VIDEO: Sneak Peek at the new Eda Rhyne Distillery, and more Asheville things to do

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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It’s the first weekend of May, and we’ve rounded up some activities that will help keep that spring in your step!


A Living Museum with George Scheer @ Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center

7-9 pm

A conversation with George Scheer, co-founder and director of Elsewhere, “a living museum and artist residency set in a former thrift store in Greensboro, NC.”

ELIXIR 2017 @ the Grove Arcade


Enjoy tastings, food, and of course cocktails as master mixologists and “spirit specialists” vie for fame and glory in this competition-style mix-off.

All Weekend

Asheville Herb Festival @ 570 Brevard Rd

8:30 am Friday to 4 pm Sunday

Celebrate spring at the Asheville Herb Festival, where you can purchase plants, soaps, crafts, medicines, cookbooks, and more. Refreshing herbal tonics and drinks and food available for purchase on site.

20th Annual French Broad River Festival @ Hot Springs

starts at 1:30 pm Friday

This festival, which benefits American Whitewater, includes live music from Cabinet, Keller Williams, Larry Keel, Emma’s Lounge, and others, mountain bike races, rafting, gear expos, auctions, yoga, and family-friendly fun on the river.


Fireside Collective CD Release Party @ Isis Music Hall

9 pm – 12 am

Horshoes and Hand Grenades join the Fireside Collective to celebrate the release of Life Between the Lines.

ACAB Anti-Cinco de Mayo Benefit with Oskar Malinalli  @ The Lazy Diamond

10 pm – 2 am

A night of music, dance, and awareness hosted by Another Carolina Anarchist Bookfair (ACAB), this event seeks to bring attention to misinterpretations of Cinco de Mayo and the current political and cultural climate in the U.S. surrounding immigration.

SuperHappy Radio Hour @ the Magnetic Theatre

10:30 pm – 12:03 am

Step back in time and wander through history on this edition of Magnetic’s SuperHappy Radio Hour, where some of the funniest folks in town will take to the stage to record a live radio-style show.


Walk a Mile // A Benefit for Our VOICE @ Pack Square Park

10 am

Register now for your spot in the walk to raise awareness about sexual violence and support survivors and organizations working to combat rape culture. This event, a benefit for Our VOICE, will be led this year by Grandmaster Barbie Angell! We talked with Barbie about what to expect (take a peek!).

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Free Comic Book Day @ Comic Envy

11 am – 5 pm

Free! Comic! Book!

Free Distillery Sneak Peek and Party @ Eda Rhyne Distillery (Featured Event!)

5-8 pm

Eda Rhyne Distillery is kicking off their new venture and their Indiegogo campaign with a (child-friendly) celebration! Enjoy delicious free beer from Burial, live music from Coconut Cake, food from El Querubin, and a tour of the space (beside Toy Boat near Biltmore Village). We are so excited about Eda Rhyne!

Kickoff Game for the Asheville City Soccer Club @ Memorial Stadium

7:30-10 pm

Asheville City faces the Georgia Revolution in the first game of the season! Go ACSC!

Resonant Rogues CD Release Party @ Isis Music Hall

9 pm – 12 am

Keep the music going with another album release, this time from Resonant Rogues, at Isis Music Hall.

An Evening with Aaron “Woody” Wood and Friends Album Release Party @ the Grey Eagle

9 pm – 12 am

You’re really just getting started, so hit up another album release party, this time at the Grey Eagle.

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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