California WorldFest

Event Date/Time

Jul 13, 2017 to Jul 16, 2017

This event occurs daily, every 1 day(s).


California WorldFest

Michael Franti & Spearhead (Photo courtesy of WorldFest)

This four-day celebration of cultures from around the globe will feature seven stages and over 50 acts, including the funk-influenced, socially conscious Michael Franti, who grew up in part in Davis, and his Spearhead (July 16)—whose 2008 radio earworm “Say Hey (I Love You)”—and legendary singer-songwriter Peter Yarrow (July 13), whose stint as one-third of the 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary earned him five Grammy wins. The lineup will also feature artists like Australian musician Tommy Emmanuel, whom Rolling Stone has dubbed a “guitar-shredding, string-bending master”; Washington-based Americana-roots outfit Bumper Jackson; Jamaican-born reggae singer Etana, whose debut album,  The Strong One, won the album of the year award at the 2009 International Reggae and World Music Awards; and Federspiel, a seven-piece brass-and-wind band out of Vienna.

In addition to taking in the aural entertainment, festivalgoers can also attend workshops for slackline yoga, Tuvan throat singing and playing the didgeridoo, indulge in international eats like Hungarian langos, African ginger-fried plantains, Indian lamb curry, Greek falafel and gyros and Thai iced tea, or watch a raw-food demo by Grass Valley’s BriarPatch Co-op. Young 'uns can tie-dye tees or learn how to bust a rhyme with children’s artist Secret Agent 23 Skiddo. Members of Nevada City’s native Nisenan tribe will also be on hand to conduct the festival’s welcoming ceremony, comprising traditional music and dance.

Festival times: Thurs. 4-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.  

Cost $45-$190 ($40-$170 in advance). $40-$65 for ages 13-16 ($35-$60 in advance). $30

Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd.
Grass Valley, CA
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