Thursday, Oct. 21

The Annual Asheville Cinema Festival presents 40 films with a mix of feature-length movies and shorts. The event continues through Sunday, Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, Downtown viewing venues will be Asheville Community Theatre, the Masonic Temple theater and Lexington Avenue Brewery’s back performance room. Opening and closing night events are at the Biltmore Grande cinema at Biltmore Park in south Asheville. 828-259-5800.

Friday, Oct. 22

Purchase yarn, artwork and wearables at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event runs through Sunday. Over 100 vendors, workshops, demonstrations and livestock shows. Admission, $5 for adults per day, $10 3-day pass; free for children under age 13. WNC Agriculture Center, 761 Boylston Hwy, Fletcher. Visit

Relive the magic of everyone’s favorite board game as “Clue” takes over the Asheville Community Theatre stage, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2:30 p.m., 35 E. Walnut St. The classic whodunit based on the Paramount Pictures film features a few added twists. Be prepared to wear a mask for the entire performance. Tickets, $15-26; seating blocked to allow for social distancing. Call 828-254-1320.

It’s time to do the time warp again as “Rocky Horror Music Show” gets hips thrusting at the Asheville Music Hall, 31 Patton Ave., 10 p.m; doors open at 9 p.m. Ages 21+. The performance is a live music review in a rock club setting. Costumed characters will play the songs with live snippets of classic dialogue. Dress in costume for a DJ dance party to follow the show. Tickets, $15 advance; $20 at door.

Saturday, Oct. 23

A gathering of ceramic artists from all over the country converge at the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival at Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tile work, sculpture, jewelry, pottery and more will be on display. Get a jump on holiday shopping and enjoy raku demonstrations. Grab lunch at one of the food trucks for a convenient, locally crafted meal. Admission is free.

The 25th Anniversary Surreal Sirkus Arts Festival gets underway from 2-10 p.m. at Pack Square Park. A daylong celebration of freaky weirdness with vendors, art installations, food trucks and green terraces leading to a flaming funeral boat. Admission is free.

Bring your four-legged-friends to Pups & Pints, from 6-8 p.m., on the top level of the parking garage at 26 Biltmore Ave. (near White Duck Taco Shop.) The free, family-friendly event will include local breweries, dog-friendly vendors, live music and more to benefit the Asheville Humane Society.

Sunday, Oct. 24Enjoy “A Celebration of the Arts: Symphony in the Park,” 7-9 p.m., Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza. The music will play on the left side of the park, facing the stage. Bring a chair, picnic and get ready for a great show; pre-concert entertainment is planned. Admission is free.

Doll up the dog and head to the “Doggoween” costume contest at 3 Getaway River Bar, 79 Riverside Drive. Join the party as doggies of all ages and breeds are welcome to enter the contest. Celebrity judges include Stu Helm and Cody Hughes. The event will be held outdoors.

Monday, Oct. 25

Along with pumpkins, scarecrows are a definite sign of fall, and Lake Julian welcomes its annual juried Scarecrow Festival, running through Oct. 31, Lake Julian Road in Arden. Entries will be judged on originality/creativity, design and workmanship. Vote for your favorite scarecrow at Buncombe County Recreation Services,, by Oct. 28.

“I Want to Suck Your Blood” drive returns to Hillman Brewery, 25 Sweeten Creek Road. Get a $20 gift card while helping to save lives. Prizes for the best costume.

Tuesday, Oct. 26

The Sanderson sisters return to entertain a whole new generation of Halloween fans in the cult classic “Hocus Pocus” at Rabbit, Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave. The show starts at 6:15 and should be done by 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Spotlight: Wednesday, Oct. 27

Bottle Riot, 37 Paynes Way, invites all wine lovers to its Spooktacular Tasting in the Garden. The event starts at 6 p.m. Five tastings will be accompanied by ghoulish delights. Don’t be caught dead without a costume as the best-dressed will take home a $100 Bottle Riot gift certificate. Tickets, $50. Visit

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