Northern Nights: A Music Festival for your Inner Hippie

Photo by jonathan Lidbeck

Photo by jonathan Lidbeck

I just returned from my first visit to the Northern Nights Music Festival in Humboldt, California. It can be hard to find hippie music festivals, so I was very excited to find this music festival near me! Northern Nights is definitely a music festival for your inner hippie.

The location of Northern Nights Music Festival is unbeatable

The first thing that sets Northern Nights apart from most EDM music festivals is its location. Northern Nights takes place in a redwood forest right on the Eel River. This setting provides awesome shade on the hot summer days, AND there is a music stage set up right on the river so you can float or swim in the river while grooving out to some great music. I’ve never been to a festival with that kind of versatility, and it made for an awesome experience. (I got my groove on at the river stage while floating on this guy)!

Your inner hippie will love all the yoga options

I knew Northern Nights music fest was going to match my personality when I read about their yoga stage. They create a stage in the middle of a shaded redwood grove where you can do yoga all day long. There are a variety of yoga types and instructors, which means there’s something for everyone! Practicing yoga under giant redwoods was such a beautiful part of the Northern Nights experience.

Music festivals can be very overwhelming, and the Northern Nights production team seemed to understand and find a solution for that. In the evenings the yoga stage turned into a chill space with alternative entertainment like burlesque and acrobatic shows. This was an excellent way to relax when the main stage entertainment became overwhelming, and it naturally became a very social area where it was easy to make new friends.

Lots of musical variety, from EDM to hip hop

The main stage hosted a wide variety of artists each night, including a hip hop performance by Living Legends on Saturday night, and my personal favorite set by Jai Wolf on Friday night. The selection was awesome, and you could always count on some quality dance music on an awesome sound system throughout the evenings.

Camping under giant redwoods 

Camping under giant redwoods 

Art and chill spaces to relax

There were a few art galleries, all with chill music and incredible psychedelic art, including a glass art gallery full of the most beautiful glass pipes I’ve ever seen. These spaces also gave Northern Nights a really unique hippie festival feel.

Ultimately, Northern Nights really excelled at providing a space that drew in kind, fun people who were open to connecting with everyone around them. I made so many friends over the course of the weekend, and the population was small enough that I saw many of the same people over and over. The energy throughout the festival was very warm and positive.

If you are a bit of a hippie (or a full blown van-dwelling hippie like me!) Northern Nights Music Festival is an excellent festival fit for you. The people were friendly and welcoming, the setting was naturally peaceful, and there was a conscious effort to provide a spiritual experience along with a HUGE party.

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