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2020 Asheville Outdoor Public Space Festivals & Events brochure now available

The City of Asheville’s 2020 Events Brochure is now available on and printed and available around town. You can also stop by City Hall for your copy, available at Community and Economic Development on the fifth floor and the City Manager’s office on the second floor.    The brochure is more than just a directory [...]

Start your engine, small businesses! Asheville Test Drive program launches

  Have an idea for a small business but not sure how buyers would embrace it? A new program in partnership with Mountain BizWorks and the City of Asheville gives people an opportunity to test their ideas in a low-risk environment. It’s called Test Drive and here’s how it works. This innovative partnership gives fledgling businesses the [...]

City of Asheville launches special events application portal

  The City of Asheville Special Events Office now accepts online event applications for festivals, parades, 5Ks, live music events and other events that happen in City parks or public space.   Online user registration has just launched on the Outdoor Special Events webpage. Formerly, multiple fillable PDF forms were posted on the site. [...]

Asheville’s Solar Eclipse Festival designed to educate, celebrate and help people view safely

It’s going to be a dark day. But only for a short time. We’re talking, of course, about the solar eclipse Asheville (and much of the United States) will experience Aug. 21. According to the Astronomy Club of Asheville, the solar eclipse will begin at 1:08 p.m. The mid-point of the eclipse will happen at 2:38 p.m. [...]

Asheville Holiday Parade just one of many special events the City permits

This week, organizers of the Asheville Holiday Parade are making their list and checking it twice. The extravaganza that steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, is an exercise in massive organization. The parade features nearly 100 entries, ranging from marching bands to floats by community organizations, dance troupes, cheer squads and area [...]