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LEAF is a WONDERFUL way to experience the BEST of LIFE & CULTURES. Travel the world through MUSIC. This unique form of “gathering” transcends elements that DIVIDES. FESTIVALS, BRIDGE cultures & BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER in a relatively LOW-COST HIGH-IMPACT manner. COLLABORATION is the key. Together we are all stronger. LEAF is set apart by just the right size and place. LEAF was imagined for people to be able to travel across the world through music and arts and explore arts while having great times with family and friends in the extraordinary Lake Eden setting. LEAF Festival size is limited – this is part of the magic.

Thank you for your support and encouragement, especially LEAF Members, as we reimagine and pivot to what is best for now.


Announcing 2021 Dates!
LEAF Retreat May 13-16 
LEAF Festival October 14-17

Celebrating 25 Years! 

Thank you LEAF Members for keeping LEAF’s Mission & Global Arts Education alive, pivoting & thriving!
LEAF’s 50th Festival will be in the future when the time is right.
In 2020 we pivoted and planted seeds for the future that gives confidence and new formats for small safe gatherings in person and virtual for 2021. In the fall, we pivoted to create LEAF Retreat at Lake Eden based on Camp Rockmont’s retreat safety protocals.  It was MAGICAL!! The Retreat format will happen in May. In gratitude for Membership being what Kept LEAF Alive in 2020, Members will have access to the limited retreat passes which will be on sale early January. In October, we hope to return to a festival; however, we will scale size to be right for the time.  Virtual-LEAF (V-LEAF)  were amazing and created new opportunities, access and engagement so they will stay part of our new LEAF life.

Virtual V-LEAF May & October 2020
Great Shows, Music & Resources Here - Enjoy​

Rising Appalachia
Why LEAF is so Extraordinary

Soundtracks of LEAF

Since 1995, LEAF has hosted over 16,000 performers from 101 countries! “It never ceases to astound me how each artist was able to transform their sets into their own unique experience offering culture, inspiration, and creativity. I invite you to sit back, relax, and let these tracks take you on a journey. And as you hold your family close during during these challenging times - think back to the power of those moments when you first heard these songs, and allow that feeling to fuel you onward into a bright and beautiful future.” - Ehren Cruz
May Retreat 2021 is in creative design. Artists & events to be updated by 2/14 ♥️

Performing Artists

“LEAF creates gathering in such a unique way that the diversity of  experiences, artists and people allows a connection and breaking of barriers to happen so quickly and effectively in a way that hours of conversation can rarely do and  that really transforms someone and opens their minds.” – Ehren Cruz

LEAF is curated to present a wide range of cultures, genres, and voices often referred to as World & Roots Music. LEAF introduces people to cultures & places you may not be able to travel to Haiti, Rwanda, Columbia, Malawi & beyond – we go there through music. We create platforms for artists to share their traditions that are often under presented – yet they are artists of excellence. Discover a truly eclectic and meaningful lineup that creates the soundtrack to your LEAF experience.

Note: The below artists were originally booked for LEAF’s 50th Festival May 2020. As we reimagine into the future, we invite you to explore these artists and get a sense of LEAF’s curation. We hope to present these artists at future events. Thank you for supporting artists during this time where music has continued to renew our spirits.

Family Adventure

Explore the #1 Kids Festival in Western North Carolina, and one of the best FAMILY festivals in the world. All of LEAF is family friendly with activities spread throughout the magical setting. The Family Adventure Village holds the heart of the activities and is designed to amaze and inspire, and is filled with interactive activities. Watch performances, create, play, and discover whimsical Puppetry shows. Support children’s crafts, hoop and flow, and play boffer games. Immerse into cultural creative arts in Easel Rider with LEAF teaching artists. Swing in the Jelly Dome. Play sports with a global community. Jump, roll, pet, climb, and retreat: life-sized hamster ball, climbing wall, launch rockets! Carl & Jamie’s Toy Trains on the hill, Tom Heck’s paper rockets, and Giant slides & bounce houses! And if you have little ones, Enjoy safe and creative childcare in Elfhaven Village that is open til 2am Friday and Saturday!

Do you have a young artists in your family?
Sprouts Corner Youth Vendors is ORIGINAL kid-made art sold by kid artists! Here kids can offer their handmade art, special skills & services, like fortune telling or manicures… just has to be $10 or less!

Healing Arts

Workshops | Lectures | Ceremonies | Yoga | Movement Activities | & MORE

We have several areas around the festival presenting 50+ Healing Arts workshops which include movement, dance, yoga, music, sound healing, lectures, writing, meditation, improv, music, and more. Also included are Earth Skills with sustainability, permaculture, building, nature walks, and outdoor education.
We are so grateful for our wonderful Healing Arts Vendors that are offering special discounts and virtual sessions as we continue to move through this time together.


LEAF Love to amazing Artists who artfully inspire the LEAF experience! LEAF Festival’s Juried Handcraft Art Fair exhibits 50+ national & local artisans.

drawing | painting | fiber | furniture | glass | jewelry | metal work | mixed media | photography | printmaking | ceramics | apparel | wood

Browse and shop the colorful booths, meet the artists, and visit the Global Interactive Outpost to win artful donations from fabulous artisans at LEAF Art Raffle benefiting LEAF Schools & Streets. Check out & shop these amazing 2020 LEAF Festival Handcraft Artists! You can support artists online now and buy gifts at LEAF next festival.

Culinary Arts

LEAF Cafe in Eden Hall and various Culinary Booths throughout the festival grounds provide gourmet, international fare from local chefs. All the food is freshly prepared on site, and there is something for almost anyone from vegetarians to BBQ fans. We have a good diversity and long hours to keep everyone happily fed. { Gluten Free & Vegetarian Options Available }

Want to save time & money? Want 5 World-Inspired Meals for $60?

Culinary Food Booths
LEAF Festival hosts various local culinary artists that represent many cultures and cuisine options to make your LEAF life delicious. A few change from time to time; however, many culinary booths are longtime LEAF Traditions. Click on images below to see the various culinary booths throughout the festival. The LEAF Festival map helps to find locations.

Need to revive your festival spirit? Visit their eateries in Asheville area.

Young Artists Performances

LEAF Cultural Arts Education Programs Culminate to Stage Performances.

LEAF Cultural Arts Education Programs often culminate with the youth transforming into YOUNG ARTISTS alongside their Teaching Aritst. Traditionally about 300 LEAF Schools & Streets youth perform at each festival along with LEAF International youth that have travelled far and usually for their first trip out of their country. As part of the LEAF Method this leap from the classroom or cultural exchange to an international stage is life changing and elevates the confidence and team work in a way that is nurtured and is extraordinary. 


We miss LEAF as much as you do!

Come see us at LEAF Global Arts in Downtown AVL - New & Open Year Around