Asheville has a vibrant entertainment scene with many venues that have LGBTQ nights or are gay friendly. Check out their offerings as you plan your outing in Asheville, see the calendar.
Gay and Gay Friendly Entertainment
Asheville Gay Men's Chorus
A voluntary not-for-profit community
mens chorus. To join or for more information on upcoming events
Community Choreography Projects
offers individuals and communities innovative and expressive community based movement theater pieces and performances based on universal themes such as Legacy, Home, Relationships, Faith and Gender. For more information and upcoming See Community
Anam Cara Theatre
Asheville’s avant garde, ensemble-driven theatre company uniting community and promoting social justice
Different Strokes! Performing Arts Collective Inc.
Provides more diversity within the WNC community, by producing works confronting social issues. "We believe that audiences look to the arts to see beyond themselves... Making Theatre That Makes A Difference.
For information on joining the group or upcoming performances
WomenSong of Asheville
Asheville's oldest and largest women's community chorus. Very gay friendly. For information on joining or performances
Glitter Bomb! is the Asheville party for trans women and trans men, gender non conforming folks, allies to trans and queer people, queers, gays, lesbians,femmes, bisexual peeps, and anyone else. For real, all people are welcome and Glitter Bomb! strives to be a safe space for folks in terms of the party community every second saturday of the month but still very freeing and fun. You don't have to be a great dancer to come and the only thing required is consent.
Dance Party is held 2nd Saturday of Every Month.
Everyone is invited to come out support and have fun.
Movie Showings of LGBTQ Interest
Live Theater / Opera Groups
ASHEVILLE BECOMING DRAG CITY USA
With the popularity of the TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, drag has reached a new high in popularity, not just with the LGBT community but the straight community as well.
Asheville has long been known for it's drag shows and recognized queens performing at regular clubs like O.Henry's.
Now, a new generation of drag has taking over Asheville with regular venues opting for weekly drag shows or once a month offerings. You can go to a Drag Brunch, Drag Bingo, Drag Comedy or just a regular entertaining Drag Show. Likewise, there are so many drag types, from white face painted Sister drag to more darker side, to trans, to poly and drag Kings.
Just look at the community calendar and see the many different venues offering drag in a given week. There is something for everyone and Asheville is here to take the title of Drag City USA.
Here are just a few of the venues offering drag:
O.Henry’s Bar, 237 Haywood St. 28801
The Grey Eagle, 185 Clingman Ave. 28801
Hopey’s Gastropub and Pizzeria, 5 S. French Broad Ave. 28801
The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Rd.
27 Club Asheville, 180 Patton Ave. 28801
Fleetwoods, 496 Haywood Rd. West Asheville 28806
Crow and Quill, 106 N. Lexington Ave. 28801
Ole Shaky’s GetAWay, 7900 Riverside Drive 28801
Banks Avenue Bar, 32 Banks Avenue 28801
** Scandals is no longer a gay bar. They do provide dance music and it is still frequented by regulars; however, they do not support the LGBTQ community.
Check out the venue offerings
ASHEVILLE GAY MEN'S CHORUS
presents it's annual
Saturday, February 29
Celine & Company
49 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801
Time: Doors open 6:30 PM
Asheville Gay Men's Chorus has been entertaining the community for almost 30 years now. Their popularity and excellence plus entertainment value have made their annual Cabaret a "don't miss" event.
This year the theme is "from Disney with love" and will invoke all the fun and fantasy of a Disney production. You can expect many pleasant surprises as well as a great gourmet meal. A bit of old fashioned Dinner Theater.
This is their major fund raiser and you will also have the opportunity to bid on many silent auction items.
For more than 40 years, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) has served as an international standard bearer for a powerful mix of extraordinary musical excellence and mission-driven activism. Founded in 1978, it was the first choral organization to courageously proclaim its orientation in its name and is credited with helping start the LGBTQ choral movement that now spans the entire globe, galvanizing and changing the course of LGBTQ history. The chorus continues to inspire other arts-based community organizations through its performances and involvement in human rights, community activism, empowerment, and inclusiveness, establishing it as an icon among LGBTQ organizations.
SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN'S CHORUS COMES TO AREA
Monday, March 9
300 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601
Time: 7:30 PM
Now, you have the opportunity to enjoy what so many individuals have commented about their SFGMC experience:
"What a show! Incredible! I cried, I laughed, and was amazed at the production's class values. What acting and intense songs! The Gay Men's Chorus always goes over the top in their productions! "
"There was a lot of love IN This Room and the men's voices, as always, beautiful and uplifting. I thought about this concert often since. Thank you SFGMC."
"As always, a wonderful performance and audience experience. I am a long time fan! Always leave their show uplifted."
Asheville Mardi Gras Parade
Sunday, February 23
Downtown Asheville - South Slope
(Parade Route Below)
Time: Starts 3:05 PM
Asheville's Annual Celebration of Mardi Gras, in it's 13th year, takes place in the South Slope area of downtown Asheville again this year.
This year's theme is "Superstition" and will be celebrated with the many Krewes with floats, processions, and tons of beads. There is plenty of area to line the streets and view the parade and catch a bead or two.
Want to be a part of the parade. Blue Ridge Pride's entry is "Krewe of the Rainbows Gone Wild," and invites all to march alongside with their entry. To do so contact email@example.com
Want to go.
Roads in the area will be closed at noon on February 23 at the following points: Coxe between Hilliard and Buxton; Collier between Banks and Buxton and Federal Alley. Drivers going to private parking lots which they are permitted to use along with local business owners, floats and residents will be allowed into the parade route until the parade begins. No cars will be permitted to leave until after the parade concludes, around 5 PM. All cars should be removed from road closure zone before noon on the day of the parade, or else they will not be able to leave until the parade’s conclusion.
Parking is permitted on city streets in areas not included in road-closure zones where normally allowed by the city. Additionally, free parking is available at McCormick Field, who has asked that no costuming or float decorating take place on the premises.
Parade Route and Line UP:
Parade participants will line up along Federal Alley from between 1 PM and 2 PM. The parade will then step off at its traditional time of 3:05 PM and head east on Hilliard Ave before turning south on Coxe Ave. The parade will then continue east on Banks Ave, turn briefly south on Church St., then west on Buxton Ave. and back to Federal Alley to finish up.
See map of Parade Route below:
CONCERT TICKETS GIVE-A-WAY
GayAshevilleNc along with the Peace Center is giving away Two Orchestra Center Tickets (value $90)
We welcome all to enter; you do not have to
live in Asheville, winner tickets will be mailed.
DRAWING WILL BE HELD ON FEBRUARY 17.
Fill out the form below with your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number.
*entries not completely filled out will not be considered