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Weekly Scoop (September 23-29) - Fun for the Whole Crew at Asheville's Fun Depot 🏎 Plus lots to do this week!

Fun for the Whole Crew at
Asheville's Fun Depot


Go-carts, ropes course, and arcade games—oh, my!

Years ago local couple and parents of four kids, David and Marybeth Day, found themselves frustrated with the lack of clean and entertaining family-friendly activities in Asheville. At that time, their teenagers would joke about there being “nothing to do” in Asheville, especially when the weather wasn’t great. The six of them would often day trip over the mountains into Tennessee to ride go-carts and participate in some of the activities available. But why did they have to drive so far for fun when there was an opportunity to bring fun into Asheville? A whole depot full of fun!

David and Marybeth decided to create a business and put all of their favorite things under one roof near their home in Fairview. In 2014, Asheville’s Fun Depot opened its doors. The Day’s focus for the business was to be a family entertainment center that features mini-golf, go-karts, laser tag, virtual reality, soft play area, anti-gravity ropes course, climbing wall, an arcade, and much more. Completely family-owned with zero corporate ties, the Depot is an inclusive safe space where families and friends alike can spend some fun quality time together.

With David’s favorite activity being go-carts, Asheville’s Fun Depot has two tracks. Marybeth loved playgrounds where her kids could play and use their imagination, so she came up with the adventure and toddler areas. The family fun center provides group rates, as well as a place for parties, and even offers food! Asheville Burger and Mug Shakes within the Depot offers burgers, tasty mug shakes, locally-sourced Hickory Nut Gap meat, and of course local craft beer for mom and dad!

Now, some of David and Marybeth’s kids are involved in the business, too. Daniel is the GM and runs the daily operations, and Angela helps out on a part-time basis.

Despite its growth over the years, it’s still the premier local, non-corporate, family-friendly, family-created and family-oriented business in Western North Carolina that was dreamed up on the dining room table 15 years ago.

Some of the Depot’s upcoming events include a Halloween celebration, Black Friday gift card promotion, and New Year’s Eve party. Learn more about Asheville’s Fun Depot and their upcoming events and specials by checking out their Dig Local profile.

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, September 23

Summer Sale!
at Roanline
Take 50% off select summer clothing, hats, bags and accessories!
More details.
More to do Monday
Tuesday, September 24
$2 Off Chicken Shawarma
at The Scarlet Bee
Spiced Springer Mountain Farms chicken served on pita with hummus, toum, and tabbouleh with a $2 discount!
More details.
More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, September 25

Murder at Sea
at Antidote
Face it - you’ve been DYING to get away with murder! This murder mystery event includes one craft cocktail of your choice. See you there!
Tickets and more details.

More to do Wednesday

Thursday, September 26

Thirsty Thursday
at Liquefy Cannabis

Thirsty for a tasty cocktail and curious about taking CBD? Come by for a beverage at Asheville’s very own cannabis club!
More details.

More to do Thursday

Friday, September 27

Dirty Dead
at The Social

Check out Asheville's favorite Grateful Dead tribute band!
More details.
More to do Friday

Saturday, September 28

Southern-Mediterranean Brunch
at Jerusalem Garden Cafe

Try some amazing Mediterranean-infused brunch favorites like biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, lamb and eggs, egg gyro, a Bloody Mary topped with a bacon-wrapped goat cheese stuffed date skewer, and more!
More details.
More to do Saturday

Sunday, September 29

Community Craft + Art Market
at Hillman Beer
Come out and support a vast array of local artists and craftsmen! From live screenprinting to fiberwork, metalwork, and pottery, you're bound to find something special and unique.
More details.
More to do Sunday
For all of this week’s Scoops and more, visit DigLocal.com or download the Dig Local App. Keep digging local!