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March 2018

Hammock Camping Tips + Tricks

March 31 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Diamond Brand Outdoors, 1378 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Free

Just getting started or looking for the basics? Hammocks are comfortable, lighter than tents, + easy to set up. ENO expert Jeff Weathersbee will run through staying warm, dry, + bug-free. This free clinic is part of Campapalooza, a day of outdoor skills learning, special deals, and fun. RSVP on Facebook Kids and well-behaved pets with owner on leash are welcome.

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Kayak Camping

March 31 @ 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Diamond Brand Outdoors, 1378 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Free

Camping and kayaking are two staples of summer in WNC. Combine the two and you've got a change of pace that allows access to remote places, a fresh perspective, and a chance to ditch the trail and let the river carry you along the way.   This free clinic is part of Campapalooza, a day of outdoor skills learning, special deals, and fun. RSVP on Facebook Kids and well-behaved pets with owner on leash are welcome.

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Hiking with a Map + Compass

March 31 @ 4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Diamond Brand Outdoors, 1378 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Free

A map and compass isn't always top of mind when we're used to navigating with an app, but it's a skill every outdoor enthusiast should know. Gary Eblen will teach the fundamentals in this class that's great for all skill levels. This free clinic is part of Campapalooza, a day of outdoor skills learning, special deals, and fun. RSVP on Facebook Kids and well-behaved pets with owner on leash are welcome.

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Learn to Tie Knots

March 31 @ 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Diamond Brand Outdoors, 1378 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Free

Knot tying is an essential skill for the outdoors. Join us for a hands-on clinic in which you'll learn basic useful knots for camping, outdoor sports, and everyday use. This free clinic is part of Campapalooza, a day of outdoor skills learning, special deals, and fun. RSVP on Facebook Kids and well-behaved pets with owner on leash are welcome.

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April 2018

Travel on the Cheap

April 5 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Diamond Brand Outdoors, 1378 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Free

International travel is one of the most enriching experiences a person can have, but it can be costly and intimidating. Join our in-house travel enthusiast, Hannah Myers, to learn creative tips and tricks for fitting travel into a limited budget, while enjoying an immersive travel experience. RSVP on Facebook Kids and well-behaved pets on leash are welcome at this free presentation.

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Wildflower Walks + Hikes: North Carolina Mountains

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Diamond Brand Outdoors, 1378 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Free

Jim Parham is a North Carolina native and author of more than a dozen trail guides covering the Southern Appalachians. His latest book, Wildflower Walks + Hikes: North Carolina Mountains, explored where to find native plants in bloom throughout WNC. “My goal was to go beyond a basic wildflower guide,” says Parham. “I wanted to delve into the different forest types, which are the key to understanding where wildflowers thrive and when they bloom — from grassy balds and rich…

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French Broad River Adventures

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Diamond Brand Outdoors, 1378 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Free

The French Broad River runs through western North Carolina from Rosman into Tennessee's Douglas Lake. Along the way, you'll find plenty of opportunities to explore the river as it travels through rolling farmland, national forests, urban areas, and quirky mountain towns. Choose from a litany of options such as day trips, tube floats, section paddles, and more. We've got Hartwell Carson, the French Broad Riverkeeper, on hand to discuss the French Broad River Paddle Trail and the annual French Broad River Paddle Trip,…

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AVL Gear Swap + Sidewalk Sale

April 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Diamond Brand Outdoors, 1378 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Free

Diamond Brand Outdoors has teamed up with Liberty Bicycles again to host the swap in their joint parking lot + offer discounts at both stores. To register to sell your gear, just visit Diamond Brand Outdoors or Liberty Bicycles + pay the $15 fee (starting March 19). Space is limited. You will receive a parking space where you can sell your gear – you can set up a tent, bring a table, lay out a blanket, or sell it out of your vehicle!…

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10% for LEAF Schools + Streets

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Diamond Brand Outdoors, 1378 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Free

Each month, we donate 10% of a day’s sales to support a local nonprofit’s work. Shop on Tuesday, April 17, to support LEAF Community Arts' Easel Rider Mobile Arts Lab, part of LEAF Schools + Streets. The Easel Rider will even be at the store from 11:00-1:00 with free interactive hands-on arts activities. In July 2013, Asheville Parks & Recreation partnered with LEAF to continue and expand the Easel Rider programming. LEAF hires teaching artists that bring the Easel Rider to after-school programs,…

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Spain: Birds + Wine

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Diamond Brand Outdoors, 1378 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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Free

For many, Spain brings to mind incredible food (especially 'tapas'), world-famous wine, and a fascinating history and culture. It is perhaps less widely known as a bird watching or eco-tourism destination, yet it has some of the best bird watching and natural areas in all of Europe. It is also home to the world's most endangered feline, the Iberian lynx. Join international bird guide Aaron Steed of Ventures Birding Tours as he recounts his recent trip through Spain's picturesque landscapes and charming…

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