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.

Folkmoot

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.

Jonas Gerard Paints “Passionately Alive”

During the River Arts District Studio Stroll, Jonas Gerard painted an abstract, 8’ x 24’ mural. The public was invited to watch the expressive artist at work and there was a full house at Jonas’ gallery and studio at Riverview Station. Jonas has donated the artwork to CarePartners of Asheville.

RAD Farmer’s Market Harvest Dinner

The River Arts District Farmers Market held their annual Harvest Dinner fundraiser at All Souls Pizza with the end of the season this fall. The meal was prepared by All Souls Chef Brendan Reusing and Farm and Sparrow Master Baker David Bauer. Live music was provided by Leo Johnson.

Mount Mitchell Centennial Celebration

Every state park is holding a special event during 2016 as part of the Centennial of State Parks, but this one seemed special as park rangers and guests from across the state made their way to the 6,684-foot summit where it all began at Mount Mitchell. 

Mountain Heritage Day

WCU's Annual Mountain Heritage Day celebrated the traditions of the mountains with mountain music, clogging, storytelling, living-history demonstrations like blacksmithing and banjo-making, Cherokee cultural activities like popular stickball games and fun competitions like chainsaw contests. 

Brewgrass Festival

Brewgrass Festival 2016 culminated twenty years of celebrating great craft beer from local, regional and national breweries as well as amazing bluegrass music. Each year, the festival is proud to donate a portion of proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina.

Anoff House Party

Asheville Lifestyle Magazine hosted a fabulous affair at the Anoff's house this fall to celebrate their cover feature in our 
Matters of the Home Issue. Asheville's finest came out for hors d'oeuvre, local beer and wine and live music. 
PHOTOGRAPHY Michelle Jackson

Raise Your Hand Auction & Gala

For almost 30 years, the Raise Your Hand Auction and Gala has been a mainstay in WNC, an evening of good wine, fine food and great art to benefit Case Management Services, care, education and outreach needed to manage and prevent new HIV/AIDS infections locally.

Asheville Homebuilders Association Parade of Homes

The 35th Annual Parade of Homes was celebrated at the Asheville Home Builders Association's Fall Awards Galal. With 40 Homes open during the Parade of Homes, 13 Builder Companies took home 22 awards presented in a variety of categories. For information on all the award-winning builders and companies, visit ParadeofHomesAsheville.com.

McKibbon Announces The Arras

McKibbon Hospitality announced the conversion of the BB&T building into the Arras, a new luxury hotel. A crowd gathered at Posana, whose owners will partner with McKibbon on two new restaurants within the hotel.

Run the Forest 5K

Asheville Eye Associates’ 4th Annual Run the Forest 5K and 1 Mile Walk is a community wellness event which benefits IronGirls, a nonprofit designed to help girls navigate the complex transitions of adolescence by utilizing a physical fitness program to teach life skills in a safe and supportive environment.

CCCD’s 20th Anniversary

On August 11th, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design celebrated its 20th Anniversary with over 350 guests. It was a fantastic evening with interactive art installations, music and local food and drink collaborations that raised nearly $100,000 to support CCCD's national grants, contemporary exhibitions and free public programs.

Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet

The Ruffed Grouse Society, a devoted group of grouse and woodcock hunters who support national conservation efforts to ensure the future of the species, held their 30th Annual Southern Appalachian Chapter Banquet at the Crest Center and Pavilion. A beautiful rainbow stood spectator over this spectacular event!

Family Justice Center Grand Opening

The Family Justice Center of Buncombe County celebrated their grand opening this August with inspirational speeches and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Center offers a safe space for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.

Sandlot in the Sandlot

Red Maple Dental sponsored the Sandlot in the Sandlot for the North Asheville Little League. The event was a great night of family-style fun to celebrate the summer season!

3rd Annual Night Flight

Highland Brewing Company’s 3rd Annual Night Flight race raised over $15,000 for the Asheville Parks and Greenways Foundation. Over 600 runners came out for the 4.5-mile race and the post-race party, which included an awards ceremony on Highland’s new Rooftop Patio and a DJ dance party.

Wild South’s Green Gala

The 8th Annual Wild South Green Gala honored an all–star cast of local conservation heroes. At the event, Wild South recognized the winners of the Roosevelt–Ashe Conservation Awards and special awards. The night also celebrated Wild South’s legacy of 25 years of public lands protection in the Southeast.

Asheville Art Museum’s NEXT Gala

The Asheville Art Museum celebrated what’s NEXT at its 2016 benefit gala. The evening included a signature cocktail hour, gourmet food stations and a live auction, which raised more than $155,000 that will help the museum continue to offer innovative public programs and exciting exhibitions.

A Day for Our VOICE

Walk a Mile Asheville, a charitable walk sponsored by nonprofit Our VOICE, welcomed community members to take a stand against gender violence. Meanwhile, Asheville Lifestyle's very own Hats, Horses and Hope event celebrated the Kentucky Derby with tasty food and drinks and an auction, with proceeds going to great local charities.

Balken Roofing Free Roof Giveaway

Balken Roofing is a proud participant in the No Roof Left Behind program, and they made sure to have some fun while getting plenty of work done at this year's Free Roof Giveaway! See NoRoofLeftBehind.com and BalkenRoofing.com to learn more.

June 2016 Good Times

Music Video Asheville 2016 gave local filmmakers, musicians and media professionals a chance to bask in the glow of the red carpet! Held at the Diana Wortham Theater, this dreamy night celebrated Asheville's extraordinary creative community.

Color Me Goodwill

The Color Me Goodwill 2016 Fashion Show was a vibrant, head-turning night! Reflecting Asheville’s growing trend of 
upcycled fashions, this benefit for Goodwill NWNC was one of the season's hottest tickets. 
Photography by Max Ganly Photography©