For an Asheville native, everyone knows of the drum circle happenings that occur every Friday night during the warm weather months in Pritchard Park. It’s an experience to be remembered, but one that isn’t highly promoted for tourists to the area unless they happen upon it while taking a stroll through the streets. I remember the first time I went down to Pritchard Park to participate in the beating drums and hum of people gathered around dancing. Even though the drum circle officially began in 2001, it is an event that has become synonymous with my thoughts of Asheville. To me, Asheville is not the same without the vibrant cultural expressed in those Friday night dances.

Photo Courtesy of The Circle

Photo Courtesy of The Circle

The drum circle is a free event to the public. Drummers will begin showing up around 6 PM or sometimes earlier. As the night progresses, locals and wanders will crowd around the area until it ends at 10 PM. Anyone can participate by drumming, dancing, or watching. The rhythmic atmosphere will draw you in as you feel the music reverberate through you. It’s almost impossible to not join in with dozens of smiling faces. Best of all, this is one event that is appropriate for people of all ages. My personal favorite time to go is in the fall months when the air is crisp and cider is warm. There’s something about pumpkin spice lattes and a crowd of people gathering outside listening to the thundering vibrations of the drums that makes me feel at home. I believe it’s rooted in the fact that the fall is the time of year we give thanks. It’s the time of year we celebrate the harvest of the crops grown in the summer and it’s the time of year that we come together with family. The drum circle really embodies that togetherness and it is a time honored tradition I know will be around for many more years to come.

Asheville Drum Circle

Pritchard Park
Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801