Family FunWorldFest is great fun for the whole family


California WorldFest is coming to the Nevada County Fairgrounds July 12-15, 2018, and there is a world of fun for all ages.  Instead of hiring a babysitter, bring the kids along for a wonderful way to experience cultures from around the world as a family.  Whether you have toddlers or teens (or both) there is sure to be something to keep your kids of any age engaged and entertained throughout the festival.


Kids Passport

When you enter the gates at WorldFest, make sure to pick up the kids passport!  They can take that to check in at all the important places like the first aid station, lost parents tent, and  fun places like the art building, games on the green, etc. to get stickers on their passport.  Then, the can bring their completed passport to the Get Centered tent for cool prizes like temporary tattoos and coupons for discounts on popular kid items like kettle corn.


Performances that Kids Will Love


The Banana Slug String Band (Friday 10 a.m., and Saturday 2 p.m.) has been playing music for kids for over 30 years. They’ve played in 40 states and five countries for an audience of more than two million people. The band has released 11 award winning CDs, playing noted festivals such as New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest, High Sierra Music Festival, and their home festival – Strawberry Music Fest (which they’ve played nearly 40 times!) As educators and eco-warriors, their music is used in school curricula and classrooms around the world.


Their live show is legendary and includes characters such as the Professor, Doug the Drop, Peter the Penguin, Mr. Dirt the puppet, Louie the Crab, and Big Red, the talking Redwood Tree. These characters come out in full body costume to the amazement of all. The songs are all original, and played in a variety of catchy musical styles…from folk to blues to reggae, rock and roll and rap. The songs are educational, funny and deeply moving. Kids come away inspired and ready to learn more about the Earth.


Joe Craven & The Sometimers (Friday 11:30 a.m., and Saturday 11:30 a.m.) featuring Bruce MacMillan and Jonathan Stoyanoff, is a tight, crisp “Free Range Folkasaurus Trio” offering a “no genre left behind” policy of music making and re-creating.  Joining the trio at WorldFest will be drummer Barry Eldridge and backup vocalist Hattie Craven.


Joe Craven is not just an entertaining musician with a penchant for the mischievous, he is a teacher and student all at once and he will draw you into his performance by including you as though you’re part of the show itself. His gift of gab is unprecedented and his musical knowledge impressive. Joe’s openness and expression of gratitude for the gifts he’s acquired make it all the more fun for him to share them with his audience. Be sure to check out his workshop at noon on Sunday 7/15 in the Ponderosa Classroom-a “come as you are”class that provides exercises and opportunities to play with others in new ways.


Games on the Green


Knowing that kids love to boogie, but can only be entertained by that for so long, California WorldFest offers Games on the Green, which is located right next to the evening Meadow Stage so that parents and guardians can enjoy the show while the kids play to their hearts’ content (and wear themselves out!)


New this year will be “giant games” like Giant Dominos and a Giant Slingshot, which are sure to be big hits at this popular attraction for the WorldFest youth.  Besides those, kids can enjoy playing instruments at the musical wall, hear stories from the Story Club of Nevada County at the Tree of Knowledge, toss bean bags and beach balls, master the hoola-hoop,  try the neon ring toss, and more.  There is a special Toddler Corner, as well with wooden car tracks, a balance beam, and an outdoor lounge, and of course the littles are always welcome to play with the bigger kids.  There are absolutely no vendors on the Green; this is an area strictly to delight and entertain the kids.


Bia Edwards, NorCal Curumim’s founder who has dedicated her life to educating children in percussion, dance and Brazilian folklore, will be offering Brazilian Inspired Games on the Green. NorCal Curumim’s sole purpose is to bring unity by serving the community with an array of children and adults classes in Brazilian arts.


Kid Friendly Workshops!


An array of workshops are available throughout WorldFest including specially designed little one’s yoga, all age kids drumming, and the whirlwind of hula hooping.  Children are welcome at any of the music workshops or jam sessions during WorldFest, as well.  Because we are all one community, no matter what age.  Some of the great workshops geared toward kids include:


Storytelling with Izzi Tooinsky 

Friday, July 13 10-11 a.m., Saturday, July 14 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m., Sunday July 15 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m. – Kids Craft

Izzi Tooinsky, The Wild Man, is a unique vaudevillian entertainer who has been performing at fairs, festivals, schools, and museums since the dawn of time. The Wild Man is a juggler, clown, comedian, storyteller, and educator. He is the author of two books, creator of 7 storytelling CDs, father of two wild women and has performed in 17 countries around the world .


Card Trick Workshop with Merloch

Timing TBD – Teen Scene

Be the life of the party! Impress your friends! Learn real card magic tricks with Merloch the Magician.


Mélisande [électrotrad] Youth Workshop

Sunday, July 15 2:30pm, Welcome Stage

Mélisande and Alexandre, the core duo of Mélisande [électrotrad], offer a workshop of initiation to traditional Quebec music during which they present different musical instruments (guitar, violin, mandolin, harmonica, wooden flute, jaw harps) as well as the main types of dance music (reels, jigs, waltz). The duo also presents different kinds of traditional French-language songs (call and response, enumerative, laments, mouth music) and teaches children to stomp (foot percussion). Additionally, Mélisande and Alexandre introduce kids to beat making and electronic instruments that they use to create their [électrotrad] project. The workshop is educational, fun and participatory for all ages.


California Kids Arts & Crafts

Children of all ages are encouraged to head to the Sugar Pine Lodge to create works of art.  Each year the arts and crafts center around a different theme that carries on to the parade, and this year’s theme is New Orleans Mardi Gras!  Everyone leaves with WorldFest art treasures to remind them of the festival all year long, as well as props for the WorldFest parade.


The Parade

The WorldFest Parade is an epic event for children of every age, and the highlight of the festival for many of the little ones. Fabulous drummers and music makers lead the procession of costumed, decorated and excited revelry, highlighted by the art created at California Kids. The drummer’s jam at the end of the parade features an all ages dance circle of whirling bodies, stilt walkers, teens, jugglers and the young at heart!


Camping at WorldFest

Camping is a part of the fun of WorldFest, and this year you can purchase luxury showers, which might come in handy after a day of playing, dancing, and fun in the sun.  Children 5 and under are free for both ticketing and camping, and campers can come into the gates early to set up chairs on the Meadow.  There will be a 24-hour quiet zone marked off within the campground to make sure there is a family friendly and sleep friendly area, with a great place to go at naptime.


Global Indigenous Peoples Village

The Global Indigenous Peoples Village, which this year will celebrate their 10th year at WorldFest, holds a diverse variety of Indigenous Artisans, Musicians, Dancers, Wisdom Keepers, and Workshops to honor the past and recognize the indigenous peoples’ invaluable contribution to humanity’s cultural diversity and heritage.  During the festival, day break will begin with a ceremonial sun welcoming and continue with community gathering all day long.  This is a fun and engaging way to teach kids about native culture and heritage!


Teen Scene

For the “I’m so booooored” group (AKA teens), WorldFest has got just the thing!  The Teen Scene is an area of creativity and fun. This section includes many activities like ping pong, giant jenga, relaxing tents, painting tables, giant corn-hole, musical instruments, flower crowns, tie-dye, juggling, and more! The section is located right next to the Pine Street stage. It is run by a teen for teens, so no one can complain that they “just don’t get it,” because they do, they are one of you! So come on over, listen to great music, relax, have fun, and get creative.  Then, on Saturday night there will be a special Teen Dance for young festival-goers ages 13-21 from 8-9:30 p.m. in the Ponderosa Classroom. Teens are also welcome at the late night consciousdance parties, which will be take place Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. These will be substance-free events (no drugs or alcohol), so everyone is welcome to dance the night away!  Even better, Late Night is FREE for festival pass holders!


For more information about the great activities and acts awaiting kids of all ages at California WorldFest, click HERE!


The Earth Beneath Your Feet: The Indigenous History of the WorldFest Grounds


This July, WorldFest participants are welcomed to the home of the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan Tribe. The word Nisenan means “from among us.” WorldFest will take place under Nisenan skies, among the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada. “Homoja bemi” is a traditional Nisenan greeting. The Tribe welcomes locals and visitors to enjoy this space and requests that it is treated with respect.  


The land you’ll walk over at WorldFest has always been of great importance to the Nisenan people. Before it was the Nevada County Fairgrounds, it was a grand place of trade and commerce and represents an important piece of not only Nisenan history, but of California history. Before the Gold Rush, Nevada County’s first people thrived in their homelands and enjoyed a rich life, steeped in their ancient Nisenan culture.  The Nisenan lived in pre-contact towns such as Waukaudok, Woloyu, Ustomah, Daspia and Kiwimdo in the western Sierra Nevada foothills for thousands of years.


Nisenan territory lay within the watersheds of the Yuba, Bear, and American rivers. Before these rivers were dammed, their flood patterns created a rich estuary where the Nisenan harvested plants and hunted game, including elk, which roamed the western foothills in large herds. They were wealthy, sophisticated people who, unlike other migratory tribes, did not have to move far to maintain their way of life, since California foothills boasted some of the most diverse plant and animal communities on the continent.


Nisenan life changed after the Gold Rush, which brought destruction to the rivers and wildlife of the western Sierra Nevada. The people escaped genocide and lost their ancestral homelands as tens of thousands of miners and settlers flooded the state.



In the early days of statehood, California Indians were denied basic human rights as the government squeezed wealth out of the land, regardless of the consequences. When California’s legislature first convened in 1850, it banned California Indians from voting. It also prevented anyone with one or more Indian parents from serving as jurors or testifying in trials against whites.


These political strategies were designed to rob the first people of their lands. In 1851, the United States made 18 treaties with California tribes that were never ratified, leaving California Indians in dire circumstances.


In 1887, a Nisenan headman, (chief) Charley Cully, secured land for his people in present-day Nevada City, on Cement Hill. In 1913, an executive order from President Woodrow Wilson designated the land as a Reservation to be held in Trust by the United States, ensuring the Nevada City Rancheria Nisenan would be a Sovereign Nation and a federally recognized Tribe.


Even when the Nisenan had sovereignty over their ancestral lands, life in California was not easy. The Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council chairman, Richard Johnson, remembers that in the 1950s, Nisenan people felt forced to keep quiet and try to blend in. He recalls a time when American Indian children were forcibly removed from their family homes, and calling attention to one’s indigenous identity could mean getting beaten or killed.


In 1964, the Nevada City Rancheria was illegally terminated, along with the rancherias of 43 other tribes in California. Today, 41 have had their federal status “restored” and have been given replacement lands–but the Nisenan are still denied their rights to sovereignty. Without federal status, the Nisenan Tribe cannot access essential programs for healthcare, housing, higher education and the repatriation of their dead.


Today, the Nisenan people have overcome many challenges. They are devoted to honoring their culture and nurturing their Tribe’s future.


This November, the Tribe looks forward to hosting their 9th Annual Nisenan Heritage Day event. Nisenan Heritage Day is co-sponsored by Sierra College. Guests are welcomed to experience traditional dancers, master basket weaving demonstrations, panels on a variety of topics important to the Indigenous and local community, art, Indian tacos, Nisenan language and much more.


Nisenan language revitalization is at the heart of the Nisenan’s connection to their homeland and their ancestors. Coming together as a community gives the Tribe a unique opportunity to help heal the scars of history and bring today’s Nisenan into the fabric of the local community.


The Nisenan will be hosting our Opening Ceremony at WorldFest and will ensure that the festival honors the land. The Nisenan also feel honored to welcome the other indigenous people into their homelands through the Global Indigenous Peoples Village and Global Stage and look forward to the many ceremonies, workshops, and performances happening there. Please visit the Global Indigenous Peoples Village page to learn more!


Working Together at WorldFest for a Green Future


A year ago this summer, Nevada City announced its goal of switching to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy by 2050. The city is at work on its mission, and at WorldFest we recognize valuable lessons in the way the community has come together to support this goal.


Switching to renewable energy will involve many challenges, and community support is essential for success. Driving this change in Nevada City is a community group called the 100% Renewables Committee, which meets regularly to help the city move forward. The committee is dedicated to building “community interest, engagement and support for the City’s transition to renewable electricity sources,” said Don Rivenes, the committee’s Chair.


When communities promise to make the switch, others follow, and Nevada City is joined in its commitment by nearby Truckee and South Lake Tahoe. Public participation and support is essential in keeping up momentum for big projects like this and bringing other cities along for the ride. That’s why community initiatives like the 100% Renewables Committee are so important.


What can we at WorldFest learn from the committee’s example?


Well, lots! But there’s one big-picture lesson that we’re really excited about, and that’s the power of many different groups working together, from grassroots organizations to city governments to neighborhoods—and, of course, music festivals!


Last week, we shared WorldFest Sustainability Mission #1: End Single Use. (Remember, bring your reusable container to WorldFest to refill at our hydration stations, as there will be no single-use containers available!) This week, we are proud to announce our second sustainability mission. Are you ready to work together for a green future? Read on to learn how you can help!


WorldFest Sustainability Mission #2: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle–and Compost!


All WorldFest vendors are committed to providing compostable or recyclable dining materials. That said, we need your help in sorting everything properly so we can prevent waste!


Here are some easy steps to help you keep the three Rs–plus compost!–in mind while attending WorldFest:


Before you accept a disposable object, ask yourself whether you really need it. With a little creativity, you might be able to avoid creating trash.


When you do have a piece of trash you need to toss, instead of throwing  it in the nearest can, first ask yourself: Can I reuse this? If not, can I recycle or compost it? Come to any one of the four sorting stations onsite and ask a volunteer if you’re not sure where something goes, or check out the handy signage near most every can or receptacle onsite!


RECYCLING guidelines can sometimes be confusing. Here’s what you can recycle at WorldFest:

-PET #1 and PET #2 Plastics ONLY! (any other number is landfill!)

-Clean paper bags, clean paper, and cardboard

-Empty aluminum cans, containers, and clean foil

-Empty glass bottles and jars

-Empty plastic containers


And, yes, at WorldFest we do COMPOST! Here’s what can go in our compost bins:

-All food scraps (including meat and bones)

-Coffee grounds and filters

-Napkins and paper products WITHOUT wax coating

-Popsicle sticks (who knew?)


Remember, if you can reuse or compost it, awesome. If you can recycle it, cool. But what about landfill? The following items are doomed to spend eternity in a hole in the ground, so we hope to keep them far away from WorldFest as much as possible – and we’ll keep getting better every year with your help!


-Disposable utensils (These can sometimes be the most confusing! Skip the wondering altogether and check out our Merch Booth to pick up your own personal reusable utensils!)

-Plastic wrap

-Chip bags and plastic bags



-Food-soiled paper (This can also be one of the toughest to avoid, but you can always stop by Mountain Recreation in Grass Valley to pick up some reusable camping dishware before you get onsite and come prepared! They have tons of options to choose from, and are a wonderful local community partner of The Center For The Arts and California WorldFest!)


We’re honored to have so many resources available to us at WorldFest this year to help us keep the waste generated by the event as minimal as possible and be more conscious of our individual personal responsibilities to reduce and dispose of our own waste as well as protect and honor the gorgeous land our event takes place on each year.


We can all learn from and support each other in these efforts, and we appreciate your help as we continue to expand our Sustainability practices as a whole!


Want to learn more about Greening, Sustainability, Waste Reduction, or Permaculture? Stay tuned for an overview of the incredible sustainability and permaculture workshops taking place at WorldFest this year!


NOTE: Two of our sponsors are California Solar Electric Company (providing a solar-powered charging station at the festival) and BriarPatch Food Co-op, who is a GREAT local champion of sustainability, sourcing produce from local, organic farms, and educating people about limiting their reliance on single-use plastics. In 2016, BriarPatch teamed up with California Solar Electric Company to build a parking lot solar structure — some numbers on their energy savings are on their website: (there might be more info on their website, but I think this is the most concise). It would be awesome to figure out a way to call out their sustainability efforts, especially since they donated towards the festival!


^^ Great info, Suzanne! Kristin, what do you think about an article about the above, emphasizing these organizations’ partnership with WorldFest? Perhaps closer to the festival date, to bring people’s attention back around to sustainability?  

At WorldFest, Participants Become Ambassadors of the Planet


At WorldFest, we’re all about taking care of the land where our event takes place and respecting the planet as a whole. In our coming blog posts, we’ll be sharing our sustainability tips and tricks with all of our readers. We’ll also be celebrating some amazing environmental initiatives happening right here in Nevada County! Read on to learn about some great local projects, as well as how you can help WorldFest stay green.


We’re excited about the work going on over at South Yuba River Citizens League–or SYRCL–which lines up perfectly with our goals for sustainability at WorldFest! SYRCL, a Nevada City organization, has an awesome program called River Ambassadors, which connects volunteers to the Yuba River.


Much of the Yuba River is public land, managed by the State Parks Department. That means it belongs to all of us. The River Ambassadors make it their mission to help visitors enjoy the Yuba River while protecting this important watershed. Over 700,000 people visit the Yuba every year. Without proper education on how to interact with the river safely, this many visitors can have a real impact. It’s the River Ambassadors’  mission to keep the Yuba River from being “loved to death!”


If you thought ambassadors had to spend lots of time on international flights and wear neckties, think again. SYRCL’s River Ambassadors are volunteers that scour this gorgeous river’s most popular recreation areas, helping to educate the community on caring for an incredible shared piece of beauty. River Ambassadors chat one-on-one with visitors on trails, crossings, and beaches. Through friendly, down-to-earth communication, River Ambassadors help teach their fellow river lovers about the impacts of dog waste, broken glass, and other trash—not to mention the importance of fire safety along the Yuba! Learn more about the program here.


The River Ambassador outlook is exactly what we’re going for at WorldFest. We love the beautiful lands that host our festival, but we don’t want to love those grounds to death! At WorldFest, we pride ourselves in bringing together folks with a common passion for the planet, and we need the support of all our attendees to achieve our sustainability mission. Read on to learn about our new initiatives and how you can help!


We’re lucky to have a team of dedicated volunteers working hard to keep our festival Earth-friendly.  Just like SYRCL’s River Ambassadors, it’s important to our volunteers that everyone has a great time at WorldFest, while also learning how to care for our planet. Say hello to our wonderful Green Team when you see them out and about!


If you have questions about sustainability at WorldFest, just ask a team member! Green Team will be onsite throughout the festival helping to sort recyclables and educating participants about our sustainability principles. We even have a full team of volunteer “pickers,” devoted folks who ensure our grounds stay pristine. Our volunteer “pickers” really appreciate your efforts to dispose of your own trash and recycling!


While we have a renewed focus on reducing the impact of the event, it can’t be accomplished without the active participation of our attendees, volunteers, staff, and vendors!


WorldFest Sustainability Mission #1: End Single Use


There will be NO single-use water bottles for sale anywhere at our festival. Join the spirit of WorldFest by bringing your own food containers, utensils, mugs, and water bottles!


We don’t want our celebration of music to contribute to overflowing landfills, and we know you don’t either.


That said, staying hydrated at a warm summer festival is really important, so come prepared–or plan to pick up an awesome Official WorldFest 2018 souvenir: a water bottle with a ChicoBag sling or a Klean Kanteen stainless steel cup you can reuse forever!


There are hydration stations throughout the grounds where you can get free, high quality drinking water to fill up your reusable container. Celebrate WorldFest by drinking some delicious Sierra snowmelt out of a reusable bottle or cup! There will not be bottled water for sale onsite! . Plus, our sturdy stainless steel cups, for sale at the merch booth, get you a discount on your drinks at the bar! Water is also available for free at the bar – but we ask that you head to the hydration stations as a first option for water, especially when the bar is busy.


Stay tuned and check out our next blog post for more local environmental initiatives and ways to help the planet WorldFest!

Food Forest FractalzHighlight on WorldFest Workshops: Grow Food Anywhere with Full Circle Garden Solutions


At WorldFest, not only will you enjoy amazing music, you’ll also be able to attend unique workshops designed to enrich the way you live, relate to the environment, and even eat!


Full Circle Garden Solutions workshops, lead by Samyol Soulfyre, will teach participants to grow food and medicine plants. You’ll also learn to compost organic waste to feed your garden. The Full Circle workshops at WorldFest will leave you with world-rattling knowledge about new ways to interact with plants.


Ever heard of a Food Forest Fractal? It’s micro-garden growing everything from fruit trees to veggies and mushrooms. At WorldFest, Samyol Soulfyre will share knowledge gleaned from experimentation and study with permaculture and farming masters. Soulfyre has adapted these methods to incorporate local organic materials, while also making them more portable–that means accessible by anyone, anywhere!


These workshops will be fun, interactive sessions that teach you how to utilize local, low-cost, Earth-friendly materials to build portable and permanent gardens.


For those of us living in little apartments with just a windowsill and a patch of sunlight, a portable garden might sound too good to be true. Folks who move frequently might lament never being able to put down roots, so to speak, and raise a garden. These workshops will teach you to grow food anywhere, even on the road or in a campground!


What is a portable garden, after all?


Imagine a tray full of superfood microgreens, grown from seeds bought cheaply at grocery stores. Imagine growing your own super-nutritious food with just a small amount of space, anywhere. At WorldFest’s Full Circle workshops, you can learn how to do this, plus more.


As a workshop participant, you’ll learn how to successfully set up your portable garden. You’ll also learn how to feed your garden by creating a worm-powered compost bin, transforming organic waste into fertilizer. No more wasted kitchen scraps, even if your city doesn’t have a compost program!


Beyond giving people practical access to gardens, Full Circle’s portabile solutions give the gift of empowerment.


“Portable gardens empower people to grow food and compost organic waste anywhere in the world–whether they are renting an apartment or house without a clean garden area, camping at a festival, or not sure of future plans,” Soulfyre said. “This technology is important because it enables people to save money and guarantee access to fresh, healthy plant food–anywhere.”


At WorldFest, we hope folks will collaborate, share ideas, and start a positive ripple effect that spreads across the world. Workshops likes those hosted by Full Circle Garden Solutions provide more than a fun activity–they can be a step toward curing big problems.


Living in tiny spaces like cramped apartments empty of green life can actually have psychological consequences, according to recent revelations. Imagine what adding an indoor garden can do! Meanwhile, food deserts are a chronic national problem in which some lower income city dwellers do not have convenient access to high quality, fresh food. Enter microgreens on the windowsill.


Finally, how many of your veggies get shipped from South America? Portable gardens offer an alternative to buying products that have been shipped hundreds or thousands of miles to our grocery stores, burning fossil fuels. At WorldFest, anyone can learn how to live local and eat organic, and do it without breaking the bank.


Okay, portable gardens are awesome. But what about folks with a big ol’ yard and no clue how to grow plants in it?


Full Circle Garden Solutions will also share information on how to build a permanent garden, such as a Food Forest, that will last a long time and regenerate in abundance. Best of all, you’ll learn how to garden using local, inexpensive, and green materials. Say goodbye to that toxic fertilizer–Soulfyre has all the tips to make your garden green in more ways than one.


If you think it can’t get better than sustainable gardens, keep reading: Full Circle Garden Solutions will also offer workshops on making Seed Prayer Balls–all materials provided. “These balls contain the seeds and compost needed to revitalize an area with edible and medicinal plants,” Soulfyre explained. “The seeds and compost are wrapped in clay that hardens and protects them from animals and heat. They will only sprout once enough rain washes over them to guarantee the sprouts can survive to become adult plants. We place prayers inside to grow with the plants and manifest what we wish to see in the world.”


Talk about a memorable festival souvenir. (Way better than a plastic water bottle!) Between our unique vendors and workshops, we hope you’ll leave WorldFest with a garden full of new skills, friends, and memories.



Worldfest lovers , dancers, musicians…………,

You are invited to join the “Mardi Gras” 22nd Annual California WorldFest krewe for a parade at 5:00pm on Saturday.
We will meet at the Kid’s Craft area, Sugar Pine Lodge, to get ready to heat up the festival with some dancing and music, Mardi Gras style.
Bring out your most fabulous and funky COSTUMES!!!!
Masks, beads, feathers, get creative.

Ideas for Colors: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.
Some accessories provided – bring your kerchiefs!
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!!
Afterwards, glide into Saturday night with Achilles Wheel DUSTIN THOMAS Anoushka Shankar Saritah Galactic!
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