Best of January: Our 50+ Favorite Asheville Events This Month

Happy New Year! Can you believe we’re in a new decade? This is your chance to start fresh with new date nights. January is full of stellar date night ideas, everything from endless live music and comedy to beer releases and art classes, January is certainly a great month to go out and have fun. Previously a weekly Best Bets, we have upgraded our events list to a monthly ‘Best of” where we compile the weeks into one big feature for you to browse each month. Here is our curated list of upcoming events for January. We have the best events in Asheville for your cold season date nights.

January 1 – 8

Cuban Night with Simón Y Las Reglas
January 2, 8 – Midnight
Asheville Beauty Academy
Cuban Night at the Beauty Academy with local musicians and Cuban Food Pop Up from Bodega Cubana!
Free admission

Music Bingo: 2019 Music Rewind
January 2, 7:30 – 9pm
Craft Centric Taproom & Bottle Shop
Revisit all the top songs of 2019! Prizes for each round winner.
Free admission

Trivia and Fermented Nonsense Brewing. Pair perfectly during the winter season! Photo credit via Instagram: @craftcentrictaproom

New Year’s Resolution 5k Run/Walk & 10 Mile Run
January 1, 10 – 1:30pm
Pack Square – Downtown Asheville
Start 2020 off with a bang! The Resolution Run events welcome families and participants of all ages to come run, walk or crawl their way to completing their first resolution! The 5k is a perfect distance for all abilities to run/walk and to start off your new year! The 10 mile event was designed with endurance road runners in mind. Both events are timed with chip timing.
$38 – $65

Silent Sunday – Film and Live Score
January 5, 7pm
Grail Moviehouse

January 6, 6 – 9pm
Girls Pinto Out – All ladies 21+ are welcome!
Free admission

Axeville Grand Opening Party at Catawba Biltmore
January 8, 5 – 10pm
Catawba Brewing – Biltmore Village
Check out the newest addition to the Biltmore Village Tasting Room – Axe Throwing! There will be food, beer and axe throwing sessions for purchase! More info to come!
Free admission

Joe’s Truck Stop at New Belgium Brewing!
January 3, 5:30 – 7:30pm
New Belgium Brewing
Fat Tire Friday’s presents Joe’s Truck Stop!

Free Trivia Night
Every Tuesday Night in January, 7 – 9pm
Archetype Brewing – West Asheville
A weekly night of free pub quiz fun! Professional trivia master will be quizzing you on everything: history, science, art, pop culture, and everything else. You might even learn something!
Free admission

Brunch Of Jokers Comedy Show
January 5, Noon
The Grey Eagle
The Grey Eagle & Marquee Comedy Present: Brunch Of Jokers
$10 – $15

Karaoke with the Spins
January 2, 9 – Midnight
The BLOCK off biltmore
Lisa E will be spinning in between karaoke.
Free admission

The center for fun! The BLOCK of biltmore. Photo via Instagram: @tbobavl

New Year, New Crew, Local Comedy Showcase
January 4, 8 – 10pm
LaZoom Room
So many amazing new comics have popped up in Asheville in the last year and we want to celebrate the best way possible, with a giant new faces showcase!

Laura Thurston 
January 4, 7 – 9pm
The Conundrum Speakeasy
Laura brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level! You will be enthralled when you see this lovely lady rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp. On top of that, Laura then adds sweet sugary vocals to her acoustic Folk-Grass mix while giving energy and presence to capture your attention.
Free admission

Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge Comedy Open Mic
Every Wednesday in January, 9 – 11:30pm
Disclaimer Stand-Up Lounge
Fun and a free show of hit-or-miss comedy where comics stop by to work on their material or try out new stuff.
Free admission

River Arts District Farmers Market
Every Wednesday in January, 3 – 6pm
Plēb Urban Winery
Local vegetables and artisan goods from the River Arts District Farmers Market
Free admission

January 9 – 15

Vegan It at Urban Orchard Cider Co.
January 11, Noon – 8pm
Urban Orchard Cider – South Slope
Delicious bubbly cider from Urban Orchard Cider Co. paired with fantastic Vegan Cuisine!
Free admission

Urban Orchard South Slope!

Skee-ballin’ Sunday’s
Every Sunday in January, 9 – 2am
Asheville Retrocade
Every Sunday night a weekly Skee-ball tournament! Whether you’re a new player or used to ballin’ with the best of ’em, all are welcome. Sign up starts at 9pm and the Tournament starts at 9:30pm. Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place provided by Hi-Wire Brewing!
$7 – $10

The Karma Mechanics Live 
January 11, 9 – 1:30pm
27 Club of Asheville
A fun-filled night of ROCK N ROLL!
Free admission

Cider Cinema Disco Dance After Party
January 10, 8 – 11pm
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Calling all dancing queens and kings! Break out those platform shoes and jumpsuits and get ready to boogie the night away with our ABBA inspired 70’s disco dance party!
Free admission

Schwarzbier Release
January 9, 2 – 10pm
Catawba Brewing – South Slope
Free admission

Mini Paint Your Pet with Wind and Design
January 13, 6 – 8pm
Hillman Brewing
Wine and Design will walk you through step by step to paint your fur baby! Guests will provide a clear photo of their pets, via email prior to the class ([email protected]). We will trace your pet directly on an 8×10 canvas. There will be an 8.5×11 colored print of your pet to use as a reference while painting. Artists will guide you through every step of the way.

American Bowie Experience – A Tribute to David Bowie
January 10, 10pm
Asheville Music Hall
What began as a fun ‘side-project’ of an already established band, American Bowie Experience has suddenly exploded into the most in-demand David Bowie tribute in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Show
January 11, 8 – 11pm
The Orange Peel
Experience some Beatles magic as Abbey Road LIVE delivers its signature performance: the entire Abbey Road album, start-to-finish. Featuring classics such as Come Together, Here Comes The Sun and the epic “side 2 medley”, Abbey Road has been widely recognized as the Fab Four’s finest musical work. And the album performance will be just part of the evening: fans will be treated to a second set of Beatles tunes spanning the band’s 8-year, 200 song career.
$17 – $20

An Evening of Poetry and Tea
January 14, 7 – 8:30pm
Dobra Tea House – Downtown
Enjoy an evening of poetry and tea.
Free admission

The Big Throwback Dance Party!
January 10, 8:30pm
Isis Music Hall
Join The Big Throwback for a night of high-energy Soul, R&B, Funk, Oldies and Modern Dance Music Hits! Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie!
Free admission

Citizen Cope
January 14, 8 – 11pm
The Grey Eagle
Citizen Cope is bringing his solo tour to The Grey Eagle stage in Asheville NC on January 14th!
$34 – $39

Fringe Fest Preview Party
January 11, 7 – 10pm
A preview of the 18th annual Asheville Fringe Arts Festival to Fleetwood’s in West Asheville on Saturday, January 11th, 7 to 9 pm, free and co-hosted by 103.3 AshevilleFM. Get a taste of Fringe dance, installation and music from the edges, and grab one of the freshly printed festival guides!
Free admission

DIY Sausage & Beer
Janaury 9, 6 – 8pm
The Chop Shop Biutchery
Join the butchers and friends from a local brewery for a two-hour, hands-on educational evening of beer and sausage-making.
$85 – $125

Pancake Apocalypse “A Night of Sketch Comedy”
January 11, 9 – 11pm
LaZoom Room
A night of sketch comedy starring Cameron Davis, Carin Metzger, Jared Eriksen, Jessica Barlow, Joe Carroll, and George Awad
$10 advance, $12 day of

Tequila Launch
January 15, 6 – 10pm
Mountain Madre
Mountain Madre is introducing their very own Tequila to Asheville! This barrel of reposado was hand-selected from el Tesoro, in Jalisco, MX. There will be an El Tesoro representative here to discuss the barrel and history of tequila!

January 16 – 22

DOLLY DAY 2020: A birthday tribute to Dolly Parton
January 17, 8 – 11pm
The Grey Eagle
Asheville Honky Tonkers and friends celebrate the musical legacy of a country music living legend, Dolly Parton at The Grey Eagle on 1/17!
$15 – $18

Black Bear Brunch
January 18, 10:30 – 2:30pm
Black Bear BBQ
A pop-up brunch with BBQ!
Free admission

Bold Burger Night
Every Thursday in January, 11 – 9pm
Bold Rock Bold Cider
Do you like delicious burgers (beef or black bean) topped with tomato, onion, pickle, lettuce, and BBQ aioli? Do you like to pair your favorite hard cider with said delicious burger? Of course you do!!
Free admission

CoverFest 2020
January 19, 4 – 10pm
The Grey Eagle
Asheville Middle School is hosting a fundraiser to provide scholarships for deserving students to attend our annual trip to Washington DC. Over 10 bands have agreed to play covers of their favorite artists (or genres like Yacht Rock or 80s Hits).
Free admission, donations suggested

Tacos & Trivia
Every Tuesday in January, 4 – 8pm
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Every Tuesday Bold Bites is serving up delicious $3 tacos from 4-8pm. After you grab some tacos, come inside for a $5 cider margarita and stay for trivia at 6:30pm!
Free admission

World Famous Bluegrass Brunch
Every Sunday in January, 10:30 – 3pm
The One Stop at Asheville Music Hall
Listen to blue grass while enjoying brunch!
Free admission, donations suggested

Foreplay! In The Mountains
January 16, 7 – 9pm
The Odditorium
A monthly open mic adult storytelling event, when your kinky and sexy stories can be shared! Make it sexy, make it salacious, just make sure it’s true and keep it under 7 minutes! 21+, donations appreciated, drinks available. Doors open at 6pm!
Free admission

Music Bingo
January 22, 6 – 8pm
Oskar Blues Brewing – Brevard, NC
Not your Grandma’s bingo hall…head over to the Oskar Blues Brevard Taproom every Wednesday for an OB spin on Music Bingo! Beer, tunes, and some friendly competition. Sounds like a good Wednesday!
Free admission

January 23 – 31

Fermented Pairings Series AVL: The Secrets of Home-made Pizza II
January 23, 6 – 7:30pm
White Labs Kitchen & Tap
In this hands-on workshop, White Labs Kitchen & Tap’s pizza dough master, Sean Dean will share his tips and tricks for using brewer’s yeast.

Acrylic Pour Class *String Pull Technique*
January 26, 6 – 7:30pm
Ginger’s Revenge
Get a bit messy, play with paint, learn about color and flow and make an abstract masterpiece!

Gypsy Guitars LIVE
January 25, 7 – 9pm
The Conundrum Speakeasy
One of Downtown Asheville’s favorite acts will be jamming at Conundrum Speakeasy!
Free admission

The Conundrum Speakeasy.

2020 Asheville Hot Chocolate Races
January 25, 8:30 – 11am
Isaac Dickson Elementary School, downtown Asheville
Prices vary

Post-Brunch Blues
January 26, 4 – 7pm
Archetype Brewing – West Asheville
Local Musician Ashley Heath organizes a weekly jam session right after Sunday brunch. A rotating lineup of local Asheville talent will be gracing your ears with sweet, sweet tunes.
Free admission

Acoustic Wednesdays at Pisgah Brewing with Cuberow
January 29, 6 – 9pm
Pisgah Brewing
An intimate sit-down concert experience featuring Cuberow
Free admission

Jesse Barry & The Jam
January 24, 6 – 9pm
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Jesse Barry & The Jam takes old school blues and popular funky party songs and puts their own spice into them with creative arrangements and soulful grooves.
Free admission

Botany through the Seasons: Winter Edition
January 25, 1 – 4:30pm
Botanical Gardens – Asheville
Being in one of the most botanically diverse wild areas in the world can be amazing and daunting at the same time. What an incredible gift to be able to collect free and vibrant food and medicine all around us anytime! If you want to be able to do this safely (aka don’t poison yourself or others) and sustainably, you need to know the basics of botany.

Pilates with Puppies
January 25, 10 – 11am
Asheville Humane Society
Please join us for a fundraiser for the Asheville Humane Society. Pilates with Puppies will be a basic Pilates class, with puppies provided by AHS. Please BYO yoga or Pilates mat and a small towel. Please do not bring your own puppy! $15. Pre-registration required. Register at Space is limited and this event will sell out! Questions? Email [email protected]

Chef Dinner with Joe Kindred and Steven Satterfield
January 25, 7 – 10pm
Half-Mile Farm, Highlands, NC
A night full of flavor awaits you as Chef Joe Kindred of Kindred in Davidson, NC and Steven Satterfield of Miller Union in Atlanta bring their contemporary and upscale cuisine of the new South to Half-Mile Farm.

Who’s Bad Presents The Evolution of Pop
January 23, 9 – 11:30pm
The Orange Peel
As its name implies, “The Evolution of Pop” is a visionary musical continuum saluting the icons of the past who paved the way for the Jumbotron-sized pop stars of today. As the musical landscape constantly shifts, “The Evolution of Pop” boasts years of performance experience at the world’s most renowned stadiums and pavilions, leaving international audiences awed and yearning for more.
$18 – $20

Hillman Beer Mini Paint Your Pet
January 27, 6 – 8pm
Hillman Brewing
Yes, you will actually walk through a step by step instruction for how to paint your fur baby!

Kid Hop Hooray! Indoor Dance Party
January 25, 10am
The Orange Peel
Family date night!
$3 – $5

Sound Healing with The Arcanum Experience
January 31, 7 – 8:30pm
Violet Owl Wellness
Sit, stand, or lie on your mat as you take a multi-sensory sound journey with the healing and motivational music of The Arcanum Experience.


Featured photo credit via Instagram: @catawbabrewing

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