Asheville Events: "Merchants of Doubt", Asheville Astronomy Club, 5 Point Film Festival, artist Carol Prusa


By Shannon Kemp

Looking to do something this weekend that’s entertaining, informational, and won’t break the bank? Asheville hosts a number of free and inexpensive cheap-date-night events, from adventure film festivals to star gazing. Here are some events that we’d like to attend. 

Friday Aug. 14
The Asheville Astronomy Club hosts another free observatory night. This time, you’ll take a look through the big telescopes at Grassland Observatory in Madison. Visit for more information. Free. 10 p.m.
It’s another movie in the park at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. This night’s showing is pretty family friendly with Despicable Me 2. Free. 7 p.m.
The adventure short film festival, 5 Point Film Festival, kicks off with a party at the lot next to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium from 4-7 p.m. Free music and food for purchase. Visit for more details about movie showings and tickets for movie screening. Kick-off party is Free. Short Film Festival Movie viewings are $20 and run 7-10 p.m.
Saturday Aug. 15
5 Point Film Festival continues with a river cleanup of The French Broad at The Boat House at Smokey Park, and an after clean-up party with free music and food for purchase. River clean up is 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Party is 1 p.m. Free. Visit for tickets to the movie screenings and more information. The film selection continues at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. $20.
Firestorm Cafe and Books, 601 Haywood Rd., will have a book signing event that will light your curiosity. Remember the song, “Lovin’ You?” Asheville native and author Sheila Simmons does. Her book, “Memoir of a Minnie Riperton Fan” is a journey from Asheville to New York in search of insight into the life and times of her childhood hero with the five-octave singing range. Free. 6 p.m.
Monday Aug. 17
Anybody got a peanut? The Orange Peel does when it shows the classic movie of love, adventure, drama, suspense, and comedy, “The Princess Bride”. Free. 8 p.m.
Friday Aug. 21
Want to know what it’s like behind the scenes of an operatic production? Join Asheville Lyric Opera (ALO) General Director David Craig Starkey as he takes you on a musical journey through the world of opera. The musical presentation is at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center 102A. Visit for more information. Free. 6-8 p.m.
Carol Prusa is an artist who creates intricate, other-worldly acrylic domes with silverpoint and fiber optics. An art exhibit opening reception will be held at UNC Asheville’s S. Tucker Cooke Gallery. Visit for more information and for more information about the artist. Free. 6-8 p.m.
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