Three free summer festivals worth visiting

Crowd - Xpand Fest 2018

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What’s better than a summer festival? A free summer festival. This season, two new events — the Better Dads Festival and Xpand Fest — are launching in downtown Asheville. A little farther out in Hot Springs, ballad singers and hikers are coming together to celebrate the Bluff Mountain Festival’s 22nd year.

Xpand Fest

Asheville’s first Xpand Fest is slated for Saturday, June 10, in the South Slope district. Johanna Hagarty, executive director and founder of Xpand Your Vision, says the entertainment lineup is as eclectic as its host city. More than 30 performing groups have been culled from genres such as theater, poetry, music and even aerial arts. There will be dozens of art and food vendors, too. Plus, folks can sip on a signature ale created by Bhramari Brewhouse.

“I want people to walk away with a superwarm and fuzzy feeling,” says Hagarty. “I want there to be an intrinsic sense of excitement in giving back to the community.””

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