LOCAL EVENTS

Fall Color

This listing breaks down the foliage forecast by weeks and the elevations to find the best colors.

October Events

Ghost Bus Tour – LaZoom Comedy Bus Tours Asheville NC 
LaZOOM Tours | 76 Biltmore Ave, Downtown Asheville
Admission: $37
LaZoom’s Ghosted: Comedy Bus Tour is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween this October. Grab a local beer and hop on Asheville’s one of a kind purple bus and journey into the unknown. You’ll laugh until your teeth fall out at LaZoom’s twisted brand of comedy, all while your un-dead guide recounts stories of gruesome hangings, deathly fires, and brutal killings. While other ghost tours ask you to imagine the stories, LaZoom brings the tales to life with professionally trained actors and sketch comedy that will leave you in as many stitches as Frankenstein’s Monster. Ghosted runs nightly in October. All riders must be 17 years old or older to ride. Beer and wine (purchased from the LaZoom Room prior to departure) are allowed on board.

The Haunted Trail
October 8-30 | 7-9 PM
Adventure Center of Asheville, West Asheville
Celebrating the Halloween season, this family-friendly haunted trail is ideal for ages 3-12 and features live actors, spooky sounds, and props for a no-touch, no-contact heart-pumping experience. Also enjoy spooky live entertainment, no-touch activities, and food and beverages available including hot chocolate. 

Free Theater! Living Dead in Denmark!
October 15-31 | 7:30 PM
Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre | 92 Gay St, Downtown Asheville
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Living Dead in Denmark is VERY loosely based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet and, as the title implies, involves the dead coming back to life. Following the events of its source material, Living Dead… opens with Ophelia rising from the dead to find zombies are fully in power, led by a zombie Dark Lord. Recruited to fight for the “living resistance,” Ophelia teams up with some of the most famous of Shakespeare’s women, Juliet and Lady Macbeth. What follows is a crazy battle against evil, involving many of The Bard’s characters from his well-known works. As you might guess, pandemonium does ensue. NOT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN!

The Venardos Circus Returns to Asheville Outlets
October 20 – November 7
Asheville Outlets | 800 Brevard Road, Asheville
Wednesday’s/Thursday’s & Friday’s: 7 PM; Saturday: 1 PM/4 PM./7 PM ; Sunday: 1 PM/4 PM
Adult General Admission: $27;
Child General Admission (12 years and younger): $17.
The Venardos Circus, a unique Broadway-style circus. Venardos Circus proudly features its own custom-made big-top, a classic red-and-white striped tent, with an intimate feel and limited seating. The circus performers are also the crew in this traveling tour, much like the original circus tradition. There are no animals in Venardos Circus. Guests will be transported back in time to the center ring of a centuries-old tradition, enjoying an amazing assortment of aerialists, acrobats, juggling, balancing, comedy, daredevilry, magic, musical production and more.

The Glass Pumpkin Patch
Thru October 31 | 10 AM
NC Glass Center | 350 Riverside Dr, Suite C, Downtown Asheville
Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
The Patch is back! Starting Friday, September 17 in Gallery D, we’ll have dozens of glass pumpkins on display from talented artists across the region. All will be available to purchase. No matter what your style, we’ve got you covered. A wide variety of colors and sizes for you to choose from will be available. So come on down and pick a pumpkin! And be sure to stop by a few times as new pumpkins will replenish the gallery throughout the event. What’s more, your purchase helps support our non-profit studio and glass artists. 

Blown Glass demonstrations with Andrew Montrie
Fridays thru November 26 | 1-5 PM
Appalachian Craft Center | 10 North Spruce St, Suite #120, Downtown Asheville
We will have a blown glass demonstration by Andrew Montrie. Appalachian Craft Center has been located in downtown Asheville for forty years. We sell crafts from over 150 artists. Appalachian Crafts sells pottery, rugs, toys, jewelry, glass, and wooden utensils.

Haunted History Tours of Downtown Black Mountain
October 22 & 23 | 5-8:30 PM
Swannanoa Valley Museum and History Center | 223 West State Street, Black Mountain
Admission: $30
Join the Swannanoa Valley Museum for an evening of haunted history in Black Mountain! In these outdoor walking tours through Black Mountain’s downtown historic district, visitors will learn about the humorous, haunting and harrowing history of the Swannanoa Valley while being visited by some of its most famous spirits. This event, which is a fundraiser for the museum, will highlight the town’s many tragedies and triumphs- and the many ghosts, friendly and frustrated, born from these events.

North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival
October 23 | 11 AM – 5 PM
Pack Square Park, Downtown Asheville
This one-day shopping and demonstration show features 40 ceramic artists with a diverse array of tilework, sculpture, jewelry and pottery. Watch raku demonstrations and enjoy live music. Food trucks too.

Meadow Market at Highland Brewing
October 24 | 12-5 PM
Highland Brewing Company | 12 Old Charlotte Hhy, Suite 200, Asheville
The Highland Meadow Market will run every Sunday and feature a rotation of local bakers, makers, and artisans! 

Doggoween: Dog Costume Contest
October 24 | 3-6 PM
Getaway River Bar | 790 Riverside Drive, Downtown Asheville
We are having a dog costume contest. Yes, dogs are dressing up for Halloween and everybody above 21 is invited to come and participate! Doggies of all ages and breeds are welcome to enter the contest. 

Indigo Girls
October 27, 2021 | 8 PM
Harrah’s Cherokee Center | 87 Haywood St, Downtown Asheville
Admission: Price Varies
Indigo Girls’ acclaimed album Look Long, released in 2020 at the start of the pandemic, will finally receive the live, in-person debut fans have eagerly awaited. Over a 250-year career that began in clubs around their native Atlanta, Georgia, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have recorded 16 studio albums (seven gold, four platinum, one double platinum), sold over 15 million records, and built a dedicated, enduring following. On their sixteenth studio album, Indigo Girls tell their origin story.

Under The Stars 2021 – Asheville Museum of Science’s Fall Fundraiser
October 29, 2021 | 7-10 PM
Smoky Park Supper Club | 350 Riverside Drive, Downtown Asheville
Admission: Price Varies
A Spooktacular Evening of Science! AMOS Presents our Fall Fundraiser. Join us for a scientific night of fun and fundraising at the annual event, Under the Stars! The evening includes music, dinner, drinks, a silent and live auction, and star gazing in a beautiful outdoor setting. As a non-profit, AMOS relies on the generosity of our community to continue to provide world-class STEAM education to our area and grow a regional Science Center. The funds raised through Under the Stars help the Museum bring the best of science education to our area through exhibits, field trips, award-winning educational programs for students and families, mobile learning, and camps. Your support allows AMOS to serve its mission to help advance science literacy, foster lifelong learning in the community, and develop a future workforce.

Halloween Art Market & Carnival at Girl & Goblin
October 30, 2021 | 5-10 PM
Girl & Goblin | 375 Depot Street, Suite 201, Downtown Asheville
It is outside, socially distanced, free, and open to the public. Meet some local makers, enjoy live music from local AVL bands and entertainment from fire and hoop performers. We’ll have carnival games, a dunk tank, and a comedy show from Feral Hogs Comedy, right outside of G&G at 375 Depot Street, in Asheville’s River Arts District. The Purple People Feeder food truck will be parked out front serving up hibachi plates – vegetarian, gluten-free, and dog options available. 

Beaverdam Studio Tour
Oct 30 & 31 | 10 AM – 5 PM
Take a self-guided tour of 30 artists’ studios in North Asheville’s scenic Beaverdam Valley. Buy art from ceramists, painters, sculptors, jewelers, and glass and textile artists. All studios are off Beaverdam Road which is off Merrimon Avenue in North Asheville

Asheville Outlets Hosts Annual Boo Bash Halloween Event
October 31| 2-4 PM
Asheville Outlets | 800 Brevard Road, Asheville
Families are invited to celebrate Halloween at Asheville Outlets at the Annual Boo Bash Halloween event. Free Trick-or-treating will be enjoyed throughout the center. Children are encouraged to dress in costume and bring a goodie bag to fill as they visit various Asheville Outlets’ retailers. TapSnap Phototainment will also be onsite with a festive photo booth where guests can receive one free 4” by 6” photo and digital download of a single image (while supplies last).

Halloween Zombie Disco
October 31 | 10 PM – 2 AM
Asheville Beauty Academy | 28 Broadway Street, Downtown Asheville
Dance as if you just risen from the dead because Sunday night is Zombie Disco with DJ KPopKakashi! Disco music all night long, cool dance floor, great drinks. NO COVER. Ages 21+.