West Asheville Tailgate Market Summer Jam Festival

The West Asheville Tailgate Market hosted their Summer Jam Festival on the afternoon of August 21. There was live music, jam tastings, raffle prizes, a bounce house, lawn games and contests for all to enjoy.

Hendersonville Celebrates 100 Years of Street Dances

A celebration was held on July 9 as Hendersonville’s Street Dances kicked off their 100th anniversary season. The dances were launched in 1918 as soldiers returned home from World War I and have continued since. They take place Monday evenings from early July through mid August and involve traditional square dancing, clogging and bluegrass music.

2018 ASAP Farm Tour

The 2018 Farm Tour was a huge success. More than 1,500 people visited 21 farms across the WNC region. ASAP gives thanks to their farmers, volunteers, visitors, sponsors and the mostly sporadic storm clouds for making the 10th Anniversary Farm Tour so wonderful! 

Tryon Block House Races

Jockey Sean McDermott was awarded the Top Jockey award and honored for his efforts in the coveted Block House Race, as well as in the Dr. John Bradshaw Memorial Race, at the 72nd Annual Tryon Block House Races on Saturday, April 14. The event featured five races in front of a packed crowd at the Green Creek Race Track.


On Saturday, June 9, local nonprofit, Bounty & Soul, hosted their third annual VegOut fundraiser. VegOut took place at the Pisgah Brewing Company and over $20,000 was raised. The funds allow Bounty & Soul to continue providing nourishing foods and health and wellness education to the community and meet the rising needs of those who are food insecure … Continued

Asheville Lifestyle’s 3rd Annual Hats Horses & Hope Derby Party

On May 5, we held a Kentucky Derby Fundraiser in support of local crisis intervention and sexual violence prevention non-profit Our VOICE. The event was held at the AC Marriott Hotel in downtown Asheville and over $5,000 was raised.

ASPCA Behavioral Rehab Center Grand Opening

The ASPCA opened its 28,000-square foot Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Weaverville, NC, on May 10. This facility is the first of its kind, offering a permanent space that is dedicated to the study and rehabilitation of extremely fearful dogs whom are victims of cruelty or neglect. The facility covers 13 acres and offers rehabilitation to … Continued

Hi-Wire 8K

Hi-Wire Brewing hosted their Inaugural Hi-Wire 8K, which started at their South Slope Tasting Room and finished at the Big Top Brewery in Biltmore Village. Runners reveled in the music and beer festival that followed. Photography by Great American Brewery Runs

Cider Wine & Dine Weekend

The Cider, Wine & Dine Weekend featured Henderson County wineries and cideries, who partnered together to present a new signature weekend filled with artisan hard cider, local wines, food, educational programs, music, tours and more. Photography by Andy & Lisa Jay

High Water Fest

Curated by folk powerhouse couple Shovels & Rope, High Water Fest returned to Charleston’s waterfront with music from renowned acts like Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Band of Horses. The diverse lineup drew Ashevillians en masse to this year’s festival; save the dates for next year’s festival, April 13-14, 2019! Photography by Nathan … Continued

Art Affair

OpenDoors Asheville held its Ninth Annual Art Affair at the Events Center at Highland Brewing. With 400+ people in attendance, OpenDoors surpassed its fundraising goal with more than $200K donated in support of its mission to break the cycle of poverty with local kids through advocacy and opportunities for education and enrichment. Photography by Reggie … Continued

Condom Couture Fashion Show

The sixth annual Condom Couture Fashion Show took place on Saturday, March 10th at The Orange Peel. 16 local designers used condoms to create fashionable, wearable art, promote safe sex, and benefit Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. More than 450 people attended this year’s event, raising more than $68,000 for Planned Parenthood.

Asheville Mardi Gras Parade

The Asheville Mardi Gras parade returned in 2018, this time taking over South Slop with a vibrant celebration of music, costumes, and all things quirky. 

2018 Fed Cup

The Fed Cup first-round tie between the U.S. and The Netherlands culminated with a U.S. win at the U.S. Cellular Center this spring. A Net Generation Kids' Clinic held ahead of the event brought local kids in touch with tennis stars.  

Gingerbread House Competition

The annual Gingerbread House Competition returned to the Omni Grove Park Inn last December with incredible, edible creations on view throughout the month. 

29th Annual Christmas Jam

Warren Haynes' epic annual music marathon, Christmas Jam, returned with more riffs and rock than ever before in 2017.  The Jam has raised more than $2 million for the 
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and helped 36 families in need of affordable housing.

Western Carolina Rescue Christmas Gala

Western Carolina Rescue Ministries in association with Judd Builders held the first annual nonprofit Christmas Gala. The Gala featured New York Times best-selling author, Ron Hall, author of the book Same Kind of Different As Me, which tells the life-changing experiences in a Rescue Mission. 

6th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser

Town and Mountain Realty believes everyone deserves a place to call home. The 6th Annual Home for the Holidays FUNdraiser focused on the homeless population and those in crisis in our community, supporting five local nonprofits (Homeward Bound of WNC, Caring for Children, Helpmate, Eliada Home, and ABCCM's Transformation Village).

Beaverdam Studio Tour

The Inaugural Beaverdam Studio Tour included 24 artists who demonstrated their crafts and chatted with visitors. Visit BeaverDamStudioTour.com for a list of sponsors and info about the artists. Mark your calendar for next year: October 27 + 28, 2018.

15th Annual HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival

Congregation Beth HaTephila held their annual festival with over 30 Jewish organizations and vendors. An amazing assortment of Jewish food was sold (over 500 pounds of pastrami and corned beef alone!) to the 5,000 attendees, who also enjoyed Jewish music and dancing.

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Named best Oktoberfest in America by Conde Nast Traveler, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest is one of the brewery’s most beloved events. Thousands of revelers gathered beneath the big tent at the brewery for steins of beer, a Bavarian feast, live music, dancing, costumes, contests, and more.

Asheville Lifestyle Fall Fashion Show

Asheville Lifestyle Magazine Inaugural Fall Fashion Show took place at Capella on Nine. Attendees, decked in their chicest whites, wiled the night away with champagne and fantastic fashion. The event raised nearly $8,000 for Children First of Buncombe County.

Asheville Lifestyle’s Second Annual Curated Home Tour

With our partners at the AHBA, Asheville Lifestyle hosted the Second Annual Curated Home Tour. Six lucky readers won the grand prize day tour and afterwords celebrated at the reception with great food, live music and amazing beer, all at the gorgeous Southcliff reception area!

Council on Aging’s Over the Edge

48 people rappelled down a downtown highrise with Over the Edge in support of the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, which serves older adults and their caregivers in Buncombe County with the mission to help adults age with choice. Edgers raised $49,697.

Polanco Grand Opening and Mexican Independence Celebration

Downtown's newest restaurant, Polanco, opened with a celebration of Mexican Independence, including dancing, a DJ, a mariachi band and delicious fare and crafted cocktails throughout the weekend.

The Big Crafty

The 19th Big Crafty featured 165 select artists, an indigo-dying activity hosted by the Asheville Area Arts Council, kid's activities hosted by the Asheville Art Museum, music from Chikomo Marimba and a visit from Street Creature Puppets.

Gathering Asheville: Wild Foods Dinner Series

In partnership with long-time collaborator Alan Muskat of Asheville's No Taste Like Home foraging tours, Katie Button and her Nightbell team prepared a five-course meal + welcome cocktail for up 16 guests using wild foods gathered locally.

ASAP Farm Tour 2017

The annual ASAP Farm Tour returned in 2017 with new experiences! Participants were able to visit a number of new farms that have never been on the Tour before, and favorite farms offered new opportunities for kids of all ages.


This international dance festival returned with more acts than ever and dancers from across the globe, including Russia, 
the Netherlands, Argentina and Taiwan. The 10 days festival took over venues across Waynesville and the region for performances 
of all types.

Annual Asheville Triathlon

The Annual Asheville Triathlon is a local favorite, multi-sport event for the entire community! The Asheville Triathlon is part of the TRI LOCAL effort to encourage our local community to support and try a triathlon for the first time.

Asheville Art Museum’s TIME WARP 2017 Benefit Gala

More than 275 arts supporters joined the Asheville Art Museum for its 2017 Benefit Gala, TIME WARP, at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, which raised more than $190,000, supporting the Museum’s ability to inspire individuals through dynamic experiences in American Art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Asheville Lifestyle’s Derby Party

Wild horses couldn't drag us away from our Second Annual Derby Party! The shindig, which raised over $8,000 for Our Voice, took place on the rooftop of the Capital Club with breathtaking views, delectable hors d'oeuvres from Travinia, a rousing auction and a viewing of the Kentucky Derby.

Color Me Goodwill

The 3rd Annual Color Me Goodwill Fashion show returned to the Orange Peel this spring. Six local designers created collections based on an assigned color, using items sourced from our Goodwill stores.

Greater West Asheville Centennial Lions Charter Night

The newly founded Greater West Asheville Centennial Lions Charter gathered for Charter Night. The group of varied professionals is excited about the opportunity to serve our community through the Lions' traditions of service and expanding to meet emerging global needs, 
including Vision, Hunger, Environment, Pediatric Cancer and Diabetes.

Memory Gala

The Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter hosted its Inaugural Memory Gala this spring. The organization raised nearly $110,000 to fuel Alzheimer's Association mission-related initiatives of care, support and research! For more information on the Alzheimer's Association, visit www.alz.org/northcarolina.

Music Video Asheville Awards

Western North Carolina's stars—musicians, filmmakers and supporting talents & crews—and their friends and families came out for the 10th Music Video Asheville Awards.

Run for the Paws

The 7th Annual Run for the Paws welcomed 500 participants and over 200 dogs to New Belgium Brewing! The event included a 5K, one mile walk and a lawn festival with activities for the whole family. All proceeds benefitted the animals of Brother Wolf.

Loaded Up and Truckin’ Food Truck-off + Aural Pleasure Fest

Oskar Blues' Loaded Up and Truckin' Food Truck-off + Aural Pleasure Fest rang in spring with hot eats and sweet sounds. The food truck festival and competition came with plenty of live music, including indie favorite Dr. Dog.

Cúrate Grand Re-Opening

cIt's the time of year when vacation gets on the brain. The inescapable urge to get out of town and out of the routine for a little while. This issue, we wanted to focus on two other towns in the Southeast, one of which has a well-deserved reputation as a great place to visit, while the other is quickly developing…

Asheville Amadeus Festival

The biannual festival inspired by the life and music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart included more than 60 events in 40 venues. Organized by the Asheville Symphony, the 2017 festival featured musical comedians, a signature beer from Highland, a community sing-along, top-notch orchestral and chamber performances, and internationally renowned violinist Midori.

Asheville Marathon & Half

The Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate is a wonderful opportunity for people to run in America's largest backyard and experience beautiful views that are not usually accessible. This year the Asheville Marathon brought in nearly 2250 participant from 47 states and five countries. Photography by Paul Jackson Photography

Brother Wolf’s Drag Queen Bingo

Drag Queen Bingo, which benefits the animals of Brother Wolf, expanded this year to include two nights—bingo and trivia—and was hosted by New York's Lady Bunny. This uniquely Asheville event was attended by over 1500 people, many of whom came dressed in their own colorful costumes to match the entertainers!

Frostbite Run

The 25th Annual Lelia Patterson Center Frostbite Races had a wonderful turnout. Bringing in over 400 participants, this event never fails to give the community an opportunity to be active and connect with others through a family-friendly run! Photography by John Neff Photography

Asheville Lifestyle Premier Partners Dinner

The Farm Kitchen, Bev and Myron Gottfried and Chef Mike Ferrari put together an amazing 5-course, wine-paired dinner, hosted by Asheville Lifestyle, The Farm Kitchen and Vaso de Vino Wines.

The National Gingerbread House Competition

The National Gingerbread House Competition returned to the Grove Park Inn this winter for it's 24th year. Visitors enjoyed the tasty artwork through the season.

2017 New Year’s Resolution Run

The 2017 New Year's Resolution Run in downtown Asheville started 400 locals' resolutions off on the right foot with a New Year's Day run through the streets of our town.

Our Voice Survivors’ Art Show

The 15th annual Our Voice Survivors’ art show was wonderfully attended this year. As featured artist, Anne Heck displayed her healing dolls and told her arduous journey of healing. Inspirational song, dance and poetry filled the night, which ended with the St. John Baptist choir's sweet and uplifting melodies.

Paws to Give

Brother Wolf's annual fundraiser, Paws to Give, celebrates the accomplishments of the year and presents opportunities for donors to support the animals with a live auction and silent auction. This year's event featured a plated dinner catered by The Venue and live entertainment by Rococo Ballroom dancers Meghan and Jake.

RiverLink’s Of Time and the River Benefit

RiverLink held the third annual Of Time and the River art show and benefit at the historic Zealandia mansion, high atop Beaucatcher Mountain. Asheville's premier landscape painters showcased work focusing on the French Broad to celebrate the river’s rise from polluted obscurity to the defining element of our town.