Lake Eden Arts Festival, also known as LEAF, is a great activity that occurs two times each year. Started in 1995, this festival is held in the Black Mountain, North Carolina area. One can find outdoor adventures which include: handcrafts, dancing, authentic cuisines and plenty of activities for the children.
The festival usually runs the second weekend in May. This year it was held from the 12th through the 15th. The festival has an interesting history. This site used to be home to the famous Black Mountain College. Famous people such as Albert Einstein and Robert Rauschenberg attended college here. The land was later developed and now is home to the The Lake Eden Inn and Resort. Known for its healing waters and tranquil air quality, this area has been attracting tourist for decades.
Each year the Black Mountain Music Festival, also happens on these same grounds. The Lake Eden Arts Festival, is a not for profit activity, which brings performing artists into local schools and various community centers, throughout the area. Through its hands-on workshops and interactive performances, youth get to preform along side local artists on a stage. This program is centered around youth and the advantage are presented to them, which under normal circumstances they would not be exposed to.
Many famous performers have gotten behind this festival such as: Jeff Oster, Los Hombres Calientes, Lonesome River Band, Foundation Stone and the Tony Trischka Band. There is no restrictions on the types of music. Jazz, rock, blues, funk, Native American and every other kind of genre is represented here. No wonder these festivals attract people globally each year. With the child based outreach and excellent hands-on activities, it is no wonder more people are becoming involved each year. Whatever is done to help a child in life, is done to help preserve the future.