California Worldfest will present their 18th annual festival on July 10-13, 2014 in Grass Valley, CA. That adds up to 17 years, and one on its way, of repeatedly fun, talented and worldly music loved by thousands of fans. The event takes place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds which is beautiful with mature Ponderosa Pines and Black Oak trees providing shade. The rolling lawns of the grounds will be filled with music on eight different stages.
The Worldfest has become a very popular event with over 6,000 attendees daily. The fest features music, as well as dancing, crafts, games, parades, workshops, teen and children’s programs and more. Some of the classes include movement and dancing workshops with Soul Shake Dance, Dance Church with Jacia Kornwise, Dancing Worldfest, Yoga and Tai Chi and singing, musical instrument and Aruvedic workshops.
Headliners include Patchy Sanders, Carlos Nunez, The Kruger Brothers, Benyoro, Claire Lynch Band, Los Lonely Boys, Matuto, Yuna, Ozomatli, Sambada, Antsy McClain and Delhi 2 Dublin. The lineup is extensive with some performing artists appearing more than once and constant options with the eight different stages and variety of activities and music going strong from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. for four days.
The California Worldfest genres are also extensive with a lineup including Afro/Pop, Bulgarian Harmonies, Latin, Bluegrass, Scottish fiddle tunes, Rock & Roll, Jumpin' Jazz, Gypsy, Folk, New Acoustic, Mariachi, Electronica, Swing Jazz, Tex Mex, Bollywood and the newest Celtic incarnations. The festival is “the home of our gloves finest music and dance [featuring] world-class headliners from the U.S. and abroad along with return appearances by WorldFest favorites. Many of the performers are scheduled to give workshops on one of the festival’s eight stages, giving fans a chance to listen and interact close-up.”
The entire festival is designed to provide a multi-cultural experience and a sense of community. It began in 1997 as a showcase for some of the world's finest artists performing music and dance from the United States and around the world. A Native People’s Village, hosted by the Tsi-Akum Maidu Tribe, will also be on site and provide opportunities to learn about traditional tools and crafts. The “Village” will also present the festival opening ceremony on Thursday.
Some of the yummy food vendors include Spiro's Gyros, India Cafe, Lazy Dog Confectioners, Artichoke Enterprises, Sankofa, The Stroopie Gourmet, Annie's Asian Grill, Susie's Tacos, Pasta Prego, Krepalicious, How Ya Bean, Shubert's Coffee, Tropical Sno, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Knudsen Drink Booth, and Klean Kanteen. This equates to a true international selections of food and drinks with everything from barbeque to vegetarian cuisine, traditional fair favorites, pizza, Asian, Mexican and other dishes. It will be a challenge to choose.
California Worldfest takes places in Grass Valley, offers camping with extensive grounds, and is located at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11220 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945. The four day lineup, maps and complete information is available at their website. While some seating is available, it is a good idea to bring your own low-back chairs per the guidelines of under 32" from top of chair to ground and under 10” from seat to ground for seating close to the stage. You may bring full size lawn chairs to seat yourself beyond the soundboard and no chaise lounges are allowed.