CRAFT CITY WALKING TOURS April 6 thru October 19
We’re thrilled to launch year three of our Craft City Food & Art Tour, a walking tour of downtown Asheville that pairs local food and drinks with the vibrant craft history of the area.
This three-hour excursion links Asheville’s gallery and museum spaces with its unparalleled food scene to illuminate the interconnectedness of arts and culture in a carefully curated exploration, giving you the opportunity to experience Asheville through its rich historical and cultural contexts. We’ll stop by local galleries and studios to see works by contemporary makers, painters, glassblowers, and ceramic artists, and we’ll trace the legacy of craft and art in the area through spaces like the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, which honors the legacy and experimental progressive values of Black Mountain College.
Other stops might include arts and craft centers like Lexington Glassworks, East Fork Pottery, and Horse + Hero, carefully interspersed with small bites and drinks from Cúrate, The Rhu, the French Broad Chocolate Lounge, and others. Throughout the tour, our expert guides will weave the story of Asheville’s past – and future – as a true craft city.
All tours are from 3:00 – 6:00 pm and will begin at Blue Spiral 1, located at 38 Biltmore Ave. $75/person. Tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance.
Interested? Learn more and register for a tour >>
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