Summer is the season to head outdoors and celebrate the sun, great weather and freedom from responsibilities. Each summer artists, DJ’s, musicians and yogis congregate to formulate spiritual-like festivals to connect with one’s inner world. Whether that inner-world is being rocked from the vibrations of house music bass or the mantra, “Om,” these festivals let sun-worshipers roam free and enjoy the present moment with thousands of other like-minded individuals.
Decibel 11, Seattle, WA
Decibel, in its 11th year of existence, is an international visual art and electronic music festival. The festival takes place each year toward the end of September and features a stellar lineup of house and electronic music across various Seattle venues. The festival features top DJ’s from around the US including Kastle, Nordic Soul, 1979 and more.
Wanderlust Festival, US and Canada
Yogis, meditation gurus and sun-worshipers flock to various towns across the US and Canada in search for the perfect Om. These all-out celebrations feature Yoga Journal-known yogis, top musical acts, executive chefs and renowned speakers. This mind-body-soul festival heads to nature-inspired cities to showcase this urban retreat in places such as Whistler, Snowmass Village and Squaw Valley.
Burning Man, Nevada
Burning Man is an annual week-long event that takes place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Thousands of attendees flock from across the US to unite in the desert for art, self-expression and self-reliance. These like-minded individuals intermingle with the vibrations of electronica and trance music in hopes to transform their spirit. Each year has a different art theme, but every year includes the burning of the giant man statue and loads of amazing costumes.
Shakti Fest, Joshua Tree, California
Nothing grounds a person better than camping, chanting, singing and practicing yoga in the high desert. The yoga festival incorporates a combination of Kirtan, yoga and wise lectures. For those with blocked chakras and clogged minds, one can find sacred therapies in the healing sanctuary with massage, reiki and bodywork.
Northern Lights, Mendocino, California
This 3-day music celebration features the best of music, art, food and culture. Situated in Cook’s Valley Campground, explore the glistening colors along the night sky and Redwood trees. The festival promotes underground artists, Dj’s and music-industry leaders to provide a true Californian experience. During the day listen to music, take a yoga class or float in a raft down the Eel River. At night enjoy the best of California’s vino and beer while dancing the vibrational beats.
Arise Music Festival, Colorado
This three-day festival showcases four stages, each packed with various artists and international sounds. Attendees get more than music, yoga, belly dancing classes and art workshops are held throughout the festival to spark inner-creativity. The goal of arise to create a movement, not just a music festival.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.