There’s lots of “now what?” Like many of you, I’m sad about this cultural institution ending, but there’s still women’s community out there. Here’s a list. Study it. There will be a quiz later.
(If you want to know more about the festival and its end, there’s a great article here.)
Women’s festivals still exist
There are several, from the Virginia Women’s Music Festival, to west coast’s Fabulosa Fest. If you’re not a camper, try the National Women’s Music Festival. There’s a more complete list at the end of this post.
Play music with other women
If making music with other women is what flips your switch, try one of these women’s music camps –– WoMaMu (California), Summer Sing (Montana), NW Women’s Music Celebration (Washington state), Women’s Hearts and Hands Guitar Camp (California) and Women and Harmony Music Camp (Virginia). Want to drum? Try the Ontario Womyn’s Drum camp. or Born to Drum (California). If you’re into singing with women, check out the plethora of women’s choruses. Google “your city, women’s chorus” or start with the Sister Singers Network.
There are women’s spiritual festivals, like the Elderflower Womenspirit Festival (California), Daughters of Diana (California) and Womynspirit Festival (Ontario). Not to mention the Wiccan temples, Unitarian Churches and so many other spaces that offer women-only empowerment.
The Midwest Wimmin’s Festival offers a lot. There are other groups that organize similar events. If not, start one!
Other women’s space
The Highlands Inn is a great place to stay. They offer free concerts for their guests. There are women’s B&Bs, as well as women’s land, all over the world. Google ’em.
Create your own space
Women are already talking about what they want to create after Michigan is gone. All power to us! Keep plugged into social media to see what’s going on. Know of a cool campground near you? Create your own mini-festival.
As of this writing, Michigan organizer Lisa Vogel hasn’t said what will happen to the land. If it’s sold, I hope the people who buy it are prepared for an influx of women every August.
Continue to support women’s art
There are lots of female indie musicians and comics who tour. Support them and tell your friends. The same for visual artists and for other performers like playwright Carolyn Gage. They aren’t going to stop because one festival ends.
All right, Amazons, rise!
National Women’s Music Festival
Virginia Women’s Music Festival
In the comments below, let us know about any events not covered here.
Want to read more about women’s festivals? Check out my other posts:
Twelve reasons to attend a women’s music festival
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Very Succinct. It would be a beautiful thing to see more faces in Virginia and at National.
Thanks! I agree, Kara.
I’m a lover of MichFest and am so grateful for many years of performing there as a dancer in Opening Ceremony, ChixLix and Closing Ceremony as well as with Dance Brigade on the Accoustic Stage.
I have my own feminist dance company based in Oakland (SF Bay Area) please come celebrate Womyn’s Music, stories, Communities, Herstory with us Mother’s Day weekend and check out our work online and social media. #RockedByWomen http://www.sarahbushdance.com
Love & Gratitude, Sarah
Wonderful, Sarah. Here’s more great women’s culture to support!
I just learned about the new Stargaze Fest in New Hampshire (last year was the first one): http://www.lesbiannightlife.com/stargaze/index.php
Also, for the rockers in the house, one of my bands is participating in this Girls in the Garage 2-day fest in Cambridge, MA in June: https://www.facebook.com/events/416998311807230/permalink/417371431769918/
Excellent. Thanks, Allison.
Perhaps those seeking a more “inclusionary” festival can inquire about renting the land and the equipment and put on their own festival.
Not our Land….sorry, there are probably 6 million properties in Michigan, and/or the USA, and/or the world…but The Land!
There’s also the Susan B. Anthony Memoriak Unrest Home (SuBAMUH), which is womyns land in SE Ohio. https://subamuh.wordpress.com
http://www.wherewomyngather.com/ in PA.
Excellent! Thanks, Barbara.
And there is Provincetown, a gay mecca on the tip of cape cod. We’ve been a gay town for 40 years … The women gather here often, and in great numbers during
Memorial Day May 21-25 http://www.ptownmemorialday.com
National Women of Color & Friends Weekend June 4-7 http://www.womenofcolorweekend.com
Girl Splash July 21-25 http://www.girl-splash.com
and Women’s Week, October 12-18, http://womensweekprovincetown.com
See you soon!
Thanks, Anna. Provincetown, of course! The women’s beach is particularly fun.
Hey Jamie! Jori here! Thanks for your blog and the shout out to Big Bad Gina’s Amazon Music Festival and Midwest Wimmin’s Festival – my home festival of almost 30 years! I wanted to let ones know that Midwest is not a tent camping festival, it’s at a state park and we are actually not allowed to tent in the group camp; however there are camp grounds within the state park and wimmin can drive over for activities. Midwest is very small and cozy, community centered, no scheduled performers, just hanging out, dancing, drumming and guitars around fire, games, and the Lake of the Ozarks. See you all around at all kinds of festivals! http://www.midwestfestival.com
It sounds wonderful, Jori. I hope to make it there someday.
thanks Jamie for the wonderful list and there are two you didn’t mention: “Where Women Gather” ( formerly Womon Gathering) a spiritualy oriented fest. in PA and “South East Women’s Herbal” conference, here in NC
Thanks! Someone else mentioned Where Women Gather. I didn’t know about the herbal conference. Here’s the link: http://www.sewisewomen.com/
Thank you for this. I’ve been mourning the loss of Michigan…even when I’ve been unable to attend…knowing that the womyn are gathering each August has been comforting to me. You blog post reminds me that our culture continues and gathers together all over. It is a comfort. Also, I too wonder what will happen to our sacred land.
You’re welcome, Terri. Yes, our culture continues. Definitely. 🙂
Thank you for helping me see a life after MichFest (LAMF). The era is over, but we’re still standing.
Which of these festivals is good about interpreters for D/HH women?
I know the National festival and Ohio are interpreted. You’d have to ask the others individually.
Virginia Women’s Music Festival will provide interpreters at the May 27-30, 2016 performances. More info about us at http://www.campoutva.com and also our VWMF Facebook page.
Maya, hope we see you!
Amazon Fest has been going on 3 years now
The one in Virginia is http://www.campoutva.com/ and it is wonderful
May 22nd through May 25th
FRIDAY: Alma Hesson • Mama’s Black Sheep • Tret Fure • Dance with DJ Jamie Fox
SATURDAY: Narissa Bond • Jamie Anderson • Tory Trujillo and Sweet Song • Bele Bele Rhythm Collective • Zoe Lewis • Gaye Adegbalola and the Wild Rutz •Dance with Wicked Jezabel
SUNDAY: Indigie Femme • Julie Clark • Christie Lenee • Someone’s Sister • SONiA & disappear fear Memorial Service at the Lake • Dance with DJ Michelle
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Hi ! Don’t forget about Twin Oaks Women’s Gathering in Louisa VA. We will be celebrating our 31st year in August . http://Www.womensgathering.org .
Thanks, Erin. So many great events.
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Wow! What a great list Jamie. Thank you! I’ll be sending it out as well as putting it on links page for BOLDFest, speaking of which, hope to see lots of new bold,old(er) lesbians & dykes in Vancouver BC (yes, Canada!) September 10-13 at our 11th Conference/Gathering. Check it out at http:www.boldest.com
Don’t think I”ll be able to get to MichFest, sadly. I’ll be at National’s 40th though and look forward to an amazing lineup!
My pleasure. Glad you’re making it to National. Great line-up this year and I’m not saying that just because they booked me. 🙂
From the wonderful site autostraddle.com: “Chicks and Guitars: An Incomplete Guide to Trans-Inclusive Women’s Music Festivals” at http://www.autostraddle.com/chicks-and-guitars-an-incomplete-guide-to-trans-inclusive-womens-music-festivals-289151/
For women interested in female center spirituality, The Association of Women and Mythology is an organization for academic and independent scholars, archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, artists, religious studies majors and spiritual leaders which explores and elucidates aspects of the sacred feminine, women and mythology. It hosts symposium and conferences around the country and supports scholarship. http://womenandmyth.org/ Membership is open to all.
… That would be The Association for the STUDY of Women and Mythology. Sorry for the typo!
Hello All. A brand new festival hitting the scene this November 6-8, 2015.
Goddesses of Light in Denton, TX http://www.goddessesoflightmusic.com
Musical acts include: Ginger Doss, Summer Osborne, and The Velvet Army. Also featuring Jori Costello’s “Songs of My Soul”.
Thanks, Jamie…great list….if my sisters can’t get enough of womyn, womyn’s music and dance, etc., they may want to check out community living at Superstition Mountain Resort, The Pueblo, Carefree, Discovery Bay or OHLA, to name a few.
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Hi Jamie! Miss your face!!
My wife, Lori, and I host Venus Music Festival on my family farm in Vandalia, IL on the last weekend in August. While it’s not strictly considered a women’s music festival, the intention and energy basically attracts mostly all women. (Except for my dad. Who is one of our biggest supporters… I come from good stock. 😉)
I miss your face, too. Hope it’s not too long before our paths cross again.
Cinema Systers Film Festival
Memorial Day Weekend
May 26-28, 2017
The only all lesbian film festival in the USA!!