Hello My Dear Friends!
Now that the Summer Solstice has come (Blessed, though late Midsummer or Litha to you and yours!) it is time for festivals, frivolity, and fun! What better way to get out of the house, enjoy the outdoors, be among like-minded people, and find new treasures or tools – than to go to a new festival? Or an old favorite? I know the Renaissance Festival back in my home state is one of the few places I could readily find the herbs and incense I needed as I started down my own path… So don’t knock it ’til you try it!
This week, I would like to post a list of festivals going on around the Midwest. Please note – this is not a comprehensive list. If there is one you feel strongly about, and would like to add it, please use the comments section to do so 🙂 I would love some input! But I encourage each of you to get out to at least one festival this summer/fall to feed your soul and have some fun!
For a more comprehensive list of festivals happening all over the US and globally, please visit the Witches Voice Event Page or your local metaphysical shop.
So here we go, here are some festivals going on around this Midwest this summer and into the fall:
World of Faeries Festival – August 5 & 6 @ Vasa Park in South Elgin
Admission is $11 for Adults ($1 off if you order online); $8 for Seniors 65+; Children 12 and under FREE
Illinois Renaissance Festival – Labor Day Weekend @ Ellsworth Park in Danville
Admission is $10 for Adults; $5 for Seniors 65 +; $5 for Children ages 6-12; Children under 5 are FREE
Triskele Trade & Craft Show – October 14 @ the Universalist Unitarian Church in Joliet
A fundraiser for the Church and its Pagan Group Treibh na Tintean
I do not see any information on their site regarding an admission fee. However, some fundraiser craft shows I have attended are $3-$5 at the door to get in… So please plan accordingly.
34th Annual Wild Magick Gathering – Sept 14-17 @ Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary in Bedford
Day Pass Admission is $20 per person; since this is at a Nature Sanctuary overnight camping is allowed for $25 a person – please take your trash home with you!
Haunted Harvest – Oct 13-15 @ Our Haven Nature Sanctuary in French Lick
This is a fundraiser camp out event – registration must be done online
Admission is $50 for Adults; $25 for Youth ages 13-17; Children under the age of 13 are FREE
Witches Ball – Oct 20-22 @ Lothlorien Nature Sanctuary in Bedford
Admission is $20 per person for full event (overnight camping) or $10 per person for Saturday only – no camping
Lammas Fest 2017 – July 28-30 in Washington, Iowa
Registration online only before the event – pricing depends on if you plan to camp, eat the food available, want a festival t-shirt, etc.
Southeast Iowa Pagan Fest – August 19 @ Dankwardt Park in Burlington
Instead of an admission fee the festival is asking for donations of items for Des Moines County Animal Shelter: food (dry or wet), blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, etc.
Unfortunately the Iowa Renaissance Festival has come and gone – May 27-29 & June 3-4
Kansas Renaissance Festival – Saturdays & Sundays Sept 2 – Oct 15 including Labor Day & Columbus Day in Bonner Springs
Admission is $21.95 for Adults at the gate – $18.95 online; $19.50 for Seniors 65+; $19.50 for Students; $12.95 for Children ages 5-12 at the gate – $10.50 online
Kansas does not offer a lot of festivals it seems. However, if you are in the Lawrence area or want to make the journey – every Wednesday @ Java Break in Lawrence is the Nine Roses Witches Moot. For more information please contact Kerry via the Witches Voice email page: HERE
KENTUCKY (though not technically considered part of the Midwest it’s close enough)
Second Annual Ohio Valley Witches Ball – Oct 21 in Newport
Admission is $20 a person – event is for ages 18 years or older.
Detroit Conjure and Folk Magick Festival – August 12 @ Hazel Park
General Admission is FREE but if you want to take part in certain workshops/classes you must pay to play
Michigan Renaissance Festival – weekends & Labor Day August 19 – Oct 1 in Holly
General Admission $19.95 for Adults; $11.50 for Children
I have attended this festival, and I recommend ordering your tickets online so you don’t have to wait so long with the masses!
Pagan Pride Mankato – Sept 16 in Mankato
This festival is still in the works, they have not posted their admission fees/donations fees as of writing this entry.
Minnesota Renaissance Festival – weekends Aug 19-Oct 1 including Labor Day in Shakopee
General Admission is $20.95 for Adults; $12.50 for Children 5-12 years of age
Mid-Missouri Pagan Pride Day – Sept 17 @ Peace Park in Columbia
Can’t seem to find much info on their admissions fee / donation fees – I will keep looking and post back if I find something.
Central Missouri Renaissance Festival – Oct 21 & 22 in Kingdom City
General Admission is $12.00 for Adults at the gate – $10.00 online; C$6.00 for hildren ages 6-12; Children ages 5 and under are FREE
Discounts are given for patrons with valid Military, EMS, or State Employee ID – $8.00 tickets
Any donations of a non-perishable food item to help the Fulton Soup Kitchen will result in a discount of $1 per item up to two items.
Sorry friends… No festivals are scheduled in this particular state. If you know of anything going on in North Dakota, please leave a comment or email me so that we can get the word out!
Ohio Renaissance Festival – weekends Sept 2-Oct 29 including Labor Day @ Renaissance Park in Waynesville
General Admission is $22.50 (single day) for Adults at the gate – $19.50 online + fee; $20.50 for Seniors 65+; $20.50 for Military/Police/Fire/EMS with ID; $9.50 for Children ages 5-12 – $8.50 online
2017 Dayton Pagan Pride Day – Sept 16 in Dayton
Admission is FREE with a donation of one or more non-perishable food items
Sorry friends… No festivals are scheduled in this particular state. We missed the Siouxland Renaissance Festival which was June 10 & 11. If you know of anything going on in South Dakota, please leave a comment or email me so that we can get the word out!
2017 Earth Conclave – July 21-24 @ Wyalusing State Park in Wisconsin
Pricing is $120-$235 depending on your level of involvement
Fellowship of Alternative Belief’s 2017 Mabon / Pagan Pride Festival – Sept 17 in Milwaukee
Admission is FREE
And lastly, even though this is NOT in the Midwest… I want to make sure to mention Mystic South in Atlanta, Georiga. This is the first year for this particular event.
Admission is $125 for the full weekend ($100 if you register before July 19) or $50 for a one day pass.
Beyond the above listed, there are many states and towns which offer weekly meet ups, classes, etc. to help you get in touch with others who have the same interests and tastes in life.
Again, if you know of any happenings that I have not mentioned or is not listed on the Witches Voice page, please please please let me know about it!
Now get out there have some good festival fun, and let me know how it goes! Someday SidheSidhe and I will get to them all 🙂
With Love and Light,