Welcome to the vibrant River Arts District! Explore over 300 artists working and exhibiting in historic buildings nestled along a picturesque one-mile stretch of the French Broad River.

Immerse yourself in artistry, culinary delights, and outdoor activities. Spend a day, or weekend discovering artists at work in their studios, savoring local cuisine by James Beard Nominees and Winners, enjoying craft brews, and finding the perfect piece of art. With diverse mediums including paint, pottery, metal, and glass, there’s something to captivate every imagination.

Studios and galleries have varying hours, but prime hours are 11am-5pm, with year-round events and openings. Plan your visit using our online search feature or Studio Guide to connect with your favorite artists and witness live demonstrations.

Navigate easily with our color-coded map, corresponding to the red, green, blue, and purple zones. Information Kiosks are available within each zone for your convenience.

Enjoy hassle-free parking and free trolley rides every second Saturday during our “Second Saturday Art Strolls.” You can find the trolly on this map. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too!

Experience the magic of the River Arts District and take home a unique artistic treasure crafted by talented individuals. Start your collection today and ignite your journey into creativity!


The River Arts District is a neighborhood of historic industrial buildings now converted to an art paradise. Winding along the French Broad River, the “RAD” is within a short drive to all points in Asheville. Minutes from downtown, Biltmore Village and even the Blue Ridge Parkway, accommodations can be found close by in all directions. You may choose an upscale hotel in bustling downtown Asheville or Biltmore Village or find a comfy Airbnb either in town or one with a country setting. Check out Explore Asheville and Romantic Asheville for many recommendations around the area. There is something for everyone.



You will find something to tempt every palate in the River Arts District. Check out the Studio Guide map and find the knife and fork symbol to guide you to great places to eat and sip craft beer and wine. You can visit Guajirio, pleb urban winery, Bottle Riot and New Belgium Brewery to name a few. Check out this foodtopia guide to find many more places to enjoy some delightful and tasty meals. We are a foodie heaven!


Meet hundreds of artists, see work in many mediums, see artists at work demonstrating and exhibiting their work every single day. Find hands-on workshops of all kinds and you can even schedule a private experience working with a professional artist. The Village Potters and 310 ART for fine painting and drawing are among many studios and artists who will help you get your hands into art. In addition the area offers exciting cultural events and destinations including live music at the Asheville Guitar Bar and original stage works at The Magnetic Theatre. There are so many events and fun things to do.. Check out more HERE and HERE.