The Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) is a treasured tradition for many families and friends across the southeast and beyond. It’s been said that a weekend at LEAF can leave you feeling like you just completed a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey. A few aspects that make LEAF such a unique festival: a family friendly atmosphere, diverse arts and music, beautiful natural setting, and the intimate size. This year’s LEAF festival takes place May 9-12.
The Arts at LEAF
Handcrafts and Folk Arts: Creativity Abounds among more than 50 artisans, contemporary and folk, selling their original artwork. Enjoy pottery, paintings, clothing, jewelry, musical instruments & bring something home with you.
Healing Arts: Relax at LEAF. Experience healing traditions (like yoga and tai chi) and ancient arts with more than 40 workshops (for free) or treat yourself to a massage, rolfing, acupuncture & more (these many have a fee) with a healing arts practitioner.
Poetry: LEAF’s Poetry SLAM is not to be missed! Nationally recognized poets & daring novices blaze with energy, authenticity and power. Slammaster James Nave’ awards the winner $1000 on Saturday Night in Eden Hall.
Culinary Arts: LEAF offers gourmet international festival food. All food is freshly prepared on site.
Music at LEAF
With six stages and four days of festival, there are more musical performances than you can possibly attend! Here are some of the headliners:
- Mavis Staples
- Steel Pulse
- Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
- Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
- Abigal Washburn
See the full lineup on the LEAF website.
LEAF sits below Mt. Mitchell with mountain lakes and rolling hills in small town of Black Mountain, about 15 miles from our bed and breakfast in Asheville. 600 stunning acres feature mountain views, hiking trails, barns, streams, and lakes for canoeing, swimming, and the zooming zipline.
While there is camping on site, if tent life isn’t for you, come and spend the night with us!