Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I bring my dog/pet to Shindig on the Green?
A: No, unless it’s a service animal. Many festival-goers are surprised to know that that the City of Asheville restricts pets from being present at outdoor special events. Due to public safety and health guidelines, events must restrict attendees from bringing pets and animals into an event site by way of posting signs and educating event staff on the proper means of communicating and enforcing this ordinance during the activity. Except as provided under special resolution by Asheville City Council, it is unlawful for any person owning or having possession, charge, custody or control of a domesticated animal, wild animal or livestock to take the animal into picnic areas, pond areas, children’s play areas of any City park or into any areas designated or permitted by the City as part of a community festival or event area. This restriction shall not apply to animals assisting persons impaired in sight, hearing or mobility. Farm animals and undomesticated animals are expressly restricted in proximity to residences and businesses. Please view the city’s informative video on animals at festivals.