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

November is full of pre-holiday date night ideas from food truck festivals and leaf looking hikes to art gallery strolls and wine tastings, November is the 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 November. We have the best events in Asheville for your November date nights.

November 1 – 8

Sunil’s Japanese Dinner
November 3, 7 – 9pm
Asheville Beauty Academy
Farmer Sunil will be cooking up a three-course, Japanese Meal, inspired by his time spent in the Mountains of the Main Island.

Dia De Los Muertos
November 2, 9 – 2am
A celebration with music, drinks and face painting – or go dressed in your best dia de los muertos attire.
Free admission

3rd Annual Asheville Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
November 2, Noon – 5pm
Asheville Outlets
Food Truck Festivals of America is heading to The Land of the Sky for the 3rd Annual Asheville Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival in Asheville, NC. Featuring some of the area’s most popular food trucks, dishing out fan favorites. Along with dozens of regional and national craft breweries, FTFA will be bringing the ultimate food truck experience to The Asheville Outlets.
$5 – $40

Pizza Karaoke
November 3, 10 – 2am
Aux Bar
Free admission

Get Out: Haunted House
November 1, 2 – Midnight
YMI Cultural Center
The YMI CC Presents their first-ever Get Out Haunted House! Starting Thursday, October 24 at 5pm, Bring your family & friends to join you as you make your way in…and hopefully out of the scariest experience you’ve ever had. Think you can get out? Get your tickets and find out!
$0 – $30

Asheville Smash Don’t Trash 2019!
November 3, Noon – 3pm
, Asheville GreenWorks, & New Belgium Brewing are teaming up again to fight scary Halloween food waste! Most of the 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins produced in the U.S. end up in the landfill. Those nutrients are too precious to waste.
Free admission

Wake the Dead: Goth Dance Party w/ Cryptic Critter & Cold Choir
November 2, 10 – 1am
The Underground
DJ Cryptic Critter will be mixing it up with their own blend of dark beats, and Cold Choir brings us their unique blend of 80’s electro, darkwave, and EBM. Per usual, I’ll be spinning my unusual mix of industrial, deathrock, goth, synthwave, EBM, darkwave, new wave, and more.
Free admission

Soul Jam at The Block
November 4, 11, 18, 25, 9pm
The BLOCK off Biltmore
Free admission

That’s What She Said Comedy Tour
November 6, 8:30 – 10:30pm
LaZoom Room
Atlanta-based comics Amy Gibbs Brown, Christin Neal, and Julie Marateck are hitting the road with lots of snacks and headed to NC for their special Comedy Tour. Their combination of wit, storytelling, and attitude is the cornerstone of their comedy. Don’t miss out on this special night of laughs and libations.

Nick Gonnering (Folk, Jazz, Blues)
November 1, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Rustic Grape Wine Bar
Local artist Nick Gonnering Music will be bringing his lively mixture of Folk, Jazz and, Blues music to our cozy wine bar. Nestled in the heart of downtown the Rustic Grape’s cozy atmosphere and wonderful staff will have your heart singing!
Free admission

3rd Annual Sausage Festival
November 2, 11 – 5pm
Hickory Nut Gap Farm
live music, sausage samples all day, sausage-making demos, local brews, and Oktoberfest games! What more could you want on a crisp fall day at the farm? HNG will be rolling out some specialty sausage recipes just for this event, not to be missed!
$5 – $13

2019 WNC Fermentation Festival
November 3, 11 – 5pm
Marshal, NC
Join together in honor of fermentation, food preservation, farming and food resiliency in Madison County, NC. All profits & proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Beacon of Hope Food Bank. There will be FREE demos on food preservation & fermentation, music, family-friendly activities and, of course, local and regional fermenters, foodies and craft vendors ranging from local farms to local potters, fermenters, crafters and much more!
Free admission

Day of the Dead Party – Featuring Del Maguey Mezcal and MAR
November 1, 7 – 11pm
Mountain Madré
The Day of the Dead Party will be held at Mountain Madre to celebrate the Mexican holiday starting at 7pm.
Free admission

Russian Ballet Theatre presents Swan Lake
November 2, 7:30pm
US Cellular Center
Those faithful to the tradition of Swan Lake, must-see Russian Ballet Theatre’s new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic.
$28 – $75

Beer and Oysters for a Cause!
November 2, Noon – 6pm
Sweeten Creek Brewing
Enjoy beers and (super-fresh) NC oysters on the lawn with proceeds benefiting CCA North Carolina, a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting our coastal resources and preserving our fishery for the enjoyment of future generations.
Free admission

Thursday Night Butcher’s Table Dinner
November 7, 14, 21, 28, 6 – 10pm
Foothill’s Butcher’s Shop in Black Mountain
Every Thursday night, an intimate dinner that celebrates local, pasture-raised, sustainable meats and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Dining in Foothill’s private butcher shop in Black Mountain, you’re invited to relax with friends, family and new faces in an intimate, casual setting.

The Blade Runner Party
November 5, 9 – Midnight
The Burger Bar
The month and year Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ took place. We’re just changing the location from Los Angeles to Asheville!
Free admission

Glassworks Concert Series
November 1, 5:30 – 8pm
Lexington Glassworks
The Lexington Glassworks serves as the backdrop for the ultimate local music, art, and beer experience. The 1st Friday of each month from 5-8 pm, April through December your invited to a fun-filled evening of glassblowing, craft beer, and bluegrass.

2019 Fall Festival Season
November 1 – 10, 10 – 4pm
Hickory Nut Gap Farm
Bring the entire family and enjoy the meadow maze, pumpkin picking, u-pick apples, adult-sized trike track, sound silo, baby farm animals, corn pit and parent lounge, nature walk, fresh-pressed apple cider. On the weekends, HNG Farm adds a bouncy house, unlimited hayrides, and kiddie cart rides, and ticketed horse rides!
$5/ Person; Ages 4 and Under Free

Melodic AF
November 1, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Ginger’s Revenge
A blend of soul, jazz, country, blues, roots, and good ol American style rock n’ roll tunes.

November 9 – 15

Charcuterie & Trays
November 15, 6:30 – 9:30pm
AR Workshop – Arden
Learn the art of creating a Local Cheese & Charcuterie tray with guest instructor Asheville Date Night. This event will involve learning how to set up an all-local Cheese & Charcuterie tray, get wine pairing tips, PLUS a DIY workshop to make a wood Plank Tray, Pedestal Tray, Lazy Susan or Round Sign.

Opening Day! Asheville Art Museum
November 14, 11 – 9pm
Asheville Art Museum
Explore the Museum on its first official full day open to the public!
Free for members, $15

Fall Stroll – River Arts District
November 9 & 10, 10 – 5pm
River Arts District
Two days of special events, open studios, demos, and creativity in Asheville’s River Arts District at our largest event of the year!
Free trolley rides

Cold Mountain Release Weekend
November 14, 3 – 10pm, November 15, Noon – 10pm, November 16, Noon – 10pm
Highland Brewing
This year’s party will, as always, be a great celebration of this coveted winter warmer and your first opportunity to grab some before it’s gone!
Free admission

Wizards of Mixology Battle for the House Cup
November 14, 7 – 10pm
Private special event where four local bars, paired with a North Carolina spirit, will represent a house from Antidote’s School of Mixology! Each bar will create a house punch to be entered & judged by those in attendance.

Royal Tea
November 10, 2 – 8pm
Battery Park Book Exchange
In celebration of the opening of the Downton Abbey exhibit at the Biltmore House, Battery Park Book Exchange will host a traditional afternoon tea service. Enjoy a variety of loose leaf teas along with a selection of finger sandwiches, baked scones, clotted cream, fresh fruit, and pastries. A glass of champagne will be poured for extra sparkle.

Asheville Mac Attack: A Benefit for Asheville Music School
November 10, 1 – 4pm
Salvage Station
The Asheville Mac Attack is the newest in a series of cooking competitions produced by All American Food Fights whose flagship event, the Asheville Wing War sells out in minutes and is one of the most popular food competitions in the Asheville area.
$8 – $45

Art Break: 50 Years of WNC Glass
November 15, Noon – 1pm
Asheville Museum of Art
Drop in to one of the lunchtime Art Breaks! Taking place on selected Fridays at 12pm, these informal gallery talks and presentations both inform and engage you in dialogue with our curatorial and education staff, docents, or special guests.

Sake To Me Tuesdays
November 12, 5pm
The Montford Rooftop Bar
Sake pop up the second Tuesday of every month! The Montford Rooftop Bar is offering a selection of sake & Asian inspired cocktails and dishes.
Free admission

Cheesecake & Beer Pairing
November 9, 2 – 5pm
Craft Centric Taproom & Bottle Shop
A unique pairing of a flight of Fermented Nonsense beers with four bite-sized cheesecakes from Ginchy Goodies.

Yoga Taco Mosa
November 10, 11 – 12:30pm
The Grey Eagle
Yoga practice followed by tacos and mimosas in the taqueria.
Free admission

Steak Night
November 11, 18, 25, 5 – 8pm
Bold Rock Cider
Monday nights are Steak Nights at Bold Rock Mills River. Pair your favorite hard cider with a mouth-watering steak, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect Monday night!
Free admission

November 16 – 22

Taste of Asheville: Presented by Cheney Brothers
November 21, 7 – 9pm
The Venue
The Taste of Asheville, hosted by AIR and presented by Cheney Brothers, brings over 50 of Asheville’s famed independent restaurants and makers together under one roof for an unforgettable evening of sampling small bites, craft beverages, and music.
$75 – $100

Fermented Pairings Series AVL- Party Flavors!
November 21, 6 – 7:30pm
White Labs Kitchen & Tap
Right before the holidays, learn all about how to pair wines and beers with a variety of the tastiest sweet and savory treats.

Fall Stargazing: The Leonid Meteor Shower
November 16, 7:30 – 9pm
Hickory Nut Gap Farm
One of the biggest meteor showers of the year at HNG Farm with local astronomer and author Stephan Martin. Enjoy the meteor show and explore some of the stars, constellations, and other astronomical treasures of the fall night sky. All ages are welcome.

Hillman Beer: Mini Paint Your Pet
November 18, 6 – 8pm
Hillman Brewing
Wine & 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]). They will trace your pet directly on an 8×10 canvas and there will be an 8.5×11 colored print of your pet to use as a reference while painting.

Wicked Weed West Barrel Sale and Chili Cook-Off
November 16, Noon – 4pm
Wicked Weed West
Join Wicked Weed West for a Barrel Sale and Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, November 16th from 12-4PM located at 145 Jacob Holm Way in Candler. Sample some of the AVL community’s best homemade chili and scope out our barrel sale including Bourbon, Rum, Gin, French Oak. Brewers will be on-site to answer questions + load barrels!
Free admission

Curry for a Cause: Bounty & Soul
November 16, Noon – 10pm
Blue Dream Curry House
In support of the amazing folks and work of Bounty & Soul with 10% of all proceeds going to support their wonderful cause. If you aren’t familiar with them yet, stop on by and learn more about their efforts to to create healthier communities. If you are familiar, then we encourage you to stop on by and show them some love!
Free admission

Stout Bout
November 16, Noon – 5pm
Hi-Wire Brewing
The 5th Annual Stout Bout Festival will be at the Big Top Production Facility where guests will receive glassware and two beer tokens. Additional beer tokens will be $3 each.

Center for Craft Public Reopening
November 16, 2 – 6pm
Center for Craft
The Center for Craft will host a Public Grand Reopening in their newly renovated space in downtown Asheville to welcome the community and introduce them to the new National Craft Innovation Hub.
Free admission

The Blind Pig presents: ‘Spaghetti Western’
November 17, 5:30 – 8:30am
Somewhere in Asheville
The Blind Pig presents Spaghetti Western a coursed TEX MEX/ITALIAN pop-up dinner featuring chefs David Santos, Rich Parente and Mike Moore. The location is undisclosed. Menu Undisclosed. Limited Seating.

November 23 – 30

Holiday Pop-Up! Market 
November 23, 10 – 4pm
Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top
A seasonal “pop-up” market featuring a variety of local vendors highlighting some of the best in arts, crafts, and artisanal products from Asheville and the surrounding areas. All this in supporting your local producers of goods with a portion of the proceeds benefitting a local charity TBA.
Free admission

Mountainfilm on Tour 
November 23, 6 – 10pm
The Orange Peel
Muddy Sneakers is thrilled to host Asheville’s only screening of Mountainfilm on Tour for the third year at The Orange Peel on Saturday, Nov. 23. A fantastic night of community and film as we celebrate our shared passion for the outdoors. A Mountainfilm presenter will guide the audience through the program, providing insight on the films, filmmakers, and subjects.
$25 – $180

5th Annual Holiday Ornament Release Party
November 30, 10 – 5:30pm
Lexington Glassworks
Get in the holiday spirit at Lexington Glassworks 5th Annual Ornament Release Party. A family-friendly event that has become a yearly tradition for both locals and out-of-towners.
Free admission

Biltmore Park Turkey Trot 5k
November 28, 9 – 10:30am
Biltmore Park Town Square
The Biltmore Park Turkey Trot course is a USATF certified 5k. The route will begin and end in Biltmore Park in South Asheville and run through Biltmore Park Town Square and the surrounding neighborhood.
$25 – $30

Holiday Twilight in the Treetops
November 30, 4:10 – 6:10pm
Asheville Adventure Center
Watch the world transform from dusk to night while climbing in the trees. Trails will be illuminated to give climbing the obstacles a new perspective. Over 15,000 colored lights, plus colorful lasers sparkling on thousands of leaves, cables, rope, and platforms throughout the park will create a mystical tree climbing experience like you can’t imagine.

Plantsgiving 2019
November 27, 5 – 9pm
Annual benefit dinner for the Animal Haven of Asheville! Reservation only and will be a 3 course, prix-fixe dinner.

Post-Brunch Blues
November 24, 4 – 7pm
Archetype Brewing
Local Musician Ashley Heath organizes a weekly jam session right after Sunday brunch.
Free admission

Date Night in Collaboration with 12 Bones
November 23, 6 – 9pm
AR Workshop Arden
DIY with us at AR Workshop for DATE NIGHT to make one of our many Wood Projects! Before you come in, head over to 12 Bones show your registration and receive 20% off your meal!!
Prices vary

Vegan Thanksgiving Dinner
November 28, 11- 2pm
Sunflower Diner
Serving a set vegan Thanksgiving menu featuring all the classics from 11 am to 2 pm on Thanksgiving Day.
Free admission

Opening Night! Winter Wonderland at Grove Arcade 
November 29, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Grove Arcade
Winter Wonderland is returning to Grove Arcade bigger, brighter, and snowier than ever before!
Free admission

Free Trivia Night
November, 26, 7- 9pm
Archetype Brewing – West
Free to play, win awesome prizes, and who knows…you might learn something!
Free admission


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