Calendar of Events

Earthaven Experience Week
May 22 – May 28 all-day

Earthaven Experience Week

About the Experience

School of Integrated Living’s Earthaven Experience Week is a residential service-learning program in which participants are immersed into the village, homes, lives, businesses, and farms of the Taylor Creek Watershed  community for a hands-on, skill-building, life-changing experience.


SOIL’s Earthaven Experience Week takes place at the farms, neighborhood, and homesteads within and near Earthaven Ecovillage. This village and farming community is the ideal living laboratory for a whole-life skills curriculum–a place to see regenerative systems in practice, food production in action, and community living on an up-close and personal level.

Memorial Day Stars
May 23 – May 26 all-day

Hands On! is where LEARNING comes into PLAY!

All Day! Memorial Day Stars. All Ages. Prepare to celebrate Memorial Day by making stars to use as decorations.

AVL 2017 Beer Week
May 26 – Jun 3 all-day
Mountain Sports Festival
May 26 – May 28 all-day

Mountain Sports Festival
The Mountain Sports Festival returns with an impressive lineup to entice any pro or amateur athlete to test themselves in mountain sports. The 3-day festival brings in over 15,000 visitors and competitors in Asheville, the center of the East Coast outdoor life. Along with the competition, athletes and spectators alike will find plenty of action at the Festival Village at Carrier Park, located along the French Broad River in Asheville.

Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountain region of the Appalachians, Asheville is the venue for a long list of competitive events coupled with entertainment, demos and exhibitors. Many sports festivals offer competition, but few add the mountainous terrain to take it up a notch for serious challenge and endurance. When not out at the races, the Festival Village is the place to be along the scenic French Broad River in West Asheville.

Races and competitions will take place throughout the weekend, starting with the Cyclocross and Ultimate Frisbee at the Festival Village. Things will heat up early on Saturday with a full schedule of high-energy competition highlighted by the Mountain Disc Golf Challenge, French Broad Challenge Triathlon, and SUP race. Dodgeball, beach volleyball and more compete all weekend.

10 Things to Know about the Mountain Sports Festival
1. It’s FREE to get into Festival Village – thanks to our Awesome Sponsors!
2. Animals are not allowed in the Festival Village.
3. Clinics & Demos are FREE & FUN – check out the schedule & come early to sign up on site.
4. Asheville is fun rain or shine & so is MSF.
5. MSF is family friendly – so bring the kids & get them to the Kids Zone.
6. MSF is getting pretty big, so look for the Shuttle.
7. It’s not too late to sign up for events – most of the events have day-of registration.
8. MSF serves Great beer from our local breweries.
9. MSF showcases local non-profits and local retailers. Get some great Asheville Gear at the festival.
10. MSF has a great music line-up, oh & there is NO CHARGE for Music!

Festival Hours
Friday: 5–9:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM–9:30 PM
Sunday: 12–6 PM

2017 Music LINEUP
FRIDAY: May 26, 2017
5:00-7:00PM – Dub Kartel

SATURDAY: May 27, 2017
12:30-1:30PM – Pierce Edens
2:00-3:30PM – Alex Krug Combo
4:00-5:30PM – Race to Stage Band Winner
6:00-7:30PM – Funk You
8:00-9:30PM – Headliner -The NTH POWER

SUNDAY: May 28, 2017
12:30-2:00PM – Ashley Heath
2:30-4:00PM – David Earl & The Plowshares
4:30-6:00PM – The Freeway Revival

White Squirrel Festival
May 26 – May 28 all-day


Featuring two-and-a-half days of great live music, the White Squirrel Festival in Downtown Brevard, NC is the perfect way to experience everything this charming mountain community has to offer.  Best of all it’s FREE!

Whether it is Jazz, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter or Rock and Roll, the eclectic music in this beautiful setting provides something for everyone.

Got a knack for photography? Then grab your camera and take a few snaps of our most famous residents… Brevard’s very own white squirrels. They scamper all over this area, and we’ll even show you where to see them! Already have a great shot of one of these fuzzy little critters? Then submit it in our White Squirrel Photo Contest.

And speaking of scampering, be sure to check out the 5K and 10K White Squirrel races sponsored by the Brevard Rotary Club. Runners from the entire southeast love to go nuts in the cool morning mountain air at 2500 ft. It’s all happening in beautiful downtown Brevard, voted one of the “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America” by Budget Travel, and in 2013 Outdoor Magazine listed Brevard as one of the top 5 places to raise outdoorsy kids.  From festivals to waterfalls to hiking and biking, you can find it all this Memorial Day weekend in downtown Brevard, NC.

WNC Farmer’s Market
May 26 @ 8:00 am

WNC Farmer’s Market

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570 Brevard Road, in Asheville, North Carolina

8-6pm Daily

Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics
May 26 @ 10:00 am


Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics

February 10 – July 4, 2017

Portrait of a Lady screen still of Nicole Kidman in formal period costume

The artistry of great literary works, costume design, and movie making comes together in Designed for Drama: Fashion from the Classics, a new exhibition premiering in Biltmore House. Inspired by George Vanderbilt’s love of literature, Designed for Drama showcases more than 40 award-winning movie costumes from films based on favorite books in his collection.

Vanderbilt amassed a personal library of more than 22,000 volumes at his North Carolina home alone. He also counted leading authors of the era as personal friends, including Henry James, Paul Leicester Ford, and Edith Wharton—all of whom stayed at Biltmore House as guests. That literary connection is brought home in the exhibition with the costumes accompanied by the original books from Vanderbilt’s library that inspired the films.

The exhibition features elaborate costumes from recent films that bring literary characters to life, including Sherlock Holmes, Finding Neverland, Anna Karenina, and Pride and Prejudice. Costumes from 13 movies are dramatically staged in the magnificent rooms of Biltmore House. The fashions on display reveal the attention to detail involved in period costume design, and represent the work of costume designers at the highest level of their profession.

Entry to this exhibition is included in Biltmore admission. Save $10 per admission ticket when you buy 7 or more days in advance.

Waterfalls ‘n Wine @ The Pisgah Field School
May 26 @ 11:00 am

With over 250 waterfalls within Transylvania County, it’s no wonder that you don’t know where to start looking for them! We’ll guide you to five of the most beautiful of the bunch, leaving room for some education on the unique history of Pisgah National Forest and maybe a little flora and fauna ID. We’ll end the trip in beautiful downtown Brevard with a wine tasting at Broad Street Wines. Make the most of your trip to the NC Mountains! Hiking up to one mile and pre-registration are required for this tour. Bring a sack lunch and rain gear. Call 828-884-3443 or go to for more information or to register.

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Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings
May 26 @ 12:00 pm

Burntyard Vineyards Wine Tastings

Summit Wine Club

Wine Tastings Sunday – Thursday 12-6pm

Winery Tours 2 pm Daily

2695 Sugarloaf Rd. Hendersonville, NC 28792

Hear Our Voice
May 26 @ 1:00 pm

Hear Our Voice

May 20 – July 16, 2017

Asheville Art Museum On the Slope (175 Biltmore Ave.)
Opening Reception: June 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Hear Our Voice features a selection of posters from by The Amplifier Foundation, a “visual media experiment dedicated to amplifying the voices of grassroots movements through art and community engagement.” The Amplifier Foundation commissions posters and also accepts submissions from artists that address current issues. This exhibition explores the potential of visual art to empower people, artists, and communities and promote dialogue. Hear Our Voice includes individual works by more than 40 woman-identified artists, as well as selections from Jessica Sabogal’s Better Than Perfect and Shepard Fairey‘s We the People series.

Hear Our Voice – Poster design by Hallie Jay Pope

Music Jam at the Orchard
May 26 @ 1:45 pm

Orchard at Alta Pass

    • Live music performance at 1:45pm on Thursday and Friday, May through September
Free summer concert series at Isis Music Hall
May 26 @ 6:30 pm

Catch the summer vibes with free outdoor concerts at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall. Starting in April, Music on the Patio brings Asheville artists center stage for evenings filled with good friends, food, and amazing music. “It’s just a really fun time for the whole community,” said Lillianna Woody, owner. “We will be featuring a variety of music from bluegrass to blues and jazz. It’s just a great way to spend the evening and something where the whole community can come together and enjoy the music.” Relax on the patio or grab a blanket and hang out on the lawn every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday throughout the summer from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. “There is amble space for people to sit and hang out and – it’s just a great vibe for the community and welcoming for our visitors,” Woody said. Full dinner and bar menus will be available for purchase each night and back by popular demand, every Wednesday is all-you-can-eat crab legs from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. served with pepper butter, green beans with corn and shallots, and house made cornbread. Also, with the summer right around the corner, Isis has just opened up the patio for brunch every Saturday and Sunday. No reservations needed, just stop by and enjoy! Check out for scheduled musicians and a full calendar of events.

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An Evening with John Cowan with Darin & Brooke Aldridge
May 26 @ 7:00 pm

The Altamont Theatre, 18 Church Street, Asheville

An Evening with John Cowan with Darin & Brooke Aldridge

DOORS: 7pm  |  SHOW: 8pm
GENRE:  americana / bluegrass / acoustic
AGES:  all ages
SEATING:  seated general admission
TICKETS:  $25 adv. / $30 d.o.s. / $35 VIP (guaranteed seating in 1st three rows!)


Live Music & Great Food
May 26 @ 7:00 pm

The Market Place Asheville Presents: Live Music

We are a group of cooks, farmers, waiters, cheese-makers, organizers, ranchers, brewers and dishwashers who share a common philosophy about how we eat and in a larger sense, about life.

20 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

Live Music at The Classic Wineseller
May 26 @ 7:00 pm

The Classic WineSeller Presents Live Music

Imagine a Harlem speakeasy in the 1920s – a secret venue where you can escape to a cozy atmosphere, and where the performers are within arm’s reach. The Classic Wineseller is evocative of Hollywood movies about that era, including European styling and Old-World charm. Everyone is seated around tables, with front row tables for two, where you could (not advised) reach out and touch the performers. Enjoy music LIVE at the Classic Wineseller every Friday and Saturday evening.

20 Church Street, Waynesville, NC 28786


Live Music at The Good Stuff
May 26 @ 7:00 pm

Good Stuff Presents: Live Music

Madison County’s premier family-friendly live music venue serving food, beer, and wine.

Located in downtown Marshall, NC.

38 Baileys Branch Rd, Marshall, NC 28753

Middle Eastern Music & Belly Dancing
May 26 @ 7:00 pm

The Jerusalem Garden Presents:

Middle Eastern Music & Belly Dancing

Family owned and operated for over twenty years, we serve authentic and delicious Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. Owner Farouk Badr brings recipes from his homeland- allowing you to transport your senses to faraway lands. So come enjoy our exotic, relaxing dining room in downtown Asheville!

78 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

Music & Dancing at The Old Home Place
May 26 @ 7:00 pm
The Old Homeplace Presents: 
Live country music & dancing on Friday & Saturday nights from 7:00pm-10:30pm
The Old Home Place
4060 North Mills River Rd., Mills River
(828) 891-7704



Off the Wagon- Dueling Pianos
May 26 @ 7:00 pm

Off The Wagon Presents: Dueling Pianos

Casual haunt featuring piano duels & specialty cocktails in a 1920s space with a convivial vibe.

22 N Market St, Asheville, NC 28801

Live at Feed & Seed
May 26 @ 7:30 pm

The Feed & Seed Presents:

Live bluegrass & country music on Friday & Saturday nights at 7:30 PM.

No cover charge, donations appreciated.

3715 Hendersonville Rd., Fletcher
(828) 216-3492