Weekend Picks: Friday, Oct. 7 – Sunday, Oct. 9

From zombie walks to train shows, family festival to art openings – this weekend has no shortage of exciting events! Check out this list of weekend highlights and visit the Mountain Xpress Community Calendar for a complete list of weekend events!


The French Broad e’N’pire Model Railroad Club is sponsoring the Autumn Rails Train Show this weekend, starting Friday, Oct. 7 from noon until 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the WNC Agricultural Center.

Autumn Rails Train Show
FR (10/7), noon-7pm & SA (10/8), 10am-4pm – Autumn Rails Train Show sponsored by the French Broad e’N’pire Model Railroad Club. $6/Free scouts in uniform and for kids under 13. Held at WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road

Downtown Asheville First Friday Art Walks
1st FRIDAYS, 5-8pm – Downtown Asheville museums and galleries open doors to visitors. Visit the website for participating venues and full details. Free to attend.

Mechanical Eye Microcinema
FR (10/7), 5:30pm – Film screening of The Artist is Present. Free to attend. Held at the Asheville Art Museum, 2 N. Pack Square

Lennon Flyer copy
Imagine Lennon: A Benefit for Aurora Studio & Gallery takes place Friday, Oct. 7, from 6-10 p.m. at Highland Brewing Company. The even features the Alarm Clock Conspiracy, The Dirty Badgers, Chalwa, Andrew Scotchie, Dorsey Parker, R. Scott Murray, Forrest Smith, Bill Kopp, John McKinney, Laura Blackley and many more.

Imagine Lennon Benefit
335-1038, aurorastudio-gallery.com
FR (10/7), 6-10pm – Proceeds from this live music event featuring over 30 musicians playing songs from the Beatles benefit Aurora Studio & Gallery. $10. Held at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Highway

Elliot Moss Author Event
254-6734, www.malaprops.com
FR (10/7), 7pm – Elliot Moss presents his cookbook, Buxton Hall Barbecue’s Book of Smoke: Wood-Smoked Meat, Sides, and More. Free to attend. Held at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe, 55 Haywood St.

‘Sweeney Todd’
254-1320, www.ashevilletheatre.org
FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (10/7) until (10/30) – Sweeney Todd. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 2:30pm. $15-$25. Held at Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St.

257-4530, www.dwtheatre.com
FR (10/7), 8pm – Darlingside, Americana. $32/$27 student/$20 children. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square

754-2486, www.caldwellarts.com
FR (10/7) through SA (11/19) – 2 SQUARED, exhibition of artwork by Jon Sours, Mercedes Jelinek, Tamie Beldue and Rob Amberg. Reception: Friday, Oct. 7, 5-7pm. Held at Caldwell Arts Council, 601 College Ave.

‘Heavy Metal’
FR (10/7) through SA (10/29) – Heavy Metal, exhibition of forged metalwork and metal jewelry. Reception: Friday, Oct. 7, 6-8pm. Held at Flow Gallery, 14 South Main St.


‘Nature Nuts: Nocturnal Animals’
877-4423, www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/Education-Centers/Pisgah
SA (10/8), 9-11am – “Nature Nuts: Nocturnal Animals,” presentation with craft and story time and outdoor activity. For ages 4-7. Free. Held at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, 1401 Fish Hatchery Road

Spruce Pine Potters Market
SA (10/8) & SU (10/9), 10am-5pm – Spruce Pine Potters Market, with vendors and exhibitions. Free to attend. Held in the Cross Street Building, Cross St., Spruce Pine

4th Annual Highway 80 South Art Hop
SA (10/8) & SU (10/9), 10am-5pm – Self-guided studio tour along Highway 80 South in Yancey County. Maps available at OOAK Gallery, 573 Micaville Loop, Burnsville

Celebrate Fall with the 40th annual Hey Day Fall Family Festival at the WNC Nature Center on Saturday, Oct. 8. Hey Day is the largest WNC Nature Center event of the year and celebrates the wildlfe, culture and community of western North Carolina. Photo collage courtesy of the WNC Nature Center

Hey Day Fall Family Festival
SA (10/8), 10am-4pm – Family friendly festival with games, arts and crafts, educational animal programs, entertainment, live music, local food vendors, and wildlife. Admission fees apply. Held at the WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road

Odyssey Cooperative Art Gallery Open House
285-9700, odysseycoopgallery.com/
2nd SATURDAYS, 11am-5pm – Gallery open house with food, music and artists’ demonstrations. Free to attend. Held at Odyssey Cooperative Art Gallery, 238 Clingman Ave.

American Craft Week Demonstrations
231-0764, www.fireflycraftgallery.com
SA (10/8), noon-4pm – American Craft Week artisan craft demonstrations. Free to attend. Held at Firefly Craft Gallery, 2689 D Greenville Highway, Flat Rock 

Asheville Oktoberfest offers ticketed attendees a chance to sample specialty brews from 26 breweries while partaking in games like the official Sam Adams stein hoisting competition and the organic, free-range chicken dance. Photo courtesy of Asheville Downtown Association

Asheville Downtown Association Oktoberfest
251-9973, www.ashevilledowntown.org
SA (10/8), 1-6pm – Proceeds from this Oktoberfest event featuring 26 breweries, live polka music and games like the stein hoisting competition, costume contest, and the chicken dance benefit the Asheville Downtown Association. $45. Held at Pack Square Park, 121 College St.

Constance Lombardo Author Event
254-6734, www.malaprops.com
SA (10/8), 3pm – Constance Lombardo presents her book, Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat Across America! Free to attend. Held at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe, 55 Haywood St.

Living the Life Abundant: A Mandala of Openheartedness, Generosity, and Magnanimity
225-6422, www.udharmanc.com
SA (10/8), 4-5pm – “Living the Life Abundant: A Mandala of Openheartedness, Generosity, and Magnanimity,” dissolution of the sand mandala. Admission by donation. Held at Urban Dharma, 29 Page Ave.

Asheville Vaudeville kicks off their fall season with two shows on Saturday, September 17th, 2016 at Toy Boat Community Artspace in Biltmore Village. Photo of Walter Beals courtesy of Asheville Vaudeville.

Asheville Vaudeville
SA (10/8), 7:30 & 10pm – Asheville Vaudeville performances including burlesque, puppetry, comedy and dance. $15 for 7:30pm show/$12 for 10pm show. Held at Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road, Suite B

The Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra: ‘Iberian Inspiration’
697-5884, hendersonvillesymphony.org
SA (10/8), 7:30pm – “Iberian Inspiration,” concert. $40. Held at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock


‘War Virgin’
274-8070, thealtamonttheatre.com
SA (10/8), 8pm & SU (10/9), 2pm – War Virgin, musical comedy. Donations collected for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. $25/$20 advance. Held at Altamont Theatre, 18 Church St.

Glenis Redmond Author Event
254-6734, www.malaprops.com
SU (10/9), 3pm – Glenis Redmond presents her poetry collection, What My Hand Say. Free to attend. Held at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Cafe, 55 Haywood St.

‘After Coal’ Documentary
669-9566, swannanoavalleymuseum.org
SU (10/9), 3pm – After Coal, documentary film screening. Film will be accompanied by several short documentaries produced by students in the Appalachian Studies program at Appalachian State University. Free. Held at White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road

Asheville Area Piano Forum Benefit Concert
257-4530, www.ashevillepiano.org
SU (10/9), 3pm – Proceeds from this concert featuring solo, two-piano and ensemble piano music benefit the Asheville Area Piano Forum. $25/$50 Patron/$3 students. Held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville, 1 Edwin Place

Asheville Zombie Walk
ashevillezombiewalk.com, ashevillezombie@gmail.com
SU (10/9), 5:30pm – 11th annual costumed zombie walk in downtown Asheville. Meets at Aston Park, 336 Hilliard Ave.

From Aston Park, zombies will be guided down sidewalks, obeying traffic directions, to an end point downtown. From there zombies are free to disperse and infect all of downtown with their undead spirit. Be sure to check out our after party at the Byrish Haus & Pub (formerly Patton Public House), 1341 Patton Avenue, from 7:00–11:00pm.
From Aston Park, zombies will be guided down sidewalks, obeying traffic directions, to an end point downtown. From there zombies are free to disperse and infect all of downtown with their undead spirit. Be sure to check out the after party at the Byrish Haus & Pub (formerly Patton Public House), 1341 Patton Avenue, from 7:00–11:00pm.

Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary Celebrates Wolf Awareness Week
664-9818, fullmoonfarm.org
SU (10/9), 7pm – Wolfdog Sanctuary wolf awareness event featuring live music by Mark Tebalt, Happenstance, Sources, Mitch Hayes Trio, Donnie Nivens, Rockafellers, 176 and Shotgun Gypsies. $7. Held at White Horse Black Mountain, 105C Montreat Road


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