Plan Ahead: August 2021

Happy August, Asheville. August in the mountains means warm sunshine, back to school, and our stunning fall season coming right around the corner. So as summer is winding down, you need fun local events to celebrate the end of the season. Read on for all the top events happening this month in the 828.

Aug. 1-8

Sunday, Aug. 1 

Show

  • Phuncle Sam | Sun., Aug 1 | 3-5 p.m. | The Meadow at Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Ste. 200 | Free | Grateful Dead tribute band. 🎶

TryThis

  • Asheville Drag Brunch | Sun., Aug. 1 | 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $25+ | Support Youth OUTright with family-friendly drag queens. 💋

Film

Monday, Aug. 2 

Arts 

  • Jenna Jaffe Art Exhibition | Mon., Aug. 2 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | The Refinery AVL, 207 Coxe Ave. | Free | Pieces inspired by female empowerment. ♀️
  • Artists Standing Strong Together Meeting | Mon. Aug. 2 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Hear Connie Regan-Blake discuss her collection of storytelling memorabilia that is now housed in the Library of Congress. 📖

Tuesday, Aug. 3 

Try This

  • Charcuterie Board Making Class | Tues., Aug. 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Catawba Brewing Co., 32 Banks Ave.| $70 | Learn how to make a salami rose and more while you sip suds. 🍺
  • Olympian Meet and Greet | Tues., Aug. 3 | 6 p.m. | Wedge Brewing at Foundation, 5 Foundy St. | Meet some Olympians who got their start right here in WNC. 🥇

Network

Dish

  • Ivory Road Cafe Birthday Celebration | Tues., Aug. 3 |  9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Ivory Road Cafe, 1854 Brevard Rd. | Free | Celebrate the cafe’s 5th birthday with a brunch buffet, live music, giveaways + more. 🥐

Biz

Wednesday, Aug. 4 

Show 

Network

  • Ann Willoughby: What I learned from Milton Glaser | Wed., Aug. 4 | 6-8 p.m. | Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy Ste. 200 | $20 | Learn from the Willoughby Design’s founder’s 4 decades of brand experience design and design education. 👔

Thursday, Aug. 5

Show

  • Bright Eyes | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 6:30 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $49.50 | Indie pop/rock. 🎸
  • Patio Show: Rami Feinstein | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 5 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15 | Israeli singer/songwriter. 🎶
  • Kristy Cox | Thurs., Aug. 5 | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15+ | Australian country and bluegrass. Seated concert with dinner. 🪕
  • Mountain Dance and Folk Festival | Thurs., Aug. 5-Sat., Aug. 7 | 6:30 p.m. | UNCA Lipinsky Hall,  300 Library Ln. | $20 | 94th annual celebration of musicians, dancers, and storytellers who preserve the traditions of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. 💃

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Paella Cook Along with Chef Katie Button | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | Follow Cúrate head chef Katie Button ​​Chef through the timeless process of building layers of flavor, culminating in the Spanish one-pan meal favorite. 🥘

Arts

  • Black Mountain College Television screening party | Thurs., Aug. 5 | 7 p.m. | 120 College St. + online | Free | Part of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s LIVE! An Asheville Arts Benefit Series, this premiere episode of BMC-TV (think: a happening meets variety show) features Asheville arts businesses, performers, musicians, artists, and craftspeople.

Friday, Aug. 6

TheBuy

  • Moonlight Garden Market | Fri., Aug. 6 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Haiku I Do, 26 Sweeten Creek Rd. | $30 | Browse booths of jewelry, art, houseplants, vintage clothing + decor and enjoy drinks, eats, and tunes. 💐

Show

  • Patrick Droney | Fri., Aug. 6 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15+ | Contemporary mix of pop, rock and soul. 🎶
  • Jon Shain and FJ Ventre | Fri., Aug. 6 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Modern folk-blues. Seated concert with dinner. 🪕
  • Marcus Anderson presents Jazz and Coffee Escape | Fri., Aug. 6 and Sat., Aug. 7 | 7:30 p.m. on Fri., 6 p.m. on Sat. | Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave. | $65+ | Enjoy jazz grooves and tunes. 🎷

ForKids

  • Jewelry-Making | Fri., Aug. 6 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2  S. Pack Sq. | Free with museum admission | Drop in to experiment freely and collaborate using different materials, tools, and techniques. 

Arts

Saturday, Aug. 7 

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Container Gardening | Sat., Aug. 11 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual | $15 | Learn how to safely and creatively use found, recycled or repurposed materials for container gardens for edible plants. 🌱 

Show

  • Scott Ainslie | Sat., Aug. 7 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $20 | Acoustic blues + slide guitar master. 🎸
  • Ruth Cooney Sextet | Sat., Aug. 7 | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | 9 p.m. | $17+ | Joni Mitchell tribute. 🎶

ForFamilies

  • Smokey Bear’s Birthday | Sat., Aug. 7 | 11 a.m.-2 pm. | Cradle of Forestry in America, 11250 Pisgah Hwy., Pisgah Forest | Free with admission | Celebrate Smokey Bear’s 77th birthday with outdoor games, crafts, prizes + more. 🐻

Arts

Sunday, Aug. 8

Show

  • Sugar Lime Blue | Sun., Aug. 8 |  7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Americana rock. Seated concert with dinner. 🎸
  • Tommy Prine w/ Peter Holsapple | Sun., Aug. 8 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $22+ | Classic country. 

ForFamilies

  • Party in the Park | Sun., Aug. 8 | 4-6 p.m. | Mills River Park, 124 Town Center Dr. | Free | Celebrate back to school with ​​ tunes, concessions, inflatables, concessions, child haircuts, school supplies, strolling magician, bubble man + more. 🎒

Aug. 9-15

Monday, Aug. 9 

Learn

  • Dyeing With Fresh Indigo | Mon., Aug. 9 | 10-11 a.m. | Free | NC Cooperative Extension- Buncombe County Center, 49 Mount Carmel Rd. #102 | Learn 2 methods for dying cloth with fresh-cut indigo. 

Tuesday, Aug. 10 

Show

  • Groovin’ On Grovemont | Tues., Aug. 10 | 6 p.m. | Free | Grovemont Park, 103 Northwest Ave, Swannanoa | Sam Wheelock performs electric tunes with roots + storytelling. 🎶

Biz

  • Job Fair | Tues., Aug. 10 | 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. | Free | WNC Ag. Center Virginia Boone Building, 761 Boylston Hwy., Fletcher | Job openings in Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania counties with shifts starting at $18 an hour. 👔

  Wednesday, Aug. 11 

Show

  • Cold War Kids | Wed., Aug. 11 | 8 p.m. | $27 | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | Indie pop/rock. 🎶

ForKids

  • Tiny Tot Yoga | Wed., Aug. 11 | 10:30-11:15 a.m. | Grovemont Park, 103 Northwest Ave., Swannanoa | Stories, songs, rhythms + easy yoga poses for kids and their caregivers. 🧘

Wellness

  • Pop-Up 5K | Wed., Aug. 11 | 6:00 p.m. | Bill Moore Community Park, 85 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher | $15 | Run the course in reverse for the “rewind” themed race. 👟 

Arts

  • PECHAKUCHA NIGHT ASHEVILLE V29: CRAFT EDITION | Wed., Aug. 11 | 7 p.m. | Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. | $10 | The Center for Craft has teamed with PechaKucha Asheville to present a program centered on craft — part of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s LIVE! An Asheville Arts Benefit Series.

Thursday, Aug. 12

Dish

Learn

Show

  • Marbin | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Funk-inspired jazz + blues. 🎷
  • Muscadine Bloodline | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15+ | Classic powerhouse country. 🎶

Try This

  • Charcuterie Board Making Class | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 6:30 p.m. | 12 Bones Smokehouse South, 2350 Hendersonville Rd. | $65 | Sip suds while making salami ribbons and roses. 🍺

Learn

  • Shiloh, Past and Present | Thurs., Aug. 12 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $7 | Join the multi-generational discussion of Asheville’s historic Black community. 

Friday, Aug. 13

Show

  • Enrage Against the Machine | Fri., Aug. 13 | 9 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $12 | Rage Against the Machine tribute band. 🎶

TryThis

  • Brews and Bears | Fri., Aug. 13 | 5:30-8 p.m. | WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Rd. | $20+ | Enjoy drinks, music + food vendors while watching black bears Uno and Ursa partake in an enrichment activity. 🐻

Saturday, Aug. 14

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Trial to Table | Sat., Aug. 14  | 5-9 p.m. | Franny’s Farm, 22 Franny’s Farm Rd., Leicester | $200 | Learn about the Utopian Seed Project’s crop diversity initiatives + enjoy a five-course meal showcasing rare and heirloom crops being grown by the USP. 🌱

TryThis

  • Black Mountain Sourwood Festival | Sat., Aug. 14-Sun., Aug. 15 | 9 a.m.-8 p.m. | 100 Sutton Ave. | Free | Family-friendly street festival with arts, crafts, food, games, music, carnival rides + more. 🍯
  • Falafel Cooking Class | Sat., Aug. 14 | 4-7 p.m. | Asheville Mountain Kitchen, 332 E Sondley Dr. | $80+ | Learn to make the Middle East’s most popular dish. 🧑‍🍳

ForKids

  • Movement Art Class | Sat., Aug. 14 | 1-4 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | Free with museum admission |  Experiment with a variety of “movement-based art-making techniques” inspired by the museum’s Olympics-themed exhibitions. 🎨

Show

  • PATRIOT | Sat., Aug. 14 | 7 p.m. | Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave. | $35 | Multimedia dance, theater, and storytelling inspired by the service and sacrifice of US veterans, active-duty military, and their families.  
  • Minnesota | Sat., Aug. 14 | 9 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $20 | EDM inspired grooves and tunes. 🎚️
  • Tribute: A Celebration of The Allman Brothers Band | Sat., Aug. 14 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15 | Allman Brothers tribute band. 🎶

Sunday, Aug. 15

Show

  • Blues in the Night with Peggy Ratusz | Sun., Aug. 15 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $20 | Hipswingin’ and sultry jazz and blues. Seated concert with dinner. 🎙️
  • Shuffle Up! Electro Dance Party | Sun., Aug. 15 | 9 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave | $15 | Electronic grooves and tunes from DJ Nex Millen, Strongmagnumopus, and Dayowulf + visuals by The Scorcerist. 🕺

Aug. 16-22

Monday, Aug. 16 

Learn

  • Dyeing With Fresh Indigo | Mon., Aug. 16 | 10-11 a.m. | Free | NC Cooperative Extension- Buncombe County Center, 49 Mount Carmel Rd. #102 | Learn 2 methods for dying cloth with fresh-cut indigo.

Tuesday, Aug. 17

Show

  • Dustbowl Revival | Tues., Aug. 17 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $17 | Boundary pushing Americana roots. 🎶

Wednesday, Aug. 18

Show

  • Riley Downing + The Kernal | Wed., Aug. 18 | 9 p.m. |The Grey Eagle, 186 Clingman Ave. | $12 | Soulful, bluegrass-infused rock and electric guitar-inspired country. 🎸

 Thursday, Aug. 19

Network

  • WomanUP Workshop | Thurs. Aug. 19 | 8-10:30 a.m. | Crowne Plaza Resort- Expo Center, 1 Resort Dr. | $35 for Chamber members, $45 for non-members | Examine the impacts of racism in organizations and how individuals can respond. 

Show

  • Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio | Thurs., Aug 19 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 734 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Rock and jazz-inspired acoustic blues. Seated concert with dinner. 🎶
  • Scott H. Biram | Thurs., Aug. 19 | 9 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $15 | Bluesy classic country and rock with flairs of punk and heavy metal. 🎸

 Arts

  • SUMMER SOUNDTRACK | Thurs., Aug. 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 100 Gay St. | Free | Enjoy a summer evening under the stars ft. Broadway hits + more performed by talented youth in our community — part of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s LIVE! An Asheville Arts Benefit Series. Ⓟ

ForFamilies

  • United Way Block Party | Thurs., Aug. 19 | 4-6:30 p.m. | City-County Plaza, 80 Court Plz | Free | Celebrate the start of the new school year with food, tunes, activities, prizes, community info booths and more + an on-site vaccination clinic. 🎉 

Friday, Aug. 20

Art

  • Rural Avant-Garde | Fri., Aug. 20-Nov. 1 | 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | $15 | Selection of collaborative creative works from nearly 4decades of the Appalachia-centric Mountain Lake Workshop series. 🖼️

Show

  • Fade to Black | Fri., Aug. 20 | 9 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $12 | Metallica tribute band. 🎸
  • The Trailblazers | Fri., Aug. 20 | 8:30 | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Progressive bluegrass. Seated concert with dinner. 🪕

Saturday, Aug. 21 

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Embroidered Napkins | Sat., Aug. 21 | 10-11:30 a.m. | Virtual | $15 | Learn how to add a special touch to your dinner/cocktail napkins with embroidery + natural dyes you can make yourself. 🧵 

TryThis

Show

Arts

  • Art Talk | Sat., Aug. 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Katrina Chenevert Gallery, 18 Brook St., Ste. 102 | Free | Needle felter Stephanie Metz discusses her process and creations from 5 different bodies of work. 🎨
  • Affirmations in the Abstract: Mixed Media | Sat., Aug. 21 | 12-5 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | $90 for museum members, $100 for non-members | Create empowering artwork through thoughtfully chosen media, colors, and words.

Event

  • SUMMER SPEAKEASY | Sat., Aug. 21 | 8-11 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Sq. | $45+ | Live music, cocktails, and dancing bring to life the early decades of the 20th century — period-appropriate attire encouraged. This event is part of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s LIVE! An Asheville Arts Benefit Series. Ⓟ
  • Studio-wide Sale | Sat., Aug. 21 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Atelier Mason Co., 121 Sweeten Creek | Free | This 20% sale at Asheville’s elevated furniture destination will feature sweet deals, Sunshine Sammies, and tons of unique finds — helping you have a happier, healthier home.

Sunday, Aug. 22

Show

  • The Page Brothers Quartet | Sun., Aug. 22 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Classic jazz. Seated concert with dinner. 🎷

Aug. 23-29

Monday, Aug. 23

Cause

Tuesday, Aug. 24

Cause

Show

  • Emmaline | Tues., Aug. 24 | 8 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $20 | Smoky, jazz-infused, genre-fluid vocals. 🎤

Wednesday, Aug. 25

Wellness

  • Pop-Up 5K | Wed., Aug. 25 | 6:00 p.m. | Bill Moore Community Park, 85 Howard Gap Rd., Fletcher | $15 | Bust out the legwarmers and leotards for this ’80s themed race. 👟

Show

  • Travis Book Happy Hour | Wed., Aug. 25 | 7 p.m. | The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. | $20 | Variety show featuring the bassist, songwriter, and vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass band, The Infamous Stringdusters. 🎶

ForPets

  • Tami’s SoulSpeak with Animals | Wed., Aug. 25 | 8-9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Ever wondered what your dog is thinking? Missing a beloved pet? Join animal intuitive Tami Hendrix for a new online show about animals + their people. A student of James Van Praagh, Tami is an Asheville-based medium, healer, and animal communicator. 🐕

Thursday, Aug. 26

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Fermenting Challenge | Thurs., Aug. 26 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | Funkatorium, 147 Coxe Ave. | $200 | Enjoy a multi-course meal + drinks that showcase a range of fermented favorites including beer, cheeses, chocolates, breads, coffee, kimchi, kombucha and much more. 🍺

Show

  • Liz Frame and the Kickers | Thurs., Aug. 26 | 7 p.m. | Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Americana with powerhouse vocals. Seated concert with dinner. 🎶 

TryThis

  • An outstanding tasting experience at VICARIO | Thurs., Aug. 26 | 12-5 p.m. | 800 Old Jones Rd., Greer | $15 | This micro-distillery and farm produces gin and 15 award-winning liqueurs, ft. farm-grown herbs + fruits for an intriguing and delightful garden-to-glass experience. Reservations are needed Tues.-Thurs.; walk-ins welcome Fri.-Sat.

Friday, Aug. 27

Arts

  • LEAF Downtown AVL | Fri., Aug. 27-Sat., Aug. 28 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | Pack Square Park | Free | Part of the Asheville Area Arts Council’s LIVE! An Asheville Ares Benefit Series, LEAF Downtown connects our local communities + cultures while celebrating creativity and diversity in the heart of downtown Asheville. 

Show

  • Rumours | Fri., Aug. 27 | 9 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $22 | Fleetwood Mac tribute. 🎶 

Saturday, Aug. 28 

Dish

  • Chow Chow: Carbon Harvest | Sat., Aug. 28 | 12-3 p.m. | Cultivated Cocktails Distillery | 29 Page Ave. | $50 | Learn about “carbon farming” + enjoy specialty flights and bites. 🍺 
  • Chow Chow: Diaspora | Sat., Aug. 28 |  5-9 p.m. | Grove Arcade, 1 Page Ave. | $125 | Try small plates and drinks inspired by multicultural fusion. 🍴
  • Indian Cooking Class | Sat., Aug. 28 | 4-7 p.m. | Asheville Mountain Kitchen, 332 E Sondley Dr. | $85+ | Explore the unique flavors of Indian cuisine + learn about the native spices and their therapeutic qualities. 🥘

ForKids

  • Weaving | Sat., Aug. 28 | 1-4 p.m. | Asheville Art Museum, 2 S. Pack Sq. | Free with museum admission | Explore weaving with a variety of materials including yarn, ribbon, paper, and fabric. 🧶

Show

  • Band of Horses | Sat., Aug. 28 | 7 p.m. | The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. | $38 | Grammy-nominated classic rock. 🎶 

Sunday, Aug. 29

Show

  • Kruger Brothers | Sun., Aug. 29 | 4-7 p.m. | Ebbs Chapel Performing Arts Center, 281 Laurel Valley Rd, Mars Hill | $35 | Trio performing modern Americana + bluegrass. 🪕

Aug. 30-31

Monday, Aug. 30

Tuesday, Aug. 31

Show

  • Meshell Ndegeocello | Tues., Aug. 31 | 8 p.m. | Diana Wortham Center for the Performing Arts, 18 Biltmore Ave. | $32.50+ | Folksy, funky jazz. 🎶