A hand clapping and foot stomping experience for the whole family.
If you’re ever in the mountains of Western North Carolina in the summer time, there’s an event you don’t want to miss. Shindig on the Green is a mountain tradition that has taken place in downtown Asheville since the 1960’s. It celebrates the music and culture of the area with bluegrass music, ballads, clogging, square dancing and more.
Shindig on the Green takes place several Saturday evenings during the summer and ends on Labor Day weekend. We’ve had a blast going to Shindig over the years and I wanted to give you a peek at the fun through pictures taken with my phone. The photos above show cloggers from different groups and the audience square dancing.
Musicians and cloggers (last photo is around sunset when the lights come on)
There’s not really a set schedule other than the house band and dancers. People just show up and perform on stage when there’s a spot. There are informal jam sessions all over the park and sometimes those impromptu groups decide they’ll head on over to the stage to share their music with everyone else.
Get there early for a good spot as it gets crowded.
Shindig takes place in Pack Square Park from 7:00pm to 10:00pm and everyone brings their lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Some will sit on the concrete benches, but not us….we’re about comfort for 3 hours and always have our chairs. We usually try to get there by 6:30 to get a good parking spot and place to set our chairs.
My kind of food truck. Doesn’t this make you hungry?
Of course, you’ve got to have BBQ in North Carolina. Okie Dokies Smokehouse is there serving up some of their specialities. Even though the food is available throughout the evening, we get our plates before the music starts so we don’t miss anything. We’ve stopped a few times to eat at Okie Dokies in Swannanoa – a hop, skip and a jump from Asheville. Yummm!
Grab a sweet treat from The Hop
Summer calls for ice cream. That is, if you’re still hungry after eating BBQ. There’s plenty of time to let your food settle before ice cream when you’re there for a few hours.
Such a beautiful sunset at Shindig on the Green
If you stay at Shindig from start to finish, the sun goes down while you’re there and then the lights come on. Sometimes it gets a little cool after the sun sets. I remember one time we brought a throw we keep in the car when traveling and were both trying to stay warm underneath it.
Doesn’t this all look like fun? You bet it is! Shindig on the Green is an experience the whole family can enjoy. In fact, everyone gets involved whether you go down to the front for the group square dance or not. They have sit-down square dancing where you hold the hand of the person sitting next to you. Sorry, no photos of that since I was sitting down dancing and didn’t have a free hand. There’s also an area set aside for the kids to dance.
It’s really hard to depict the whole experience in pictures. Head on over to the website (click here) to learn more about this mountain tradition and make sure to check out the video at the bottom of the page for a real taste of Shindig on the Green. There are still 4 more Saturdays this year….put it on your must do list if you’ll be in the area. It’s a not-to-be missed event.