This weekend is full of eclectic options for all kinds of interests! You can go camping at Asheville Barnaroo’s live music festival, watch Tibetan monks create a sand mandala, enjoy traditional Middle Eastern dinner and dancing or walk on the wild side behind the scenes with the WNC Nature Center. Check out this list of weekend highlights and visit the Mountain Xpress Community Calendar for a complete list of weekend events!
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week
FR (9/30), 10am – Blue Ridge Parkway Hike of the Week: “Folktales and Lore of the Southern Appalachians,” listen to old-time stories on a ranger-led, moderate, 2-mile hike on a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Free. Meet at MP 361.2
Creating Change: Political Art from the Permanent Collection
FR (9/30), noon – Art Break: “Creating Change: Political Art from the Permanent Collection,” presentation. Admission fees apply. Held at the Asheville Art Museum, 2 N. Pack Square
Middle Eastern Friendship Dinner
FR (9/30), 6-8pm – “Middle Eastern Friendship Dinner,” with a traditional meal of lamb, chicken, rice, vegetables and hummus and Middle Eastern dance. $18/$15 advance/$10 kids. Held at the Folkmoot Friendship Center, 112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville
Composer and cellist John Steffa Folk Chamber Music
FR (9/30), 7pm – Composer and cellist John Steffa, folk inspired chamber music concert. Free to attend. Held at the UNC Asheville, Lipinsky Hall Auditorium
FR (9/30) & SA (10/1), 8pm – Unamerican, presented by Accordion Time Machine. $16/$13 advance. Held at the Toy Boat Community Art Space, 101 Fairview Road, Suite B
FR (9/30) until SU (10/2) – Proceeds from this music festival benefit Asheville music school. Visit website for full details.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
Thomas Wolfe 116th Birthday Celebration
SA (10/1), 9am-5pm – The Thomas Wolfe Memorial celebrates the 116th birthday of Thomas Wolfe with free tours for North Carolina residents, cake and a used book sale. $5/Free for North Carolina residents. Held at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 North Market St.
Art on Main
SA (10/1) & SU (10/2), 10am-5pm – Art and craft festival with demonstrations. Held on Main St., Downtown Hendersonville
‘For Love of Beer and Mountains’ Clawhammer Mountain Hike
SA (10/1), 10am – “For Love of Beer and Mountains,” very strenuous guided hike up Clawhammer Mountain. Registration required: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828.253.0095 ext. 205. $10/Free for members.
Wild Walk at the WNC Nature Center
SA (10/1), 1:45-3pm – “Wild Walk,” behind the scenes tour at the WNC Nature Center! Registration required: 828-259-8092 or email@example.com. $30/$25 member/$15 children under 16. Held at the WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road
The Music of Fleetwood Mac
THURSDAYS through SUNDAYS (9/29) until (10/9) – “The Music of Fleetwood Mac.” Thurs: 7:30pm. Fri. & Sat.: 8pm. Sat. & Sun.: 2pm. $28. Held at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown, 125 S. Main St., Hendersonville
Vandercooked Poetry Night
SA (10/1), 7:30pm – Vandercooked Poetry Night with poet Jessica Jacobs and Broadside artist Gary Hawkins. Free to attend. Held at Asheville BookWorks, 428 1/2 Haywood Road
SA (10/1) through SU (10/30) – #AVLGLITCH, exhibition of glitch related art from over 46 international artists held in three venues (Orange Space, The Asheville Darkroom & The BLOCK off Biltmore). Reception: Saturday, Oct. 1, 6pm at Orange Space, Cotton Mill Studios, 122 Riverside Drive. First Friday Reception: Friday, Oct. 7, 6pm at The Asheville Darkroom, AAAC Refinery, 207 Coxe Ave. Closing Reception: Friday, Oct. 28, 6pm at The BLOCK off Biltmore, 39 Market St.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
Living the Life Abundant: A Mandala of Openheartedness, Generosity, and Magnanimity
SA (10/1) through TH (10/6), 10am-5pm – Sand mandala construction by Tibetan Buddhist monks, Khenpo Chophel and Lama Sonam. Admission by donation. Held at Urban Dharma, 29 Page Ave.
Tzakbu: Queen of the Maya
SU (10/2), 7pm – Tzakbu: Queen of the Maya, performance by Palenque Rojo Theatre Company sponsored by Asheville Sister Cities. $25/$15 children under 13. Held at Diana Wortham Theatre, 2 S. Pack Square
The Great Gatsby
FRIDAYS through SUNDAYS (9/24) until (10/8) – The Great Gatsby. Fri. & Sat.: 7:30pm. Sun.: 3pm. $20/$18 for seniors, students & military/$10 for children. Held at Parkway Playhouse, 202 Green Mountain Drive, Burnsville