Two Seasons, Two Festivals: The Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite National Park
The Strawberry Music Festival is a 2-season music and camping fest that includes 21 music acts on the main stage, workshops with headline performers, intimate acts at Amy’s Orchid Cafe and a revival performance on Sunday morning. Music genres include everything from Americana, bluegrass, gospel to swing, rock, Cajun, folk and Celtic–so there’s something for everyone. Each four-day festival is held in the spring (Memorial Day Weekend in May) and Fall (Labor Day Weekend in late August, early September). This year’s headliners include Joan Osborne and Alison Krauss (Spring) and k.d. Lang and Sarah Lee Guthrie (Fall).
In 2011, the Strawberry Music Festival celebrated its 30th anniversary. The festival is held at Camp Mather, which is located on the border of Yosemite National Park in the lush, rustic hills of Jamestown, California. The admission price per day is about $65, but discounted full festival (4-day passes) with camping are available for road trippers on a budget. Just make sure to get your tickets in advance–both festivals sell out ahead of time and campsites go quickly.
One of the most unique aspects of the Strawberry Music Festival is the concept of “Strawberry Camps,” which are hundreds of campsites devoted to specific (and very eccentric) groups of musicians and festival attendees. Check out the website for more details, and start your own “Strawberry Camp.”
By Ella Whardon