Sunday, August 26, 2012

Asheville Happenings this week and through Labor Day Weekend


Always lots going on in Asheville, NC and there is no exception for this coming Labor Day Weekend, 2012.  Here is a sampling of a few events to consider attending:

CLAP! ASHEVILLE August 31 – September 3, 2012 in Asheville over four days throughout Labor Day Weekend, introducing Asheville’s Live Arts Performance Festival.  Some of the cities best arts groups will be performing over these four days.  For a list of performances visit the CLAP! ASHEIVLLE website: http://clapasheville.com

FRIDAY'S AFTER FIVE at the Biltmore Estate, in the Antler Hill Village and Winery Area of the estate, live music, wine and beer, kids activities, a grape stomp at the Village Green, Freeport Jazz will be featured Friday August 31st.  Included with your daytime ticket.


September 1-4, 2012, LABOR DAY BEACH MUSIC WEEKEND at The Grove Park Inn, where “Music meets the mountains at the hottest Labor Day Celebration in Asheville, North Carolina.” Celebrate the end of summer in a traditional Carolina way, with live beach music, a coastal seafood buffet, dancing and a variety of activities - enjoy and join in on shag dance lessons, pool games, crafts, a grilling demonstration from one of the Grove Park Inn’s talented chefs, all Labor Day Weekend!  See the Schedule of Events.  Call the Grove Park Inn for Details: 800-438-5800.

Always a favorite, don't miss LAAFF, Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival, September 1&2, 2012, celebrating the traditions of Lexington Avenue; Lexington Avenue is closed down yearly for this “all day, all local, all original” street fair. The day is filled with street performers, unique artwork, music and lots and lots of fun.  

MESSIAH’s MANSION tours are free and sure to be interesting.  Tours will be held in Carrier Park on Amboy Road in Asheville and held daily from 1pm – 7pm, August 28th – September 3rd, 2012.  Special tours may be arranged during the morning hours of each day.  “Travel back over 3,000 years into the desert between Egypt and Israel where more that two million people banded together to build a tabernacle for their God. Each element in the tabernacle had deep significant meaning to the Hebrew people which will be explained in the tour … Messiah's mansion is based at Oklahoma Academy, in Harrah Oklahoma, but it is transported across the U.S., from Ventura California, on the west coast, to Cumberland, Maryland, on the east coast, and back again-nearly a dozen times a year.”  Visit the Messiah's Mansion Website or Call 828-665-2492 for more information.

Ooh La La Curiosity Market, September 1st Taking place in downtown Asheville’s little Pritchard Park from 10am-4pm, Ooh La La will feature more than a dozen local artists, including leather smiths, painters, potters, jewelry makers, and more.  Look for the colorful umbrellas and tents in this small park with big surprises!  September 1st will be the last Ooh La La Curiosity Market for this season.  

September 1st, Pack Place Education, Arts & Science Center, in the heart of downtown Asheville (Just across from the monument) enjoy WILD THINGS WEEKEND fun for the whole family, featuring live animal shows, award winning wildlife films, exhibits by outdoor businesses, environmental educators and conservation.  Presenters include Rob Gudger and his Wolves, Freeman Owle Cherokee Animal story teller, Wild for Life with Birds of Prey, Steve O’Neil with Reptiles and Amphibians, and special guests John Rucker and the “Turtle Dogs.”

For Lodging options, including an Asheville Bed and Breakfast, Asheville Cabin, or Asheville Vacation Rental, call Vacation In Asheville (VIA), office hours are 9am-7pm daily, 828 994-2627, or make your booking directly online.