Posts Tagged outdoor music

Free and Fun and Outdoors in Asheville

Asheville has some great outdoor entertainment events each year, and many of them are FREE things to do in Asheville. Movies, live music, live theater — there’s a lot to choose from while you’re in town.

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When you stay at our Lovers’ Loop Retreat, an affordable Asheville vacation rental, you’re an easy drive from the Wedge brewery in the River Arts District just outside downtown. The Wedge offers a FREE outdoor film series every Saturday night from May through September. The first movie in this year’s series will be “Harold and Maude,” which will be shown today, May 7. Most of the movies are classics, from the Marx Brothers, Charlie Chaplin and Hitchcock to Walt Disney, Woody Allen and the Talking Heads. Throw in some James Bond, Monty Python and Mel Brooks among others, of course. Bring a chair, and enjoy a beverage or picnic.

Downtown After Five lowdown 

One of the more popular events is Downtown After Five, a FREE street festival on Lexington Avenue the third Friday evening of each month. Live music, happy people, food and beer, and some of the funky shops stay open late. The first concert this year will be May 20 featuring the Asheville Horns and Bayou Diesel, and a mix of music follows during the series. Beer sales help local nonprofits. Other concerts will be June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16.

Theater in Asheville

You don’t have to be a drama queen to dig the Montford Park Players, Asheville’s longtime Shakespeare troupe that performs for FREE from June through August in an amphitheater just outside downtown. The stage under the stars is a peaceful setting as sunset creeps in. The Players’ take on Shakespeare is lively, inventive and casual, no stuffy stuff. Their free performances of comedies, tragedies, romances and everything in between start June 3.

Shindig on the Green

Everyone loves Shindig, an Asheville tradition since 1967. The FREE music series, held at a downtown park, starts July 2 and continues most Saturday nights through Sept. 3. It’s a mix of bluegrass, mountain and old-time music and dance. Expect string bands, clogging, ballads, storytelling. Bring your own instrument — you may not be able to resist some jamming. Add a blanket or chair, a picnic and you’re there.

At Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our affordable Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, you’re close to all of these freebies. Contact us at 828-545-2950 or loversloop(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Be free as a firefly, blissed as a bird in Asheville

One of our summertime treats at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, is the free firefly festival performed here each night. Our large yard is a stage for these blinking, winged firecrackers.

The guest porch at our vacation rental is a perfect place to sit at dusk and relax with the silent light show. Do yourself a favor, and check it out when you visit. We enjoy crashing the firefly party in the annual neon mating ritual. Our acre is deep with the dreams of the fireflies as they look for their perfect match. May we all be so lucky!

Another treat at Lovers’ Loop Retreat for much of the year, morning, noon and night, is the bird calls we hear. Mourning doves, crows, sparrows, chickadees, nut hatches, cardinals, finches, woodpeckers and more. The different species don’t have to compete for the airwaves – they just get their songs out there. It’s great to feel connected with nature at our guest suite, and most visitors comment when they arrive on what a refreshing refuge it is.

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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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Get Yourself Downtown After 5 in Asheville

You know spring has hit its stride in Asheville when the popular Downtown After 5 music series starts in May. And the first one of the season is this Friday, May 15. The free event, on the third Friday of the month May through September, is an outdoor concert that starts at 5 p.m. on fabulously funky Lexington Avenue. It’s a big block party with food and beverages for sale.

            When you stay at Lovers’ Loop Retreat, our Asheville bed and breakfast alternative, you can get down at this downtown gig.

            Many people dance, dance, dance into the evening in a joyful celebration of the weekend’s start. The music varies from month to month: jazz, country, bluegrass, funk. The type of music doesn’t matter too much because it’s about enjoying the outdoors, the crowd and life on Friday night in a cool city.

            Downtown is an easy 10-minute drive from our Asheville vacation rental.

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Greening up, getting out

It’s so green now at Lovers’ Loop Retreat! This time of year, we live as if in a treehouse.  And in fact, we have a treehouse on our property, so the image is complete. We are charmed each day by the various blooming plants in the yard. They bloom kind of sequentially, so a rhododendron plant will start waning at about the time the rose bush is springing forth.

Speaking of springing forth, downtown Asheville and the surrounding area are really gearing up for the wonderful outdoor music and theater offerings, many of them free events, that take place between now and the end of the year. The annual and very popular Shindig on the Green, a free outdoor music concert downtown, starts soon with a focus on old-time and folk music and dancing . And the Downtown After Five concert series had its first concert of the season last Friday. 

Lovers’ Loop Retreat is an easy 10-minute drive from these events. 

And the Blue Ridge Parkway beckons big-time just around the corner from our guest suite — biking, hiking, cruising in your car.

We want to be mindful of making more time to play and indulge our curiosity because that’s living!  

    We hope to meet you sometime at Lovers’ Loop Retreat.


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