4/29/2011 - Hot Picks: Asheville area festivals abound this weekend
What a great weekend to get outdoors.
o The 14th annual French Broad River Festival happens today through Sunday at the Hot Springs Resort and Campground, just 35 minutes from Asheville. There's music by the Bottle Rockets, Great American Taxi, Snake Oil Medicine Show and many more. Weekend admission is $75. www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com.
o The 22nd annual Asheville Herb Festival is cooking 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Saturday, and then 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the WNC Farmers' Market . Come pick up some basil, rosemary, tomato plants and other good garden stuff. www.ashevilleherbfestival.com.
o The French Broad Garden Club hosts its annual spring plant sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Clem's Cabin, 1000 Hendersonville Road. Come get an iris or many other flowers and plants.
o The Henderson County BBQ Festival and Expo is serving plenty of tasty barbecue, plus arts and crafts, entertainment and family fun, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Hendersonville High School football stadium in Hendersonville.
o Learn about old-time farm life and enjoy music by the Lonesome Road Band and others at the 21st annual Johnson Farm Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the historic Johnson Farm, 3346 Haywood Road in Hendersonville. www.historicjohnsonfarm.org.
o The Big Love Fest celebrates the local independent business scene 1-8 p.m. Sunday at Pack Square Park. It's free. As part of the fun, the Just Brew It homebrew beer festival is on tap 2-5 p.m. Admission is by a $16 donation to Just Economics of WNC. http://justeconomicswnc.org/join-donate.
Mind over matter
Mentalist Craig Karges has some surprising powers and he's promising to keep you entertained at 8 tonight at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place. Maybe he'll make a table float or reveal your supersecret cell phone number. Tickets are $50, $75 VIPs in this benefit for the theater. Visit the Pack Place box office or call 257-4530.
In the Moog
Moogfest, the music celebration honoring the great Bob Moog, won't be back until fall. But this weekend, Asheville is celebrating "Halfway to Moogfest" with a killer lineup at The Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. Saturday's show features Madlib (DJ Set) and Washed Out at 9 p.m. ($21 advance, $23 at the door). On Sunday, Rusko and Doorfly play at 9 p.m. ($21 advance, $23 door). A portion of the proceeds goes to the Bob Moog Foundation. www.theorangepeel.net.
The dark "eco-activism" comedy "The Family Tree" gets preview performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and May 6, and opens May 7 at the Magnetic Field theater, 372 Depot St. Performances are announced through May 28. Admission to the previews is $8. Afterwards, tickets are $12 and $14. www.themagneticfield.com.