September 2, 2018
LAAF (Living Asheville Arts Festival) returns on Labor Day Sunday again. This very fun street festival showcases the creative personality of Asheville with a focus on local. Join in the annual end-of-summer celebration of our 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 12-9 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. LAAF has long been known for bringing the “weird” out of Asheville with an emphasis on sustainability and authenticity. It was previously called the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival.
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. One of our favorite events of the day is the Asheville Second Line “Mardi Gras” parade that starts at 3 PM at the South Lexington Stage.
LAAF is an experience for the entire family. Through creativity, we can more effectively contribute to preserving our resources and thus ensuring that there is comfort and prosperity for all. LAAF 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.
No pets, biking, skating or outside alcohol allowed within festival area. It's free to attend. See more Fall Festivals and Events.