Musicians playing the guitar, fiddle, and violin for Shindig on the Green.

The 57th season of Shindig on the Green, a free event in the heart of downtown Asheville with a stage show and informal jam sessions, takes place on Saturday evenings July 1 through August 26, 2023.

Locals and visitors alike come together at downtown’s Pack Square Park “along about sundown,” or at 7:00 pm for those who wear a watch, and continues until 10:00 pm. Concessions are available! The remaining Shindig on the Green events will be held on July 1, 8, 15, 22 and August 12, 19, 26, 2023.

The stage show takes place on the Bascom Lamar Lunsford stage, named for the founder of the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. 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.

Shindig on the Green remains a free event due in part to net proceeds from ticket sales to the nation’s longest continually running festival, the granddaddy of all festivals, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

Concessions: Concessions are provided by Bear’s Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Cafe.

Parking: Parking is available in marked and metered spaces throughout downtown Asheville (free after 6:00 pm) and the city’s municipal decks (evening rates vary). Convenient to Shindig, Buncombe County’s Charlotte Street Parking Deck is directly across College Street from Pack Square Park and the Buncombe County Courthouse.  Visit to view all public parking options.

Pets: Please leave your pets at home (unless it’s a service animal).

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 WE1 and WE2 provide Saturday evening service to and from the ART Station.

So come experience the beautiful music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia on a summer evening in the mountains. Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs, and blankets and join the community for good times at the Bascom Lamar Lunsford Stage in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park!

Please visit for additional information.

Featured photograph by Frank Kovalchek / Shindig on the Green.

Written in part by the Folk Heritage Committee.