Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2023 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. Shindig is free to the public but donations to The Folk Heritage Committee are fully tax deductible and support future programs.
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
In 2019, Shindig on the Green was selected as the 2nd Place “Uniquely Asheville” award winner for Holiday Event – Summer/Fall.
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 2,000–3,000 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.