Looking to find inner peace at your next festival? Like your bass with a healthy side of yoga, sound healing, and essential oils? You’re not alone. In fact, you’re part of a huge beautiful community! California has mastered the art of the transformation festival, that beautiful balance between rave and meditation retreat.
March 17-20 2016, Idyllwild
Serenity Gathering celebrates the spring equinox at Lake Hemet in Southern California with an unmatchable psychedelic bass line up. (And this doesn’t include the renegade sound stages you’ll discover while wandering.) While organization is minimal, people are here to take care and learn from each other and experience some real freedom. With beautiful LED and fire art, not to mention incredible laser displays, the night scape at Serenity is breathtaking.
Perks: Organic Food Trucks, Renegade Sound, Arts and Crafts, Environmental Cleanup
$217 (3 Day Pass with Camping)
Suspended in a Sunbeam
March 25-28 2016, Apple Valley
Suspended in a Sunbeam has all the perks of a small festival (the smallest on this list). Offering reasonable pricing creates a super inclusive environment and lets you discover new artists without the sticker shock of some festivals. You can dance all three days away as the music blasting from the Function-1s never stops.
Perks: Funktion 1 & Turbosound Soundsystems, 2 Non-Stop Music Stages, Fire Performers & Live Artists
♥ Used Camping Supply Drive to be delivered to homeless in SF, LA & SD (PLEASE BRING YOUR UNWANTED CAMPING GEAR)
♥ Money from every ticket sold will go to A Reason To Survive (ARTS)
$21 – $89 (3 Days with Camping)
April 1-4 2016, Los Coyotes Indian Reservation
What began in 2012 as a renegade in the Mojave grew into a state-wide celebration of house and techno with the hippest attendees. The mountain venue blends forest and high desert, a startlingly beautiful mix. If you like house and techno, this is THE outdoor festival for you. Past lineups included M.A.N.D.Y., Audiofly, Marc Lee, and founders Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds, Deep Jesus, Marbs, and Porkchop.
Perks: Yoga, Workshops, Sound Healing, Crystal Healing, Reiki, Energy Work, Spoken Word, Relax/Recharge Zones, live painting, face/body painting, displayed art, interactive art, art installations and performance art.
$120 – $200
April 8-10, 2016 Santa Barbara
Open-sourced and co-created, attendees of Lucidity bring the art and lead workshops while they provide a killer lineup and playground in an oak forest. Super family friendly with seven different villages, Lucidity succeeds in creating a true community. Panel discussions on everything from world peace to craft beer to lucid dreaming (as is the focus of the festival) run all day through midnight, giving you lots of food for thought.
Perks: Healers Sanctuary with Massage, Reiki, Tarot, and Essential Oils, Lovers Nest serving elixirs and teas, Interactive Art Installations, Education and Sustainability Workshops, and more.
$258 (3 Days with Camping) $20 (General Parking Pass)
May 25-30, 2016 Bradley
LiB is equally magical under the sun as the moon. Yoga classes in tents perched on grassy knolls are accompanied by DJs and didjeridoo. The famous Woogie Stage sprays a light mist onto the house music fanatics. After the music stops at night, the mysteries of the night, like spoof lectures by famous physicists, tea parties, and group meditation continue until sunrise. Being centrally-organized and highly produced, LiB can feel a bit more commercial than community run, but this does make it easy to enjoy.
Perks: Countless Yoga Workshops, Sound Healing, Great Food, ‘Bad Trip’ Therapy Tent, Lecture Series,
$270 (4 Day Pass) $120 (Car Camping)
July 15-18, 2016 Piercy
With no hippie pretensions, Northern Nights is more wild river party meets rave than deep contemplation on the meaning of life. That might be just what you’re looking for. A gorgeous crowd on flotilla basks in the sun under redwood trees to the likes of Polish Ambassador, Lane 8, and Slow Magic.
Perks: Hot Tubs, River Play, Yoga, Comedy, DIY Workshops, Art Cars
$199 (3 Day Admission) $125 (Redwood Grove Camping/ Car Camping)
July 22-24, 2016 Laytonville
In the spirit of unrestrained, ecstatic dance Enchanted Forest brings heady psy and deep bass (Liquid Stranger and Koan Sound played in 2015) into the glorious Mendocino redwoods. The broad river nearby provides a space to cool down from the insane dance floors.
Perks: Visionary Art Studio, Large Scale Art Installations, Comedy Stage, Crystal Dome, Late night Tea Lounge, Healing Area, 15 Dance Classes, 25 Yoga Clases, 5 Workshop Areas.
Tickets onsale February 9th! $168 – $240
September 22-25, 2016 Woodward Reservoir
Treated as a decompression party for some, Symbiosis has much of the magic of Burning Man – massive sculpture, interactive art, nudists… But it has a one big up on the dusty playa – the stunning Woodward Reservoir. In place of art cars are art boats. Artists like Nicolas Jaar, Tipper, CocoRosie, Shpongle, and more set the magical mood of California’s most magical transformation festival.
Perks: Art Boats, Sculpture, Interactive Water Installations, Glamping at the Lost Hotel, Pedicabs, Tea and Vitamins
$260 (2015 Price)
Three cheers to freedom, bass, and transformation! See you on the dance floor, golden state ravers!
Peace, Love, Unity, & Respect,