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At Buncombe County Library (see locations below)
May 10. 4p – 5:30p. at Weaverville Library (41 N Main St, Weaverville 28787. 828.250.6482) Teen Awesome Group: Who’s Line is it Anyway? Ages: 12 – 18. Cost: Free. Calling all teens! Don’t miss our May TAG event, Who’s Line is it, Anyway?: A Teen Comedy and Improv Night. Come add your own spin to our evening of comedy and improv games, snacks and lots of fun!
May 13-17. various times and locations (see below). Dollywood’s Penguin Players’ presents Tony Buzzeo’s One Cool Friend. Ages: Preschool+. Cost: Free. This year’s new musical production brings us the delightful antics that result when young Elliot takes a penguin home from the aquarium. One Cool Friend is a lively 20-minute production filled with sing-along songs, including music written especially for the Penguin Players by Dolly Parton.
May 13, 10:30a. at Pack Memorial Library (67 Haywood St, Asheville 28801. 828.250.4700)
May 13, 3:30p. at Black Mountain Library (105 N Dougherty St, Black Mountain 28711. 828.250.4756)
May 14, 11a. at Leicester Library (1561 Alexander Rd, Leicester 28748. 828.250.6480)
May 14, 4p. at Weaverville Library (41 N Main St, Weaverville 28787. 828.250.6482)
May 15, 10:30a. at Enka-Candler Library (1404 Sandhill Rd, Candler 28715. 828.250.4758)
May 15, 3:30p. at North-Asheville Library (1030 Merrimon Ave, Asheville 28804. 828.250.4752)
May 16, 10:30a. at Skyland/South Buncombe Library (260 Overlook Rd, Asheville 28803. 828.250.6488)
May 16, 3p. at Oakley/South Asheville Library (749 Fairview Rd, Asheville 28803. 828.250.4754)
May 17, 11a. at West Asheville Library (942 Haywood Rd, Asheville 28806. 828.250.4750)
May 17, 2:30p. at East Asheville Library (902 Tunnel Rd, Asheville 28805. 828.250.4738)
May 19. 2p – 3p. at Fairview Library (1 Taylor Rd, Fairview 28730. 828.250.6484) Stories and Songs by Becky Stone. Ages: All. Cost: Free. Fairview’s own Becky Stone will present a program of stories and songs. Becky will share folk tales, African-America
At the Diana Wortham Theatre (2 South Pack Sq, Asheville 28801. 828.257.4530)
May 7-8, 10a & 12p. Click, Clack, Moo! Ages: 2 years – Grade 4. Cost: $7 (group rates available. 1 free teacher ticket per 10 students). ”Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing?” Farmer Brown cries. A hilariously “mooooo-ving” new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.
Festival Season (let the festivities begin!)
Asheville Herb Festival (WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Rd, Asheville. 828.301.8968)
May 3-5. 9a – 5p (3rd & 4th), 10a – 3p (5th). Ages: All welcome, but note (from personal experience), this is primarily a shopping expedition and can be very crowded, so judge your child’s interest level accordingly. Cost: Whatever your budget can afford. Whether you’re looking for herbal medicine, holistic treatment, herbal soaps and shampoos, gourmet cooking herbs, cookbooks, or organic gardening information, you’ll find the products and experts you need. The annual festival has become an important annual gathering for herb enthusiasts and professionals from throughout the southeast.
Big Love Fest (Pack Square Park, Asheville. online contact form here)
May 5. 1p – 8p. Ages: All. Cost: Free, but plenty of locally crafted items to purchase. The Big Crafty and Asheville Grown Business Alliance are putting on a celebration of unchained and independent Asheville. This festival is sponsored and made possible by local and independent businesses, crafters, artists, restaurants, breweries & non profits.
French Broad River Festival (Hot Springs 28743. online contact form here)
May 3-5. Gates open 8a on the 3rd. Ages: All. Cost: $90. Children under 11 get in free. Tickets include camping, music, registration fees for whitewater and biking events (if you have your own boat/bike), one raffle ticket, festival schwag, and good times.
Lake Eden Arts Festival (377 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain 28711. 828.686.8742, firstname.lastname@example.org)
May 9-12. Check website for appropriate check-in times. Ages: All. Cost: varies depending on day/weekend/camping/commuting… One of the most awesome music, arts, dancing, fun times to be had. Note: you must purchase advance tickets.
Mountain Sports Festival (Carrier Park, Asheville. email@example.com or 828.989.3587)
May 24-26. Ages: All. Cost: Bring your family and friends and join us at Carrier Park for the outdoor music and sports event of the year! From competitions to demonstrations to music to kid’s activities. MSF Kids Events are a fantastic way to your little ones involved, including the free climbing wall and the KEEN Iron Kids Competitions.
National Day of Puppetry
May 4. 11a – 3p. Roger McGuire Green, Downtown Asheville. The Asheville Puppetry Alliance celebrates the National Day of Puppetry. Cost: Free performances, fee for games and concessions. Performers include: Red Herring Puppets, Mountain Marionettes, The Empire Strikes Brass Band, and Whee Ahh Faerie Kin Stiltwalkers. Participate in the Giant Puppet Parade, make a puppet of your own, and more.
Stroller Strides of Asheville Celebrates Moms (Carrier Park, Rotary Centennial Pavilion, Asheville. firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.407.0274)
May 8. 9:30a – 10:30a fitness time, play date after. Cost: Free. Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. As a Mother’s Day celebration, Stroller Strides of Asheville will hold a special class, free to all moms, with a post-class play date for the little ones with games and crafts, and special treats for all the moms.