Free WNC Community Activities

Swing by Uplifting Deals to grab some snacks for the road, and head out on these Free community adventures!

5 Free Spots for Afternoon Fun

Asheville Activities

If you live in Asheville and are searching for fun free activities for your kids, check out this article from the Citizen Times. Each of these places provides an educational opportunity filled with color and fun. So, pick a sunny day, grab the kids, and take the whole gang on an adventure!

Penland School of Craft

Penland Near Spruce Pine

Did you know that there is a nationally recognized art school just fifteen minutes from Spruce Pine? And you can go over and visit for free?

The Penland School of Craft has taught traditional arts and crafts for almost a century. Founded in 1929, the school sits on 420 acres that can be toured by the public for free. Maps for self-guided tours are available online and at the Penland Gallery and Visitors Center. Take time to tour the gallery which showcases contemporary art of the Southeast.

Dogs are welcome but must be leashed. Also, it’s important to remember that the teaching studios are not open to the public.

A list of community events hosted by the Penland School can be found at

The Penland Gallery and Visitor Center is open from 11am-5pm, Tuesday through Saturday.Enjoy your visit!

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Osher Lifelong Learning

At UNC-Asheville, the Reuter Center contains an award-winning, internationally acclaimed organization dedicated to promoting lifelong learning, leadership, community service, and research. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) provides classes and events that promote and educate their attendees on the arts and humanities, the natural world, civic engagement, wellness, life transitions, and retirement relocation planning. While the events focus on people 55+, anyone can attend.

Most of the lectures are free and open to the public. These talks cover topics ranging from monster black holes to the history of March Madness. Lectures are held in-person and via Zoom to serve many folks.

Visit the OLLI website to find out more information or watch this video which gives more information about this cool resource for older folks

Weaverville Community Center

Weaverville Community Center

Did you know that the Weaverville Community Center offers free classes and events for the community? With the help of the Weaverville Center for Creative & Healthy Living (WCCHL), the community center at Lake Louise provides activities such as mahjong and bridge, yoga and tai chi, ballroom and line dancing. Free performances pepper the evenings with music, theatre, and storytelling from amateurs and professionals.

The Weaverville Community Center is located at 60 Lakeshore Drive, just across the street from Lake Louise.We’re so lucky to have this resource so close to our store! Visit the WCCHL Facebook page and sign up for their newsletter to stay updated on these fun free events.