Asheville’s Art Scene Heats Up In May with Music Festivals and Studio Safaris

Downtown Asheville First Friday Art Walk, May 6, 2016, 5-8 p.m. – On the first Friday of every month from April-December, take a self-guided tour of the Downtown Asheville Art District’s 25+ galleries, museums, and jewelry studios within a walkable half-mile radius of downtown. You’ll find guides at all participating galleries – learn more about the galleries and the art walk here.

hg_slider_01Above, The Haen Gallery, 52 Biltmore Ave., Asheville,
Stop in to Lexington Glassworks on First Fridays for their “Hot Glass, Cold Beer, Live Music” concert series. Local beer and glassblowing on tap!
Weaverville Art Safari, May 7-8, 2016 – Take a trip to the small town of Weaverville, located 15 minutes north of Asheville, for it’s free bi-annual Art Safari, a chance to visit 40+ artists in their studios and galleries. Drive the scenic country roads in a self-guided tour to visit as many of the studios as you want. Artists will be showcasing pottery, furniture, jewelry, handmade glass, paintings, fiber art, and more. This is a great opportunity to support the local arts and buy directly from the artists, many of whom will be offering special prices, door prizes, and free demonstrations. For a complete list of participating artists and to download a map, check out their website here.
Downtown Weaverville
LEAF Festival,  May 12-15, 2016 – Western NC’s signature family-friendly outdoor music festival set on the shores of beautiful Lake Eden, just below Mt. Mitchell and near Black Mountain, 25 minutes from Asheville. A celebration of music, art, and culture from around the world, LEAF’s mission is to “transform lives, strengthen community, and create unity.” Day passes still available. Find out more and get your tickets here.

Southern Highland Craft Guild’s Annual Fiber Weekend, May 14 -15, 2016  – Visit the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Folk Art Center for a chance to see textile artists showcase their expertise. Demonstrations will include: quilting and appliqué, doll making, weaving, mixed media fiber arts, clothing design, printing and surface design, tapestry weaving, and natural dyeing. Two “Fiber Wearable Fashion Shows” to be held on Sunday. Free admission. For more information, visit their website here.

Downtown After Five, May 20th, 2016 – Celebrating its 28th year, Downtown After 5 takes place the 3rd Friday of the month from May – September. Thousands gather on North Lexington Avenue for free live music, local brews, and tasty offerings from local food vendors. More information and full music line-up can be found here.

River Arts Studio Stroll, May 21-22, 2016, 10 AM-6 PM – Explore Asheville’s creative River Arts District for its bi-annual Studio Stroll, where you’ll find almost all of its 180+ resident artists at work in their studios, located in a mile-long stretch of historic industrial buildings along the French Broad River. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their creative process through discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops. Visit painters, sculptors, glassblowers, fiber arts, jewelry makers, and more – or visit them all! The stroll is free and self-guided. Check out RomanticAsheville’s River Arts District Guide for tips about visiting the River Arts District any time of year, and learn more about the artists and studios here.


Burners and Barbecue Mural Painting Event, May 20-22, 2016 – Watch Asheville’s largest mural project ever unfold during this three-day festival to celebrate the history and culture of street art! More than 50 artists will gather to transform a tobacco warehouse in the River Arts District into a piece of art. A family-friendly event with music and local food, Burners and BBQ aims to “bring together creative professionals who are honored to give their time and effort as a gift to our community…Help us make Asheville ‘Mural City USA!'” For updates, visit their Facebook page here, and to see a photo gallery of Asheville’s existing street art, check out the Citizen-Times’ Walls off the Walls: Asheville’s Unstoppable Mural Trend.



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