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First Annual Downtown LEAF Aug 1-2

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – LEAF Downtown AVL inaugural weekend this weekend August 1 12 – 10 pm and Aug 2 10 am – 6 pm. This FREE event will take place in Pack Square Park downtown Asheville.  Enjoy this family festival with LEAF Family Adventure Zone, Literary Lounge, Easel Rider, and more!  Saturday morning at 9 am is LEAF’s 5K Run.

90+ local vendors, music, art, creativity abound this weekend.

After 20 years of producing WNC’s #1 Music Festival, #1 Festival for Camping and #1 Festival for Kids, LEAF Community Arts (LEAF) is proud to announce the first Annual LEAF Downtown AVL taking place August 1st and 2nd in Pack Square Park. The two-day event will bring the best of LEAF Festival and the best of LEAF Schools & Streets together for a diverse, welcoming event open and free to families and locals of Western NC and beyond.

LEAF Downtown AVL aims to celebrate communities, creativity, diversity and families in the heart of Asheville, NC. The long-term vision is to build quality of place by intentionally infusing the power of the arts, culture and creativity. LEAF Downtown AVL 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 and create community through music and arts. “LEAF is celebrating its 20th this year!, states Jennifer Pickering, Executive Director of LEAF Community Arts. “What better way to acknowledge all that we’ve achieved than by bringing the best of LEAF Festival and the best of LEAF Schools & Streets to Downtown Asheville?! This is a family-friendly event that will be inclusive of the diversity and heritage found in right in our backyard. ALL are welcome!”

The weeks leading into LEAF Downtown AVL, LEAF will host the LEAF Arts & Park Camp July 20-24 & July 27- 31 at Wesley Grant Center and the first ever Bootsy Collins Funk Dynasty Camp at Lake Eden July 27th-31st. The participants in the Funk Dynasty Camp will be showcased at New Mountain AVL on July 31st for their finale performance after spending the day with Bootsy Collins himself to raise their FUNK-o-meter! At LEAF Downtown AVL, Bootsy Collins and the Rubber Band will headline on the LEAF Downtown AVL Stage August 1st at 8:15pm. Other confirmed acts performing on the LEAF Downtown AVL Stage, in LEAF Café or on the Community Arts Stage include Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, The Main Squeeze, Empire Strikes Brass, The London Souls and many more! In addition to dynamic performances, Pack Square Park will come alive with The Easel Rider, Family Adventure Zone, Healing Arts, Roaming Artists, Prestige Subaru Adventure Zone and we encourage you to “Run Your Ash Off” with us in the LEAF Art Dash 5k Run & Family Relay on August 1st. LEAF has partnered with the Asheville-based SuperFly Fabulous Events to plan, implement and manage the run. “We are thrilled to work with LEAF on the development of this fun racing concept. For the last six years, we’ve developed more than a dozen events from Tennessee to Colorado. It’s exciting to be working on our home turf on an event that has such potential for the city’s downtown,” said Stephanie Carson, Director of SuperFly Fabulous Events.

The growing list of Sponsors already includes Capital at Play, Asheville-Citizen Times, Harmony Motors, Prestige Subaru, WNC Magazine and French Broad Food Co-Op. Current community partners in the endeavor include City of Asheville, AVL Downtown Association, N.C. Arts Council, Date My City, Green Opportunities, Delta House Life Development of AVL, Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation and BLOCK-by-BLOCK Industries. Asheville Grown will serve as a primary partner in qualifying 80+ locally-owned businesses and vendors offering their services and products at the event.

Follow the conversation about this and updated announcements on Facebook or Twitter at #LEAFDowntownAVL. To find out details about LEAF Downtown AVL and other LEAF Local Events, visit http://www.theLEAF.org/local.

 

5Point Film Festival Line-Up for Asheville, NC

Monday, July 20th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – 5Point Film Festival brings its presence to the Southeast as it launches its regional concert-style film festival in Asheville, NC, on August 14 and 15, 2015, at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, the New Mountain Amphitheater and various spaces around the city, with a two-day celebration of art, community and short adventure films.

The festival offers the only “film concert” experience including special guests, live performance, and a few “5Point style” surprises throughout the evening. Daytime events include free community parties- including the signature 5Point Van Life Rally party- leading into two evenings of short adventure film programs at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.  Each film program will begin at 7pm and last about three hours.  Coming to a 5Point Film program is a unique experience, more like a live concert than a typical film screening. Festivals offer an element of surprise with quality live performances, special guests and spoken word taking the audience on an emotional ride through inspiring film and performance.

Included among over 30 short films over the two days are regional premiere screenings of Denali, 55 Hours in Mexico, and Frank and the Tower. Special guests include South Carolina local Thomas Woodson – Films include Huayhuash and 55 Hours in Mexico; Karl Thompson – Films include 55 Hours in Mexico and Unicorn Sashimi; West Virginia local Pat Goodman, Asheville local Brett McCall as MC, and spoken word artist Wade Newsom – Films/Performances include Participate, Passion and Psst…

Denali

There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest moments. Denali is a short about friendship, overcoming illness, and what a true bond really means.

55 Hours in Mexico

55 hours in Mexico…never felt so good? Fly, drive, hike, ski, drive, fly, home. 3 adventurers take on a weekend expedition to the top of Orizaba and back, the ultimate weekend warrior trip.

Frank and the Tower

A classic, Frank Sanders weaver fine threads of wisdom and flare at Devil’s Tower. A life well lived and a special magical place to call home.

Tickets and festival passes are priced from $20 and can be purchased via the 5Point Film website

The two-day festival line-up is as follows:

FRIDAY AUGUST 14

4-7pm Festival Kickoff Party with Live Music by Pleasure ChestSierra Nevada Beer and The Bom Bus Food Truck Parking lot across from US cellular center, free

7-10pm Film Program I Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $20

SATURDAY AUGUST 15

10am Going the Distance Panel brought to you by Blue Ridge Outdoors. Includes Asheville’s finest mountain athletes: Anna Levesque, Will Harlan, Jay Curwen, Sam Koerber, & Adam Hill New Mountain Sol Bar, free

11-12pm Youth Adventure Film Program Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $10/free kids 13 & under

12-2pm Community Picnic and Ice Cream Social New Mountain Amphitheater, free

4-7pm Van Life Rally! Come check out an entourage of “livable adventure vehicles,” enjoy outdoor Live Music, Sierra Nevada Beer and local food trucks. New Mountain Amphitheater, free

7-10pm Film Program II Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, $20

11-2am 5Point Late Night dance party with DJ Marley New Mountain, free to 5Point Film Festival ticket holders

5Point works with local outdoor retailers, bike shops, and community organizations as well as local artists to showcase the talents of the region and inspire the outdoor communities’ growth. With aspirations to grow into another large four-day event similar to its Rockies region signature event, 5Point Film Festival is poised to become a great economic driver and attraction for Asheville and has plans to start a local scholarship program much like its Dream Project, an adventure scholarship program which offers outstanding high school children the chance to explore their personal boundaries and dreams with a scholarship to embark on a life-changing opportunity.

“5Point believes in celebrating and building strong communities around positive shared experiences. We believe in being good stewards of the environment. And we believe that inspiring storytelling through film, and moving live experiences are the best way to impact a community, bring them together and spark positive change,” said Sarah Wood, Executive Director of 5Point Film. “Asheville is a vibrant, outdoor, forward-thinking community that matches the ethos of 5Point. After spending time in the community and working with the City of Asheville, we were thrilled to pick this location as our future home for the Southeast Region. We can’t wait to celebrate the Southeast region 5Point-style!”

5Point Film Festival is in its eighth season producing a four-day festival in Carbondale Colorado at the end of April each year. In an effort to expand its mission of inspiring adventure and storytelling of all kinds, the non-profit created a unique 5Point style show in each region, rather than bring the Carbondale show on a tour. By creating regional hubs across the country, 5Point will inspire other communities and celebrate their local filmmakers, athletes and artists, like 5Point has been doing to sell out crowds for Colorado’s Rocky Mountain region. Other regional festival hubs located in Somerville, MA, Bellingham, WA, and future Midwest location TBA, are scheduled for future dates in 2015 and 2016.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, 5Point Film Festival is seeking support to help get this Festival off the ground and primed for success in its inaugural year in Asheville.

About 5Point Film

Established in 2008, 5Point Film is on a mission to inspire adventure of all kinds, to connect generations through shared experience, to engage passion with a conscience, and to educate through film. Creating various events, including an annual four-day film festival in Carbondale, CO and several events across the country, 5Point Film continues to deliver a unique film experience by drawing in passionate athletes, artists, filmmakers, films, and the community around short documentary adventure films. 5Point also hosts 2-day Festivals in Asheville, NC, Bellingham, WA, and Somerville, MA, facilitates the 5Point Film Fund, and organizes the Dream Project a student scholarship program for high school students. 

Visit http://www.5pointfilm.org for more information. Follow live festival updates via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Tickets for Controlled Chaos Film Festival

Monday, July 6th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Area film lovers can anticipate viewing some freshly minted, award-winning student-created films in the second annual Best of Controlled Chaos Film Festival, Saturday, Aug. 15, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands.

The “Date Night”-themed event opens with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a 90-minute screening at 7 p.m., and showcases the best of Western Carolina University student films from its Film and Television Production Program’s annual, campus-based Controlled Chaos Film Festival. Genres include comedy, drama, documentary, animated film and promotional pieces.

A two-item live auction during the intermission will give audience members an opportunity to win a 3-minute business or family video created expressly for them by students and faculty in the WCU film and television program, or a featured cameo role in a senior thesis film. Students and faculty members in the FTP program will be available throughout the event to provide commentary and answer questions.

The cost of admission to this limited seating event is $75 (plus $5 North Carolina sales tax). Tickets can be purchased beginning Monday, July 13, at the Highlands Area Chamber of Commerce, the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce and the Highlands Performing Arts Center, or by calling the WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts at 828-227-7028.

Students in WCU’s School of Stage and Screen write, direct, act, film, edit and produce the films and incorporate musical compositions created by students in the Commercial and Electronic Music Program and title sequences developed in the School of Art and Design.

The money raised from ticket sales will assist students with making senior project films, which often cost more than $5,000 to create, and in acquiring essential equipment for the program.

The festival rating is PG-13 for adult language.

For more information about the event, see the web page at http://bccff.wcu.edu.

“AsheFestivals: Secrets to Successful Festivals” Summer Breakfast Series

Friday, May 29th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Leadership Asheville‘s 2015 Buzz Summer Breakfast Series begins on Wednesday, June 17, with “AsheFestivals: Secrets to Successful Festivals,” a panel moderated by Jon Fillman, economic development specialist for the City of Asheville. The Buzz Breakfast event takes place at 8 a.m. at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel, 31 Woodfin Street in Asheville. Admission is $20.

The “AsheFestival” panel includes Terry Bemis, director, Mountain Sports Festival; Jennifer Pickering, executive director and founder, LEAF; Meghan Rogers, executive director, Asheville Downtown Association; and David Whitehill, executive director, Asheville Symphony. Additional programs in the series include “Boosting Business: Asheville’s Resources” on Wednesday, July 15, and “Asheville’s Innovations Districts: A Catalyst for Growth” on Tuesday, August 18.

Leadership Asheville, the region’s foremost community leadership development organization since 1982, is a program of UNC Asheville, and is supported by sustaining partnerships with TD Bank, Mission Health System and BorgWarner. The Buzz Summer Breakfast Series presenting sponsor is Ward and Smith, P.A. For more information, to purchase tickets or reserve corporate tables visit the Leadership Asheville website or call 828.255.7100.

 

Annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival May 1 at WCU

Friday, April 17th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – Films created by Western Carolina University students will be screened at the seventh annual Controlled Chaos Film Festival in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on Friday, May 1.

The festival, which begins at 7 p.m., will feature short works in a range of genres created by students from the Film and Television Production Program and the School of Stage and Screen.

“It’s our premiere,” said Kasey N. Summers, event organizer and senior from Phillipsburg, New Jersey. “We all dream of having polished work on the big screen, and this is the opportunity to celebrate the hours of hard work put in by each student. From horror movies to silent films, our top-notch programs encourage film-lovers to come experience the talent, art and entertainment they’ve come to expect from Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen.”

The senior thesis short films “Lost Soles” and “Cold Coffee” will be featured at the event.

“Lost Soles,” a dark comedy, introduces Neil Garrison, an unassuming college freshman who has his world turned upside down when the search for a missing shoe turns into more than he could have possibly anticipated. With the help of his childhood friend Gideon, Neil is faced with a decision that will change his life – for better or worse.

“Being the director of photography, or DP, for ‘Lost Soles’ was one of the greatest learning experiences I’ve encountered,” said senior Samantha Hunt. “You really have to throw yourself into the filmmaking process. At first, I was definitely worried that I wouldn’t be able to understand the full work ethic of being a DP. However, by the time we wrapped, I ended up walking away with so much more confidence and knowledge, especially after working with such a talented and supportive crew.”

The second film, “Cold Coffee,” is based on the theme that the day after a break-up is always the hardest. The dramatic comedy follows college student and resident assistant Gwen Easton as she goes through the first 24 hours after heartbreak.

For the Controlled Chaos Film Festival, students raised between $4,000 and $6,000 to create each senior project, filmed and shot with a state-of-the-art F65 CineAlta camera that was donated to WCU by Sony.

“Working on the Sony-donated F65 was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” said camera operator Nicole Baskin. “To work with such quality and clarity was challenging and expanded my skills. I hope to one day work with the F65 professionally.”

Advance tickets to the Controlled Chaos Film Festival can be purchased for $10 each in the School of Stage and Screen office located on the second floor of the Stillwell Building in Room 233. Tickets are $10 cash at the door. Proceeds and donations benefit the Motion Picture Student Project Fund, which helps students with the cost of creating their senior thesis films.

For more information, contact Jack Sholder, director of the Film and Television Production Program, at 828-227-2324 or [email protected].

18th Annual French Broad River Festival

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – This annual grassroots festival has grown steadily from a one night benefit party on the banks of the French Broad to an all weekend festival featuring some of the best music in the area and a number of outdoor events in celebration of this beautiful river and setting.

Date:  May 1-3, 2015

Location:  The festival takes place at the Hot Springs Campground & Spa, at the intersection of the French Broad River and the Appalachian Trail in historic Hot Springs, NC.

Music / entertainment:

Larry Keel Experience, Sol Driven Train, Zach Deputy, Big Daddy Love, Big Something, PGrass, The Accomplices, Red Dirt Revelators, Raising Caine, Empire Strikes Brass, Dead 27’s, Rodeo Clown, The Dubplates and more!  This festival always has a few surprises such as a juggling fire show, kid’s parade, trapeze artists, fireworks, late night acoustic jams, and watch out for flying marshmallows.

Outdoor events:  You can enjoy the outdoors by participating in the raft race, a 9 mile whitewater race that finishes at the festival, paddling “with the pros”, or the mountain bike race.  And if you’re not feeling too competitive, you can take a nice hike on the AT or just hang out by the river, listening to the music.

The Raft Race will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 10:00 am.

The biggest mass start whitewater raft race in the southeast. The race begins in Barnard, North Carolina and ends at the festival in beautiful Hot Springs, NC. During the 9 mile race, you will experience Class 1-4 whitewater excitement as well as bumping boats, crazy people, and a lot of heckling.  See website for details to pre-register for a spot on a raft with guide.

The Mountain Bike Race will take place Saturday, May 2 at 10 am. Registration fees are $15 for non-festival participants and free for folks attending the festival. There will be prizes for the top finishers. Please plan to arrive at 9 am for pre-race registration and route information. For more info regarding the race and pre-registration, check out www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com.

Paddle with the Pros! Space is limited so sign up early!
Saturday, May 2nd offers a chance to paddle with an Open Canoe legend.  Three time World Champion Eli Helbert will be leading a canoe clinic for folks with their own boat and gear. This will be great for boaters of all skill levels. Sign up for Paddle with the Pros at the festival information booth on Friday afternoon or evening. Space will be limited, so get there early!

Bring the Kids!  Kids 12 and under are free, and The Kids’ Village  has a terrific line up of fun activities including inflatables, face painting and Becky the Balloon Lady making costumes and fun balloon shapes for the annual FBRF Kids’ Parade.  Becky brings an entourage of fun folks that juggle, play with fire, and love to create an entertaining atmosphere for kids of all ages!  Kids’ parade on Saturday led by Sol Driven Train.

Food, prizes and more: There are plenty of food vendors or you can dine out in one of Hot Springs’ restaurants.  See lots of outdoor gear and win some of it in the raffle and silent auction.  Kids area. Sand volleyball. Spa. River. Mountains. Sleeping is optional.

Good Cause:  Over the years, The French Broad River Festival has donated over $150,000 to designated local charities such as Manna Food Bank, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC, Eliada Home, Homeward Bound of Asheville, and American Whitewater.  Proceeds in 2014 will be donated to the Hot Springs Community Learning Center, Homeward Bound and American Whitewater.

Tickets: 

Tickets include camping, music, registration fees for whitewater and biking events (if you have your own boat/bike), one raffle ticket, festival schwag, and good times.

~ $80 General Admission (Early Bird online) – see website for details / availability at gate.

~ Parking $50 inside festival or drop off gear at campsite and park free just outside

~ Children under 12 get in free.

Rafting plus Admission:

For those without boats but who would like to participate in the race, a limited number of tickets are available. These include a spot in a raft for the raft race with a guide, plus everything the general admission ticket offers. Check the website for more details. Tickets are on sale now at www.frenchbroadriverfestival.com.

LEAF 40th Festival Spreading Global Gratitude

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

ASHEVILLE NC – LEAF is thrilled to announce the stellar lineup of performing artists for the Spring 2015 LEAF Festival, taking place May 7-10, 2015 near Asheville at the majestic Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC.  Spread  “Global Gratitude” at LEAF Festival and experience tribal tribute artists from 30 different countries with Xavier Rudd & The United Nations making their 2015 debut; Rolling Stones Top 100 Guitarist Bombino; and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires known as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul”.

“Moving into our 40th Festival this Spring, LEAF is embracing 20 years of momentum to give our amazing community a truly unique experience, states Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director.  ”Over the past two decades we have established time honored traditions that now rest at the heart of our community – from contra to poetry, family adventure to late night drum circles, roots music to world music – this Spring LEAF we aim to bring in the very best of all we have created these many years into a celebration of epic proportions!”

The 40th LEAF features Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Famer R. Carlos Nakai (Native American flautist), Donna the Buffalo (Americana Roots Rock) returning since playing the inaugral LEAF Festival in 1995 and Sierra Hull (Bluegrass), who performed at the Grand Ole Opry and Carnigie Hall by the age of 12,  The LEAF experience is rounded out with showcases from the 2nd Annual Newsong: LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition and the Pisgah 10th Year Anniversary  Jams and much more.

Spring LEAF 2015 Performing Artists Lineup:

Xavier Rudd & The United Nations  | Bombino | Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Carlos Nakai | Lágbája | Karsh Kale | Donna The Buffalo
Natalia Clavier (Vocalist of Thievery Corporation) | The Duhks | Ganga Giri
Martha Redbone Roots Project | Sierra Hull | Secret Agent 23 Skido | Kinobe & The Wamu Spirit | Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba | Free Planet Radio | Proyecto Jirondai | Masankho Banda | Grandfather Mazatzin Aztekayolokalli | Chief Shaka Zulu| Poetry Slams | Preston Frank Zydeco | Bailey Spiritual Sounds FKA Madisson Elites | Contra w/ Free Raisins | Buddy System | Clayfoot Strutters | Adina Gordon | Charlotte Crittenden | The Warriors of Anikituhwa| Unifire Theater |  Kickin It’ Jelly Dome | Toy Boat Circus
Fox & Beggar Theater | Numatik | Travers Brothership | Sirius B | Juan Benevides Group | Global Gratitude Mural Project | 2nd Annual Newsong Presents: LEAF Singer Songwriter Competition
Pisgah 10th Year Anniversary Happy Hour Jams

In addition to music from three stages and various art displays, LEAF Festival also features healing artists, local craft brews, a kids village, a poetry slam, lakeside activities, camping, cabins, dance parties and food from local independent restaurants and vendors.  Purchase adult tickets, starting at $40 for the day or $147 for the weekend, online at http://www.theLEAF.org or by phone at 828-686-8742.  Additional discounts available for local, commuting residents and youth 10-17 years. Children under 10 years are admitted FREE with parent/guardian.

“An Old Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival”

Monday, November 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – This is a newly formed event combining our Christmas tree lighting and our Dickens Festival into one grand holiday event.  We invite you to step back in time and enjoy Christmas as it once was.

Friday night:  6:00 PM   Over 1000 luminaries will line the streets of Historic Biltmore Village to celebrate the lighting of our 25′ Christmas Tree.  The event will feature the AC Reynolds Madrigal Choir. There will be freshly made Christmas Wreaths for sale, in addition to horse drawn carriage rides through the Village and other festive treats.

Register to win one of the many gifts to be given away the night of the event on our website at www.historicbiltmorevillage.com/events or that night during the tree lighting.  We will also be taking monetary donations for Manna Food Bank at the registration table that night and at our stores during the month of December, as part of our “Hungry for the Holidays” promotion, in conjunction with Talbots.

Saturday: 1:00 – 7:00   Located throughout the Village will be strolling carolers dressed in period costumes, musicians, and other lively holiday entertainment. The Montford Park players will also be on hand to entertain. There will be freshly roasted chestnuts for sale and the horse drawn carriage will be there during the day to complete the holiday experience.

Some stores will observe extended holiday hours and will be serving festive treats throughout the weekend.   An “Old Fashioned Dickens of a Christmas Festival” is sponsored by Catawba Brewing Company, Olde World Christmas Shoppe, and Budweiser of Asheville, in addition to the merchant members of Historic Biltmore Village Partnership.

About Historic Biltmore Village:  Located directly across from the world famous Biltmore Estate, The Historic Biltmore Village is truly one of the south’s most unique touring and shopping environments.  The Village features a collection of independent, regional and national retailers along with the most sought after restaurants and outstanding lodging.

 

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Lake Julian Park presents “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” at Lake Julian Park. The first night of the Lake Julian Come on out &d see the lights!Festival of Lights is for walkers only.

Thursday, December 4, Lake Julian Park will become a wonderland for pedestrians – no cars allowed! Enjoy the holiday lights from a new perspective as you stroll through the brightly lit woods.

Take time to warm yourself by the fire and toast a couple of marshmallows with the kids.

Gates open from 6 – 8 p.m. Adults admission is $5 and children get in FREE!

Wonderland Walkers should wear comfortable shoes, warm clothing and be prepared to walk over half a mile on a paved walkway. The walkway is of moderate difficulty with some inclines. Parents with young children are welcome to bring strollers or wagons. No pets please.

Lake Julian Park is in Arden, just off Long Shoals Road. Parking for “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” is at:

Family of Faith Fellowship Church
212 Long Shoals Road, Arden
Directions to “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” Parking

For more information, call (828) 684-0376 or email [email protected].

“Walking in a Winter Wonderland” is subject to weather conditions. Lake Julian Park reserves the right to cancel the event or close the event early without notice.

DRIVE THRU NIGHTS:

Light up your Holiday nights at the Lake Julian Park Festival of Lights. This is the 15th year for the annual spectacle. The drive through show begins on Friday, December 5 and is nightly from 6 – 9 p.m. through Tuesday, December 23. The park is brightly lit with thousands of colored lights and over 50 animated and stationary light displays. The road circling the park becomes a magical journey through tunnels of dazzling lights.

The cost for this drive through presentation is $5 for a car, $10 for a van and $25 for a motor coach. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Buncombe County Special Olympics. Lake Julian Park is located off Long Shoals Road.

Lake Julian Park
406 Overlook Road Ext, Arden
Directions to Lake Julian Park for the Festival of Lights

Holiday Tails Dec. 6th at WNC Nature Center

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – It’s time for our holiday celebration at the Nature Center with crafts, garland creations, wildlife art, face painting, a Christmas hay maze and of course, animal encounters! Santa himself  will be here from 12-4!

Festival runs from 10am-4pm. Regular admission rates apply. Friends members get in free.