LEAF Community Arts is thrilled to announce the first annual LEAF Downtown AVL event taking place on August 1st & 2nd, 2015. Get ready to celebrate communities, creativity, diversity, and families in the heart of downtown Asheville! Long has it been our dream to bring the performance magic, cultural majesty, and beautiful family atmosphere cultivated over 20 years of LEAF Festivals to the city we call home. We welcome ONE AND ALL to two days filled to the brim with music, art, workshops, family activities, and creative collaborations amongst an amazing host of local partners. Prepare for THREE dynamic stages bringing you action packed music day and night. An incredible lineup of Downtown Artists include Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Bound, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Bird, The Main Squeeze, The London Souls, Empire Strikes Brass and many more! Be on the lookout for the full lineup and schedule announcement on May 21, 2015! And best of all, LEAF Downtown AVL is a 100% free, non-ticketed event!
August 1st - `10 AM to 4 PM Ooh La La Curiosity Market is an art market that takes place in Pritchard Park, located in the center of beautiful downtown Asheville and will showcase the work of more than a dozen local artists. Taking place over 11 Saturdays throughout Summer beginning May 23th. Ooh La La will feature works by local painters, leather smiths, jewelry makers, potters, up-cycled crafters, and other curious delights, all beneath the colored canopies of large market umbrellas. In addition to the artists, the market will also feature live local music with three musical acts performing each Saturday and will include everything from a solo saxophonist to folk, blues, acoustic and jazz acts. Other entertainment surprises are also in the works. The Market is also a fundraising market for Animal Haven, a no kill shelter. New Raffle basket at each market filled with donated items from artists.
August 7th 5 to 8 PM - The Downtown Asheville Art District (DAAD) invites you to visit the more than 20 galleries that contribute to Asheville's reputation as vibrant arts community and "The Paris of the South." Within a half-mile radius of Pack Square and the city's center, you'll find unparalleled diversity....from fine studio crafts, to glass, photography, folk art and contemporary painting, metalwork, textiles, jewelry and more by local, regional, national and international artists.
Asheville and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains have inspired artists for generations. That legacy is alive and well in Asheville's galleries, and it's one of the reasons why the city is consistently ranked as a top travel destination. You'll find a complete listing of DAAD galleries, including a map with locations and contact information, in the Downtown Gallery Guide, available at each participating gallery, the Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Pack Place.
August 7th-August 9th -New Mountain Asheville, 38 French Broad Ave
Mountain Flow Fest is a 3-day movement arts festival emphasizing traditional and contemporary disciplines of yoga, dance and object manipulation. Workshops include yoga, poi spinning, staff spinning, hoop dance, juggling, bellydance and more!
Join us in the Tasting Room Wednesday, August 12th, 8pm - 10 pm, where we will be serving up lots of laughs and plenty of cold beer. The 9th Annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival kicks off at Highland Brewing Company with national headliner Billy Wayne Davis. Other acts will include Tim Messenger, Ed Hill, Dina Hashem and many more! *This show is for 21 years old and up.
August 22nd. US Cellular Center.
Asheville Food & Wine Festival
A vibrant restaurant, brewery, wine, spirits, and boundless downtown scene have placed Asheville in the national spotlight time and again. Underground supper clubs, James Beard-nominated chefs, nationally recognized distilleries, and boasting more breweries per capita than any U.S. city, Asheville is the culinary destination. And there's no better opportunity to sample it all in one place than during the 7th annual Asheville Wine & Food Festival, held August 22 at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville.
Multiple days of events highlight the area's top chefs, artisan food producers, craft brewers, distilleries, as well as regional and international wines.
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