More Festival Listings

More Festival Listings

Apropos of my earlier post about various culture festivals: Thanks to all of you who sent word about additional interesting festivals in 2016. I also did some more exploring on my own, and found many fests I’d not previously listed. I’ve combined everything from my earlier post in the list below.  It seems there’s some interesting festivities happening almost every week throughout the year, with several overlaps, of course.

A few events have already occurred (Jan-Feb). See my earlier blogpost regarding my fanciful notion of perhaps enjoying spending a year traveling by camper-van from one culture festival to another throughout the seasons and across the country.

Of course, there are also plenty of similar fests around the world, but I have restricted my list to events to & from which theoretically I could drive, more or less easily & safely, camping on route, in the US and Canada–though at least one fest in Hawaii has slipped onto the list!

What do you think? Are there other festivals & similar events you would include in your list of those you might wish to attend, or at least enjoy knowing/reading about? I’m already remembering others I should look up & add to my list! There were a few I didn’t include because I couldn’t find any specific dates for this year—maybe some from the past are no longer being held?

Some Festivals in 2016

Jan 14-17 Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Nevada City CA
“where activism gets inspired”

Jan 21-31 Sundance Film Fest

Jan 29-30 Amnesty International Film Festival – Nelson, BC


Feb 19-21 WinterWonderGrass – Avon Colorado
“3 days of world-class Bluegrass/Acoustic Roots music”

Feb 20-28 Sedona Film Fest – Sedona AZ


Mar 3-6 Boulder International Film Festival – Boulder CO

Mar 3-6 Peace on Earth Film Festival – Chicago

Mar 11-13  McDowell Mountain Music Fest – Phoenix AZ
“community – culture – charity 100% non-profit”

Mar 14  Banff Film Tour, Sedona – Sedona AZ

Mar 15-20  SLO Film Fest – San Luis Obispo CA


Apr 1-3 WinterWonderGrass – Tahoe / Squaw Valley
“3 days of world-class Bluegrass/Acoustic Roots music”

Apr 7-10 Vail Film Festival – Vail CO

Apr 13-24 Manhattan Film Festival – NYC

Apr 14-17 National Ayurvedic Medical Association Conference – Warwick RI

April 15-24 Coachella Valley Music Fest

April 15-19 Plein Air Convention & Expo – Tucson AZ

Apr 15-17 Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Fest – Bronxville, NY

Apr 22-23 Blue Ridge Bookfest – Flat Rock NC

Apr 30-May 1 Yall West Santa Monica Book Festival


May 13-15 Shakti Fest Joshua Tree

May 15 Maifest San Francisco Tourist Club – Mill Valley (Mt Tam) CA

May 17-21 Festival of Faiths, Sacred Wisdom, Pathways to Non-Violence – Louisville, KY
“Five day celebration with dialogue, music, poetry, film, and the arts that explores how sacred wisdom addresses violence.”

May 18-28 San Diego Surf Film Fest

May 20-22 Overland Expo Flagstaff

May 27-30 Telluride Mountainfilm Fest

May 27-29 California Roots Music and Arts Fest – Monterey

May 27-June 3 Sufi Camp Hawaii – Keanae, Maui

May 28- 29 Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival – Santa Fe

May 29 – Jun 2 Seattle Film Fest


June 16-18 Ann Arbor Book Fest

June 18-19  Flagstaff Folk Fest

Jun 18-25 & Jul 25-Aug 1  Squaw Valley Community of Writers Conference


Jul 1-7  Rainbow Family Gathering of living light, world peace, and healing
“location tba: will take place in Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont”

Jul 8-10 International Folk Art Market – Santa Fe

July 10-16 Fishtrap Summer Gathering of Writers – Wallowa Lake, OR

July 17 Sommerfest San Francisco Tourist Club – Mill Valley (Mt Tam)

July 17-24 Mendocino Sufi Camp


Aug 4-7 Mendocino Coast Writers Conference

Aug 21-28 Port Angeles WA Plein Air Fest Paint the Peninsula

Aug 28 – Sept 5 Burning Man


Sept (?) Northern Arizona Book Fest – Flagstaff

Sept 7-12 Bhakti Fest – Joshua Tree

Sept 8-10 Carolina Mountain Literary Fest – Burnsville NC

Sept 16-18 Flagstaff Bluegrass Fest Pickin in the Pines

Sept 17-18 International Peace Festival – Ithaca NY

Sept 18 Kinderfest San Francisco Tourist Club – Mill Valley (Mt Tam)

Sept 19–25 Mendocino Plein Air Paint Out

Sept 19-25 Global Peace Film Festival – Orlando

Sept 22-25 Creative Edge Film Fest – Fairfield IA

Sept 23-25 Jaipur Literature Fest at Boulder CO (& Jaipur India, & London)

Sept. 24 & 25 Julian Apple Days

Sept 29-Oct 14 Vancouver International Film Festival


Oct (?) Ashland Book & Author Fest – Ashland OR

Oct 7-14 Plein Air Fest Acadia Ntl Park, Maine Fall Color Week

Oct 14-16 Brattleboro VT Literary Festival

Oct 19-23 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Oct 21-23 Bioneeers Conference – San Rafael (Marin Co) CA

Oct 29 – Nov 6 Banff Film and Book Fest

Oct 30 Yosemite Film fest


Nov (?) Chicago Peace Fest

Nov 1-5 Wordstock: Portland’s Book Festival – Portland OR

Nov 11-13 Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival – Colorado Springs
“longest running women’s film festival in North America. Documentary, narrative shorts & animated films that are thought-provoking, enriching, & encourage global awareness & personal growth, that present the world as women experience it & that inspire curiosity, educate, entertain, & stimulate conversation.”

Nov 20 Peacefest – Peace River, Alberta




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