events.
Mashup Mondays at One World Brewery-West, 520 Haywood Rd. | Every Monday, The JLloyd MashUp performs genre-bending music, from funk and acid jazz to reggae.
Tuesday Night Funk Jam at Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave. | This weekly dance party, which features live performances from local musicians, is an institution in the Asheville music scene — the main show kicks off at 10:30 p.m., but there’s also an earlier jam at 8:30 p.m.
Latin Night at One World Brewery-West, 520 Haywood Rd. | For a $5 cover, dance styles including Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia, Reggaeton — show up at 8:30 p.m. for a 30-minute dance lesson.
Contra Dance at Warren Wilson College, 701 Warren Wilson Rd. | This weekly contra series usually kicks off at 8 p.m. and costs $10 for members, $12 for non-members.
Drum Circle at Pritchard Park, 67 Patton Ave. | This free event takes place every Friday at the rounded outdoor amphitheater, with drumming kicking off around 6 p.m. and running through 9:45 p.m.
Venus House Party at Asheville Beauty Academy, 28 Broadway St. | This 21+ dance party runs from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. every Friday.
Dance Party at Urban Orchard Cider-South Slope, 24 Buxton Ave. | Jam to 80s vinyl with The Free Range DJ on the first Saturday of every month. And for all you hip-hop heads, Cousin TL plays rap and R&B from the late 90s and early 2000s on the third Saturday of every month.
Collective Dance with Asheville Movement Collective | Let go of the outside world + find sanctuary with this intentional dance community that meets every Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Calexico & Ada Lea | Thu., Oct. 13 | 7 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | $30+ | Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino share their 10th studio album, “El Mirador,” a hopeful, kaleidoscopic beacon of rock, bluesy ruminations, and Latin American sounds.
Pocket Strange | Thu., Oct. 13 | 7 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd., Asheville | $10 | The Asheville-based Pocket Strange will transport you somewhere between the tie-dyed side of Southern rock and psych-rock indie.
Unforum: Buncombe County Board of Education Candidates | Fri., Oct. 14 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Black Wall Street AVL, 8 River Arts Pl., Asheville | Free, registration required | Meet your Buncombe County Board of Education candidates at this relaxed conversation hosted by Aisha Adams.
"ᏔᎷᏣ The Basket” Public Art - Opening Celebration | Sat., Oct. 15 | 11 a.m. | Center for Craft, 67 Broadway St. | Free | Celebrate the installation of this new piece of Cherokee public art with live craft demonstrations, collaborative sculpture-building, and a Cherokee Fry Bread pop-up.
Bear’s Smokehouse Grand Opening | Sat., Oct. 15 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, 135 Coxe Ave. | Free | Celebrate the grand opening of Bear’s with live music, local beer, and performances by Imagine Circus.
Dance For Life - Two-Step Dance Lessons | Sat., Oct. 15 | 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $25 | Learn this popular, fun dance taught by UCWDC World Champions Richard & Sue Cicchetti.
London Road Street Fair | Sat., Oct. 15 | 12-8 p.m. | 22-30 London Rd., 22 London Rd. | Free | Shop works from talented local artists and bakers while enjoying the magic of fall.
Asheville VeganFest 2022 | Sun., Oct. 16 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m. | Pack Square Park | $10 suggested donation | Learn more about the wide world of veganism at this annual food festival.
of Montreal | Sun., Oct. 16 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $20+| of Montreal returns to Asheville for another round of strange, genre-bending psychedelic indie pop.
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Quick, find your hiking boots. According to our local hikers, peak fall colors have already made their way to the upper elevations.
Wondering where to start? We’ve collected eight excellent hikes across WNC for you to explore at your leisure.
Mt. Pisgah | Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 407.6
This strenuous, 3-mile roundtrip hike is filled with some of the best views of the Asheville area. Bonus points if you can point out Biltmore Estate once you’re at the top. Make the hike a day trip by taking the six-mile loopto Fryingpan Lookout Tower which is marked on the Pisgah trail (or drive to Milepost 408.5 to start the trail there).
Bearwallow Mountain is a great year-round hike with panoramic views. Just beware of the cows that roam much of the meadow at the summit. The 2-mile roundtrip hike is somewhat strenuous — for an easier path, take the service road which runs parallel to the trail.
At the Asheville City Council meeting on Tues., Oct. 11, there was a public hearing about the South Slope Vision Plan. The conversation will be continued at the next meeting on Tues., Nov. 15— so if you haven’t shared input yet, you’ve got at least one more month to do so.
At the same meeting, Asheville City Council also voted unanimously to move forward with the first phase of the single-use plastic bag ban, meaning plastic will be phased out of the curbside leaf collection process and city officials will begin to formally consider future regulation around other single-use products. ♻️
Woodland Development, a 72-townhome development slated for West Asheville, has been greenlit by Asheville City Council. The 9.12 acre property will include 10 groups of two-story townhomes at 100 Woodland Dr., just south of the Deaverview Apartments. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
Have an artistic vision? Buncombe County is looking for local artists to help fill blank walls outside of three government buildings as part of the Creative Equity Mural Project. Submissions are due Fri., Nov. 11 and should promote racial equity, a culture of diversity, and themes of reconciliation + restoration. 🎨
Mamacita’s Street Food, a project from local chef John Atwater, is now open outside the Old London Road soccer pub (270 Depot St.). The food is a mashup between the menus of Zia Taqueria (RIP) and Mamacita’s, along with fun dishes like Mexican-style hot dogs + Lebanese tacos. (Mountain Xpress)
You don’t always need to buy that new appliance — instead learn how to fix it yourself at the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy’s Repair Cafe. On Tues., Oct. 25, the cafe will host a free Small Engine Maintenance and Repair Workshop . Register to attend. 🛠️
Local author MariJo Moore will celebrate the publication of her new book “11 Conjured Stories” at Asheville Raven & Crone on Sat., Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Her latest collection offers readers a new ways to consider one’s inner self, with a mix of fact, fiction, and what she calls “faction.” 📘 (Mountain Xpress)
Best-selling author and humorist David Sedaris will visit Asheville to promote his newest works “Happy-Go-Lucky” and “A Carnival of Snackery” on Mon., Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Get tickets.
Pumpkin Spice Pizza. Yup, you read that right. For a limited time, Asheville Pizza & Brewing Co. will offer a pumpkin spice pizza, made with homemade pumpkin pie filling, mozzarella + goat cheese, sausage, roasted pumpkin seeds, and a hot honey drizzle. What do you say Asheville — yay or nay? Vote here. 🍕
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