Hungry? Here’s a list of upcoming events in the Hendersonville, NC area that feature food and drinks.

Sunday, October 17, 2021
Grab Brunch at River’s End
Oct 17 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
River’s End Restaurant

River's End Restaurant exterior

River’s End Restaurant is an iconic spot for locals and visitors to Bryson City. Enjoy spectacular views of the gorge, with paddlers passing through as they complete their Nantahala River Rafting trip. Stop in for year-round lunch and dinner, with weekend brunch during the summer season, and choose from a wide range of appetizing entrees, burgers, salads, pizza, and sandwiches. Hang out for a while and enjoy a large selection of signature cocktails, wine, and beer, including local favorites.

In River’s End Restaurant, every seat has a view of the river! Enjoy music by the river and views of paddlers passing through as they complete their Nantahala River Rafting trip. Join our waitlist online to reserve a table or order online and grab your meal to go, for a sunny lunch right by the river!

Carolina Shine Moonshine Experience
Oct 17 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

“Shine and Dine” on the railway! We cordially invite you to hop on board The Carolina Shine, GSMR’s All-Adult First Class Moonshine Car! We will be proudly serving hand crafted, triple-distilled, craft moonshine. Some of the smoothest tasting moonshine in the Carolinas!

Offered on the Nantahala Gorge excursion, this shine and dine experience begins in a renovated First Class train fleet car, The Carolina Shine. The interior features copper lined walls filled with the history of moonshining in North Carolina. Learn about the proud tradition that the Appalachians established when bootlegging was an acceptable way of life and local home brews were the best in town. Read about Swain County’s very own Major Redmond, the most famous mountain moonshine outlaw of the 19th century.

Once your appetite for knowledge is satisfied, enjoy sample tastings of flavors like Apple Pie, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry moonshine. If the samples are not enough, there will be plenty of Moonshine infused cocktails like Copper Cola or Moonshiner’s Mimosa available for purchase. GSMR is excited to feature multiple craft NC based distilleries to serve our guests only the best! Each jar is handcrafted and authentically infused with real fruit, the way moonshine was meant to be made. Passengers will also enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride with an attendant and a specialty boxed lunch. During the month of October. 9am and 2pm departures. 9am will feature the option of a delicious Sausage & Bacon Quiche or Cheesy Ham Hash Brown Casserole. The 2pm departure will be serving the popular BBQ meal.

Diesel $109.00 ($114.00 October) Not Permitted
Steam $119.00 ($126.00 October) Not Permitted
Locomotive Adult (21+ Only) Under 21

How to Purchase

You can purchase your tickets online or call our reservations department at (800) 872-4681. Or, you can purchase your tickets the day of in the Bryson City Depot. No matter how you purchase tickets, they’ll be waiting at will call.

Bluegrass Brunch
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Jack of the Wood

Jack’s Bluegrass Brunch is every Sunday! Our menu kicks off at 12Noon with live tunes by Supper Break from 1-3pm. Try our $6 Bloody Mary or Mimosa, or grab a $15 Bottles of Champagne & OJ! Try one of our tasty brunch specials or order from our artisanal sandwich menu. Sláinte Y’all!

The Witches’ Coven Drag Brunch
Oct 17 @ 12:00 pm
Asheville Beauty Academy

The Witches' Coven Drag Brunch | OCT 17th

‘Life’s a Drag Brunch’ happens at the Asheville Beauty Academy every first and third Sunday! With a delicious Buffet Menu, tickets include a fabulous Drag Show, Brunch, and a complimentary choice of Mimosa or Bloody Mary. AGES 21+

 

Doors &  Brunch Buffet: 12pm  |  Show: 1pm

 

Tickets for Brunch & Show are $32 (available online and at the door)

Tickets for Drag Show are $10 (at the door only) 1pm

 

Come prepared to be mesmerized by the beauty of the legendary Ida Carolina and the talent of her Queendom but seating is limited so purchase your ticket today!

 

Please do not attend if you are sick or have been exposed to Covid

JAZZ BRUNCH Free · One World West
Oct 17 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
One World West Brewing

JAZZ BRUNCH @ ONE WORLD WEST
EVERY SUNDAY FROM 1:30-4PM
FIRST SET BY THE HOUSE BAND & SECOND SET IS A JAZZ JAM
WEEKLY BRUNCH MENU FROM UMAMI MAMI
Russ Wilson: The Uptown Hillbillies
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm
Isis Music Hall--The Main Stage

The Uptown Hillbillies live up to their name.
If you like true, classic country music – Porter Wagoner, Ray Price, Dave Dudley, Stonewall Jackson, Conway Twitty, Ernest Tubb, Red Foley, Carl Smith, Buck Owens and Yes, Hank Williams, then you are going to love The Uptown Hillbillies.
Veteran musicians Hank Bones (Guitar & Vocals), Steve Trisman (Fiddle & Vocals), Kevin Kehrberg (Bass Fiddle & Vocals), Russ Wilson (Drums & Vocals) and Skeets McDonald (Steel Guitar) are the hillbillies from uptown and play great country music of the 50’s & 60’s.

General Admission Tickets are available on line :: Call the venue for Reserved Seating Tickets at 828-575-2737

:Main Floor Reserved Tickets are available with dinner reservations only :: There is a $20 minimum in food and beverage purchases per person with your dinner reservation :: These are the only main floor tickets available :: You MUST call venue to make a dinner reservation and to purchase your tickets. :: General Admission Tickets are available on line for the Balcony only :: There is no dinner service for balcony seating

Monday, October 18, 2021
20th Annual Empty Bowls
Oct 18 all-day
DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore
20th Annual Empty Bowls
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville-Biltmore

Today in Western North Carolina, 1 in 6 people and 1 in 4 children faces an empty bowl.
But you can help fill those bowls at MANNA FoodBank’s 20th Annual Empty Bowls. We invite you to join us for this remarkable milestone, where we will celebrate twenty years of community, art, and collaboration while bringing awareness to the very real problem of hunger in Western North Carolina. Read more about this historic milestone year HERE. 

Guests select a bowl handmade by local artisans and take with them (in a to-go format for 2021) a seasonal meal of delicious soups, breads, and dessert. The souvenir bowl guests take home reminds them of the many WNC families that are currently struggling to afford groceries. 

Almost every part of the event is donated, including the event space, food, and local pottery and art. This allows MANNA to use event proceeds for our food distribution and nutrition programs, which serve the more than 100,000 food insecure households across our 16-county service area. Every dollar raised can help provide food for 4 meals. Since 2002, the collection generosity of our Empty Bowls guests, potters, sponsors, culinary partners, and everyone who has ever had a hand in the event, has allowed MANNA to provide the equivalent of 2.8 MILLION MEALS across Western North Carolina. 

COLLECTOR’S CORNER 


In addition to the souvenir soup bowls that ticket-holders select, guests may purchase special works of high-end craft and art at the Collector’s Corner. Collector’s Corner items are gallery-quality pieces selected by the artists. 100% of the proceeds from Collector’s Corner sales go directly to supporting MANNA’s mission of ending hunger in WNC.
 

TICKETS 

For 2021, MANNA will use a walk-through format for Empty Bowls. Guests choose a one-hour time window that best suits their schedule, then arrive at the DoubleTree during that time window to select their bowl, choose their soups, and pick up bread + dessert — all while masked and distanced when inside the DoubleTree. Guests can choose a one-hour time window any time between 10:00am and 6:00pm, and can arrive any time during their chosen one-hour window. (Limited curbside service will be available for those who wish to remain in their cars.) 

Adult Ticket: $40 (includes your choice of one souvenir pottery bowl handmade by a local artist, your choice of two soups packaged to go, and bread + dessert packaged to go) 

Human Kids Add-on: $10 (includes one souvenir kid’s bowl pre-selected by MANNA, a package of ABC noodles, and a specially-created MANNA recipe to make Alphabet Soup at home) 

Fur Kids Add-on: $30 (guests choose a dog or cat package; includes one souvenir pottery pet bowl handmade by a local artist pre-selected by MANNA, yummy treats for your furry friend, and a custom pet tag recognizing that MANNA strives to fill every bowl in the house) 

Empty Bowls at Home Add-on: $30 (includes one souvenir pottery bowl handmade by a local artist pre-selected by MANNA, one package of Roots & Branches dried soup mix to make at home, soup and stew recipes from seven of WNC’s most beloved chefs, all packaged to go in a MANNA tote bag) 

 

Carolina Shine Moonshine Experience
Oct 18 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

“Shine and Dine” on the railway! We cordially invite you to hop on board The Carolina Shine, GSMR’s All-Adult First Class Moonshine Car! We will be proudly serving hand crafted, triple-distilled, craft moonshine. Some of the smoothest tasting moonshine in the Carolinas!

Offered on the Nantahala Gorge excursion, this shine and dine experience begins in a renovated First Class train fleet car, The Carolina Shine. The interior features copper lined walls filled with the history of moonshining in North Carolina. Learn about the proud tradition that the Appalachians established when bootlegging was an acceptable way of life and local home brews were the best in town. Read about Swain County’s very own Major Redmond, the most famous mountain moonshine outlaw of the 19th century.

Once your appetite for knowledge is satisfied, enjoy sample tastings of flavors like Apple Pie, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry moonshine. If the samples are not enough, there will be plenty of Moonshine infused cocktails like Copper Cola or Moonshiner’s Mimosa available for purchase. GSMR is excited to feature multiple craft NC based distilleries to serve our guests only the best! Each jar is handcrafted and authentically infused with real fruit, the way moonshine was meant to be made. Passengers will also enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride with an attendant and a specialty boxed lunch. During the month of October. 9am and 2pm departures. 9am will feature the option of a delicious Sausage & Bacon Quiche or Cheesy Ham Hash Brown Casserole. The 2pm departure will be serving the popular BBQ meal.

Diesel $109.00 ($114.00 October) Not Permitted
Steam $119.00 ($126.00 October) Not Permitted
Locomotive Adult (21+ Only) Under 21

How to Purchase

You can purchase your tickets online or call our reservations department at (800) 872-4681. Or, you can purchase your tickets the day of in the Bryson City Depot. No matter how you purchase tickets, they’ll be waiting at will call.

Mobile Mammograms @Hillman Beer
Oct 18 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hillman Beer - Asheville/Biltmore Village
Invision Diagnositcs will have their mobile mammography bus at Hillman Beer 2-7pm. There are a few requirements, so please follow link and read before signing up for a time that day.
Link to make your appointment will be created closer to the time of the event.
We believe early detection is key and should be available to everyone!!
*You must have a primary care provider to send the results to
*Hillman Beer will have funds set aside to pay for 3 women’s mammograms that do not have insurance. First come.
Also, on 10/4 we will have “Power in Pints” to raise money for The Hope Chest for Women. $1 per Hillman Beer draft for the whole day will be donated to help women in our community fighting breast cancer
Hops for Hunger
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Hi-Wire Brewing
This October, Hi-Wire Brewing is participating in Hops for Hunger!
For every pour of their Pink Lemonade at their Asheville taprooms, they will be donating $1 to MANNA.
Be sure to visit one of their Asheville locations and enjoy a Pink Lemonade sometime this month.
LOCAL LIVE
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
White Horse Black Mountain

LOCAL LIVE - October 18

Description
Local Live, hosted by Jay Brown, features the best in up and coming talent. Usually two performers each week with an additional set from Jay. You can say you “saw them when”.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Carolina Shine Moonshine Experience
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

“Shine and Dine” on the railway! We cordially invite you to hop on board The Carolina Shine, GSMR’s All-Adult First Class Moonshine Car! We will be proudly serving hand crafted, triple-distilled, craft moonshine. Some of the smoothest tasting moonshine in the Carolinas!

Offered on the Nantahala Gorge excursion, this shine and dine experience begins in a renovated First Class train fleet car, The Carolina Shine. The interior features copper lined walls filled with the history of moonshining in North Carolina. Learn about the proud tradition that the Appalachians established when bootlegging was an acceptable way of life and local home brews were the best in town. Read about Swain County’s very own Major Redmond, the most famous mountain moonshine outlaw of the 19th century.

Once your appetite for knowledge is satisfied, enjoy sample tastings of flavors like Apple Pie, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, and Strawberry moonshine. If the samples are not enough, there will be plenty of Moonshine infused cocktails like Copper Cola or Moonshiner’s Mimosa available for purchase. GSMR is excited to feature multiple craft NC based distilleries to serve our guests only the best! Each jar is handcrafted and authentically infused with real fruit, the way moonshine was meant to be made. Passengers will also enjoy a full service All-Adult First Class ride with an attendant and a specialty boxed lunch. During the month of October. 9am and 2pm departures. 9am will feature the option of a delicious Sausage & Bacon Quiche or Cheesy Ham Hash Brown Casserole. The 2pm departure will be serving the popular BBQ meal.

Diesel $109.00 ($114.00 October) Not Permitted
Steam $119.00 ($126.00 October) Not Permitted
Locomotive Adult (21+ Only) Under 21

How to Purchase

You can purchase your tickets online or call our reservations department at (800) 872-4681. Or, you can purchase your tickets the day of in the Bryson City Depot. No matter how you purchase tickets, they’ll be waiting at will call.

Empower Hour Cancelled until further notice
Oct 19 @ 11:30 am
YWCA of Asheville

Join us for Empower Hour, a one-hour program and facility tour where you will experience firsthand the YWCA’s work to bridge gaps in earning power, education, health & wellness and access to childcare.

Empower Hours take place twice a month on the first and third Tuesday at 11:30 am.
Lunch is served as part of our Empower Hour, so reservations are required.

To make a reservation: contact Elizabeth Alvandi, Advancement Assistant, at (828) 254-7206 ext. 103 or [email protected]

Hops for Hunger
Oct 19 @ 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Hi-Wire Brewing
This October, Hi-Wire Brewing is participating in Hops for Hunger!
For every pour of their Pink Lemonade at their Asheville taprooms, they will be donating $1 to MANNA.
Be sure to visit one of their Asheville locations and enjoy a Pink Lemonade sometime this month.
Vision Alumni Social + Crest of the Blue Ridge Presentation
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Flat Rock Play House
Join your fellow Vision Henderson County Alumni and learn more about the impact of the Crest of the Blue Ridge Designation for our area wineries, network with fellow Vision Henderson County Alumni, enjoy wine from our area wineries, and delicious food from Dandelion.
Don’t forget to bring cash! There will be a raffle to benefit Flat Rock Playhouse with prizes from our area wineries and a 50/50 cash raffle to benefit the John Boyd Tuition Assistance Fund.
Magnetic in the Smoky Park OUTDOOR SHOW
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm
Smoky Park Supper Club

OUTDOOR SHOW

Join us on Tuesday nights for Magnetic’s signature variety show. There will be an exciting mix of comedy, music, theatre, dance, magic and more! Smoky Park Supper Club is offering us their beautiful outdoor venue, and will be selling food and drinks. The event is BYOC (bring your own chair), and we will, of course, be following strict Covid safety protocols. We can’t wait to see you there!

Smoky Park Supper Club + Magnetic Theatre Outdoor Show
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm
Smoky Park Supper Club

Join us Tuesday nights, beginning April 13th, as The Magnetic Theatre teams up with the wizards at Smoky Park Supper Club to host a live, outdoor variety show. We’ll be filling Smoky Park’s gorgeous, riverside outdoor space with comedy, theatre, music and so much more.

There will be food and beverages available for purchase.

  • This is a BYOC (Bring-Your-Own-Chair) event.
  • In accordance with safety guidelines this show will be staged outdoors, with mask and social distancing protocols enforced. There will also be temperature checks and COVID waivers that need to be signed by each attendee at the gate.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the 7pm showtime.
  • We do require that masks be worn at all times unless you are actively eating or drinking.
Tacos + Trivia Tuesday
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Down Dog

Tacos & Trivia Tuesday

Join us every Tuesday night for Tacos & Trivia!

Twisted Roots will be cooking up a variety of tacos and authentic sides (vegetarian options available) starting at 5 pm.

Trivia will run from 7-8:15 pm. We will be capping the teams at 20 and teams will not be able to join after 7 so make sure to arrive early to secure your spot!

No reservations needed, just grab your thinking caps and get ready for good food, a good time, and a chance to win a $10, $20, or $30 gift certificate to Down Dog!

WHITE HORSE LIVE: Global Sounds
Oct 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
White Horse Black Mountain

WHITE HORSE LIVE: Global Sounds

Join us for an evening of rich and entrancing sounds from the Silk Road and beyond, brought to you by world-class musicians on an array of exotic instruments. Hasan Isakkut will perform captivating melodies on violin and kanun. Murat Tekbilek will drive the beat on doumbek and frame drums along with Asheville’s own River Guerguerian on his signature hybrid drum kit that includes a variety of global percussion instruments. Chris Rosser brings even more sounds and textures to the mix, including 17-stringed Indian dotar, Turkish oud, guitar, piano and melodica. The evening will be a reunion for the four musicians, who have toured together with one of Turkey’s most legendary musicians, Omar Faruk Tekbilek.