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Welcome to West Virginia Hippie Fest!

This site is a listing of festivals and events in and around 'the Mountain State', which are of interest to alternative community / hippie-type** folk.

Music festivals, Interfaith/Pagan festivals, Peace Festivals, Nature Festivals, basically any festival where you can expect cool vendors, food (healthy and unhealthy), live often spontaneous music, drum/fire circles... a 'hippie good time' as one of my friends would say!

There are also sections where you can find info on other, more generic type festivals as well as political/activist ralleys (yeah sorry, I'm not going to list conservative political ralleys - get yer own website, and notice the 'Friends of Coal' thing isn't listed here? That's on purpose - there is no such thing as 'green coal' - let's work on researching alternative, sustainable energy sources).

So, if you consider yourself to be a hippie-type person, alternative lifestyle person, or just enjoy that atmosphere, sit back, browse around and maybe you'll find something fun!

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**Note: I've gotten some flack about using the term 'hippie' here, so please let me clarify. The 'hippie movement', as it is now called, wasn't some special club that folks joined by having long hair, wearing love beads, dropping acid, smoking joints and living in San Francisco. It was a label given to a broad range of experimental, rebellious individuals who decided that it was time for society to change, and they each contributed to that attempt to change it in their own unique ways.

I don't have super long hair, I don't smoke pot, I've never dropped acid and I take regular baths... but yes, I am angered and disgusted by the way our greedy society uses and uses and abuses everything it comes into contact with. I walk to the beat of a different drummer. Hell, I walk to the beat of my OWN drum. When the rest of the flock turns right, I wait and ask 'why?'. I revel in the revolutionary rhythm of rising resistence.

So, call me a 'hippie', with my short hair and relatively clean body, for lack of a better word, and maybe call yourself that too, or don't. To me, it's a tribute to that loosely connected web of incredible folks, young and old, who dared to try and make a difference.

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Alderwood Event Campground in Chloe, WV!!


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 3rd Sundays @ 5:30 PM Unitarian Universalist Congregation
520 Kanawha Blvd West, Charleston, WV
3rd Sundays, 5-8 PM 110 Marshall Avenue, Beckley, WV

Not exactly a 'Drum Circle', this is an open Acoustic Jam for all instruments. Come play with us!

$5 Cover or $10 includes buffet

Seby Bell

Southern WV Open Mic Locations (check websites for most current information)
City Days/Times Venue Cost Link      
Princeton Mondays 7pm The Room Upstairs $3 spectators or $2 for performers Homepage      
Becklely Mondays 8-11pm McBees Irish Pub     All Ages    
Beckley Tuesdays 7-10pm Calacino's Pizza     All Ages    
Beckley Thursdays 9-12pm Fosters Bar and Grill   Homepage      
Bluefield First Friday of the Month 7 -10pm Gary Bowling's House of Art Free Facebook Page      
Hinton Saturdays 7pm Chestnut Revival Coffee House   Facebook Page      
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2013 Festival Schedule




(click Name for website if available)

Held At

(if any)
6/7-6/8 Fayetteville, WV New River Festival ACE Adventure Gear Campground Clean Water & River approx $25 Camping, music, water activities
6/14-6/15 Millmont, PA Jam Along the Creek III Sunsational Family Campground
Music and Arts $50 weekend
Children Free
$25 RV Pass
Camping, music, swimming and kayaking, free artisan vending!
6/22 Pawpaw, WV Avalon Faerie Fest Avalon Resort (clothing optional) Fae, Fantasy, Nudism $20 Clothing optional faerie festival, music and dancing, drum circles, BYOB.
7/9-7/15 Pomeroy, OH Starwood Festival XXXIII Wisteria Retreat Pagan ? (from website)
The Starwood Festival is the largest Pagan/Magickal/Consciousness gathering in North America (perhaps the world).

Starwood features classes and workshops by both locally and internationally acclaimed artists and authors.

Starwood is known for its eclectic nature and the diversity of its offerings.

For fine music, dance, drumming, poetry, and film there is no equal to Starwood.

7/11-7/14 Berea, KY Whippoorwill Festival Appalachian culture, arts, music

$25 1-day
$50 2-day
$75 3-day
$100 4-day
children 16&under free

(from website) The Whippoorwill Festival celebrates our Appalachian heritage and traditions while helping prepare our minds and bodies for a future world of climate change and a decreased supply of fossil fuels.  Together we are building a community and working toward creating a society that will be more resilient in the face of climate change and upcoming resource shortages.
7/18-7/21 Masontown, WV AllGood Marvin's Mountaintop Music

$175 3-day
$199 4-day

(from website) 4 days of music, art, camping & loving
7/25-7/28 Floyd, VA Floyd Fest Floyd Fest Festival Site Music, Arts, Artistic Expression $155 - $250
($30 flat fee for kids age 6-12)
Featuring well-known headlining bands, this large festival boasts 9 stages and big names such as The Lumineers, The Old Crow Medicine Show, Railroad Earth and many others. A huge list of vendors, hot showers, beer and wine tents and a great vibe, even if it's becoming a little too commercialized for many tastes.
7/32-8/4 Clifftop, WV Applachian String Band Festival Camp Washington Carver Old-time Music

(last year was $90 for the weekend)

(from website) A five day mountaintop gathering of musicians and friends with contests, concerts, workshops, square dances, camping and a hymn-sing. West Virginia masters are presented to an audience of more than 3000 musicians and string band music lovers from around the world. Over the history of this festival, more than 20 foreign countries and 48 of the 50 states have been represented, with many returning year after year to this much-loved festival.


Paw Paw, WV Avalon Fest Avalon Resort Clothing optional music festival tba
(last year was $150 for weekend)

Spas, clothing optional resort, camping, activities

8/15-8/18 Elkins, WV High Land Jam Pegasus Farm Campground & Music Park Music Festival $20/person/night (from website)  Two covered outdoor stages, over 15 bands, and good times, the Jam still provides a Kid's Tent and daily supervision of children. The Pegasus Farm is a fully developed campground, complete with bathhouse, indoor toilets, developed campsites, water and electric hookup sites, and full-hookups for RVs.
8/22-8/24 Bartow, WV Camp Barefoot 7 Camp Hidden Meadows Music Festival $55-$75 1-day
$110-$130 2-day
$130-$160 3-day

(from website) Please join us and your festival family at our Showcase Shows, Battle of the Jams and Festival Family Reunion Shows in a town near you. If you are new to the Camp Barefoot Music Festival scene this is a great opportunity to experience the variety of music we offer. Tickets are on sale now for Camp Barefoot 7! Buy early and save some money. Prices will continually increase throughout the year leading up to the Festival. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Remember YOU are an essential part of the Camp Barefoot Music Festival Family experience. We look forward to seeing you at our events and back out our home in Bartow, WV.
8/23-8/24 Austin, PA The Dam Show The Dam Park at Austin Music tba
(last year was $25 and $5 parking)
"A Dam fine festival" ... sounds interesting ;)
8/30-9/2 Louisa, VA Twin Oaks Communities Conference Twin Oaks Community Intentional Community

last year's prices:
$85 (camping)
$130 (shared cabin)

(from website)

This year’s theme:  Community Vs. Uncertainty

What role do intentional communities have in the uncertain times we live in?  How can we leverage cooperation and resource sharing to deal with the challenges we face?  How are people coming together to create a society that might able to weather the coming storms and end up being satisfying and sustainable?

9/5-9/8 Pipestem, WV Culturefest Appalachian South Folklife Center Arts, Music, Culture (always very reasonable) My absolute favorite small festival of the year. Culturefest is created with love and never fails to bring a magical experience to all who participate. Two stages atop an amazing hilltop field. Pure magic, this is the one to not miss.
9/6-9/7 Williamsburg, WV Poor Farm Fest Music tba - last year:
$45 (weekend)
(from website)

Established in the 1800’s, the Greenbrier County Poor Farm was used for over 100 years to house and support the citizens of the county that were unable to make ends meet. Celebrating our history is one way that Poor Farm Fest contributes to historic preservation. Another way is through donating to local historic sites, to promote and preserve our past.

This beautiful farm, with its rolling fields and panoramic views of the mountains, the windmills on Cold Knob, and sunsets will provide a fabulous music venue!

9/13-9/15 Rock Camp, WV Pink Moon Festival Pinky's Farm Music, Fun $30 (until June 13)
$50 Gate
Never been to this one, but I've heard it's a pretty wild time.