May 11-14, 2017, at Lake Eden and Camp Rockmont, Black Mountain, NC. New music, art/ culture from around the world twice a year, Spring + Fall by the lake, under the sun/ stars, in the mountains. 4 days, 4 stages, jam tent, healing arts, poetry, African drum circle, ... continuous wonderment/ celebration. Also: October 19-22, 2017.
May 13, 2017, 8pm, Wolfe Auditorium, USCC. With dark-hued tone and razor-sharp technique (The NY Times), the Russian-American Kutik's old-world sound communicates a modern intellect. Praised for his technical precision and virtuosity, he is also lauded for his poetic and imaginative interpretations of standard works as well as rarely heard and newly composed repertoire.
June 3, 2017, 7-10pm at Doubletree Biltmore Hotel, 115 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville. Youth OutRight - youth advocacy and leadership non-profit organization in the region solely dedicated to empowering LGBTQIA+ youth ages 14-20 in Western North Carolina - presents their alternative prom dance. See info and tickets:
July 1 - September 2, 2017, annual summer Saturday events, the 51st season at Pack Square Park's Roger McGuire Green. Folk festival; traditional music, dance + storytelling of Southern Appalachian Mountains. Concessions available. Come experience the beautiful music and dance traditions of the region on a summer evening in the mountains.
August 3-5, 2017, Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, downtown Asheville. Since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others have come to enjoy themselves “along about sundown” the first weekend in August at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival -- “along about sundown.”
Mid-September, 2017 (TBC), Youth Outright Young Voices annual event - this past year at The Millroom, 66 Asheland Ave, with theme: Queer Youth Represent, featuring local artist and former youth Jekksyn Orilyn Smith.
September 30, 2017, 11am - 7pm at Pack Square Park. Pride Festival with entertainment, food, drinks, and vendors. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Pride Center.
Early October, 2017. Two days at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium from Colorado April festival showcasing inspiring adventure films, guests, art performances, eclectic events; gathering outdoor and creative communities; live podcast recordings, discussions, spoken word, dance performances, book signings, art. Regional festivals in Asheville, NC, Bellingham, WA, and Duluth, MN. See updates: