CLTure Travel Guide: Asheville in June

By Lea LeFebvre

May 28, 2016

For many, the desire to explore surrounding cities peaks when summer rolls around, and for good reason, too. With so many events and activities in the area, Asheville has something for everyone. Whether you’re craving adventure or relaxation, a trip to Asheville in June is the perfect cure for a case of the wanderlust.

Swine + Swill June 2 at Buxton Hall

$50 per ticket, ages 21+

As a part of the Asheville Beer Week celebrations, Buxton Hall is teaming up with Oskar Blues Brewery and Defiant Whiskey for a five-course beer dinner curated by chef Elliott Moss and the Buxton Hall team. The special event will incorporate Oskar Blues beer and Defiant wooden spirals in the cooking process and every course will be paired with hand-crafted original beer and whisky cocktails from the Buxton Hall bar team. Additionally, Oskar Blues is creating a special release beer made with whiskey aged wood from Defiant, and inspiration from Buxton Hall cuisine. Participants can enjoy not only delicious food and special cocktails but giveaways, raffles, and a unique opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the area’s most respected food and beverage artisans.

The Infamous String Dusters & Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass June 4 at Pisgah Brewery

$25 per ticket in advance, $30 day of show

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Keller Williams and The Infamous Stringdusters are teaming up for a one-of-a-kind event, dubbed Grateful Grass. The multi-faceted event will kick off at 7 P.M. with a solo set from Keller Williams, followed by a set from The Infamous Stringdusters, and finally a “Grateful Grass” set featuring all artists. It’s all going down at the Pisgah Brewing Outdoor Stage, one of the most beautiful venues in the southeast. Inexpensive craft beer and food truck vending will be available for purchase for event patrons onsite.

Art in the Park June 11, 18, 25 at Pack Square Park

Free and open to the public

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Asheville Art in the Park returns for it’s eighth year this June to showcase some of the finest artists in the region. The market series event takes place on three consecutive Saturdays in downtown Asheville and features nationally known and local glass, ceramics, wood, jewelry and metal artists. Interact with the artists, learn about the trade and find that perfect piece to complete your home. Ten percent of all market sale profits will be donated to the Asheville Area Arts Council’s “Asheville Art in the Park Art and Community Grant,” to benefit qualified and committed artists in Western North Carolina. To date, Art in the Park has created over $750,000 in needed income for area artists.

Asheville VeganFest June 11-12

Free and open to the public

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All are welcome to join in a celebration of compassionate living, hosted by the largest no-kill animal rescue organization in North Carolina, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. On Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th, 2016, listen to speakers from around the country as they tackle the latest vegan issues and enjoy an outdoor festival with over 100 vendors showcasing vegan food, beer, lifestyle products and more. Help spread the joy of delicious, healthy, plant-based foods in what is quickly growing to be the largest vegan festival in the Southeast.

All Go West Festival June 25

Free and open to the public

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All Go West Music Festival is returning this June after an unexpected hiatus. The free, multi-stage event will take over downtown historic West Asheville for a one day celebration of community, arts and music. Enjoy local beer, free activities for the kids, craft vendors and a little something to appeal to everyone’s music palette with four sound stages and dozens of artists across a spectrum of genres.

Montford Players’ Much Ado About Nothing Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in June at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre

Open to the public for suggested donation

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This comedic conspiracy to get the bickering Beatrice and Benedick hitched is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays to this day. The Montford Park Players is a registered non-profit which performs Shakespeare and other classic plays during summer months at the outdoor Hazel Robinson Amphitheater in the Montford Recreation area on Gay Street about one miles from downtown Asheville. Each performance is free to the public, but donations are requested to keep the theatre running.

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