Shindig on the Green

The celebrated mountain tradition Shindig on the Green showcases the region’s rich heritage through its folk musicians and dancers. Hundreds of people of all ages converge “along about sundown” on Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park on summer Saturdays to enjoy an evening of music and dance, with bluegrass and old-time string bands, big circle mountain dancers and cloggers, ballad singers, and storytellers on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, find a spot on the grassy lawn of the park, and sit back and enjoy. When it’s time to stretch a leg, wander over to one of the onsite food vendors for a bite to eat, or hang out near one of the many impromptu jam sessions that form behind the stage or beneath the trees. The jams are open to all who enjoy listening and to anyone who wishes to join in and sing or play. Parking for the festivities is available in marked and metered spaces throughout downtown Asheville (free after 6 pm) and at the city's municipal decks (evening rates vary). Arrive early and take some time to walk through the park to explore the Shindig on the Green Interpretive Wayside Sign in Pack Square Park and walk past the Golden Threads Mural honoring Shindig on the Green.

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

Where to Eat, Sleep, Shop & Play

Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Event Details

Location Pack Square Park
Asheville, NC
Cost Free
Music Styles Ballad Singing
Square Dancing
Event Type Concert / Performance, Dance, Jam Session
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Dancers Welcome
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Food Service
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible
  • ✔ Open Jam
  • ✔ Picnic Space

Visitors also enjoy storytelling and big circle mountain dancing. Informal jam sessions form around the park prior and during the Shindig on the Green stage performances, which begin around 7:00 pm. To be considered for a stage slot, bands and musicians are encouraged to arrive around 6:00 pm when the informal jamming begins. Each Shindig, members of a volunteer stage crew choose from bands and performers playing amongst the jammers. Each band plays two selections on stage, which allows enough time for about 12-14 different bands each Shindig. Dance performances are scheduled in advance. On site food service includes Okie Dokies Smokehouse BBQ; The Hop Ice Cream.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. By city ordinance, dogs, alcohol and smoking are all prohibited in Pack Square Park.

Contact Info

Phone (828) 258-6101, ext. 345

Upcoming Dates:

  • Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 13, 2019 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 27, 2019 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 17, 2019 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 24, 2019 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Sat, Aug 31, 2019 at 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Where to Eat, Sleep, Shop & Play

Asheville Convention and Visitors Bureau