50th Season of Shindig on the Green

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Saturdays… Along About Sundown (7-10pm)    

       Bring your chairs, but leave the pets at home.

Asheville’s annual free event. Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join in for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2016 Shindig on the Green, which features a stage show and informal jam sessions around the park, continues at its original location — formerly known as City County Plaza, now transformed into the new Pack Square Park. Locals and visitors alike come together downtown “along about sundown,” or at 7:00pm for those who wear a watch, until 10:00p.m. Concessions are available. Come experience the beautiful music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia on a summer evening in the mountains.

Since 1967, this mountain tradition features an always-enjoyable variety of performances by:

Long-standing house band The Stoney Creek Boys

Bluegrass and Old-Time String Bands

Big Circle Mountain Dancers

Clog Dancers

Smooth Dancers

Ballad Singers


The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green and its sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, to support the preservation and continuation of the traditional music, dance and storytelling heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Between 3,000 and 5,000 people attend Shindig on the Green evenings for free throughout the summer. In addition to throngs of locals, visitors routinely travel from out of state, across the country, and even around the world to make their way to downtown Asheville for Shindig on the Green.

From young children perfecting their square dance steps to great-grandmothers singing ballads passed down through the years, the region’s wealth of traditional talent takes center stage. Since the outdoor event’s inception in 1967, hundreds of thousands of individuals from across the region and throughout the world have shared and enjoyed the rich traditional music and dance heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains in this outdoor setting.

Eats and Treats: Concessions are provided by Okie Dokies Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Cafe. Vendors – No other vendors are being accepted for the 2016 season.

Raffle for 2016: Made and donated to Shindig on the Green 2016 by local quilting collaborative Mountain Jam Circle, this 63” by 81” twin-size quilt was entirely hand-pieced using the English Paper Piecing method. Blocks are red, blue, green and orange stars separated by white squares, framed with a white border, and finished with elegant machine quilting. This quilt is valued at over $800.00. Tickets are available at Folk Heritage Committee events and at Shindig.

Parking: Parking is available in marked and metered spaces throughout downtown Asheville (free after 6pm) and the city’s municipal decks (evening rates vary). Very convenient to Shindig, Buncombe County’s Charlotte Street Parking Deck is directly across College Street from Pack Square Park and the Buncombe County Courthouse — $1.00 per hour. Parking for buses is available at the Asheville Public Works Building parking lot at 161 S. Charlotte Street. This lot is vacant on Saturday nights. It is recommended that passengers unload at Pack Square Park before the bus is parked in the lot.

Public Transit: There is a major transfer point on College St. for public transit. Check for maps and schedules or call 828-253-5691. Routes E1 and 170 provide Saturday evening service to and from the ART Station.

Summer Schedule: Shindig on the Green takes a break from its regular Saturday schedule on July 30th and August 6th, and once again when the musicians and dancers head to Shindig’s sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The 89th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre, takes place nightly Thursday through Saturday, August 4, 5, & 6. Tickets are available from the Diana Wortham Theatre Box Office at 828-257-4530 or buy on-line at

By city ordinance, dogs, alcohol, and smoking are all prohibited in Pack Square Park.

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