Tip toe through the studios

Take a stroll: Art walks and studio strolls abound in Western North Carolina, including the popular River Arts District self-guided tour. Catherine Vibert

Downtown Asheville Art Walk
Stroll through dozens of galleries, studios and museums within a half-mile radius of downtown Asheville. Held on the first Friday of each month, April through Dec. ashevilledowntowngalleries.org

River Arts District 2nd Saturdays and studio strolls

Meander through Asheville's River Arts District for monthly art demonstrations, open studios and classes. Held on the second Saturday of the month, May through Dec. The River Arts District Studio Stroll is held in June and November and features a full weekend of art and family fun in 19 historic buildings. riverartsdistrict.com/stroll2nd-saturday

Weaverville Art Safari
Bring your pith helmet (or just your purse) to explore Weaverville's studios with a self-guided driving tour. Bring home a piece of original art, if something catches your eye. Held each April and November. weavervilleartsafari.com

Kenilworth Artists Open Studio Tour
Meet a wide range of jewelers, fabric artists, potters, woodworkers and many other craftspeople, all just five minutes from downtown Asheville. Held Memorial Day weekend. kenilworthartists.org

Blue to Black Art Weekend
Follow your eyes through the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway into the town of Black Mountain. This two-day event, held the first weekend of May and the third week of November, includes both a studio tour and an art stroll. bluetoblackartweekend.com

Brevard Fourth Friday Gallery Walk
Spend the evening wandering through Brevard's galleries, then take in live music and enjoy a glass of wine. Held on the fourth Friday of the month. artsofbrevard.org

Open Studio Tour of Henderson county
More than 50 artists from Henderson county share sculpture, fiber arts, metalwork, and glass each September. openstudiotourhc.com

Come to Leicester Studio Tour
This free, self-guided tour includes everything from prints to jewelry and brooms to fiber. Held each August. cometoleicester.com

Toe River Studio Tour
See more than 100 artists and galleries in Mitchell and Yancey counties, along with special exhibits, events and a benefit art auction. Held in June and December. toeriverarts.org

Art Trek Tryon
Tour artist studios in Polk County and upstate South Carolina for a chance to see the creative process at work. Held during the last week of April, with a gallery exhibit through late May. upstairsartspace.org

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