The two-day Coyote Spirit Festival in the south-central Oregon town of Paisley, is as much a therapeutic treatment as it is a camping music festival. Set among the reportedly healing waters of Summer Lake Hot Springs and featuring a venue called "The Devotional Dome," the Coyote Spirit Festival blends hoovy-groovy things like laughter therapy, yoga and sound healing with Tibetan bowls and didgeridoos with the elixir of concerts from an eclectic group of artists.
According to the festival's website, the event is an experience rooted in old traditions. "Hot springs have always been a place of peace between tribes, a place for healing, harvesting and celebrating. With the spirit of our ancestors strong on this land, we felt the importance to continue a tradition of honoring the abundance of the earth, the healing waters and the pure, ecstatic joy of people coming together."
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Special items to pack:
Swimsuit (or probably not)
Coyote Spirit Festival
Summer Lake Hot Springs
41777 Highway 31
Tickets $100 at bendticket.com
With a location just outside of Bend, the 4 Peaks Music Festival has been a High Desert staple since 2007 (excluding a 2009 hiatus due to the recession).
"Bringing this kind of music into a family-friendly camping festival is wonderful for the area," says festival organizer Stacy Totland. "I'm a massive live music fan, and to have this in my own backyard and to see the excitement revolve around it, I get high off it."
In a major change from last year, multiple food vendors including Bend's Dump City and The Codfather will be inside the gates.
The family-friendly nature of the three-day festival is what sets it apart from other events around the region. At 4 Peaks, children under 10 get in free, and there's even a kids' tent inside the festival with games, crafts and hula hoops.
Lineup includes Greensky Bluegrass, MarchFourth Marching Band , Poor Man's Whiskey, Dehli 2 Dublin, Head for the Hills
Special festival info:
Ticket prices go up $20 the day of the show
Bring creative ways to light up your campsite. There may be a contest.
Don't bring pets or glass bottles.
Parking and camping are included in the ticket price.
4 Peaks Music Festival
Rockin A Ranch
19449 Tumalo Reservoir Rd.
Tickets $125 at www.4peaksmusic.com