The LEAF: An October Event

The LEAF: An October Event
Autumn in the mountains is just around the corner, and with it one of the most highly anticipated of our local festivals - The LEAF! Taking place over the weekend of October 21st - 23rd, the LEAF returns for its 43rd year to celebrate music, art, and culture. If you've never been, or even if you have, we strongly recommend marking this weekend in your calendars and making it over the Black Mountain, NC to experience the fun. This event is new and exciting every single year, so be prepared to have a unique and eclectic experience! Read on for some answers to frequently asked questions about the festival.
What does LEAF stand for?
The literal answer to this question is that LEAF stands for Lake Eden Art Festival - an ode to the nearby Lake Eden and the former Lake Eden Inn & Resort. On a more metaphorical level, the LEAF stands for community and global togetherness. It stands for art and beauty and free, ecstatic expression. 

What's it all about?
The LEAF seeks to embrace global cultures and support local creativity. The festival is all about coming together as a local community while simultaneously celebrating the larger global community to which we all belong. It's also about celebrating to gorgeous landscape that surrounds us - the festival sits on the edge of Lake Eden and below Mt. Mitchell. 
Where is it?
LEAF takes place on the site of the historic Black Mountain College, active in the 1940's and 1950's. Today, the site is known as Camp Rockmont & Lake Eden Events. It is an absolutely gorgeous location and located not far from downtown Black Mountain.
Is it kid friendly?
Absolutely! The LEAF is at heart a family event! Kid-centric events will take place all weekend and the culture of the event itself is supportive of all things family related. In fact, this year there will be 8 Family Adventure Villages, including a Barn Village, and Adventure Village, and an Elfhaven Village!
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately, The LEAF is not a pet friendly event. Service dogs are of course welcome to accompany their human companions, but those four legged best friends that do not have an important job to perform should stay at home. 

Where can I stay?
While this event does allow camping, lots of folks prefer to attend the festival for just one day, and that is perfectly fine! Daytime passes are available for purchase and the festival is quite easily accessed for just an afternoon. Because there is so much to see and do in the area, we do recommend staying in the area if you're planning on attending for the day! Luckily, Carolina Mornings has dozens of amazing rentals in and around the Asheville area, with several situated in Black Mountain - not far from the festival itself! Black Bear Cabin, a 2 bedroom, pet friendly cabin is one such home. A private cedar cabin conveniently situated on the outskirts of the town, Black Bear Cabin is a fantastic home away from home in the mountains! You'll absolutely fall in love with the outdoor entertaining area - perfect for enjoying those cool October nights!

To begin planning your October visit to the mountains, contact Carolina Mornings at (877) 902-9441. A professional Vacation Planner will help secure your vacation rental accommodations, your Biltmore Estate ticket, and your outdoor adventures such as ziplining and whitewater rafting (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).
By: Dana Carrico