LEAF Downtown AVL Returns!

LEAF Downtown AVL Returns!
Last year was the first year that LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) - our favorite area festival in Black Mountain - traveled to Downtown Asheville to begin the first of many LEAF Downtown AVL events. It was wildly successful and it returns this year to build on the excitement generated by last year's excellent turn out! Read on for more information about this favorite local event.

What's The Deal
LEAF Downtown AVL is an offshoot of LEAF Black Mountain and this is the second year of its existence. Taking place over the weekend of July 30th - 31st, it promotes those same uplifting concepts of community, unity, art, and creativity. It brings our diverse surrounding mountain communities together to celebrate each other and the lives we're able to create in our beautiful environment. Best of all, because it takes place right in the heart of Historic Downtown Asheville, our entire mountain city is accessible to festival goers! Local Non-Profits, restaurants, shops, breweries, and more are in attendance and create the backbone of the event. The event runs on Saturday from 12PM - 10PM, and on Sunday from 10AM - 6PM.

Why You Should Go
The promoted values of the festival are integrity, openness, a positive "You Got This" attitude, and equity, so the event is ultimately very uplifting. Admission is free, so it is one of the most accessible events to take place in the city center. Many, many people will be in attendance and because of the nature of the event, everyone has something to teach or to share. This year's theme is "Soultown" so performances will be based in soul, funk, R&B, and world music. This is a fully immersive experience, so be sure to come ready to learn, to share, to have fun, and to get down! Oh, and don't forget about the pre-party! Papadosio will be performing at New Mountain Amphitheater on Friday, July 29th. Proceeds from the show will support local cultural arts education through LEAF Schools and Streets.

Where to Stay
Staying nearby is key to fully enjoying this uplifting and super fun festival. Carolina Mornings has dozens of phenomenal vacation rentals in and around the Asheville area - each one as unique and beautiful as the last. For a Condo located in Downtown Asheville - just blocks away from the festival - check out Ellington Loft. Stylish and chic, Ellington Loft boasts outstanding city and mountain views from the furnished private balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, and an expansive layout - perfect for when you and your party members want to spread out and tend to your own affairs! Looking for something a bit further from Downtown but still close enough to enjoy the full breadth of the festival? Check out Carolina Roost - a 3 bedroom, pet friendly rental situated in a family friendly neighborhood in the heart of West Asheville. You'll love returning to the comfort of this 2 story home at the end of a day of exploring!
To begin planning your trip to the area for LEAF Downtown AVL, contact Carolina Mornings at (877) 902-9441. A professional Vacation Planner will help secure your vacation rental accommodations, your Biltmore Estate ticket, and your outdoor adventures such as ziplining and whitewater rafting (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).
By: Dana Carrico

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