Downtown Asheville Drum Circle

5 Free Things to Do in Downtown Asheville

Pritchard Park Drum Circle

Every Friday night (even when it’s cold in Asheville,) folks gather in Pritchard Park in Downtown Asheville to beat, bang and hammer away on drums, cymbals and all sorts of other percussion instruments. The effect can be mesmerizing. There’s lots of dancing and a million little things to see. If you’re downtown, you don’t need a map – just follow your ears.


April through September, you can find kids of all ages splashing around in front of the Buncombe County Courthouse – enjoying the fountains and geysers of Splashville. There’s a large grass patch to catch some rays and watch the passers-by. It’s the perfect way to spend a hot day!

Asheville Urban Trail

Asheville is a diverse and arsty town – and a great way to take some of it in (for FREE!) is to walk the Asheville Urban Trail. There’s lots of art, obtuse sculptures and all sorts of neat little things to see. All within an easy walk, you can see pigs, little girls, dancing people – and some of Asheville’s iconic architecture and oddities.

Montford Park Players

Like Shakespeare? You know you do. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 7:30, the Montford Park Players pull out the bard card and give a free show, open to all ages. Gorgeous costumes and memorable performances are all part of the package. Seating is limited in the amphitheater, but there’s plenty of lawn seating. Bring a picnic (have Bone & Broth pack it up for you!) and have a lovely evening of culture just steps away from Downtown Asheville!

Shindig on the Green

Bluegrass aficionados and lovers of live music alike will enjoy the show every Friday night from June to September. There are stage acts, plus breakaway groups play all over the place. From young folks to old-timers, there are all sorts of great acts. Located beneath the Buncombe County Courthouse, Shindig is open to all ages. Again, a wonderful place for a picnic dinner, Shindig on the Green has been running for 52 years!