Bele Chere Begins In Asheville Friday -

Bele Chere Begins In Asheville Friday

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Bele Chere kicked off in downtown Asheville on Friday. The festival runs through Sunday, July 28th.

Bele Chere is the largest free arts and music street festival in the Southeast. Organizers say you can expect to see bands, unique performances, beer, and food.  Pets are prohibited.  Information booths will be available at various locations throughout the festival.

Event times:

Friday: Noon- 10:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday: Noon - 6:00 p.m.

Ride ART to Bele Chere

During the Bele Chere festival, the availability of downtown parking is limited. City residents and visitors are encouraged to consider riding the ART (Asheville Redefines Transit).

Users can plan a trip at or by visiting on their desktop or mobile phone’s browser. The cost is $2 roundtrip.

Please have exact change.

ART will detour some routes around the Bele Chere closure beginning Thursday, July 25 at 5:29 p.m. through the close of business Saturday, July 27. The ART Station is one block from Bele Chere.

As part of the City of Asheville’s continuing goal to provide quality service, all route times and destinations will remain the same, except as routes enter and exit downtown Asheville. The following routes will be affected in the downtown area:

N – Montford Ave– Downtown – Charlotte St.

N1- Merrimon Ave. – Lakeshore Rd. 

N2- Merrimon Ave. – Beaverdam Rd.

N3 – Hillcrest Apts.

E1 - South Tunnel Rd. – Swannanoa River Rd. – VA

E2 - Tunnel Rd.- Haw Creek

W3 - Patton Ave. - Goodwill

W4 – Patton Ave – New Leicester Hwy

170 - Warren Wilson College – Black Mountain

More information and specific route detours are listed at or call 828-253-5691.

You can get more details about Bele Chere by clicking here.

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