Asheville NC Festivals in July

Shindig on the Green

Shindig on the Green at Pack Square in Downtown Asheville

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Downtown Asheville

July 5, 12, 19, 2008
Also on June 28th, 2008 & August 9, 16, 23, 30 2008

Grab your fiddle or your clogging shoes and make your way to Pack Square Park for Shindig on the Green. The music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia will be on full display come sundown most Saturdays during July and August. If watching the sunset over downtown Asheville while listening to Bluegrass, a local storyteller, or watching some good old mountain clogging sounds like your cup of tea then join the Shindig.

FolkMoot Festival

FolkMoot USA, North Carolina's Official International Festival

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Centered in Waynesville, NC
25 miles west of Asheville

July 14th - 27th, 2008
Prices vary by event. Some events are free.

Translated as "meet the people," FolkMoot USA, North Carolina's Official International Festival, allows visitors to do just that. In the 25 years it has been in existence FolkMoot has brought over 200 folk groups from 100 countries to Western North Carolina to share their heritage and culture. For two weeks each July the streets and auditoriums of WNC are alive with the sights and sounds from across the globe. The festival is centered in Waynesville, which is 25 miles west of Asheville, but performances take place all over these beautiful mounts in venues ranging from city streets to numerous auditoriums including several shows at Lapinki Auditorium at UNC-Asheville.

Downtown After Five

Asheville's Downtown After Five

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Pack Square
Downtown Asheville

July 18th, 2008
Also on June 20th, 2008; August 15th, 2008 and September 19th, 2008

Pack Square Park comes alive on the third Friday of each month May thorough September for Downtown After Five, Downtown Asheville's free concert series. Come out and join the crowd that swells to over 3000 to hear a local favorite open for one of the Southeast's most popular jazz, rock, blues, funk and other family oriented bands. If your in downtown between 5-9pm on a third Friday in the summer, you won't be able to miss the sounds coming from the stage in Pack Square, and if your felling like dancing or just hanging out then make Downtown After Five part your evening.

Bele Chere

Bele Chere, the Southeast’s largest free outdoor street festival, located in quaint downtown Asheville

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Downtown Asheville

July 25th - 27th, 2008
Free. Additional charge for main concerts.

Well here it is, Western North Carolina’s, no wait the Southeast’s largest free outdoor street festival. Asheville’s three day Mardi Gras pulls an estimated 365,000 folk in to its downtown for one heck of a music, food, and crafts fair. Multiple stages bump and rock Asheville’s streets with a multitude of musical performances that have been top notch for years and years. An eclectic mix of weirdoes along with regional artisans showcasing their best are among the many eye catchers you will spy in this loud, crazy, pulsating, energetic festival. Goodtime summer spirit, local culture, and activities for all ages ahoy for those that flock to our beautiful city for Bele Chere.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Southern Appalachian music and dance

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Diana Wortham Theater
Downtown Asheville

July 31st - August 2nd, 2008

"Along about sundown," the first weekend in August, area fiddles, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, and balladeers descend on Downtown Asheville for the countries oldest Folk Festival. In 1928 Bascom Lamar Lunsford, local folk education legend, created such a buzz with his inaugural iteration of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival that it has outlived its founder and recently surpassed its 75th anniversary. To this day the festival adhered to Lunsford's goal of sharing with and educating the people of WNC about beauty and dignity of Southern Appalachian music and dance. The festival takes place on the last Thursday of July through the first Saturday in August at 7:00 pm.

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Asheville Festivals in July