5 Top Festivals in AshevilleReader's Choice: The Best Festivals to Attend in Asheville.
The results of a recent online poll are in and Asheville fans have named their top five favorite festivals. Here they are in descending order...
5. Beer Fests Asheville has become a craft brew mecca so it only makes sense that the five annual beer-centered festivals made this list. Brewgrass and Winter Warmer are two of the most popular and each year you have to act fast to secure tickets.
Here's a complete list of each beer festival.
4. Big Love/Big CraftyCelebrating indie-art and Asheville's "Buy Local" mantra, these two craft festivals are a great way to stumble upon the unique work of Asheville's many local artisans.
Related: Scenic Drives to Discover Mountain Crafts.
3. Shindig on the Green/Mountain Dance and Folk FestivalSouthern Appalachian music, jam sessions and folk dancing are the hallmarks of these long-running festivals. Here you'll find mountain traditions are alive and well with music ranging from Bluegrass to Newgrass. Here are some other ways to connect to Asheville's music scene.
2. Lexington Avenue Art and Fun Festival (LAAFF)Considered by many to be one of Asheville's most unique festivals, LAAFF has celebrated Asheville's eclectic nature for over a decade. Here you'll find bike jousts, circus performances, street buskers, local art and a lineup of great bands. This end-of-summer event took a hiatus in 2013, but will be back on Labor Day weekend, 2014.
1. Bele ChereThe most popular festival named in this poll was Bele Chere (by a landslide!). This signature arts and music festival has been considered the largest street party in the southeast for over 30 years. There's a lot of speculation on the future of this festival, with many rumors circulating that 2013 was the final year. It's true that the City of Asheville no longer plans to organize the event. Instead they are researching other ways to keep the festival alive, including finding an independent organization to host the event.