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Bele Chere - Discover the Ultimate Summer Street Festival in Asheville, North Carolina


**News Alert: 2013 may be the last year the City of Asheville puts on the infamous Bele Chere festival!  Don't miss your chance to participate in this epic event!  Click here to claim your place to stay before they're gone.**


Ready to get your summer groove on dancing in the streets? Each July, downtown Asheville magically transforms into a wonderland of live music and local crafts, drawing thousands of visitors to the "Land of the Sky." From July 26th through 28th, 2013, Bele Chere, the largest free arts and music festival in the Southeast, will draw in crowds of excited fans. With the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, enjoy three days of food and fun at this festival named for "Beautiful Living."

If you've never been to Bele Chere before, here's ten convincing reasons to take a summer break and see what it's all about.

1. Over forty bands are playing absolutely free all day and night, from local acts including Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band and Grammy Award winners David Holt and Balsam Range to national headliners Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and Wanda Jackson.  Click here for the schedule!

2. Kids activities! The Children's Area offers exciting rides, fun performances and sing-alongs, Tae Kwon Do instruction, and friendly animals from the Western North Carolina Nature Center.

3. Asheville is Beer City USA and Bele Chere gives you a taste of brews from dozens of local microbreweries, plus you can walk around town and drink freely with an over-21 festival wristband.

4. Come hungry because the Taste of Asheville and the Pritchard Park Food Court aim to satisfy all of those festival cravings, from farm-to-table gourmet cuisine to funnel cakes and kettle corn.

5. Flying dogs make a splash! Dozens of different breeds will run and jump into a pool in an attempt to win the title of the "Longest Leap" in the Purina Ultimate Air Dogs competition. 

6. Meet artists and watch them create their handmade arts in the Arts Park, including jewelry makers, photographers, ceramics artists, woodworkers, and painters.

7. The finest and funniest street performers are out in full force during Bele Chere. In a city that's famous for top-notch buskers, this is the best time to see musicians, jugglers, and living statues break out their best acts.

8. Get fit! Bring your running shoes and participate in the Bele Chere 5K.

9. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones from hundreds of craft and merchant vendors throughout the festival.

10. Once you visit Asheville, you'll want to stay a while! Spend the whole week exploring this mountain paradise and you'll discover breathtaking views from the Blue Ridge Parkway, cascading waterfalls, picturesque fields of wildflowers, and the serenity that comes from time spent surrounded by natural beauty. 

Call our Vacation Planners today to reserve the perfect Asheville cabin for your group. A mountain rental cabin transforms a family trip into a full-on getaway. Carolina Mornings is Asheville's premiere resource for North Carolina cabin rentals, offering pet-friendly properties, free access to area activities with the complimentary Mountain Discovery Pass, private amenities, and on-staff concierge service.

Stay in the log cabin of your dreams during Bele Chere. Dozens to choose from, one that's perfect for you.

(Shown here, front porch paradise at Lone Pine Lodge and the view from Eagle's Perch.)

Simplify ~ Enjoy the Luxury of the Mountains!