California WorldFest is July 12-15 in Grass Valley

The 15th Annual California WorldFest will be held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley – Thursday through Sunday, July 12-15.
•More than 6000 attendees per day enjoy World-Class performers from 10 AM to 11 PM on 8 stages
•California’s most beautiful fairgrounds with BIG trees and rolling lawns
•Music, Dancing, Workshops, Crafts, Games, Parades for ALL AGES
•EASY ACCESS within 1 hours drive from Sacramento

This year’s talent features world-class headliners from the US and abroad along with return appearances by WorldFest favorites. Many of the performers are scheduled to give workshops on one of the festivals 8 stages giving fans a chance to listen and interact close-up.

Camping among the pines has become increasingly popular – this year over 2000 folks are expected to camp out. Groups return each year creating elaborate collective campsites, sharing food and jamming (often joined by main stage performers) late into the night.

50% women performers – this is unique.
Community & Culture – Native People’s Village, Aruvedic workshops,
Soul Shake Dance Church, Yoga & Tai Chi, Workshops and Jamming,
Sustainable and Green

The stellar talent and festival layout represent a vision for what a music festival can be that DeWayne and Myers have honed for over 26 years as event producers. Dan joined in starting the Strawberry Music Festival and pioneered the concept of bringing the bluegrass festival formula (where most of the audience camps out and plays music themselves) to a wider audience.

Strawberry spawned a host of festivals using the same formula that are now some of the most successful in the country (High Sierra Festival, the Live Oak Festival, Reggae on the River come to mind). With the California WorldFest Dan and Christine are working to take it to the next level. It’s visionary work.


Featuring 8 stages with shaded grass seating, the 16th Annual California WorldFest – July 12-15 is a family event that explores the music and culture of our world. The beautiful Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, with Ponderosa Pines, Black Oaks, sparkling Lion Lake and level terrain, make for a perfect camping festival site. Children’s programs, vocal, dance & instrumental workshops, international foods, crafts, and wonderful music create an event for all ages. Featured artists include:

Ani DiFranco
Tommy Emmanuel
Delhi 2 Dublin
Fishtank Ensemble
Meklit Hadero
Amanda Shaw & the Cute Guys
Rosie Burgess Trio
California Guitar Trio
Mumbo Gumbo
Erth’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Joe Craven Trio
New York Gypsy All Stars
Matt Andersen
Jessica Fichot
Fudan University Glee Club
Ruba & the April Fishes
Ruth Moody
Fudan University Dance Troupe
Brittni Paiva
Break of Reality
Professor Merloch Silvermaine
Nigerian Brothers
The Railflowers

Advance tickets start at $50 ~ on-site RV and tent camping are available. Special discounted tickets are available for teens and children. A full schedule of ticket prices can be found at

Special programs for teens and children include Games on the Green with giant balls & a water slide, the Saturday Night Teen Dance, California Kids arts & crafts, youth workshops, and more!

Visit the Native People’s Village, hosted by the Tsi-Akum Maidu Tribe. Learn about traditional tools, crafts, storytelling and music from Tribal members. The “Village” presents the festival opening ceremony Thursday!

An Ani DiFranco video is here.

(photos: top, Ani DiFranco; bottom, Cake and Delhi 2 Dublin)

—Peter Wilson and California WorldFest

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