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 July 4th Weekend in Asheville!

Things are really opening up! Here's our run down of 10 fun things going on around Asheville this weekend. Here we go!
10 Things To Do for July 4th
#1 Watermelon Eating Contest (+beer)
Do you love watermelon or know someone who does? Then don't miss Sweeten Creek Brewing's Watermelon Eating Contest at 4pm on Saturday. Start off the day with dancing at 1pm for kids and adults and enjoy all sorts of kid-friendly vendors, live music and snow cones!  The WNC Nature Center will be there with some fun biofacts and coloring sheets! 
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#2 Run Your Arse Off for BeLoved's Village! 

Start your 4th celebration with a bang at Asheville's Independence Day 5k! This flat, family-friendly 5k race will take place at 7:30am at Carrier Park. $5 from every registration for this race will be donated to the Beloved Village Project, an amazing effort helping to create a different kind of independence for those in our community in need. Early packet pick-up is 5-6 p on Saturday at Jus' Running!

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#3 Crêpes, Empanadas, Raclette, Beer and Tunes!

We dig that America is a melting pot of many cultures. Did you know that Oscar Wong, founder of Highland Brewing, is from Chinese lineage, born and raised in Jamaica. Lucky for us in 1994 he eventually landed in Asheville to open Highland Brewing Co. Highland is celebrating Independence Day with two multi-cultural food vendors, Sweet Cheesus featuring "raclette" and CeCi's Culinary Tour serving up crêpes, empanadas, and more. There's also going to be live music from some of local favorites including Jackson Grimm & The One String from 12:30 - 2:30pm and Pleasure Chest from 3 - 5pm. There's fun for the whole family this Sunday, July 4th at noon!

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#4 Get Down at the Salvage Station
The Salvage Station is celebrating the 4th of July in style this year with an amazing lineup of some of our most favorite local bands! Grab your crew of patriotic, music-loving friends and join the fun this Sunday with doors opening at 4pm. This is an all-ages general admission event and Root Down will be serving up their amazing twist on Southern Soul food all evening. Tickets are $20 in advance or $27 at the door!
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#5 Local Coffee, Lake Run, Sweet Deals on Gear
Jus' Running is not just celebrating Independence Day but also First Saturday! Saturday, July 3rd at 9am they will have a group run, huge discounts on apparel and footwear. Bridge & Tunnel coffee truck will be there for your caffeine hookup. The easy 5-mile route through North Asheville includes a lap around beautiful Beaver Lake and all paces are welcome! Take advantage of 20% OFF All Apparel and specials on all clearance shoes!
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#6 Cold beer + Cajun goodness + Blues & Soul
Fourth of July at the French Broad River Taproom is gonna be rockin'! Get your party on Sunday with cold brews, live music, and amazing Cajun cuisine from Grush's Cajun Dino. The Taproom will be open from 11am - 8pm. Music from Riyen Roots kicks off from 3-5pm and food will be there from 1-7pm. All ages are welcome at this event so bring the whole family!
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#7 Edgy Cello-Centric Experimental Rock

Upland Drive is playing at White Horse Black Mountain this Saturday, July 3rd featuring the talented Brad Curtioff, Adam Chase, and Walker Astin. Upland Drive was originally founded by Asheville Symphony Orchestra cellist, Franklin Keel, and accompanied by vocalist Davida Hass. They offer a unique yet lively sound that brings elements together from a variety of genres including rock, funk, and reggae, with an undertow of classical influence. This is a great way to relax and really enjoy the holiday weekend.
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#8 Win a Box Full of Meat!
Lean Times Meat Co. is celebrating the 4th this year by giving away one of their special 4th of July grilling boxes! Included: Joyce Farms 100% grass-fed choice Ribeye, NY Strip, boneless skinless thighs, drumsticks, Wellsdale Ground, Carolina Bison, Bison Dogs, and Vandele Farms Bratwurst. To enter this awesome giveaway, follow Lean Times on Facebook, like and share their post about the 4th, and tag 2 friends or more to increase your chances!).
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#9 Fireworks Downtown!
Remember last year's Fourth of July? Neither do we. Well, this year downtown Asheville fireworks are back! DJ Nex Millen will be spinning the tunes from 6:30 pm until fireworks start around 9:30 pm. This year there will be no accompanying festival activities and no food or drink vendors, however, be sure to grab your favorite to-go food from a downtown restaurant and have your own picnic! There's lots to celebrate this Sunday!
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#10 Shindig is BACK!
We have so missed Shindig on The Green and are thrilled¬†that it is back for its 55th season¬†of bringing Folk music, community, and good times after sundown to Downtown Asheville. Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets to find the good times at Pack Square. Locals and visitors alike are invited to come together downtown on Saturday ‚Äúalong about sundown,‚ÄĚ 7ish to 10 pm.¬†This is a free event perfect for everyone.
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Celebrate our independence, have fun out there and show your AVL love by tipping well!
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