A Carnival of Wonder: LEAF festival is Oct. 20-23

Oct 19, 2016
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To the dreamers, wanderers and believers of infinite possibility, LEAF is kicking off its fall 2016 LEAF Festival, taking place Oct. 20-23, near Asheville at the majestic Lake Eden in Black Mountain.

Explore a ‘Carnival of Wonder’ with performances by Balkan Beat Box, Beats Antique, Squirrel Nut Zippers and many more. Guests should be prepared for performances that will ignite your imagination with a family adventure you will remember forever.

Tickets are available at www.theLEAF.org/tickets. Children 10 years and under are free.

“Music, art, and culture has the power to inspire our minds, enliven our hearts, and awaken our souls. In this powerful time of global transformation, may we never forget the importance of living our creative dreams and sharing what we love with the world," said Ehren Cruz, LEAF Performing Arts Director For the 43rd LEAF Festival. We welcome you to experience the magic & mystery of a Carnival of Wonder."

After a long hiatus, the Squirrel Nut Zippers will return to the stage for their first set of tour dates since 2009 with an appearance at LEAF Festival. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Beats Antique is making a big cross-country jaunt to promote their latest album, Shadowbox, arriving early October. The LP features a track entitled “Killer Bees."

Third World celebrates their 43rd Anniversary show as the LEAF Festival community gathers at Lake Eden for the 43rd time since 1995. LEAF also features long-standing traditions such as the Southern Fried Poetry Slam, Toybox Puppetry Slam, Contra, the LEAF Parade, a Unifire Theater performance - and showcases with over 600 LEAF International and LEAF Schools and Streets youth performers led by a global host of teaching artists.