Attend a lively musical performance, go dancing at one of the many street festivals planned throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains, explore regional gem mines, sample your way across a food and wine festival, or explore a new art exhibit. There’s no shortage of cool things to do here in Western North Carolina. Here’s a list of some of the best events taking place this month.
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50th LEAF Festival
October 22 - October 25
LEAF prepares to celebrate a 25-year landmark tradition with the 50th LEAF Festival and we’re going SOLID GOLD for the occasion! From Thursday May 14th to Sunday May 17th, 2020 we will be welcoming world music, art, culture, and community into the heart of the beautiful WNC Blue Ridge Mountains. Throughout its storied history, this world-class event has played host to over 100 Nations, 500,000 patrons, 25,000 performers, and countless transformative experiences bringing diversity, artistic excellence, and global identity into the lives of three generations of families. This Spring, LEAF also prepares to unveil a completely transformed site layout to marking a new thrilling chapter in the LEAF legacy! Kids under 10 FREE! Tickets available @ theLEAF.org/tickets.
CloZee • Del McCoury Band • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • The Record Company • Orquesta Akokán • Delta Rae • Cimafunk • Francisco, El Hombre • Bonnie Paine (Of Elephant Revival) • Ayla Nereo • Becca Stevens • The Accidentals • Ikebe Shakedown Natalia Clavier (Of Thievery Corporation) • The Revelers • Frameworks • John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band • The Huntertones • Kinobe & The Dance of Hope • Lady Moon & The Eclipse • Ludic • Screaming J’s • Natural Born Leaders The Campfire Reverends • Ben Hunter & Joe • Seamons • Fiddlin’ Faye • Queen Bee & The Honeylovers • Morphonic • The Golden Trumpets Contra: Hot Point String Band • The Faux Paws • Steve Zakon • Sarah VanNorstran and many more…
“What does it mean to connect cultures & create community through music & arts? It’s simply this… To create a container to hold experiences so profound, so inspirational, and so unifying that they shatter all expectations of who we think we should be… awakening us to who we truly are when we embrace the world as family. LEAF believes a single moment can transform one’s life for the better. When you multiply those moments by 25 years, 50 festivals and hundreds of thousands of individuals hailing from all over the globe… we believe we are transforming the world for the better. What do you experience at LEAF Festival? Powerful artistic expression, enduring cultural legacy, a welcoming community of all walks of life? Absolutely…, and it goes a bit deeper than that. What brings people back time after time to our little oasis in the Blue Ridge Mountains? True healing, transformation, and perhaps even a little bit of real magic.” ~ Ehren Cruz, Artistic Director