While you can visit many of the 200 artists in studios and galleries in the River Arts District in Asheville any day of the year, find the biggest numbers of the resident artists at work on Second Saturdays of each month (including the Fall Studio Stroll). It's fun to explore and find a diverse array of artists in 23 historically industrial buildings nestled along the railroad tracks along the French Broad River. This area is just a few miles from downtown and Biltmore Estate.
March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, Aug 11, Sept 8, Oct 13, Dec 8
Enjoy openings, hands-on classes, demos, music, block parties and more. Find paintings, sculpture, pottery, fiber, glass, metal, wax, basketry and more. There are many teaching venues, so pick up a paint brush or get your hands in the clay. Most galleries open at 10 AM. Many parties will extend into night. Events vary greatly monthly, so expect a different experience each time.
Fall Studio Stroll
November 10-11, 2018, 10 AM-5 PM (No Spring Studio Stroll in 2018)
The Studio Stroll is free and self-guided. Many studios are within walking distance of each other, and there is plenty of free parking. See a map below! Go home with new ideas, gifts for friends and even something special for yourself. Free trolleys run approximately every 15 minutes throughout the mile long district during Studio Stroll hours. Come enjoy the exhibits and art demonstrations, such as glass blowing, wheel throwing, wood turning, and more.
See our River Arts District Guide for tips about visiting other times during the year.
Directions to the River Arts District (RAD)
Located just a couple of miles from downtown Asheville, Biltmore Village and Biltmore Estate!
From West / Downtown: I-240E to Patton Avenue (downtown), turn right onto Clingman Ave.
From North: US Highway 19/23 South to Patton Avenue (downtown), turn right onto Clingman Ave.
From South: I-26W to 240E to Patton Avenue (downtown), turn right onto Clingman Ave.
From East on I-40 and Biltmore Estate: North on Biltmore Avenue (through Biltmore Village), left on Meadow which turns into Lyman Street.
From East: I-240W to "Montford 4C" exit, turn left at light, take first right onto Haywood Street, go straight across Patton Avenue where road becomes Clingman Ave.