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PlanAhead: September 2020

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September is in full swing – and to help you soak up the last days of summer, we’re rounding up some of the top local events (both virtual and in-person) to help you stay connected. ☀️  

Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in the following events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.

Sept. 7-13 

Monday, Sept. 7

Firecracker Jazz Band at The Grey Eagle | Sept. 7 | 7 p.m. | 185 Clingman Ave. | $12 | Hang out on the patio stage for a socially distant show featuring the explosive Firecracker Jazz Band. 🎸

Tuesday, Sept. 8 

Even As We Breathe Book Release | Sept. 8 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Register for Free | Join Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle as she launches Even As We Breathe, exploring the nature of the human spirit + more. 📖

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Live Marbling at Majik Studios | Sept. 9 | 3-3:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch the extraordinary process of marbling live with Majik Studios + try it at home. 🎨

Smart Series – DEI Focus: Individuals Affect Systems | Wed., Sept. 9 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Asheville Chamber welcomes speaker, Paulina Mendez, as they explore conversations surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Thursday, Sept. 10

Socially Distanced Trivia Night | Sept. 10 | 7-10 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing 2B Huntsman Place | $10 | Bring five of your favorite trivia pals + head over to Hi-Wire Brewing for a socially distant trivia night.  🎤

Lawn Concert with the Jeff Thompson Trio | Sept. 10 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Isis Restaurant and Music Hall 743 Haywood Rd. | $15 | Enjoy an evening with singer, songwriter + guitarist Jeff Thompson while grabbing food + drinks . 🎸

Blood Done Sign My Name | Thurs., Sept. 10-Sun., Sept. 27 | Show Times Vary | Virtual | $20+ | Mike Wiley returns to the NC Stage Company this week for his one man show. 

Friday, Sept. 11

Bold Rock Cocktail Release Party + Steal The Pint | Sept. 11 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | 72 School House Rd., Mills River | Free | Receive a complimentary glass with the purchase of Bold Rock’s Bold-hama Mama cider cocktail while supplies last. 🍸

Barnyard Stompers w/ JD Pinkus at The Grey Eagle | Sept. 11 | 7-11 p.m. | 185 Clingman Ave | $10 | Come hangout on The Grey Eagle patio stage for a socially distant show featuring country duos + psychedelic banjos. 🎸

Cider Cinema: Dirty Dancing | Sept. 11 | 6:30-9  p.m. | 72 School House Rd., Mills River | Free | Grab a Bold Rock Hard Cider, food + more under the stars while watching a cinema classic. 🎥

Saturday, Sept. 12

The Get Right Band at French Broad Outfitters | Sept. 12 | 4-7 p.m. | 230 Hominy Creek Rd | RSVP | Come hang out by the river + watch the psychedelic indie rock trio for some genre-bending tunes. 🎹 

Yoga in the Park | Sept. 12 + 13 | 1-2:15 p.m. | 220 Amboy Rd. | $10 | Pre-registration is required for this all-level Hatha/Vinyasa flow.  🧘   

Sunday, Sept. 13

Reggae Sundays in the Meadow with Chalwa | Sept. 13 | 2-5 p.m. | Highland Brewing, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Ste. 200 | Free | Grab a cold beer at Highland Brewing Company + listen to sounds of the islands. Weather dependent. 🎷

Sept. 14-20

Monday, Sept. 14

Asheville Movie Guys screening: Black Panther | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free; donations accepted | Catch the blockbuster film in honor of recently departed star, Chadwick Boseman. Post-screening discussion will stream via Facebook Live. 🍿

Artist Support Grant Virtual Workshop | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free; register | Get protips on how to apply for an NC Artist Support Grant. Especially recommended for first-time applicants. 🎨

Preserving Family Heirlooms Webinar | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual from Swannanoa Valley Museum | $5 for members, $10 for non-members | LeAnne Johnson explores tips + tricks for preserving family artifacts such as photos, letters, +textiles at home. 

Tuesday, Sept. 15

African American Business Association on Collaboration | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | Gene Ettison + J. Hackett, owners of Asheville’s first Black-owned coffee shop, GRIND coffee shop + co-working space discuss the benefits of collaboration as an entrepreneur. 

Wednesday, Sept. 16

Bingeable Trivia Night | 7-8:45 p.m. | Catawba Brewing South Slope, 32 Banks Ave | Grab a drink + a table with friends for a fun Catawba Brewing + Bingeable’s trivia night. No prior registration required. 

Thursday, Sept. 17

Jackson Grimm Band Lawn Concert | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Isis Restaurant + Music Hall, 743 Haywood Road | $15 | Pay homage to the tradition of Southern Appalachian folk + experience a blend into new age folk with Asheville native Jackson Grimm Band. Reservations strongly recommended. 

Friday, Sept. 18

Downtown After 5 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Watch the Fritz and Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Watch at the Downtown After 5 Asheville Facebook page or at IamAVL.com. New outdoor venue Rabbit Rabbit will also be streaming the event. 

Online Auction for Full Estate of Antique Finds | Through Tues., Oct 22 | Auction ends at 5 p.m. on Tues. | Free | Virtual | Join Sterling Transitions for an online auction of unique items from a beautiful estate just north of Asheville. Items to bid on start at $10.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Paella Cooking Class | 4-7 p.m. | Asheville Mountain Kitchen, 332 E Sondley Dr. | Single $70, Double $120 | Learn how to make a traditional seafood paella dish + crème catala with Asheville Mountain Kitchen. Book in advance as there are limited spots. 

Sunday, Sept. 20

Hendersonville Triathlon | 7 a.m.-12 p.m. | 1730 Asheville Hwy, Hendersonville | Registration Fee | The in-person event is capped at 150 participants, virtual participants have until Sept. 30th to submit their times. 🏅

Paradise Art Exhibit | Through Oct. 31 | 1-4 p.m. | Madison County Arts Center, 90 S Main St., Marshall | Free | Opening reception for this celebration of biodiversity in Madison County + Western North Carolina, the exhibit will showcase disappeared + at risk species within the region in an effort to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity. 🖼️

Sam Bush Band Drive-In Concert | 7:30 p.m. | Maggie Valley Fairgrounds, 3374 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley | Tickets starting at $100 | Hop into your coolest ride + head on over to watch the Grey Eagle’s first performance of their drive-in concert series. 🚗

Sept. 21-27

Monday, Sept. 21

Power In Pints | 11 a.m.-10 p.m. | Hillman Beer, 25 Sweeten Creek Road | Join Hillman Beer in their effort to raise money for Manna Food Bank. For every beer sold, $1 will be donated to the food bank. 

Tuesday, Sept. 22

Cut to Bloom: A Poetry Reading by Arhm Choi Wild |  7-8:30 p.m. | Firestorm Books + Cafe, 610 Haywood Rd | Free | Head on over to listen to poetry reading by Arhm Choi Wild as they forge answers to unlearning trauma + using your own personal tools. 📖

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Blood, Vote & Beers! | 2:30-7:30 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing, 2A Huntsman Place | Free | Hi-Wire’s Big Top will host The Blood Connection + voter registration. Donors will receive a $20 giftcard + the COVID-19 antibody test. 💉

Jus’ Running Pub Run | 6-8:30 p.m. | Archetype Brewing, 265 Haywood Rd.oad | Get your rolling start going at Archetype Brewing for Jus’ Running’s Pub Run of either four or two and a half miles through West Asheville. 🏃‍♂️

Woof Wednesdays at Whistle Hop! | 5-8 p.m. | 1288 Charlotte Hwy, Fairview | Free | Treat your pup with Asheville’s first food truck for dogs, Mel-Mel’s Mama Food + grab a brew at Whistle Hop.  🐶

Thursday, Sept. 24

Poster Nutbag Outside at One World West | 6-9 p.m. | One World Brewing West, 520 Haywood Rd.oad | Free | Grab a cold brew at One World West + listen to Phish-inspired band Poster Nutbag. 🎶

Friday, Sept. 25

Eliada Corn Maze | Sept. 25-Nov. 1 | Two Hour Time Slots | Eliada Home, 2 Compton Dr. | $12 | While the event will look a bit different this year, you + your family can still enjoy Eliada’s horse shaped maze, jumping pillow, slides + more. Cleaning will be taking place constantly along with masks required + limited capacity. 🌽

Yiassou Drive-Thru Festival | Sept. 25-26 | 11 a.m-8 p.m. | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 227 Cumberland Ave. | Free | The annual two-day Asheville Greek Festival will be a drive-thru only event due to COVID-19 restrictions. 🇬🇷

National Lobster Day at the Lobster Trap  | Curbside from 3-9 p.m., Dine-In from 5-9 p.m. | 35 Patton Ave. | Menu prices vary | Celebrate by making your reservation or place your curbside order here.

Saturday, Sept. 26

Saturday Afternoon Tastings | 2-5 p.m. | Asheville Wine Market, 65 Biltmore Ave | Taste three free | Sample your wine bucket list at Asheville Wine Market’s Saturday Afternoon Tastings in historic Biltmore Village. 🍷

Sunday, Sept. 27

Uncommon Asheville’s Vintage & Antique Market at Foundation | 10 a.m-5 p.m. | 1 Foundy St. | Free | The largest market for the old, bold, creative + unexpected is back for its sixth season, rain or shine. 🛍️

UniHorn | Sept. 27 | 7-10 p.m. | Iconic Kitchen + Drinks, 63 Southside Ave. | Free | Iconic Kitchen + Drinks hosts UniHorn, featuring explosive brass, sweeping keyboard runs, + high energy beats. 🎺

Sept. 28-Oct. 4

 

Weds., Sept. 30

Mt LeConte Backpacking Trip | Sept. 30-Oct. 1 | 5 p.m. | 200 Lance Ave, Hot Springs | $410 | Gear + food are provided for the two-day, 11-mile backpacking trip led by Blue Ridge Hiking Company.  ⛰️ 

WNC Nature Center Member’s Week | Sept. 28-Oct. 4 | 10 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. | WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Rd. | Members Only | Reopening to the public on Oct. 5, the WNC Nature Center is featuring a member’s only week as they move back into allowing guests. More information on changes to the experience due to COVID-19 can be found here. 🐾

Crispy Camp | Through Sun., Oct. 4 | 5 p.m. | Forestry Camp, 10 Shady Oak Dr. | Reserve your seat here | A celebration of lagers with tap features from Burial, Fonta Flora, Oxbow, Resident Culture + more, paired with crispy dishes from Forestry Camp’s chefs. 🍻 

RAD Farmers Market | 3-6 p.m. | plēb urban winery, 289 Lyman St. | Free to attend | Local open-air grocery + food market with seasonal offerings and treats. 🥬 

Pumpkin Patch for Consider Haiti | Through Fri., Oct. 30 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Grace Episcopal Church, 871 Merrimon Ave. | Free entry | Shop for a the perfect pumpking. Proceeds go to beneift Consider Haiti. 🎃