LEAF Festival Returning in May!
20 Years of Music and Art
The LEAF Festival returns over the weekend of May 8th– 10th! For the Carolina Mornings Team, the excitement is steadily mounting and we just can’t wait to see what the artists and musicians have in store for this year’s festival. As an introduction for those of you who have yet to experience the fun and as a reminder for those of you who will be repeat attendees, we’ve put together a small list of frequently asked questions.
What does LEAF stand for?
LEAF stands for Lake Eden Arts Festival, but at heart it stands for so much more. As a non-profit organization geared toward empowering the community through music and art, it has created for our Western North Carolina community an outlet for expressing our creativity, our passion, and our culture.The organization brings us together through festivals, community events, and educational endeavors that have a primary basis in art. It is a magnificent resource for our vibrant community and the festivals that it puts on are a romping good time for all!
Where is it?
The festival is set to take place on the site of the Historic Black Mountain College. With a landscape of lush rolling hills, serene lakes, bubbling streams and blue mountain peaks, the site couldn’t be more conducive to the festival mission of creating art, music, and relationships.
What's it all about?
In short, the LEAF Festival is about community, but really it promotes a vision of so much more. As a non-profit, all festival funds - donations and profit alike – are applied to the promotion of music and art education both locally and globally. As their website informs us, "Since 2004 we have served over 41,000 youth with programs in over 15 community locations and in 10 countries worldwide.” Indeed, with a footprint like that, attendees can feel powerfully confident that not only will their attendance grant them a fantastic experience, it will share that magic with youth all over the world.
Why should I go?
Because it will fill you with awe and remind you of the power of community, of music, and of art! And of course, the convenient location to Asheville makes it a must-see event.
Can I stay nearby?
Absolutely! Carolina Mornings has dozens of rentals in the area, some very close to the event. White Willow, a modern 3 bedroom cabin in Black Mountain, is perfect for groups up to 6 people. Close to the event yet still private, White Willow is a fantastic property to which to return after a day of art and inspiration. For larger groups, Bullhead Mountain Lodge is the perfect choice.With 8 bedrooms, an in-ground pool, a hot tub, and a sauna, Bullhead Mountain Lodge is a vacation destination in and of itself!
By: Dana Carrico