One of the well-kept hometown secrets of the Asheville area is twenty-five minutes west of Asheville in the small town of Canton, North Carolina. Pickin’ in the Park is a weekly event throughout the summer months that is perfect for those who enjoy good music and outdoor living in a small-town atmosphere to die for.

Let’s start with the location. Nestled in the heart of this small town is a covered performance stage, several covered picnic tables, and a jungle gym for the kids with wide asphalt trails circling the perimeter for those who want to fit in a bit of exercise while enjoying music. With a slow-moving river snaking along the trail, this really is a beautiful area to spend a warm summer evening. I showed up several hours before the event started to scope out the place and was pleasantly surprised by how lovely the area was.

The event itself was truly made for music lovers. Musicians from all over the south come in weekly to fill the area with guitars, banjos, drums, and a plethora of other instruments depending on the band. What starts out as a quiet, tranquil park during the day turns into something of a concert hall on Friday nights as musicians and cloggers take to the stage to give a classic kid-friendly outdoor concert for those who attend.

Appalachian clog dancing has a long history in the Asheville area and the clogging at Pickin’ in the Park hosts some of the region’s best. Combine tap-dancing, heavier shoes, and bright costumes and you’ll come close to an understanding of what clogging entails. It’s a beautiful form of dancing and very interesting to watch. If it isn’t for you, don’t worry, the majority of the night is devoted to enjoying the music of the bands.

Food trucks and a concession stand pop up to ensure you stay well-hydrated and well-fed throughout the event. There isn’t really any healthy options for those who are health conscious but everything is certainly tasty and your kids are sure to have a lot of options for snacks.

The best part? This is a free event. Parking can be an issue later on in the evening so I suggest getting there a little early. The event starts at 7 pm and parking is free but first come, first serve. Have any memories of your own Pickin’ in the park experience? Email us and let us know!

 

Pickin’ in the Park

Canton Recreational Park

77 South Penland Street (Rt. 215)
Canton, NC 28716

Canton Recreational Park

77 South Penland Street (Rt. 215)
Canton, NC 28716