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SPOTLIGHT:

Asheville Holiday parade

For over 70 years, the city comes together to kick off the holiday season with the downtown spectacle. Street closures start at 7 a.m., with the event beginning at 11 a.m. This year, the Asheville Holiday Parade will welcome 100 entries, including marching bands, cheer squads, costumed canines, entertainers and general weirdness opens the season with fun and festivity. Bring a chair to set up along the route that travels up Biltmore Avenue from Charlotte Street toward Pack Square. The parade then turns left on Patton Avenue and ends on French Broad Street. FYI: Pack Square is the only designated performance area.

Thursday, Nov. 18 Ginger’s Revenge Craft Brewery, 829 Riverside Drive, Ste. 100, presents “Gluten-free Comedy,” from 6-8 p.m. Mature content, ages 18 and up. Rotating open-mic hosts. Admission is free.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, The Chop Shop Butchery, 100 Charlotte St., is planning the holiday cooking class “Smoking Turkey – 3 Ways.” Join smoke master Shelton Steele from 6-8 p.m. to learn the basics of prepping and brining turkeys. Shelton will demonstrate three different grills – a pellet grill, an indirect smoker and an indirect charcoal grill. After class, enjoy the fresh-cooked smoked turkey prepared during the evening along with other goodies and beverages. Cost, $100.

Friday, Nov. 19

“Tis the Season Holiday Fair” starts today and runs through Sunday at the WNC Agricultrual Center, 761 New Boylston Hwy. in Fletcher. The shopping event features art, crafts, gifts, home décor, holiday food and wines. Adults, $5, kids under 12 are free.

“Art Break: African American Art in the Collection: New Research” is the first in a two-part lunchtime discussion led by UNC Asheville students, from noon to 1 p.m. The informal gallery talks are designed to educate and engage. Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square. Free for members, or included with museum admission.

ArtPlay, a new collaborative arts studio and gallery offering local artwork and playful, immersive, materials-based experiences for the community opens in the River Arts District, 372 Depot St., Ste. 44. The studio welcomes visitors into a fun, bright space where they are invited to view the creations of artists throughout, and to interact with creative materials in the space themselves. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Saturday, Nov. 20 “First Language” documents the fight to rescue the heart of Cherokee identity. The Emmy Award-winning film tells the story of the Cherokee language that was spoken in North America thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans and is still used today by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the mountains of North Carolina. But the language is endangered, with the final generation to learn the language reaching middle age and the number of native speakers dwindling. The film is presented in English and Cherokee with English subtitles. “First Language” screens at 11:30 a.m. at Asheville Art Museum, 2 South Pack Square. Admission is free for members, or included with museum admission.

Asheville Symphony: “Uncaged” gets underway at 8 p.m. at Harrah’s Cherokee Center, 87 Haywood St.

Sunday, Nov. 21 Evening tours, parlor music and holiday decorations bring to life the sights and sounds of an early 20th century Christmas at the Old Kentucky Home. Thomas Wolfe Memorial and historic site, 52 N. Market St. Call 828-253-8304.

Monday, Nov. 22 Burger Night at Hi-Wire Brewing returns to take care of Monday night dinner, 4-8 p.m., 2A Huntsman Place. For $10, get a double cheeseburger with two locally made, quarter-pound patties piled high with fresh toppings and American cheese served alongside hot tallow fries and an ice-cold pint of seasonal beer.

Tuesday, Nov.23 Head to the West Asheville Tailgate Market to pick up the freshest vegetables, cheese and more for your Thanksgiving Day feast, 718 Haywood Road, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 24One day before Thanksgiving and the River Arts District Farmers Market will be abuzz with vendors to help dress up your holiday meal.

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