Shindig on the Green
Now in its 50th year, Shindig on the Green is a lasting celebration of mountain music and summertime! For decades, musicians, dancers and enthusiasts from across the Carolina mountains have gathered to enjoy the sounds of bluegrass on Saturdays throughout the summer, basking in warm mountain air and the sound of fiddles and banjos. The shindig itself takes place on Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park, but you can also catch musicians on street corners where they gather for impromptu jam sessions after their stage time. Grab your blanket and your friends and head downtown along about sundown (7 pm, for you city folk) on August 13th, 20th and 27th to enjoy an Asheville tradition! For more information, visit FolkHeritage.org.
Synchronous Fireflies in the Great Smoky Mountains
Nothing brings back memories of childhood evenings in the South quite like the subtle light burst of a firefly. 1,800 lucky locals got to witness the magic of our regional synchronous fireflies this summer; these local lightning bugs are one of the few species in the country who can synchronize their flashing patterns. For years, visitors have flocked to Great Smoky Mountains National Park to witness this miraculous phenomenon, prompting the park to institute a lottery system this year to regulate visitors during peak firefly days. Over 20,000 folks applied for permits to catch a glimpse of these enchanting creatures, and less than ten percent of them were granted access during the period of fantastical flights. If you don’t want to miss out, watch for next year’s lottery at NPS.gov.
Salt & Smoke at Burial Beer Co.
Last year hungry beer drinkers began to cure their cravings for delicious noshings while out on South Slope with the makeshift diner Salt & Smoke at Burial Beer Co. The increasingly popular pop–up decided to dig their roots permanently into the rich soil of Burial this summer. With their new kitchen window conveniently fronting the brewery’s expansive patio, it’s easy to grab a bite between games of bag board—but you’ll want to devote your full attention to these dishes. The menu reimagines antiquated recipes from around the globe and invests them with an Appalachian twist; plus they all pair perfectly with one of Burial’s unique brews. And you can finally grab brunch on South Slope with their Sunday menu, served from 12 to 3 pm. Salt & Smoke appeals to the inner Ashevillian in all of us with honest food and local products that pair perfectly with our favorite beers.
Asheville Art in the Park
For three weekends in June, Pack Square was transformed into an artist’s utopia with Art in the Park! This annual festival celebrates nationally–recognized artists, but in a special Asheville twist, they’re all local! This year’s crafters exhibited and auctioned their wares in the sunshine downtown, drawing hundreds of visitors. From glass to ceramics, woodworking to metalsmithing, pottery to jewelry to sculpture, the market offered an incredible array of contemporary and traditional mountain arts and crafts. If you’re disappointed you missed out on this incredible art event downtown, don’t be—Asheville Art in the Park will return for three Saturdays this fall! Those brisk fall breezes will flow through dozens of artist’s booths on October 1st, 8th and 15th. Check out AshevilleArtInThePark.com for more details.