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!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7
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
Imagine Lennon Benefit
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
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.
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.
FR (10/7), 8pm – Darlingside, Americana. $32/$27 student/$20 children. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square
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.
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.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8
‘Nature Nuts: Nocturnal Animals’
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
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
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
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 Downtown Association Oktoberfest
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
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
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.
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’
SA (10/8), 7:30pm – “Iberian Inspiration,” concert. $40. Held at Blue Ridge Community College, 180 West Campus Drive, Flat Rock
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9
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
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
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
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
SU (10/9), 5:30pm – 11th annual costumed zombie walk in downtown Asheville. Meets at Aston Park, 336 Hilliard Ave.
Full Moon Farm Wolfdog Sanctuary Celebrates Wolf Awareness Week
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