- Because it’s fun
A few thousand women in the woods, a convention center or hotel? Where do I sign up?
2. You’re supporting women musicians
Don’t let Sony tell you who you should like. I’ve discovered some of my fav indie musicians at women’s music festivals.
- You’ll feel like an Amazon
After my first festival, I felt like I could leap tall buildings in a single bound. It’s so mind blowing to see women doing everything – from running big stages to playing music. Everything. When’s the last time you went to another kind of festival and experienced that?
4. You can learn cool stuff
All of the festivals have great workshops, from learning archery to drumming. And you’ll learn it from a woman, with women.
5. You can hang out with friends and make new ones
I have a whole circle of friends at a couple of festivals, most I keep in touch with throughout the year.
6. You can eat well
I know you’re laughing but have you been to the Virginia Women’s Music Festival? They have dessert after every lunch and dinner. Lots of women love the vegetarian food at the Michigan festival.
7. You can buy women-made art, books and music
It’s like a women-made art gallery, y’all. The last time you went to a crafts fair or art show, how many of the artists were women? And the bookstores?
8. You can perform
Most festivals have an open mike. Some have a festival chorus or drum group. Get your musical, poetic or dancing yayas out. Entertain your friends. Embarrass your kids.
- It’s a great family vacation
Most festivals have activities for kids as well as adults. (Some festivals don’t allow boys past a certain age so be sure to check ahead of time.)
10. It’s affordable
It’s cheaper than a cruise or a trip to Europe. You can drive to many of them.
11. You can camp
I know, not an advantage for some of you. I’m not wild about sleeping on the ground either. But there is a serenity in looking at all that green while listening to kick-ass music. And if you don’t like to camp, some festivals offer cabins, RV areas and nearby hotels. (The National festival has a hotel right on the site.)
12. If you don’t support them they will stop
I hate to be the party pooper, but they depend on your support. Don’t wait until an anniversary year (What, the other years are chopped liver?), for your favorite artist (You’ll discover new favorite artists, I guarantee it) or for you to win the lottery. You can make it affordable – save a little every week or volunteer (some festivals give workers a ticket).
All right, that’s enough to get you started. Here’s a list of festivals you might want to try:
BOLDfest (not strictly a music festival but they offer entertainment)
And more … Google ‘em.
If you’re thinking of reasons not to attend a festival, see my earlier post about festival myths.
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