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July 4th Events

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Downtown Asheville Independence Day Celebration
Join in the fun in Park Square Park with family activities and entertainment, starting at 2 PM. The Ultimate Air Dogs will jump throughout the stage at 2, 4, 6 and 7:30 PM. Music entertainment will start at the stage at 4 PM. Children will love the bouncy houses, Splashville Fountain and activities provided from 2-6 PM. A $2 wristband allows kids to jump, bounce and race as many times as they’d like.

Stage entertainment kicks off at 4 PM with family friendly band Lunch Money with an indie rock salute to the stuff of childhood. Next up is local, country music up-and-comer, Joe Lasher Jr. Headlining is rockabilly legend, Junior Brown with something for everyone, from honky-tonk to surf rock, blues to Western swing.

Picnic in the park. Beer and wine will be available for purchase including local brews. Food vendors include: Avery’s Hot Dogs, D.O.G.S., Gypsy Queen Cuisine, The Hop, Kettle Corn, Lowdown Food Truck, Smash Box Mobile Kitchen, Sugar and Snow Gelato and Sunshine Sammies. No outside alcohol, pets or vending will be permitted. Parking is available in City of Asheville parking decks, on the street or in private lots.

The big fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:30 PM. Free admission.

Tourist Baseball Game Fireworks, July 4 & 5, 2014
The ever-popular baseball and fireworks double feature begins at 7:05 PM when the Asheville Tourists host the Lexington Legends. After the game at McCormick Field, the Tourists present their spectacular fireworks show. Get tickets in advance since these games will sell-out ahead of time:

South Asheville Fireworks
At Lake Julian, fireworks show starts at dark, but come early. Bring your lawn chair or blanket and find a spot along the lake. The park offers picnic tables, grills, a sand volleyball court, two horseshoe pits, boat rental and a playground. Bring a picnic! Park at Estes Elementary School on Long Shoals Road across from the lake. From Asheville take I-26 East to Exit #37. Turn left at the light onto Long Shoals Road. Free

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Shindig on the Green

July 5, 12, 19

In 2014, Shindig on the Green, the free mountain bluegrass music and dance festival, will return to its longtime home in the center of downtown Asheville, on Roger McGuire Green at Pack Square Park in front of the Asheville City Hall.

Locals and visitors gather “along about sundown,” or at seven o’clock for those who wear a watch. Musicians and dancers from across Western North Carolina gather to share the region's stirring Southern Appalachian mountain culture and traditions.

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Shindig on the Green

Shindig on the Green

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and stake out a spot on the "green." But don't sit in your chair the entire time. Performers go on stage for just two numbers each, so the real jewel is the clusters of musicians that get together for informal jam sessions under the trees and on the sidewalk. Anyone can join in! Learn some new moves at one of the street dances.

Bring picnic food or buy food there. Concessions are provided by Okie Dokies Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Cafe. Dogs, alcohol and smoking are all prohibited in Pack Square Park.

Parking is available in marked and metered spaces throughout downtown Asheville (free after 6 PM). Across College Street from Pack Square Park is the Buncombe County's Charlotte Street Parking Deck with parking for $1 per hour.

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July 11-13, 2014
The Carolina West RibFest returns to the WNC Agricultural Center Fairgrounds. This Asheville food festival features mouth watering BBQ ribs, chicken, and pulled pork prepared by world class, award winning barbecue rib vendors from around the country. Savor all the traditional side dishes, beverages, desserts and comfort foods as well.

The Carolina West RibFest this year will feature an expanded group of national barbecue teams and an eclectic mix of entertainment including three days of local, regional and national music acts on the main stage, Lucha Libre wrestling, a sideshow and saloon featuring can-can girls. There are few places where seven dollars can buy this amount of entertainment.

The RibFest will have six barbecue teams vying for awards but mainly will focus on satisfying the appetites of thousands of BBQ fans. This year’s line-up includes local purveyor Big Bad Wolf BBQ from Etowah, Big Boned BBQ (Charleston, SC), Camp 31 (Castleberry, Alabama), Porky Chicks (Farmington, Arkansas), Carolina Rib King (Moore, SC) and Florida Skin Bones (Arcadia, Florida). The judges panel will consist of folks from the event’s Facebook family, local chefs and foodies as well as local dignitaries.

Joining local musical acts like Underhill Rose and Circus Mutt will be national acts Moon Taxi and Jason McKinney. UIW Wrestling will showcase a diverse group of luchidores and the RibFest’s sideshow will be hosted by The Squidling Brothers from Philadelphia, PA. Rounding out the festival will be a marketplace, kids’ zone and the Shady Lady Saloon. New participants Leinenkugel Beer and Cupcake Vineyards will provide product samples. The Carolina West RibFest is produced by AKA Entertainment & Media.

Friday, July 11: 11 AM - 11 PM ($3 Admission until 3 PM)
Saturday, July 12: 11 AM - 11 PM
Sunday, July 13: Noon - 8 PM

Adults $7
Children under 12 Free
Senior Citizens (65 and Over) $5
Active Military Personnel Free

The WNC Ag Center is located at 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher, North Carolina 28732. It's adjacent to the Asheville Airport at exit #40 off I-26 between Asheville and Hendersonville.

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