Throughout the months of June and October Pack Square in the heart of downtown Asheville is taken over by local artists and artisans for a day of outdoor displays to rival any indoor gallery in town. I’m a big art lover so this event is a real treat for weirdos like me who enjoy buying up local paintings to decorate my house with. Paintings are just one of the offerings to be found in this big outdoor exhibition. Handcrafted jewelry, stained glass, and leather works also made an appearance in this downtown extravaganza.
An annual event that’s in its 8th year, the Asheville Art in the Park is sure to be around for years to come. The crowds are a testament to popularity of the event and draws in both locals and tourists alike due to the event’s diversity and level of skill of the vendors. If crowds aren’t your thing, you might want to set this one out because from open to close, the streets in and around Pack Square are brimming with people. I didn’t much care for the crowds myself but the art was lovely and if I needed a break, the central location offered many a restaurant, pub, and less crowded shop to duck into to escape both the summer heat and the large numbers of people.
My favorite stalls included hand blown wine glasses and the jewelry stall which sported earrings made of semi-precious gemstones. The crafts around the event make lovely gifts and I managed to knock out some of my Christmas shopping before July, a special event all of its own. If you see something you like but can’t afford right at the moment most vendors have cards available for their own shops, galleries, or online stores. The last date in June this year is the 25th but if you can’t make it, no worries, it’ll be back in time for the fall colors October 1st, 8th, and 15th.
All-in-all a fun event and one I will be returning to in the near future. Hope to see you there!
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