It’s time for the weekend update, y’all! Have the rain and heat been keeping you indoors? Seriously, Asheville, is it ever going to stop raining? Lucky for us, that means the river will be high this weekend for all the floating folks, and we also have plenty of indoor (read: dry) activities for you to enjoy when you’re not in the water by choice. Read on and find out what’s in store for your weekend. As always, let us know what we missed in the comments!
Also, we are still accepting entries for Underground Sound: The Path to Music Video Asheville! Calling all musicians! This is your chance at $2500 to make a professional music video. All you have to do is upload a non-professional video of yourself playing a song you’d like to make a proper video of. Full rules here. This is a seriously sweet prize, and the winner is also automatically entered into Music Video Asheville!
CCCD 20th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit
The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design hosts their 20th anniversary (!) celebration and benefit on Thursday night. Interactive art installations, live music, food, festivities, libations, and more await. This is a 21+ event, tickets are on sale now.
August 9-13 at various times across town
70+ comedians from all over the world descend upon Asheville and take the stage across town through Saturday. Laugh Your Asheville Off is the largest non-competitive comedy festival in the southeast. Check out the full schedule online.
Rumors: A Fleetwood Mac Tribute @ the Orange Peel
Fleetwood Mac warms the cockles of our hearts. If you’re anything like us, go check out this tribute show at the Orange Peel, and get whisked back in time to experience some of the band’s greatest songs live. Tickets start at $12.
Friday & Saturday
Geek Out AVL @ New Mountain
Starts at 6 pm Friday
This weekend fan arts festival celebrates artists, makers, visionaries, and creators. Things kick off Friday with a costumed promenade through the park followed by Geektastic, a themed burlesque performance. Saturday’s full schedule includes talks, art, games, a fashion show, a live podcast, and more. On Saturday night, hit the dance floor for the after-party, featuring RBTS WIN and Phutureprimitive. Yes, please.
Harvest Records 12th Anniversary Sale
Starts at 10 am
We seriously love Harvest Records, and we know you do too. Go visit them on Saturday and help them celebrate 12 years of being awesome.
Anything That Floats Parade from RiverLink/RiverFest
Starts at 10 am
Asheville’s favorite parade is Anything That Floats. Join the fun: make a thing that floats. Float. Win prizes! It’s simple, and glorious.
Marley Carroll Presents Lose Yourself to Dance @ Asheville Music Hall
Popular local DJ/producer Marley Carroll is throwing another fabulous and free dance party at Asheville Music Hall. Get there early to claim your space on the dance floor, then lose yourself to dance.
Civil War Encampment @ Vance Birthplace
starts at 10 am
The richness of history is brought to life through this live reenactment of a Civil War Encampment out at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville. It’s a gorgeous spot. If you’re a non-native who never went on a school trip, now’s your chance to get out there and take a gander at it.
Bluegrass Brunch Kitten Adoption Event @ Asheville Music Hall
12 noon – 4 pm
I mean, do we have to say anything else? Oh yeah, and the wonderful folks at Brother Wolf are co-hosting it. We’ll see you there.
Shindig on the Green is going on Saturday night, as well, “round about sundown” up on Pack Square. I know it’s a recurring thing that happens a bunch every summer, but it’s not every Saturday and I think it would be worth including on these rundowns, which are probably read by visitors in town as well as locals.