Event organizers had hoped that a new cover for the Pack Square Park stage would be in place for the big concert, which has drawn thousands to the park to hear the Asheville Symphony play outside. Last year, the Asheville Downtown Association launched a fund-raising campaign seeking $100,000 for the stage cover. The group said the polyester cover will allow for a greater range of events to be programmed at the park. The symphony in the park has been produced through private donations, not by the downtown association, btw.
Instead of a big unveiling at Labor Day, festivities will be moved to Memorial Day next May.
This would have been the four year for the Labor Day concert in Pack Square Park. Last year’s Labor Day weekend event was rescheduled from September in the park to October at Diana Wortham Theatre due to heavy rains.
Clarification from loyal reader Mike at the symphony: The ASO’s done three Symphony in the Park shows, two of which have been rained out. The second year we did move to Diana Wortham Theatre, but last year, we canceled the September performance due to weather and rescheduled for the October date and performed in the park.
This year has been a rough year for outdoor festivities in downtown Asheville. Last week, organizers of the LAAFF festival on Lexington Avenue announced they were canceling this year’s September street party and planning to bring it back next year. Last weekend was the last year the city of Asheville is paying for the 35-year-old Bele Chere street party. And later this month, the annual weekend Goombay festival has been drastically scaled back to a small event marking the founding of the YMI Cultural Center.