Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival (LAAFF)

Once a year we shut down Lexington Ave in downtown Asheville for an all day all local, all original street fair. This jam-packed day is filled with wild street performers, unique artwork, and a wide variety of music and just about everyone who wants to have some fun and celebrate in the streets of Asheville. Art2People has been presenting LAAFF for 8 years with the support of the Asheville Community. We are always looking for more creative help into our events and other programs. Visit www.arts2people.org for more information about Arts 2 People’s educational and outreach programs as well as the Asheville Mural Project, two benefiting programs that LAAFF helps to support.


Thank you to all the LAAFF staff, our amazing team of LAAFF volunteers and to YOU for two days of 10th Anniversary Freaky Fun! We’ll be back in 2012! Enquiries to the LAAFF Director, Jennifer Gordon. Email: jennifer@arts2people.org

The Lexington Avenue Arts & Fun Festival (LAAFF)

All Local – All Original
Arts 2 People is excited to bring you the 10th annual FREE, Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival. Three blocks of N. Lexington Ave will be lined with all local art, food, beer and street performers on Saturday September 3rd from 11am to 11pm and Sunday, September 4th from 11am – 9pm between College Street and the I 240 overpass. The street will be brimming with a celebration Asheville’s diverse and unique culture.

Three stages and two courtyards of music and performance include rock and roll, indie pop, funk, folk, ragtime, reggae, world beats, singer songwriters, bluegrass, old time, drummers, vaudeville, fire dancers, break dancers, hula hoopers, circus arts, and more Our interactive areas include sideshow, Hoops, face painting, freak fashions, hands on art fun, and a variety of surprising creative offerings from our local arts community.

LAAFF is great for the whole family. Kids will love making art, dancing, and having fun all day long. Many kids’ performance acts include kids’ hip hop, break dancing, modern dance, jump roping, jazz and more. The big “kids” will enjoy the always popular bicycle jousting and bike games, local brews, and an eclectic culinary and artistic experience.

Your contribution of joining us and experiencing a fun day of creative expression will support local non-profit Arts 2 People and our many projects. Arts 2 People is devoted to promoting the role of the arts as an integral part of our culture by serving the entire community through arts outreach, bringing the arts to those in need, supporting the careers of artists, and through community cultural development. Arts 2 People’s many projects include The Pritchard Park Cultural Arts Program, The REACH Educational series, The Asheville Mural Project, Moving Women, The Faces of Asheville and more. To find out more, visit http://www.arts2people.org

Come prepared for many LAAFFs on these amazing days and to truly experience the original local flavor of Asheville.

You Can Help Create LAAFF, too!

Do you have an idea for LAAFF or would you like to volunteer or sponsor to help create LAAFF? Email: jennifer@arts2people.org

Mini Grants
This year, LAAFF is accepting applications for special spaces at the festival. We will provide a tent, tables, chairs, and supplies for great interactive art ideas. Your idea should be something that will delight and entertain our visitors, and give them a unique arts experience that fits the LAAFF vibe. And yes, you can sell your stuff, too. Write us a proposal! Send ideas to Kitty Love at kitty@arts2people.org. Deadline? Aw, come on guys. the sooner the better! Why wait?

Art Car Painting Party

  • Every year at LAAFF a car is transformed from a plain jane “normal” car to a creative funk art with an Asheville flair. Donate your car! It’s tax deductible!
  • Art and Craft Vending
  • Everybody gets a corner thanks to our unique quad arrangement that lines the street from College to Woodfin! Apply for your booth space by filling out the application. If you have any question please contact our vending coordinator, Rebecca Hecht.

Food Vending

  • Local culinary artists and brewers showcase their talents for everyone to try. If you would like to vend food or beer at LAAFF download the food vender application.
  • Do you have an idea for LAAFF or would you like to volunteer or sponsor to help create LAAFF? Email: jennifer@arts2people.org


Volunteer for LAAFF

Volunteer for LAAFF. LAAFF happens through our extensive network of fabulous volunteers. This year, you can prove your love for LAAFF by volunteering. Volunteers are awarded with a great opportunity to meet fellow Ashevillians, beer tickets (21+) and other cool stuff.

To sign up, go to our online form located here!

To find out more, contact laaffvolunteers@gmail.com.

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