Looking for things to do in Hendersonville, NC? Whether you’re a local or just passing through we’ve got loads of great tips and events to help you find your perfect adventure.

Friday, January 28, 2022
Art Grant: Arts Build Community
Jan 28 all-day
online

Apply by 2/14 | $500-2,500 grants for arts-based community projects. Priority will be given to projects based in low-income neighborhoods, Title 1 public schools, and communities in need.

BE THE CHANGE, BUY A MURAL
Jan 28 all-day
online

Buy one of these murals for yourself or to donate to a local organization (make sure you check with them first), and keep the good work going! All proceeds from this auction will be split evenly between The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County’s COPE Program and the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Arts Build Community Grant. Auction ends February 28.

Following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, on May 25, 2020, protests broke out across the nation. Floyd was killed after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. In response, hundreds of protestors gathered in downtown Asheville from May 29- June 6, 2020, with cries for justice and change.

During this time, Lowe’s Home Improvement generously donated plywood for downtown business owners to cover their storefronts while Asheville had its own reckoning. Business owners and artists seized this opportunity to lend their support for needed changes by painting murals on the plywood covering downtown businesses. Local muralists Gus Cutty, Kathryn Crawford, and Dustin Spagnola were the driving force behind this initiative.

When it came time for the murals to come down, local artists Evar Hecht and Ben Nelson had the foresight to collect and temporarily store these works, gathering over 150 pieces of plywood. The Asheville Area Arts Council, with the help of Dogwood Health Trust, then stepped in to move the murals to a secure, climate-controlled storage facility and worked with Aisha Adams of Equity Over Everything to determine next steps.

After several COVID setbacks, the arts council is proud to have partnered with the Martin Luther King Jr Association of Asheville and Buncombe County to present this virtual exhibition, auction and speaker series. It is our hope that the proceeds from the auction will support continued change and healing  in our community.

Thank you to Dogwood Health Trust for generously providing the funding to make this project possible, and to the artists and business owners for donating their time and energy to capture this moment in our history.

A video about the exhibition is featured as part of the 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.

Continuum Art Market
Jan 28 2022 – Jan 7 2023 all-day
Continuum Art Gallery

[HENDERSONVILLE, NC, Saturday, September 4th, 2021]
On the first Saturday of each month, Continuum Art hosts an art market to showcase local artists and makers. Ranging in mediums from paintings, to textiles, to jewelry, you’re guaranteed to find something you love! Each market also hosts live music and local caterers. A free, family-friendly event and a great way to check out our space and upcoming events. Visit us from 12-5pm on September 4th!
If you’re interested in vending at one of our art markets, email [email protected] or DM on Instagram @continuumgallerync

Curatorial Fellowship
Jan 28 all-day
online with Center for Craft

Fellowship program supporting emerging craft curators to explore and test new ideas about craft.

Details

  • Award Amount:
  • Up to $5,000
  • Grant Period:
  • Through 2023

Timeline

  • Applications Open:
  • Nov 16, 2021
  • Orientation:
  • January 14, 2022
  • Deadline:
  • Feb 14, 2022
  • Notification:
  • Apr 2022
  • Grant Period begins:
  • May 2022
  • Grant Period ends:
  • Through 2023
Gallery Group Show at Continuum Art
Jan 28 all-day
Continuum Art

The Continuum Art gallery is hosting a new show, “Revenant” which will be up until March 8th, 2022. This group show is a response to the pandemic and a “post-pandemic” world. Showing artists are local sculpture artist Julie Slattery, Copenhagen artist øjeRum, Dan Hillier, and Netherlands’ artist Juul Kraijer.

Gallery owner and show curator, Katie Montes, says “We’re choosing to release our ideas of comfort and move through reality without any absurd restraints. Our next gallery show combines the work of these selected artists to create a space where we can freely reflect on our own free will, subconscious limitations, and our state as revenants in a post-pandemic reality.”
Come see our newest gallery show on it’s opening day, Saturday December 18th at 4pm.

Student Poetry Contest – “Ambition”
Jan 28 all-day
online

January through April

Actors performing Sandburg's works on stageActors portray characters from Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Story “Three Boys with Jugs of Molasses and Secret Ambitions.”

NPS Photo

Educators in grades 3-12 are invited to submit original poems written by their students in February. The poems will be judged and winners announced in April. Find the 2022 Poetry Contest Information and submission guidelines here. The theme “Ambition” is from one of Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, to celebrate it’s 100th year of being published. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.”

Students are invited to submit a poem to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s annual Student Poetry Contest. The contest encourages youth to explore writing their own poetry, and is open to students nationwide!

Submissions are accepted from grades 3-12 and must be postmarked by March 1, 2022. See below for submission rules.

Winners will be notified by April 8, 2022, and will be invited to participate in a special virtual program on April 22.


2022 Contest Rules

Theme – “Ambition”
Carl Sandburg wrote millions of words reflecting on the American experience of the 20th century. Though his words often focused on war, labor, and social injustice, as a father of three, he also wrote imaginative, zany, and fantastical children’s stories, called “Rootabaga Stories.” Carl Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories” were first published in 1922 and celebrate 100 years of entertaining readers of all ages this year. The theme “Ambition” is from one of these stories. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.” Read the story here.

Poems submitted for the 2022 contest should reflect the theme of “Ambition.” By definition, a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. Or setting goals to achieve success.

Submission Rules

  • Poetry accepted from 3-12th grades only. Poems will be grouped for judging by 3-5th, 6-8th, and 9-12th.
  • Poems must be submitted by a teacher (traditional classroom or homeschool teacher).
  • No more than three poems per class. Teachers with multiple classes, can submit up to three poems per class period.
  • Poem will be judged on its ability to communicate the theme.
  • Poem can be written in any style, but must not exceed one-page in length. No illustrations.
  • Poems must be typed, no handwritten entries, using standard computer fonts, like Times, Arial, etc…
  • Do not place any identifying information (name, school, grade, etc…) on poem sheet, that will go on the accompanying submission form.
  • Submission form must be complete to be accepted:
    • Paperclipped to poem, no staples
    • Must be signed by parent, student and teacher
    • Submissions must be postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed to [email protected], by March 1, 2022. Emailed submissions must be docs, .pdfs or scans. Low resolution pictures of the submission will not be accepted.

Judging
Judges from the literary community will make the decision for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place within each grade category (3-5th, 6-8th, 9-12th).

Poetry Partners
The 2022 Poetry Contest is a result of tremendous community support including the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, and literary volunteers who serve as judges. Thank you.

Poetry Resources
You may also find curriculum resources to use in the classroom at the park’s website: www.nps.gov/carl/learn/education/index.htm.

Send Submissions to:
Carl Sandburg Home NHS
Attn: Poetry Contest
81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731
Fax 828-693-4179
Email: [email protected]

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Jan 28 all-day
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival various locations

GET YOUR FRINGE FREAK PASS

See up to 10 shows for one price!

*For in-person shows only

If you know you’re going to see more than 5 in-person shows, you definitely need to get a Freak Pass. It’s your all access pass to the whole festival. Seats are limited, so you will want to reserve your seats when you buy your Freak pass.

* Price increases to $70 on January 1st.

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival celebrates 20 years of experimental, unusual, and out-of-the-box art. Performances of dance, theater, puppetry, and music, as well as film and installation, will take place — both in person and online — January 27-30, 2022. 

 

In honor of the festival’s milestone anniversary, here are 20 fringe benefits (see what we did there?) of this year’s event: 

 

1. Local artists! More than 25 creatives from the Asheville area will share works that span and bend genres.

2. Out-of-town artists! Take 50 Shades of Gay, an adult variety show filled with comedy, music, drag, costumes, and audience participation. It was written, produced, and stars award-winning, New Jersey-based comedian Ike Avelli.

3. Education! For instance, The New York Yoyo Show is an interactive, musical production featuring advanced yoyo demos, two Broadway-style numbers, and the grand finale: “The World’s Longest Yoyo String.” After the show, the audience is invited to stick around for a free yoyo lesson.

4. Spoken word! Asheville locals BAD TIES blend a unique spin on beat poetry with mixed media performance art. In the Mouth of Urban Decay is a 30-minute presentation of film, music, and original spoken word surrounding themes of displacement, geography, and life’s little disappointments.

5. Theater! Devised theatre piece The Marvelous Martha Monday is created and performed by Katie Jones. It’s based on her great-great-grandmother, who made family legend by running away with the circus as a teenager.

6. Adventure! Short film Fantastica is an inner galactic adventure with Venusian guide Smokifantastic.

7. Venues! LEAF Global Arts, The Magnetic Theatre, Static Age Records, Fleetwoods, and The LaZoom Bus will all host shows.

8. Virtual! That’s right — this hybrid festival also includes streaming shows for those who want or need to stay in.

9-12.Film nights include two international collections as well as short films, and dance-themed screenings.

13. The Fringe Freak Pass is back! Passholders can see up to 10 shows for one price: $50 before Jan. 1, 2022 / $70 after.

14. New this year, the Fringe Binge (only $40 until Jan. 1 / $60 after) allows access to all online Asheville Fringe content, including film nights and shows live-streamed by IamAVL.

15-18. Four parties! Before and after!

19. Community! See old friends, make new friends, revel in weird and wonderful art.

20. Fringe on! Fringe art exists outside of the mainstream. It’s experimental, unusual, and one-of-a-kind. From music and theater to puppetry and dance, Asheville Fringe Arts Festival offers the best of the unexpected.

 Individual tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 1.

 

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival celebrates 20 years of weird and wonderful art
Jan 28 all-day
online only Fringe

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival celebrates 20 years of experimental, unusual, and out-of-the-box art. Performances of dance, theater, puppetry, and music, as well as film and installation, will take place — both in person and online — January 27-30, 2022. 

 

In honor of the festival’s milestone anniversary, here are 20 fringe benefits (see what we did there?) of this year’s event: 

 

1. Local artists! More than 25 creatives from the Asheville area will share works that span and bend genres.

2. Out-of-town artists! Take 50 Shades of Gay, an adult variety show filled with comedy, music, drag, costumes, and audience participation. It was written, produced, and stars award-winning, New Jersey-based comedian Ike Avelli.

3. Education! For instance, The New York Yoyo Show is an interactive, musical production featuring advanced yoyo demos, two Broadway-style numbers, and the grand finale: “The World’s Longest Yoyo String.” After the show, the audience is invited to stick around for a free yoyo lesson.

4. Spoken word! Asheville locals BAD TIES blend a unique spin on beat poetry with mixed media performance art. In the Mouth of Urban Decay is a 30-minute presentation of film, music, and original spoken word surrounding themes of displacement, geography, and life’s little disappointments.

5. Theater! Devised theatre piece The Marvelous Martha Monday is created and performed by Katie Jones. It’s based on her great-great-grandmother, who made family legend by running away with the circus as a teenager.

6. Adventure! Short film Fantastica is an inner galactic adventure with Venusian guide Smokifantastic.

7. Venues! LEAF Global Arts, The Magnetic Theatre, Static Age Records, Fleetwoods, and The LaZoom Bus will all host shows.

8. Virtual! That’s right — this hybrid festival also includes streaming shows for those who want or need to stay in.

9-12.Film nights include two international collections as well as short films, and dance-themed screenings.

13. The Fringe Freak Pass is back! Passholders can see up to 10 shows for one price: $50 before Jan. 1, 2022 / $70 after.

14. New this year, the Fringe Binge (only $40 until Jan. 1 / $60 after) allows access to all online Asheville Fringe content, including film nights and shows live-streamed by IamAVL.

15-18. Four parties! Before and after!

19. Community! See old friends, make new friends, revel in weird and wonderful art.

20. Fringe on! Fringe art exists outside of the mainstream. It’s experimental, unusual, and one-of-a-kind. From music and theater to puppetry and dance, Asheville Fringe Arts Festival offers the best of the unexpected.

 Individual tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 1.

 

 

Van Gogh Alive at Biltmore Estate
Jan 28 all-day
Biltmore Estate

See the source image

Various times

His masterworks have been displayed around the world for over a century… but never like this. Described as “an unforgettable multi-sensory experience,” Van Gogh Alive is a powerful and vibrant symphony of light, color, sound, and scent that compels you to leave the world behind and immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s paintings. Simultaneously enchanting, entertaining, and educational, Van Gogh Alive stimulates all the senses and opens the mind.

YOU CAN’T BUY LOVE BUT YOU CAN ADOPT IT Photo Contest
Jan 28 all-day
online

Photography Contest Submission

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone with a camera who has given a home to a homeless pet!

ENTRY PERIOD: Now – February 6th. Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible.

WHAT TO ENTER: Blue Ridge Humane Society is committed to reducing the overpopulation of companion animals and to improve their quality of life through adoption, collaboration, and community education. For our “You Can’t Buy Love But You Can Rescue It” Photo Contest, we’d like for you to submit a photo of your rescue pet. Show us what a homeless pet’s second chance at a happily-ever-after looks like!

HOW TO ENTER: All images must be submitted following the steps on the registration form on the Blue Ridge Humane Society website. We kindly ask for a $15 donation per each photo entry. 100% of each donation will go directly to the care and services for the animals at our shelter. You may enter as many photos as you would like.

JUDGING: Photos will be judged by a panel of local community members. BRHS will notify the winners by February 11, 2022. An awards reception will be held on Thursday, February 17th at Dry Falls Brewing with the top three overall and 10 runner up photos on display.

WINNERS: All winning photos will be on display at Dry Falls Brewing starting February 17th. Prizes will be awarded for the top three with display at Dry Falls and online, with the 10 honorable mentions also on display at Dry Falls at the contest reception.

 

Winter Photo Contest – “Winter Trees”
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 11:45 pm
Chimney Rock State Park

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It’s the Year of the Tree in North Carolina State Parks, and we are encouraging guests to celebrate trees all year long! Start off in the winter months while branches are bare and capture some unique tree shapes or the beauty of frosty evergreens. You may win a prize for your efforts!

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

1st Prize: The winning photo will be our Facebook cover photo for two weeks, and the photographer will receive two annual passes to Chimney Rock State Park, two boat tour tickets from Lake Lure Tours, and dinner for two at the Old Rock Café.

2nd Prize: After the first place photo, the second place photo will be our Facebook cover photo for one week. The photographer will receive two annual passes to Chimney Rock State Park and dinner for two at the Old Rock Café.

3rd Prize: The third place photographer will receive two adult day passes (or one family pack of day passes) to Chimney Rock State Park and dinner for two at the Old Rock Café.

CONTEST RULES:

  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between January 1, 2022 – February 28, 2022.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers.
  2. Up to three photos per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible to win:
    • Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    • E-mail: If you don’t have access to social media, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to [email protected]
  3. Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption, an email address and the best phone number to reach you.
  4. Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
  5. For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
  6. Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of the theme. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
  7. Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
  8. Finalists will be chosen by Chimney Rock staff and the winner will be voted on by the public. Decisions regarding winners are final.

Winners will be notified personally and announced on Chimney Rock’s social media. For more information, call 1-828-625-9611, ext. 1812 or email us at [email protected].

Classic World Cinema at Flood Gallery
Jan 28 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Flood Gallery

Open donation. 

Saturday, January 29, 2022
Art Grant: Arts Build Community
Jan 29 all-day
online

Apply by 2/14 | $500-2,500 grants for arts-based community projects. Priority will be given to projects based in low-income neighborhoods, Title 1 public schools, and communities in need.

BE THE CHANGE, BUY A MURAL
Jan 29 all-day
online

Buy one of these murals for yourself or to donate to a local organization (make sure you check with them first), and keep the good work going! All proceeds from this auction will be split evenly between The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County’s COPE Program and the Asheville Area Arts Council’s Arts Build Community Grant. Auction ends February 28.

Following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, on May 25, 2020, protests broke out across the nation. Floyd was killed after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. In response, hundreds of protestors gathered in downtown Asheville from May 29- June 6, 2020, with cries for justice and change.

During this time, Lowe’s Home Improvement generously donated plywood for downtown business owners to cover their storefronts while Asheville had its own reckoning. Business owners and artists seized this opportunity to lend their support for needed changes by painting murals on the plywood covering downtown businesses. Local muralists Gus Cutty, Kathryn Crawford, and Dustin Spagnola were the driving force behind this initiative.

When it came time for the murals to come down, local artists Evar Hecht and Ben Nelson had the foresight to collect and temporarily store these works, gathering over 150 pieces of plywood. The Asheville Area Arts Council, with the help of Dogwood Health Trust, then stepped in to move the murals to a secure, climate-controlled storage facility and worked with Aisha Adams of Equity Over Everything to determine next steps.

After several COVID setbacks, the arts council is proud to have partnered with the Martin Luther King Jr Association of Asheville and Buncombe County to present this virtual exhibition, auction and speaker series. It is our hope that the proceeds from the auction will support continued change and healing  in our community.

Thank you to Dogwood Health Trust for generously providing the funding to make this project possible, and to the artists and business owners for donating their time and energy to capture this moment in our history.

A video about the exhibition is featured as part of the 41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration.

Curatorial Fellowship
Jan 29 all-day
online with Center for Craft

Fellowship program supporting emerging craft curators to explore and test new ideas about craft.

Details

  • Award Amount:
  • Up to $5,000
  • Grant Period:
  • Through 2023

Timeline

  • Applications Open:
  • Nov 16, 2021
  • Orientation:
  • January 14, 2022
  • Deadline:
  • Feb 14, 2022
  • Notification:
  • Apr 2022
  • Grant Period begins:
  • May 2022
  • Grant Period ends:
  • Through 2023
Gallery Group Show at Continuum Art
Jan 29 all-day
Continuum Art

The Continuum Art gallery is hosting a new show, “Revenant” which will be up until March 8th, 2022. This group show is a response to the pandemic and a “post-pandemic” world. Showing artists are local sculpture artist Julie Slattery, Copenhagen artist øjeRum, Dan Hillier, and Netherlands’ artist Juul Kraijer.

Gallery owner and show curator, Katie Montes, says “We’re choosing to release our ideas of comfort and move through reality without any absurd restraints. Our next gallery show combines the work of these selected artists to create a space where we can freely reflect on our own free will, subconscious limitations, and our state as revenants in a post-pandemic reality.”
Come see our newest gallery show on it’s opening day, Saturday December 18th at 4pm.

Student Poetry Contest – “Ambition”
Jan 29 all-day
online

January through April

Actors performing Sandburg's works on stageActors portray characters from Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Story “Three Boys with Jugs of Molasses and Secret Ambitions.”

NPS Photo

Educators in grades 3-12 are invited to submit original poems written by their students in February. The poems will be judged and winners announced in April. Find the 2022 Poetry Contest Information and submission guidelines here. The theme “Ambition” is from one of Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories, to celebrate it’s 100th year of being published. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.”

Students are invited to submit a poem to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s annual Student Poetry Contest. The contest encourages youth to explore writing their own poetry, and is open to students nationwide!

Submissions are accepted from grades 3-12 and must be postmarked by March 1, 2022. See below for submission rules.

Winners will be notified by April 8, 2022, and will be invited to participate in a special virtual program on April 22.


2022 Contest Rules

Theme – “Ambition”
Carl Sandburg wrote millions of words reflecting on the American experience of the 20th century. Though his words often focused on war, labor, and social injustice, as a father of three, he also wrote imaginative, zany, and fantastical children’s stories, called “Rootabaga Stories.” Carl Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories” were first published in 1922 and celebrate 100 years of entertaining readers of all ages this year. The theme “Ambition” is from one of these stories. “An ambition…creeps in your heart night and day, singing a little song, ‘Come and find me, come and find me.” Read the story here.

Poems submitted for the 2022 contest should reflect the theme of “Ambition.” By definition, a strong desire to do or to achieve something, typically requiring determination and hard work. Or setting goals to achieve success.

Submission Rules

  • Poetry accepted from 3-12th grades only. Poems will be grouped for judging by 3-5th, 6-8th, and 9-12th.
  • Poems must be submitted by a teacher (traditional classroom or homeschool teacher).
  • No more than three poems per class. Teachers with multiple classes, can submit up to three poems per class period.
  • Poem will be judged on its ability to communicate the theme.
  • Poem can be written in any style, but must not exceed one-page in length. No illustrations.
  • Poems must be typed, no handwritten entries, using standard computer fonts, like Times, Arial, etc…
  • Do not place any identifying information (name, school, grade, etc…) on poem sheet, that will go on the accompanying submission form.
  • Submission form must be complete to be accepted:
    • Paperclipped to poem, no staples
    • Must be signed by parent, student and teacher
    • Submissions must be postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed to [email protected], by March 1, 2022. Emailed submissions must be docs, .pdfs or scans. Low resolution pictures of the submission will not be accepted.

Judging
Judges from the literary community will make the decision for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place within each grade category (3-5th, 6-8th, 9-12th).

Poetry Partners
The 2022 Poetry Contest is a result of tremendous community support including the Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara, and literary volunteers who serve as judges. Thank you.

Poetry Resources
You may also find curriculum resources to use in the classroom at the park’s website: www.nps.gov/carl/learn/education/index.htm.

Send Submissions to:
Carl Sandburg Home NHS
Attn: Poetry Contest
81 Carl Sandburg Lane
Flat Rock, North Carolina 28731
Fax 828-693-4179
Email: [email protected]

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival
Jan 29 all-day
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival various locations

GET YOUR FRINGE FREAK PASS

See up to 10 shows for one price!

*For in-person shows only

If you know you’re going to see more than 5 in-person shows, you definitely need to get a Freak Pass. It’s your all access pass to the whole festival. Seats are limited, so you will want to reserve your seats when you buy your Freak pass.

* Price increases to $70 on January 1st.

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival celebrates 20 years of experimental, unusual, and out-of-the-box art. Performances of dance, theater, puppetry, and music, as well as film and installation, will take place — both in person and online — January 27-30, 2022. 

 

In honor of the festival’s milestone anniversary, here are 20 fringe benefits (see what we did there?) of this year’s event: 

 

1. Local artists! More than 25 creatives from the Asheville area will share works that span and bend genres.

2. Out-of-town artists! Take 50 Shades of Gay, an adult variety show filled with comedy, music, drag, costumes, and audience participation. It was written, produced, and stars award-winning, New Jersey-based comedian Ike Avelli.

3. Education! For instance, The New York Yoyo Show is an interactive, musical production featuring advanced yoyo demos, two Broadway-style numbers, and the grand finale: “The World’s Longest Yoyo String.” After the show, the audience is invited to stick around for a free yoyo lesson.

4. Spoken word! Asheville locals BAD TIES blend a unique spin on beat poetry with mixed media performance art. In the Mouth of Urban Decay is a 30-minute presentation of film, music, and original spoken word surrounding themes of displacement, geography, and life’s little disappointments.

5. Theater! Devised theatre piece The Marvelous Martha Monday is created and performed by Katie Jones. It’s based on her great-great-grandmother, who made family legend by running away with the circus as a teenager.

6. Adventure! Short film Fantastica is an inner galactic adventure with Venusian guide Smokifantastic.

7. Venues! LEAF Global Arts, The Magnetic Theatre, Static Age Records, Fleetwoods, and The LaZoom Bus will all host shows.

8. Virtual! That’s right — this hybrid festival also includes streaming shows for those who want or need to stay in.

9-12.Film nights include two international collections as well as short films, and dance-themed screenings.

13. The Fringe Freak Pass is back! Passholders can see up to 10 shows for one price: $50 before Jan. 1, 2022 / $70 after.

14. New this year, the Fringe Binge (only $40 until Jan. 1 / $60 after) allows access to all online Asheville Fringe content, including film nights and shows live-streamed by IamAVL.

15-18. Four parties! Before and after!

19. Community! See old friends, make new friends, revel in weird and wonderful art.

20. Fringe on! Fringe art exists outside of the mainstream. It’s experimental, unusual, and one-of-a-kind. From music and theater to puppetry and dance, Asheville Fringe Arts Festival offers the best of the unexpected.

 Individual tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 1.

 

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival celebrates 20 years of weird and wonderful art
Jan 29 all-day
online only Fringe

The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival celebrates 20 years of experimental, unusual, and out-of-the-box art. Performances of dance, theater, puppetry, and music, as well as film and installation, will take place — both in person and online — January 27-30, 2022. 

 

In honor of the festival’s milestone anniversary, here are 20 fringe benefits (see what we did there?) of this year’s event: 

 

1. Local artists! More than 25 creatives from the Asheville area will share works that span and bend genres.

2. Out-of-town artists! Take 50 Shades of Gay, an adult variety show filled with comedy, music, drag, costumes, and audience participation. It was written, produced, and stars award-winning, New Jersey-based comedian Ike Avelli.

3. Education! For instance, The New York Yoyo Show is an interactive, musical production featuring advanced yoyo demos, two Broadway-style numbers, and the grand finale: “The World’s Longest Yoyo String.” After the show, the audience is invited to stick around for a free yoyo lesson.

4. Spoken word! Asheville locals BAD TIES blend a unique spin on beat poetry with mixed media performance art. In the Mouth of Urban Decay is a 30-minute presentation of film, music, and original spoken word surrounding themes of displacement, geography, and life’s little disappointments.

5. Theater! Devised theatre piece The Marvelous Martha Monday is created and performed by Katie Jones. It’s based on her great-great-grandmother, who made family legend by running away with the circus as a teenager.

6. Adventure! Short film Fantastica is an inner galactic adventure with Venusian guide Smokifantastic.

7. Venues! LEAF Global Arts, The Magnetic Theatre, Static Age Records, Fleetwoods, and The LaZoom Bus will all host shows.

8. Virtual! That’s right — this hybrid festival also includes streaming shows for those who want or need to stay in.

9-12.Film nights include two international collections as well as short films, and dance-themed screenings.

13. The Fringe Freak Pass is back! Passholders can see up to 10 shows for one price: $50 before Jan. 1, 2022 / $70 after.

14. New this year, the Fringe Binge (only $40 until Jan. 1 / $60 after) allows access to all online Asheville Fringe content, including film nights and shows live-streamed by IamAVL.

15-18. Four parties! Before and after!

19. Community! See old friends, make new friends, revel in weird and wonderful art.

20. Fringe on! Fringe art exists outside of the mainstream. It’s experimental, unusual, and one-of-a-kind. From music and theater to puppetry and dance, Asheville Fringe Arts Festival offers the best of the unexpected.

 Individual tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 1.

 

 

Van Gogh Alive at Biltmore Estate
Jan 29 all-day
Biltmore Estate

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His masterworks have been displayed around the world for over a century… but never like this. Described as “an unforgettable multi-sensory experience,” Van Gogh Alive is a powerful and vibrant symphony of light, color, sound, and scent that compels you to leave the world behind and immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s paintings. Simultaneously enchanting, entertaining, and educational, Van Gogh Alive stimulates all the senses and opens the mind.