Events – Asheville Blog http://ashevilleblog.com Your Source for all things Asheville Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:28:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.15 ASHEVILLE OUTLETS TO HOST BACK TO SCHOOL GIVE TO THE MUSIC KIDS DAY http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-back-school-give-music-kids-day/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-back-school-give-music-kids-day/#respond Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:37:58 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11739  

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 Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Asheville Outlets will host a Back-to-School Kids Day with Give to the Music on Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free for children and their families and will feature live music from Rock Academy, arts & crafts, interactive booths and displays, strolling magic, face painting, balloon art and more!

“Asheville Outlets is pleased to partner with Give to the Music for a day of fun, all for a good cause,” explains Sharon Morgan, General Manager, Asheville Outlets. “Give to the Music provides the opportunity for children to participate in musical expression who otherwise may not be able due to financial hardship.”

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Inaugural Smokies Stomp Raises Over $60,000 to Support National Park http://ashevilleblog.com/inaugural-smokies-stomp-raises-60000-support-national-park/ http://ashevilleblog.com/inaugural-smokies-stomp-raises-60000-support-national-park/#respond Thu, 26 Jul 2018 16:45:13 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11741 Community members from across Western North Carolina gathered for the inaugural Smokies Stomp Barn Party in support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) Saturday, July 21st. The event raised more than $60,000 to fund park projects and featured a ‘fund-a-cause’ for Parks As Classrooms, which provides hands-on curriculum-based environmental education programming for thousands of WNC schoolchildren. 

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Community members from across Western North Carolina gathered for the inaugural Smokies Stomp Barn Party in support of Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) Saturday, July 21st. The event raised more than $60,000 to fund park projects and featured a ‘fund-a-cause’ for Parks As Classrooms, which provides hands-on curriculum-based environmental education programming for thousands of WNC schoolchildren. 

“At Friends of the Smokies, we want every child to have the opportunity to experience the wonder and joy found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park,” said board director Laura Webb. “The Smokies Stomp was an astounding testament to our community’s commitment to that goal and we are grateful for the generosity of all who attended.”

Representative John Ager (NC-115) and his wife Annie, owners of Hickory Nut Gap Farm, called the square dance with live music provided by both NewTown and the Bonafide Band during the evening. GSMNP Superintendent Cassius Cash, Representative Chuck McGrady (NC-117) and former Congressman and Friends of the Smokies board director Heath Shuler also attended the event. 

The Smokies Stomp Barn Party is held in Fairview, NC at Hickory Nut Gap Farm and is presented by Wandering Rose Travels and Webb Investment Services with support from Blue Ghost Brewing, Merrill Lynch, Beverly-Hanks, Biltmore Wines, Blue Ridge Printing, Wilcox Travel & Tours, Insurance Service of Asheville, Navitat Canopy Adventures, Roberts & Stevens Attorneys at Law, White Labs, Wildland Trekking, Dan & Deener Matthews, Chase & Clary Pickering, Rob & Meridith Powell, and Jim & Jan Hart. 

Photos from Saturday’s event and more information can be found at SmokiesStomp.org

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Revival of Entire Amy Winehouse’s BACK TO BLACK album with 15-Piece Orchestra http://ashevilleblog.com/revival-entire-amy-winehouses-back-black-album-15-piece-orchestra/ http://ashevilleblog.com/revival-entire-amy-winehouses-back-black-album-15-piece-orchestra/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 17:49:48 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11695 National soul sensation Remember Jones fronts a 15-piece orchestra in back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival and re-creation of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning, Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, plus several Amy Winehouse B-sides and an encore set of Remember Jones original, super-soul music. This show has sold out most previous engagements throughout the country.

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National soul sensation Remember Jones fronts a 15-piece orchestra in back to BACK TO BLACK, a revival and re-creation of the entire 2006 Grammy-award winning, Amy Winehouse album Back to Black, plus several Amy Winehouse B-sides and an encore set of Remember Jones original, super-soul music. This show has sold out most previous engagements throughout the country.

 

Featuring 17 songs including the hit singles “Rehab”, “Tears Dry On Their Own”, “You Know I’m No Good”, “Love is a Losing Game”, and the title track, “Back to Black”, Remember Jones and company recreate the critically-acclaimed album with a horn section, strings, a backing choir, and other guests. This is a ONE OF A KIND EVENT celebrating the music that will not be heard live and lush anywhere else. It has sold out all previous engagements in Asbury Park, NJ, where the group has a stronghold on their thriving music community, and has packed venues in NYC, Detroit, Nashville, Louisville, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and more. Their sold-out Chicago show at Lincoln Hall in July 2016 was streamed live via Audiotree, including several official video releases that followed.

Remember Jones, listed as one of Paste Magazine/Daytrotter’s Top Soul of 2017, is a notorious and bombastic soul vocalist and persona, performing for enormous crowds throughout the country, and called “fiercely passionate frontman… one for the ages…” by Live for Live Music, “…remarkable vocalist… uncanny magic… Remember Jones is heading for big things…” by Popdose, “New Jersey’s most ambitious song interpreter” by NJ Arts, and “truly captivates audiences every time he performs” by BroadwayWorld. KEF Audio says, “Remember Jones is at the vanguard of the rebirth of soul music as an immersive experience that begs to be felt as well as heard.” Collaboratively supported by a double-digit band, their debut album,Ladies and Gentlemen, Remember Jones! (recorded with a 25-piece soul orchestra in front of a live studio audience that raised $19,000 in it’s funding), and subsequent EP, Tranquilizer!, produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff) at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, are available on all digital outlets. The band will play an encore set of their original music following back to BACK TO BLACK. For more information on Remember Jones, http://www.rememberjones.com/.

Tickets are $15/$18, 7:00PM doors, 8:00PM show, all ages, Wednesday, June 27th. 

 

Wednesday, June 27th

The Grey Eagle

185 Clingman Ave Extention, Asheville, NC

Ticket Link: https://ticketf.ly/2Mha98I

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Better Dads Festival Returns to Asheville with Grammy Award-winning Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, plus Lyric and The Willies http://ashevilleblog.com/better-dads-festival-returns-asheville-grammy-award-winning-secret-agent-23-skidoo-plus-lyric-willies/ http://ashevilleblog.com/better-dads-festival-returns-asheville-grammy-award-winning-secret-agent-23-skidoo-plus-lyric-willies/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:59:03 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11701 This Father’s Day weekend, the Better Dads Festival returns to Asheville with its unique mix of active, soulful, inspirational, fun, and educational activities to celebrate fatherhood. The event welcomes people of all ages from Asheville’s diverse communities.

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This Father’s Day weekend, the Better Dads Festival returns to Asheville with its unique mix of active, soulful, inspirational, fun, and educational activities to celebrate fatherhood. The event welcomes people of all ages from Asheville’s diverse communities.

The musical lineup will include Grammy Award-Winning Band Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, acclaimed local artist LYRIC (who performs with her father) and The Willies from Nashville. Storytellers Ray Christian and Passion join the festival this year. More than 20 Community Partners will attend the festival, providing information about resources for parents. Food will be supplied by a wide array of Asheville vendors.

Live music, dance, games, costumes, drumming, storytelling, crafts, poetry, and a dress-your-dad photo booth will provide opportunities to play together. Community speakers and sharing circles will invite festival goers to explore how men show up in their lives, their challenges, and new possibilities.

Better Dads Festival is an outgrowth of the work done by men involved with the ManKind Project (MKP), specifically within the Greater Carolina community. MKP is a nonprofit training and education organization with three decades of success hosting life-changing experiential personal development programs for men. MKP supports a global network of peer-facilitated men’s groups and supports men in leading lives of integrity, authenticity and service.

Better Dads Festival was created by Hendersonville resident Alan Kay. “In today’s world, it’s up to all of us, with all of our diversity, to create the next generation of compassionate and authentic men committed to the common good. It’s our collective responsibility to mentor and create a nurturing environment so that all children can grow up in an equitable community. How men show up in the world begins with what our children learn in their families, from the media, in their schools and from their peers. Women and men share equally in determining how we communicate, maintain relationships, respect one another and welcome diversity. While the festival focuses on nurturing dads, all of us have a role to play. We’re delighted by the support of various women’s organizations that have agreed to participate in this event. We all have much to share. We all have much to learn.”

What Better Dads Festival

Where Roger McGuire Green in Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville

Date Saturday, June 16, 2018 (Father’s Day weekend)

Time 12:30 to 9:30 PM

Price Free to the public

Contact Jeffrey Goldwasser, jeffreygoldwasser@gmail.com

Director Tim Chumley, 804-519-2810, thebetterdadsfestival@gmail.com

Website betterdadsfestival.org

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Brews and Bears May 11 @ WNC Nature Center http://ashevilleblog.com/brews-bears-may-11-wnc-nature-center/ http://ashevilleblog.com/brews-bears-may-11-wnc-nature-center/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:09:00 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11621 On Friday, May 11 from 5:30-8:00PM the WNC Nature Center will host the first Brews and Bears event of their 2018 season! Due to the popularity of this after-hours event, there will be three occurrences this year: May 11, July 13, and September 14.

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It’s Happy Hour at the WNC Nature Center

On Friday, May 11 from 5:30-8:00PM the WNC Nature Center will host the first Brews and Bears event of their 2018 season! Due to the popularity of this after-hours event, there will be three occurrences this year: May 11, July 13, and September 14.

“Brews and Bears has sold out each year we’ve had it, and people enjoy it so much. This year we added two more dates to make sure that everyone who wants to join in can do so,” said Kelly Shanafelt, Executive Director of the Friends of the WNC Nature. The fundraiser gives attendees the rare opportunity to visit the Nature Center past 5PM. “Many of our animals are more active in the evening and guests really enjoy seeing them in this different setting,” said Shanafelt.

The May 11 happy hour celebration will feature beer from Highland Brewing Company and cider from Black Mountain Ciderworks. Food will be available for purchase from Melt Your Heart and The Hop Ice Cream Co. There will be music and yard games, and guests will have the chance to view an exciting enrichment activity for black bears, Uno and Ursa.

Admission to Brews & Bears is $8 for Friends of the WNC Nature Center members, and $10 for non-members. The event is intended primarily for adults, although youth are welcome to attend with the purchase of a ticket. Children under 2 are free. Tickets are available online at www.wildwnc.org/event or in person at the Center. Proceeds from both ticket and beverage sales will go to support the Friends of the WNC Nature Center. The May 11th Brews and Bears event is sponsored by Carolina Alliance Bank, Festiva, and The Biltmore Company.

The Friends’ mission is to support the programs, facilities and the residents of the Western North Carolina Nature Center, which showcases the fauna and flora of the southern Appalachian region. The WNC Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountain region by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding, and advancing conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity. For more information on the Friends of the WNC Nature Center, or to join the Friends and support future projects, visit www.wildwnc.org .

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Surfer Blood To Play Grey Eagle 4-27-2018 http://ashevilleblog.com/surfer-blood-play-grey-eagle-4-27-2018/ http://ashevilleblog.com/surfer-blood-play-grey-eagle-4-27-2018/#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:10:17 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11521 Fresh off the release of a limited edition album of covers, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Surfer Blood has announced a concert atFresh off the release of a limited edition album of covers, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Surfer Blood has announced a concert at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., as part of an East Coast tour. The show will take place on Friday, April 27th with Los Angeles dream-pop band Winter. the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., as part of an East Coast tour. The show will take place on Friday, April 27th with Los Angeles dream-pop band Winter.

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Surfer Blood to play the Grey Eagle in Asheville with LA artist Winter

Fresh off the release of a limited edition album of covers, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s Surfer Blood has announced a concert at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, N.C., as part of an East Coast tour. The show will take place on Friday, April 27th with Los Angeles dream-pop band Winter.

American indie rock band Surfer Blood released two albums in 2017. February saw the release of their fourth full-length record, ‘Snowdonia.’ In October, Joyful Noise Records issued a special vinyl-only Surfer Blood album of covers – a limited edition of 1000 copies –  available only through mail order and at shows. This one-time vinyl pressing features Surfer Blood covering some wildly disparate artists including Outkast, Chad & Jeremy, Pavement, Cream, and Mudhoney. 

Fans can expect Surfer Blood hits from across their discography and a surprise or two. Openers Winter will have the crowd floating. The show is all ages. Tickets are $12-$15. 8 p.m. doors.

Purchase tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1650095

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Story Slammers Showcase Asheville June 2nd 2018 http://ashevilleblog.com/story-slammers-showcase-asheville-june-2nd-2018/ http://ashevilleblog.com/story-slammers-showcase-asheville-june-2nd-2018/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:21:31 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11529 A Story Slammers Showcase, featuring some of the nation's top story slammers, will be presented in downtown Asheville on Saturday June 2nd.

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A Story Slammers Showcase, featuring some of the nation’s top story slammers, will be presented in downtown Asheville on Saturday June 2nd.

Scott Whitehair, from Chicago, is a professional storyteller and story teacher who has appeared at the Chicago Improv Festival, Hong Kong’s Story Worthy Week, The National Storytelling Conference and at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival.  Scott brings a dynamic blend of vulnerability, humor and insight with his stories.

Raymond Christian, from Boone, NC., is a ten time Moth Story Slam champion and winner of the National Story Slam in 2016.  He has been featured on NPR, Reader’s Digest, This American Life, Risk and has recently toured with Snap Judgement.  Raymond is a beloved gentle giant in the storytelling community.

David Joe Miller, originally from the Storytelling Capital of the World, Jonesborough, TN, is the former staff storyteller for the National Storytelling Association.  He created the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild in 1994 and has told stories for Disney, The Smithsonian, Library of Congress and former Vice President, Al Gore and family.

Alison Fields, from Carrboro, NC, is a professional writer and story slammer.  She most recently won The Moth Grand Slam here in Asheville and is a regional favorite at the Asheville Moth Story Slam.  Alison’s heartwarming stories are filled with humor and wit.

Chuck Fink, from Weaverville, NC, is a retired corporate trainer and local storytelling favorite.  Chuck is known for his work at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UNCA and is the founder of  Men’s Wisdom Works here in Asheville.

Pete Koschnick, from Weaverville, NC, is a Moth Story Slam Champion and Synergy Story Slam Champion.  With a background in theatre and decades of storytelling experience, Pete brings his sly humor and thought provoking stories to the stage.

Lee Lindsey, from Johnson City, TN, is also a Moth Story Slam Champion and graduate of the East Tennessee State University Masters Degree Program in Storytelling.  Lee has hosted numerous Spoken Word Open Mic shows and has a wickedly funny sense of humor.

These seven exceptional storytellers will take the stage to tell their best and favorite stories at Habitat Tavern and Commons, 174 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville on Saturday night, June 2nd.  Seating will be limited so purchasing tickets online in advance of the show is highly recommended.  Tickets are only $15.00 online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-slammers-showcase-tickets-44634930278  or $18.00 at the door on the night of the show.  Doors will open at 6pm for this 7pm, general seating show.

It is a rare opportunity to see seven fantastic storytellers in a single show.  It is almost like a mini storytelling festival, the likes of which may only happen once a year.  Don’t miss this incredibly exciting and rare storytelling showcase of story slam favorites!  For more information, contact David Joe at davidjoetells@yahoo.com or visit http://www.storytellingcalendar.com/

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Asheville Yoga Festival Announces 2018 Schedule http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-festival-announces-2018-schedule/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-yoga-festival-announces-2018-schedule/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 21:16:29 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11527 Asheville Yoga Festival is pleased to announce the 2018 schedule. Taking place July 26th through 29th, the festival will feature over 30 presenters and 90+ offerings, ranging from yoga to music to meditation to outdoor recreation.

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 2018 Festival to Take Place July 26-29

Asheville Yoga Festival is pleased to announce the 2018 schedule. Taking place July 26th through 29th, the festival will feature over 30 presenters and 90+ offerings, ranging from yoga to music to meditation to outdoor recreation.

Now in its second year under the ownership and direction of Asheville residents and veteran yoga practitioners Amanda Hale and Sara Levine LaStella, Asheville Yoga Festival aims to build on last year’s success and continue its growth toward becoming the Southeast’s preeminent yoga festival.

“This year’s festival feels even more thoughtful and impactful than our first year,” said LaStella. “We are bringing together an incredibly qualified group of instructors to teach traditional methods of yoga alongside some current topics that are close to our hearts, such as gender identity, diversity, body positivity and the yoga practice outside of the classroom. Our hope is that everyone feels as though this festival was created for them and that they walk away feeling filled up and more connected, inside and out.”

This year’s lineup again brings together many notable local and nationally recognized instructors to create an immersive experience and expose festival goers to a wide variety of yoga styles and philosophies.

  • 2018 Scheduled Presenters:
  • MC YOGI Sara Clark
  • Stephanie Snyder
  • Chelsey Korus
  • Michael Johnson
  • Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
  • Taylor Harkness
  • Jean Jacques Gabriel
  • Tymi Howard
  • Chelsea Jackson Roberts
  • Lillah Schwartz
  • Rusty Wells
  • Lisa Zahiya
  • Stephanie Keach

The Festival will again utilize indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Asheville, including Pack Square Park, the YMI Cultural Center, Hilton Garden Inn, and the Masonic Temple. New locations this year include the AC Marriott and The Asheville Social Hall. The footprint makes it easy for festival goers to walk from venue to venue, while being exposed to the vibrant culture of downtown.

The Mountain Air Market in Pack Square will be open to the public again this year, giving everyone the opportunity to listen to live music, view and participate in various demonstrations, and explore an exceptional mix of health and wellness businesses, both local and from across the country. There will also be a daily community yoga practice that’s open to the public at no charge.

Stretching beyond yoga practice, festival goers can participate in guided nature hikes, stand-up paddle boarding, educational workshops, evening concerts, and much more. The goal is to take advantage of as many experiences the Asheville area has to offer.

Giving back to the community is also a key component of Asheville Yoga Festival’s guiding philosophy. A portion of the Festival’s proceeds will be donated to local non-profit Light a Path. Light a Path’s mission is to create community and resilience in underserved populations of WNC through offering yoga, mindfulness, and other somatic therapies at no cost. For more information visit lightapath.org.

Full information is available at ashevilleyogafestival.com. Follow @AshevilleYogaFestival on Facebook and Instagram.

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Brother Wolf’s 2nd Annual Kitten Shower http://ashevilleblog.com/brother-wolfs-2nd-annual-kitten-shower/ http://ashevilleblog.com/brother-wolfs-2nd-annual-kitten-shower/#respond Tue, 27 Mar 2018 21:25:39 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11532 Join Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and other animal lovers on Saturday April 7th from noon-3pm at the Asheville Outlets on Brevard Road for our second annual Kitten Shower!

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Join Brother Wolf Animal Rescue and other animal lovers on Saturday April 7th from noon-3pm at the Asheville Outlets on Brevard Road for our second annual Kitten Shower!

This fun, family-friendly event will help Brother Wolf prepare for kitten season, which will bring hundreds of cute, cuddly — and expensive! — kittens into their care. Last year alone, Brother Wolf rescued and found loving homes for over 1,300 kittens, with each kitten averaging $200 in supplies, spay/neuter, and other medical costs.

Visitors will enjoy a raffle with fun prizes, delicious cupcakes, kitten bottle feeding demonstrations, and — of course — the opportunity to play with adoptable cats and kittens!

Preparing for kitten season is an integral part of sustain a true No-Kill community. ‘Kitten season’ is a term used by animal rescuers to describe the warm part of the year when cat and kitten intakes drastically increase around the country due to the breeding habits of outdoor unaltered cats.

“We used to be very reactive to kitten season,” says Audrey Lodato, Brother Wolf’s Director of Animal Care, “but we are better prepared now to take proactive measures to help care for pregnant or nursing moms and orphaned kittens, who are some of the most vulnerable animals in our community.

“We have staff and volunteers out in the field every day, responding to calls about cats and orphaned kittens in need,” says Audrey. “Our foster team also hosts regular classes to train volunteers who are interested in fostering kittens, including those who require bottle feeding.”a

The Kitten Shower will serve as a drop-off location for monetary and kitten supply donations, such as wet and dry kitten food, non-clumping cat litter, kitten formula, kitchen scales, and bottle feeding kits. Visitors will also be invited to get involved with caring for kittens through Brother Wolf’s foster and volunteer programs.

For more information about this event, fostering, volunteering, or donating, visit www.bwar.org.

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Asheville Outlets To Host Kids Day http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-kids-day/ http://ashevilleblog.com/asheville-outlets-host-kids-day/#respond Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:30:09 +0000 http://ashevilleblog.com/?p=11535 ASHEVILLE OUTLETS TO HOST GIVE TO THE MUSIC KIDS DAY (AND THEN SOME!)

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ASHEVILLE OUTLETS TO HOST GIVE TO THE MUSIC KIDS DAY (AND THEN SOME!)

Asheville Outlets will host Kids Day (And Then Some!) with Give to the Music on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event will be a free fun-filled day for kids and their families and will feature a performance by Rock Academy, Busker Event, Summer Camp Expo, Truck City AVL, Field & Stream Casting Event, crafts, face painting, balloon art and more!

“Asheville Outlets is pleased to present Kids’ Day (And Then Some!) with Give to the Music,” explains Sharon Morgan, General Manager, Asheville Outlets. “This amazing day of free family activities has something for everyone and will be set-up throughout the center and outside the Food Court.”

Asheville Outlets Kids’ Day (And Then Some!) Activity Schedule:               

Music and other entertainment from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. includes Rock Academy, Buskers, Land of the Sky Barbershop Chorus, The Buskits, Spintastic Sounds, Enka High School Band, interactive booths and displays, strolling magic, balloon art, face painting, mega-games, Field & Stream Casting Event and VF Outlet’s Wheel of Deals.

Also from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., families will enjoy the third annual Summer Camp Expo. The expo will give parents and campers the opportunity to meet representatives and view booths and displays from a variety of area camps, including traditional overnight camps, sports camps, arts camps, day camps, academic camps and more. 

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to get into the driver’s seat during Truck City AVL, a free hands-on experience hosted by the City of Asheville Parks & Recreation Department. Local representatives and their vehicles from emergency, construction, transportation and military will be parked outside the Food Court. Trucks and vehicles at the event will include EMS vehicles, Asheville Fire Department, Asheville Police Department, Helicopter MAMA, Army military vehicles and more.

For more information visit www.ShopAshevilleOutlets.com.              

 

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