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As we look ahead, it’s fascinating to notice the common themes that unite these diverse experiences. Whether it’s celebrating local art, supporting community initiatives, indulging in delicious food and beverages, or embracing the beauty of nature, each event reflects the vibrant spirit and creative energy of our region. From the “ArtFeast” in Asheville’s River Arts District to the Block House Steeplechase in Tryon, and from the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics to the Blue Ridge Mountain Folk Art Center Winter Festival, we’re fortunate to have a calendar filled with opportunities for connection, adventure, and appreciation. So mark your calendars, rally your friends and family, and get ready to immerse yourself in the cultural tapestry that makes our community so special. We can’t wait to see you there!

❤️ Katrina Morgan, Editor

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Upcoming Events

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  • Asheville Winter Festival: Let's celebrate winter with ice skating, live music, yummy food trucks, and more at the Asheville City Hall Plaza from January 20-22.
  • 76th Annual Block House Steeplechase: Get ready for an unforgettable day of heart-pounding horse racing and incredible entertainment! Presented by the Tryon Riding and Hunt Club and Tryon International Equestrian Center, the 76th Annual Block House Steeplechase returns on April 13, 2024. Experience the excitement and thrill in person by securing your tickets now. Don't miss out on the most thrilling day of the year – get your tickets here. For any assistance or inquiries, feel free to contact our box office at (828) 278-8088 or email us at tickets@tryon.com.
  • Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival: Immerse yourself in breathtaking natural beauty and embark on a global adventure at Brevard College. Join us on March 15th and 16th at 7:00pm, and March 17th at 1:00 pm for a remarkable showcase of the world's greatest mountain and adventure films. Get your tickets starting January 16th at 8:00am for an experience you won't want to miss!
  • Polar Plunge for Special Olympics (Asheville): Ready to take a dip in the icy waters of the French Broad River? It's all for a good cause - supporting Special Olympics North Carolina on February 4th.
  • Asheville Gallery Hop (Asheville): Come explore Asheville's vibrant art scene on the first Friday of every month (February 3rd) from 5-8pm. It's a great opportunity to appreciate some local talent.
  • Apple Festival (Hendersonville): Join us at the Henderson County Farmers Market on January 28th from 9am-1pm for a day dedicated to all things apple. Expect delicious treats, crafts, music, and more.
  • Valentine's Day Chocolate Walk (Hendersonville): Treat yourself and show some love to our local businesses on February 11th with the annual Valentine's Day Chocolate Walk in downtown Hendersonville. Get your tickets and indulge your sweet tooth.
  • Blue Ridge Mountain Folk Art Center Winter Festival (Weaverville): Step into the world of traditional Appalachian arts and crafts at the Winter Festival hosted by the Blue Ridge Mountain Folk Art Center on February 18th from 10am-4pm. It's gonna be a day full of creativity and wonder.

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