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Winter Dance Wonderland: Studio Zahiya Throws Benefit Dance Showcase for LEAF Community Arts
Next Tuesday, head to the Orange Peel at 7 p.m. for a night of dance from all over the world, benefitting LEAF Community Arts.
Our Weekend Roundup: The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
Our top ways to stay warm and have fun while doing it this weekend.
Diamond Brand: The Fifth Day of Gritmas
Today, we're giving away a $50 gift certificate to long-time outfitter and local favorite Diamond Brand.
Celebration Time: The Return of the 12 Days of Gritmas!
The 12 Days of Gritmas return with fabulous prizes from some of your favorite local and regional retailers!
Watershed Drybags: The Fourth Day of Gritmas
We've got state-of-the-art drybag technology from Watershed for you on Day 4 of Gritmas.
Rockgeist and Recover: The Third Day of Gritmas!
Two local companies are outfitting you with the coolest gear for everything from bikepacking to hiking your favorite trail on the third day of Gritmas.
The WNC Nature Center and Grail Moviehouse: The Second Day of Gritmas
On the second day of Gritmas, we've got another sweet pairing for you. Enter today for passes to visit the WNC Nature Center AND a gift certificate + swag from our dear friends at Grail Moviehouse!
Malaprop's and Baked Pie Company: The First Day of Gritmas
On the first day of Gritmas, we kick things of with a doubled-up prize package from Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe and Baked Pie Company.
"Look at the Stars Beautiful": BomBassic and P3RIPH3RAL (Asheville Grit Premiere)
Electronic music duo BomBassic and producer P3RIPH3RAL teamed up for this fresh new track. Check out our exclusive premiere.
The Big Crafty + More on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update
As preparation for this weekend's Big Crafty, we talk with Justin Rabuck, a founder of the event and an owner of Horse and Hero in downtown Asheville.
Medieval Markets and More on the GritVegas Weekend Update!
We're featuring the inaugural Medieval Market and so much more! Happy weekend!
Cotton Mill Studios Hosts a Celebration + More on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
This weekend, check out the official RAD Fall Studio Stroll, then head to the After-Party at the Cotton Mill! Plus a whole lot more. Presented by Grail Moviehouse.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update: November 3-5
It's a beautiful fall weekend, y'all! Check out our video and event roundup.
Ghosts of Asheville on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update: Plus, a Halloween Weekend Roundup!
It's Halloween weekend! We've got you covered from now through Tuesday. Plus, we peek into the void at five famous ghosts of Asheville.
Halloween Round-Up: Where to get Spooked in Asheville Starting Tomorrow
It's our favorite time of year. As we draw closer to Halloween, we're getting more in the mood to be celebrate the season with these spooky things to do.
LEAF Festival & More on the GritVegas Weekend Update!
It's a beautiful fall weekend in Asheville. Celebrate with our weekend roundup!
Asheville's Rooftop Bars + More: The GritVegas Weekend Update
We take you on a tour of our favorite rooftop bars in Asheville. Plus a whole bunch of stuff happening this weekend. Presented by Grail Moviehouse.
Getting Close to Carly Taich: Music Video Premiere for "Give Me a Likeness"
Carly Taich's new music video, directed by Nathan Rivers Chesky, celebrates connection with self.
Helping Puerto Rico: How to Support Relief Efforts
Want to help with hurricane recovery? Here's where to start. We'll update this, so please loop us in if you know about local relief efforts or other ways to help!
Three Days of Light (3DL) 2017: Ticket Giveaway
We're giving away two tickets to Three Days of Light (3DL), a mountain festival happening next weekend near Asheville.
CiderFest NC and Your Weekend Roundup
This weekend, we got a sneak peek of the now sold-out CiderFest out at Salvage Station with friends from Urban Orchard and Daidala Ciders.
Woods & Wilds Festival; and, Why We Love Forests
Get in the mood for this Sunday's Woods & Wilds Storytelling and Music Festival by reading about why we love forests.
The 2017 Asheville Coffee Expo: Your GritVegas Weekend Update
We talk to Asheville Coffee Expo founder Stu Helm about the most caffeinated event of the year.
Sweet Sounds: Weyes Blood and Father John Misty at Diana Wortham
On Monday, Weyes Blood brings her melancholic, dreamy love songs to Diana Wortham when she opens for Father John Misty.
HempX and More on the GritVegas Weekend Update: 9/22-24
We're back, and it's that weekend! Check out the full write-up here to see what's going down in the 828.
Java Jive: The Asheville Coffee Expo Returns to the RAD on 9/30
Get caffeinated at the second Asheville Coffee Expo, happening Saturday, September 30, in the River Arts District. Free! Caffeine!
5 Things We Love about the Living Asheville Arts Festival (LAAF)
Downtown's festival is back this weekend; here's what to get excited about.
Mayor of Brewgrass 2017: Do You Have What It Takes?
Are you the next Mayor of Brewgrass? Enter our Instagram contest and see if you'll be crowned! The winner gets amazing prizes and VIP access at this year's Brewgrass Festival on September 16th.
The Great American Solar Eclipse on the GritVegas Weekend Update!
Ok, so it's technically not happening on the weekend, but we'd be remiss not to dedicate this weekend update to the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017.
Laugh It Up at the Asheville Comedy Festival + More on Your GritVegas Weekend Update
Kick off your weekend early—the Asheville Comedy Festival starts tonight. Plus the skinny on what else is going down in the 828.
Five Questions with Comedian Tom Scheve // Asheville Comedy Festival
The Asheville Comedy Festival kicks off tomorrow. We asked participating local comedian Tom Scheve to fill us in on being funny.
We Love LEAF Downtown on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
We are ready to "Turn It Up" for LEAF Downtown, happening this Friday and Saturday. Check out the details, plus other events happening in town!
Yoga for School Supplies at Hi-Wire Brewing
This Saturday, area studios partner with Hi-Wire Brewing and United Way to bring school supplies to children who need them.
LEAF Downtown: Two Days to Turn It Up
This weekend, enjoy free music, performance, and more over two days of LEAF Downtown.
The Asheville Yoga Festival on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
The Asheville Yoga Festival kicks off this weekend; plus more in the write-up!
"Soup and Cold Cuts": Spaceman Jones and the Motherships Drop Second Video (Grit Premiere)
Spaceman Jones and the Motherships just dropped their second video from their self-titled May release. We are proud to bring you the premiere of "Soup and Cold Cuts."
Summer Sounds: The Secret B-Sides Headline Summer Soul Party (with Window Cat and King Garbage)
Three local bands will play their take on soul music at this celebration of the sultry summertime, happening July 29th at Pisgah Brewing. We've got a pair of tickets to this event. Enter on Facebook.
Make Noise and the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center on the GritVegas Weekend Update!
We checked out the local modular synthesizer company Make Noise, who will be presenting their new instrument and performing this Friday at the BMCM+AC.
From Hip Hop to Spirituality: SIYAH on That's So Asheville
Ali McGhee has a conversation with Asheville hip-hop artist SIYAH on the That's So Asheville podcast.
Food Truck Bliss at Salvage Station (Slideshow)
Salvage Station unleashed its brand-spankin-new food truck menu recently. AND it just won the 2017 WNC Battle of the Burger. Photos: Mattieu Rodriguez
Better Than Unicorns on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
Check out the behind-the-scenes (and within-the-scenes) action at Better Than Unicorns, Asheville's local VR company, this week. Plus, our highlights for the music, entertainment, food, and fun happening this weekend.
The Best of the Shortest: The 48 Hour Film Project Celebrates its Top Entries @ the Fine Arts Theatre
This Thursday, head over to the Fine Arts Theatre to see the best short films of this year's 48 Hour Film Project.
Too Much to Drink: Overserving Alcohol in Beer City
Asheville has one of the highest conviction rates for DWIs in the state, and alcohol-related crime is on the rise. How do we combat it and keep our community safe?
The Dirty Dead @ French Broad Outfitters—Hominy Creek on the GritVegas Weekend Update!
We had Tuesday off, and now it's almost the weekend again! Here's how we recommend you spend it.
Bowling with Asheville's Newest Intramural Social League
Asheville's new Intramural Social Bowling League meets weekly beginning this Wednesday.
Hip Hop Happy Hour with Studio Zahiya
Rethink happy hour with this led class and dance party from Studio Zahiya, happening Saturday, July 8 at the Orange Peel.
The Firefly Gathering on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
We interviewed some of the folks behind this year's Firefly Gathering, our featured event of the GritVegas Weekend Update! Plus, your 4th of July roundup.
An Interview with Natalie Bogwalker: Firefly Gathering 2017
We interviewed the creator and co-director of the Firefly Gathering, Natalie Bogwalker, about how she started the event and what to expect this year. Pre-registration for Firefly ends Monday.
emersion: Interactive + Immersive Theater on the GritVegas Weekend Update
This weekend, we head to a 100-year-old house in Montford to check out an immersive theatrical performance.
Your Guide to All Go West on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update
All Go West is this Saturday and Sunday in West Asheville. Here's who we're most excited to see. Plus, your rundown of what else is happening this weekend.
Light On Yoga: The Asheville Yoga Festival Invites Expansion (July 27-30)
This year, the Asheville Yoga Festival would like to introduce you to a few new faces.
Xpand Fest and More to Do this Weekend in Asheville on the GritVegas Weekend Update!
Your weekend is here! How will you spend it? Asheville Grit will be at Xpand Fest; come say hi!
Firefly Gathering Early Bird Pricing Ends Tomorrow
This year's Firefly Gathering, which takes place in Leicester, marks the 10th anniversary of the earth skills-based event. Early bird pricing for Firefly ends tomorrow.
FASHMOB IX: Cover Story's Stunning Industrial Backdrop
Revisit—or discover—FASHMBOB IX: Cover Story with this video, produced by Anthony Harden of Alt Media Pros.
Negroni Week 2017: Find Out Where to Drink, or Make Your Own Negritti
Negroni Week just kicked off. Here's where to try out the local varieties. Plus, a recipe to stir up your very own Negritti!
Just Brew It: Highlighting Home Brewing on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update
The weekend is full of fun, including Just Brew It, the homebrewing festival held at the Wedge. Check it all out!
All Go West Returns with a 2-Day Festival
All Go West is bigger and better this year, with a schedule that highlights musical talent from around the region over two days.
Xpand Fest Invites Community Into the Arts
Xpand Fest, happening on Saturday, June 10th on the South Slope, has a unique community focus.
Eda Rhyne Distillery Wants You to Drink Local
Support Asheville's newest local distiller, Eda Rhyne, by contributing to their Indiegogo campaign.
Free Hugs on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update
This weekend, we're featuring the Bliss Mob Hug Parade! But there's also a lot of other stuff happening in and around town. Don't miss it, and let us know what you're most excited about.
The WNC Yarn Crawl and More on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
Check out what lies ahead this weekend! We're highlighting everything from the WNC Yarn Crawl to Mother's Day fun.
Holler Brings Community Art Meet-Ups to Asheville in May
On each Monday in May, members of a new arts forum, Holler, will convene at locations around town for an hour of "flash mob-style making sessions" around specific themes. Come out; make art!
Eda Rhyne Kickoff Party on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
We're featuring Eda Rhyne Distillery, which is kicking off their Indiegogo campaign with a party on Saturday in their new facility! Check out the write-up for the full details, plus other events that will get you out and about and on the town.
Xpand Fest Makes Initial Announcements for Summer Lineup
Xpand Fest, a free arts and music festival in Asheville's South Slope, recently made their first announcement of headliners and sponsors.
Celebrating One Year of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
Here’s some of what’s happening around Asheville this weekend. Also, Jason Sandford of Ashvegas and I just want to say thank you for watching – this episode of our weekend update marks the one-year anniversary of our video series. Cheers!
Asheville Butoh Fesitval on the GritVegas Weekend Update!
This weekend, we're featuring the 11th Asheville Butoh Festival, happening all weekend with performances and workshops at the Bebe Theatre downtown.
Big Wild @ the Orange Peel: Ticket Giveaway
Big Wild comes to the Orange Peel this Friday, and you can be there too.
Asheville Music School's Annual Benefit Takes Us On a Magical Mystery Tour
Thursday's annual benefit show at Isis Music Hall will raise funds for the Asheville Music School. Students and teachers will perform The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album in its entirety at the end of the evening.
Asheville Yoga Festival: 5 Weekend Highlights
The Asheville Yoga Festival happens from July 27-30 and brings together local and international talent from the yoga world. Here's what we're most excited about.
Moogfest Lineup: The Slow Reveal!
Moogfest has released its music acts, special guests, workshops and more over a series of weekly announcements. We're so excited!
BEAT LIFE at the RAD Skatepark: Featured Event of the GritVegas Weekend Update!
This weekend, we talk with Rob Gray (Cpt. Hyperdrive) about Saturday's free, all-ages BEAT LIFE event at the RAD Skatepark. Read on to find out the details and more of what's happening in town this weekend.
The Last Word Benders on That's So Asheville
That's So Asheville talks with Jeshua Morningstar and K-Pop Kakashi of Asheville nerdcore hip-hop group The Last Word Benders.
Field Day is Back on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
Our featured event this week is the Field Day & Spring Fling Dance at Salvage Station! Check out our video and our complete write-up of what's not to miss in town this weekend.
"The Coronation" by SIYAH and Nex Millen [Grit Premiere]
Asheville Grit brings you the exclusive premiere of "The Coronation," a collaboration between hip-hop artist SIYAH and producer Nex Millen.
The CAKE Comedy Tour: Better Comedy Through Kickstarter
The four fiercely funny ladies of the CAKE Comedy Tour are using a Kickstarter to sell tickets to an event they're hoping to hold in Asheville on May 4th. Find out more here.
Patrick Watson at the Grey Eagle (Photo Gallery)
Patrick Watson played the Grey Eagle last Friday, 3/31, and we've got the exclusive photo gallery.
From Cuba With Love: A Photo Essay
Local photographer René Roberts and her husband Billy took a trip to Cuba. Here's why you should go.
Where to Watch the Final Four on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update
This weekend, find out where to watch the Final Four (our picks for every part of town!), then stay out on the town with our weekend roundup.
Well Played Board Game Cafe's Grand Opening: This Week's GritVegas Highlight!
This weekend, we highlight Well Played Board Game Cafe, opening Saturday, as part of our full round-up of all the events in town.
Simrit at the Asheville Masonic Temple [Photo Gallery]
Simrit, a Kundalini and Naad yoga practitioner, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, enchanted the audience at downtown Asheville's Masonic Temple last Saturday, March 18th. Photo gallery by Erin Fowler.
Artists in Resistance Brings Visual Artists, Musicians, and Community Together on April 5th
The Dogwood Alliance and Asheville Grit invite you to Artists in Resistance, an event that will create a forest-themed banner for the National Climate March. Artists in Resistance happens on April 5th from 4-8 p.m. at the BLOCK off Biltmore in downtown Asheville.
Allyson Ansusinha of Asheville Wins Emerging Designer Award: Charleston Fashion Week
Asheville designer Allyson Ansusinha has taken home a top prize from Lexus Charleston Fashion Week, one of the nation's premier fashion events. She'll show her entire collection in Saturday's finale event, which will stream live on Asheville Grit.
St. Patrick's Day 2017 Celebrations on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
Don't rely on the luck o' the Irish—follow our rainbow to the top 5 spots to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this weekend. Check out all of our weekend recommendations here.
Local Website Seeks Actors for Mummy Prank & Film
The creator of a new peer-to-peer catering service is looking for actors and extras to do the Mummy Shuffle in a terrifyingly funny new ad campaign scheduled for March 18th.
Ben Sollee on Soundcheck AVL
Composer, cellist, singer, and storyteller Ben Sollee stops by the GritVegas studios before his 3/9 Mothlight show!
Terry Tempest: The Final Interview Exclusive on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
We talk with cast and crew members from Terry Tempest: The Final Interview and give you a sneak peak of the show on this weekend update. More events in the write-up!
Food Connection Benefit Show + More On the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
This weekend we're highlight the Food Connection Benefit Show and featuring some other great events around town!
Window Cat's "Agent Orange": Asheville Grit Premiere
Asheville Grit presents the exclusive premiere of "Agent Orange," the new single from local group Window Cat.
That's So Asheville: Episode 2 — It's All About the Love
In the second episode of That's So Asheville, we talk with Veris and Ahnika Meyer-Wilde of the Second Star Sanctuary/RadFae Reading Room, and with local producer Cpt Hyperdrive (Rob Gray) about his new album Burning Roses, a creative project born of heartbreak.
Asheville Mardi Gras 2017: Pick of the Weekend on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
We got a visit from the ladies of Asheville Mardi Gras on this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! Check out our exclusive sneak peek and read the post for our event roundup.
Habitat Brewing Company Celebrates Grand Opening
Habitat Brewing Company Tavern & Commons will pour the first beers from their brewery on February 24th and 25th. Stop by and celebrate this grand opening of their brewery space!
Bike Love 2017: Pick of the Weekend on the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
Jason went into the field for this week's update to talk with Mike Sule, organizer of Bike Love, happening this weekend at Salvage Station. We've got the scoop on Bike Love and more in this edition of the Weekend Update!
Blue Ridge Roller Girls Kick Off the 2017 Season
The Blue Ridge Roller Girls hold their first match of the 2017 season this Sunday, when the Wham Bam Thank You Ma'ams will face off against the Candy Apple Razor Blades.
Your Pre-Valentine's GritVegas Weekend Update: February 9-12
It's the weekend before Valentine's Day. Celebrate with your special someone(s) or kick it solo at these events!
Spring LEAF 2017 Releases Lineup
The lineup for the 44th LEAF is here!
Drag Queen Bingo Is Back with 2 Nights + Trivia
The ever-popular Drag Queen Bingo, which benefits Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, is a two-night event this year and includes an evening of Trivia with the Queens!
Superbowl Weekend 2017: Your Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update
Groundhog Day and the Superbowl are just two things happening this weekend. See what else is going on in this edition of the weekend update!
The Social Celebrates Local Superwoman Michele Scheve
On Saturday, February 4th, East Asheville bar and restaurant The Social will hold a fundraiser, with live music and comedy, for local comedian and radio host Michele Scheve.
That's So Asheville: Episode 1 — Esoteric Acupuncture & Psychoacoustics
The inaugural episode of Asheville's Grit's brand spankin' new podcast, That's So Asheville, is here! We talked with acupuncturist and painter Lesha Jacyzsyn and David Krantz, Epigenetic Coach and Director of Applied Psychoacoustics at Asheville's Apeiron Center for Human Potential, who also produces music under the name Futexture.
Parquet Courts Return to Asheville @ The Grey Eagle
Parquet Courts returns to Asheville for a show at the Grey Eagle in the River Arts District. Get your ticket before the night sells out.
Your Fringe Festival Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! January 26-29
Happy Fringe Festival, all! See what's happening with sneak peeks from our Fringe Friends, plus more on this edition of the GritVegas weekend update!
5 Shows to Maximize Your Fringiness at the 2017 Asheville Fringe Festival
We're highlighting five (of many!) shows we're hyped about that will be performed at this year's Asheville Fringe Festival.
5 Things to Know about John Brinkley, WNC’s Infamous Sex Doctor
A Wednesday talk on John Brinkley, top sexual surgeon and medical huckster, reveals the down and dirty on this Jackson County native. We've got a preview. (Warning: goat testicles are involved.)
On Display: The Photographs of Black Mountain College
This Friday marks the opening of a photography exhibit at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center that showcases photographs taken at the College.
Your Inauguration Weekend Update: January 19-22
Whether you want to get involved in Inauguration-related community events, find your niche in the arts, or take a ride with Krampus, we've got something just for you this weekend in Asheville.
Two for You: A Ticket Giveaway for the Winter Warmer Beer Festival
We've got a pair of tickets for the Winter Warmer Beer Festival this weekend! To enter, like us on Facebook and share our post. We'll pick a winner on Friday at 10 am!
Art in the Darkness: The Ghostlight Project
The Ghostlight Project, which focuses on the theatre's role in "sustaining values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone," will meet on Thursday, January 19th at Magnetic 375.
Moogfest 2017 Drops First Announcement
Moogfest has released its first announcement about presenters and this year's festival, which will once again be held in Durham, NC.
MLK Weekend On Tap: The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., on Monday, and fill the rest of your weekend with music and the arts!
Big Ears 2017 Announces Daily Line-Up
Big Ears 2017 happens in Knoxville, TN, from March 23-26. Here's what you need to know.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! January 5-8
Cold weekend ahead? Heat it up with this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update, our first of the new year!
Fringe Festival 2017: Freak Passes + Tickets On Sale Now
It's the most wonderful time of the year again--Fringe Festival time! Tickets and limited Fringe Freak Passes are on sale now!
THE ASHEVILLE GRITVEGAS WEEKEND UPDATE: New Year EDITION! DECEMBER 30-January 1
Start the champagne toast now, here are your weekend plans for the final days of 2016.
THE TWELFTH DAY OF GRIT-MAS: DIAMOND BRAND
Finally be prepared for your next camping trip with our 12th Day of Grit-Mas giveaway: a two-man combat tent from Diamond Brand ($450).
Announcing the 12 Days of Grit-Mas Giveaways!
We're celebrating 12 Days of Grit-Mas this year! Starting on Monday, December 12th, we'll be giving away exclusive gifts and packages from some of our favorite local businesses!
The Eleventh Day of Grit-Mas: Eagle's Nest Outfitters
On the 11th Day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a hammock and straps from Eagle's Nest Outfitters (ENO)!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update: Holiday Edition! December 22-25
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Good Yule! Celebrate the holidays with the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
THE TENTH DAY OF GRIT-MAS: SALVAGE STATION
Get your New Year's Eve plans right with our Day 10 Grit-Mas Giveaway: 2 tickets to Salvage Station's New Year's Eve party AND a $25 giftcard!
The Ninth Day of Grit-Mas: Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria and Grail Moviehouse
We've created the ultimate package for you on Day 9 of Grit-Mas: dinner and a movie. Enter today to win a $30 gift certificate to Barley's and a Night out at the Movies at Grail Moviehouse.
The Eighth Day of Grit-Mas: Lever Gear and Nester Hosiery
On the eighth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away 2 silver Toolcards from Lever Gear + 2 pairs of socks from Nester Hosiery!
The Seventh Day of Grit-Mas: Bellyak and Recover (Double Feature!)
On the seventh day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a pair of neoprene gloves from Bellyak and a hoodie from Recover!
The Sixth Day of Grit-Mas: Pure Yoga Asheville
On the sixth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a month of unlimited yoga from Pure Yoga Asheville ($79 value) to one lucky winner!
THE FIFTH DAY OF GRIT-MAS: Malaprop's
On the fifth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a gift certificate ($25) and a bag of donation books from Malaprop's to one lucky winner!
"Morchella Eximia": Brad Kelly (Flash Writing Contest)
Equal parts heartbreak and hope, Brad Kelly's "Morchella Eximia" is the Grand Prize Winner of our inaugural Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance Flash Writing Competition.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! December 16-18
We're gearing up for the holidays, and we've got fun events to help you celebrate, shop, and relax!
THE FOURTH DAY OF GRIT-MAS: BANGS SHOES
On the fourth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a pair of BANGS shoes to one lucky winner!
"Etymology": Audrey Amir (Flash Writing Contest)
A testament to memory, longing, love, and identity, Audrey Amir's powerful "Etymology" is the first runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance Flash Writing Competition.
THE THIRD DAY OF GRIT-MAS: WHIST
On the third day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a gift bag full of goodies ($65) from Whist to one lucky winner!
"Forests by Owl-Light": Ryn Bradford Hayes (Flash Writing Contest)
Ryn Bradford Hayes shared her wonderful "Forests by Owl-Light" with us, and we chose is as the second runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance flash writing competition.
The Second Day of Grit-Mas: Horse and Hero
On the second day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a $50 gift certificate from Horse and Hero to one lucky winner!
"Hypermetropia": Kathryn Keeper (Flash Writing Contest)
Kathryn Keeper's gorgeous "Hypermetropia" is the third runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance flash writing competition.
Announcing the Dogwood Alliance & Asheville Grit Flash Writing Winners!
Announcing this year's Dogwood Alliance + Asheville Grit Flash Writing Competition Winners and finalists! We'll publish one winning story a day, ending with our Grand Prize Winner!
The First Day of Grit-Mas: The Thirsty Monk
On the first day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a $40 giftcard and a growler of CocoNorm from the Thirsty Monk to one lucky winner!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! December 8-11
It's gonna be cold this weekend, Asheville! We've got events and activities to keep you toasty!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! December 1-3
Whether you're into woodland frolicking or getting out on the dance floor, the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update has something for you!
Woods & Wilds Festival: A Celebration of Southern Forests with Dogwood Alliance
This Saturday, join fellow lovers of Southern forests to celebrate Dogwood Alliance's 20th anniversary, with a full day of events at the Salvage Station.
Bar Wars 2016: Who Will Be Victorious? You Can Help Decide!
Bar Wars is back, baby! This year's cocktail is the Manhattan. Find out where to drink it and how to vote for your favorite, and check out the very special events that go along with it.
Call for Entries: The Dogwood Alliance + Asheville Grit Flash Writing Contest!
Asheville Grit and Dogwood Alliance are now accepting submissions to the 2016 Flash Writing Contest in honor of Dogwood Alliance's 20th Anniversary!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update Thanksgiving Edition! November 24-27
Happy Thanksgiving! Once you're totally stuffed, walk, dance, drink, or shop it off by checking out our weekend suggestions!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! November 17-20
The weekend before Thanksgiving has a lot to be thankful for. Check it all out here.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! November 10-13
Need to unwind after a very stressful week? Not sure what the future holds? Go out and celebrate the AVL community--follow along with us!
11:11 Awaken Asheville Brings Local, Regional Artists to Timo's House
This Friday night, local and regional artists will team up to bring a "consciousness inspired music event" to Timo's House in downtown Asheville.
Election Results Parties in Asheville
Our list of where to watch the election results come in. Don't worry, alcohol (or mocktails) are available at most of these spots!
Art for Ecuador: The Undergrowth Collective Hosts Auction @ The BLOCK
On Sunday, 11/6, the Undergrowth Collective will hold an auction to raise funds for victims of earthquake victims in Ecuador.
Midnight Snack Holds Single Release Show at Isis Music Hall
Asheville quintet Midnight Snack is celebrating the release of their single, "Magic," with a show on Saturday, 11/5, at Isis Music Hall.
Asheville's First Friday Roundup
It's almost First Friday! Here's a roundup of a few of the best openings, workshops, dance parties, and other arts-related events in town!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! November 3-6
This weekend, check out Asheville and nearby Brevard for all of your event needs. We've got the scoop!
Support the MAP: Guy Fawkes Dance Party for the Media Arts Project
This Friday, 11/4, get your Guy Fawkes Celebration started early at a dance party to benefit the Media Arts Project (MAP).
Halloween Special: The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! October 27-31
What's happening on Halloween weekend in Asheville? We've got your spooky scoop!
Ticket Giveaway: Danny Brown at the Orange Peel
Detroit rapper Danny Brown hits the stage at the Orange Peel on Sunday, 10/30, and Asheville Grit is giving away two tickets. Leave a comment on this post on Facebook for your chance to win.
Asheville FM Hosts Halloween Fund Drive at Buxton Hall
103.3 hosts their Fall Fund Drive at Buxton Hall this Saturday, 10/29. It's a Halloween-flavored party for a good cause.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! October 20-23
Jason's been cloned! We've got your Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update for October 20-23, featuring LEAF, voting, photobooths, and more!
Ticket Giveaway: The Orb at New Mountain 10/23
Groundbreaking electronic innovators The Orb play New Mountain Asheville on October 23, and we're giving away two tickets. See post for details!
Take a Peek: The 2016 Urban Loft + Art Tour (Gallery)
A gallery from the 2016 Urban Loft + Art Tour to benefit the Asheville Art Museum. All photos: Erin Fowler.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! October 13-16
Are you going out on the town this weekend? We have a few Asheville events to recommend!
Emersion: Asheville's Immersive Theatre Event
emersion takes place in Montford this weekend at the historic home of Grayson Morris. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! October 6-9
From film festivals to the annual zombie walk, we've got a lot to tell you about this weekend in Asheville!
Playing In the Dark: A Benefit for the Asheville Darkroom @ the Mothlight (10/8)
West Asheville's Mothlight hosts a benefit for the Asheville Darkroom this Saturday, October 8th. The Darkroom just moved to the Refinery Creator Space.
Brewgrass 2016 Photo Gallery
Were you at Brewgrass 2016? Did you stop by the photo booth? Check out our gallery of favorite shots!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! September 29-October 2
We've got special guests Stu Helm and Andrew Scotchie on this weekend to talk up some exciting events!
Submission Deadline Extended for Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville (11/15)
We have extended the submission deadline for our Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville contest until 11/15
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! September 22-25
What are you up to on this beautiful weekend in Asheville? We've got the scoop on a few of our favorite things!
Brewgrass 2016 Ticket Giveaway!
We've got a pair of tickets for Brewgrass 2016, happening Saturday, 9/17 at Memorial Stadium! To enter, like our page on Facebook and leave a comment on the story tagging the friend you'd want to bring!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! September 15-18
We've got your weekend on tap! Check out what Asheville has to offer in this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
VOTE FOR the 2016 Mayor of Brewgrass!
We've narrowed the entrants of our Instagram contest down to a round of 5 Finalists! Vote here until midnight on September 14th, and we'll announce the new Mayor of Brewgrass on September 15th!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! September 8-11
This weekend, Asheville is filled with all types of fun! From beer to crystals and river cleanups to pickle competitions, we've got something for everyone. Let us know what we missed!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! Labor Day Edition
We've got your weekend events for Labor Day weekend in Asheville, from Thursday, September 1st through Labor Day!
Prints From Pink Dog: A Benefit for the Family of Chrystel Mann
Acclaimed local photographer Steve Mann lost his wife, Chrystel, to a hard-fought battle with cancer. Now he's selling his prints from his show at Asheville's Pink Dog Creative to help cover medical costs.
Rasheeda Speaking Comes to the BEBE Theatre
Rasheeda Speaking is a recently off-Broadway play that premieres at Asheville's BEBE Theatre tomorrow, September 1st. The play runs through the 17th and is a dark satire about "post-racial" America in the workplace.
Revolve Night at the Asheville Guitar Bar: CP Quartet and Shane Parish
The first in a series of shows from Cotton Mill Studios' REVOLVE + the Asheville Guitar Bar brings the CP Quartet and Shane Parish to the stage.
The Montford, Asheville's Newest Rooftop Spot
Asheville's newest rooftop bar sits atop the new Hyatt Place at the corner of Montford Ave and Haywood St in downtown Asheville. Even though it's technically a hotel bar, it's got a big local focus, from its food and drinks to its targeted clientele.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! August 25-28
This weekend kicks off with the 100th birthday of our national parks, plus a ton of other fabulous events, from free music and dance at the Millroom to Queer Girls Reading at the Mothlight. Where will you be, Ashevillains?
Do YOU Have What It Takes to be the #MayorOfBrewgrass20?
Are you the next Mayor of Brewgrass? Enter our Instagram contest and see if you'll be crowned! The winner gets amazing prizes and VIP access at this year's Brewgrass Festival on September 17th.
AVL Glitch: Juried Group Photography Show Releases Open Call for Artists
#AVLGLITCH, new group photography show, released their open call for submissions for an upcoming juried exhibition. Submissions will be accepted until 9/9, and the show runs through October.
Introducing Asheville Music & Dance Night @ the Millroom 8/25
This Thursday, the Millroom hosts the first night in their new monthly live music and dance night. The Juan Benavides Band will hold it down as you dance the night away. Asheville Grit is also giving away three free entries to Underground Sound to artists (or their representatives) who attend!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! August 18-21
Asheville, how's your week been? What are you getting into this weekend? We have some ideas in our newest Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! And a special guest--Toybox, from Asheville Puppet Week! Check it out, and let us know what you're most excited about.
Smiling Hara Tempeh Opens New Facility, Expands Operations
Local business Smiling Hara Tempeh celebrates the opening of their new facility in Barnardsville, NC. They're expanding their production of tempeh and soy-free "hempeh" products.
Asheville Puppetry Week! 8/18-23
Asheville Puppetry Week starts on Thursday, 8/18 at venues across town. Events includes a performance of Billy the Liar, a children's show from Atlanta's That Puppet Guy, the Wham, Bam! Puppet Slam, and David Liebe Hart from The Tim and Eric Awesome Show. Yes, please.
The CCCD Celebrates 20 Years With a Party and Benefit
This Thursday, the CCCD (Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design) in the Broadway Arts District will celebrate 20 years as a leading resource for artists and craftspeople through this party and benefit. Tickets are on sale now.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! August 11-14
Asheville, we love you. But you've got to chill out on the rain. We've got the full lineup of events that will keep you dry or just get you right into the French Broad River, which we know is what's really on your mind. From Anything That Floats to Geek Out AVL to a bluegrass and kitten brunch, GritVegas has you covered.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! August 4-7
This weekend's got everything: whether you're looking for live music of all genres, beer releases, unicorns, glitter wrestling, experimental theatre, arts and craft, film, or a new furry companion, there's something for you.
Transplanting Announces Season 2 Release + Season 1 to be Featured on LAFF TV
The second season of Transplanting, Asheville's hilarious web series, airs on Wednesday, September 7th, coinciding with the release of season one on Laff TV.
Ticket Giveaway: Ben Sollee Yoga Dance Party to Benefit OXFAM
This coming Tuesday, 8/2, Ben Sollee and Go Yoga take the stage at the Orange Peel for a yoga dance party and concert to benefit OXFAM. We've got two tickets--enter by leaving a comment on our Facebook post!
Photo Gallery: Digable Planets @ The Orange Peel
Digable Planets took the stage at the Orange Peel last week (with support from openers Camp Lo). It was a night of old-school hip hop, fresh beats, and rising temperatures.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update July 28-31
What's up Asheville? Be sure to check our our weekly GritVegas Weekend Update, with the scoop on LEAF and other AVL events. We're also doing a ticket giveaway on Instagram for the person who hits the most spots! Win 2 tickets to Asheville Fashion Week--all you have to do it go out and have fun. Happy weekend!
Asheville Grit is Hiring!
Asheville Grit + Ashvegas are hiring! We're looking for an sales executive with a love for all things Asheville.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! July 21-24
It's going to be hot this weekend, Asheville! We've got 5 tips to beat the heat, plus a whole bunch of events that will keep your weekend cool (in every sense of the word).
Announcing Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville ($2500 Prize!)
Announcing the launch of our music video competition! Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville gives area musicians the chance to win $2500 towards a professionally-produced music video that will be automatically entered into the 2017 Music Video Asheville event! Open for entries now through September 15th.
Teatro del Gusto: A Theater of Pleasures at the Orange Peel 7/24 & Ticket Giveaway
Sunday night at the Orange Peel, Teatro del Gusto--a theater of pleasures--takes the stage with original burlesque, circus arts, dance, and more! We're giving away 2 tickets when you leave a comment on this post. The winner will be announced Friday at 5 pm!
Tarocco: A Masked Story of the Tarot at Diana Wortham
Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale is a vibrant story set during WWI that also tells the archetypal journey of the Fool through the tarot's Major Arcana. It will be performed by Asheville's Fox and Beggar Theater this weekend at the Diana Wortham Theatre.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update 7/14-17
Welcome to your weekend in Asheville!
Blue Ridge Roller Girls Face Off in Their Final Home Match of the Season
The Blue Ridge Roller Girls are taking it vintage Asheville derby in their final home game of the season, happening July 16th at the US Cellular Center.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! July 7-10
This weekend, beat the heat with these awesome events. Live music, benefits, fundraisers, and fashion shows are just a few of the options. What are you going to do?
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update: July 4th Edition
It's 4th of July weekend in Asheville, and we've got a lot of ideas for how you can celebrate Independence Day--and all the days around it. From live music to independent bookstores to downtown shopping and, of course, brunch, we've pretty much covered all the bases. Happy 4th, y'all.
Rebel Strength and Row House Celebrate Grand Opening
Asheville's newest fitness hot spot, Rebel Strength and Row House in the River Arts District, is celebrating its grand opening on Friday, 6/24 at 5:30 pm with micro indoor rowing sessions, giveaways, snacks, and beer.
The GritVegas Weekend Update! << June 24-26
This weekend is All Go West! But there's lots more going on. Watch this week's GritVegas Weekend Update for the full scoop!
Summer Fringe Series @ the Crow & Quill
Celebrate the Asheville Fringe Festival all year round with a series of special summer performances happening at the Crow & Quill!
"For the Love of Ryan & Brooke" Silent Auction Runs Through 6/26
A silent auction to benefit the Conrad family began yesterday and runs through June 26. It features handmade local and regional items, gift packages, and more. 100% of proceeds will go to the Conrad family.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! // June 16-19
Happy weekend everyone! This Sunday is Father's Day--check out our suggestions for how to celebrate! We also have some very special guests this week as part of our new Pet of the Month feature!
Gospel Night @ The Double Crown || Thursday, 6/16
Detroit's Evereadys are taking the stage at West Asheville's Double Crown this Thursday with their smooth, soulful gospel music.
The GritVegas Weekend Update! << June 10-12
From theatre to live music to a little bit of naughty dancing, this weekend is filled with plenty of choices!
A Special Announcement from LEAF Downtown!
Breaking news: LEAF Downtown announces its theme and line-up! LEAF Downtown happens July 30 and 31st this year in the summer streets of downtown Asheville.
It's Negroni Week!
All week long, celebrate classic cocktails during Negroni Week by visiting local bars and supporting area causes!
The GritVegas Weekend Update! << June 3-5
Your GritVegas Weekend Update for June 3-5 has arrived!
Beer City Festival || The Photobooth Results Are IN!
Oh golly Miss Molly, did we ever have some fun at Beer City Festival this year! Asheville Grit + Ashvegas paired with Massive Photobooth to offer ridiculous amounts of fun. Here are the results!
a thing re | sembling a win • dow Opening Reception << Friday, June 3
The opening reception for a thing re | sembling a win • dow celebrates a show that explores the edges that lie between recognition and illegibility & meaning and its breakdown, with pieces from some of the area's most engaging artists.
It's the One Year Anniversary of AVL Food Fans!
AVL Food Fans, Asheville's only food-centric podcast, celebrates a year anniversary with their 26th show, airing May 31st!
The GritVegas Weekend Update!! << Memorial Day Edition, May 27-29th
Memorial Day weekend is chock-full of events that will help you celebrate the start of summer! From music to shopping, eating to antiquing, frisbee golf to making friends with squirrels. And, of course, floating.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! // May 20-22
This weekend is all about art and music in Asheville, with events ranging from the first Downtown After 5 to the Spring Stroll in the RAD.
Americana Burlesque + Sideshow Festival << May 27-29th
Asheville hosts the 10th annual ABSFest over Memorial Day Weekend. The festival features the top performers from burlesque, circus arts, sideshow, vaudeville + more, along with workshops and parties to celebrate all things fabulous, mysterious, and grotesque!
Leftover Salmon's Blue Ridge Jam << May 20-22
This coming weekend, head downtown for a jam-filled festival event happening across venues and headlined by jam band Leftover Salmon.
RADical DAZE: The RAD Spring Studio Stroll + More << May 20-22
This weekend, take a spring stroll around the River Arts District for the biannual Studio Stroll. This year, there's even more happening as the Stroll pairs up with the Foundation Hellraiser and Burners & BBQ!
GritVegas Weekend Update! << May 13-15!!
The GritVegas Weekend Update is here! Check out what's going on this weekend and enter to win two weekend passes to LEAF by sharing this post from either Asheville Grit's or Ashvegas's Facebook page. The contest runs until 5 pm TONIGHT (Thursday, May 12th!).
Cuban Soul: LEAF 2016 Ticket Giveaway!
This year's spring LEAF lineup highlights the bridge between WNC and Cuba with a variety of acts that exemplify the culture and music of both regions. We're giving away two tickets to LEAF on Sunday, May 15, on Facebook! To enter, leave a comment on our Facebook post when we share this story!
Wildwood Revival Announces Lineup, Tickets
Wildwood Revival happens August 26-28 near Athens, GA, and promises everything from world-class music to a Gospel Brunch, homemade popsicles, a tintype station, and more.
Mommy Dearest: The Asheville Grit Mother's Day Buying Guide
Mother's Day is this Sunday, y'all. Get your momma a gift that will knock her socks off with the help of our Mother's Day Buying Guide.
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!
Looking for the something to do this Cinco de Mayo weekend? The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update has you covered!
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update! << April 29-May 1
The Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update fills you in on what we're most excited about each weekend! With hosts Ali McGhee of Asheville Grit and Jason Sandford of Ashvegas.
Digable Planets @ The Orange Peel July 19th << On Sale Now! (+ Ticket Giveaway!)
Hip-hop trio Digable Planets have reunited for a tour that includes a stop at Asheville's Orange Peel. Camp Lo opens. We have all the deets on this unmissable show, and a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky commenter!
Hops for Horses @ Highland Brewery << Saturday, 4/23
This Saturday from 2-6 pm, head to Highland Brewing to support Hope for Horses,
Thomas Schmidt @ the CCCD << April 21 @ 6 pm
Thomas Schmidt of Recycled China gives an art talk on the project, tradition vs. industrialization, and our relationship to waste materials at the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design this Thursday, 4/21 at 6 pm.
Sean Watkins @ The Grey Eagle (Slideshow)
Sean Watkins played a solo show at the Grey Eagle on 4/6 to celebrate the release of his new LP, What to Fear, and we were there with bells on. Support from Petra Haden, Jesse Harris, and ???
Benefit Concert for Asheville Music School << Thursday 4/21 @ Isis
This Thursday, 4/21, Asheville Music School and Isis are pairing up to bring you Sound Effects, the 4th annual benefit for AMS.
Asheville Reacts to HB2 (Timeline + Gallery)
In the past few weeks, HB2 has shocked Asheville--and much of the rest of the country. The Grit has coverage of everything that's gone down over the past few weeks, from early protests to the current state of things. Photos by Alex Baker/ACBe Creative.
Grit's Weekend Picks << April 15-17
Asheville Grit's weekend picks for April 15-17.
Moogfest Announces Full Schedule
Moogfest has released the festival's full program, which includes a dizzying number of acts, artists, and thinkers who will be performing, leading workshops, and discussing the intersections of art and technology this year in Durham, NC.
Salvage Station Hosts Open Job Calls 4/19 + 4/21
Asheville's newest venue and recreational space, the Salvage Station, is hosting two days of open job calls for a variety of positions on April 19th and 21st from 11 am-4 pm.
Small Black @ The Mothlight Ticket Giveaway!
Indie dream-rockers Small Black hit Asheville's Mothlight on Monday, 4/18, with Bayonne.
All Go (South)West Pre-Party @ Zia Taqueria 4/17
All Go West and Zia Taqueria are throwing a party to celebrate this year's AGW, happening on June 25th across West Asheville.
All Go West 2016 Schedule Leak
All Go West's 2016 lineup and stages have been announced! All Go West happens in West Asheville on Saturday, 6/25.
Asheville's Talent Jam Returns << March 21st @ Isis
Talent Jam Asheville returns this year to connect employers with creative thinkers and doers in the community.
Thriftworks + Panther God @ New Mountain (3.10)
Berkeley-based producer Thriftworks returns to Asheville for a show at New Mountain with Panther God and Live Animals. This is your chance to win two tickets!
Bass 4 Bernie: A Bernie Sanders Benefit at New Mountain (SATURDAY)
This Saturday night, join the revelers at New Mountain Asheville for a night of music to benefit the Bernie Sanders campaign. This event was rescheduled from its original date because of Snowmageddon 2016) to this Saturday, February 27th!
The Seven Moles of Mexico @ Table
Table's Seven Moles of Mexico Dinner, happening on Thursday, 2/25, is a foodie's delight.
Hell's Kitchen: The Caro Savanti Experience @ Magnetic 375
A send-up of Asheville food culture and the dangers of celebrity, The Caro Savanti Experience is a hilarious play that's showing for two more weekends at Magnetic 375.
Slideshow: Asheville Mardi Gras 2016!
Special moments captured at Asheville Mardi Gras 2016
World Premiere: Midnight Snack << "Turning Into a Rock"
The Grit-exclusive world premiere of "Turning Into a Rock," from Midnight Snack + filmmaker Bradlee Hicks.
Yek Koo + Heavy Hymns + Shane Parish @ DBN 2/6
This Saturday, Downtown Books & News hosts three more experimental musicians in their space on Lexington Ave.
The First GritVegas Weekend Update!
The premiere of the GritVegas Weekend Update!
Fringe Madness Continues with Sunday Make-Up Shows @ Toy Boat
Two Fringe shows--the Fringe Puppet Showcase and A Tonguey Kiss for Samuel Davidson--are coming to Toy Boat this Sunday, 1/31 for a snow make-up day.
Velvet & Lace @ Buxton Hall Celebrates Female Bartenders << Thursday, 2/4
Velvet & Lace, hosted by Buxton Hall BBQ on the first Thursday of every month, celebrates Asheville's very impressive female bartenders.
Kayah Gaydish Benefit @ Black Dome << February 5th
Black Dome hosts a silent auction to benefit the family of Kayah Gaydish on February 5th at 7 p.m.
Track of the (Snow) Day: "Ten Till a Hundred"
Hip-hop artist Musashi Xero and producer Brucey B just dropped their new track, "Ten Till a Hundred."
WIN TICKETS to Drag Queen Bingo!
Asheville Grit is giving away 4 tickets to Brother Wolf's Drag Queen Bingo event, happening February 5th at the US Cellular Center! Comment here for a chance to win!
5 Fabulous Fringe Shows Flying Under the Radar
The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival schedule is packed with incredible performances. Here are five (and an extra!) that you'll definitely want to check out.
Drag Queen Bingo for Brother Wolf << February 5th @ 8 pm
The wildly popular Drag Queen Bingo night returns to shower sparkles on Brother Wolf Animal Rescue.
5 Ways to Honor Martin Luther King, Jr.
Commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the fight for Civil Rights this Monday.
Weekend Grit Picks << January 15-17
From live music to art, Asheville's got it going on this weekend.
Blue Dragons Play LEAF Benefit Show Friday (1/15)
This Friday at the Grey Eagle, Blue Dragons are joined by other musical acts for a concert and dance party to benefit LEAF Community Arts.
Aim for the Stars with the Free Winter Workshop at NYS3
NYS3 is offering 11 free acting workshops beginning January 25th.
Grit's Weekend Picks << January 8-10
Warm up your winter nights this weekend with our Grit Picks.
Grit's "Weekend" Picks << January 2-4
Whether you're still recovering or still partying, Asheville Grit has your upcoming weekend and week planned. Happy 2016, revelers!
Ring in the New: Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Asheville
Wondering where to ring in 2016? The Asheville Grit breaks down the best of the best for you, from Prohibition-era cocktails and jazz to drumming meditations and fabulous cover shows.
Grit Weekend Picks << December 18-20
Christmas crazies got you down? Find out where to go to let off some steam and have some fun this weekend.
Asheville Celebrates the Literary Arts with BookFest
The 7th annual Asheville BookFest is a celebration of the literary arts in WNC happening Saturday, December 12, 2015.
Area Restaurants Team Up to Bring Donations to Asheville's Trinity Place
This holiday season, five local restaurants have come together to support Trinity Place Youth Shelter. Here's how you can help.
Ashvegas 10-Year Anniversary Party @ Sky Lanes > 12/4
Ashvegas celebrates 10 years with an evening of bowling, food, and PBR at Asheville's Sky Lanes this Friday from 6-midnight.
The 12 Days of Alice's Winter Ashevilleland
Experience Alice going down the Asheville rabbit-hole in this new take on an old classic at the Orange Peel > 12/5
Allen Stone Brings His Neo Soul to the Orange Peel
Spend your Friday night moving + grooving to Allen Stone at the Orange Peel.
Janeane Garofalo is Coming to Asheville
The iconic comedian and actor is performing at the Orange Peel in January and tickets go on sale November 6.
Asheville Muralist Gus Cutty Brings "Satanic Panic" to Push Gallery
Asheville aerosol artist Gus Cutty is celebrating Halloween, and 80's heavy metal and horror movies in his latest show.
Steve Martin to Join Steep Canyon Rangers @ The Orange Peel
The band that encapsulates what North Carolina sounds like will play Asheville in January with a very special guest.
Why You Should Check Out Fiesta Latina Asheville on Saturday
Music. Food. Dancing and more. It's all happening Saturday, October 10th in Pack Park at Fiesta Latina Asheville.
The 2015 #MayorOfBrwegrass Has Been Chosen!
Many entered their photos, 5 were chosen as finalists, and the people got to vote and pick a winner. Congratulations to Emily Young Hopson for being 2015's Mayor Of Brewgrass! Brewgrass goes down this Saturday, September 19th.
Franny + Her Farm > An Asheville Dream
Read about how a woman turned her dream into her reality, establishing Franny's Farm – one of the amazing organic farms in our area and home to the ever-expanding Asheville Barnaroo music festival taking place September 26-27.
5 Things to Know About the New Belgium Clips Beer + Film Tour
New Belgium Brewing’s annual Clips Beer & Film Tour is making the 12th stop of its 2015 circuit in Asheville this Friday, September 4. The free and family-friendly event will let you sit under the stars, take in films, and sample brews – all for charity.
5 Things You May Not Know About the Recent Llama Drama
In case you missed it, a llama named Phantom got loose last week in Arden, leading to a madcap three-hour chase that ultimately got the elusive pet back home safe and turned him into an impromptu media phenomenon.
Do YOU Want to be #MayorOfBrewGrass?
Do you love all things about craft brews? Do you know the difference between Pale Ale and IPA? Are you ready for the beer adventure of a lifetime? Then you just might have what it takes to be Mayor Of Brewgrass!
Fight For Your Right to Vote
The Orange Peel is hosting a dance party on Friday, August 14 to raise funds for Democracy NC fighting to protect the voting rights of all North Carolinians. Grab some friends and your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie for Democracy.
5 Things To Know About the 5Point Film Festival
The 5Point Film Festival is making its Asheville debut August 14-15 at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium and promises to be more than just films about the outdoors. Lean more about what this unique event is all about and why you should check it out.
Hendrick's Gin Cocktail Academy at Top of the Monk on August 5
Hendrick's Gin is hosting "Delightfully Peculiar" Cocktail Classes open to the public at Top of the Monk downtown on Wednesday, August 5, and spots are still available.
Asheville Streets > Unsafe to Cross
There’s no easy way to say it: Asheville is the most dangerous city in the state for pedestrians. This is according to a Department of Transportation report about pedestrian accidents from 2008-2012. And with the steady increase in Asheville’s population, it’s not getting any better.
Youth Independent Filmmaking Summer Camp with Award-Winning Filmmaker Paul Schattel
For two weeks in August, NYS3 is offering a youth summer camp where students will get to enjoy a unique immersion into the art of filmmaking.
Dear Moog...Love, Asheville
Thanks for the $14 million in economic activity. But, maybe Asheville would be even more thankful if Moog would have planned for the future and created an Asheville-appropriate event that could have been successful year after year.
LEAF's Funky Cocktail Crawl
From July 17-31, the LEAF Funky Cocktail Crawl is bringing the groove back to Asheville. Each participating restaurant or bar is competing to create the most far-out cocktail this side of funky town - and YOU get to determine who wins.
Fringe Summer Freak Out @ New Mountain July 14
To kick off their call to artists for the 2016 festival, Asheville's Fringe Fest is having a Summer Freak Out fundraising event at New Mountain. The celebration aims at bringing Fringe artists and fans together for an entertaining and very Fringey evening.
Holiday Liquor + Dance Party > Summer Luau Edition
What started as a bunch of college buddies getting together to throw a Holiday party in a garage has grown into what some have called "The Best Dance Party in Asheville," and it's having a Summer Luau Edition.
Mela Hosting Benefit for Local Teacher
Upon learning of her stark cancer diagnosis, Mela restaurant regular Laurie Joens approached owner Anoop Krishnan with a request to host a benefit in the endless effort to raise money for medical expenses related to her ongoing cancer treatment.
MISPRINTS: A Group Exhibition @ the Asheville Area Arts Council
The Asheville Area Arts Council is hosting "MISPRINTS: A Group Exploration into Printmaking, Craft, and Design" curated by and featuring Andy Herod along with 16 other Asheville area artists and crafts people. The opening reception is Friday, July 3rd.
Art Opening > Anna Jensen @ Pink Dog Creative June 19
Local artist Anna Jensen's latest show aims to be a provocative, engaging, and affecting collection of her very autobiographical, multimedia work that vividly combines humor and darkness. Show runs June 19 - August 2 at Pink Dog Creative.
5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Asheville in 1915
What was Asheville like in 1915? If you want to know, you can attend a free multimedia presentation, “Asheville: 100 Years Ago,” at Pack Memorial Library’s Lord Auditorium at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10.
Asheville Negroni Week Awards!
Asheville fully embraced Negroni Week with 14 participating bars and restaurants AND turned it into a contest. Me and my buddies, being Negroni lovers and fierce competitors, took on the challenge of trying a Negroni at all 14 spots and decided to hand out the 1st Annual Asheville Negroni Awards.
5 Things to Know About "We Won’t Bow Down"
Asheville filmmaker Chris Bower's documentary about the New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indians, We Won’t Bow Down, is making its local premiere this week at the Fine Arts Theater. Here are some reasons why you should check out this important film.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks > 5/22
If you're not packing up the car to head out of town for the three day weekend, we've got you covered. As usual Asheville is hosting great events this weekend meaning there's plenty to do. So, throw on something fun, grab your friends, and hit the town.
Mac McCaughan of Superchunk + Portastatic Plays Mothlight 5/22
Mac McCaughan, an American musician based in North Carolina, is perhaps best known for being in Superchunk and Portastatic and will be playing the Mothlight on Friday, May 22 along with Flesh Wounds and Impossible Vacation.
Why LEAF is one of The Best Fests Around
The 40th LEAF Festival is this weekend and we are just too excited. To get even more pumped, we decided to ask some friends to share the first thing that comes to mind when asked what it is they love most about LEAF.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks 5/1
May is officially here and you officially need weekend plans. Asheville has plenty to offer and we've rounded up some of the best events for you to check out. So put on something fun and get out and enjoy yourself, because it's weekend.
#FANART Exhibit Opens at Downtown Books + News
This unique exhibit is where fans get to pay visual tribute to their cultural heroes, media makers and pop icons opens Friday May 1st at Downtown Books and News and remains on display through June 30. Who would you pay artistic homage to?
An Update from the Asheville Buskers Collective
Local musician Andrew Fletcher speaks on behalf of the Asheville Buskers Collective on the continuing and necessary dialogue happening in our community on what street performers mean to Asheville.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
The final days of April are here and we can't believe it. So if you're one of the few who didn't score a ticket to MerleFest, have no fear, we've got you covered. In true fashion, we've rounded up some of the best concerts and events Asheville has to offer. So let you hair down and get a little weird, it's the weekend!
New Mountain Announces Change to Grand Opening Weekend
No fear, the long-awaited Grand Opening Weekend of New Mountain's Amphitheater is still bound to be one of THE musical events in Asheville of the season. There's just a slight change to Friday night's kick off with the Black Lips.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
The saying goes April showers bring May flowers and Asheville is in full bloom and booming with killer music and events. Check out just a few of our top picks for this weekend and get out and have some fun!
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
Spring has finally sprung and it's time to break out the shorts and tank tops and hit the town. As always, we've rounded up just a few of the best events this town has to offer. So get up and go have some fun!
Donnie Pratt of Cucina24 Wins Bar Wars AVL 2015!
Ten competed. Four were finalists in the MIx Off where they prepared Drambuie Cocktails. One walked away the overall winner – mixologist Donnie Pratt of Cucina24.
Vote for Best Bar Wars AVL 2015 Cocktail
Ten Asheville bars created Icelandic-themed drinks to compete in the 2nd Annual Bar Wars AVL - a friendly cocktail competition that also benefits local nonprofits. There's still time to bop around and sample some, vote, and help determine who wins.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
It seems as though we blinked and the last week of March was upon us. But no worries, the weekend is here and we've got you covered with our picks of just some of the best events going on around town. So, get up and go have some fun, Asheville.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
It's the weekend again and you know what that means? We've rounded up just a few of the best events in town for you to check out. So get out and have some fun.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
It might be a little rainy and gloomy, but it's finally starting to feel like Spring is peeking its head out, so pack the puffy coats away and get outside. We've rounded up some of this weekend's picks.
From War to Water > A Soldier's Story About PTSD
A poet in residence through the Asheville Center for Arts in Medicine visited a former Marine who shared his experience of war horrors and how he found peace from his PTSD through words and water.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
Looks like Asheville is finally starting to shake off the worst of the winter (hopefully?!) and it's time to get out and enjoy the first weekend in March. Here is a small list of suggestions of what to do in and around town.
What's Going on with Asheville-Based Organic Records
Organic Records has spent 2 years building an independent label home to "Great Music, No Boundaries" with a roster of great original roots artists including some of the fastest rising bands in the region.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
It's the weekend of love. Or so some say. If you've got a special someone or if you're happily single, there's lots to get into.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
It's the definition of blustery out but we suggest you bundle up and take on some of the fun things going on around town this weekend starting tonight.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
Sure it might be rainy and cold out. We may even get a little snow (gasp!). But there is still a ton to do around town no matter what and we've listed just a few.
5 Reasons to go to the Fringe Fest + See Something NEW
Why should you go to a true Asheville Oddity of a festival showcasing performances from artists from all over the world and that has been going on in our little town for 13 years? We will tell you.
Asheville Weekend Grit Picks
What are you doing this weekend, Asheville? Plenty happening and plenty of listings. We just wanted to throw a few more your way.
Why You Should Go to Asheville Fringe Fest
Do you know that the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival has been going on for over a decade and showcases local and international artists in all sorts of mediums? We didn't either.
You Can Still Participate in 12 Days of Giving
There are still 2 days to visit some of your favorite downtown businesses and order a special item that will help prove three local nonprofits with well-needed funds.
Merry Happy Times to All
We hope you all are having fun with friends and family. Be safe and enjoy!
Scenes from the 2014 Fashion Victims' Ball
About 900 attendees took over the Highland Brewing Company's tasting room as comic book and Saturday morning cartoon characters, celebrities, lovers of Ugly Holiday sweaters and more for the annual Keller Williams Fashion Victims' Ball.
Who Wants to Win Tickets to the XMAS JAM?
Are you a veteran Jammer? Never been but always wanted to go? Just straight up curious as to what all the fuss is about?
Thanksgiving Weekend ThankFULLness
Some of our bloggers + friends agreed to get crafty(?) and send in some lists of things they are most thankful for. Enjoy.
Friday, November 14 PechaKucha Night Returns to Asheville
What is public art? Who makes it? Who does it benefit? Why should I care? What is PechaKucha? Answer all of these questions on Friday, November 14 at 7 PM, when PechaKucha Night returns to Asheville.
Get Off Your Ass + Vote
It’s impossible to miss that it’s Election Time. The incessant ads and memes and Facebook updates are enough to make you want to move to a remote island.
(DIS)PLACED - Life As A Tent City Refugee Exhibit Opens
The multi-media exhibit remains at the aSHEville Museum through the end of the year and aims to shine light on one of the worst humanitarian disasters in the last 20 years.
Prost to Asheville Oktoberfest 2014!
Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day to dust off the dirndl and lay on the lederhosen for a full afternoon of beer drankin', chicken dancing, pretzel tossing and overall fun having.
Rooftop Party Series Continues This Sunday With Hank West & The Smokin' Hots
The second in the hotel's series showcasing local music and benefiting local nonprofits returns on Sunday, September 28, and is bound to be another stunner of an evening.
Cucina 24's Donnie Pratt Goes to Camp
Donnie Pratt, bar manager at Cucina 24 was one of 300 participants chosen out of 3000 applicants to attend Camp Runamok.
Celebrate the 34th Goombay This Weekend
Western North Carolina's YMI Cultural Center is proud to announce the return of the 34th annual Goombay Festival on September 12th – 14th, 2014. And it's FREE!
Brother Wolf At Capacity and Needs Asheville's Help
Brother Wolf is at capacity and needs help from Asheville animal lovers! They are waiving adoption fees on cats and kittens all Labor Day Weekend.
Pirate Party Hullaballoo FUNDdraiser Tonight at Highland Brewering
LEAF presents the 4th annual Benefit of Culture event, this year with an evening full o' pirate themed music, food, drinks, and more. Proceeds will go to benefit six youth arts education programs from around the world.
5 Questions with Stu + Briar
A few short months ago, Briar DeHaven knew neither hide nor hair of Stu Helm, the illustrious Facebook food critic. Now, they are total buds and fellow Asheville Grit contributors.
Get Ready for BaconFest 2014
Pork lovers, prepare yourselves. Tickets are now on sale for 105.9 the Mountain's 2nd Annual BaconFest happening on Saturday, August 30th in the outdoor meadow at Highland Brewing.
Party For a Great Cause
The next party thrown by the Asheville Affiliates is Stir Crazy, happening Thursday, July 24 from 6-9 p.m., at The Boathouse...
What #avl Was Tweeting About This Week
The Obamas are moving here?! Possible whiskey shortage?! I can be in the next Galifianakis movie?!
Get RAD This Weekend with the River Arts District Studio Stroll
This weekend is the River Arts District Studio Stroll in West Asheville, where over 170 artists open up their studios to the masses for two days of not only the perfect opportunities to support and buy local art, but also experience creative processes first hand.
Local Influences for Asheville Beer Week
It’s the third annual Asheville Beer Week, a weeklong celebration of all things beer, and the Fonta Flora guys have brought 10 of their brews to town for the first time.
Downtown After Five - May 14, 2014
Two and a half minute timelapse video of Downtown After Five, May 16, 2014. Every second of video is approximately 6 minutes of real time. Music by St. Paul and the Broken Bones.