Shindig on the Green takes place in the heart of downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park's Roger McGuire Green. The stage shows take place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the nation's longest running folk festival.

49th Season of SHINDIG on the GREEN

Saturdays... Along About Sundown (7-10pm)

Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville 

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

FREE. Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage. In 2014 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
    • Storytellers

Shindig on the Green was voted “#1 Local Outdoor Concert” three years in a row -- 2006, 2007, and 2008 -- by readers of Asheville’s independent weekly newspaper Mountain Xpress in its annual “Best of WNC” edition. 

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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.  

Shindig on the Green occurs thanks to the talent and generosity of its volunteer musicians and dancers who span several generations much to the delight of those in attendance. 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. 

Raffle: Items for 2015 (TBA)
Raffle Items: The much sought after annual raffle items for the 2014 Shindig season were: a D-16 Adirondack acoustic guitar by C.F. Martin & Co.; and a 75" x 75" handmade quilt from a 19th century quilt pattern, created by local quilting collaborative, Mountain Jam Circle. Raffle tickets are available at each Shindig evening and the winning tickets are pulled at the end of the summer Shindig season.

2014 Dance Team Line-Up:
• June 28th: Homecoming Team; Fines Creek Flat Footers; J Creek Cloggers
• July 5th: Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers; Southern Mountain Fire
• July 12th: Carolina Heartland Cloggers; Hotfoot Cloggers
• July 19th: Green Valley Cloggers; Southern Appalachian Cloggers
• August 9th: Mountain Tradition Cloggers; Appalachian Mountaineers
• August 16th: Dixie Darlin’s; Avery Smooth Dancers; Green Grass Cloggers
• August 23rd: Stoney Creek Cloggers; Bailey Mountain Cloggers
• August 30th: Little River Cloggers; Mountaineer Cloggers; Cole Mountain Cloggers

*2015 Shindig Dance Team line-up is subject to change and will be announced here.

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 2014 season.

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 just twice during July and August: once on July 26th and again on August 2nd when the musicians and dancers head to Shindig’s sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. the 88th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, a ticketed event at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place, takes place nightly Thursday through Saturday, August 6, 7 & 8. Tickets are available from the Diana Wortham Theatre Box Office at 828-257-4530

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 on-line tickets

The Folk Heritage Committee produces Shindig on the Green 2014 and the 87th annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival with support from the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Asheville Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Arts Department, and Buncombe County, and by several corporate and media sponsors as well as many individuals. The Folk Heritage Info Line is: 828-258-6101 x345.  

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Singer / Songwriter Richard Hurley writes the Shindig Song

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Folk Heritage Committee "all rights reserved" 2005-2014  Color Photographs Courtesy of Tom Chapman and Tony Martin. 
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