CLTure Travel Guide: Asheville in July

By Lea LeFebvre

June 30, 2016

Summer in Asheville means plenty of sights, sounds and sunshine. With the bustle of downtown less than an hour away from some of the best hiking, biking and whitewater sports in the region, Asheville is the ideal summer getaway destination, no matter what you like. Whether you’re craving adventure or relaxation, this little mountain town has a something for everyone.

Shindig on the Green Every Saturday in July at Pack Square Park

Free and open to the public


Shindig on the Green returns to downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park’s Roger McGuire Green this month on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the nation’s longest running folk festival. All are welcome to bring instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join in Shindig on the Green’s 50th anniversary celebration. This year’s events will each feature a stage show and impromptu jam sessions around the park. Locals and visitors alike are welcome to come together downtown “along about sundown,” until 10:00p.m. to share the beautiful music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia.

The String Cheese Incident “Independence Incidents” July 1-2 at Arena 

$47 general admission


Colorado jam-rock act, The String Cheese Incident, returns to Asheville, NC to kick-off their summer tour and play two “Independence Incidents” in downtown Asheville at U.S. Cellular Center’s Arena. Born in 1993 in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, SCI has since released 10 albums, six DVDs and countless live recordings from their relentless tour schedule. Their 20-year history is packed full of surreal experiences, epic moments, groundbreaking involvement and huge accomplishments. Both shows will start at 8 P.M.

Dawes with The Lone Bellow July 6 at Pisgah Brewing

$25 in advance, $30 day of show


California-based Indie roots-rockers, Dawes, return to Asheville following a captivating performance at Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam in December. Dawes’ July 6 show at Pisgah Brewing will mark the first in the area since keyboardist, Lee Pardini, permanently joined the band. While Dawes has only played Asheville a handful of times, including a performance at The Orange Peel in 2015, they are quite familiar with its quirks and charms after recording “Stories Don’t End” at the famed Echo Mountain Studios in 2012. Get to the show early to enjoy this beautiful outdoor venue nestled in the mountains.

Asheville YogaFest July 8-10 at the Morris Hellenic Cultural Center

$100-$900 for a three day pass


Asheville YogaFest is a community-oriented yoga festival and celebration open to Yogis of all levels. Enjoy world-class yoga instructors, kirtan, inspirational experiences and a nourishing community. Immerse yourself in body, mind and heart as you relax and rejuvenate, dance and devote, connect and expand, have fun and just be. Asheville YogaFest will feature an array of panel speakers, classes and YogaTalks, designed to deepen your practices and help you achieve your best self.

The Big Crafty July 17 at Pack Square Park

Free and open to the public

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The Big Crafty is a revival of the traditional community bazaar and a lively celebration of handmade commerce. On July 17, enjoy local food, music, and fine wares from a juried group of select indie artists, crafters, and basement and backyard artists. The Big Crafty is a free, all-ages event held twice annually in the heart of beautiful downtown Asheville, NC at a Pack Square Park.

LEAF Downtown July 30-31 at Pack Square Park

Free and open to the public


LEAF Downtown returns to downtown Asheville this month to celebrate communities, creativity, diversity, and families. In pursuit of the LEAF Community Arts mission to connect cultures and create community through music and arts, the event will present a “Soultown” theme bringing the very best soul, funk, R&B and world music talent across three stages of local, regional and national talent. In addition, there will be over 80 local culinary and craft art vendors curated by Asheville Grown, the second annual LEAF Art Dash 5k, and other cultural performances. Last year, LEAF Downtown welcomed over 15,000 attendees.

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