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Fun March 2019 Happenings and Events In and Around Asheville

Beautiful mountains, waterfalls, and a welcoming unique community are just a few of the things that make Western NC an amazing place to live! Another benefit is all of the fun happenings and events for every lifestyle, here are some to look forward to in March 2019!


Ingles Southern Conference Basketball Championships presented by General Shale

March 7-11, 2019 @ the U.S. Cellular Center

The road to the NCAA Final Four starts in Asheville. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the nation’s best conference tournament action as the Ingles Southern Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships presented by General Shale will take place March 7-11, 2019 at the U.S. Cellular Center.

SoCon Tournament week has become an annual rite of spring in the Asheville community. Enjoy spending time in a city you’ve heard so much about. With excellent restaurants, breweries, shopping and activities, Asheville is a city with something for everyone.

The 2019 Championships will also include fun fan events for people of all ages throughout the tournament. Get in on the action!

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26th Annual Organic Growers School Spring Conference

March 08, 2019 - March 10, 2019

Mars Hill University 100 Athletic Street, Mars Hill, NC 28754

Times: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Spring Conference offers practical, regionally-appropriate workshops on organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming, and rural living plus a trade show, seed exchange, silent auction, special guests, and pre-conference, on-farm events. More than 70 sessions per day in themed tracks including Gardening, Soils, Livestock, Primitive Skills, Permaculture, Herbs, Alternative Energy, Sustainable Forestry, Homesteading, Cooking, Poultry, Farmers I and Farmers II, Mushrooms and Food Resilience.  

The Organic Growers School Spring Conference is a one-of-a-kind event that brings people of all walks of life together for a weekend of learning and networking. Since 1993, the OGS Spring Conference has been the best way to kick-off the season.

Admission: Cost: $59 for Saturday, $49 for Sunday: Early Bird Registration by January 31st. Registration is an additional $15 after January 31st and at the door.

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Asheville Tourists National Anthem Auditions Saturday, March 9

Anthem Tryouts for the 2019 Season Will Run from 10am-Noon

ASHEVILLE - The Asheville Tourists announced National Anthem auditions are taking place Saturday, March 9, from 10am-Noon at McCormick Field. Interested singers should report to the seating bowl area to sign up during the scheduled time frame.

Registration for signups will begin no earlier than 9:45am. Auditions will take place on the field behind home plate. Individual auditions are to last no longer than one minute and thirty seconds. Those waiting to audition are asked to be respectful while other candidates sing/play the National Anthem.

"Every year we are excited to provide the opportunity to feature new anthem singers," noted Tourists Director of Marketing and Fan Relations Sam Fischer. "We encourage everyone interested to come out and do the best they can."

Individual game tickets also go on sale Saturday, March 9 at 10am. Tickets start at $7.50 for adults and $5.50 for kids 6-12, seniors, and military. Tickets for July 3 go on sale at a later date. To purchase tickets, visit the McCormick Field ServPro Box Office, call the Front Office at 828-258-0428, or visit theashevilletourists.com.

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Break the Silence Speaker Series: Me Too Movement Founder Tarana Burke

March 14, 2019

( Join Aviva Pitt at this great event! )

Networking and cocktails: 5:00 PM-5:45 PM

Program begins: 6:00 PM

@ Renaissance Asheville Hotel 31 Woodfin Street Asheville, NC 28801


$35 – individual $10 – student $100 – VIP Champagne Reception $25/10 – group rate

Symmetry Financial Group, AdventHealth and Native Kitchen present a very special evening to benefit Our VOICE, Inc. Tarana Burke started a revolution in 2006 when she first used the phrase Me Too in reference to her own sexual assault. More than 10 years later the Me Too Movement transformed into the viral #MeToo phenomenon. Tarana was named a 2017 Time Magazine Person of the Year for her role in breaking the silence around sexual violence. Tarana’s message is clear: together we are creating a movement that is actively shaping and changing our cultural norms now and for future generations to come. 

VIP ticket holders receive special benefits and will have an opportunity to meet Tarana Burke at the reception! Enjoy a special entrance at the Renaissance Hotel, VIP check-in, VIP entrance to the Conference Center, and preferred seating for the program. Immediately following the program, please join us for the VIP Champagne Reception on the 12th floor of the Renaissance Hotel, in the newly remodeled Top of the Plaza event space, with a stunning view of Asheville at night. The VIP Champagne Reception is a catered event by the chef of the Renaissance Hotel, featuring passed hors d’oeuvres both savory and sweet, music, champagne and wine. Mix and mingle with friends, reflect on the evening, and meet Tarana Burke!

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2019 Asheville Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair

March 14, 3-6 pm, New Belgium Brewing Company, 21 Craven St.

Fairgoers can browse different CSA programs and talk directly with farmers about their offerings. Farms will be set up at individual tables like a farmers market and will share information about their CSA programs, including what products they offer, where and when they deliver, and their growing practices. It’s a friendly setting to learn more about your options, or bring your checkbook to subscribe right on the spot! Groups, such as workplaces, churches, or neighborhood associations, are encouraged to attend. Some participating farms will deliver directly to these locations if there is sufficient demand.

This event is FREE and open to the public. A special “Pie Day” popup will feature Sweetheart Bakery. Children are welcome to attend the fair. There will be family-friendly activities.

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A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS

Book and Lyrics by Willie Reale; Music by Robert Reale; Based on the books by Arnold Lobel; Directed by Mark Jones

March 15-17, 2019 @ The Asheville Community Theatre

( Join Aviva Pitt and her family at this great event! )

Friday at 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm

This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. Throughout the year, two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special.

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Asheville Amadeus 2019

March 15, 2019 - March 24, 2019 Various Locations throughout Asheville, NC

Admission: Free to $93, depending on the event. Details and purchase instructions for individual events can be found at ashevilleamadeus.org.

The Asheville Symphony is pleased to announce the event lineup for the 2019 Asheville Amadeus festival, a 10-day multi-genre Mozart-inspired event fit for all tastes and ages.

Kicking off on Friday, March 15 and ending with a bang on Sunday, March 24, the festival spans multiple Asheville venues, features collaborations with local favorites like Burial Beer Co. and joins forces with all-star musicians such as Gov’t Mule front man and GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer and revered guitarist Warren Haynes.

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Bike of the Irish 2019

Saturday, March 16th, 2019
1:30 to 4:00 PM at Wedge at Foundation 5 Foundy St., Asheville, NC 28801

Bike of the Irish is AoB’s annual spring ride, featuring hundreds of green-bedecked riders and routes that showcase the best of Asheville’s bike infrastructure and greenways. All of AoB’s community rides are family friendly and free (although donations are appreciated).

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St. Patrick's Go Green, Get Right Day

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 12 PM – 10 PM @ Highland Brewiing Company

Top o' the mornin' to y'all! We are feeling a bit Irish this St. Patrick's Day and we're celebrating with beer, music, and dance!

Join us for a pint of a classic nitro Irish stout, watch the Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance Asheville from 4pm to 7pm, then hang around for some psychedelic indie rock courtesy of the The Get Right Band!

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Luck O'the Irish

March 16, 2019 @ Bearwaters Brewary 101 Park Street, Canton, NC 28716

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come celebrate Saint Patricks Day with Folkmoot on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Bearwaters Brewery in Canton at 7:00pm.

Between now and the event, Folkmoot friends will sell 500 tickets at $20 each for a chance to win $1,000. Proceeds benefit Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives including the Southern Storytellers Series, Nashville Songwriters’ Nights, Friendship Dinners and production of community-wide events at the Friendship Center.

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Call Folkmoot, 828-452-2997 to learn more or purchase your Luck O’ the Irish ticket through the link below. Paper tickets can be mailed or picked up at the Friendship Center in Waynesville.

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Pi(e) Day Fun Run

March 17 @ 3:14 pm - 5:00 pm

Celebrating what it calls “the greatest number in the universe,” UNC Asheville’s Department of Mathematics will host the annual Pi(e) Day Run (or walk, for those who prefer) and pie contest on Sunday, March 17. The 3.14-mile fun run beginning at the Karl Straus Track on campus is open to everyone, with a registration fee of $15 that includes a t-shirt and swag bag. The run begins at pi time – 3:14 p.m. and will conclude with a homemade pie contest – where anyone can bring pies for Marvelous Math Club students to sample and judge. Additionally, refreshments for runners are being generously donated by Geraldine’s Bakery, Standard Pizza, Mellow Mushroom, and Trader Joe’s; additional support for the run comes from Rotary of Asheville – South, and WNC Grand Prix.

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St. Patrick's Day Celebration with Four Leaf Peat (traditional Irish band)

Sun, March 17, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm at the Grey Eagle

$12.00 - $15.00

Four Leaf Peat – Tennessee’s Premier Traditional Irish Band presents a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and Album Release Party

Knoxville Based Four Leaf Peat has been performing traditional Irish music regionally since 2004, and offers an authentic celebration of Irish music and song for St. Patrick’s Day!! Come on out and tap your feet, sing a few choruses and celebrate with the guys as they release their 4th full length recording!!

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Free Burgers for a Year - Bracket Challenge

Mar 17 at 11 AM – Mar 20 at 11 PM @ The Social

Join The Social family in our March Madness Bracket challenge to win FREE BURGERS FOR A YEAR!! Only one person will be victorious. The winner will receive a free basic burger & fries once a week for the next 52 weeks. LET'S GO!!

Sunday, March 17, 2019 11:00 AM - Brackets Released

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 11:00 PM - Completed Brackets Due

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Hillman Beer St. Patrick's Day Shindig

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3 PM – 10 PM @ Hillman Beer

Come join us for some good ol' Irish Times and Tunes this St. Patty's Day! Asheville Firefighters Pipes and Drums will be performing and Rise Above Deli will be doing a delicious St. Patrick's Day special of Bangers and Mash with Stout Onion Gravy and Lucky Charms Bread Pudding! YUM!

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Creating Pysanky: Ukrainian Easter Eggs

March 22, 2019 - March 23, 2019  11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

@ Grovewood Village 111 Grovewood Village, Adjacent to The Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC 28804


On March 22 and 23 at Grovewood Gallery, Andrea Kulish will demonstrate the ancient Ukranian art of pysanky, a wax-resistant method of decorating Easter eggs. Each egg is designed as a wish, with symbols and colors intended to bring the person who receives it love, health, success or whatever attribute the artist selects. A first-generation Ukrainian-American, Kulish learned the intricate art of pysanky, which translates to “written eggs,” as a young girl. Now, she not only creates them, using unique folk-inspired designs, but she also teaches classes in the art. Finished work will be on display and available to purchase.

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( Photo by Timo Volz on Unsplash )

Yoga with Cats!

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

@ Haywood County Animal Shelter 453 Jones Cove Road, Clyde, North Carolina 28721

Come stretch out and relax with our shelter kitties! Animal lover and yoga instructor Jesse Lee will guide you through an all-levels, donation-based class designed to increase your flexibility, reduce anxiety, and allow you to spend much-needed quality time with the cats at the Haywood County Animal Shelter.

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NRC Whitewater US Open

March 29, 2019 - March 31, 2019 @ The Nantahala Outdoor Center

13077 Highway 19 West, Bryson City, NC 28713

Admission: Free

Elite Slalom paddlers strive for precision and speed on the legendary Nantahala Falls course at this classic southeastern race. Additionally, wildwater racers compete in spring and classic components on the Nantahala River.

Spectators are invited to enjoy the show from the Forest Service walkway along the Nantahala Falls, which affords excellent views of both races. Bring a cup of fresh coffee from River's End Restaurant, located just downstream of the race course, and warm your hands as you enjoy US whitewater racing at it's best! Racers and their families receive 10% off at River's End Restaurant for the race weekend - just wear your US Open t-shirt into the restaurant.

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2019 Get Your Rear In Gear 5K Colon Cancer Awareness Run/Walk - Asheville

Saturday, March 30, 2019 @ Carrier Park, Asheville NC

( Join Jim Clinchard and his family at this great event! )

DATE: Saturday, March 30, 2019
LOCATION: Carrier Park
220 Amboy Rd Asheville, NC 28806

FEES: Through March 27 at 10 p.m.
Adult: $23 processing fee included
Youth (12 and under): $15

Race Day
Adult: $25
Youth (12 and under): $20

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