California WorldFest • Presented by The Center for the Arts

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.

There will not be a full four-day California WorldFest in 2021.

We are working to present a celebration of world music on WorldFest Day on July 17th. We are hoping the day can be live and in person. We have secured a location, are working on an awesome lineup, and are preparing a plan for an outdoor concert that would need to be approved by the county.

WorldFest Day is our way of saying thanks and will be free to 2020 ticket holders. We want to thank you for your support, helping to save the music, and keeping California WorldFest alive. If you can’t attend WorldFest Day, don’t worry as all events will be broadcast live.

None of us expected that COVID19 would affect WorldFest for a second year. Most of all, I think of the people at the top of this page- our WorldFest Family. Stage managers, volunteers, artists, and production crews that will be without income for 18 months. This is hard. Harder than any of us thought possible.

This will be another challenging year for us but we can get through this together. We’ll see you on the other side and we can’t wait.

For 2020 ticket holders, your tickets will automatically transfer to California WorldFest 2022. AND your ticket is good for WorldFest Day on July 17 whether virtual or in person!

Thank you for supporting California WorldFest! Look for more updates on WorldFest Day happening on July 17th, 2021!

WorldFest 2021: Update #1

Traditionally, tickets would be going on sale this week for WorldFest 2021. We truly want to present the festival in person, under the tall pines, at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, but a lot remains uncertain.

In the coming weeks we will be meeting with the venue and county officials to discuss opportunities for a summer festival. We just don’t know what that might look like.

We want to further the tradition that is California WorldFest with all of you, but we don’t feel that we have enough information to plan a gathering at this time. We will be holding off on any formal announcements or ticket sales until January when we have more details about what might be possible.

Thank you to all of you that are working hard to stay connected through music. We wish all of you, your families and loved ones, a safe and healthy Holiday season and we look forward to joining with you in song and dance.

The 24th Annual California WorldFest is Postponed to 2021

Dear California WorldFest Family,

From homes around the world, WorldFest artists, leadership, and teams have been assessing the current crisis and trying to plan for the future. What is most important is the safety and well-being of our entire California WorldFest family. As we continue to face these unprecedented times, we had to make a very difficult decision.

We will be postponing the 24th Annual California WorldFest until July 15-18, 2021. The impact of postponing this year’s festival extends to our crews, volunteers, partners, patrons, and our greater community. We spent the last 6 months planning and preparing a very special experience for you. We will continue to honor and build upon these efforts as we shift our focus to 2021. So, I guess you could say we have a significant head start for next year. 😉

In the meantime, please follow along on Facebook and Instagram as we highlight past performances, connect you with artists through virtual programming and workshops, showcase our vendors, and share partner stories. It is an incredibly challenging time for our artists and artisans. We can show our support and continue to create space for our WorldFest family, together online.If you took advantage of our holiday pre-sale or early bird ticket offer, your 2020 tickets will be honored next year. This locks in your special pricing, helps us cover this year’s incurred expenses, and sets us up for a successful come-back.

WorldFest is presented by The Center for the Arts, a non-profit cultural and education organization dedicated to presenting and promoting the arts. We would be grateful if you would consider supporting us by making your tickets a tax-deductible donation. We can also issue gift cards for future use at WorldFest or shows held at The Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, or issue refunds. The deadline to request a refund or gift card is July 1, 2020.

We are planning something extra special for those of you who can hold onto (or donate) your tickets, so stay tuned!

Now, more than ever, we are reminded that music really does connect us all. We are all saddened that we will miss this chance to be together but we look forward to welcoming you back when it is safe for us to gather under the tall pines at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.

Coronavirus | Covid-19 Updates

Dear Friends,

Thank you for being a part of the WorldFest family. At the end of the month, we will be unveiling the third round of artists announcements for WorldFest 2020!

Currently, we do not plan to cancel any performances or events.

We will be monitoring the CDC, state, and local government agencies for any updates and encourage you to take standard precautions including hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home if you are ill. You may transfer or sell your ticket to someone else by contacting the box office at 530-274-8384. Our current refund policy is here.

While at this time the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nevada County is low, the health and safety of patrons, artists, staff, and volunteers is always a priority. WorldFest and The Center for the Arts will be taking precautionary measures recommended by government authorities as we prepare for this year’s festivities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thank you,

Amber Jo Manuel, Executive Director

For more information on how our first responders are preparing see this article.