Save the Date – July 30 & 31, 2016!
2nd Annual LEAF Downtown is happening in Pack Square Park!
“Long has it been our dream to bring the performance magic, cultural majesty, and beautiful family atmosphere cultivated over 20 years of LEAF Festivals to the city we call home. It is our firm belief that music & art has the power to cross all social & cultural boundaries, and bring people together to learn, grow, and celebrate our diversity through creativity. We welcome One & All to LEAF Downtown AVL for two days filled to the brim with music, art, workshops, great food & drinks, family activities, and lifelong friendships!” – Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director
LEAF Downtown Vision
To celebrate communities, creativity, diversity, and families in the heart of downtown Asheville!
LEAF builds quality of place by intentionally infusing the power of the arts, culture, and creativity. LEAF Downtown will further the goals of inclusivity, community partnerships, and economic vitality in the greater Asheville area, while driving the greater LEAF mission to connect cultures & create community through music & arts.
2nd Annual LEAF Downtown Experience
Ooohhh, here we go again! To experience LEAF Downtown, you can Run Your Ash Off, Volunteer, Become a Vendor, Become a VIP, Crawl through Funky Cocktails and more! Reach out to info@theLEAF.org with any questions! How do you LEAF?
"LEAF is Where the Community Gathers"
LEAF Downtown is all about Family. For two days Pack Square Park will be alive with three stages featuring national, regional, & local talent, Easel Rider activities, a LEAF Family Adventure Zone, dozens of roaming artists & buskers, a Prestige Subaru Adventure Zone, and interactive art installations for all to enjoy!. The event start on Saturday, July 30 at 9AM with the LEAF Art Dash 5K followed by an Opening Ceremony with LEAF International Costa Rica wisdom keepers at the LEAF Downtown Stage at 11:45am.
LEAF Downtown is all about Local Community. Through a partnership with Asheville Grown, we aim to highlight over 90 locally-owned vendors. Enrichment activities, cultural exchanges, and civic engagement will also take place at the Voices of Asheville Tent through a series of collaborative alliances forged with HACA Residents Council, Center for Diversity Education, Nuestro Centro, Date My City, Green Opportunities, Delta House Life Development, and Eagle Streets Market Development.
LEAF Downtown champions Citizen Engagement & Growth. Beyond the art, music, and rich creative environment, LEAF Downtown AVL will foster local job opportunities, include mentor & on the job training programs, hold panels & discussions on community history & leadership, offer workshops for musicians & artists, and offer a diverse palette of educational programming.
YOU are invited, celebrated and appreciated! LEAF Downtown is dedicated to honoring the diverse and rich culture of Asheville. We seek to ensure every neighborhood, race, ethnicity, and culture has a face and a home at our event. We support healthy expressions of progress featuring diversity and inclusion in all of our events, and LEAF Downtown gives us the unique opportunity to support local Asheville interests, heritage, and history.
LEAF Downtown – Stages & Spaces
LEAF Downtown Stage
Featuring a dynamic range of local, regional & national talent spanning a diversity of genres and artistic lineages that uplift, empower, and inspire!
Voices of Asheville
Voices of AVL is a gathering space to learn the rich history of AVL as well as the current challenges. Partners come together to share their stories and engage others: Center for Diversity Education, Eagle St Marketplace, Hood Huggers, Pisgah Legal Services, HACA Residents Housing Council & others representing lots of diverse VOICES of Asheville (AVL
LEAF Cafe Stage
Community Arts Stage
Take a look back at the LEAF Downtown AVL 2015 Schedule!
Be sure to check back for LEAF Downtown 2016 Theme & Schedule on June 7th!
Parking & Road Notes
VIPs will enjoy complimentary parking at 35 Woodfin Street (Buncombe County Health Department Lot) during LEAF Downtown! Parking is limited and available with your paid VIP ticket until gone.
LEAF Downtown will have the absolute minimum of road closures. Be advised, North and South Pack Square, and Market Street & Spruce Street within Pack Square Park will be closed to vehicle traffic. Surrounding streets, Biltmore Aveneue and College Street are open to vehicle traffic.
Where to Park:
Asheville provides on-street parking as well as four parking garages and several permit lots downtown. There are more than 700 on-street metered spaces in downtown Asheville. All meters are for short term parking (two hours or less, as marked) at a cost of $1.25 per hour. The metered spaces are enforced from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday. (Metered) Parking is FREE each Sunday. Parking Garages are also available throughout the city:
- Civic Center Garage: Parking in the Civic Center Garage is free for the first hour and then $1.00 per hour for each hour or fraction thereof.
- Rankin Avenue Garage: Parking in the Rankin Avenue Garage is free for the first hour and then $1.00 per hour or fraction thereof.
- Wall Street Garage: Parking in the Wall Street Garage is free for the first hour and then $1.00 per hour or fraction thereof.
- Biltmore Avenue Garage: Parking in the Biltmore Avenue Garage is free for the first hour and then $1.00 per hour or fraction thereof.