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Asheville Area Events

ONGOING

May 13 – October 29

9 AM – 5 PM
Winged Wonders: Step into the World of Butterflies
North Carolina Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way
Parking Fee- $14
See the miracle of metamorphosis before your very eyes. On display inside the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse, Winged Wonders is an indoor butterfly exhibit featuring a chrysalis-rearing chamber and a walk-through butterfly house where visitors can meet a whole host of local butterfly species, including monarchs, swallowtails and more. Discover hidden fanciful fairy gardens & gnome homes constructed with local, natural materials within plantings of butterfly-attracting plants. Visitors may also enjoy the Arboretum's signature Quilt Garden, which is designed in a butterfly quilt block pattern.

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Fall Foliage Forecast
The Asheville fall leaf color show in the North Carolina mountains attracts visitors from around the world. With the 5,000-foot elevation change within 50 miles of Asheville, our lush Blue Ridge Mountain range puts on one of the longest-running autumn leaf color displays in the country.

OCTOBER EVENTS

All events are FREE unless otherwise noted.

October 19-22

LEAF Festival
All day/evening
Camp Rockmont, 377 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mt.
Tickets: See website for prices
LEAF is one of the treasured traditions for families and friends across the Southeast and beyond. A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long, multi-cultural music, arts, dance and outdoor-adventures journey, which "recharges our batteries." A few aspects that make LEAF "one of the best fests in the country" [re: Johnny Irion] is the FAMILY-friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the setting and the intimate size.

October 20

Asheville Drum Circle
6-10 PM
Prichard Park, 67 Patton Avenue, Downtown
Don't miss the drum circle, a favorite Asheville tradition for both locals and visitors. Anyone can participate by drumming, dancing or watching. Join folks of every age and description. Watch people dance to the thunderous rhythm of the dozens of drums. Or better yet, join in by playing or dancing! See the individuality and diversity of Asheville.

October 20-22

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Fri & Sat 10 AM – 6 PM; Sun 10 AM – 5 PM
US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St, Downtown
Admission: $8
Filling both the concourse and arena levels of the venue, craftspeople who are masters in their media will be exhibiting. The variety of craft that will be on display ranges from contemporary to traditional in works of clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, natural materials, paper, leather, mixed media, and jewelry. After a curation process of two juries, nearly 200 makers from the Southern Highland Craft Guild will carry on the legacy of this Fair.

October 21

Asheville Art in the Park
10 AM – 5 PM
Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, Downtown
Asheville Art in the Park will once again be providing access to some of the finest artists in the region with its market series now in its ninth year. Nationally known artists exhibit at this event and the best part is- they are local. Muddy Knees Design and Production is proud to once again offer local artists the opportunity to connect with the public in Asheville‘s Pack Square Park.

Open Studios Art Tour
11 AM – 4 PM
Grovewood Village, 111 Grovewood Village, Downtown
The resident artists at Grovewood Village open their studios to the public, allowing visitors to gain insight into their creative process and view their most recent works.

October 22

The Marshall Tucker Band
7:30 PM
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St, Downtown
Tickets: $30-$40
The Marshall Tucker Band comes to Thomas Wolfe Auditorium with special guest Scooter Brown. Band. More than 40 years after forming, The Marshall Tucker Band continues to tour, performing more than 130 live dates each year.

October 27

Asheville Drum Circle
6-10 PM
Prichard Park, 67 Patton Avenue, Downtown
Don't miss the drum circle, a favorite Asheville tradition for both locals and visitors. Anyone can participate by drumming, dancing or watching. Join folks of every age and description. Watch people dance to the thunderous rhythm of the dozens of drums. Or better yet, join in by playing or dancing! See the individuality and diversity of Asheville.

October 29

An Evening with Gladys Knight & Friends
8 PM
Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, 87 Haywood St, Downtown
Tickets: $55-$125
The event, featuring performances by Gladys Knight, Little Big Town, Asheville’s own Lyric, and other surprise guests, will donate all proceeds from ticket sales to the Reynolds Community Center in Canton, NC - just 20 miles west of Asheville.

Visit Explore Asheville for a daily calendar of events.

COMING SOON

November 3 – January 6

Candlelight Christmas Evenings
Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St.
During Candlelight Christmas Evenings, Biltmore House greets you with the soft glow of luminaries and twinkling lights on a towering Norway spruce on the Front Lawn. Inside, candlelight, firelight, and holiday lights reflect on thousands of ornaments decorating dozens of Christmas trees throughout the grand rooms. Live performances of traditional Christmas music add to your evening visit. Your self-guided Candlelight visit also includes daytime admission to Antler Hill Village & Winery, gardens, shops, and restaurants with special holiday menus (additional cost) on the day of your evening visit or the day after. 

November 3 – January 7

Christmas at Biltmore Daytime Celebration
Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St.
A daytime visit to Biltmore is a feast for the senses. Wrap yourself in the fragrant smell of fresh evergreens while admiring holiday décor featuring wreaths, garlands, and the sparkle of thousands of ornaments on more than 55 magnificent Christmas trees. The celebration continues across the estate, from colorful holiday blooms in the Conservatory to our commemorative Christmas wine at the Winery, to special menus in estate restaurants. Buy your ticket 7 or more days in advance and save $10 on each admission!

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