Now’s the time to plan for the “Visions of the Wild” events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. This four-day festival will be held in Vallejo, Calif. from Sep. 3-6, and will have activities for people of all ages and interests.
The cross-cultural festival kicks-off on Wednesday, September 3rd (the actual date when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act in 1964) with a “Walk for Wilderness.” The walk is free and no registration is necessary. It’s open to anyone who wants to get outdoors and celebrate. Participants should meet at the Vallejo Ferry Terminal at 5:00 p.m. for the hour’s stroll.
Through the rest of that evening and the following three days, visitors can help celebrate the National Wilderness Preservation System (which protects more than 100 million acres of wilderness). Spokesman and U.S. Forest Service Filmmaker Steven Dunsky emphasizes that “Visions of the Wild” will be fun. The art and music, films, author events, panel discussions, camping workshops, and field trips are designed to appeal to a wide audience, and many programs are aimed at acknowledging and motivating the participation of young people.
The primary venues are the Empress Theatre, The Hub, Artiszen Gallery and Temple Arts in downtown Vallejo. To find the PDF schedule, click here. Although many events are free, for
priority seating and a choice of field trips, a festival pass is required. Passes are $40 (goes to $50 on September 1) for the full festival. It's an additional $20 for a Napa River Cruise. A $20 student pass and a $60 family pass (two adults + two children) are also available. Register on web site or at the Empress Theatre box office.
Sponsors of this unique festival include the U.S.Forest Service, Vallejo Community Arts Foundation, The Student Conservation Association, City of Vallejo, Californians for Western Wilderness, Sierra Club and Tuleyome.