Its only three weeks until Bele Chere here in Asheville, North Carolina. This is a very concentrated dose of the artistic side of Asheville. You can expect fun, food, music, dancing, crafts, vendors and all other wonderful things that Asheville has to offer.
If you’re traveling overnight then you should get a room reservation soon. Click here for all the details about where to stay and what else to see while you’re here.(If you have any extra time.) You still have time to order a free travel guide and get it in the mail.If you live within a one day drive of the area, you should come too.
Each Bele Chere has its own flavor and unique offerings. And, although many events and vendors cost money, it is a free festival. You can stroll the streets of Asheville enjoying the festival itself. However, even if you do spend money, you’ll be saving the price of a long trip and a motel room. So its a win-win situation.
This year nearly a thousand musical acts applied to play at Bele Chere. The selection committee listens to literally thousands of songs before choosing who will play at the festival. This year the line up is exciting. Apache Relay, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Railroad Earth, Rebirth Brass Band, The Whigs, Balsam Range, Beta Radio, Cedric Burnside Project, Deep Fried 5, Kelley & The Cowboys, Paper Tiger, Sirius.B, The Billy Sea and The Vertigo Jazz Project are just a few of the groups that plan to be there. For a compete list and a schedule click here to go to the Official Bele Chere website.
This year there’ll be two food courts providing festival goers with wonderful treats. A (very) short list of the vendors includes Al A Carte Foods, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Mikey’s Southern Snowballs, Party in a Pita, Steak Boys, Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, Frankie Bones of Asheville, Mamacita’s, Neo Burrito, Ultimate Ice Cream Company and Vincenzo’s. For a complete list of where the food courts are and who will be where click here to go to the Official Bele Chere website.
Of course Western North Carolina’s artisans will be represented in the Bele Chere Art Park. Nearly fifty artists will be there this year. To find out where the Art Park will be and who will be there click here to go to the Official Bele Chere website. There will be nearly a hundred individual arts and crafts booths scattered throughout the festival. (Bring your walking shoes.) Like the musicians these individuals have been selected especially for the quality of the work they bring to Bele Chere. If you’d like a list of them click here to go to the Official Bele Chere website.
One great thing about Bele Chere is the fact that local merchants get to have their own booth in front of their stores. This ensures the Festival has an authentic local flavor you can’t get from a festival held on a fairgrounds. When you come to Bele Chere you will see downtown Asheville and understand why we love to call it home. Like I said, bring your walking shoes.