Weekend event roundup: RAD studio stroll, Downtown After 5 & more
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Downtown After 5
5-9:30 p.m., downtown Asheville
Asheville's Strive Commuter Week and National Bike To Work Day all culminate in this easy ride between Pack Square Park and the New Belgium Brewing Liquid Center. Roll with us, if you can, or commute from where you are to New Belgium Brewing to catch the closing festivities of Strive Week.
GATHER at 5:45 p.m. in Pack Square Park
ROLL OUT at 6 p.m. - Route
ARRIVE at 7 p.m. at The Liquid Center
PechaKucha Night Volume 15
7:30-9 p.m., Grove House
Grab your tickets and start planning for the Asheville Tour de Fat on May 20. Expect to experience the unexpected. We're bringing the party with Third Eye Blind and the Tour de Fat ensemble. Ready your eyes and ears for circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, and not-yet-invented mind-blowing provocateurs. Costumes are highly encouraged (and a mindset to party is mandatory).
4-9 p.m., New Belgium Brewing
It's that time of year again! Our annual party pace bike crawl across Asheville is happening! All ages + cycling levels are welcome!
We've added a couple more shops this year and we are so excited!
Participating shops this year include :
Izzy's West Asheville
Find Your Line Bike Shop
Trade and Lore Cofffee
Penny Cup Coffee
Beer City Bicycles
Our event is free, but we are asking for any donation to help raise money for our friends at Gold Mountain Coffee Growers.
1-5 p.m., starts at Vortex Donuts
Come Explore The Artists of Asheville’s Historic River Arts District for Studio Stroll. Visit artists in their studios, learn about their artistic process through conversations and live demonstrations. Collect art at its source among the amazing displays of creativity from painting to sculpture, glassblowing to ceramics, fiber art, jewelry and more from over 220 artists.
10 a.m.-5 p..m.
Phuncle Sam is Asheville's own Dead-centric "jam band." Since its formation in 2004, Phuncle Sam has been firmly rooted in musical exploration. The band serves up inventive interpretations of Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead and many others. It has built up a faithful following by using an approach that respects the improvisational traditions of The Grateful Dead, while exploring what can happen when individual band members bring their unique influences and interpretations into the mix
Traditional Celtic and Scottish arrangements meet the world of rock 'n’ roll in this powerhouse performance by the Tannahill Weavers, transforming the older tunes and bringing them to the modern world, alive and kicking.
Come, experience and enjoy Asheville’s largest, longest running, single-day neighborhood street festival. See for yourself why so many visitors return each year to hear the music, dine on local cuisine, and shop from some of the finest artisans in the area.
Located on the main street of the Historic Montford neighborhood, the festival has a new look with entertainment stages, artist and vendor booths, and central food court all now on one street, Montford Avenue. While visiting the neighborhood, you will walk the tree-lined street where trolleys used to travel, marvel at unique architecture from turn of the century Victorian to Arts and Craft designs and observe the diverse mix of its proud neighbors, who yearly volunteer to be your hosts for the festival.
This same neighborhood boasts a connection to many great entertainers in the area, which is where we draw the flavor of the festival. You will discover an extraordinary mix of music for all tastes, both young and old, that begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 7 p.m. on both stages.
10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Enjoy wandering through Asheville's River Arts District, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 20-21. Lots to do and see - 180 artists! Many studios will have refreshments and artist demonstrations.
Chase your dreams and celebrate all girls being happy, healthy and confident at the Girls on the Run 5K run and walk at Asheville Outlets on Sunday, May 21. This non-competitive walk and run is open to the local community and is family-friendly. Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are encouraged to register for only $15!
Hundreds of the participants will be third- through eighth-grade girls from 11 counties in Western North Carolina who have trained with volunteer coaches at 42 sites for 10 weeks as part of the Girls on the Run program, which combines running with lessons about important topics such as preventing bullying and processing emotions. The 5K is the culminating event of the spring season.
You can register at the event beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday 5/21/17 at Asheville Outlets. Cash or check only, $20.
10 a.m.-12 p.m., Asheville Outlets
Runners mark your calendars! The Kiwanis Club of Asheville presents the 20th annual Kiwanis 15K/5K Classic at 7:154 a.m. Sunday, May 21st, on the grounds of Asheville's very own Biltmore Estate. This race draws all levels of competitors every year from across the region and never fails to thrill onlookers as runners post fast times and battle it out from the starting gun to exciting kicks to the finish tape.
7:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m., Biltmore Estate
Sponsored by Hot Works Fine Art & Fine Craft Shows, a producer with a national and standing reputation for quality fine art and fine craft art shows, this event brings up to 175 juried fine art and craft artists with all forms of discipline for sale to the public – paintings, sculpture, clay, glass, photography, jewelry, fiber and more. This art show is different – you will see artists who will be coming to Asheville – many for the first time – all who make original handmade art. There is something for everyone – with all price ranges. Admission supports Institute for the Arts & Education, a 501c3 nonprofit that focuses on visual arts, diversity, community enrichment, and fostering art education among youth. Event hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More info at www.hotworks.org.
No ticket required for ages 13 and under.
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., $8 one-day pass; $10 two-day pass; 12 & under free, U.S. Cellular Center
David Joe Miller Presents WORD! and celebrates Story Slam Champions Ada Cheng (Chicago), Alison Fields (Carrboro) ,Todd Lester (Asheville).
Featured Storyteller Ada Cheng was a tenured professor in sociology at DePaul University in Chicago for 15 years (2001-16). Her areas of expertise included gender, sexuality, masculinity, immigration, work, qualitative methods and ethnography. She resigned from her teaching position in 2016 to pursue theater and performance full-time. She has been doing storytelling, improvisation and stand up comedy since then. She's a MOTH Slam Champion!
Alison Fields is a writer and storyteller and a MOTH champion. Todd Lester is the producer of Synergy Story Slam in Asheville.
This will be a fun evening of unexpected stories and spoken word. Don't miss this!
Doors open at 7 p.m. for seating. Show begins at 7:30.
Tickets are $13.65.