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The Asheville Downtown Association has partnered with LEAF Schools & Streets to bring additional programming to Pritchard Park this summer. Performances by LEAF Schools & Streets teaching artists take place from 5:30-6:30pm and are open to the public. LEAF Schools & Streets is a local educational outreach program matching artists with youth in schools and communities for han...Read More
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For the fifth year running, food lovers can sip and savor at the Asheville Wine & Food Festival, held August 22-24. A gastronomic mecca in the midst of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville’s local-centric culture offers the backdrop for a burgeoning food and drink scene that continues to receive national recognition. Ticketed events throughout the weekend highlight the area’s top...Read More
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From Mountain Xpress: In what could be a good sign for the local economy, retail space at the Grove Arcade in downtown Asheville is on the verge of being fully occupied for the first time since 2007. With the most recent addition of The Watchmakers Shop, the Arcade now serves 35 locally-owned businesses, including a variety of stores, restaurants and galleries. Thai Bas...Read More
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Nearly 200 volunteers came out on a rainy Monday to clean up Downtown Asheville. The Asheville Downtown Association hosted the Clean Up Day to call attention to the city's cleanliness problem and advocate for a long-term sustainable solution. Thanks to partner, Asheville GreenWorks and the many sponsors that made the day possible: The Grove Arcade, Grainger Industrial Supply, Lexington Avenue B...Read More
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From Mountain Xpress: Last week, City Council revised the ordinance that governs the number of food trucks that can operate downtown. Previously, that number was capped at 10. Now, any number of food trucks may set up within the Central Business District if they lease an approved space, such as at The Lot. ...Read More
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98.1 the RIVER and the Asheville Downtown Association are proud to announce that Homegrown in Pritchard returns to Pritchard Park on Thursdays June 6 through August 29. Homegrown in Pritchard is a free summer concert series featuring local singer-songwriters performing from 6-8pm. Artists performing in the concert series will also be featured on the Homegrown radio program Sunday nights on 98.1...Read More
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Cleanliness has become a bigger and bigger issue in Downtown Asheville. We hear it from tourists, residents and business owners alike, but there’s no sustainable solution in place. So, we’re taking to the streets on Monday, July 1 with our brooms, dustpans, lots of trash bags and even a few power washers to show what Downtown Asheville can be. Shifts: 8-11am, 11am-2pm, 2-5pm ...Read More
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From The FlipKey Blog: FlipKey.com, a leading vacation rental marketplace, today revealed the top ten summer beer festivals for thirsty travelers. From drinking beer in the outfield of Raley Field in Sacramento to hopping on a LaZoom bus comedy and beer tour during Asheville Beer Week, these festivals offer good beer and good times to the locals and tourists who travel to sample regiona...Read More
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  The Tuesday evening Hoop Jam, presented by Mission Health with Asheville Hoops, returns to Pritchard Park on May 28 from 5:30-7:30pm. Hoop Jam continues every Tuesday until August 27. Instruction is provided by Melanie MacNeil, widely recognized as one of Asheville’s and the Southeast’s finest fire and hoop performers. Music is provided by George Pond of Snake Oil Medicine Sh...Read More
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Free trolley service through Gray Line Trolley (the red trolley) will be available from downtown Asheville to the RiverMusic series in the River Arts District this summer. “RiverMusic is going to be the best ever this year. We have always said that the river and downtown are wonderful partners, and provide so many exciting options for our citizens and visitors. Yes, Asheville has some...Read More

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