Art in the Park

Back for its eighth year, Asheville’s Art in the Park returned to Pack Square Park for three consecutive Saturdays this June. The marketplace, which features a bevy of local artists and makers, offers a chance for Ashevillians and tourists to take home a piece of handcrafted art. And if you missed the summertime show, fear not; Asheville Art in the Park returns every fall for three Saturdays in October, this year on the 1st, 8th and 15th. Visit AshevilleArtInThePark.com for more details.

Trick-or-Treating in Asheville

Looking for the perfect place to take your little one for a spooky (and candy-filled) jaunt? Lots of locals like to head to the historic Montford neighborhood, where folks love to deck their homes in creepy decor; since the Montford Neighborhood Association offers security, it’s worry-free, too. Another option for local families is the Asheville Mall, which offers trick-or-treating inside and a Halloween Bash. Some schools, like the Rainbow Mountain School, also offer Halloween Harvest parties around the holiday where local families can gather for a spook-tacular time!

LEAF Festival

For over 20 years, Carolinians have gathered on the beautiful Lake Eden grounds at Black Mountain College for a unique musical experience. The scenery may be familiar, but often the music isn’t, as artists, musicians, performers and facilitators from around the globe gather to play. With over 12,000 people in attendance, this annual global music festival celebrates the sounds of the world as it raises awareness for arts education. LEAF Community Arts, a non-profit organization that supports cultural arts education programming locally and globally, hosts this fantastic festival every year. The 43rd Annual LEAF Festival will take place October 20th through 23rd and will feature such world-renowned artists as Beats Antique, Balkan Beat Box and Squirrel Nut Zippers. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit TheLeaf.org.

The Montford Rooftop Bar & Lounge

If you like your cocktail with a view, have we got a place for you. The Montford Rooftop Bar & Lounge is our city’s newest—you guessed it—rooftop bar, perched atop the Hyatt Place hotel and offering jaw-dropping views to the west and north. Chef Philip Bollhoefer’s small plates menu offers Southern favorites with a chic twist, like deviled eggs with Sunburst Farms trout roe. The cocktail menu offers similar surprises, including a fresh take on the classic mule. If you’re looking for the perfect place to peep some leaves and a spectacular sunset, drink (and snacks) in hand, The Montford is officially your new go-to spot for fall.