So it’s Friday of the last week of Spring Term, and all I’ve got lined up is one Final on Monday and two on Tuesday and I am OUTTA HERE. I’m taking the summer off!
I got myself a summer jorb with my old nemesis Venture Data. I hated it there for the 3 years of my life they sucked from my bones, but for a summer job you pretty much can’t beat it. It’s the only place in town I can think of where you can say “HEY GUYS I’m gonna be gone for four days for a music festival” and they’re “OKAY see you when you get back!” Plus I’ll get to hang out with my friends that work there, who I have not gotten to see NEARLY enough of during the school year.
So Husband and I have a plan to party all summer, and there are a LOT of local events to get to. And we plan to try to reach them ALL. I’m not saying we’re gonna be successful ‘cause we’ve got rent and bills and shit after all. But we’re gonna try.
1. Cascadia Soulstice Festival (cascadiasoulstice.com), June 21 - 22
I don’t know if we’re gonna be able to make it to this one for sure, but it’s right here in Eugene at the Cuthbert Ampitheatre and Damian Marley, Shpongle, Beats Antique, local favorites March Fourth Marching Band, and more. $40 a person for a one-day ticket though.
2. Wonderland: Golden Afternoon (wonderlandwest.com), June 22-24
All local hip-hop and electronica acts near the Oregon Country Fair grounds in Veneta, OR; benefiting Food Not Bombs. Only $20 for a 3-day camping pass! :O (Also the 24th is my birthday, W00T)
3. Human Nature (humannaturefestival.com) June 28 - July 1
Electronica and arts festival at Prindel Creek Farm in Tidewater, OR (about 2 hours outside Eugene). $95 for a 3-day camping pass.
4. Oregon Country Fair (oregoncountryfair.org), July 12 - 14
If you live in Eugene for any length of time you have to go to the Oregon Country Fair at least once. It’s not a “music festival” per se, though they do have lots of great live music of all genres. It’s a let-it-all-hang-out hippie freak weirdo extravaganza in the magical forest of the Oregon Country Fairgrounds in Veneta, OR. Ticket prices vary depending on whether you decide to go on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or all three days.
5. Faerieworlds (faerieworlds.com), July 26 - 28
Right here in Eugene (at Mt. Pisgah), the “International Faerie Festival” brings in just about the kind of crowd (and music) you might expect. Last year they hosted Donovan as the headliner, which was pretty freaking cool. If you like fairies, dragons, and ren-faires but you wish they were more sexy and magical, you might wanna check this out. There are a couple different kinds of camping passes you can buy depending on where you want to camp or how long, so the prices vary.
By the way, this is the same weekend as the Lane County Fair so you may have to decide if you like rickety-ass rollercoasters and thrill rides and junk food better.
6. Beloved Festival (belovedfestival.com), August 9 - 13
We’ve never been to this one before, but this is I think the third year that it’s been put on and it looks very interesting. A “Sacred Art and Music Festival”, it’s pretty new agey (as most things are here in Oregon) and it’s also held in Tidewater Falls, east of Tidewater, OR. Looks pretty awesome.
AND FINALLY, THE BIG ONE:
7. Kaleidoscope Music Festival (kaleidoscopemusicfestival.com), August 23 - 25
GOTTA make it to this one. The first annual Kaleidoscope festival is held right here in Eugene near Mt. Pisgah (at Emerald Meadows) by local production company One Eleven, known for hosting some of the BEST electronica acts. And my man Bassnectar is headlining the event, ERMAGERD! There’s a ton of amazing acts, most notably Paper Diamond, Afroman, Empire of the Sun, and OTHERS OTHERS OTHERS. $193.99 for a 3-day GA pass (plus fees), plus another $25 for use of the campground. It’s expensive but probably worth it.
Are you planning on hitting up any of these local Oregon events? Let me know, maybe we can hang out! :3
I love mew guys.