#PlanAhead: Your October Asheville events calendar

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Week of October 1

 

Monday | October 1

Drink: Pink Pint Night | 2–7 p.m | Hillman Beer | 25 Sweeten Creek Rd | Free | Pink beer + free 3D mammograms for area women. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments can be made online.🍻

Show: Moonlight Street Folk, Bless Your Heart, Lo Wolf | 9 p.m. | The Mothlight | 701 Haywood Rd. | Free | 🎸

WaterCooler: Burger Night and Football | 8:15 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing | 2 Huntsman Pl. | Watch the Chiefs at the Broncos + grab a $12 burger from Foothills (w/ fries + a pint).🏈

TryThis: Modern Mixer | 5–7 p.m. | Atomic Furnishings | 124 Swannanoa River Rd. | Free | Celebrate the mid-century furniture shop’s new space with its founders (+ home decor gurus)

TryThis: The Witch’s Art | 7:30–9 p.m. | Sky People Tattoo | 32 N. Lexington Ave. | $15-20 suggested donation | Artist, author + performer Laura Tempest Zakroff presents on how to infuse art objects with power + intention. 🧙

Play: Get Down and Dirty: Cards Against Humanity Game Night | 8 p.m. | District Wine Bar | 37 Paynes Way | Free | w/ drink specials + prizes

Learn: Write Your Op-Ed | 6–7 p.m. | North Asheville Library | 1030 Merrimon Ave. | Free | Casey Blake of the Asheville Citizen-Times will coach participants on opinion writing.✏

Tuesday | October 2

Dish: Botanist + Barrel Cider Dinner | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Strada Italiano | 27 Broadway St. | $50 | 5 course meal paired with cider from Botanist + Barrel. Call 348-8448 to register.

Show: John Mark McMillan | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | 185 Clingman Ave. | $18 |

Show: Sunwatchers w/ Nest Egg | 9 p.m. | The Mothlight | 701 Haywood Rd. | $8 | Avant-garde and Ethiopian-inspired rock, jazz + blues

TryThis: Mermaid Wisdom Circle | 7:30–8:30 p.m. | Nourish & Flourish | 347 Depot St. | $35 | A dive into autumn + the mermaid archetype with River Island Apothecary

Active: 2018 Chamber Classic Golf Tournament | 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. | The Cliffs at Walnut Cove | 3 Cliffsridge Parkway | $200+ | Entry fee includes a breakfast + lunch, drinks provided by Highland Brewing + Pepsi. Sponsors will host contests at several holes with prizes.

Learn: Computer Skills For Adults | 6–7 p.m. | Pack Memorial Library | Free | Improve your skills in a patient environment.  

Wednesday | October 3

Arts: Opening Reception for Randy Shull | 6–8 p.m. | Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University | 79 Cascade St. | Free | A showcase of Shull’s recent work, which combines landscape, furniture design, painting + more.

Show: An Evening of Comedy with Love + War | 8–10 p.m. | The BLOCK off Biltmore | 39 S Market St. | $7+ | w/ Blayr Nias and Ryan Van Genderen

Community: Afternoon Book Club | 3–5 p.m. | Weaverville Library | 41 N. Main St. | Free | This month’s book will be The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Show: 3 Cool Cats | 7:30–9:30 p.m. | Cork + Keg | 86 Patton Ave. | Free | A weekly dance party featuring music from the 50s + 60s.

Dish: Western North Carolina Cheese Trail | | Princess Anne Hotel | $80 | Five courses highlighting local cheese w/ wine pairings

Thursday | October 4

Talk: Making Ends Meet: Women + Poverty In WNC | 7–8:30 p.m. | U.S. Cellular Center | 87 Haywood St. | $15+ | Pisgah Legal’s eighth annual Poverty Forum features Princeton sociologist Kathryn Edin, author of $2 A Day: Living on Nothing in America. Cocktails at 5:30, talk at 7 p.m.  

Talk: Filmmaker Stephen van Vuuren: In Saturn’s Rings | 7–9 p.m. | UNC Asheville Reuter Center | Free | Meet the director of the documentary that used 5.5 million images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey + the Hubble Telescope. ✨

Show: Greensky Bluegrass | 7–10 p.m | Salvage Station | 468 Riverside Dr. | $25+ | Doors at 5 p.m. 🎻

Arts: Holler Hour | 6–8 p.m. | 22 London | 22 London Rd. | Free | Meet up with this arts-savvy group to have a casual conversation about the Say It Loud exhibition + see the show. 🎨   

Arts: Love Asheville Mural Celebration | 5–6:30 p.m. | 68 Haywood St. | Free | See the new mural created by 13 Asheville designers + meet the artists. Bonus: Food trucks + music will be onsite. ❤

Community: New Local Hero Launch | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Stephens-Lee Recreation Center | 30 George Washington Carver Ave. | Free |  An evening of storytelling for all ages honoring local activist Andrea Clarke. W/ dessert + nonalcoholic beverages

TryThis: Share Your Story at PechaKucha Night | 6–7:30 p.m. | The Imperial Life | 48 College St. | Free | Learn about becoming a presenter at PechaKucha, a TED-style event in town 🎤

Drink: Miracle Pint Night | 5 p.m. |  UpCountry Brewing | 1042 Haywood Rd. | Every Thursday in October, proceeds from a house-made brew will benefit Asheville Humane Society.  Bonus: Take a peek at the pint glasses you keep here. 🐾

Friday | October 5

Network: Mindful Mornings Asheville | 8 a.m. | Wedge at Foundation | Free, register here | Hear a local leader share their story of community motivation + activism. Breakfast is provided.

Community: Yancey County Dream Home Tour | 10–4 p.m. | Locations vary | $25 | Get inspired with beautiful homes + views, including folk singer Lucinda Williams’ home.  

Show: The Marshall Tucker Band | 8 p.m. | Thomas Wolfe Auditorium |  87 Haywood St. | $27+ |

Show: 2nd Annual Marcus King Band Family Reunion | 4 p.m. | Pisgah Brewing Company | 150 Eastside, Black Mountain | $57+ | 2-day music festival + benefit featuring a lineup created by country rocker Marcus King.   

Show: Avenue Q Opening Night | 7:30 p.m. | Asheville Community Theatre | $15+ | This puppet-filled, witty + raunchy comedy musical gathers every Friday-Saturday in October. 

TryThis: Ghost Hunters of Asheville | 1 p.m. | Pack Memorial Library | Free | The Asheville Ghost Hunters will be at the library to spill all their photos, stories + secrets of haunted Asheville…👻

Outdoors: Stargazing at Purchase Knob | 7–9 p.m. | Appalachian Highlands Southern Learning Center | Free, but register in advance | Learn about the night sky with an indoor presentation + move outside to stargaze. Expect to see the Milky Way if the sky is clear. Event held rain or shine.

Talk: Climate Data 101 | 3:30–6 p.m | The Collider | 1 Haywood St. | Free | What climate data actually is and how it’s used. Registration is required.  

Saturday | October 6

Show: 51st Lunsford Festival | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Mars Hill University | Free |  

Show: 2nd Annual Marcus King Band Family Reunion | 8 a.m–midnight | Pisgah Brewing Company | 150 Eastside, Black Mountain | $57+ |2-day music festival + benefit featuring a lineup created by country rocker Marcus King.      

Show: The Gypsy Singers | 8:30 p.m. | The Cork + Keg | 86 Patton Ave. | Free |

Art: Our Stories, Our Voices | 6 p.m. | Malaprops Bookstore + Cafe | 55 Haywood St. | Free | 21 YA authors on injustice, empowerment + growing up female in America.

Drink: Great Rose Tasting | 10 a.m.–7 p.m. | Metro Wines | 169 Charlotte St. | Free | Try four different types of rose suitable for cooler weather.

Drink:Food Truck + Craft Beer Festival | Saturday, Oct. 6 | noon–5 p.m.  | Asheville Outlets | 800 Brevard Rd. | $5+ | Craft beer + food trucks, plus live music, lawn games + an artisan market. 

Must Do: Oktoberfest | 1–6 p.m. | Pack Square Park | $45 | Admission includes 2 oz. samples + a stein glass.

For Kids: Hey Day Fall Festival | 10 a.m.–4 p.m. | WNC Nature Center | 75 Gashes Rd. | $6+ | A family-friendly celebration of the environment, culture + community of western North Carolina.

Dish: WNC Garlic Fest | noon – 6 p.m. | Sow True Seed | 243 Haywood Street | Free | A celebration of all things garlic, including the WNC Garlic Trail, garlic workshops, food trucks, music, family activities + more.

Community: MoMma Bear Rummage Sale | 7 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Groce United Methodist Church | 954 Tunnel Rd. | $1 entry between 7 and 7:30 a.m., free after 7:30 a.m. | Shop used treasures or sell your own.

Sunday | October 7

Drink: Above The Clouds Fest | 11 a.m.–Midnight | Bhramari Brewing Company | 101 S. Lexington Ave. | $15 | Entry includes a specialty tasting glass, two 8 oz. pours + live music

 

Week of October 8

 

 Monday | October 8

TryThis: Auditions for Snowbound | 6 – 9 p.m. | Asheville Community Theatre | Free | Director Lori Hilliard is looking for a cast of all ages for their holiday show. No previous experience is required; families are encouraged to audition together. Find the audition material here.

Tuesday | October 9

Show: Chvrches | 8 p.m. | Thomas Wolfe Auditorium | $23+ |

ForKids: Creepy Crawly Critters | 4–5 p.m. | North Asheville Library | 1030 Merrimon Ave. | Free | Herpatologist Maya Plantamura brings her collection of non-venomous snakes in for fun + learning.

Show: Brandon Seabrook Trio | 8–10 p.m. |  Revolve Studios | 821 Riverside Dr. | $10 suggested donation | Experimental electric guitar music presented by Revolve Sounds.

TryThis: Open Mic Night | 6:30 p.m. | Upcountry Brewing | 1042 Haywood Rd. | Free | Listen to music, poetry + more or bring your own material.

Community: Discuss the Future of Jubilee | 5:30–7:30 p.m. | Battery Park Book Exchange + Champagne Bar | 1 Page Ave. #101 | Free | Make your voice heard about important decisions regarding the non-denominational Jubilee community.

Cause: Homeward Bound Supply Drive | 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m. | Farm Burger | 10 Patton Ave. | Free | Farm Burger will be collecting supplies for Homeward Bound’s WNC chapter through the end of the month. View their wishlist here.

Network: Lunch + Learn: Foundations for Startup Success | noon–1 p.m. | The Collider | 1 Haywood St. | Free | For any biz or startup owner looking to amplify their direction + success.

Wednesday | October 10

Drink: Vintage Flight Night | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Archetype Brewing | 265 Haywood Rd. | $16 | Ticket includes a flight of aged Archetype beer, Hickory Nut Gap meats + Looking Glass Creamery cheese.

Arts: Painting Leaves in Watercolor | 6–7:30 p.m. | South Buncombe/Skyland Library | 260 Overlook Rd. | Free | All materials included. Call 828-250-6488 to register.

ForKids: Introduction to Ornithology | 4–5 p.m. | East Asheville Library | 902 Tunnel Rd. | Eco-explorers will learn all about birds + go on a short birding walk during this program co-sponsored by the N.C .Arboretum.

Show: The Struts, White Reaper + Spirit Animal | 7:30 p.m.–midnight | The Orange Peel | $20 | grungy surf rock

Thursday | October 11

Learn: Seafood + Oyster Class | 6 – 8 p.m. | The Chop Shop Butchery | 100 Charlotte St. | $75 | Learn from seafood expert Rob Jones + enjoy a seafood meal from Bone and Broth afterward.

Active: CDS Golf Tournament | 1–5 p.m. | Country Club of Asheville | $125+ | Carolina Day School kicks off their homecoming week events with a golf tournament open to the community. Proceeds directly support student programs.

TryThis: Floatlife Fest | 10 a.m. | 101 Watagnee Trail | $15+ | A weekend event dedicated to one wheel enthusiasts hosted by Southern Raft Supply

Learn: The Future of Warren Wilson College Trails | 6:30–7:30 p.m. | College Pavilion at Warren Wilson | 701 Warren Wilson Rd. | Free | Learn about how you can contribute to trail maintenance and preservation efforts. Light refreshments included.

Show: Milk Carton Kids | 8 p.m.–midnight | The Orange Peel | $27 | Anthony da Costa opens.

Friday | October 12

Arts:  _i_u_  Opening Reception | 6–8 p.m. | Pink Dog Creative Gallery | 348 Depot St. | Free | Asheville-based multimedia artist Ken Kotara’s latest work.

Arts: The Man From Earth | 7:30–9:30 p.m. | Attic Salt Theatre Arts Space | 2002 Riverside Dr. | $15 | The premise? A man who just told his friends he’s 14,000 years old. 

Arts: Book To Film Screening | 2:30–5:30 p.m. | West Asheville Library | Free | This month’s screening will be horror classic Rosemary’s Baby.

Dish: Heirloom Apple Tasting w/ Original Sin Cider | 4–7 p.m. | Daidala Cider | 122 Riverside Dr., Unit G | Free | Gidon Coll, founder of Original Sin Cider, will conduct a tasting of some of his favorite apples.

Talk: Your Precious Eyesight | 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. | Reuter Center at UNCA | 1 Campus View Rd. | Free | Learn strategies to preserve your eyesight for as long as possible. This is a part of OLLI’s Lunch and Learn series; buy lunch at the workshop or brown bag your own.  

Show: Sparrow + her Wingmen | 8:30 p.m. | Cork + Keg | 86 Patton Ave. | Free |

ForKids: Community Quarry Day | 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Grove Stone Quarry | 842 Old U.S. Hwy 70, Black Mountain | $12.50 | Bring your kids and explore the geology, streams + flora of the quarry.

Show: Goldie and the Screamers + Pink Mercury | 7–10 p.m. | Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre | 92 Gay St. | Free, donations encouraged | Groovy + gritty soul and improvisational art-pop

Workshop: Holistic Herbal Stress Relief | 5:30–8 p.m. | Firestorm Books + Cafe | 610 Haywood Rd. | Free | Learn how to utilize herbs + foraged mushrooms for a boost. Workshop will be followed by a musical performance.

Dish: Chocolate Ice Cream Flight Night | 3–9 p.m. | The Hop Creamery | 167 Haywood Rd. | Price varies | Choose from 8 dairy and vegan flavors available in scoop, pint, or flight of four.

Saturday | October 13

Arts: Brad Hodge at Asheville Guitar Bar | 4:30–6:30 p.m. | 8–10 p.m. | Historic Cotton Mill Studios | 122 Riverside Dr. | Snack on local food + drink and listen to Asheville local Brad Hodge perform old swing standards.

Arts: Emma’s Lounge Album Release | 9 p.m.–1 a.m. | Asheville Music Hall | 31 Patton Ave. | $10 in advance | Wear galactic attire for the “Interstellar Prom.” w/ the Screaming J’s.

Art: Night Moves | 6 p.m. | Malaprops Bookstore + Cafe | 55 Haywood St. | Free | Presented by Jessica Hopper.

Drink: CiderFest | 1– 5 p.m. | Salvage Station | 468 Riverside Drive | $33 | Includes a tasting glass, unlimited cider, mead, apple wine, and food samples. Festival also features local art + craft vendors, live music and other activities + benefits Green Built Alliance.

Drink: Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest | 5–10 p.m. | Six Row Field, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company | $30 | Sample Sierra Nevada festbier, plus feasting, costumes, dancing, raucous music, + more.

TryThis: Autumn in the Mountains Car Show | 9 a.m.–4 p.m. | Asheville Outlets | Free | Open to all British + European cars + motorcycles.

Learn: Plant Exchange + Putting Your Garden to Bed | 9–11 a.m. | Black Mountain Library | 105 Dougherty St. | Free | Swap plants and learn what fall chores are vital for a healthy garden next spring.  

MustDo: 1st Annual RADfest | noon–2 a.m.| The Grey Eagle | $25 day pass, $40 weekend pass | A two-stage, all-day festival to celebrate the River Arts District. Diet Cig, Nest Egg, Indigo de Souza, Kitty Tsunami + more will play.  

Community: The Mothlight Turns Five | 8 p.m.–midnight | The Mothlight | Free | Celebrate the Mothlight’s birthday with an evening of music. Wolf Eyes, Thom Nguyen, Drums Like Machine Guns + more will play.

Sunday | October 14

Community: Bridal Bargain Yard Sale | 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | Haiku I Do | 26 Sweeten Creek Rd. | Free | Sell items from your own wedding or buy the perfect decorations for your upcoming celebration of love. 

MustDo: 1st Annual RADfest | noon–2 a.m.| The Grey Eagle | $25 day pass, $40 weekend pass | A two-stage, all-day festival to celebrate the River Arts District. Diet Cig, Nest Egg, Indigo de Souza, Kitty Tsunami + more will play.  

Workshop: Be Her: Plan Your 2019 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. | Asheville Social Hall | 81 Broadway St. | $97 | Lisa Zahiya leads a workshop to help you actualize your goals in the new year.

Active: Fall Barn Yoga with Mary Beth | 9–10 a.m. | Hickory Nut Gap Farm | 57 Sugar Hollow Rd. | $10 suggested donation (cash or Venmo) | all-levels vinyasa class

Cause: Asheville Cat Weirdos Family Picnic | 2–4 p.m. | 65 Gashes Creek Rd. | Free | Bring your favorite dish to share, tie-dye Asheville Cat Weirdos shirts + help build winter shelters for community cats. Cat pantry donations welcome.

 

Week of October 15

 

Monday | October 15

Learn: Building a Descriptive Vocabulary | 10–11 a.m. | White Labs Kitchen + Taps | 172 S Charlotte St. | $10 | Enhance your knowledge + understanding of all things fermentation in this hour-long class.

Watercooler: Bulldog Madness | 6–7:30 p.m. | Kimmel Arena at UNCA | 227 Campus Dr. | Free | UNC Asheville celebrates the official kickoff of basketball season.

Show: Hippo Campus + The Districts | 8 p.m.–midnight | The Orange Peel | $22 | Indie folk from the SXSW darlings

Tuesday | October 16

Art: Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror | 6 p.m. | Malaprops Bookstore + Cafe | 55 Haywood St. | Free | Presented by W. Scott Poole

Show: White Denim | 8–11 p.m. | The Mothlight | $15 | w/ opener Rotem

Talk: Rebellious Mourning Tour | 6–8 p.m. | Firestorm Books + Coffee | Free | Author and organizer Cindy Milstein presents stories + thoughts on structural loss, grief + resistance.  

Community: Transfeminine Support Group | 6 p.m. | WNC Community Center | 4 Doctor’s Park, Ste. A | Free | Hosted by Tranzmission. Dinner will be provided.

Drink: Wines of the New World Tasting | 6–7 p.m. | MetroWines | 169 Charlotte St. | $25 |

Wednesday | October 17

Talk: Lower School Admission Q & A | 9–10 a.m. | Carolina Day School 1345 Hendersonville Rd. | Free | Head of School Kirk Duncan and Lower School Principal Kim Broshar invite parents of prospective students for an informative, casual conversation. 
Sign up online.

ForKids: Let’s Weave! | 4–5 p.m. | Pack Memorial Library | Free | Each child will leave with their own cardboard weaving. Appropriate for ages 5+

Talk: Strategic Planning For Nonprofits | 11:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. | Renaissance Hotel | 31 Woodfin St. | $16+ |

Show: Lights and Shadows in the Songs of Sepharad | 7–8:30 p.m. | Sherrill Center at UNCA | 1 Campus View Rd. | Free | A lecture + recitation on the music, literature + spiritual practice of the Sepharad Jews of the Iberian Peninsula, presented by composer Neil M. Frau-Cortes.

Dance: Hotline Dance Party | 9 p.m.–2 a.m. | MG Road | 19 Wall St. | Free | 80s tunes + cocktails

Show: Natalie Prass | 9 p.m.–midnight | The Mothlight | $15 | w/ opener Stella Donnelly

TryThis: Swipemic | 7–9 p.m. | District Wine Bar | 37 Payne’s Way | Free | An open mic night to share your worst dating stories. Prizes for the worst of the worst.

Community: Champagne Photo Shoot + Trunk Sale | Fleetwood’s | 496 Haywood St. | $7 at the door | Shop vintage and get styled up for photo magic. Ticket price includes champagne.

ForKids: Afternoon Story Time | 4–5 p.m. | Archetype Brewing | 265 Haywood Rd. | Free | Story time, songs + games for the little ones. Outside food welcome if parents or kids need a snack.

Show: 3 Cool Cats|  7:30–9:30 p.m. | Cork + Keg | 86 Patton Ave. | Free | A weekly dance party featuring music from the 50s + 60s.

Thursday | October 18

Community: Opening Reception for African Americans in WNC + Southern Appalachia Conference | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | YMI Cultural Center | 39 S. Market St. | Free | Join Dr. William H. Turner for a lecture on Jesse + Julia Ray as well as food + live music.

TryThis: Urban Loft + Art Tour | 4–6:30 p.m. | Thomas Wolfe Memorial | 52 N. Market St. | $55 | Snoop inside the artsiest downtown Asheville loft spaces. Tours every 15 minutes starting at .4 p.m. Light refreshments + reception to follow.

Show: Sanctum Sully + Brushfire Stankgrass | 6:30–10 p.m. | Hazel Robinson Ampitheatre | 92 Gay St. | Free, donations encouraged | The Asheville bluegrass artists perform a medley of rock, bluegrass + funk tunes.

TryThis: Slice of Life Comedy Open Mic | 8–11 p.m. | Pulp @ The Orange Peel | $5 at the door | Comics get in free.

Arts: The Moth: True Stories Told Live | 7:30–10 p.m. | The Mothlight | $10 | The theme for this month is disguises.

Community: WNC Fall Harvest Days | 8 a.m.–5 p.m. | WNC Ag Center | 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd. | $8/day or $20/3 day at the door | 33rd annual WNC showcase event with 250+ vendors, exhibits, antiques, crafts + more.

Talk: The Fame of C.S. Lewis | 6–8 p.m. | Firestorm Books + Coffee | 610 Haywood Rd. | Free | Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick investigates the factors that shaped the success of the Chronicles of Narnia + how globalization and technology continues to impact our religious experience today.

Arts: Harry Potter Paint Night | 6–8:30 p.m. | Fired Up Creative Lounge | 26 Wall St. | $26+ | Paint your own Harry Potter-themed pottery. Dumbledore beard steins, spell book boxes, cauldron bowls + more.

Friday | October 19

ForKids: Pumpkin Celebration | 11 a.m.–1 p.m. | WNC Farmer’s Market | 578 Brevard Rd. | Free |

Must Do: LEAF Festival | 8 a.m.–midnight | $46+ | A long-running weekend festival of music, art + culture. LEAF takes place on 300 acres of camping grounds + features 6 performance stages, 400+ performing artists, 8 family adventure villages, 100+ handcraft, healing and culinary vendors + more.

Arts: Grave Lullaby | Friday + Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. | The Magnetic Theatre | 375 Depot St. | $18 | A ghostly tale from local author Jamieson Ridenhour to get you in the Halloween spirit 👻

Arts: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands | 10 a.m.–6 p.m. | U.S. Cellular Center | 87 Haywood St. |  $8/day, $10/weekend | 170+ booths of handmade traditional Appalachian craft + live demonstrations.

Community: Antique + Collectible Book Sale | 10 a.m.–5 p.m. | Pack Memorial Library | Free | Prices start at $3.

Talk: Science Pub: The Opioid Crisis | 5:30–7 p.m. | The Collider | 1 Haywood St. | Free |  

Active: Annual Haunted Trail | 7–11 p.m. | Big Ivy Community Center | 540 Dillingham Rd. | $10 per person at the door | Spooky + family-friendly

MustDo: WNC Fall Harvest Days | 8 a.m.–5 p.m. | WNC Ag Center | 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd. | $8/day or $20/3 day at the door | 33rd annual WNC showcase event with 250+ vendors, exhibits, antiques, crafts + more.

Show: DJ/rupture | 8–10 p.m. | Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center | 120 College St. | $8+ | Artist + writer Jace Clayton, aka DJ/rupture, makes music at the intersection of sound, memory + public space. In conjunction with BMCM+AC’s Jacob Lawrence exhibition.

Civic: Candidate’s Forum | 8–9:30 a.m. | The Asheville Chamber of Commerce | 36 Montford Ave. | Free | Meet candidates in the Buncombe County Commissioner race + the sheriff race.

Saturday | October 20

Must Do: LEAF Festival | Opens at 8 a.m. | $46+ | A long-running weekend festival of music, art + culture. LEAF takes place on 300 acres of camping grounds + features 6 performance stages, 400+ performing artists, 8 family adventure villages, 100+ handcraft, healing and culinary vendors + more.

Shop: Pre-Halloween Costume Sale | 10 a.m.–2 p.m. | 35 Below | 35 E. Walnut St. | Free (items individually priced) | Sift through the Asheville Community Theatre’s archived costume closet to find the perfect, unique Halloween costume.   

Community: 3rd Annual Cothinkk Community Awards | 7–10 p.m. | The Collider | 1 Haywood St. | Grant recipients + community leader awards will be announced.

Arts: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands | 10–6 p.m. | U.S. Cellular Center | 87 Haywood St. |  $8/day, $10/weekend | 170+ booths of handmade traditional Appalachian craft + live demonstrations.

Community: Antique + Collectible Book Sale | 10 a.m.–3 p.m. | Pack Memorial Library | Free | Prices start at $3.

Outdoors: International Observe the Moon Night | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Tanbark Ridge Overlook, Blue Ridge Parkway | Free | w/ the Astronomy Club of AshevilleDirections here  

ForKids: Library Block Party | 4–5 p.m. | 1030 Merrimon Ave. | Suggested donation of $5 | Appalachian storytelling, face painting, a raffle, food + library book sale.   

Active: Annual Haunted Trail | 7–11 p.m. | Big Ivy Community Center | 540 Dillingham Rd. | $10 per person at the door | Spooky + family-friendly

Community: WNC Fall Harvest Days | 8 a.m.–5 p.m. | WNC Ag Center | 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd. | $8/day or $20/3 day at the door | 33rd annual WNC showcase event with 250+ vendors, exhibits, antiques, crafts + more.

TryThis: 41st Annual Banner Elk Woolly Worm Festival | 9 a.m..–5 p.m. | Banner Elk, directions here. | $6 at the door | A quirky event to celebrate woolly worms. Craft + food vendors will be present.  

Opening: Divining Deck | 7–9 p.m. | ZaPow Gallery | 150 Coxe Ave. Ste 101 | Free | A collaborative project between artists to illustrate the tarot deck. $10 tarot readings, live music by DJ Lil Meow Meow + free local beer.

Cause: Fall Customer Appreciation Sale | 9 a.m.–6 p.m. | Asheville Habitat ReStore | 31 Meadow Rd. | 25% off all store merchandise, plus free hotdogs and soda from noon–2 p.m.

Drink: Oktoberfest | 3–9 p.m. | The Whale | 507 Haywood Rd. | A showcase of German beers with pretzel sausages from Underground Baking Company. The first 40 people who line up at 3 p.m. get a free stein w/ purchase of a full pour. 

Drink: Pickin’ and Pullin’ | 2 p.m.–9 p.m. | Wicked Weed Funkatorium | 147 Coxe Ave. | Free | w/ live music from Fireside Collective + more, a pig roast + pumpkin beer on tap

Sunday | October 21

MustDo: Party at the Polls | noon–5 p.m. | Izzy’s Coffee | 976 Haywood Rd. | Free | After turning in your ballot at the West Asheville early voting site, head over for free food and live music from Unspoken Tradition, Stevie Lee Combs + Bearcat Wildcat. 🎉

Must Do: LEAF Festival | 8 a.m.–6 p.m. | $46+ | A long-running weekend festival of music, art + culture. LEAF takes place on 300 acres of camping grounds + features 6 performance stages, 400+ performing artists, 8 family adventure villages, 100+ handcraft, healing and culinary vendors + more.

Arts: Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands | 10–5 p.m. | U.S. Cellular Center | 87 Haywood St. |  $8/day, $10/weekend | 170+ booths of handmade traditional Appalachian craft + live demonstrations.

Show: Seven Lions: The Journey 2 Tour | 8 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $20 | Genre-bending dupstep

TryThis: Climate Data Hack-a-thon | 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. | The Collider | 1 Haywood St. | $12 | Use NASA weather and science data and your technical know-how to impact the coffee trade economy. Free Counter Culture coffee included.  

Arts: Rebuild the Village Music Festival | 4 p.m.–midnight | Salvage Station | 468 Riverside Dr. | Suggested donation at the door | The final exhibition of Marc Pierre LaMauvial’s photography series “Faces of Homelessness” + live music. All proceeds will benefit ABCCM’s Transformation Village for women + children experiencing homelessness. Family friendly till dark.

Active: Cat Yoga + Costumes | 1–3 p.m. | Violet Owl Wellness | 62 Wall St. | $10+ sliding scale | Cats, yoga, coffee + casual meetup with kitties that need homes from from Furever Friends.

 

Week of October 22

 

Monday | October 22

Active: 90s Dance Party | 9 p.m.–midnight | Ambrose West | 312 Haywood St. | Free | Costume prizes, DJs, cupcakes + more

Show: The Core | 7–9:30 p.m. | Little Jumbo | 241 Broadway St. | Free | Original jazz + special smoky cocktails

Watch: Revolve Sight: Upgrade | 7 p.m. | The Black Cloud | 723 Haywood Rd. Basement | Free | SF thriller w/ an introduction linking the film’s themes to Frankenstein. In conjunction with It’s Alive! – a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein (on display at Bookworks). Bonus: Free pizza + popcorn

TryThis: Cardology Readings | noon–5 p.m. | Asheville Raven + Crone | 555 Merrimon Ave | $30+ cash only | w/ cardologist Ashley Long  

Network: Wedding + Event Night | 6–8:30 p.m. | Weaver House | 56 N. Main St. | Free | A sneak peek at Weaver House’s new special event space. Wine, cheese + light bites will be provided.

Dish: Steak Night | 5–8 p.m. | Bold Rock Cider Co. | 72 School House Rd. | Price varies | Steaks are limited, arrive on time

Talk: Emotional Intelligence with Dr. Marc Brackett | 6–8 p.m. | Carolina Day School | 1345 Hendersonville Rd. | Free, but RSVP | Dr. Brackett, director of the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University, will discuss strategies + tools to develop healthy emotional intelligence in kids.

Tuesday | October 23

Talk: Food + Beverage: A Conference on Climate Risks + Opportunities | 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m. | The Collider | 1 Haywood St. #401 | $399+ | This conference highlights how susceptible the food + beverage industry is to impacts of a changing climate as well as ways to prepare, adapt + access the most up-to-date climate data.

Talk: Key School Open House| 8:15–9:45 a.m. | Carolina Day School 1345 Hendersonville Rd. | Free | Key School, a division of Carolina Day School, was established in 1997 to provide a high-quality, innovative education for bright children with language-based learning differences, including dyslexia. Tour the school + learn more about the program. Sign up online.

Talk:Middle School Open House
 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Carolina Day School | 1345 Hendersonville Rd. | Free | w/ faculty, current parents, and students in Grades 6-8. Sign up online.

Talk: Upper School Open House | 6:30-8 p.m. | Carolina Day School | 1345 Hendersonville Rd. | Free |w/ faculty, current parents, and students in Grades 9-12. Sign up online.

Show: Mirah + Tomberlin | 8–11 p.m. | The Mothlight | $13 | Experimental pop-folk music

Community: North Windy School Spirit Night | 5–8 p.m. | Salvage Station | 468 Riverside Dr. | Free | Cornhole, ring toss, food + games to celebrate the Weaverville North Windy School Blackhawks. Salvage Station will donate a portion of proceeds to the PTO.

Civic: State House + Senate Open Forum | 6–7:30 p.m. | Wesley Grant Center | 285 Livingston St. | Free | A moderated panel featuring all candidates for N.C. Senate in our area.

TryThis: A-Escape Pop Up Challenge | 6:30–9 p.m. | Noble Cider | 356 New Leicester Hwy. | $44/team of two + | Puzzles, games + prizes

Cause: Halloween Pints + Purrs | 5–10 p.m. | White Labs Kitchen + Tap | 172 S. Charlotte St. | Free | A portion of all proceeds will be donated to Asheville Cat Weirdos.

Wednesday | October 24

MustDo: The Venardos Circus | 7–8:30 p.m. | Asheville Outlets | 800 Brevard Rd. | $25 | An animal-free circus from former Ringling Bros. Ringmaster Kevin Venardos, with acrobats, aerialists, Broadway-style musical acts + more. Doors open at 6 p.m. 🎪

Arts: Soul Family Cafe Open Mic | 6–8 p.m. | Flora Asheville | 468 Haywood Rd. | Free | An open mic especially for the spiritual set. Want to share something? Slots are 10–15 minutes long. 🎤

Show: Brown Bag Song Competition | 5:30–7:30 p.m. | The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall | 55 College St. | Free to watch; $3 to enter | hosted by Grammy winner Debrissa McKinney 🎸

Show: Balkan/Turkish/Klezmer Music | 9 p.m. | The Crow & Quill | 106 N. Lexington Ave. | Free | 🎵

Thursday | October 25

Talk: The Lucky Ones Get to be People | 6 p.m. | Malaprop’s Bookstore + Cafe | 55 Haywood St. | Free | Presented by Rachel Haley Himmelheber.

Show: Storytelling Series: Listen to This | 7:30 p.m. | 35 Below | 35 E. Walnut St. | $15+ | Locals share stories on a different theme every month. Hosted by local comedian + writer Tom Chalmers.

Cause: Base Camp Bash | 6–9 p.m. | Smoky Mountain Adventure Center | 173 Amboy Rd. | $25+ | Benefits Streets to the Peaks, an organization focused on getting youth involved in outdoor sports. w/ live music, beer, food + more

Show: Tibetan Monks Perform Sacred Music, Sacred Dance | 7 p.m. | UNCAs Lipinsky Auditorium | 1 University Heights | $5+ | The famed musicians from Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform traditional music and mystical masked dances. Admission is free for UNCA students.   

Talk: An Evening With Santos Lopez | 6:30–8 p.m. | East West | 278 Haywood Rd. | $25 | HGTV’s executive producer discusses how to successfully rebrand a product using tactics like music, casting + an emotional hook.

Film: Priced Out | 6 p.m. | Asheville Habitat ReStore | 31 Meadow Rd | Free | A close look at housing discrimination. A panel discussion will take place after the film.

Cause: Beer for Boobs | 5– 8 p.m. | White Labs Kitchen + Tap | 172 South Charlotte St. | Free | White Labs will have a pink beer on tap + 50% of beer sales will go to Beer For Boobs, a non-profit raising awareness + funds for breast cancer research.  

Cause: Pool Tournament | 6 – 9 p.m. | Fat Cats Billiards | 2345 Hendersonville Rd. | $20 | Enter this pool tournament + support local non-profit The Irene Wortham Center, helping children + adults with disabilities in WNC. Cash prizes will be given.

Active: Soul Sessions Finale | 5:45 – 7 p.m. | New Belgium Brewing | donation based | Join Lisa Zahiya for a dance party to wrap up the Soul Session fitness series to benefit Light A Path.    

Friday | October 26

Show: Love, Loss and what I wore | 2:30 p.m. | 35 Below | 35 E. Walnut St. | $7 | Presented by the Autumn Player’s Reader’s Theatre

Talk: Medicine for Old Age | 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. | Reuter Center at UNCA | 1 Campus View Rd. | Free |Part of OLLI’s Lunch and Learn series; buy lunch at the workshop or brown bag your own.  

Opening: The Enneagram School of Awakening | 5–7 p.m. | 30 Ben Lippen School Rd., Suite 205 | Free | Learn about programming offered + enjoy complimentary refreshments.

Cause: Live Remote: Feels Like the First Time Fund Drive Kickoff Party | 5–7 p.m. | The BLOCK off Biltmore | 39 S. Market St. | Free | Asheville FM celebrates the start of its fall fund drive with an on-site broadcast of the popular show from DJ Ben Herring.

Art: Of Valley + Ridge Art Show Kickoff | 5–8 p.m. | Zealandia | 1 Vance Gap Rd. | $100 | Art exhibition + opening night gala benefiting the Blue Ridge Parkway Association

Arts: Art Break | noon–1 p.m. | 2 South Pack Square | Free | See the Asheville Art Museum’s new banners + hear about the upcoming plans for the renovation.

TryThis: Make + Mingle | 6–8 p.m. | AMOS | 43 Patton Ave | $20 | Explore the Museum of Science after hours. w/ live music, beer + a project honoring Mary Shelley + the bicentennial of the publication of Frankenstein.

Active: People for Bikes Draft Meetup | 6–8 p.m. | Archetype Brewing | 265 Haywood Rd. | Free | A fast-paced hour of ideas about the bike industry. New Belgium and Archetype will release a special collaboration beer.

Community: East Forest Ceremony | 6 – 8 p.m. | Wright Creative | 795 Haywood Road | Free | music, meditation + sound healing through concert + ritual

Cause: Halloween Benefit Cover Show | 7 p.m.–midnight | The Mothlight | $15 suggested donation | Proceeds benefit Tranzmission + Asheville Prison Books

Saturday | October 27

MustDo: Brewgrass 2018 | 1–6 p.m. | Salvage Station | 468 Riverside Dr. | $45+ | Asheville’s OG beer + live music festival features over 35 breweries this year.

Must Do: Annual Halloween Costume Dance Party | 10 p.m.–2 a.m. | Buxton Hall BBQ | 32 Banks Ave. | $5 at the door | Late-night costumed revelry w/ a live DJ and special bites from Buxton. The evening is also a fundraiser for Asheville FM.

TryThis: Broad Sense | 2–11 p.m. | 2876 Windswept Ridge Rd., Marhsall | $25+ | Come by anytime for site-specific performance + sound art from six nationally-renowned artists on seven acres in Madison County. $35 with dinner included.

Arts: Beaverdam Studio Tour | 10 a.m – 5 p.m. | Various locations | Free | A self-guided tour of artists’ studios in North Asheville’s Beaverdam Valley. See studio locations here.

Community: Asheville Fine Arts Show | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Pack Square Park | Free | Showcases 100 professional artists of all different disciplines as well as a young artists’ competition.  

Show: Love, Loss and what I wore | 2:30 p.m. | 35 Below | 35 E. Walnut St. | $7 | Presented by the Autumn Player’s Reader’s Theatre

Show: BEAT LIFE with Xero God, Slums, Lavier, PTP + SK, the Novelist | 10 p.m. | The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall | Donations at the door | Join the electronic music and hip-hop crew for local + regional acts.

Community: Really Scary Stories! | 2–3 p.m. | Weaverville Library | 41 N. Main St. | Free | Celebrate spookiness! For teens + adults (no young children, please).  

Talk: Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness | 2–3 p.m. | Malaprop’s | 55 Haywood St. | Free | Anastasia Higginbotham reads from her new book.

Community: Moving Voices | noon | UNC Asheville, outside Brown Hall | Free | UNCA’s Dance Program presents a series of site-specific dances.

ForKids: Howl-O-Ween | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | WNC Nature Center | $6+ | games, crafts, special animal education, costume contests + more

MustDo: Dia de Muertos + Halloween Festival | 5:30 – 10 p.m. | Jackson Park, Hendersonville | Free | Celebrate Dia de los Muertos + Halloween with live music, dancing, food, carnival games + more. Following the festival will be a screening of Pixar’s Coco.

MustDo: Virtual Reality Haunted Halloween Party | 6 p.m.–midnight | Archetype Brewing | 265 Haywood Rd. | $10 | Archetype + local virtual reality company Better Than Unicorns present an immersive opportunity to walk through the Upside Down from Stranger Things.  

Sunday | October 28

Arts: Beaverdam Studio Tour | noon – 5 p.m. | Various locations | Free |A self-guided tour of artists’ studios in North Asheville’s Beaverdam Valley. See studio locations here

Art: Backyard Bears: Conservation, Habitat Changes and Rise of Urban Wildlife | 3 p.m. | Malaprops Bookstore + Cafe | 55 Haywood St. | Free | Presented by Amy Cherrix.  

Active: Bookwalter Binge Gran Fondo | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Warren Wilson College | $70+ | Ride alongside amateur + professional cyclists to celebrate the end of the racing season 

Show: Love, Loss and what I wore | 2:30 p.m. | Reuter Center at UNCA | $7 | Presented by the Autumn Player’s Reader’s Theatre

Community: Asheville Flea for Y’all | 8 a.m.–3 p.m. | Asheville Outlets | $2 | Browse for treasures from 100 local + regional vendors + artists.

Show: Amy Ray and Her Band | 8–11 p.m. | The Grey Eagle | 185 Clingman St. | $17 | Amy Ray tours to promote her new record, Holler.

Drink: Sundays [email protected] | 5 – 8 p.m. | Aloft Rooftop Bar | $5 (suggested donation) | Bring your furry friend dressed in their most creative + cute halloween costume. Enjoy live music, food, drinks + mountain views. w/ prizes for the costume contest

Week of October 29

 

Monday | October 29

Art: The World According to Tom Hanks: The Life, The Obsessions, The Good Deeds of America’s Most Decent Guy | 6 p.m. | Malaprop’s Bookstore + Cafe | 55 Haywood St. | Free | Presented by Gavin Edwards.  

Show: Movie Night: Hocus Pocus | 7 – 9 p.m | The Orange Peel | Free | costumes encouraged

TryThis: Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. / 8:30 – 11:00 p.m. | The Blind Pig | 68 N. Lexington Ave. | $40 | A 5-course meal is inspired by the children’s classic, Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark. Note: There are two seating times for this event.  

Community: TSA Pre-check Enrollment Event | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Asheville Regional Airport | Airport Public Safety Parking Area | $85 | Get enrolled in TSA Precheck + skip the lines while traveling for five years. This is an ongoing event until November 9. Check the website to start the application + make an appointment.

Community: Moving Voices | noon | UNC Asheville, outside Brown Hall | Free | UNCA’s Dance Program presents a series of site-specific dances.

Ars: The Asheville Moth Grand Slam | 8–10 p.m | The Diana Wortham Theatre | 18 Biltmore Ave. | $25 | See the best of Asheville’s storytellers and choose the grand champion

Show: Delicious | 9 p.m.–midnight | The Mothlight | Free | w/ Almuten + Sang Sarah

Arts: Spooky! Spoken Word Open Mic Night | 7–9 p.m. | Habitat Tavern + Commons | 174 Broadway St. | Free | Costumes encouraged.

Tuesday | October 30

Talk: A Well-Behaved Woman with Therese Fowler | 7 p.m. | UNCA Kimmel Arena | Free | The author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald discusses her new novel about Alva Vanderbilt with local historian + writer Denise Kiernan. Part of UNC Asheville’s Visiting Writer Series.

Talk: Dacre Stoker presents Dracul | 6–7 p.m. | Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe | 55 Haywood St. | Free | The prequel to Dracula, inspired by actual documents from Bram Stoker

Talk: An Evening with Jan Karon | 5–7 p.m. | First Baptist Church of Asheville | 5 Oak St. | Free | The best-selling author of the Mitford series presents her new novel. $24 VIP ticket option includes a meet-and-greet and signed copy of the book.

Film: The Human Element | 6:30–8:30 p.m. | The Collider | 1 Haywood St., Ste. 401 | Free | From Emmy-award winning filmmaker + National Geographic photographer James Balog

Film: Young Frankenstein | 5:30-8 p.m. | Pack Memorial Library, Downstairs Auditorium | Free | celebrating 200 years of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

 

 

Cause: Halloween Pet Parade | 3–6:30 p.m.; parade at 5 p.m. | West Asheville Tailgate Market | 718 Haywood Rd. | 718 Haywood Rd. | Free, donations accepted | Dress yourself + your pet up and vie for “most creative costume” + other awards. Money raised will go to Mountain Pet Rescue.

TryThis: The Summoning | 10 p.m.–2 a.m. | 27 Club Asheville | 180 Patton Ave. | Free | Patrons will attempt to summon the spirit of a member of the “27 Club,” artists who died at the age of 27. 1890s-1920s attire encouraged.

Arts: Drink + Draw | 7–10 p.m. | The Orange Peel | $13 at the door | Have a drink + sketch live models. All skill levels encouraged.

Arts: Double Feature Art Showcase: Horror and SciFi Portraits | 6–9 p.m. | Wedge at Foundation | 5 Foundy St. | Free |  Speed painting with artist Tony Corbitt with a raffle, free candy + free paintings

TryThis: The Haunted Farmhouse | 6 p.m.–midnight | The Haunted Farm | 624 Townsend Rd., Hendersonville | $25 cash only at the door | Try to survive the dark woods, the demon hayshed, the slaughterhouse, and more… if you dare

Cause: Do Good Date Night | 6 – 9 p.m. | MANNA Food Bank | 627 Swannanoa River Rd. | $20 | You + your significant other (or friend) can give back to the community while enjoying a night out. The night starts at MANNA Food Bank + then relocates to Highland Brewing. Ticket includes food + drink at Highland.  

Wednesday | October 31

MustDo: The Haunted Farmhouse | 6 p.m.–midnight | The Haunted Farm | 624 Townsend Rd. | $25 cash only at the door | Try to survive the dark woods, the demon hayshed, the slaughterhouse, and more… if you dare.  

Show: Lettuce + Turkauz | 7 p.m.–2 a.m. | Salvage Station | $25 | If scary stuff isn’t your thing, hang out with these funk bands instead.

TryThis: Ancestor Vigil | noon–1:30 p.m. | Raven + Crone | 555 Merrimon Ave. | Free | A ceremony to commemorate both the living and the dead

Show: The Orb: Halloween 2018 | 9 p.m.–1 a.m. | The Orange Peel | 20+ | Spend Halloween with this ambient English electronic band.   

TryThis: Fun Depot’s Haunted Halloween | 4 – 9 p.m. | Asheville’s Fun Depot | 7 Roberts Rd. | $7+ | w/ haunted laser tag, haunted mini golf, costume contests + live music

TryThis: Frankenreads at Malaprop’s | 6 – 7 p.m. | Malaprop’s Bookstore | 55 Haywood St. | A dramatic reading of Frankenstein with refreshments to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Mary Shelley classic.

Show: Halloween Cover Band Party | 8 p.m.–midnight | The Mothlight | Free |

Community: Boo Bash | 5 – 8 p.m. | Asheville Outlets | Free | The Halloween celebration will include trunk-or-treating, crafts + family fun activities.