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Find Your Creative Spark in This Soulful Appalachian City

Asheville, North Carolina, stands as a haven for artists, creatives and cultural enthusiasts alike. This vibrant mountain city attracts visitors who seek to immerse themselves in its dynamic arts scene, where creativity flourishes in all its forms.

Legacy of Creativity

For centuries, artists and makers have been inspired by Asheville's picturesque landscapes and eclectic community. Whether you are a seasoned artist or a creative enthusiast, you will find inspiration in Asheville’s deeply rooted creative history.

In Asheville, standing out has always meant fitting right in. The city has served as a cultural hub for creative tourism for over a century, hosting creatives such as Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Rooms in the new Flat Iron Hotel feature plaques detailing the historic businesses that occupied the building, dating back to 1927. Asheville continues to welcome all who seek to express themselves, fostering a sense of inclusivity and diversity that fuels its artistic soul.

The Rhythm of Music

At the heart of Asheville's creative scene is its passion for live music, where you can find any genre playing on any given night. The Orange Peel and The Grey Eagle stand as pillars of the local music community, hosting an eclectic array of performances ranging from indie rock to bluegrass and jazz.

But music in Asheville is not confined to traditional venues; it spills out onto the streets and into the hearts of passersby. The Asheville drum circle, a beloved weekly gathering in Pritchard Park, invites locals and visitors alike to join in the rhythmic celebration of community.

For those seeking a deeper dive into global sounds and traditions, LEAF Global Arts offers a gateway to the world's cultural heritage through music, dance, and storytelling. As a hub for creative exchange and education, LEAF enriches Asheville's artistic landscape with perspectives from around the globe.

Where Art Comes to Life

No exploration of Asheville's art scene would be complete without a visit to the River Arts District, a former warehouse area converted into a vibrant neighborhood covered in street art. Hosting studios for close to 300 working artists who open their space to the public offers a glimpse into their creative process and a chance to connect with the makers behind the art.

Stroll along the district's colorful streets and discover a treasure trove of galleries, studios, and artisanal shops, where you can find everything from handcrafted pottery to contemporary paintings and wearable art. Pop into places like Wildflowers for vintage clothing, North Carolina Glass Center for hand-blown glass, or Marquee, a design-centric marketplace. Once you’ve worked up a thirst, you’ve got many options in the area. Pleb Urban Winery takes a community-centric approach to winemaking, focusing on what is locally available. If you need a pick-me-up, head to Ultra Coffeebar for a nitro cold brew, vegan breakfast options, and killer vibes. Or go where good friends meet for good beers at Wedge Brewing Co. The River Arts District invites you to explore, discover, and connect with the soul of Asheville's artistic community.

Summer of Shakespeare

Asheville's cultural calendar comes alive in the summer months with the Montford Park Players' outdoor Shakespeare productions. Set against the backdrop of Montford Park, these enchanting performances bring the Bard's timeless tales to life under the stars, offering a unique opportunity to experience the magic of live theater in a picturesque outdoor setting.

This summer, the Montford Park Players will make history with the world's first complete repertory staging of all of Shakespeare's history plays. From the stirring drama of "Richard III" to the epic grandeur of "Henry V," audiences will be transported to the tumultuous world of medieval England, where power, passion and politics collide in unforgettable ways. Performances take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from May 10 through October 27.

Asheville's arts and culture scene is a testament to the city's enduring spirit of creativity and innovation. Whether you're drawn to the rhythm of the drums, the brushstrokes of a painting or the timeless poetry of Shakespeare, Asheville offers a wealth of experiences for the artist in everyone. Find your inspiration in Asheville's vibrant culture of arts. Visit or download the Explore Asheville app to learn more.


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