by Will Cumberland
The Laurel of Asheville
LAAFF, Sunday, September 4th – Asheville, NC
Want to try something a little different? The Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival is possibly the largest community produced art show in South East and a sure fire bet for anyone looking for something different to do while they are in Asheville. Going all day Sunday from 11AM to 10PM, the festival has plenty to see, experience and do. Last year’s LAAFF, brought in well over 10,000 people to the Lexington district. Artisans, musicians, poets and street
performers from the Western North Carolina area, get together each September to create this homegrown extravaganza of the arts.
Kitty Love, one of the festival’s originating artists, says, “This is a celebration of our local grassroots created culture – by providing a place for creativity, we are actively enhancing the quality to life in and around Asheville. We do this by simply utilizing local talent. Asheville is truly an art based community.”
LAAFF takes place right on Lexington Ave and is free to the public. Art cars own the street, along with belly dancers, fire spinners and drummers. Local bands, DJ’s and singer-songwriters give LAAFF its musical bounce. Two stages of music, dance and performances going will be going on well into the night. There’s a bicycle joust too. Kids also have plenty to do; face and art painting, puppetry, bubbling and creativity circles abound. The festival features the Underground Art Show and silent auction, and the finale is a drive-in theatre style showing of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with the Wizard of OZ. Plenty of local food vendors will be on hand with the French Broad brewery providing beer for the festival.
Festival goers can purchase locally created jewelry (beadwork), eclectic clothing, Appalachian quilts, paintings, pottery, glasswork and creative pieces to bizarre to name.
Proceeds from this year’s festival will go to support the efforts of Arts2People and the Asheville Mural Project. Arts2People is a public art forum that works in partnership with the Asheville Arts Council and the Mountain Micro Enterprise Fund. For more information, visit Arts2People.org.