Downtown Asheville Art District, Asheville

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The River Arts District is a warehouse-turned-art-destination along the French Broad River in Asheville, NC. Since the mid-1990's the district has grown to house over 180 artists in 25 unique studio buildings. Less than a mile from the historic Biltmore Estate and the convenience of I-40, the River Arts District is perfect for a quick afternoon shopping trip, a day of art exploration or a collectors weekend excursion!

Just as every artist is different, so are each studio's hours. Many studios are open to the public every day, all year round which ensures you'll always have a great experience in the district no matter when you visit. Other artists are open more selective hours and by appointment. You can find out all the details on who's open when and where each studio is located by downloading our free Studio Guide at
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  • We loved it. We are in our 60's and felt safe. Parked on the street. Got proficient using my credit card in the meters. Downtown was clean. Buildings well maintained. Architecture was great...  more »
  • you can visit many art galleries and many art works in Downtown area even sideways has many art works. They have very good collection of arts and artists.  more »
  • So many fabulous artists all in one area. A real gem for the city. So fun to explore.
  • One of my favorite spots I visited in Asheville! I loved wandering the different artists' spaces, and I really appreciated that all of the studios I was interested allowed dogs. It's a really cool neighborhood to walk around too.

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