Just 30 minutes east of Asheville, North Carolina is a small town known as Waynesville. Those native to the area have probably heard of it. It’s the place where I was born and raised and provides a much more subdued, middle of nowhere kind of feel than the larger city of Asheville, North Carolina.

Similar to Asheville, Waynesville has a very active community that comes together to celebrate numerous festivals, events, holidays, and the culture of the people who make up the community. One of my favorite things to do is to stroll through downtown Waynesville for their Art After Dark event. This year, there are two more dates that Art After Dark is scheduled, November 4th and December 2nd.

Art After Dark offers a relaxed, family friendly environment while you wander the streets listening to live music, exploring the local shops, and viewing the art on display. The normally quite streets become crowded with people from the community, talented artisans and craftspeople, and local musicians. Participating galleries are open from 6 pm until 9 pm and offer meet and greets with featured shows and refreshments. It’s more a celebration than an event and one enjoyed by people of all ages.

Many of the stores offer discounts on special items or free food and beverage samples. Not only does Art After Dark encourage people to come out and support their local economy, but it gives people a chance to celebrate all that the small town of Waynesville has to offer. Preserved with it’s old time charm, Waynesville is one of the few places where you can take a trip back through time to a place where vendors and shop keepers weren’t owned by large corporations, products weren’t mass produced, and food was prepared with love and attention to detail to provide a unique delicious experience. Each year, I enjoy all that my small hometown has to offer and whether you’re a native to the area or just visiting, be sure to stop by and see just what Art After Dark is all about.

Art After Dark will be held on Main Street in Waynesville, North Carolina

Art After Dark

For more information visit:


Art After Dark

Waynesville, NC 28786, USA