Thank you Asheville for an incredible 2nd LEAF Downtown AVL!
Save the date ~ 3rd Annual LEAF Downtown AVL August 5 & 6, 2017

 On behalf of the LEAF Community Arts team, we offer our deepest gratitude for the tremendous showing of love and support by the City of Asheville and the 15,000 friends who came out to the 2nd Annual LEAF Downtown.  From our amazing sponsors, to the dozens of beautiful craft vendors, hundreds of volunteers & performers, thousands of children, to WAR dropping the funkiest city imaginable, and to the intergenerational & multiethnic crowd celebrating as one family together… There is little more we could ever have asked for. Most importantly, with all the challenges we face today, LEAF Downtown once again reported no incidents of conflict. We kept each other safe, valued each others company, and gathered together in Peace.  We look forward to joining with you all for the 3rd annual LEAF Downtown AVL taking place August 5th & 6th! Mark your calendars and tell your friends #LEAFLove is here to stay!

LEAF Downtown Vision

LEAF Downtown celebrates communities, creativity, diversity, and families in the heart of downtown Asheville!
LEAF Downtown will further the goals of inclusivity, community partnership and economic vitality in the greater Asheville area, while driving the greater LEAF Community Arts mission to connect cultures & create community through music & arts.

2nd Annual LEAF Downtown | Pack Square Park 

Join us at LEAF Downtown AVL 2016 to celebrate music, art and culture from July 30 & 31,  presenting a powerful “Soultown” theme bringing the very best soul, funk, R&B and world music talent to one and ALL – for FREE!  Get ready for a fully immersive experience, welcoming families and all walks of life to gather as one community in our beautiful mountain city.  LEAF Downtown AVL will feature a wealth of community partner programming including the return of our Voices of Asheville tent, dozens of family adventures activities, three stages featuring local, regional & national talent, 80+ local culinary and craft arts vendors curated in part by Asheville Grown, roaming performers galore, a one-of-a-kind VIP experience and our second annual LEAF Art Dash 5K.    LEAF Downtown AVL first emerged onto the Asheville scene August 2015 as an expansion of the LEAF Community Arts’ mission to connect cultures and create community through music and arts.   Last year, LEAF welcomed over 15,000 attendees in what we consider to be a turning point in the evolution of our organization and a powerful bridge of inclusion for our community.  This summer LEAF Downtown AVL furthers its vision to celebrate creativity, diversity and families in the heart of Downtown Asheville with a Soultown experience unlike any other!” – Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director

Explore photos from LEAF Downtown AVL 2016

Take a look back at the 2016 LEAF Downtown AVL Lineup!


LEAF Downtown AVL - Where the Community Gathers

LEAF Downtown AVL is all about Family. | For two days – 12pm to 10pm on Saturday, July 30th & 10am to 6pm on Sunday, July 31st –  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. LSSChildrenBackBendSA

LEAF Downtown AVL 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.

LSSHoopLineSALEAF Downtown AVL 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. 

LEAF Downtown AVL invites, celebrates and appreciates YOU! | 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. 

Take a look back at the LEAF Downtown AVL 2016 Schedule
LEAF Downtown Saturday 7/30

 LEAF Downtown Sunday 7/31

LEAF Downtown – Stages & Spaces

LEAF Downtown Stage

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.

LEAF Cafe Stage

Cafe StageA place to eat and engage with the family while tuning into Asheville’s rich local traditions featuring old time, folk, hip hop, Americana, blues and deep Appalachian roots.

Family Adventure Across the Park

Family Adventure

LEAF makes sure that there is plenty of engaging cultural arts and fun for the whole family throughout all of LEAF Downtown. Costume tents, roaming kids artists, puppets, jugglers, face painting, the Wandering Swordsman, parades & circus arts.

Community Arts Stage

U-LEAF Stage
Connecting and celebrating LEAF Schools & Streets youth performers, local arts education partners, community elders and voices of leadership.

Arts Across The Park

Art Around the Park
Roaming artists, arts experience, installations, & of course treasured LOCAL ARTS vendors to browse and shop. AVL Grown partners to recognize all the LOCAL ARTISTS at LEAF Downtown. 


LEAF Downtown AVL – Map

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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.

Road Closures:
LEAF Downtown will have the absolute minimum of road closures. Be advised, North and South Pack Square, Market Street & Spruce Street within Pack Square Park, and N. Spruce St. will be closed to vehicle traffic Saturday July 30, 2016 beginning at 6:00am until Monday August 1, 2016. Surrounding streets, Biltmore Avenue and College Street will be open to vehicle traffic.

The following bus stops will be missed:
Patton Ave @ Biltmore Ave – Please use bus stop on Broadway.
Courthouse plaza (both directions) –  Please use bus stop at 1 Oak Plaza and College @ Charlotte St.

These routes will detour as follows:

Left on Broadway, Right on Woodfin St. to College St.

Right on Oak St. to Woodfin Ave, Left on Broadway, Right on College St.

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. 

ASSUMPTION OF RISK:There are inherent risks associated with being at LEAF Downtown or a LEAF event. By participating in LEAF (LEAF Community Arts) in any way (ticket purchaser, volunteer, staff, performer, vendor, etc) You are fully responsible for your physical and mental self, your belongings, your vehicle, your actions, injuries, accidents, illness, property damage, or other occurrence arising in any manner whatsoever out of your participation in activities sponsored by LEAF.  In addition, all persons attending this event, by their presence, may be photographed, videotaped, or broadcasted and, waive any claim related to the use of their image for promotional purposes for LEAF.  Be respectful, kind, and responsible.