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Beyond the Mountains: The Inside Scoop on Asheville Entertainment

Asheville Entertainment and Music

Looking for something to do in Asheville after a day of driving along the Blue Ridge, hiking the waterfalls of DuPont State Forest, or floating down the French Broad River? Asheville is brimming with lots of enriching, entertaining indoor activities to rival even the most invigorating outdoor adventures. Below, a taste of some of the most popular options:

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra

The Asheville Symphony Orchestra, established in 1960, presents seven full orchestra Masterworks concerts per year in the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.

The Orange Peel

Housed in a historic building in downtown Asheville, the Orange Peel has been recognized by a range of publications as one of the best live music venues in the nation. The club is known for presenting fresh talent as well as legendary performers.

Asheville Community Theatre

The oldest continuously operating theater in Asheville and one of the oldest community theaters in the country, ACT presents performances on its mainstage as well as at 35below, its intimate black-box performance space.

Blue Ridge Orchestra

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium AshevilleThe Blue Ridge Orchestra is a nonprofit, all-volunteer ensemble dedicated to engaging Western N.C.’s music community in opportunities to perform, listen to and learn about great symphonic music.

Diana Wortham Theatre

Located in the heart of the Pack Square Cultural District, Diana Wortham Theatre is an intimate 500-seat theatre offering live performances of music, theater and dance throughout the year by nationally touring artists.

The U.S. Cellular Center and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

The U.S. Cellular Center, located downtown, is the largest event venue in Asheville, with a seating capacity of 7,600. Notable acts include Celtic Woman, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, the Avett Brothers, and Steve Miller Band.

The Center’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium first opened its doors in 1975 and has a seating capacity of 2,431. The Auditorium is the annual home of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra and has hosted such acts as B.B. King, Willie Nelson and Jerry Seinfeld.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Indoor Rock Climbing AshevilleTo get a rock climbing adventure in, opt for an indoor climbing wall. Climbmax Climbing has two Asheville locations (downtown and West Asheville), and offers basic belay instruction, climbing basics skills courses, and lead skill courses, among others.

Expressive Dance

At Studio Zahiya, a downtown boutique dance and movement space, you can take belly dance, hip hop, and Bhangra – an energetic and joyful dance from Northern India. Drop-in dance classes are available for adults and kids.

The Galleries of the River Arts District

This popular destination boasts a vast array of artists and working studios to visit in 22 former industrial and historical buildings spread out along a 1-mile stretch of the French Broad River. Twice a year, the River Arts District holds an artist’s studio stroll, where visitors can see the more than 200 artists showcasing their art in paint, pencil, pottery, metal, fiber, glass, wax, paper and more.

For more information about our area or about real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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Drawn to Art? You'll Find Your Fill Amid Asheville's Art Festivals and Classes

Asheville Crafts

The Asheville area is rich with craft tradition, and that has translated into arts and crafts festivals and classes of every kind. From pottery to glass to cloth fiber, the media through which artisans and students alike can express themselves are plentiful. Following, a few of the many arts festivals and classes that you can be a part of in and around Asheville:

Biltmore Village Art & Craft Fair

Occurring annually for nearly half a century, Village Art & Craft Fair brings high-quality crafts to Biltmore Village, on the grounds of the Cathedral of All Souls.

Asheville Art in the Park

Quilts Asheville CraftsThis annual fest in Asheville’s Pack Square takes place on three consecutive Saturdays each June and October. Local artists of national renown exhibit handcrafted art across an array of media.

North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival

Ceramic arts of all genres including tile work, sculpture, jewelry, and pottery are featured at this Pack Square festival. Among the attractions are 40 ceramic art vendors, food trucks, raku demonstrations and live entertainment.

The Big Crafty

This biannual craft marketplace features some 150 selected artists, makers and crafters. Visitors to the fest can also enjoy local food, drink and music amid a community bazaar atmosphere.

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

Held in downtown Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center, this long-running annual fair features a variety of craft, from contemporary to traditional artistry of clay, wood, metal, glass, paper, mixed media and jewelry.

LEAF Festival and LEAF Downtown

Wood Bowls Asheville CraftsThese popular world cultural arts fests, occurring at Lake Eden and in Pack Square, draw thousands every year to experience an eclectic array of international entertainment and art.

Cloth Fiber Workshop

This learning center, located in Asheville’s River Arts District, offers a variety of workshops centered on textile arts for students of all experience levels.

North Carolina Glass Center

This nonprofit, public-access glass studio provides daily educational offerings and demonstrations. The works of the center’s artists and instructors are on display in the NCGC glass gallery.

Open Hearts Art Center

Serving adults with disabilities since 2005, this one-of-a-kind program includes classes in painting, drama, dance, music, fiber arts, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture, screen printing, gardening (seasonal) and creative writing.

Penland School of Crafts

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, this international center for craft education offers one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in books, paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, letterpress, textiles, and wood.

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LEAF Brings Epic Celebration of Global Arts, Music and Creativity to WNC

LEAF Festival Asheville Black Mountain

Each May and October, 12,000 people descend on the Lake Eden grounds in Black Mountain for LEAF, an epic celebration of music, art, creativity and culture. Taking place at Camp Rockmont on the site of the old Historic Black Mountain College amid rolling hills, lakes and mountain beauty, LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) features global artists, musicians, performers and facilitators who are not only masters of their craft, but who also care deeply for the power of arts education and community impact.

The site of the festival, which has been running for more than two decades, is surrounded by hundreds of stunning acres featuring rustic cabins, large camping fields with mountain views, hiking trails, barns, streams and lakes for canoeing and swimming, and a zipline. Included in entry is a range of fun-filled activities for the entire family:

LEAF Festival Asheville·      Entertainment Stages: With six performance stages, attendees can enjoy all manner of entertainment. A variety of musicians, dancers and other performers fills the roster and keeps the nonstop entertainment going. This fall, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG & Associates Construction are co-sponsors of The Barn stage.

·      LEAF Family Adventure Villages: There are eight adventure villages, and each is filled with interactive stations, where young and old alike can enjoy crafts, games, sports and shows.

·      Healing Arts: Free healing arts workshops are available to attendees, including yoga, dance and martial arts. Workshops on nutrition, ancient earth skills and plant walks, as well as booths offering massage, rolfing, acupuncture and chiropractic work, are also available.

·      Vendors: Over 100 of the region’s best artisans, crafters, holistic practitioners and foodies gather at every LEAF to market their wares and services.

LEAF Festival Black MountainAt any given LEAF, expect to experience more than 400 performing artists, more than 100 shows, around 50 healing arts workshops and some 20 Family Adventure workshops.

In addition, LEAF Café in Eden Hall and various culinary booths throughout the festival grounds provide gourmet, international fare from local chefs. The food is prepared on site all day and into the evening, with offerings ranging from vegan dishes to BBQ, and everything in between. Culinary Passports containing multiple meal vouchers are available for purchase.

LEAF offers daily and weekend passes. Attendees with weekend passes can also choose to spend the entire weekend on the grounds by renting tent or vehicle camping spots, or by booking an on-site cabin.

LEAF Community Arts, which spearheads the festival, is a nonprofit organization that directly supports cultural arts education programming locally and globally. For more information or to purchase tickets to LEAF, visit www.theleaf.org.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and JAG and Associates Construction are proud co-sponsors of the Barn Stage in 2018.

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Smaller images courtesy of Evan Kafka, larger image courtesy of LEAF