September 6, 2015
LAAFF (Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival) is a festive street festival that showcases the creative personality of Asheville with a focus on local. Join in the annual end-of-summer (Sunday of Labor Day Weekend) celebration of Asheville's artistic and musical communities. Three blocks of North Lexington Ave in downtown Asheville brim with all local art, food, beer, music, street performers, and random acts of creativity between College Street and the I-240 overpass. Hours are 11 AM-9 PM.
Three stages of music and performance include rock and roll, indie pop, funk, folk, ragtime, reggae, world beats, singer songwriters, bluegrass, old time, drummers, vaudeville, fire dancers, break dancers, hula hoopers, and circus arts. This participatory, innovative, art-focused street festival that strengthens our local community. The LAAFF Festival has long been known for bringing the “weird” out of Asheville with an emphasis on sustainability and authenticity.
More interactive areas include sideshow, hoops, face painting, freak fashions, hands on art fun, and a variety of surprising creative offerings from the local arts community. The three stages of music will be playing from Noon until 9 PM. The All that Jazz stage features jazz music of course, while the Walnut Stage will showcase experimental group Plankeye Peggy, Camp David, Kill the Clique, Alpha Lee, The Red Coats are Coming, Debrissa and the Bear King and Nest Egg taking the final spot. The main Electric Stage starts with world electrofunk from Sankofa Elektrofolk, followed by local Americana/Country music group Raising Caine. Other bands include Satta Roots, The If You Wannas, Doc Aquatic, East Coast Dirt, The Hermit Kings and Sirius B.
LAAFF is an experience for the entire family. The 2015 theme is "Urban Pollinators." LAAFF believes that as Urban Pollinators we can celebrate and highlight our nature as innately collaborative creatures who are inspired by the natural order around us. Like bees, we can produce more than we consume, and as humans we do so by encouraging creativity. Through our creativity, we can more effectively contribute to preserving our resources and thus ensuring that there is comfort and prosperity for all. LAAFF seeks to be a catalyst for the creativity and community building that will lead to these positive developments for all members of the Asheville community.
Asheville Mardi Gras and Friends will make a grand entrance around 2 PM to the Lexington Avenue Fun Festival with Dixieland Tunes by Asheville Second Line. UnifireTheater will bring Asheville's own premiere fire performance and arts entertainment to the corner of Lexington and Walnut at 8:45 PM.
No pets, biking, skating or outside alcohol allowed within festival area. It's free to attend. See more Fall Festivals and Events.