The 14 Best Things to do in Asheville’s River Arts District (RAD)

Spending a day walking around this area to appreciate the eclectic Asheville art studios and shops is one of the best things to do in Asheville!

The Asheville River Arts District is a perfect location for your urban vibe photos. It’s by the river and the railroad, and it features many pieces of art.

Here is a list of the best things to do in the Asheville River Arts District!

Kick Start Your Day at Coffee Shops in the River Arts District

Grind, Asheville’s first Black-owned coffee shop, was ranked the No. 3 coffee shop in North Carolina.


Marquee on Foundy Street

Here you’ll find funky antiques, vintage decor and clothing, jewelry, art, and even plants.


Visit Curve Studios

The three buildings of Curve Studios host 11 artists working with diverse mediums such as ceramic sculpture, functional pottery, jewelry, and clothing.


Asheville Cotton Mills Studios

This place houses eight Asheville River Arts District studios and the Guajiro Food Truck with yummy Cuban comfort food.


Take an Art Class

Many of the River Arts District art studios offer classes and workshops. You can make clothing, paint, learn how to blow glass, or fix a chair!


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