Last weekend, my husband surprized me with one day tickets to Floydfest. Floydfest is a HUGE local music festival. My mom was here visiting, which means we could enjoy the festival kid-free!! This was the first time my husband and i have been on a real 'date' in 5 or 6 years. Although Floydfest really is a very family friendly festival, it was really nice to go without the kids. We were actually able to enjoy the music, and not spend the entire time in the 'kids area'. It also allowed me to let go some of the usual anxiety i have at huge festivals, which comes from trying to keep an eye on both kids in a sea of 10,000 + people.
Floydfest has come such a long way! We attended the first couple of years as vendors. The festival was just getting started then, and much, much smaller. We have been back a few times over the years, but taking the kids sometimes seems like more work/stress than fun. The tickets are quite pricy, so we rarely go unless we are 'gifted' tickets. Since it's a local festival, and we know many of the volunteers/vendors this happens ever couple of years.
One of the most impressive things for me, was the amount of vegetarian and vegan foods available. i remember one of the first floydfest we vended anding a tough time finding enough to eat. This year, i think there was actually more vegetarian foods than not. Several of the venders were exclusivly vegan/vegetarian, while the other venders all had at least one vegetarian option. We enjoyed a black beans and sweet potato burrito, a vegetable quesadilla with artichoke hearts and spinach, garlic grilled cheese, and a black bean chipolte wrap. They had so many yummy options to choose from including wood fired pizzas, falafel, a huge variety of wraps, burritos and quesadillas, plates of tofu, veggies and rice, tempeh, curry etc.
We also enjoyed a Turtle Moca from our favorite coffee shop Red Rooster. Yum! By the amount of food we purchased, you'd think we only came for the food. :)
We spent quite a bit of time just wander around the grounds. It had been a few years since we've been to the festival and it was neat to see how much it had grown. There was a huge Trapeze set up. They offered a trapeze class, and also had a professional trapeze show on Saturday.
Saturday evening we enjoyed the Green Artists and Jam session with Michael Franti at the dance tent.
As soon as darkness fell, these huge paper lantern began to rise into the sky. The kid in me, was completely mesmerized by them. They glowed with magic and slowly rose above the festival grounds one after the other. Of course the adult in me, was terrified that they would catch the forest on fire and i just kept thinking it was a really bad idea to keep lighting them. :)
Once the sun went down the temperature really dropped. Since it was about 90 degrees when we left the house that morning, it never occurred to me to bring a jacket. While we were waiting for Michael Franti to start, we hung out at the Phelps pottery tent. They had this crazy ball contraption set up, that blasted fire balls in time to the music. The booth was pretty close to the stage, and surprisingly warm near the fire, and it made a great place to stand so i wouldn't freeze to death. :)
Michael Franti and Spearhead really put on a fabulous show!! Then about halfway through the show he disappeared off the stage, and popped up on a small stage in the back of the crowd.
It was really neat, he was almost right next to us. He really interacted with the fans, and even did a bit of hula hooping.
He was really fun to watch. Lots of energy, good vibes and amazing music. If you are not familiar with Michael Franti and Spearhead, you definitely need to check him out!
Floydfest was amazing as always! We sometimes get so caught up in daily life we forget how to relax and enjoy ourselves. Getting out of the house without the kids for a day to dance, socialize and connect with my husband was truly wonderful. We didn't get home until after 1am (way past my bedtime) yet i wasn't tired at all. Instead, i felt energized and fresh. Music is truly healing, and Floyfest is really a magical experience. Beautiful people, good food, music, dancing, yoga, and so much more.
“Like sunshine, music is a powerful force that can instantly and almost chemically change your entire mood. Music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.” -Michael Franti