A Guide to Hendersonville, NC
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The Horse Shoe Farm @ The Horse Shoe Farm
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm

We are so excited for the wonderful Allaine Stricklen to lead a magical week of yoga and meditation amid the mountain air and autumn leaves on our Farm! October 15-21. Please join us and feel free to DM us for more details. Gtyoga.com or email [email protected] for more info about the Retreat 🍁🙏🏽🍂 #yoga #yogaretreat #retreat #meditation #innerpeace #transformation #asheville #fall #autumn


African Americans in WNC & Southern Appalachia Conference @ UNC Asheville
Oct 18 @ 6:30 pm – Oct 20 @ 11:00 pm

The fifth annual African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia Conference returns to Asheville this fall, offering scholars and the community an opportunity to illuminate the African American experience in Southern Appalachia. The three-day event from Oct. 18-20 will feature a variety of topics, including race in education, social justice, and history while highlighting regional African American culture, with a theme of “Making the Invisible Visible.”

Conference activities are free and open to everyone with advance registration requested at aawnc.unca.edu or by calling 828.255.7216.

The conference will begin with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the YMI Cultural Center, continue on Oct. 19-20 with scholarly presentations and community panels at UNC Asheville, and conclude with an awards night at The Collider on Saturday, Oct. 20.

On the schedule this year are a roundtable discussion on Crafting Affrilachia, in partnership with The Center for Craft and led by Marie T. Cochran, founder of the Affrilachian Artist Project; black-owned business panels and exhibits in partnership with Mountain BizWorks; a performance in tribute to Jacob Lawrence at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center; and an announcement of The City of Asheville Visiting Artist. Our partnership with the CoThinkk Awards Night at The Collider returns, along with the Jesse and Julia Ray Lecture, given by Appalachian studies scholar William H. Turner.

On Friday, Oct. 19, UNC Asheville will also name the Mullen & James Humanities Hall to honor Dwight and Dolly Mullen and Charles and Deborah James, four long-serving, pioneering African American faculty emeriti. The ceremony will be shared via Facebook Live and can be viewed on this event page and on UNC Asheville’s main Facebook page.

The conference receives funding from the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which awarded UNC Asheville a grant of $700,000 for public arts and humanities in 2017. One of the grant goals is to further initiatives in Affrilachia, uncovering what has been the largely undocumented influence of African Americans on the culture and social fabric of Western North Carolina. Conference sponsors include the City of Asheville, Buncombe County Government, Mission Health, Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority, Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNC Asheville, McClure Fund, Wilma Dykeman Society, and the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.

Additional conference details are available at aawnc.unca.edu. Advance registration is requested online at aawnc.unca.edu or by calling 828.255.7216.


Fall Family Campout @ Camp Buck Toms
Oct 19 @ 8:17 am – Oct 21 @ 11:17 am

Families will drive to Buck Tom’s Boy Scout Campground in Rockwood, TN on Friday. Feel free to arrive at anytime. No planned events on this night. Saturday we will be a day of fun. We will be provided breakfast at campsite then will travel to Mayfield Dairy in Sweetwater, TN. After the dairy, lunch will be offered at the Pavilion at the Lost Sea Caves. Following lunch, a tour of the Lost Sea Caves will be had by all. Dinner and Scouting fun will continue the evening back at the Campsite.


There are adironcacks available- a roof with 3 sides and built in bunks. More information about this to be given at pack meeting.

Any family member attending will need to have turned in their health form! (Can be found on website)
$40 per adult/ $30 per child. Can pay on website!


See attached document for more details!



Craft Fair, Fall Edition @ U.S. Cellular Center
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm

Website: www.craftguild.org/craftfairsh
Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/2541528

71st Anniversary | Fall Edition, October 19-21
Friday – Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 pm
Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00pm
Note: Fairs are 3 days. We look forward to welcoming you on Friday!

General Admission, $8.00
Weekend Pass, $12.00
Children under 12 free

In its 71st year, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands returns to downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, makers exhibit a variety of craft ranging from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry.


Uber – https://www.uber.com/
Lyft – https://www.lyft.com/
Asheville Taxi – https://www.avltaxi.com/
Passport Parking App – https://passportinc.com/

Asheville City Parking Map, http://bit.ly/2vkKXVG
Asheville Parking Garages, http://bit.ly/2v0d9xY
Asheville Street Parking, 700 metered spaces, $1.50 per hour and FREE on Sunday.

Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce also have available parking for visitors.

EXHIBITORS | Cultivating Fine Craft Since 1930

Upstairs Concourse Level, TBA
Downstairs Arena Level, TBA


Jeffrey Neil, wooden shaker boxes
John Turner, raku glazing
Lesley Gail Keeble, doll making
The Village Potters Clay Center, wheel-throwing and hand-building
Marjorie Warren, tartan weaving
NC Artist Blacksmith’s Association of North America – ABANA, blacksmithing


Friday, October 19
11am, Cary Fridley Music & Down South
1pm, Carol Rifkin
3pm, Hot Duck Soup

Saturday, October 20
11am, Smoky Mountain Rhythm
1pm, Split Rail Bluegrass
3pm, Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express

Sunday, October 21
11am, Honey Holler
1pm, Sherri Lynn and Friends
3pm, Buncombe Turnpike

OUR SPONSORS | Partners in Craft
Asheville Citizen Times, Our State Magazine, Smoky Mountain Living Magazine, WNC magazine


Kanuga 2018 @ Camp Kanuga
Oct 19 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm

The annual conference of the AAPC Southeast features keynote speaker Ken Pargament, noted author of Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy! Join us in this good work and great time!


SWHW Narrow Conference 2018 @ Ridgecrest Conference Center
Oct 19 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 10:00 pm

swHw Narrow is more than a business conference. Yes, we’re definitely going to prioritize equipping you to be more excellent in God’s call on your life. But rather than leaving Narrow feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list, our goal is for you to leave overwhelmed by the God who called you.

Come join us for worship, for encouragement, and for training + truth while enjoying a mountain getaway in the peak of Fall season. Prepare to leave refreshed and free to pursue all God has purposed in your heart with new sisters in your corner.


Yoga Retreat at Lake Lure, NC
Oct 19 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm

Our next 🤸‍♂️ Retreat is selling out fast! 🏃🏼‍♀️
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Book Early for a great deal at $275! Beginners are Welcome to attend .
Join Masie for a creative weekend on Lake Lure and a Hike to Chimney Rock ⛰🍂
Only 1 spot remain!
#yoga #yogaretreat #travel #hike #ncmountains #lakelure #everybodyneedsyoga #charleston #chsyoga #chs #parkcircle #southcarolina #adventure #yogaeverywhere #yogaeveryday #yogadaily


The Walter Ashley Memorial Lecture Series presents: Tod Linafelt @ First Congregational United Church of Christ
Oct 19 @ 8:00 pm – Oct 21 @ 12:30 pm

You’re Invited — “THE MEANING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE & POETIC EXPRESSION in the OLD TESTAMENT” by Tod Linafelt, coauthor with Walter Brueggemann of “An Introduction to the Old Testament.” —

OCTOBER 19-21, 2018 — Presented by The Walter E. Ashley Memorial Lecture Series, at First Congregational UCC, Hendersonville NC — 3 Lectures + 2 Sunday Services.

IF YOU you enjoy poetry, literature, philosophy, historic Old Testament and Hebrew texts, theology or religious studies — Don’t miss this opportunity to hear and engage with Tod Linafelt, right here in Western North Carolina. DETAILS + TICKETS are available at: fcchendersonville.org.

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TOD LINAFELT is professor of biblical literature in the Theology Department, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. He has served as Cardin Family Chair in the Humanities, English Dept., Loyola College, Baltimore; and Alexander Robertson Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

He is author/editor of nine books including with Walter Brueggemann the college textbook “An Introduction to the Old Testament”” (Westminster John Knox, 2012 ), and “A Very Short introduction to the Hebrew Bible as Literature” (Oxford, 2016).

Linafelt’s primary scholarly interests revolve around the distinctive literature resources of biblical narrative and poetry. Two chapters from his book Surviving Lamentations has been anthologized in the annual reference work “Poetry Criticism.”

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The Moonbees at Jack of the Wood @ Jack of the Wood
Oct 19 @ 9:00 pm – Oct 20 @ 11:00 pm

We’ll be back in Asheville playing some tunes at Jack of the Wood!!!

October 19 / 9PM / 5$



Ghost Train at Tweetsie Railroad @ Tweetsie Railroad
Oct 20 all-day

Open 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Advance tickets are rquired. It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family! Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. And take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train – if you dare!

LEAF Community Arts Festival
Oct 20 all-day
LEAF Community Arts Festival

For 23 years, each May & October, an intergenerational family of 12,000 people join together to experience the power music, art & culture has to transform lives, strengthen community & foster community.


The award-winning LEAF Festival takes place at Lake Eden in the Blue Ridge Mountains among a stunning array of rolling hills, lakes & streams on 300 acres of comfortable camping grounds and features 6 performance stages, 400+ performing artists, 8 family adventure villages, 100+ handcraft, healing & culinary vendors & so much more!


LIKE our Facebook page (Facebook.com/theLEAF.org) to stay informed about lineup release, ticket contests & event details.


Voted by WNC as the #1 Nonprofit Serving the Arts, #1 Music Festival, #1 Camping Festival, #1 Kids Festival, #1 Music-Related Nonprofit & #1 Cultural Arts Event, LEAF Community Arts is a non-profit organization in which all donations & festival proceeds support cultural arts education programming locally & globally! Since 2004, LEAF Schools & Streets has served over 55,000 youth with programs in over 20 Western North Carolina locations. LEAF International features cultural preservation programs in 10 countries worldwide. Your attendance at LEAF not only provides you with an amazing weekend experience with friends and family, but provides a platform for fostering the growth of our youth into creative leaders in their communities worldwide. Join the movement @ theLEAF.org


PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express
Oct 20 all-day

The leaves will be turning this October and the pumpkins will be ready to be carved! The PEANUTS gang returns to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch this October. Ready for some family fun? PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for 2018! The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City Depot in October of 2018!

Pickin’ and a Grinnin’ @ Flat Rock Playhouse
Oct 20 all-day

A musical romp through the cornfields with a jug of moonshine in hand. Taking inspiration from classic variety shows of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, this original production will feature some of our favorite Flat Rock Playhouse singer/musicians and is guaranteed to be a foot stomping, hand clapping good time for the whole family. Howdyyyy!

Matinees: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00PM

Evenings: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30PM. Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00PM

Flat Rock Playhouse Mainstage
2661 Greenville Highway Flat Rock, NC 28731

Reclaimed Creations @ NC Arboretum
Oct 20 all-day

Reclaimed Creations is a unique sculpture exhibit created by renowned artist Sayaka Ganz. Utilizing reclaimed plastic objects, such as discarded utensils, Ganz creates amazing sculptures that visually appear unified at a distance, but are in fact separated when examined up close. Described as using a “3D impressionistic” style, Ganz’s exhibit includes installations of animals in motion, which are in rich in color and energy, to create an illusion of form.

About the Artist

Born in Yokohama, Japan, Sayaka Ganz grew up living in Japan, Brazil and Hong Kong. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A lecturer and teacher, Ganz’s work has been displayed at various institutions around the globe, including the Hermann Geiger Foundation in Cecina, Italy, the Isle Gallery in Isle of Man, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

My work is about perceiving harmony, even in situations that appear chaotic from the inside. When observing my sculptures up close, one might see gaps, holes and items being held on only by small points; step away, however, and the sculptures reveal the harmony created when the objects are aligned to the same general (but not identical) direction. Similarly, it is important to gain perspective by stepping back from current problems and look at the larger picture. Then one can perceive the beauty and patterns that exist.”

Easley Bigfoot Sasquatch Anniversary @ Easley Flea Market
Oct 20 @ 6:00 am – Oct 21 @ 12:00 am

We are going to be throwing a party celebrating the 51st anniversary of the Bigfoot video. We are going to have food, drinks, music and to top it off we will be giving away a 4ft Sasquatch statue. If you would like a chance to win the statue you can either join the event or come and sign up in person to better your chances of winning. Each time you come visit us we will put your name in the pot to win. We hope to see you soon and can’t wait for the party!


TR&HC Horse Trials 2018 @ Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE)
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm

Don’t miss the 43rd annual Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Horse Trials offering levels from Starter through Preliminary and proudly hosting a college team challenge with a perpetual trophy!

Entries open September 4: http://useventing.com/competitions/calendar?event=16919

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: https://www.eventingvolunteers.com/events/554/signup


DIESEL OUTLAWS AT THE STRIP @ English Mountain Raceway
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – Oct 21 @ 1:00 am



Round Up for the Tennessee Theatre at Mast Store Knoxville
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

This year the Tennessee Theatre, located on Gay Street just a short walk from the Mast Store in Knoxville, is celebrating its 90th year. A grand palace for entertainment, the Theatre was also a catalyst for the rebirth of Downtown Knoxville. It hosts a myriad of programs throughout the year including local and traveling performances, classic movies, and the Mighty Wurlitzer Concerts, which are free.

During the month of October, we’re asking guests to support the theatre by rounding up their purchases to the next dollar. It’s a great way to see a little spare change add up to an impactful contribution.


Disconnect to Reconnect @ Lake Logan Conference Center
Oct 20 @ 11:00 am – Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm

Dr. Sparks is excited to offer this 2 day/1 night retreat for ladies. She will focus on classes, demonstrations and activities that participants can take home and use for stress reduction.

Come spend time in nature, disconnect from technology and get back to your authentic self. Some of the offerings include Qi Gong, gentle yoga, nature walks, quite time by the lake, fire circle and more.

There are early bird specials until 8/15/18. Pricing also includes meals and a one night stay in a historic lakeside cabin. Rates are based on double or single occupancy.

Contact Dr. Sparks to receive an information sheet with all the details at:
[email protected] or call 828-539-0440


1-Year Anniversary, Double Bottle Release @ Zillicoah Beer Company
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

This Saturday, October 20th, marks our first full trip around the sun, and we want to raise a glass with you to 12 months well-spent together.

Part of our dream in opening Zillicoah has been to have small runs of delicious bottle conditioned farmhouse ales crafted with care and the best quality ingredients we can get our hands on.

We’re excited to announce that No. 1 and No. 2 of our bottle program will be dropping on Saturday.

Our Hoppy Farmhouse Ale, the first in our Citrine Dream series, is dank, tropical, and dry, showcasing a distinct yet delicate intermingling of characteristics from our Brett blend and Strata and Mosaic hops.

Our Saison, brewed with exclusively Riverbend Malt House malt and Saaz hops, is dry, crisp, and classic.

Both Citrine Dream and Saison will be on sale at the Taproom as doors open at noon this Saturday 10/20. $15 per 750 mL bottle.

No tickets needed. Come hang.