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Street festival celebrates beauty



7/25/2011 - Street festival celebrates beauty
by The Charlotte Observer

PEOPLE COME FROM ALL AROUND to get their feet on the street at Asheville's Bele Chere Festival!  Here's a brief description of the events, and even some directions and links for more information!

Bele Chere

Downtown Asheville. 828-259-5800.

Hours: July 29-31 and operates noon-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

Activities: Bele Chere, meaning "beautiful living," is a street festival that offers a variety of arts and crafts, music, food vendors, events and children's activities. The festival attracts about 350,000 people to Asheville's downtown district. At this year's 33rd annual festival, visitors will be entertained by various bands, interactive dancing, drumming and more. Festival goers are encouraged to use shuttle buses that begin an hour prior to the festival hours and run one hour after the festival ends. Shuttles run approximately every 20 minutes and cost $3 roundtrip.

Cost: Free.

Target Audience: All ages. Sunday is designated as family day and is alcohol free.

Directions from uptown: Take Interstate-40 W. toward Asheville. Continue on the ramp and merge onto I-40 W. Take exit 53B for U.S. 74 Alternate W/I-240 toward Asheville. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for UNC Asheville and merge onto I-240 W. Take exit 5B for Charlotte St./US-70 E. toward U.S.-74 Alt. E/Asheville 694/Downtown. Turn left onto U.S.-70 E./Charlotte Street. Turn right onto College Street.

Travel time from Charlotte: About two hours.

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