takes place the last full weekend of July 2012.
Friday, July 26
Noon – 10pm
Saturday, July 27
10am – 10pm
Sunday, July 28
Noon – 6pm
“Bele Chere” means beautiful living. That’s what you’ll find in Asheville at the largest FREE arts and music street festival in the Southeast. Great art, music, food, and beer come to the streets of downtown Asheville each summer. Discover a cool new band, find the perfect piece of art, sample some local cuisine, enjoy a microbrew – find your own way to celebrate Bele Chere.
The festival began in 1979 as a collaboration between the merchants that populated downtown Asheville. Their vision was to revitalize the downtown business district, which was hurting. They realized their vision in the form of a street festival. The name Bele Chere was chosen. The name derives from an ancient Scottish dialect that means Beautiful Living. Over the past 34 years, downtown Asheville has returned as the main attraction and epicentre for our local restaurants, galleries, clothing stores, theatres, and art exhibits. Asheville’s downtown is now the envy of cities from around the nation.