While you can visit many artists and studios in the River Arts District in West Asheville any day of the year, on two weekends each year you'll find almost all the resident artists at work in their studios. It's fun to explore and find a diverse array of artists in 20+ historically industrial buildings nestled along the railroad tracks along the French Broad River. This area is just a few miles from downtown Asheville and Biltmore Estate.
Spring Studio Stroll: May 20-21, 2017, 10 AM-5 PM
Fall Studio Stroll: November 11-12, 2017, 10 AM-5 PM
Visit artists in their studios, learn about their artistic process through conversations, live demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Collect art at its source among the amazing displays of creativity from painting to sculpture, glassblowing to ceramics, fiber art, jewelry and more from 180 artists.
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. Artists are also collecting non-perishable food items for the local food bank.
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.
Open the River Arts District map.
Watch artists at work, including the very entertaining Jonas Gerard.