CLTure Travel Guide – Asheville in March

By Lea LeFebvre

March 2, 2016

Houndmouth March 5 at the Orange Peel 

Advance $20, Door $18, ages 18+

With a new LP under their belt, root-sy folk rockers, Houndmouth, will make a triumphant return to The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on Saturday, March 5. Asheville marks just the second stop on an international spring tour in support of their sophomore effort, Little Neon Limelight, which was released to stellar reviews March 15 of last year. The quartet will visit mostly southern stops this spring, as well as a few abroad in Australia and New Zealand. Tickets are going fast and the show is expected to sell out.

Blind Pig Supper Club: Vegetal March 12 

~$90 per adult; 21+; gratuity not included

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The Blind Pig hosts family style menus through chef driven collaborations, all while raising money for national and local charitable organizations. Each event showcases creative dishes using local and fresh ingredients, built around a key theme. This month, The Blind Pig hosts a dinner collaboration between Chef Ivan Candido of The Admiral and Chef Nohe Weir-Villatoro of King James Public House. The focus will be vegetables through the lens of Latin American cuisine. Proceeds will go to support Asheville Latin Americans for the Advancement of Society, ALAS, a Latin-led non-profit organization that develops Latin leadership in Buncombe County. This month’s supper will be held March 12, 5 to 8 p.m. at an undisclosed Asheville location.

“Greenmansion” Grand Opening March 17 at Green Man Brewing

Free for all; 21+

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The time has come for the much-anticipated Green Man Brewery expansion to make its public debut. Staying true to Green Man tradition, the brewery’s grand opening celebration will be on St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17. Green Man released its first-ever bottles on the holiday in 2013, and has continued celebrations each year for St. Paddy’s since. The 20,000 square-foot facility, dubbed the “Greenmansion,” is located next to the current brewery and taproom on Buxton Avenue on the South Slope of downtown Asheville. Special beer tappings will occur throughout the day and food trucks will be on site. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their best interpretation of “Green Man,” and there prizes will be awarded for the top costumes.

Get in Gear Fest March 19 at RiverLink Park

Free admission; all ages

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“Buy Local” isn’t just about your groceries, it’s about your gear and beer, too. Learn from the pros while trying out locally made outdoor gear. Ring in the first day of spring with a local brew, gear clinics, and one-of-a-kind races and events. On March 19, Outdoor Gear Builders of Western North Carolina hosts the second annual Get in Gear Fest in the River Arts District of Asheville. Member companies will be on hand to show off their latest and greatest products that are designed and/or built in North Carolina. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family including races, raffles auctions and live music, and all proceeds from the event will benefit River Link, an organization that works to revitalize the French Broad River in North Carolina.

Biltmore Blooms Festival of Flowers March 19-April 26 at Biltmore Estate 

~$50 for adults, $25 for kids

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There’s no place quite like the Biltmore in the spring. The gardens, designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, come to life with wave after wave of gorgeous blooms. Orchids are first to bloom in late-March, followed by steady blooms including rose topiaries, a shrub garden, cascading arches, azalea, forsythia and more. The formal manicured gardens directly surround the house and span more than 75 acres. Enjoy live music daily in the Winter Garden in the Biltmore House and the Conservatory, and a wine tasting, which is included with the price of admission.

photo+craft March 31 through April 3

Most events are free and open to public

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photo+craft, hosted by Warren Wilson College, is an unprecedented community arts event happening March 31 through April 3 at multiple venues in downtown Asheville and the River Arts District. The festival will hold exhibitions, installations, lectures, film and panel discussions to explore visual and material culture in the 21st century through the intersection of photography and craft.

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