HAPPENINGS

The GRiZ Get Down @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena. Photo: Auburn Petty
Auburn Petty, of Plugged In Publicity, gives us her Top Five EDM shows of 2016. We recommend immediately putting all of these artists straight into your playlist.

Asheville Fashion Week
A Recap of Asheville's Fashion Scene in 2016

GritVegas Weekend Update January 5-8
Cold weekend ahead? Heat it up with this edition of the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update, our first of the new year!

Asheville Fringe Festival
It's the most wonderful time of the year again--Fringe Festival time! Tickets and limited Fringe Freak Passes are on sale now!

GritVegas Weekend Update New Year's Edition
Start the champagne toast now, here are your weekend plans for the final days of 2016.

Rosebud Video is going out of business. Go support them one last time.

Christine Garvin Dance + Transform. Photo: Megan Torgerson
Christine Garvin Dance + Transformation (CGD+T) is offering a new certification program in 2017. They'll also be donating to a different non-profit every month.

All your New Year's Eve party opportunities in one spot.

Diamond Brand giveaway
Finally be prepared for your next camping trip with our 12th Day of Grit-Mas giveaway: a two-man combat tent from Diamond Brand ($450).

12 Days of Grit-Mas logo
We're celebrating 12 Days of Grit-Mas this year! Starting on Monday, December 12th, we'll be giving away exclusive gifts and packages from some of our favorite local businesses!

Photo: Allie Tyner
On the 11th Day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a hammock and straps from Eagle's Nest Outfitters (ENO)!

GritVegas Holidays
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Good Yule! Celebrate the holidays with the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update!

Salvage Station
Get your New Year's Eve plans right with our Day 10 Grit-Mas Giveaway: 2 tickets to Salvage Station's New Year's Eve party AND a $25 giftcard!

Barley's and Grail images
We've created the ultimate package for you on Day 9 of Grit-Mas: dinner and a movie. Enter today to win a $30 gift certificate to Barley's and a Night out at the Movies at Grail Moviehouse.

Wreath People!
Celebrate the end of the year by lending a hand to a local organization.

Lever Gear Silver Toolcard
On the eighth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away 2 silver Toolcards from Lever Gear + 2 pairs of socks from Nester Hosiery!

Bellyak + Recover
On the seventh day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a pair of neoprene gloves from Bellyak and a hoodie from Recover!

Pure Yoga Asheville
On the sixth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a month of unlimited yoga from Pure Yoga Asheville ($79 value) to one lucky winner!

Malaprop's coffee mugs
On the fifth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a gift certificate ($25) and a bag of donation books from Malaprop's to one lucky winner!

Fire Forest. Photo: Cameron Strandberg
Equal parts heartbreak and hope, Brad Kelly's "Morchella Eximia" is the Grand Prize Winner of our inaugural Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance Flash Writing Competition.

GritVegas Weekend Update December 16-18
We're gearing up for the holidays, and we've got fun events to help you celebrate, shop, and relax!

On the fourth day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a pair of BANGS shoes to one lucky winner!

Christmas Jam. Photo: John Zara
Warren Haynes and friends make the US Cellular Center glow.

Whist gift bag
On the third day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a gift bag full of goodies ($65) from Whist to one lucky winner!

Corvallis and Eastern Railroad Logging Car. Source: Wiki Commons
Ryn Bradford Hayes shared her wonderful "Forests by Owl-Light" with us, and we chose is as the second runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance flash writing competition.

Horse and Hero handmade holiday cards
On the second day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a $50 gift certificate from Horse and Hero to one lucky winner!

Snake Mountain at Sunset. Photo: Justin Lonas (2005)
Kathryn Keeper's gorgeous "Hypermetropia" is the third runner-up for our Asheville Grit/Dogwood Alliance flash writing competition.

Woods & Wilds. Source: Dogwood Alliance
Announcing this year's Dogwood Alliance + Asheville Grit Flash Writing Competition Winners and finalists! We'll publish one winning story a day, ending with our Grand Prize Winner!

Source: Thirsty Monk
On the first day of Grit-Mas, we're giving away a $40 giftcard and a growler of CocoNorm from the Thirsty Monk to one lucky winner!

Chris Coen and Andy Shauf
The Mothlight welcomes the talented rockers to Asheville.

Christmas Jam GritVegas
It's gonna be cold this weekend, Asheville! We've got events and activities to keep you toasty!

Oak City Slums
Saturday night, head to the Mothlight for a BEATLIFE celebration with headliner Oak City Slums.

Mobley and Catch Fever // Wake the Dreamers
Mobley, who hails from Austin, TX, comes to New Mountain's Ridge on Friday with support from Catch Fever and the Stump Mutts. Proceeds from their new EP go to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Dylan LeBlanc
Inflected with the sounds of the deep South, Dylan LeBlanc's latest album offers a meditation on the singer's life so far--and far ahead. He'll play the Mothlight Tuesday, December 6th.

Head to the Asheville Food Park on Saturday, December 3rd, to check out pottery on sale from local artists at 8am-1pm.

Timothy Leary and Ram Dass
A touching story of friendship and counter-culture that could have benefited from a little more turning on and tuning in.

GritVegas Weekend Update: Forest Creatures!
Whether you're into woodland frolicking or getting out on the dance floor, the Asheville GritVegas Weekend Update has something for you!

Woods and Wilds
This Saturday, join fellow lovers of Southern forests to celebrate Dogwood Alliance's 20th anniversary, with a full day of events at the Salvage Station.

Manhattan. Photo: Graeme Maclean (Glasgow, UK)
Bar Wars is back, baby! This year's cocktail is the Manhattan. Find out where to drink it and how to vote for your favorite, and check out the very special events that go along with it.

Cpt HyperDrive
Cpt. HyperDrive and special guests will celebrate the release of his debut album at Sol Vibes on December 2nd.

Craggy Pinnacle
Asheville Grit and Dogwood Alliance are now accepting submissions to the 2016 Flash Writing Contest in honor of Dogwood Alliance's 20th Anniversary!

Thanksgiving GritVegas
Happy Thanksgiving! Once you're totally stuffed, walk, dance, drink, or shop it off by checking out our weekend suggestions!

Peter Hook. Photo: Mark McNulty
The legendary Peter Hook comes to The Orange Peel on Monday, 11/21.

The shakeout
"The Shakeout" comes to New Mountain this Saturday to promote inclusion and creativity through music, art, and fashion.

Dakota Access Pipeline Native American protest site, on Highway 1806 near Cannonball, North Dakota, August 15th, 2016. NODAPL! Photo: Shane Balkowitsch
The Army Corps just denied Dakota Access the right to construct the Missouri River portion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. What does this mean, and how can you help?

GritVegas Weekend Update 11-17
The weekend before Thanksgiving has a lot to be thankful for. Check it all out here.

Wild Nothing
Wild Nothing and Small Black come together for a show at The Orange Peel this Thursday.

GritVegas Weekend Update November 10-13
Need to unwind after a very stressful week? Not sure what the future holds? Go out and celebrate the AVL community--follow along with us!

The Bar at Habitat Tavern and Commons. Source: Habitat
Habitat Tavern and Commons, a brewery and community space, will open their door this week. We caught up with the team and checked out the space.

car interior shot
How I Learned to Drive, currently showing at 35 Below, is a stellar production from the Attic Salt Theatre Company.

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