(To submit an item for consideration to our weekly calendar, email firstname.lastname@example.org. List the event title, date, time, admission price, location, website and photo, as well as a brief description. All events take place in Asheville unless noted otherwise.)
Thursday, Aug. 12Head to Rabbit Rabbit, 75 Coxe Ave., to hear the best and brightest of Asheville’s comedians. Standup Comedy on the Rooftop starts at 8 p.m. Admission, $12.
If things are rocking at Silverados, 2898 US-70 in Black Mountain, open the door and head straight in. The Laurel River Connection headlines the live music showcase. The show is free and will rock the stage from 7-10 p.m. Admission is free.
The Western North Carolina Historical Association presents a virtual discussion of Asheville’s historic Shiloh community from 6:30-8 p.m. Shiloh is one of Asheville’s oldest historically Black communities and was inhabited by many newly freed people after the Civil War. Tickets are $3 for WNCHA members; $7 for non-members. There are also no-cost, community-funded tickets available. Pre-registration is required. Contact Trevor Freeman, email@example.com. A Zoom link to access the program will be sent out following registration.
Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy. #200, joins a vital community effort with a community blood drive from 4-9 p.m. Sign up to donate blood at https://donate.thebloodconnection.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/176637. All donors will receive a $20 eGift card from Highland Brewing for their support.
Friday, Aug. 13Brews and Bears wraps up its season from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the WNC Nature Center, 75 Gashes Creek Road. Highland Brewing, Urban Orchard and Pleb Urban Winery, plus food from Gypsy Queen Cuisine and Blunt Pretzels will be available. Enjoy music from 105.9-FM The Mountain. Visitors will get to see black bears Uno and Ursa, as well as Obi-Wan and Olive otters enjoy their favorite frozen treats. Admission varies from $15-$20, depending on membership. Visit wildnc.org/brews-and-bears.
What is Goombay you ask? Goombay is an African-Caribbean word meaning rhythm or drum, with rhythmic sounds and colorful sights. Experience the Goombay Festival as it comes alive in downtown at 39 S. Market St. The event is sponsored by the YMI Cultural Center and features steel drums, African-America dancers, local gospel groups. Vendors set up along the streets, offering everything from ice cream to third-world crafts.
Family fun returns to downtown with a free movie night, featuring “Jumanji” at Pack Square Park, 80 Court Plaza, 7-10:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Saturday, Aug. 14
The 44th Annual Sourwood Festival moves into the Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber, 201 E. State St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop for arts, crafts, enjoy food, games, music, carnival rides and more. The event will take place rain or shine. Saturday hours, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
The Dub Club Presents Tymellord, Tuff, Seymour on Saturday at 6 p.m., and Sunday, at 2 a.m. at the Alley Cat Social Club, 797 Haywood Road, #100. Join the monthly edition of The Dub Club hosted by Alley Cat Social Club in West Asheville as it features the best up-and-coming bass producers and DJs in the electronic music community. Doors open at 6 p.m.; party starts at 8 p.m.; free until the music starts at 8 p.m., followed by a $10 cover. Live visuals, live painting, full bar.
Head to Burnt Shirt Vinyards as it celebrates the release of O Cellars Reserve Cabernet Sauignon 2018. Live music on the patio from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free samples of the award-winning bold red will be available. Chimney Rock Tasting Room and Bistro, 438 Main St, Chimney Rock.
Sunday, Aug. 15
Pack up the kids for a night of family fun theater at Hazel Robinson Amphitheatre, 92 Gay St., as the players present “The Sword in the Stone” on Sundays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through August. Admission is free.
The Asheville bocce summer tournament takes place at Rendezvous, 184 New Haw Creek Road. The free double-elimination tournament is open to all registered teams of the 2021 spring and fall seasons.
Monday, Aug. 16
Brush up on your geography and current events because Monday Night Trivia is back at Highland Brewing Company, 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., #200. The event takes place from 2-4 p.m. inside the tap room and is socially distanced for everyone’s safety. Admission is free.
Tuesday Aug. 17
The “Incredibles 2” heads up an evening of family fun with movie night at Rabbit Rabbit, 5 Coxe Ave., starting at 6:30 p.m. For information, call 828-255-4077
Dr. Keith Loop O.M.D. leads an information mini-session on acupuncture from 4-8 p.m. Dr. Loop specializes in Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine and welcomes guests to his clinic at 188 Charlotte St #1A. The event is free but appointments are required to attend. Call 971-998-0800, or visit DrLoopOMD.com.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
Settle into the company of like-minded history buffs during the opening night reception of “Unearthing Our Forgotten Past: Fort San Juan,” presented by the Western North Carolina Historical Association. In addition to the exhibit, guests will be treated to refreshments, live old-time music, yard games and more. The event runs from 5:30-7 p.m. Admission is free.
The French Broad Valley Music Association takes over Oklawaha Brewing Company, 147 1st Ave E. in Hendersonville, from 6-8 p.m., during a jam session focused on regional fiddle tunes and songs. Carol Rifkin and John Mitchell co-host the weekly event. Bring an instrument to play or just enjoy the music. Admission is free; donations are appreciated. The event is kid-friendly.
Are you looking for a tasty dinner idea? Local farmers present the fruits of their labor during the River Arts District Farmers Market, 289 Lyman St., 3-6 p.m. Admission is free.