The full 4-day California WorldFest has been postponed to 2022. Read More.  

SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT: The 2021 WorldFest Day has officially been approved to be held in-person. You read that right! We will be presenting a celebration of world music on WorldFest Day on July 17 under the ponderosas at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Stay tuned for the lineup and official on-sale dates coming VERY SOON!

Save the Date:

July 17, 2021

Current 2020 WorldFest ticket holders get first dibs on a complimentary ticket to WorldFest Day. DON’T CALL YET! We are as happy as you are that we can have a live concert BUT we aren’t onsale yet. We will notify you by email with the lineup and let you know when to call the box office.

#ICYMI:  Watch last year’s WorldFest Day Playlist

What a day! What a weekend! Thank you to everyone who joined us online to celebrate WorldFest virtually. We premiered never before seen footage from select 2019 performances. We had a virtual opening ceremony, workshops, and aired new performances from the Global Indigenous Peoples Village.

If you missed it, you can watch all of the videos here on our YouTube or Facebook playlists:

Stream WorldFest Day on YouTube
Stream WorldFest Day on Facebook

*NEW* World Music Program & Virtual Youth Choir

Students ages 5-12 will explore the music and cultures of India, Mali, & Greece. Starting on March 1, 2021, the 12-week program requires no previous musical experience and is free to kids and their families. There are no set class times to worry about – weekly activities are available on demand, so choose when you want to tune in to have fun!

WorldFest 2021: Update #2

We miss you. We miss music, we miss concerts, we miss our friends, and we know this announcement will break many hearts. Please know that we were hoping for better news but it seems that it is impossible- not safe- for us to plan a full four-day festival for thousands of attendees at this time.

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Music Connects Us All

California WorldFest acknowledges the racial injustice of the past and present. We are committed to listening to BBIPOC voices and educating ourselves as we work together towards a future built on equality. We believe the arts foster unity and will continue to advocate for BBIPOC artists and community members. We see you, we hear you, we support you.


Patrons, Volunteers, The City of Grass Valley, Nevada County Fairgrounds, & Staff: Amber Jo Manuel, Executive Director of The Center for the Arts :: John Taber, Festival Producer :: Dima Ablesky, Patron – Gate 4 Box Office/Camping :: Jessica Ashton, Sponsorship and Development (CFTA Staff) :: Bonnie Bagwell, Operations – Ice & Water Delivery :: Kimberly Bass, Production Assistant :: Peter Bevitori, Get Centered Tent (Info Booth) Lead :: CJ Boyd, Operations – Festival :: Sugar Brenner, Gate 4/Camping :: Kelly Broman, Production – Stage Manager – Discovery stage :: Shane Butler, Production – Stage Manager – Welcome :: Dan Carter, Media – Video :: Melissa Clark, Marketing and Media :: David Claytor, Production – Technical Supervisor :: Patricio Codoceo, Production – Lighting Engineer Meadow/Spotlight Stage :: Lori Jo Colvin, Conscious Living Lead :: Cornelia Coppock, Décor :: Debi Curtis, Cupcakes Lead / Accounting :: Hilary Dart, S&A – Overnight Sleepers :: Susan DeConti, Foundation Bar Lead :: Celena Delphi, Late Night Talent Booker :: Acacia Donovan, Kids – Arts & Crafts :: Amalia Dummett, Cupcakes Runner :: Bia Edwards, Kids – Games on the Green :: Paul Emery, Production – Sound – Global stage :: Brynn Farwell, Patron – Gate 1 Box Office (CFAT Staff) :: Deanna Figueira, Workshop coordinator/Parade Lead :: Bob Free, Key Master :: Tom Fuller, Production – Stage Manager Meadow/Spotlight – Stagehands Lead :: Mignon Geli, Production – Indigenous Village :: Lilith Gjertsen, Cupcakes Runner :: Donna Griffin, Medical Team Lead :: Stephanie Guel, Assistant- Key master :: Christian Gutt, Operations – Trash and Recycling :: Jon Hollingsworth, Production – Stage Manager, Pine Tree :: George Jayne, Production – Spot Ops :: Anna Kastner, Production – Indigenous Village :: Mary Lou Knapp, S & A – Meadow Seating Lead :: Tracie Krause, Volunteer- Gate Lead :: Alex Ladner, Operations – Supplies :: Mo Lafond, Runner :: Robbie Landsburg, Box Office/Camping Gate 4 :: John Liron, Production – Sound – Welcome stage :: Brianne Lucke, Graphic Design / Web / Social Media :: Marni Marshall, Production – Artist Liason Lead :: Haley Mattea, Merchandise – Marketplace a.m. :: Rich Mead, Production – Sound – Sierra stage :: Raja Meadows, Operations – Backstage (Tylan asst) (CFTA Staff) :: Peter Morin, Production – Spot Ops :: Daniel Nelson, Production – Backline Provider :: Evan Nielsen, Bar Manager (CFTA Staff) :: Carole Pavlik-Selby, First Aide :: Jeremy Phillips, Production – Sound – Pine Tree stage :: Del Phoenix, Vendor Coordinator :: Kyle Porter, Production – Sound – Discovery/Workshops :: Felton Pruitt, Production – Stage Manager – Global :: Phil Ruckrich, Media/KVMR Liaison and Busker Coordinator :: Aaron Rutledge, Lost Parents & Wed’s/ Thursday Training Assistance :: Tylan Selby, Operations – Backstage Lead :: Donald Shelley, Bar – Ice Booth :: Karen Slattery, Cupcakes Runner :: Kerry Slattery, Cupcakes Runner :: Luci Solyan, Kids – Teen Scene :: Linda Sorensen, Green Room Hospitality Lead :: Dave Spellman, Operations / Facilities (CFTA Staff) OFFSITE :: Skip Spragens, Production – Sound – Meadow/Spotlite stage :: Roger Stover, Front of House (Patron Services) :: Chris Streng, Operations / Bar (Paul’s assistant) + Bar :: Jes Taber, Eye of the Avocado – Catering :: Erin Tarabini, Production – Backline Coordinator :: Paul Teegarden, Operations-Campground :: Mike Thompson, Production – Stage Manager –Late Night –Set up Meadow Stg :: Larry Tonkin, Production – Stage Manager – Sierra Stage :: Guy Tortorici, Merchandise – Marketplace p.m. :: William Wallace, Safety & Assistance Lead :: Darlene Weiss, Volunteer Gate Lead :: Dietlinde Williams, Bar Lead Foundation Station (CFTA Staff) :: Journey Wukmir, Volunteer Coordinator :: Rob Wukmir, Campground Host

Covid-19 Update

Due to covid-19, the 24th annual California WorldFest has been postposed to July 2022. Celebrate WorldFest Day with us on July 17, 2021. Details coming soon.

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California WorldFest acknowledges the racial injustice of the past and present. We are committed to listening to BBIPOC voices and educating ourselves as we work together towards a future built on equality. We believe the arts foster unity and will continue to advocate for BBIPOC artists and community members. We see you, we hear you, we support you.