Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.
The days have been gorgeous, the nights are getting cooler, and the calendar is buzzing with all varieties of fantastic events. Our beloved mountain town is increasingly the site of some of the best in arts and entertainment in the region, and here’s our roundup of what’s on our radar for this weekend. As always, if we missed something let us know!
A celebration of rare and outstanding brews from the reserve draught collection at the flagship Thirsty Monk location all week, plus one-day celebrations at Biltmore Park and Woodfin locations on Thursday!
The 36th Goombay Festival focuses on Goombay’s history in Asheville this year. A lineup of eclectic national and international acts from all genres celebrates African and African-American heritage through the arts.
From 2 Queens Productions, the genius artists and members of a fairy race behind the best parties in town, including the recent Unicorn Ball, comes the latest Proof party, which brings together photographers and revelers for a themed celebration. This time around, the theme is crystals. $3-5 suggested donation for entry. These queens know how to revel, y’all.
Come together for a cause in the 29th annual Big Sweep River Cleanup. 25+ miles of river cleaning followed by a great after-party to celebrate the hard work. Register online to claim your spot–spaces are limited! Contact Kate Nelson with Asheville GreenWorks: 828-232-7144, or e-mail [email protected]ashevillegreenworks.org.
A party to open the finalist round of the Awesome Foundation’s competition for a $1000 grant. Finalists include the AVL Food Fans Podcast, Rights of Passage Adventure Weekend, and more! Come out and support your favorite finalist. Free Range AVL (who are bringing Battle Trance) is a previous recipient of the grant. 6-8 pm
Starting at 2 pm, a day of picklin’ and samplin’ hosted by the NC Natural Products Association. Featured guest and speaker Sandor Katz, the King of Fermentation if there ever was one, will be giving a talk and signing the re-release of his famous book, The Art of Fermentation. There will also be a pickle and preserved food competition, and you can taste the entries!
ASHVEGAS.COM is a local news and entertainment website serving the city and the people of Asheville, N.C., sharing local news, the word on the street, events, and information as it happens. We’re the first place to look for the Asheville news you care about. Ashvegas is a hyper-local independent news site owned and operated by its founder, Jason Sandford.