From illusionists to jugglers, conjurers to balloon artists, storytellers to face painters, the second Asheville Magic Festival brings more than 20 entertainers downtown for a “nonstop celebration of wonder.” The multiday, multivenue event, some of which is free to the public, offers ample opportunity to mingle with the stars, catch in-depth stage performances or enjoy some casual sleight of hand on the streets. In addition to drawing on regional, national and international acts like Ice McDonald and Ariann Black, the family-friendly festival spotlights local magicians Max Vega and Ricky Boone, plus up-and-coming youths. Relive the magic of childhood from Friday, May 1, through Sunday, May 3. Visit ashevillemagicfestival.com for the full list of programming. Photo of Vega courtesy of the magician
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