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Sunrise 6:14 a.m. | Sunset 8:43 p.m.

A kid’s perfect day in Asheville
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The little ones can have a laugh on the new LaZoom Kids Comedy Tour.|Photo via LaZoom
Sorry, but — NO ADULTS ALLOWED — since Asheville City Schools’ last day of school is today, this one is for the kids. Grown-up, please hand this over to your little one. Got it, kiddo? Let’s plan a family day together. Here’s a fun schedule for you to try.


Be a chef and cook breakfast for the adults at home. The night before, ask your family to choose from one of these recipes. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if any of the instructions seem confusing.

While you eat, talk about your plan for the day. Ask your family to help you prepare a backpack with things you’ll need. We suggest bringing:

🍫 Plenty of snacks like granola bars or Poppy Hand-Crafted Popcorn
💧 A water bottle
🧢 A hat

If you have time before heading to lunch, go to the Asheville Museum of Science and learn all about science and space.

WNC Nature Center sign and exterior

An afternoon of exploration awaits.


Photo via WNC Nature Center


For lunch, head to Pizza Mind and try the make your own pizza on the Kids Menu. After you’ve filled your belly, spend the afternoon exploring the WNC Nature Center. We love seeing the river otters and exploring the Nature Play Areas. Bonus: If you’d rather spend time out of the sun, LaZoom’s new Li’l Boogers tour combines fun facts about our city’s history with characters and comedy.


Wrap up the day with a family dinner. Head to one of our local farmers’ markets to pick out foods you can make together. Over dinner, talk about everything you did today. Ask questions like:

🧠 What was something new you learned?
🤡 What was something funny that happened?
👀 What would we do differently if we did that again?
👍 What do you definitely want to do again? (And again and again…)

If you’re on the hunt for more ways to spend your summer days, check out our guide to kid-friendly fun throughout the Land of the Sky.
Friday, June 7
  • Summer Skate Jam | Friday, June 7 | 6-9 p.m. | Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Rd., Asheville | Free | Show off your skating skills and jam to the music — skates are available for rent if you don’t have your own.
  • “Let Me Down Easy” | Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9 | Times vary | Attic Salt Theatre Company, 2002 Riverside Dr., Studio O, Asheville | $20 | Take a seat to watch five actors bring to life real stories of living, dying, and what happens in between.
  • Out & Proud | Friday, June 7 | Times vary | Hendersonville Theatre, 229 S Washington St., Hendersonville | $25 | Bring your enthusiasm and pride (and your cash for tips) for the theater’s biggest drag show ever, hosted by Margot Wilde.
Saturday, June 8
  • Summer Library Fest | Saturday, June 8 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | East Asheville Library, 3 Avon Rd., Asheville | Free | Bring the whole family for mini golf, face painting, activities, snacks, and a performance by Grammy-winning children’s hip-hop group The Secret Agency.
  • One Year Anniversary Purrrty | Saturday, June 8-Sunday, June 9 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | House of Black Cat Magic, 841 Haywood Rd., Asheville | Free | Celebrate a meow-gical year with vendors, cat-themed ice cream, a meet-and-greet with Sterling “Trapking” Davis, and a silent auction + cat food drive.
  • Lavender Fest | Saturday, June 8 | 2-5 p.m. | Spiral Mountain, 231 Randall Glenn Cove Rd., Leicester | Free | Walk the lavender fields, pick your own flowers, nosh on sandwiches + snacks, and enjoy the mountain views.
  • Asheville City SC Pride Night | Saturday, June 8 | 7:30 p.m. | UNC Asheville Greenwood Field, 1 Field Dr., Asheville | $12-$15 | Soccer, fun + Pride collide at this annual Asheville SC celebration.*
Sunday, June 9
  • RAD Half Marathon + 10K | Sunday, June 9 | 7-10:30 a.m. | Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, Asheville | $65-$110 | Run your way along the French Broad River and through the city’s artistic hub for this quick, picturesque race — a virtual option is available.
  • Verbal Purple | Sunday, June 9 | 6-10:30 p.m. | One World Brewing - West Asheville, 520 Haywood Rd., Asheville | $20 | Bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual abuse during a night of survivors’ stories, a silent auction for Our Voice and Helpmate, music, and food.
Monday, June 10
  • Conversations in Film: “The Post” | Monday, June 10 | 7:15-10:15 p.m. | Story Parlor, 227 Haywood Rd., Asheville | $10-$15 | Watch Steven Spielberg’s harrowing tale of Vietnam era journalism, then join a post-viewing conversation facilitated by local author Meta Commerse.
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Meet your new dinner date: Purple Carrot plant-based meals
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Purple Carrot’s nutritious meals are loaded with flavor.|Photo by Purple Carrot
Introducing your secret weapon against boring, tasteless meals: Purple Carrot.

Purple Carrot offers chef-prepared, fully plant-based meals that are ready to eat in under two minutes. Prefer to cook yourself? Opt for meal kits or shop plant-based grocery items from a fully stocked “plantry.”

This spring, Purple Carrot is ushering in the warm weather with vibrant, seasonal meals like Roasted Red Pepper Farro Bowls with chickpeas and mint (yum).
News Notes
  • Yesterday, June 6, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Council voted to approve the sale of recreational marijuana on the Qualla Boundary. Great Smoky Mountains Cannabis Co. began medical marijuana sales in April and hopes to begin recreational marijuana sales to the general public in 60-75 days. (Blue Ridge Public Radio)
  • Your GPS might need some adjustment. The section of I-40 between the I-240 East/I-26 West interchange (exit 46B) and Hendersonville Road (exit 50) will be closed over the weekend for bridge repair and resurfacing. The closure will begin at 8 p.m. tonight, June 7 and continue through 6 a.m. Monday, June 10. (WLOS)
  • Drop in to support nonprofit Foundation Skatepark this weekend. Tonight, June 7, the “Concrete Community” group art show will take place at PUSH Skateshop from 6 to 9 p.m., and Drop of Sun Studios will present a benefit concert at Eulogy at 7 p.m. Then tomorrow, June 8, will feature a best trick contest, food, music, and a raffle.
  • After a meeting with Explore Asheville, advocates of the proposed Asheville-Salisbury rail route are pursuing the possibility of the BCTDA becoming a funding source for the project. The next funding step for the route is an estimated $150,000-$400,000 that must come from a nonfederal source. (Asheville Citizen-Times)
  • The Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce is getting down to business at its 2024 Annual Meeting on Monday, June 17. Network with business owners and community leaders before reflecting on the year ahead. The chamber will also present five awards, including Small Business Leader of the Year + Excellence in Public Service.
  • Buncombe County named Oscar Wooten IV the new director of the Bureau of Identification, which handles sensitive information and provides data entry services and dissemination to support criminal justice efforts. Wooten previously worked as Operations Supervisor for the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
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7 spots for delicious donuts in Asheville
Six donuts from vortex doughnuts in a box sitting on a rock outside.
Take your pick, from fig glaze + candied bacon to rainbow sprinkle.|Photo via Vortex Doughnuts
We love donuts a hole lot, so in honor of National Donut Day today, we have some sweet recommendations for finding the fluffy, fresh treats here in Asheville.

New Moon Donuts | Location varies, Asheville | This new food truck from the folks at Tahini Jar serves up delectable vegan cake donuts — follow them on Instagram to see where they pop up next.

Vortex Doughnuts | 32 Banks Ave., Ste. 106, Asheville | This shop has been open for ~10 years, offering classic confections and unique flavors daily (including vegan and gluten-free options).

Ava’s Donuts | 26 Carl Alwin Pl., Asheville | This small, family-owned Biltmore Park bakery has it all, from yeast to cake to filled-to-order donuts.

Hole Doughnuts | 168 Haywood Rd., Asheville | A favorite of Ashevillians and donut lovers nationwide, the shop recently changed its hours to be open on Mondays too.
The Buy
The clear bag you need to go hands-free at any concerts, games, or events this summer (it’s stadium-approved).
The Wrap
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I love nothing more than having fresh flowers arranged in vases around my home — but since wilting happens rather quickly (and my dog has a bad habit of knocking vases over with his tail), I may have to make a trip over to Gemelli. The Italian eatery is partnering with nonprofit Open Hearts Art Center to display painted flower bouquets made by the center’s differently abled artists. The bouquets have a home on Gemelli’s tables, but you can purchase them to support the cause.
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