Asheville NC Festivals in May

Lake Eden Arts Festival (Leaf)

Lake Eden Arts Festival (Leaf) near Black Mountain

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Camp Rockmont
Black Mountain, NC
17 miles east of Asheville

May 7th - 10th, 2009. Also takes place on October 15th - 18th, 2009
Weekend Camping Passes $105 - $135, Day tickets $24 - $35, Community Pass (locals-no overnight) $69-85. Visit their website for more pricing.

"LEAF is our oasis from our busy lives. Knowing that we have 2 weekends each year that we can make our way to an amazing festival where we not only connect with wonderful people and great music in beautiful surroundings—a feast for our senses!; but that as members, our money is also making a difference in the lives of people here and abroad..what can be better!" - Wendy, Atlanta GA

LEAF introduces you to culturally relevant entertaining acts from around the world that connect you to their specific "root" community and set an inspiring soundtrack for the LEAF weekend. Announcing OCTOBER LEAF Featured Performing Artists: drum roll.... Robert Earl Keen, Abigail Washburn & The Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck, Leon Redbone, Vieux Farka Toure, Trombone Shorty, Donna The Buffalo, The Shangri-La Chinese Acrobats, Bettye LaVette, The Legendary JCs, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Spiritual Rez, Ben Sollee, Pistolera, Harper (Australian), Dendê & Hãhãhães (Brazil), Chirgilchin (Tuva), Magic of African Rhythm, Billy Jonas & many more. For a schedule & full listing visit the website.

LEAF, one of the top small festivals internationally, is set apart from other festivals by the resplendent beauty of its location, dedication to community outreach, and bringing together family and friends all generations. LEAF highlights its global music line-up with over 50 cultural genres to discover, however, the artistic and outdoor offerings of the festival is what truly makes it unforgettable. Come discover over 40 Healing Arts Workshops such as Yoga & Tai Chi, Folk Art, Juried Handcrafts, a National $1000 Poetry SLAM, Camping, an adventurous Zipline, Canoes, Kayaks, and Swimming, Talent Contest, Fiddle Contest, Mountain Drum Circles, over 30 Performers & Wacky Games in the Kids Village including Kids Bedtime Stories, Jam Sessions, Gourmet Food and more! LEAF is going greener & greener with a Solar Stage and Seven Star Resource Recovery Services. May 2008 composted and recycled the weight of a large elephant. LEAF also connects to its historic creative past with Black Mountain College Tours.

LEAF’s commitment to OUTREACH is GROWING locally and globally. LEAF's outreach efforts are two-fold, including LEAF in Schools & Streets with our local community and LEAF International with our global community. LEAF in Schools & Streets has resident teaching artists, as well as visiting artists from around the world, working to empower our youth through music & arts. LEAF International has programs in Panama, Guatemala, Rwanda, Bequia, and Mexico teaching music to hundreds of indigenous youth weekly. Recently LEAF has been expanding its collaborative work with organizations such as Children First, Handmade in America, Asheville Area Arts Council, Asheville City's Cultural Arts Department, and more. Globally we are forging partnerships with the Jane Goodall Institute's Roots & Shoots program, Asheville Sister Cities, and more. For great stories about these enriching and powerful programs please contact

LEAF is a non-profit organization established to build community and enrich lives through the Arts – locally & globally – with festivals, events, mentoring, and educational programs.
LEAF in Schools & Streets: Empowering Youth through Festive Arts.
LEAF International: Matching Kids Globally with Instruments & Mentors.

Asheville Music Jamboree

Asheville Music Jamboree held out at Deerfields

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112 Watagnee Tr.
Horse Shoe, N.C. 28742

May 23d - 25th
$125 and up

For more visit our Asheville Music Jamboree page.

This May, the Asheville Music Jamboree will embrace the diversity and beauty of WNC, by inviting patrons from all walks of life to enjoy an eclectic mix of world-class entertainment and to celebrate a unique sense of community in an intimate setting of rolling hills and bountiful apple orchards. For more visit our Asheville Music Jamboree page.

Mountain Sports Festival

Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville

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Carrier Park
Amboy Road
Asheville, NC

May 29th - 31st, 2009
Free. Races have entry fees.

For more visit our Mountain Sporst Festival page.

Covering the gamut of Mountain Sports, the Mountain Sports Festival has something for pros, amateurs, and novices alike. With an impressive list of races, extreme sports competitions, and demonstrations to choose from in sports such as running, cycling, kayaking, canoeing, and skateboarding you won't find a dull moment during this three day festival, occurring in May each year in Asheville, the outdoor sports capitol of the Southeast. For more visit our Mountain Sporst Festival page.

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Asheville Festivals in May