Asheville NC Festivals in January

Annual Holiday Gingerbread Competition

Annual Holiday Gingerbread Competition at the Grovepark Inn

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Grove Park Inn
290 Macon Ave.
Asheville, NC 28804

Nov. 19, 2008 - Jan. 11, 2009

Each year the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa hosts The National Gingerbread House Competition, which is spread throughout its interior areas for visitors to enjoy. Contestants hail from across our great country, bolstering holiday spirits with "sugar-and-spice" architectural masterpieces. The display is not only the best collection of gingerbread houses you will ever see, it is free and viewable 24 hours a day. The rest of the grove park is in full holiday mode as well, and boasts gorgeous holiday displays, a giant fireplace to warm your soul, pictures with Santa, and one of the best views of Asheville from Grove Park’s Sunset Terrace. The grand prize gingerbread winners of the competition are transported to New York City and make their appearance on ABC’s "Good Morning America" show.

Jazz After 5

Jazz After 5

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Grove Arcade
1 Page Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

Jan 16th, Feb 20th, March 20th and April 17th

Jazz After Five takes place in the Grove Arcade Public Market on the third Friday of every month January- April, featuring jazz bands with wine, beer, and appetizers for purchase. The event starts at 5 pm and is free.

The first concert of the free 2009 Jazz After 5 concert series will take place Friday evening, January 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and will feature the Red Light Trio and the Chuck Lichtenberger Trio. The Grove Arcade and the Asheville Downtown Association co-sponsor the concert series, now in its fourth year, which features local musicians and food from area restaurants and takes place the third Friday of January, February, March and April.

Red Light Trio plays many different styles of jazz and features Curt Heiny, Chris Morgan and Ian Cunningham. Concert attendees can expect to hear tunes ranging from classic jazz in the Wes Montgomery and Miles Davis vein to more modern jazz such as Kurt Rosenwinkle and Keith Jarrett.

The Chuck Lichtenberger Collective is anchored by Chuck Lichtenberger on keys, Michael Libramento on bass, and Joey K. on drums, with a host of other musicians helping out. The trio mainly performs original compositions by Lichtenberger. With influences ranging from Medeski, Martin, and Wood to rock, rap and R&B, the music is accessible to non-jazz lovers as well as aficionados.

"The mission of the Asheville Downtown Association is to promote and support downtown, and we are happy to be able to offer free concerts that showcase local musicians and outstanding downtown restaurants inside the beautiful, historic Grove Arcade," says Byron Greiner of the Asheville Downtown Association.

Patrons can purchase beer, wine and martinis as well as hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants including Sant é Wine Bar located in the Grove Arcade, French Broad Chocolate Lounge located on south Lexington Avenue and Fiore’s Restaurante’ Toscana located on College street on Pack Square.

The Jazz evenings raise funds for operations of the Asheville Downtown Association and this year will also collect donations for Manna Food Bank. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable items to the concerts and to leave them at the collection points. "These lively, sophisticated evenings are a fun way to support downtown and downtown businesses during the slower months," says Ruth Summers, executive director of the Grove Arcade. "And during this rough economic period we decided to reach out to support Manna Food Bank, an organization that works tirelessly to help those in need in our community."

The Grove Arcade is located at One Page Avenue at the heart of the Battery Hill neighborhood in downtown Asheville and offers unique shopping, dining and regional crafts in one of Asheville’s architectural jewels. Parking is available a short walk away in the Wall Street, Rankin and Civic Center garages as well as on the street. Directions to the garages and the Grove Arcade can be accessed For additional information, call 828.252.7799.

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

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C/O Asheville Contemporary Dance Theater
20 Commerce St.
Asheville, NC 28801

Jan 22, 23, 24 and 25th, 2009
Some Performances are Free while others have ticket prices ranging from $10 - $20. Check the Schedule.

Join us for our seventh year of original performance, genre-bending theatrical fringyness and exciting experiences for culturally adventurous audiences. The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival is a multiple venue performance art festival, which pushes artists and audiences to the “fringe” of their comfort level. The festival’s mission is “to provide artists with opportunities to explore the edges of their work, to collaborate across genres and to bring new and innovative performances to culturally adventurous audiences.” This year promises to be a weekend of boundary pushing dance, theater, art, and music. The performances are never well worn acts, but are fresh, innovative, and ones that you definitely won’t see anywhere else. The festival is modeled after the Fringe Movement of 1947, and many of the performances wouldn’t otherwise find a platform to showcase their acts. The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival encourages this avant-garde work, which ranges from acting and dance, to singing, painting, and even multimedia performance art.

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Asheville Festivals in January