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Positive Vibes 2019: The Best Hippie and Transformational Festivals in California

By / November 29, 2018
   
   

While once-alternative festivals like Burning Man and Coachella have gradually moved away from their roots, many smaller, under-the-radar festivals that have a community-focused ethos still operate, especially right here in California.

Whether you’re interested in the local DIY music culture, want to attend a drug-free transformational event, or just feel like grabbing your glow sticks and hitting up a rave deep in the forest, here are some of the best music, art, and wellbeing festivals you’ll find in the Golden State.

 

Lucidity Festival 2019: Moon’s Eye View

Live Oak Campground

Take a trip through the magical realms of the Lucidity festival where you'll find art installations, performances, workshops, food, parties, and a ticket to a deeper connection.

$0 - $500 / RSVP

Do It Ourselves Festival

Camp Krem

DIO supports local artists by creating intimate showcases for the expression of originality and soul. Each event is designed as an experience that celebrates the power of collaboration and community.

$150 - $400 / RSVP

Shakti Fest 2019

Joshua Tree Lake RV and Campground

Shakti Fest celebrates the devotional paths of yoga, Kirtan (sacred music), and meditation. It places a special emphasis on the Divine Feminine, and is a drug and alcohol-free vehicle for evolution.

$0 - $216 / RSVP

Whole Earth Festival

UC Davis Quad

The Whole Earth Festival began in 1969 as a small class project on the UC Davis Quad. The students used art to teach visitors about the realms of activism, wellness, and environmental sustainability.

Free

Lightning in a Bottle

Lake San Antonio

Lightning In A Bottle is a music and art festival based on a core ethos centered on sustainability, harm reduction, cultural respect, and most of all, creating extraordinary experiences.

$275 - $500 / RSVP

Soulplay

Pinecrest

SoulPlay creates environments that enable us to uncover and explore the hidden parts of ourselves, so we may integrate them and feel more complete in our human experience.

$0 - $300 / RSVP

Stilldream Festival 2019: Summer Solstice

Blue Mountain Event Center

Stilldream was formed in June of 2000 by a group of like minded individuals from the Sierra Foothills and Sacramento, interested in the preservation of events of an earthy, intimate nature.

$150 - $500 / RSVP

Northern Nights Music Festival

Cook's Valley Campground

Experience five stages of music, food, art, bars, swimming, and yoga across three days set in the beautiful forests of Northern California.

$300 - $600 / RSVP

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Matthew O’Shannessy is a writer living in Los Angeles. He grew up in Tasmania, Australia and moved to LA via Melbourne where he joined an art collective and worked for the Melbourne International Film Festival. His work has been published in various magazines and he’s currently co-editing an arts anthology. He lives in Echo Park, but you can often find him scouting out the San Fernando Valley.

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