Posts Tagged Fourth of July

Lovers’ Loop Retreat July muse-letter

 Bring the summer on! Fireflies, flowers, long days and evenings, lingering sunsets over the mountains and lots more in a rejuvenating body-and-soul experience for guests at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville B&B alternative here in western North Carolina.

Right now at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, blue and pink hydrangeas and lavender hostas are bursting in bloom. And each night, our resident fireflies put on an incredible, pulsating, green and yellow light show that’s hard to stop watching. The lightning bugs are just one form of free entertainment in the Asheville area. For more free things to do in Asheville, check out our June 21 blog (at, which lists many free activities around July 4, but most of the items mentioned are relevant after the 4th, too.

Make Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, your place to stay when you explore Asheville, NC recreation, arts, restaurants and summer festivals. Events are posted and updated through the year on Visit the site to see what’s going on whenever you plan your trip. You can link to our blog,, on the home page, and we’re also on Twitter! Our Web site now features a link where you can contact us for a list of many FREE things to do in Asheville.

July features some of Asheville’s biggest annual events: the Bele Chere street festival, Folkmoot, Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, Shindig on the Green. Don’t miss out! One of the free summer events in Asheville is Shindig on the Green, a series of outdoor concerts downtown that kicks off July 3 and runs into September. There’s a great community spirit at Shindig, which features mountain music and dance, some rehearsed and played on stage, some spontaneously created in the crowd. We’ve had guests who’ve built their Asheville trip around Shindig on the Green. Bring your stringed instrument, your voice and your dancing shoes, or just listen, tap your feet and grin.

OK, we’ll say it: July begins with a bang. Asheville’s Fourth of July fireworks will rock the sky downtown, preceded by other July 4th activities downtown.

The Carolina Mountain Ribfest in Asheville July 9-11 serves up all the barbecue, (with music and art), you could want. Move from barbecue to bamboo with the Bamboo Festival July 10-11 at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. The Bamboo Festival truly is a cool event, where you might even find bicycles made of bamboo. The Big Crafty on July 11 downtown is a free fair with some funky crafters.

For chuckles and outright belly laughs, don’t miss the Laugh Your Asheville Off comedy festival July 15-17 downtown. The same weekend, you can catch the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands July 15-18 downtown, one of the major arts events of the year, with a repeat fair Oct. 21-24. The juried event, which represents artists throughout the Southeast, is well worth attending.

One of the most diverse performing arts events of the year in the Asheville area is Folkmoot, an international dance festival that starts July 22 and runs through Aug. 1, with performances in Asheville and other localities. It’s dazzling.

Bele Chere, the free and freewheeling festival with music and food in downtown Asheville, will be July 23-25. That’s followed by Christine Lavin’s 25th anniversary concert in Asheville on July 30 and a women’s roller derby bout with Asheville’s Blue Ridge Roller Girls on July 31.

August brings antiques, crafts, a river festival, an African-American/Caribbean festival and lots more.

All of these events and activities and more are listed on our Web site. Please pass along our muse-letter to your friends. And join us at Lovers’ Loop Retreat. See you in Asheville! Email us at to subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.

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Enjoy July 4 freebies in Asheville

For the big July 4 holiday weekend, set your sights on some free things to do in Asheville. At Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, we’re happy to share information about the area’s bounty, including some of the best things in life here that are free.

            Here’s a list of free things to do in Asheville for July 4th:

  • Check out the weekly drum circle at Pritchard Park downtown on Friday, July 2. It’s mesmerizing
  • Stop by Highland Brewery in Asheville on Friday, July 2 for a tasty tour at the city’s oldest brewery
  • Listen to some good tales at Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch, a storytelling series downtown     
  • Go to the Saturday Umbrella Market with varied vendors on Saturday, July 3 at Pritchard Park
  • Spread a blanket at the finger-pickin’ goodness of Shindig on the Green, the summertime bluegrass and mountain music series downtown on Saturday, July 3
  • Be in the wowed crowd to see fireworks and enjoy other festivities at Asheville’s July 4 celebration downtown 
  • Hike, bike or cruise along the Blue Ridge Parkway, two minutes from Lovers’ Loop Retreat
  • Take a stroll under the trees at Asheville’s Riverside Cemetery, a destination in itself, where notables including authors Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry and others are buried.
  • Tour the Basilica of St. Lawrence downtown, a repository of ancient art and stained glass in an historic Catholic church
  • Explore Asheville’s Urban Trail, a self-guided tour of highlights and landmarks downtown
  • Relax outdoors during sunset at a movie at the Wedge brewery in Asheville
  • Wander downtown to marvel at the diversity of carefully-preserved architecture
  • Browse at Malaprop’s, Asheville iconic, independent bookstore and café, where there may be authors’ or poets’ readings and book signings to stay for, while you’re there
  • Enjoy the eye candy at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just a few minutes from Lovers’ Loop Retreat. The center is filled with art of all sorts made by people in North Carolina and surrounding states.
  • Chill out with ping pong at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, where you can treat yourself to a tournament

Indulge in more eye candy with the amazing-but-true evening firefly show on your private porch at Lovers’ Loop Retreat

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Be Independent in Asheville

July Fourth is one of those welcome holidays when you can have a lot of fun for free. In Asheville, you can catch various celebrations at different locations when you stay at our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, Lovers’ Loop Retreat.

           On July 4, the West Asheville Freedom Fest will feature 12 bands, most of them local, at The Rocket Club near downtown Asheville. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 2 a.m., and it’s FREE until 7 p.m.

           At Martin Luther King Park near downtown, the city will host its celebration 4-10 p.m. with music, food and fireworks at 10 p.m. This event is FREE! And as a bonus, Shindig on the Green will make its season debut 7:30-9:30 p.m. Shindig is a free live music series with bluegrass and folk and clogging.

           If you attend a game of the minor league Asheville Tourists downtown on July 4 or July 5, you’ll be treated to fireworks after the game.   

            On July 4 in Black Mountain, just east of Asheville, there’s another free event, with street dancing and fireworks 7-9:30 p.m.

           These activities are listed on our Web site,, where you can get more information.

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