Thank you ALL for Rising Up with us at
LEAF Downtown AVL!
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.
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The 5th Annual LEAF Downtown AVL, happened August 2-3, 2019 in the heart of Downtown Asheville at Pack Square Park. Over 25,000 people, families, and friends of all ages and walks of life came out to enjoy.
LEAF Downtown AVL showcases dynamic musical talent, immersive cultural arts performances and local handcraft & culinary artists. At this special event, experience a world-class music, art & cultural immersion featuring over 200 performers on 3 stages, 70 hand-selected artisan craft & food vendors, non-stop family adventure programming, and the Voices of Asheville cultural epicenter. No matter who you are, where you are from, and what lights your fire, LEAF Downtown celebrates YOU – Championing diversity, equity & inclusivity as core principles at the heart of the event. – Ehren Cruz, Artistic Director
LEAF Downtown AVL | Where the Community Gathers
LEAF Downtown AVL is about FAMILY | For two days – Friday & Saturday – 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, and interactive art installations for all to enjoy! The event starts Friday at 3pm and on Saturday 9am with the fun and family-friendly LEAF Art Dash 5K. Each night the park closes at 10pm.
LEAF Downtown AVL is about LOCAL COMMUNITY | Through a partnership with Asheville Grown, we aim to highlight local artists & locally-owned vendors. In addition, LEAF Downtown AVL will host 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: Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Green Opportunities (GO!), Hood Huggers International, THE BLOCK Off Biltmore, Adorn, Bountiful Cities, BeLoved Asheville, Project Juntos, Nuestro Centro, UNCA Center for Diversity Education, Delta House Life Development, Inc., Christine Avery Learning Center, CAYLA, HACA: Resident’s Council & many other community champions!
LEAF Downtown AVL is about CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT | Beyond art around the park and music on three stages, LEAF Downtown AVL will foster local job opportunities, including youth mentorships and leadership development, host panels & community forums and offer a diverse palette of workshops in the Voices of Asheville tent as well as THE BLOCK Off Biltmore.
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 voice and gathering space at our event. LEAF supports healthy expressions of progress featuring diversity and inclusion in all its signature events and LEAF Downtown gives us the unique opportunity to support local Asheville interests, honor heritage and share 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.
Family Adventure Across the Park
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.
LEAF Downtown AVL Map
Parking & Road Notes
Kick It Ticket Holders will enjoy complimentary parking at 35 Woodfin Street (Buncombe County Health Department Lot) during LEAF Downtown! Parking is limited and available with your paid Kick It Ticket until gone.
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 Friday (time tbd) through Sunday am. Surrounding streets, Biltmore Avenue and College Street will be open to vehicle traffic.
Asheville Transit Changes/Notes:
LEAF Downtown AVL will be set up at North and South Pack Square on Friday August 2, 2019 through Sunday August 4, 2019. On Sunday August 4, 2018, all ART bus routes will be operating on a limited holiday schedule for LEAF Downtown AVL. Routes will operate between the hours of 5:00 AM-11:30 PM Friday and Saturday and 8:00am-5:00pm on Sunday.
Due to special events in and around Pack Square Park, some routes and stops will be impacted. Detours will be in place at 6:00 AM on Friday August 2, 2019 until 2:00 PM on Sunday August 4, 2019.
- Stop #403: College St at Court Plaza
- Stop #449: College St at Court Plaza
- Stop #450: College St at Broadway St
From the transit center, right onto Ashland Ave, right onto Patton Ave, left onto Broadway St, right onto Woodfin St., resume regular route. Use Stop #404: College St at S Charlotte St for outbound trips leaving Downtown.
Detours will be in place at 6:00 AM on Friday August 2, 2019 until 2:00 PM on Sunday August 4, 2019.
Please check the Service Alerts page on RideTheART.com to stay informed on any additional service changes: http://www.ashevillenc.gov/departments/transit/service_alerts.htm
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- check for any rate changes:
- 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.