Kids took over the downtown streets for fun Sunday. Photo by Adam McMillan

In photos: Open Streets Asheville Festival

The inaugural Open Streets Asheville brought residents and visitors into the streets to enjoy downtown in a new way. With Battery Park Avenue, Wall Street and portions of Haywood Street, Patton Avenue and Church Street closed to automotive traffic, folks did art projects, movement-based activities, listened to buskers and relaxed with yoga and massage.

NO PASSPORT NEEDED: Folk dance troupes like the one from the Philippines, pictured, travel to Waynesville each year for Folkmoot. The cultural festival, now in its 33rd year, brings around 200 international dancers and musicians to Western North Carolina annually and is in the process of expanding its programming and its reach.

Folkmoot expands programs, adds Asheville events

Folkmoot USA — an annual cultural festival, now in its 33rd year — brings about 200 folk dancers and musicians from around the world. The chock-full schedule, which includes the Many Cultures Kids Carnival, a global issues forum and a number of Asheville-based happenings (a parade, a theater performance and a dance party) runs from Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 21.