Next Occurring: September 9, 2017

The Asheville Area Arts Council Color Ball

Everybody loves a party, especially one filled to overflowing with creativity and entertainment, great food, enchanting libations, cool costumes, and amazing art and music!

The Color Ball fundraiser is a major source of revenue for the AAAC. Over 500 art supporters dressed in their finest monochromatic regalia come together annually for Asheville’s most talked-about party of the year!

Each year a different color is chosen, and Asheville Area Arts Council takes that color to the extreme. From decor to cocktails and even the guests, the entire evening is saturated with the theme color. The Color Ball features live painting and performances like you’ve never seen before in Asheville! From musical and dance performances to acrobatics and face-painting, the excitement of this arts-filled event is palpable.

Proceeds from the Color Ball directly support AAAC’s year-round programming, newly re-vitalized to enhance the capacity and impact of the local creative sector. The Asheville Area Arts Council is the collective voice for the arts, advancing Buncombe County by providing access to resources, developing innovative collaborations, and fostering creativity in the community. The Asheville Area Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution. Thank you for your support!

2019 Ruby Ball

The AAAC is thrilled to celebrate the 15th Color Ball. This year’s Ruby Ball will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the AAAC on September 21, 2019. Over 600 patrons of the arts will don festive attire in ruby jewel tones as they amble from one party to the next in what is sure to be deemed Asheville’s most bacchanal buffet of the season.

September 21, 2019 - September 22, 2019

2017 Indigo Ball

2017’s Color Ball theme is Indigo! This blue of varying shades has a long history in the dye world, and also reaches back to reference the very first Color Ball, “The Blue Ball,” which was held in 2002. Join us September 9th for an evening of decadence, music, and art.

September 9, 2017 - September 10, 2017

2015 Onyx Ball

2015’s color theme was Onyx, a deep dark black! With roving performers, magicians, music from local afro-pop group Zansa and a DJ set from Agent Adam Apollo the night was full of entertainment and wonderment.

October 31, 2015 - November 1, 2015

2014 Gilded Ball

In 1895, George Vanderbilt opened his Biltmore Estate; this year marked the crowning moment on years of construction. The Estate fostered a community adorned with lovers of art, beauty, and culture. The 2014 Color Ball wass dedicated to the same elegance and energy of a golden age.

September 27, 2014 - September 28, 2015

2013 Emerald Ball

The Emerald Ball was held at Pink Dog Creative, former home of the Asheville Area Arts Council as well as a variety of great art studios and restaurants were transformed into the Emerald City, the capital of OZ from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of OZ.

October 5, 2013 - October 6, 2013

2012 Tangerine Ball

2012‘s color ball was a tribute to that unique era of Asheville’s history early in the 20th century when much of the allure and charm of our fair city was born. In honor of our great literary traditions, in honor of our ghosts, in honor of an opulent and abundant time, when the Asheville style was influenced by the creative, expressive, and just a bit…special.

September 15, 2012 - September 16, 2012