If you’re visiting Asheville for the first time and want an example of the city’s unique culture, stop by Pritchard Park during a Friday night in the Spring, Summer, or Fall and see the Drum Circle. Anyone can join in — all you need is a drum. The park is smack in the middle of downtown, and you will see old and young alike beating away in rhythm. Everyone gets involved and has a great time, from professional musicians to first-timers, the Asheville Drum Circle welcomes everyone.
The circle has survived numerous complaints from nearby condos and there was once a movement to have it shut down, but the weekly event survived, and is just as eclectic as ever. During the rest of the week, Pritchard Park is also used by many people to play chess, as well as hosting an outdoor silent movie series during the Summer months. For additional information on the circle, check out its page on myspace.com/ashevilledrumcircle.