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Unleash Your Inner Adventurer!

 

As the weather warms up and flowers start to bloom, Black Mountain is gearing up for an exciting season of spring / summer events and tourism. From graduations and Mother’s Day to music festivals and outdoor adventures, there’s always something going on in our “Best Little Beer Town.”

 


Mother’s Day
is coming up this Sunday, May 14, and Black Mountain has plenty of ways to show your mom how much you care. Wine, flowers, outdoor gear, dinner, art, jewelry, candles, bodywork … treat the mothers in your life while celebrating Black Mountain business owners and shopping locally. Not sure where to start? Visit Merry Wine Market, BAD Craft, or The Grocery for artisanal drinks and snacks. Then stop by your favorite local shops like Seven Sisters Gallery, Blue Tree Global Apparel, Treasure Trove, Chifferobe, Painted Porch Gallery, Spice It Up, Epic Cycles, and WNC Outdoor Collective for artisanal goods and gifts. Order flowers from Walker Town Farm or grab dessert to-go from Veranda or Cousins Cuban Café. And, when in doubt, treat Mom to brunch or dinner at her favorite spot in town, like Red Rocker Inn or Milton’s Black Mountain at The Monte Vista Hotel. For a more active outing, rent a bike from Epic Cycles and explore the scenic trails around town. Best Little Beer Town wishes all the town moms a Happy Mother’s Day!

Graduation season is also just around the corner, and Black Mountain has plenty of ways to celebrate. Take a scenic hike up to Lookout Mountain for breathtaking views of the surrounding area, or head to the Black Mountain Golf Course for a relaxing round of golf with friends and family. For a more low-key celebration, grab a bite to eat at one of the town’s many restaurants, like Foothills Grange, SmashBalls at The RailYard, Veranda Cafe or Black Mountain Pizza and Ale House. Downtown Black Mountain is filled with unique gifts and artisanal shops for the graduates in your life. Fill all your party needs by grabbing snacks and drinks from The Grocery, order desserts from Hey Hey Cupcake, or find a unique gift downtown from Enchanted Oak, Sassafras, Cloud Cottage, Seven Sisters Gallery, or Gem Drop. Keep reading below for inspiration on local musicians if you’re looking to have live music at your party!

 

Outdoor enthusiasts will love the many opportunities for adventure in Black Mountain. Hiking, biking and fishing are just a few of the activities available in the surrounding mountains and valleys. Check out our recent blog for a list of outdoor activities and hikes you don’t want to miss!

News and Upcoming Events:

  • There’s a new radio station in town! 96.1 The Bear, featuring classic country music, broadcasts from Town Hardware & General Store and news from community leaders.
  • Black Mountain Tailgate Market is every Saturday, May through October, 9 a.m. to noon at 130 Montreat Road. Enjoy community, music, and the best of local food and produce.
  • PubCorps is hosting a monthly large-scale volunteer meal-packing event at The Railyard, called PubCorps Sunday Brunch. Each month, the group packs shelf-stable meals for 50,000 hungry kids and their families in Western North Carolina. With DJs spinning tunes and a free beer for volunteers, PubCorps is about creating connections through volunteering. For the latest event information, visit PubCorps’ Facebook page.
  • May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Black Mountain Counseling Center has several events planned throughout the month:
    • Visit the team from Black Mountain Counseling Center every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Black Mountain Tailgate Market.
    • On May 16, 6-7:30 p.m. Black Mountain Counseling Center will be a guest at Dark City Poets Society May poetry night in the newly reimagined Foothills and Cup of Jomo collaboration space, 107 Market & Deli.
    • On May 19, 6-8 p.m. there will be a concert to benefit Black Mountain Counseling Center at Bloom Flower Farm with the Upbeats Ukulele Band. Learn more and purchase tickets at bloomwnc.com, 806 N. Fork Road.
    • On May 27, 12-2 p.m.The Grocery in Cheshire is hosting a $5 wine tasting to benefit Black Mountain Counseling Center’s Client Assistance Program.
    • On May 31, 5-7 p.m., join Black Mountain Counseling Center for a closing celebration of the second annual May Mental Health Awareness Month at WNC Outdoor Collective. 
    • For complete details on these events, visit www.blackmountaincounseling.org/events
  • Round Mountain Creamery hosts goat yoga on Saturdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Laugh, giggle, move, and flow alongside the sweetest little socialites imaginable. Book a session and secure your spot through Asheville Wellness Tours
  • The 9th annual EmpTea Bowls fundraiser for the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden takes place at The Community Garden on Saturday, June 3, from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy live music by the Blushin’ Roulettes, delicious herbal teas from the garden, food from local restaurants and gardeners, and more. Get full details and tickets here!
  • Lake Monster Parade is a fun, free community event for all ages. On Saturday, July 29, families can dress up or gather and enjoy the parade at Lake Tomahawk.
  • Sourwood Festival is August 12-13 in downtown Black Mountain!

 

Restaurants:

Black Mountain has no shortage of incredible, mouth-watering restaurants, cafés, breweries and eateries. As the selection of delicious food and beverages expands, the town maintains its charming character, walkable downtown and easy, convenient free parking. Stay up to date with new openings by following @bestlittlebeertown on Instagram and Facebook

The RailYard Black Mountain is now open! The RailYard is a 1.2-acre downtown, open-air multiplex, with food, shipping containers, a huge outdoor stage, event space for over 1,000 and one of the three largest bars in Buncombe County. Founded by local community leaders, The RailYard is a nonprofit incubator and the home of PubCorps’ large-scale food packing events and exists to serve as a model for nurturing community connections, service and diversity in Black Mountain, Western North Carolina and beyond. Also the home of SmashBalls – burgers along with salads, sandwiches, ice cream and more!

107 Deli & Market Local favorites Foothills Local Meats and Cup of Jomo have teamed up to bring a new all-day eatery concept to Black Mountain. The restaurant, now open, offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and is intended to be a community gathering space. 107 Deli & Market will serve Cup of Jomo coffee, a rotating selection of sandwiches, and will bring back Foothills’ Butcher’s Table dinner series.

Black Mountain Pizza & Ale House – Folks have been raving about Black Mountain Pizza and Ale House! Previously known as Black Mountain Kitchen + Ale House, Black Mountain Pizza boasts a delicious new menu of quality, hand-crafted Detroit-style pizzas and appetizers. 

 

Music lovers won’t want to miss the many festivals and concerts happening in Black Mountain this season. The annual Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) brings together world-renowned musicians and performers for a weekend of music, dance and community, May 11-14. 

Black Mountain Recreation just announced the 2023 Park Rhythms Concert Series! This free concert series takes place on Thursday nights from 7-9 p.m. during June – August at Veterans Park. Pack a blanket, grab the family, and come join the community over great live music! Get the full lineup below.

White Horse Black Mountain is a popular live music venue that hosts a variety of concerts, from bluegrass to jazz. 

The Bush Farmhouse venue offers a unique and intimate setting for live music performances, featuring local and regional artists. 

For a more intimate experience, head to Pisgah Brewing for a cold beer and some live music in their cozy taproom. 

A music schedule for the month ahead is below. If you haven’t had a chance to check out The RailYard yet, make sure to stop by Saturday, May 20th, for the opening of their outdoor stage! They’ll be hosting an all-day kick-off Celebration with live music, food, drinks, games, and community. 

 

Music Calendar:

There’s plenty of live music to take in at indoor and outdoor venues in Black Mountain. And there are over 50 independent places to get a craft beer! For the latest music calendar, visit www.bestlittlebeertown.com/things-to-do

2023 Park Rhythms Concert Series
June 29: Charlie Martin (of Hovvdy) & Fishplate
July 6: Hubby Jenkins
July 13: Jessica Lea Mayfield
July 20: Lyric
July 27: Jake Xerxes Fussell
August 3: Twain & Natallie Jane Hill
August 10: Thomas Dollbaum
August 17: Ashley Heath

Black Mountain Brewing 

Wednesday, May 10 – Jay Brown with Michael McNevin; 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 11 – Ashley Heath; 6 p.m.
Friday, May 12 – Honeycutt & Co.; 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 – David Potter; 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 14 – Dark City Kings; 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17 – Jay Brown with Michael McNevin; 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 18 – JR Williams; 6 p.m.
Friday, May 19 – Syrup; 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 – Stephen Evans; 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 – Dave Desmelik; 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 24 – Jay Brown with Michael McNevin; 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 25 – Hunter Begley; 6 p.m.
Friday, May 26 – Cuberow; 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 27 – Andy Ferrell; 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 28 – Ashley Heath; 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31 – Jay Brown with Michael McNevin; 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 1 – Chris Jamison; 6 p.m.
Friday, June 2 – Dark City Kings; 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 3 – Wife Island; 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 4 – Cuberow; 6 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7 – Jay Brown with Michael McNevin; 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 8 – Ashley Heath; 6 p.m.
Friday, June 9 – Hunter Begley; 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 – Seth & Sarah; 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 11 – Dark City Kings; 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14 – Jay Brown with Michael McNevin; 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 15 – Ryan Furstenberg; 6 p.m.
Friday, June 16 – Syrup; 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 17 – Stephen Evans; 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 18 – Ashley Heath; 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 21 – Jay Brown with Michael McNevin; 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 22 – Blushin’ Roulettes; 6 p.m.
Friday, June 23 – Billy Presnell; 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 25 – Sarah with an H; 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28- Jay Brown with Michael McNevin; 6 p.m.
Thursday, June 29 – Hunter Begley; 6 p.m.
Friday, June 30- Arvie & Bunny; 6 p.m.

The Bush Farmhouse
Wednesday, June 15 – Afrikan Nights; 7 p.m.
Visit Facebook or Instagram for more info / latest music schedule!

Lake Eden Arts Festival
LEAF Retreat – May 11 – 14
LEAF Festival – October 19 – 22

Milton’s Black Mountain
Live music every Monday – starts at 5 p.m. with rotating local musicians, shared small plates menu, full beverage menu and half-priced bottles of wine.

The RailYard
Thursday, May 11 – Bobby Frith; 7 p.m.
Friday, May 12 – Ryan Furstenberg; 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 – Andy Ferrell; 7 p.m.
Friday, May 19 – Professor Tall Paul and Friends; 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 – The RailYard Outdoor Stage Kick-Off Celebration – an all-day festival featuring music from Velvet Truckstop, David Zoll Trio, Chalwa, Eric Travers Band, and Hunter Begley

Silverados
Friday, May 12 – The Mile High Band; 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 – Puddle of Mudd with special guest The Redcoats are Coming; Doors at 5 p.m. and show at 7 p.m.
Friday, May 19 – Them Dirty Roses; Doors at 5 p.m. and show at 7 p.m
Saturday, May 20 – Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience with Special Guest Lazr Luvr; Doors at 5 p.m. and show at 7 p.m.
Friday, May 26 – Blackberry Smoke with special guest The Georgia Thunderbolts; Doors at 5 p.m. and show at 7 p.m.
Friday, June 2 – Rory Kelly Band; 9 p.m.

White Horse Black Mountain
Open Mic every Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 11- The Michael Rabinowitz Jazz Quartet; 7 p.m.
Friday, May 12- Tumokohrs and B.J. Leiderman; 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 – The Asheville Jazz Orchestra; 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 14 – Jazzville / Mother’s Day Jazz; 3 p.m.
Monday, May 15 – Robin Bullock (Carolina Celtic Series); 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 19- Chuck Brodsky; 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 20- Zoe & Cloyd; 8 p.m.
Sunday, May 21- AmiciMusic Present “Musical Mothers”; 2 p.m.
Monday, May 22 – Jay Brown with Madelyn Llana; 7 p.m.
Friday, May 26 – Queen BEen and The Honeylovers; 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 27 – The Kenny Rogers Band; 8 p.m.
Friday, June 2- John McEuen and The Circle Band; 8 p.m.

 

Black Mountain, NC is located just 16 miles east of downtown Asheville, 75 miles from Greenville/Spartanburg, 115 miles from Charlotte, 230 miles from Raleigh, and 210 miles from Atlanta. Black Mountain Hospitality Group is a collective of local business owners. For more information and a list of participating members, visit www.bestlittlebeertown.com or follow along on Instagram @bestlittlebeertown.

 

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