EVENT DATE : April 1, 10:00AM
The Center for Craft, 
Creativity and Design

To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Windgate Fellowship, the Center for Craft awarded a total of ten, $10,000 Project Grants. This exhibition showcases how the next generation of craft artists used their funds to explore scale, installation, and community practice.

EVENT DATE : July 20, 10:00AM
U.S. Cellular Center

Located in Downtown Asheville's U.S. Cellular Center, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands will showcase a variety of craft ranging from traditional to contemporary. Artists at the craft show created their artwork using materials such as leather, clay, metal, glass and wood; sometimes combining multiple elements for a single piece.

EVENT DATE : July 21, 1:00PM
Catawba Brewing Company

This event is jointly produced by Asheville GreenWorks, MountainTrue, 98.1 The River, French Broad Outfitters and Catawba Brewing. Participants are invited to meet at Catawba Brewing where they will be shuttled up the Swannanoa River. Boats and paddling gear will be provided. After the float/clean up, there will be an after party for the release of the Riverkeeper Beer.

EVENT DATE : July 22, 2:00PM
Bold Rock Hard Cider

Ales for Ashley is an event to honor and remember Ashley Magness. As a kind nurse aid at Pardee Hospital and talented actress at the Flat Rock Playhouse, she was described as a friend to everyone that she met. Unfortunately, Ashley recently passed away of brain cancer. This event aims to help raise money for brain cancer research.

EVENT DATE : July 26, 9:00AM

Play, relax, heal and experience yoga and dance taught by world class instructors at this year's weekend-long yoga festival in the heart of Downtown Asheville. In addition to the over 80 yoga and outdoor activities offered at the Asheville Yoga Festival, there will be an outdoor Mountain Air Market as well as multiple unique health and wellness vendors.

EVENT DATE : August 2, 10:00AM
Spruce Pine, NC

The NC Mineral and Gem Festival has been hosted in Spruce Pine, North Carolina since the early 1950s.  The festival welcomed visitors from around the world to shop for beautiful jewelry, gemstones, minerals, beads, crystals, fossils and more.

EVENT DATE : August 2, 6:30PM
AB Tech/Mission Health Conference Center

The 91st Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival raises awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world. There will be Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams for education and entertainment.

EVENT DATE : August 3, 9:00AM
Burnsville, NC

This two-day event features artists, craftspeople, musicians and food vendors from North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and beyond. In addition to the over 200 vendors, there will be live craft demonstrations, singing, dancing and a large food court offering everything from funnel cakes and corn dogs to souvenir mugs of lemonade and soda. 

EVENT DATE : August 3, 3:00PM
Pack Square Park

LEAF celebrates communities, creativity, diversity and families in the heart of downtown, offering fun for all ages with no admission charge. There will be international music, art, workshops, great food and drinks and plenty of family activities. 

EVENT DATE : August 9, 2:30AM

The 12th Annual Asheville Comedy Festival presented by Laugh Your Asheville Off will offer a weekend of belly laughs to all who attend. In this years lineup are performers Aaron Woodall, Bret Raybould, Chloe Stillwell, Fumi Abe, Jen Murphy and many more!

EVENT DATE : August 9, 7:00AM
The Center for Craft, Creativity and Design

This annual benefit will have multiple floors of entertainment including a celebration of the 2017 Windgate Fellows, a silent auction, music, dancing, hands-on activities, a photo booth, local food and drinks, and more! 

EVENT DATE : August 10, 10:00AM
Penland School of Crafts

Over 240 works in books, clay, drawing, glass, iron, letterpress, painting, photography, printmaking, textiles and wood will be featured in this year's benefit auction. The proceeds will help support Penland's educational programs.

EVENT DATE : August 11, 5:00PM

Two former chef trained professional farmers collaborate together on this vegetarian tasting menu that features the ever-so-popular Keia Mastrianni and her delicious Milk Glass Pie creations! A portion of the proceeds will support the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

EVENT DATE : August 18, 12:00PM
New Belgium Brewing

This annual festival is held to celebrate the French Broad River. There will be live music, local beer, food trucks and the ever-so-popular Anything That Floats Parade. Rafters are invited to float down the river in their most creative and outrageous floats, and winners will be chosen in four categories: most creative, green machine, funniest and judge's choice.

EVENT DATE : August 26, 6:00PM
Burnsville, NC

This beautiful multi-course dinner is prepared by executive chefs, using produce sourced from local farms. Beginning at 6 p.m., attendees will be seated at the long tables lining Main Street in Burnsville, NC. It will be preceded by a cocktail hour beginning at 5 p.m. at the Nu Wray Inn. Tickets are $125 and proceeds support the agricultural nonprofit TRACTOR.