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Arts & Entertainment

Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock, NC
The State Theatre of North Carolina, and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 90,000 patrons annually and is a major contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina.


Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre

SART’s purpose has been to produce quality theatre by a professional non-profit company and to present plays concerning Appalachia that portray the rich culture and heritage of its people and to promote the development of original plays.


828-689-1384

Diamond Brand Outdoors

Diamond Brand Outdoors is a complete outfitter and guide service in Arden, NC and in Downtown Asheville, NC. Whether you love hiking, camping, fly fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, or canoeing, Diamond Brand Outdoors is your one-stop shop for gear and information for your adventures in beautiful Western North Carolina!


Asheville Community Theatre

Every year since 1946 ACT has offered Western North Carolina superb productions of comedies, dramas, and musicals, and this year will be no exception.


828-254-1320

Asheville Art Museum

As the single visual arts facility serving Western North Carolina, the Asheville Art Museum, its collection and programs are the only such resources available to the diverse communities in the region.


Greenlife Grocery

Greenlife is a full service natural foods store dedicated to bringing you and your family the freshest and healthiest foods and products available. For a great gift for that special person in your life, consider a gift certificate from Greenlife Grocery. An upscale one-stop supermarket that stocks only organic and naturally grown food products along with a broad selection of wines and beers. This upscale supermarket features an expansive deli serving foods prepared by a half dozen highly skilled chefs. No artificial flavors, colors, preservatives.

70 Merrimon Avenue
(828) 254-5440, (828) 259-9303

Smith-McDowell House Museum, Asheville’s First Mansion

If you are planning a visit to the Asheville area for the color season, you might want to plan a visit to the Smith-McDowell House Museum. Built circa 1840 by James McConnell Smith, the Smith McDowell House is Asheville’s oldest surviving house and the oldest brick house in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Small admission fee.

 


828-253-9231

Asheville Area Arts Council

The Asheville Area Arts Council was founded more than forty years ago as a community arts council serving the needs of Western North Carolina. Designed as an umbrella service organization, AAAC is dedicated to developing cultural resources, city and audience development, fund raising and grant allocations, and administrative assistance.


828-258-0710

Folk Art Center

Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Folk Art Center is the home ofthe Southern Highland Craft Guild, representing craft artists fromSouthern Appalachia. The Allanstand Craft Shop carries the work of over300 of these guild members. Open daily 9am-6pm, Apr.-Dec.; 9am-5pmJan.-Mar.


298-7928

Diana Wortham Theatre

Pack Place, Downtown. The intimate 500-seat theater is host to more than 150 performances annually by professional touring artists and local arts organizations. Performances normally last around two hours. Call for performance schedule.


828-257-4530

Colburn Earth Science Museum

Explore the rich treasures of the earth at this museum called “a mini-Smithsonian of gems” by the Washington Post. Allow one to three hours for a visit. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm.


254-7162

Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center

Downtown across from Pack Square, Pack Place Education, Arts and Science Center houses Three Centuries of Pack Square, and is the home for the Asheville Art Museum, Diana Wortham Theater, Colburn Earth Science Museum, the Health Adventure and the YMI Cultural Center.
“A must see” when visiting Asheville, NC.


(828) 253-3227

Haywood Arts Repertory Theatre

This award-winning Waynesville-based company will performs several times thoughout the season. Most shows take place at the Waysville Performing Arts Center, 250 Pigeon St.


828-456-6322

Hendersonville Little Theatre

The Official Community Theatre of Hendersonville is now in its 45th season. The Hendersonville operates in an old horse barn converted into a 121-seat theatre called “the Barn” by patrons. HLT is an all-volunteer, non-profit corporation located on State Street between Willow and Kanuga.


828-692-1082

Asheville Lyric Opera

Pack Place, Downtown
“Come see Asheville’s premier opera company as it makes a ‘quantum leap of artistic development.’ (ACT) in Western North Carolina, a full season of opera is to be experienced by all fans of the opera.


236-0670

Blue Goldsmiths

Two women in Biltmore village are making jewelry the old fashioned way…one piece at a time. The two designers also offer the opportunity to collaborate with you to make a heirloom of your own design…..


828-277-2583

Song O’Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International)

Invites all women 18 and over to join the fun of singing 4 part barbershop harmony every Tuesday at Covenant Community Church. We sing many different genres–gospel, blues, Broadway show tunes, folk songs–just to mention a few. No previous musical instruction is required; you don’t have to be able to read music. A good ear, a love of harmony, and the desire for instant friends and fellowship are all that’s necessary. Please visit our website www.songosky.org or call toll free. Better yet–plan to visit a rehearsal and see what we are all about: REAL women-REAL harmony–REAL fun!


1-866-824-9547

Brown’s Floral Design

Unique florals, weddings, parties, green and blooming plants, gourmet and custom gift baskets, condolences. Delivery service to Asheville and most sourrounding areas. Rustic or refined we guarentee fun, and customer satisfaction. Also, specializing in weddings in the mountains. Visit our wedding website, www.brownsweddingdesign.com, Brown’s Weddings, or visit our regular web site, Brown’s Floral Design


800-627-1876, or local -828-645-6544

YMI Cultural Center

For years, the 18,000 square foot YMI building was the social and economic center of Asheville’s Black community. Currently YMI is a cultural center operating with support from the City of Asheville. Its impressive Tudor-style structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features four galleries and a 300-seat performing arts theatre.


32nd Annual Asheville Quilt Show

Visit the 32nd Annual Asheville Quilt Show “Quilts: From Inspiration to Creation.” from Sept 26th to 28th, Friday and Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4:30 pm. The show will be held at the WNC Agriculture Center, Expo Building featuring over 250 quilts. Find quilts for sale, a hand-made item gift shop, vendors and product raffles. Entrance fee $6.

WNC Agriculture Center, Expo Building, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, NC

LYLAS

LYLAS, Asheville’s first all-female sketch comedy troupe. Written, directed, and performed by women, but performed for all genders without any pesky political or social messages, LYLAS is just plain funny. [email protected]


Brevard Music Center

Nestled in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this premier summer music festival and comprehensive music center has set the highest standards in performance and education for nearly seven decades.
They offer over 80 performances over seven weeks, from mid-June through early August. 828-862-2100.


828-862-2100

The Asheville Wine Market

The area’s largest wine retailer, specializes in finding tasty estate bottled wines from around the world at the best prices. In addition to weekly specials and free Saturday tastings, the selection of unique, rare and hard to find wines is truly impressive.To complement the wines, there is a thoughtfully selected inventory of cheese and gourmet foods and a well-stocked craft beer section. This downtown destination is a must stop for wine lovers and foodies.


828.253.0060 or 800.825.7175

Hickory Furniture Mart

When you’re in Asheville, you’re just over an hour away from the nation’s leading home furnishings resource and a shopping experience you’ll never forget. See a thousand lines in nearly a hundred beautiful factory stores, outlets and galleries. Ideas galore. Famous North Carolina prices. On-site hotel, restaurant, shipping service. Visit hickoryfurniture.com.


800-462-MART

Blue Spiral 1

One of Asheville’s premier art galleries featuring contemporary fine art and craft by artists of the Southeastern United States.

38 Biltmore Avenue, Downtown
828-251-0202

Hendersonville Symphony

The brightest stars…the greatest music…the finest performances…the Hendersonville Symphony.
P. O. Box 1811, Hendersonville, NC 28793


828-697-5884

Asheville Symphony Orchestra

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Downtown The brightest stars…the greatest music…the finest performances…


254-7046