January 2017 Around Town

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Since 2002, the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival has brought a different kind of art to Asheville. The event celebrates the peripheries—of art, performance and culture. The annual performing arts festival is held across multiple venues and offers over 30 local and regional artists the opportunity to collaborate across genres and mediums. This year’s festival—the 15th annual celebration of all sorts of funky art—will take place January 26th through 29th at venues across Asheville. For more information, visit AshevilleFringe.org.

Asheville Restaurant Week

‘Round here, we love farm-to-table fare—you know that. But at no time is this more clear than during Asheville’s Annual Restaurant Week. This year’s celebration will take place January 17th through 26th, and nearly every participating restaurant holds steady to those tenets of fresh, sustainable and delicious fare. During the week, participating restaurants offer a prix fixe menu priced from $15 to $35 per person. Some of our favorites this year? Nightbell, the Bull & Beggar and Rhubarb.

Mas Tacos, Por Favor

If you were already torn between taco destinations around town, that decision just got even harder. Two new taco restaurants made their debut this winter in Asheville. The much-anticipated BarTaco finally unveiled its southwestern aesthetic, transformed from the filling station look of before. The location helps complete the bridge from downtown to the South Slope, situated just beside the Orange Peel on Biltmore Avenue. Mountain Madre Mexican Kitchen & Agave Bar also made its debut, quickly replacing old mainstay Scully’s on Walnut Street in the heart of downtown. The next time you have a hankering for something spicy, head to central Asheville for a taste of one of these new cantinas.