In the nearly 30 years since it began, this flagship charity event has helped raise millions of dollars towards better understanding—and, eventually, maybe even curing—illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, postpartum depression, schizophrenia, and anorexia. 100% of the money raised by participants directly funds local mental health research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. And, as critically, it helps call attention to the stigma and significance of these often invisible illnesses, which affect as many as 1 in 5 American adults.
Each year, thousands of participants come together at the Angus Barn in Raleigh to show solidarity for family, friends, and community members living with a mental illness. After the walk is over, we celebrate our achievement with a family-friendly afternoon of food, games, music, and prizes.
Every step gives us hope, and hope keeps us moving forward. In 2018, we’ll strive to go further, and do more, than ever before. We’d be so pleased to have you walk beside us.
LEAF Festival is “Bringing It Home” this Fall
2018 Featuring Digable Planets, Railroad Earth, Eddie Palmieri & many more!
LEAF Community Arts is thrilled to announce its dynamic lineup of performing artists for the Fall 2018 LEAF Festival, taking place Thursday, October 18th to Sunday, October 21st near Asheville at the majestic Lake Eden in Black Mountain, NC. With 400+ performing artists representing 12 different countries, 5 family adventure villages, 80+ craft & culinary vendors, 50+ healing arts, music and earth skills workshops, and a global community steeped in tradition, LEAF welcomes all walks of life for an unforgettable weekend experience. Kids under 10 FREE!
“Bringing it Home” Festival Feature Notes:
• Resilient nations championed: Puerto Rico, Congo, Tibet, Gambia, Costa Rica & Mexico
• Grammy Winning Hip-Hop Pioneers Digable Planets feat. Full (5) piece Live Band
• 10x Grammy Winning Salsa Legend Eddie Palmieri performs Puerto Rico Tribute
• Sona Jobarteh first professional female Kora player in Gambia on debut US Tour
What does HOME mean to you?
“Is it in the streets, fields, and forests where you grew up? Or does it rest in the warm embrace of a loved one after a long day? Of all the places we plant our roots, few things bring us HOME in our hearts like music. The strum of a guitar, the beat of a drum, the echoing chorus of a favorite song… Music holds a way of guiding us to a place of inner peace, joy and sanctuary unlike anything in this world. For 24 years, LEAF has thrived as a community born of friendships, memories, and cultural celebration.. and for the 47th LEAF, we will take that legacy one step further welcoming artists from nations who find their homes in great peril, yet despite all odds continue to share their music, message, and medicine with us all. Join us this FALL where three generations of families hailing from the four corners of the Globe will gather to celebrate the power of music & arts to “Bring Us Home” as ONE Family once again.“
~ Ehren Cruz, Performing Arts Director OFFICIAL 47th LEAF
FESTIVAL PERFORMER LINEUP
Digable Planets, Railroad Earth Eddie Palmieri’s Salsa Orchestra Valerie June, Here Come the Mummies, Kishi Bashi Sona Jobarteh, Jupiter & Okwess, Elise Trouw Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Dustbowl Revival, Birds of Chicago The Mystical Arts of Tibet, Digging Roots, House of Waters Maybe April, Ron Artis II, Kaia Kater, The Screaming J’s, Doctor Nativo Richard Wood & Gordon Belsher, Supatight, Yellow Feather, Bombassic Carly Taich, NataDas, The Campfire Reverends, LEAF International Costa Rica & Mexico Unifire Theatre, Illuminera, Trillium Dance Co, NU Paradigm, Imagine Circus, Tribe Zanzibar Golden Trumpets | Contra: The Mean Lids, Fyre & Ashe, DR Shadow, Seth Tepfer, Terry Doyle 47th Southern Fried Poetry Slam, 7th Annual Toybox Theater Puppetry Slam, & many more…
Welcome to Carolina BalloonFest! Relax under Carolina blue skies between early morning and late afternoon balloon launches. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to relax and enjoy the cool autumn days with your friends and family! Live music on 2 stages, tethered balloon rides, Artisan Village, Kids Zone, NC wine & craft beer garden, great festival foods and much more!
Hippie Fest is the grooviest festival of the year! Featuring hundreds of artists and crafts people, local goods, bohemian shopping, live music, cirque performers, DIY tie-dye, sideshow acts, food trucks and more! All ages welcome. Fun for the whole family!!!
Say hello to Imagine Circus Stilt Walkers and Aerialists!
Each year, thousands of children are sent to Duke Children’s Hospital, the North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill, and WakeMed Children’s Hospital. For many of these kids and their caregivers, diagnosis with a critical or terminal illness impacts them indefinitely. Their lives are thrown into permanent chaos. In addition to the unfathomable emotional burdens that now face these families, the costs of being treated become immense as they often helplessly watch their financial lives unravel.
The Me Fine Foundation exists so that these children and their families will not walk through their journeys of disease alone. Me Fine provides critical financial assistance and vital emotional support. Our programs are designed to keep families together so that children can have the best chance for recovery possible. No insurance plan will help provide what Me Fine does, which is why support from community members like you is so important!
The Annual Me Fine Gala is their signature fundraising event. The organization receives no funding from federal, state or local government. They rely totally on the generosity of our donors and corporate partners and on the success of this event.
If you want to help fight for these medically fragile children, believe in the work they’re doing, and want to see stronger families making for a better community, please consider being a part of this event!
The Beer & Fear Bash Is The Biggest & Wildest Halloween Costumed Theme Party on the East Coast! Join Us Saturday, October 27th At The Castle For A Deliciously Frightful Night Full Of Spooks, Music, And Dancing! Explore All Of The 12 Uniquely Themed Bars, Clubs, & Party Areas With Performances By Musical Talents From Kick Ass Live Bands & Outrageous Dj Sets!
Bring Your Bare As You Dare Attitude, In Costume (Costume Required For Entry), To Party To A Whole New Level Of Excitement! Don’t Forget The EPIC Costume Contest With Multiple Cash Prizes To Make it A Night You’ll Never Forget.
Quench Your Thirst At Any One Of The 12 Bars With Service From Our Smokin Bartenders! Expect Sizzling Entertainment, Sexy Dancers, Aerial Acrobatic Performances, Mesmerizing Fire Dancers, Spooktacular Costumes, Great Eats From Food Trucks Or From The Exclusive Private Lounge Ticket Upgrade!
The greatest three-day comic book show in the Triangle returns!
NC Comicon: Bull City is Durham, North Carolina’s Premier Comicon and it’s coming to the Durham Convention Center 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2018! We’re better, badder, bigger, and can’t wait to show off!
New exhibits. New panels. New workshops. New all-encompassing comic book pop culture overload experience! And of course we once again welcome the finest vendors in comic books, toys, and collectibles as well as a plethora of phenomenal comic book creators from the triangle area and around the world. All of this plus our massive fan-favorite Cosplay Contest!
Join us for the best one-on-one workshops and one-of-a-kind panels by industry professionals and local talent! We have everything that you’re looking for, from costume making and world building, to toy collecting and so much more! It’s all right here, and all panels and classes are free with admission! And just wait till you attend our amazing Saturday-night party, a night of cosplay, dancing, and music like you’ve never seen before!
Vapers Carnivale Expo Vendors are the cream of the crop in the vaping industry, Hailing from all over the world for an expo like no other! From China to Australia , West and East Coast Manufacturers and distributors have been “hooking up” at our expos since 2017!
Did you know that all ticket sale proceeds other than a $1.00 FDA Tobacco Transaction Fee go directly to advocacy! We have raised over $30,000 to support State, Local, and National advocacy organizations. If you are a consumer, $10 will give you admittance to the public hours for both days of our event! B2B tickets are only $20, and grant early access for buyers, not to mention proceeds go directly to fund your state advocacy organization