Plus, a trip to Baton Rouge.
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Today's Note
Laura here. It's officially Pride month in Asheville, which means there's plenty of ways to honor and celebrate LGBTQ+ culture all month long. One event I've got my eye on is the Nerd Pride Fest, which includes a Friday screening of "Everything Everywhere All At Once" and a benefit concert for Tranzmission featuring Quetzal Jordan and Lurky Skunk. Keep on reading for even more weekend fun, from a Tiny Magic flower pop-up at Leo's House of Thirst to the AVL Honey Fest.
Thursday, May 25
  • Stout Six Ways: An AVL Beer Week Event at Burial | Thursday, May 25 | 12-11 p.m. | Burial Beer Co., 40 Collier Ave., Asheville | Free | Enjoy a flight of stouts from Burial Beer Co. with doughnut pairings from Vortex Doughnuts.
  • Survey Says | Thursday, May 25 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing - Biltmore Village, 2A Huntsman Pl., Asheville | Free | Gather a team for Asheville’s version of “Family Feud” — guess the number one answer to questions asked of 100 people.
Friday, May 26
  • GrindFest | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Depot St., Asheville | Free | Expect music, games, live performances, food, local vendors, and employment + partnership opportunities, all in the name of celebrating Black entrepreneurs and business.
  • Pack Square Artisan Market | Friday, May 26-Friday, Oct. 27 | 1-8 p.m. | N. Pack Square, Asheville | Free | This family-friendly, juried market features handmade goods from local + independent artists.
  • ABSFest Burlesque & Sideshow Festival 2023 | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | 7-10:30 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave., Asheville | $25-$35 | Asheville’s original burlesque festival returns for its 14th year, attracting renowned circus and burlesque artists from across the country.
Saturday, May 27
  • Disney Finding Nemo Jr. | Saturday, May 27- Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Wortham Center for the Arts, 18 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | $20 | Check out Asheville Junior Theatre’s performance of the classic Pixar film-turned-musical.
  • Groove at the Grove | Saturday, May 27 | 3-6 p.m. | Grove Street Community Center, 36 Grove St., Asheville | Free | Choose from ten tables of games, including cards, board games + billiards.
  • Hippo Campus | Saturday, May 27 | 5:30 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave., Asheville | $35-$95 | See the indie-pop band with support from Gus Dapperton at the first show on Rabbit Rabbit’s new Julian Price Stage.
Sunday, May 28
  • River Lodge Market & Neighborhood Cookout | Sunday, May 28, Sunday, Jun. 25 | 12-6 p.m. | Wrong Way River Lodge & Cabin Campground, 9 Midnight Dr., Asheville | Free | Hang around a fire and shop local goods at this neighborhood cookout.
  • Slice of Life Stand-Up Comedy | Sunday, May 28 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company, 675 Merrimon Ave., Asheville | $14 | Laugh along to sets from stand up comics or try out your own jokes on the crowd — performers get free pizza.
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From the editor
  • Cats at Play Café is hosting its grand opening this Saturday, May 27. Grab a drink, snack, and paw-ruse the local merchandise at the boutique. Book a reservation to hang out and play with the kitties.
  • Synchronous fireflies are making their way to the Appalachian Mountains to light up the forests. The fireflies are one of just a couple of species in North America that coordinate their flashing patterns. Learn how you can see the light show.
  • Looking for a lunch that won’t break the bank? Check out our guide to Asheville’s $10 lunches for good eats to fuel all of your weekend plans.
Great Escapes
Our Guide to Baton Rouge, LA
State Capitol Park, Baton Rouge
Visit the Capitol Gardens for a break from the big city bustle. | Photo by @evrentrx
One thing we love about Baton Rouge is how much pride the city has in its history. The food, the music, and the people are all a reflection of the rich cultures that make this city so special.

Why go?
  • The rich Creole and Cajun cultures here make for an unforgettable food experience. We suggest booking a food tour for any fellow food nerds.
  • A music lover’s paradise. The annual Baton Rouge Blues Festival helps to keep the swamp blues music scene alive and well. The genre is native to the city and is a great way to get to know the city from a new perspective.
Act like a local
  • Listen: If you like live music, you’ll love Mid City Ballroom. This renovated church now hosts live music performances and the world’s only Komet Amp showroom.
Where to stay:
  • Vrbo: Going with a group? This charming stay offers four bedrooms + a full kitchen. (~$285/night)*
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The Buy
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