Catch an Outdoor Summer Concert During Your Stay in Asheville

2019 Summer Concerts Series in the Asheville Area

What better way to experience the city and hang with locals than to catch a show during your stay at Hill House Bed and Breakfast? The vibrant, eclectic music scene is one of the hidden gems of the Western Carolina region. From funky local house bands to well-known favorite acts, Asheville offers plenty of tunes. This post highlights a few of the area’s most popular summer concert series. If large events aren’t your thing, stay tuned for a future post about where to catch a great local house band almost any night of the week!

23rd Annual Biltmore Summer Concert Series

A truly unique venue, the Biltmore Estate is a must-see while you’re in town. If you’re lucky enough to visit Asheville during the summer, you’ll get the added bonus of a summer concert date on the South Terrace of Biltmore House! All set to the stunning backdrop of a Blue Ridge Mountains summer sunset.

With something for everyone, the 2019 Biltmore Concert Series lineup includes:

  • July 25 | The Beach Boys
  • July 26 | The B-52’s 
  • August 3 | The Charlie Daniels Band and The Marshall Tucker Band
  • August 6 | Chicago
  • August 9 | The O’Jays and Kool & The Gang
  • August 10 | Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman

Tickets range from $60-$100 and sell out fast. You can find tickets price information and purchase tickets at or by calling 866.336.1255. You can also purchase tickets in person at Biltmore’s Reservation and Ticketing Sales Center at 1 Lodge Street, Asheville. Concerts begin at 7:30 pm.

24th Annual Park Rhythms Summer Concert Series | Thursdays | Black Mountain

Black Mountain is a small town of less than 10,000 located about 15 miles East of Asheville and known for its arts, crafts, furniture and music. With four breweries and tons of local shops, it’s a perfect half-day trip from Hill House Bed and Breakfast. During the summer months, if you pop over on a Thursday, you can cap off the day with an outdoor concert by Lake Tomahawk or in downtown Black Mountain on the north end of the park along Laurel Circle.

Park Rhythms is an annual seven-week music series (in its 24th year!) organized by the town’s recreation and parks department. These free concerts run from 7 pm – 9m and are the bring your own chairs and blankets kind of event. For more information, call 828.669.2052 or visit

31st Annual Downtown After 5 | Asheville | Every Third Friday May – September

If you want to check out musical gathering within walking distance of Hill House Bed and Breakfast, plan your stay during Downtown After 5 dates – a free concert series on North Lexington Ave that plays monthly from May to September in downtown Asheville. The concert always takes place on the third Friday of the month and is open to the public.

There are always lots of local beers on tap including: Pisgah Brewing, Sierra Nevada, Hi-Wire Brewing, Asheville Brewing Company, Catawba Brewing, French Broad Brewing, Green Man Brewery and Bold Rock Cider, as well as beers from Western North Carolina and regional and national brands. Wine, soda, water and locally crafted Devil’s Foot beverages are also available for purchase.

The event also serves up plenty of local yumminess with food vendors: Delia’s Tea Time, D.O.G.S., El Kimchi, FroZen Monkey, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Kernel Mike’s Kettle Corn, Moe’s Original BBQ and Sunshine Sammies.

More information on Downtown After 5 and the Asheville Downtown Association can be found at

The 2019 Lineup for the rest of the season:

  • July 19 | Shamarr Allen (of Galactic and The Underdawgs) | The definition of New Orleans, Allen’s influences ranger from jazz and hip hop to rock and funk. Allen was the longtime trumpet player for Galactic and has collaborated with the likes of Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Harry Connick Jr and Lenny Kravitz. His unique sound and exemplary talent transcends musical boundaries.
  • August 16 | The Artisanals | The Artisanals’ blend of heartland 70s rock and alt-Americana coupled with influences like Bruce Springsteen, My Morning Jacket and The Cars.
  • September 20 | Asheville All Stars | The All Stars show has quickly become a favorite of the season, featuring some of AVL’s best musicians making music together. Stay tuned for more info on the lineup of all local talent.

53rd Annual Shindig on the Green | Saturdays at Pack Square Downtown Asheville

Shindig on the Green features is an interactive stage show and informal jam sessions around Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Bring your instruments, family and friends, lawn chairs and blankets for a gathering to experience the music and dance traditions of Southern Appalachia.

Between 3,000 and 5,000 people attend Shindig on the Green evenings for free throughout the summer. In addition to throngs of locals, visitors routinely travel from out of state, across the country, and even around the world to make their way to downtown Asheville for Shindig on the Green.

  • Events begin “around sundown”, or more formally, 7 pm and disband around 10 pm on Saturday nights.
  • Concessions are available by Okie Dokies Smokehouse and The Hop Ice Cream Cafe.
  • Parking is available in marked and metered spaces throughout downtown Asheville (free after 6pm) and the city’s municipal decks (evening rates vary). Very convenient to Shindig, Buncombe County’s Charlotte Street Parking Deck is directly across College Street from Pack Square Park and the Buncombe County Courthouse — $1.25 per hour.
  • This is not a pet-friendly event.

92nd Annual Mountain Folk and Dance Festival | August 1, 2, 3

Shindig on the Green takes a break from its regular Saturday schedule on August 3rd, when the musicians and dancers head to Shindig’s sister event, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. The 92nd Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, takes place nightly Thursday through Saturday, August 1, 2, and 3.

Since 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has served a crucial role in raising awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Folk Festival is held at UNCA Lipinsky Hall August 1-3 from 6:30 pm – 9 pm nightly. Tickets are discounted for advanced purchase through July 31, with continued discounts for students, children, and groups. There is also a 3-night package price of $50.




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