Community Calendar 2018-02-04T22:20:13+00:00

The Community Calendar is comprised of information submitted by area nonprofits to reduce area fundraising event conflicts. AFP WNC does not endorse or promote the events listed. If you would like to submit an event or modify the event or description below, please contact Julia Buchanan at

January Events

Jan. 26: REACH Fund Launch Party (Homeward Bound)
Homeward Bound recently launched an ambitious goal of ending chronic homelessness in Buncombe County. As Western North Carolina grows in popularity, we feel a responsibility to ensure that no one is left outside.

February Events

Feb 1: Open Forum – Youth Perspectives (Black Mountain Home For Children)
Youth will share their favorite things about the Home and will also offer suggestions for improvements. This is a wonderful opportunity for youth to have a voice and show off their poise and thoughtful ideas about the ministry.

Feb. 3: Junior League of Asheville Volunteer Expo
Modeled after a job fair, the Volunteer Expo is an opportunity for residents of Western North Carolina to learn about local nonprofits, their volunteer needs, and other ways to support these organizations.

Feb 22: Key Society Donor Reception (Homeward Bound)
Homeward Bound recently launched an ambitious goal of ending chronic homelessness in Buncombe County through the support of real estate professionals, members of associated industries, home buyers and sellers, and businesses community-wide. Local agents agree to donate a portion of each commission.

Feb. 24: Vagina Monologue (Helpmate)
The purpose is to raise funds and awareness for anti-violence groups in our local communities in an effort to end domestic and sexual violence against women. 90% percent of the proceeds from this production will go directly to Helpmate.

Feb. 25: Asheville Lyric Opera Gala
Featuring the world premiere of a new art song by Clint Borzoni and Gavin Dillard and the esteemed vocal talents of Jennifer Bryant PedersenMatthew QueenWill Jones and Barry Pate. The Winter Gala has become recognized for not only the highest of musical quality, but also for the culinary experience.

March Events

March 3: Bowl for Kids Sake (Big Brothers/ Big Sisters)
Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser. Each year, half a million people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters as we expand what’s possible for youth!

March 8: Elizabeth Smart Event (Our Voice)
Elizabeth Smart is an internationally recognized survivor and a leader supporting all people impacted by sexual violence. Her Asheville address will focus on hope and healing after trauma.

March 9: Scholarship Luncheon (A-B Tech Foundation)
The A-B Tech Office of College Advancement’s Scholarship Luncheon recognizes scholarship recipients and their generous benefactors. Approximately 500 local leaders, business owners, students and community members have the opportunity to hear first-hand from scholarship recipients how the scholarships have impacted their lives.

March 10: Art Affair (OpenDoors of Asheville)
IMAGINE Nation, an elegant celebration of creative collaboration, as we help transform the lives of local students from the experience of “NO” to the unlimited possibility of “KNOW.” Featured artist, Spencer Herr.

March 17: Shamrock 5K/10K/15K (Asheville Catholic School)
The event will be on St. Patrick’s Day this year – Saturday, March 17 –  giving everyone a perfect way to celebrate this fun holiday. There will be great food, beer from Asheville Brewing, and a DJ before and after the races. The event will benefit the O’Brien and William Edward Gibbs Memorial Scholarship Fund.

March 20: Seat at the Table Benefit Dinner (Haywood Street Congregation)
At Haywood’s Downtown Welcome Table, cloth tablecloths and napkins, flowers in vases, and the use of real china help counter the notion often held by those living on the streets that ‘handouts, hand-me-downs and leftovers are all I deserve.’ The meal is served family style and folks are invited to linger at the table as in a nice restaurant or dinner at home.

March 22: Lunch of A Lifetime (Eliada Home)
Eliada will offer those committed to the education, healing, and success of children and youth a unique and exciting opportunity to come together for the Lunch of a Lifetime.

March 24: Rock the House (Asheville Habitat for Humanity)

March 24: Share the Promise (Carolina Day School)
Supports the student tuition assistance program.

March 31: Table for Three Raffle Kick-Off (MANNA Food Bank)

April Events

40th Annual Jazz for Justice (Pisgah Legal Services)

April 4: 27th Annual Spelling Bee (Literacy Council of Buncombe County)

April 11-12: 2018 Spring Days of Impact (United Way)

April 13: Mercy for Haiti at Highland Brewing (Mercy Urgent Care)

April 13: Bear Cub Gold Classic (Black Mountain Home for Children)

April 14: Alumni Reunion and Festival of Flowers and Music (Black Mountain Home for Children)

April 14: Environmental Excellence Awards and Trashion Show (Asheville Greenworks)

April 18: BluePrint Breakfast (Asheville Habitat for Humanity)

April 21: The Asheville Spring Gala (Children’s Welfare League)

April 24: Women for Women Spring Membership Meeting

April 24: Welcome Home Fundraising Luncheon (Homeward Bound)

April 26: Are You Smarter than an Elementary Student? (Children First/Communities in Schools)

May Events

May 2: Our Turn to Play (UNC Asheville)

May 5: Soul Shakedown (Green Opportunities)

May 5: Derby Fundraiser (Council on Aging of Buncombe County)

May 9-12: Bloomin’ Plant Sale (Black Mountain Home for Children)

May 17: Biltmore Co. Community Benefit

May 17: Jewish Family Services SpringFest

May 19: Mental Illness Walk (NAMI)

May 18: Stargazing Fundraiser (Friends of the Great Smoky Mountain Nationall Park)

May 20: Biltmore 15k/5k Classic (Kiwanis Club of Asheville)

May 22: Power of the Purse Luncheon (Women for Women)

May 24: Jewish Family Services of WNC SpringFest 2018

May 26, 2018Collier Lilly Ride for Outward Bound
This annual 50 mile bike ride is a fundraiser for NCOBS’s Western North Carolina Scholarship Program and is in honor of NCOBS alumni Collier Lilly. The ride offers a beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain route, the 50 mile half century with 3,600 feet of climbing, that will start and end at the NEW Wedge Brewing Company location in Asheville.

June Events

June 1: Kay Ray Bailey Gold Tournament (A-B Tech Community College)

June 1: Asheville Chamber Challenge 5k Race

June 2: Table for Three Raffle Drawing & 19th Annual Blue Jeans Ball (MANNA Food Bank)

June 9: Asheville Art Museum Benefit Gala

June 9: Brigade Deb Ball (Brigade/ Debutantes)

July Events

July 21: Smokies Stomp Barn Parties (Friends of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park)

August Events

Aug. 2: Mountain Child Advocacy Golf Classic

Aug. 11: Signature Event (Eliada Home)

September Events

Sept. 1-2: Beer City Cup (WNC Soccer Foundation)

Sept. 8: Woods and Wild Storytelling (Dogwood Alliance)

Sept. 15: Asheville Walk to End Alzheimers (Alzheimer’s Association)

Sept. 21: The Mercy Golf Classic (Mercy Urgent Care)

Sept. 21-22: Over the Edge (Council on Aging of Buncombe County)

Sept. 24: 17th Annual Empty Bowls (MANNA Food Bank)

Sept. 27-Nov 4: Corn Maize (Eliada Home)

October Events

Oct. 13: Fall Festival (Black Mountain Home for Children)

Oct. 18-21: Fall LEAF Festival

November Events

Nov. 10: Masquerade Ball (LEAF)

Nov. 20: Ingles Giving Tree Lighting Ceremony

December Events

Dec. 7: Enter the Earth Holiday Party Benefiting LEAF Endowment