Who is Bele Chere and how did she get her own festival? Belle Cher is some chick on Facebook, but Bele Chere is an annual event in Asheville, North Carolina. It is always held during the last weekend of July. According to the organizers, Bele Chere means “Beautiful Living” in an ancient Scottish dialect. I’m not ancient Scottish, so I’ll take their word for it. It’s a fitting name, however, as the event meanders through the blocked off streets of beautiful downtown Asheville.Free live music is a staple at Bele Chere. Multiple stages are setup at different points throughout the festival map. Genres of virtually every type can be heard at the 3 day event. The wide array of talent, offers something for everyone. As one attendee said, If you don’t find fun and music you like at Bele Chere, then you don’t like fun and music.
Asheville is known for it’s diversity, and people watching is part of the fun. A few dress in costumes and there is never a shortage of eclectic attire. Bele Chere has sort of a Mardi Gras air about it, but with a western North Carolina flair. Local Street musicians and performance artists display their talent as an integral part of downtown culture.
What you can expect to experience:
- Free Live Music
- Art In All Forms
- Local Craft Beer
- A Child Friendly Area
You are asked not to bring any pets to the festival. This sounds like a real drag as a dog lover, but after watching the City of Asheville’s video explanation, I fully support the position. The Ultimate Air Dogs attraction continues to bring enjoyment to the event, however.
A few pictures and a short write up can’t possibly describe such a wonderful event. The sounds, motion and mood is unique to Asheville. In short, if you have a festive spirit and don’t mind a good crowd, then the Bele Chere Festival should be your destination next July.
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