Cool off at this indoor-outdoor summer festival in Asheville

Grove Arcade will host its inaugural Summer Festival from 12-7 pm July 30. The event will include indoor and outdoor games for all ages, live demonstrations and music performances, food and drink specials and more.

ASHEVILLE – A new downtown event is set to debut with exclusive deals and one-of-a-kind experiences for all.

Grove Arcade will host its inaugural Summer Festival from 12-7 pm July 30. The event will include indoor and outdoor games for all ages, live demonstrations and music performances, food and drink specials, plus surprises.

The new annual series is to provide an opportunity for local artists, crafters and retailers to showcase their artworks and products, she said. It also invites guests to try a new food or beverage business or revisit a favorite destination. More so, it’s to revive a sense of community in downtown Asheville.

“Kind of like our Winter Wonderland does in the winter season with the tree lighting and Santa Claus and carolers and Nutcracker dancers, we just want to create a place for people to celebrate a season,” Amber Ammons, senior property manager, said. “We want to have people out enjoying life again, creating more economic stimulus to downtown Asheville.”

Grove Arcade will host its inaugural Summer Festival from 12-7 pm July 30. The event will include indoor and outdoor games for all ages, live demonstrations and music performances, food and drink specials and more.

Constructed in 1929, the Grove Arcade is now inhabited by contemporary retail businesses on the ground level with residences on the upper levels.

Huli Sue’s BBQ & Grill is one of the restaurants to move in, making its debut last year.

“(It’s been) nothing less than the warmest, most supportive, most caring and giving business community that we’ve experienced, and we’ve lived in Arizona, Washington, Japan, Canada and the Pacific. It’s been phenomenal. A great support network,” co-owner Lisa Smith-Vann said. “We’re so blessed to be a part of that and blessed to be a part of the history of the Grove Arcade because in 100 years people will look back and know we were a part of that.”

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