The Laurel of Asheville‘s Community Events Calendar

If you would like to submit an event to appear in our online Community Events Calendar, please visit our submission page.

The Laurel of Asheville is a lifestyle magazine focused on the arts, culture, and communities of Western North Carolina, and submitted events should fall within this context. If your event occurs over several days, please submit multiple events. Events extending beyond a month will not be accepted. All submissions are subject to editorial approval and edits for clarity and style before being published online. If you are going to include a photograph, please be certain that you have the rights to utilize that image. If there is a question about image rights, we may remove the image. Also, images should be no larger than 2000 pixels wide. Large images will prevent the event from being submitted. Please allow up to 5 days for your even to be posted. If you encounter difficulties submitting an event, please email amy@thelaurelofasheville.com.

Farm Beginnings® Year-Long Farmer Training

Organic Growers School PO Box 17804, Asheville

*This is a year long program, starting October 24th and ending September 2022* The Farm Beginnings® class is a 12-month training session that uses holistic management to help beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a strong enterprise plan and start building their operation. Farm Beginnings will help you build these skills through one […]

Legends of Art & Innovation at Biltmore

Biltmore Estate 1 Lodge Street, Asheville, NC

November 2021 – November 2022 Immerse yourself in our new exhibition series, Legends of Art & Innovation at Biltmore—featuring three different large-scale, multi-sensory experiences—created and produced by Grande Experiences using the very latest in immersive technology to illuminate the remarkable lives of Van Gogh, Monet, and Da Vinci and their timeless masterpieces of art and […]

Earthaven Ecovillage Tours

Earthaven Ecovillage 5 Consensus Circle, Black Mountain

Most Saturdays (Please see our website for dates) 10:00 am – 12:30 pm (arrive at 9:45) Near Asheville, NC Want to get a feel for an ecovillage in your body? Only have a little bit of time for a visit and you’re on a shoe-string budget? Join one of our tours! Tours are a great […]

$25

Jo Sandman / TRACES

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center 56 Broadway, Asheville, NC

After a life-changing summer studying at Black Mountain College, Boston-based artist Jo Sandman decided to devote her life to art. At BMC during that pivotal summer of 1951, she studied painting and drawing with Robert Motherwell and photography with Harry Callahan, along with classes in anthropology and French, and was exposed to the ideas of […]

Free

Outside the Lines – Art by Steve Brooks and Joe Lafone

Caldwell Arts Council 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir

Steve says: A self-described “tongue in cheek religious painter”, Joe Lafone once had a dream where God commanded him to paint endless images of Grandfather Mountain, a credible still life, and to Iron his shirts. As Joe states, “Two out of three ain’t bad.” I have painted and exhibited with Joe for 18 years. Together […]

Free

“Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life?” Exhibition

Center for Craft 67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC

Over the past two years, artist-researcher, community organizer, and Center for Craft grant recipient, Macon Reed has built Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life? an immersive installation that harnesses the social function of ritual space to reflect, process grief, heal, and envision alternative futures. Unlike rituals that function in a prescribed order, […]

Free

“Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life?” Exhibition

Center for Craft 67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC

Over the past two years, artist-researcher, community organizer, and Center for Craft grant recipient, Macon Reed has built Hello Death, Where Have You Been All My Life? an immersive installation that harnesses the social function of ritual space to reflect, process grief, heal, and envision alternative futures. Unlike rituals that function in a prescribed order, […]

Free

Carolina Mountains to the Shore

Caldwell Arts Council 601 College Ave SW, Lenoir

Upcountry Fiber Artists will present their exhibit titled “Carolina Mountains to the Shore” at the Caldwell Arts Council August 5 – September 30, 2022. Places and sights discovered while idly driving through the countryside, glimpsing a lovely vista, visiting the cities and coast, or during quiet moments in nature have inspired the work in this […]

Free

LIFE ART LIFE William Bernstein 50 Year Retrospective

Toe River Arts Mitchell and Yancey Counties

“LIFE ART LIFE William Bernstein 50 year retrospective” features the glass and paintings of William Bernstein, an artist who has been at the forefront of the North Carolina studio glass movement for over 50 years. The exhibition takes place at the Toe River Arts Kokol Gallery August 6 through October 9, 2022 in Spruce Pine, […]

Free

Elephants Stampede Trackside Studios!

Trackside Studios 375 Depot Street (River Arts District), Asheville

Dee Santorini has unleashed a herd of elephants in the River Arts District, and man the dust is flying! Santorini has a Serengeti show in the atrium at Trackside Studios this August, with a special focus on elephants and zebras. “Elephants speak to my heart,” says Santorini. “They have such a strong sense of community, […]

Free

Songwriters Camp with Jim Lauderdale, Darren Nicholson, Clay Mills, & More

Meadowlark Smoky Mountain Heritage Center 2878 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley

Join us on August 12th and 13th as we welcome world-class musicians and songwriters to the Meadowlark Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Maggie Valley, NC for a very special Songwriters Camp. Receive instruction and hear performances from Jim Lauderdale, Darren Nicholson, Clay Mills, Charles R Humphrey III, and Charlie Chamberlain. This is a two-day event […]

$30 – $675

2022 Summer in the Garden Music Series featuring Eric Congdon

Hilton Garden Inn Asheville South 9 Rocky Ridge Road, Asheville

Join us Saturday, August 13 for our 2022 Summer in the Garden Music Series featuring Eric Congdon, in our beautiful, expansive outdoor terrace (weather permitting) at the Hilton Garden Inn Asheville South- 9 Rocky Ridge Road Asheville 28806. We will have some amazing drinks 🍺 and fabulous eats 🥪available at our Garden Grille and Bar

Free

The Improv Hour at Beauty Academy

Asheville Beauty Academy 28 Broadway St., Asheville, NC

Marlene Thompson hosts our first Improv show at Asheville Beauty Academy! Featuring Mabel's Baby with special guest Shame Spiral plus more! ages 21+ (must have ID with you) Tickets $15

$15

Tumo Kohrs Performs at Isis

Isis Music Hall 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC

Tumo Kohrs is performing at Isis Music Hall on August 13 at 7 pm. Come for a toe-tappin, ear-wiggin', arm-swingin' evening of music! You never know where this duo is going to take you!

$15

Asheville Comedy Festival

Wortham Center for The Perming Art 18 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville

Presented by Laugh Your Asheville Off, with support from Prestige Subaru, Highland Brewing Co., and Franny's Farmacy, he largest comedy festival in the Southeast comes roaring back to Asheville August 10-13, 2022, with all the guffawing, snorting, and deep belly-aching laughter audiences have come to expect. Now in its 14th season, Asheville Comedy Festival presents […]

$34

Life Like Water & Free Planet Radio

The Grey Eagle 185 Clingman Ave. , Asheville

Contemporary folk quartet Life Like Water will join forces with global sound ensemble Free Planet Radio for a memorable double bill at the Grey Eagle on August 13th. Both bands are based in Asheville with a focus on bringing together world music from a variety of influences. Since 2001, Free Planet Radio has been bringing […]

$15

Back-to-School Savings Event at Asheville Outlets

Asheville Outlets 800 Brevard Road , Asheville, NC

Asheville Outlets presents a special weekend of savings, promotions and excitement to prepare for Back-to-School 2022! The Back-to-School Savings Event will be held Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, 2022, and will feature a wide array of sales & promotions at many participating retailers. On Saturday, August 13, WNC Youth Football and Cheer will […]

Freshen Up Comedy Open Mic

5 Walnut 5 Walnut Street , Asheville

Every Monday Marlene Thompson hosts Freshen Up at 5 Walnut Wine Bar. Stand up comedy open mic with a focus on new material. Bring your best new jokes each week. You don't need a new set but you need to try at least one new bit. Last Monday of every month will be a booked […]

Free

Trivia by the River at Getaway River Bar

The Getaway River Bar 790 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC

Monday nights are Trivia Nights at the Getaway! Hosted by James Harrod, teams will be 2-5 members each. Bring your friends or tag along and meet new people. No Cover - Venue is 21+

Free

We Will Not be Silenced: Standing for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

WCU Bardo Arts Center 199 Centennial Drive, Cullowhee, NC

We Will Not be Silenced: Standing for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women exhibition is a series of photographs and sculptures that bring voice to the international Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement through the lens of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Comanche Nation, Lumbee, and other Native American artists. Museum Hours: The WCU […]

Free

Free Summer Reading Program – The Mitford Museum

The Hub Station Arts Center 145 Cedar Valley Rd, Hudson, NC

At The Mitford Museum, we think reading is one of life’s great pleasures. Especially when it’s shared! And who better to share a love of reading with than children? Each Tuesday in August (through the 23rd) children ages five and up are invited to join us for story time from 10-11:30 a.m. We’ll share a […]

Free

Wee Wine & Dahlias

Bullington Gardens 95 Upper Red Oak Trail, Hendersonville, NC

Enjoy an exclusive evening at Bullington Gardens while you sip delicious, locally sourced wine and stroll through the spectacular Dahlias in full bloom. Groups of up to 8 are invited for a twilight party in either the pavilion, tents, or (in case of rain) the horticultural therapy greenhouse. The cost is $300 and will include […]

$300.00

Beauty Parlor Comedy: Aaron Naylor

Asheville Beauty Academy 28 Broadway St., Asheville, NC

Aaron Naylor is a stand-up comedian from Kansas City. His smart one-liners and quick wit on stage in-between the jokes have garnered him a lot of praise since he started doing comedy in 2013. He has performed at some of the best comedy festivals around, including San Francisco Sketchfest, 10,000 Laughs, 208, Asheville, and Limestone. […]

$12

Compassion Camp

Earthaven Ecovillage 5 Consensus Circle, Black Mountain

Co-Creating Heart-Centered Connection and Skills Near Asheville, NC Compassion Camp is a four day event for adults and children where we create a community of people who learn, play and celebrate together, empowered to then send each other back into the world to spread these seeds of justice and love. Our time together is designed […]

$250 – $350

Date Night: Merge T-Shirts!

Center for Craft 67 Broadway St., Asheville, NC

Breathe new life into T-Shirts that are heading for the donation pile! Make your very own BFF garments! For the Center for Craft’s August Date Night, we are merging Frankenstein garments. Using scissors and thread, we will cut apart and patchwork together garments. Bring an old shirt and leave with a new one! If you […]

$15

Rum Punchlines comedy open mic

The Getaway River Bar 790 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC

A tropical comedy open mic every Thursday from 6-8pm at Getaway River Bar. Rotating hosts each week Clay Jones, Katy Hudson and Mario Trevizo No cover, 21+ Signup at 6pm, show at 6:30. Improv, Sketch and Standup welcome! Signup order will not necessarily be show order. Each comic gets 5-7 mins of stage time

Free

Third Thursday – Concert on the Lawn

Join us for Third Thursday! A monthly event centered around musical experiences for everyone to enjoy! Grab your friends, family and favorite lawn chairs for an evening concert on the front lawn of the HUB Station! Our featured band will be Rust Bucket a musical group from NC playing traditional rock and blues. Hellfire Hotwings […]

Free

Foundy Street Flashback Film Series – XANADU

Wedge at Foundation 5 Foundy Street, Asheville

Get ready to boogie with a special outdoor screening of the 80s classic "Xanadu" at Foundy Street on August 18th! Join Foundy Street, Wedge Brewing, and Grail Moviehouse for an exclusive movie night with performances by Drag Queen Ganymede, DJ Set by Jaze Uries, and lots of fun all benefitting Cat Fly Film Festival!

$10

Kiki Thursday drag show

Asheville Beauty Academy 28 Broadway St., Asheville, NC

Party & Drag Show! Join the queer party and enjoy a night. Hosted by Drag Queens, Kings & Royalty in between with stellar performances. Doors open at 7pm. First show starts at 9pm (ish) and second show at 11pm with some exciting intermissions the night turns to Dance Party with DJ RexxStep until 2am At […]

$8

Flip the Table! Comedy night at Well Played

Well Played Board Game Cafe 162 Coxe Ave. Suite 101, Asheville, NC

Comedy night at the new Well Played Board Game Cafe! Join a group of Asheville's best comics for a night of laughs and check out the new space. Come early for food and drinks Doors at 9pm featuring Larry Griffin and many more! ages 18+ Tickets $12

$12

Getaway Comedy: Katie Bowman

The Getaway River Bar 790 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC

Katie Bowman is an artist, stand-up and improv comedian based out of Denver. Bowman’s voice is best described as confessional and goofy. She strives to connect with the audience with bits about her life as a social underdog using voices and act outs. Bowman has been featured as The Comic of the Week on The […]

$15

Cherokee Heritage Day with Mary Bottchenbaugh

Meadowlark Smoky Mountain Heritage Center 2878 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley

Iconic Cherokee artist Mary Bottchenbaugh will lead a Cherokee bead making workshop teaching participants how to make their own pair of traditional Cherokee beaded earrings. Mary will also be discussing the history of tribal beadwork and sharing interesting stories with the class pertaining to her illustrious life, crafts, and tribal history. Enjoy a special day […]

$65

Artists & Writers Coffee/Weekly Saturday Gathering

Tryon Fine Arts Center 34 Melrose Avenue, Tryon, NC

Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) invites all artists: painters, sculptors, writers, performers & more -- to a casual weekly drop-in gathering on Saturday mornings at 9 AM to share your works in progress, alert others, and chat about art and what’s happening in your community. The first weekly Coffee is Saturday, August 20 at 9 […]

Free

BMCM+AC Presents: A Hands-on STEAM Workshop with Mark Hanf

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center 56 Broadway, Asheville, NC

In this multimedia and hands-on workshop, participants will explore the elements of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and construct the building blocks of nature using a new 3D modeling toy called FLEXISTIX. This half-day, family workshop is open to all ages and perfect for middle grades students. Since antiquity, humans have recognized geometric patterns […]

$10 – $20

Neo Pre/Post Apocalyptic Blacksmithing: Intro to Blacksmithing

barnardsville, NC NC

** Prior registration required, head to fireflygathering.org/perennial to sign up today! Limited spots available** Join long-time Firefly Gathering instructor, Tod Kershaw, as he walks us through the ins and outs of DIY Blacksmithing, foraging for metal in the scrap heaps and so much more! This class will empower students to find metal, tools and fuel, […]

$60 – $170