• Don't bring your dog (a shaded Detain Your Pet area will be set up for those who forget this rule).
• You can't drink on Sunday: No alcohol will be served at Bele Chere or allowed on the streets on Sunday. A $2 wristband (available at booths located adjacent to beverage stations, or from participating merchants) and a valid photo ID will be required to purchase beer on Friday and Saturday. Wristband colors change every day. (A wristband is not required for drinking in Asheville's downtown pubs, only on the street.) Note: Consumption and purchase of alcoholic beverages on streets will be prohibited after 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday! The children's area in City/County Plaza is a designated alcohol-free zone all three days.
• Think about recycling: Green-and-yellow recycling-only containers and yellow trash/recycling containers will be placed throughout the festival grounds. Empty aluminum cans, glass bottles and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles can be recycled. No trash in the recycling bins!
• No bicycles, roller blades, roller skates or skateboards will be allowed at Bele Chere. Don't bring in any bottles or coolers, either. No lawn chairs, backpacks or coolers will be allowed at Bele Chere's two paid stages.
More things you should know
• Hours of operation
Friday, July 28, noon to 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, July 30, noon to 6 p.m.
• Getting there
City parking decks are located at the Civic Center, Rankin Avenue, Wall Street and the BB&T building. Several surface lots will also be open; a special-events parking fee will apply in most cases. Free handicapped parking will be available at any metered space outside the festival boundaries.
Shuttle buses ($2 round-trip) will run about every 20 minutes from the Asheville Mall's back parking lot (Tunnel Road); another shuttle will run from the K-mart Plaza shopping center on Patton Avenue. Service begins each day an hour before the festival starts and runs till an hour after.
Traffic-control maps are available online at www.belecherefestival.com; go to the FAQ link.
Information booths will be located at Pack Square, at Pritchard Park, and at the intersection of College and Spruce streets. You can also look for roving info-tendants, wearing official Bele Chere shirts, on street corners and in other high-traffic areas.
The first-aid tents will be located at Pritchard Park and in the children's area in City/County Plaza.
• I ran out of money ...
You'll find ATMs at the following downtown locations:
Wachovia, 1 Haywood St.
Bank of America, 162 College St. & 68 Patton Ave.
First Citizens Bank, 108 Patton Ave.
BB&T, 1 West Pack Square
Premier Credit Union, Civic Center, Haywood Street
For a complete list of rules & regs, go to www.belecherefestival.com