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June 10th-11th 2017 Asheville and Western NC Events and Festivals

Summer brings so many great festivals and events to Asheville and Western North Carolina. Here are just a few coming up this weekend June 10th - 11th, 2017:


Southern Highland Clay Fest at the Folk Art Center
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10 AM–4 PM
Potters and other ceramic artists share a variety of techniques such as throwing, sculpture and coil-building. This event features the opportunity to glaze and watch the firing of raku pots.

For six hours on Saturday, June 10, the hill behind the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be filled with more than twenty potters selling ceramic wares for both décor and function. Clay Fest is an annual Southern Highland Craft Guild event that celebrates the varied craft processes and techniques used with clay. The Guild’s makers are adding new elements to enhance the twenty plus-year-old event into a festival with exhibitor booths. Alongside the sixteen Guild potters will be a handful of invited guest potters from across the country.

In addition to being able to shop on the hill, visitors will be able to watch the first annual Clay Olympics. Each exhibiting potter is invited to compete in two events, throwing the tallest vessel and throwing the widest bowl. Contestants are given a five-pound wedge of clay and five minutes. Prizes are given to the top three competitors with gift certificates to Highwater Clays, Southern Highland Craft Guild merchandise, and other local goods.

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Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration

Saturday June 10 - 10am-5pm

Mountain heritage comes alive in downtown Waynesville for the Seventh Annual Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration, Saturday, June 10 on Main Street. The event is a celebration of traditional mountain craft, food, and entertainment. Exhibits include vendors demonstrating and selling handmade Appalachian art and crafts such as blacksmithing, leatherworking, quilting, weaving, pottery, wood working/carving, painting, and more. In addition to craft vendors, the event showcases a variety of Appalachian life skills such as storytelling, native plants, beekeeping, and food preservation.

Take a step back in time with us as we protect, preserve & develop our historic & cultural resources. From 10am-5pm you will enjoy traditional food, mountain music & dance, crafts, and demonstrations. Festivities take place rain or shine. A friendly reminder, by Town ordinance, no animals are allowed at downtown events.

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Bluff Mountain Festival
Saturday, June 10, 2017
This free, family-friendly festival in Hot Springs (at the spa) features great old-time and bluegrass music, ballads, clogging and square dance, and a silent auction and raffle of regional artwork, local crafts, vacation packages, and more. 10 AM until 6 PM with an array of delicious foods too.
Asheville Art in the Park 2017
June 10, 17, 24 and October 7, 14, 21 | 10 AM-5 PM

Stroll around the Vance Monument and fountain at Pack Square through an artistic garden of diversity. Visit with talented artists that exhibit their creations at this favorite art fair – including glass, ceramics, woodworking, metal smithing and the fabric arts. From pottery to jewelry to sculpture and two-dimensional art, the market promises a bouquet of contemporary and traditional mountain art and crafts. Plus, dozens of art galleries are a short walk away in downtown Asheville.

Xpand Fest June 10th, 2017

Xpand Fest is a free community event highlights music and the arts as innovative tools that are essential for inclusive development and supports the belief that the arts are a powerful platform for social change. We hope you will join us for the inaugural one day event to be held in the South Slope on June 10th, 2017.

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Asheville VeganFest June 10th-11th, 2017

Join us for a celebration of compassionate living in one of the top vegan-friendly cities in the country: Asheville, NC! June 10th – 11th, 2017. On Saturday, listen to speakers from around the country as they tackle the latest vegan issues. On Sunday, enjoy an outdoor festival with over 100 vendors showcasing vegan food, beer, lifestyle products and more!

Asheville VeganFest is hosted by the largest no-kill animal rescue organization in North Carolina, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. As we continue to expand our circle of compassion, we’re spreading the love with our community and introducing folks to the joy of delicious, healthy, plant-based foods. Join us for what is quickly growing to be the largest vegan festival in the Southeast!

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National Get Outdoors Day Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Time: 11am-3pm; Hike and program times vary
Cost: Included with Park admission

Celebrate the 10th annual National Get Outdoors Day by bringing your family to explore one of Western North Carolina’s most iconic places. Join Park Naturalist and other area partners to learn more about how to experience the great outdoors from many different angles. Guided hikes will be offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to Hickory Nut Falls. At 1 p.m. a special family guided hike will take place on the Great Woodland Adventure trail. At 2 p.m. an Animal Encounter Program will be held at the Animal Discovery Den. The Park’s climbing tower will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day for park guests to enjoy.

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Veg-Out: A Bounty & Soul Benefit Fundraiser

Outdoor Stage - Show: 1:00 pm at Pisgah Brewing Company 

$10 Day of Show

Treat yourself to: Food Tasting/Community Gathering
Food Vendor: Local Partners of Bounty & Soul

Bounty & Soul Gears Up for Second Annual VegOut Fundraiser

Black Mountain, NC

Bounty & Soul is a nonprofit hunger relief organization that serves Buncombe and McDowell counties, providing fresh, healthy foods, nutrition education and Health & Wellness resources to individuals and families in need through five weekly mobile markets.

Bounty & Soul will be hosting their second annual VegOut fundraiser, Presented by Native Kitchen, at Pisgah Brewing Company on Saturday, June 10 from 1:00 – 6:00 pm to celebrate healthy food access and community partnership. The kid-friendly event is an opportunity for the community to enjoy live local music, local food and beverages while supporting Bounty & Soul in their fight against food insecurity and promotion of health education. Featured bands include Chalwa, Little Pisgah, and The Paper Crowns. There will also be face-painting, fairy hair and free yoga classes from the Yoga Service Movement.

Pisgah Brewing Company will be donating funds from “Pisgah Pints” and guests will have the opportunity to join a brewery tour throughout the afternoon with a portion of the proceeds going to Bounty & Soul.

Farm to Fender food truck will be onsite providing locally sourced foods with a portion of the proceeds going to Bounty & Soul.

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