Things to Do

Calendar of Events

 Screen Free Week!
May 3 – May 6 all-day
Celebrate National Pet Week! at HandsOn! Hendersonville
  Ditch those screens and get in touch with your family & friends! Hands On! has special activities all week to invite learning into play! From do-it-yourself card making there is something for everyone. We even have a special admission for the week, in conjunction with Dancing Bear Toys Annual Screen Free Week! Every year, Dancing Bear celebrates Screen Free Week (May 2-8) by challenging kids to go off TV and video games for the whole week.  They offer play days every day after school and a $5 gift card to kids who complete the challenge.
Make a Mother’s Day card!
May 3 – May 6 all-day
Celebrate National Pet Week! at HandsOn! Hendersonville
All day. Make a Mother’s Day card! Celebrate your mother, grandmother, aunt or special lady!  Free with $5 admission/free for members.
Asheville Cocktail Week
May 4 – May 8 all-day

“Asheville Cocktail Week”

In our 8th year, the Asheville FEST brings you ASHEVILLE COCKTAIL WEEK, SWEET and the ASHEVILLE WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL to celebrate all that’s worth savoring in the mountains.

May 4 – May 5 all-day


The first ever Metrology Solutions Expo is the show metrology professionals have been waiting for.The Metrology Solutions Expo, presented by Mahr Federal, Mitutoyo, and Starrett, and hosted by MSI-Viking Gage will take place on May 4th and 5th, 2016, at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. This two day event will include demonstrations of the latest precision measuring metrology equipment from the world’s leading names in the quality business.

For questions about the Metrology Solutions Expo

Contact: Betsy Smith | MSI-Viking Gage | Director of Marketing | 803-517-4185 | [email protected]

May 5 2016 – Jan 1 2017 all-day

Greenville State Farmers Market

1354 Rutherford Rd.
Greenville, SC 29609

The Greenville State Farmers Market includes retail sheds and farmer stalls that offer a wide variety of locally grown products and specialty goods. Both quality and variety are standards for the volume of products offered for sale at the Greenville State Farmers Market. Market operations continue daily, all year long, ceasing for only two holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. At any other time wholesale activities begin during early morning hours and last through mid-afternoon, seven days a week.

Retail Hours:
8 AM – 6 PM, Monday – Saturday
Admission and parking are free

Western North Carolina Farmers Market
May 5 2016 – Jan 1 2017 all-day

WNC Farmers’ Market

Open Everyday 8-6pm

Alien Music Club
May 5 @ 9:00 pm

Barley’s Presents:

Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria - Asheville

Alien Music Club

Alien Music Club is an eclectic blend of alternative music in diverse musical genres ranging from all forms of rock to jazz to funk to anything in between with intelligent lyrics and a playful sense of humor.

Barley’s is located at 42 Biltmore Avenue in Downtown Asheville, NC 28801

Phone:(828) 255-0504

Dueling Pianos
May 5 @ 9:00 pm

The Grove Park Inn Presents: Dueling Pianos at Elaine’s Piano Bar

290 Macon Avenue
Asheville, North Carolina 28804

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Harold Night: Long Form Improv Comedy
May 5 @ 9:00 pm

Harold Night: Long Form Improv Comedy

The early show features the best long-form performers in Greenville doing the most classic format, the Harold.

1 E Coffee St, Greenville, SC 29601

International w/ DJ Flypaper
May 5 @ 9:00 pm

The Double Crown Presents: International w/ DJ Flypaper

Inside Double Crown

375 Haywood Road, West Asheville, NC 28806

Velvet & Lace
May 5 @ 10:00 pm

Velvet & Lace: A Celebration of the Female Presence in Asheville’s Bar Scene

Buxton Hall Barbecue, 32 Banks Avenue, South Slope of Asheville

Greer Family Fest
May 6 – May 7 all-day

Greer Family Fest

With a rich history of providing family fun for all ages, the annual Pelham Medical Center Greer Family Fest promises to be better than ever this year, the 32nd anniversary of the event. Greer is growing, and festival planners have an expanded vision for a spectacular event that reflects the growth Greer is achieving. This year’s event will feature the best of the old and add exciting new activities with the goal of being the Upstate’s favorite family festival. This two-day event features live music on the Main Stage and the Community Stage, Mitsubishi Anne Helton Creation Station, Davis Orthodontics KidsZone, Greer CPW Food Court, and over 150 vendors throughout the festival!

Drag Show at O’Henry’s
May 6 @ 12:30 am


Asheville’s Gay Bar/An Alternative Industrial Dance Bar


Wild Survival
May 6 @ 8:00 am

 The North Carolina Arboretum Presents: Wild Survival


Leadercast Asheville
May 6 @ 9:00 am

Visionary leaders have the ability to see a preferred future, operate in the present, and utilize the resources around them to architect a clear path to a new destination. They work tirelessly to empower those around them to bring a vision to life. Architects of Tomorrow imagine a future that is rich and full of hope. A future where problems are solved, questions are answered, confusion gives way to clarity. In its simplest form, leadership is casting a compelling vision and mobilizing those around you to help you fulfill that vision.


Ceramics in Motion
May 6 @ 10:00 am

Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion
Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion showcases the work of eleven artists who effortlessly integrate video into their studio practice. Some artists use cameras to document their work being used (or abused). Others use video to document a process that is perhaps more important to them than finished, fired objects. All of these pieces have a life of their own on the Internet, where they can be shared in ways that physical objects cannot.
Fashionable Romance: Wedding Gowns in Film
May 6 @ 10:00 am

NEW EXHIBITION! Fashionable Romance:  Wedding Gowns in Film

Cornelia in her wedding dress

Biltmore welcomes a new exhibition exploring centuries of wedding fashion through movie costumes and Vanderbilt family heirlooms. More than 40 award-winning costumes from films set in the years 1645 to 1935 will be displayed in Biltmore House. Wedding gowns from iconic movies including “Sense and Sensibility,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Out of Africa” will be featured, paired with floral designs complementing each film’s era. Guests will also see a display featuring stories and objects from 60 years of Vanderbilt-Cecil family weddings, along with the first-ever display of the wedding veil worn by Jacqueline Kennedy and her cousin, Mary Lee Ryan in her marriage to William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil, grandson of George Vanderbilt.

The Box: A Contemporary Jewelry Challenge
May 6 @ 10:00 am


Dear Artist,
In your box you will find five materials. Your assignment is to take these readymade materials, purchased at the dollar store, and create three wearable pieces of jewelry. Are you up for the challenge?
The curators of The Box posed a unique challenge to a select group of artists: take five readymade materials purchased at the dollar store and create three wearable pieces of jewelry. Each artist received a box containing five standard size white envelopes, a small white towel, three white erasers, three CDs, and a can of Diet Coke. The materials were chosen because they are all white and echo a metaphorical blank page.
The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design
67 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801
Biltmore Blooms!
May 6 @ 11:00 am

Biltmore Blooms

Girl in Tulips

Each year, Biltmore’s gardens are alive with color as spring arrives. Immense floral displays – featuring nearly 100,000 tulips – across the estate celebrate the majesty of Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy as Biltmore’s master horticulture planner.  Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special menu items, with the Winery offering wine seminars.

Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter
May 6 @ 11:00 am

Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter

Ray Spillenger studied with Willem de Kooning and Josef Albers at Black Mountain College during the summer of 1948. This exhibition comprises two decades of his work from the BMC era to the late 1960s. Spillenger’s paintings demonstrate a total commitment to abstraction and a passionate love of color.

After leaving Black Mountain College, Spillenger moved to New York City, where he became a member of “the Club,” Cedar Tavern regular, and friend to Abstract Expressionist luminaries including Franz Kline, Jackson Pollock, and Philip Guston. Despite significant contributions to the formation of the New York School, Spillenger did not find commercial and critical success. Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter invites a re-examination of 20th-century American art history through a corpus of work never shown to the public. A full color catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

Ray Spillenger, Composition: White, Aqua, Yellow, c. 1951-54, oil on canvas, 27 ½ x 23 ½ inches. Estate of Raymond Spillenger.