1. Jump into spring at the Salvage Station Arts Festival
As the sun comes out and the temperature gets warmer, it’s time for outdoor arts festivals to return to Asheville. Kick off the sunny season at the Salvage Station with the Spring Arts Festival, from 1-5 p.m. April 15. Bringing in more than 50 vendors, the lawn at 468 Riverside Drive will be full of local handmade art, crafts, vintage clothing, jewelry, beer and musical entertainment. Come browse and relax a while.
2. Hop over to some Easter events
On April 15, celebrate Easter in Asheville at the eighth annual Easter on the Green egg hunt in Pack Square Park, from 2-5 p.m. Free and open to the public, this family event is just one of many egg hunts throughout Asheville on Easter weekend, and the downtown event features age-specific hunts to ensure fair fun for kids ages 3 and under to 12. The event will also bring giant inflatables and crafts to downtown, along with oversized games and prizes for the activities. Jim Donohoo will be on-site all day to take kids’ pictures with the Easter Bunny. Check out other egg hunts this weekend over on Page XX.
3. Feel the island breeze from 2,133 feet
Head down to 32 Banks Ave. on Asheville’s South Slope to feel the island vibes at the Buxton Beach Bash. Although we’re high above sea level, that’s not stopping anyone over on Catawba Brewing’s patio, where guests will be celebrating the warm weather like they’re not atop a mountain. Featuring bands like the Ouroboros Boys and The Nude Party and DJ Dr. Filth, this beach party will reach new levels of tropical — especially when Buxton Hall chef Elliot Moss arrives with tiki-inspired food. The party is free and goes from 2-8 p.m. April 15. Call Buxton Hall for more information at 828-232-7216.
4. Walk the red carpet at Music Video Asheville
Head on down to the 10th annual Music Video Asheville on April 19. The annual event showcases the collaborations between filmmakers and musicians, and, this year, the musical extravaganza features 27 local artists’ track visualizations. Here’s how it works: Area bands submit their music videos and the best 90 minutes of videos are selected for a viewing and awards ceremony at Diana Wortham Theater downtown. Each band or artist gets to walk down the red carpet as an event celebrity, and watch audiences enjoy their work on the big screen. Tickets to Music Video Asheville are $15, and sales end April 17. The event is held from 5-11 p.m. April 19. More information can be found at musicvideoavl.com.
5. Get weird with Butoh
From April 20-23, the Asheville Butoh Festival will celebrate its 11th year of oddities in art, and they’re inviting you to come check it out. The 2017 festival, held in Asheville’s BeBe Theatre, will feature international guest artists from Scotland, Japan and Finland, as well as local butoh artists. What is butoh? It’s a form of Japanese dance theater that encompasses a wide range of techniques and movements. Butoh often features playful or unsightly imagery that covers absurd movements. Join these body-based performances for four evenings of performance, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. to witness the magic. Flip over to Page XX for the full story and schedule of events.