We welcome constructive criticism to help build a safe space for all individuals, regardless of gender, orientation, race, ethnicity, religious views, or ability. Please help us by providing feedback to improve our festival.
The Whole Earth Festival is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for all of its attendees, staff, and volunteers. We welcome all individuals, regardless of gender, orientation, race, ethnicity, religious preferences, or ability to join us in celebration with music and art and to learn about sustainability.
At the Whole Earth Festival, we value the importance of expression. Whether it be through art, music, or another outlet, we want all individuals to feel open to share who they are and what they value.
The Whole Earth Festival values sustainability. We believe in being kind to our earth and those who inhabit it. Our festival is zero-waste, meaning that we utilize reusable dishes and sort any waste into compost and recycling. We also cherish sustainability in all other aspects of life, such as food sustainability.
The Whole Earth Festival is about community. It is a space where anyone who joins us is cared for, welcomed, and loved. We work to create a safe and supportive environment for all of our staff, volunteers, and attendees. The community of Whole Earth Festival is like a family: We embrace tradition and also improve our practices so they can better align with our long-standing values.
We are committed to creating a space free of cultural appropriation. We seek to host a community of individuals that are welcoming and responsive to the needs of others. We acknowledge that the Whole Earth Festival has had a history of cultural appropriation and we are actively working to create a more inclusive environment through education of ourselves and others.
We have worked to create an inclusive space by taking the following steps:
Changing the title of our volunteers from “Karma Patrol” to “Chaos Control” and “Night Ninjas” to “Night Keepers”
Changing the title of our “Karma Dome” to “Festival Dome”
Working with the ASUCD Ethnic and Cultural Affairs Commissioner to identify and eliminate issues of cultural appropriation
Train our staff through P.E.A.C.E. workshops about cultural appropriation versus cultural appreciation
Please view our frequently asked questions (FAQ) before sending a message. If the answer to your question is already in the FAQ, chances are you will not receive a reply. We receive numerous emails every year and simply cannot get back to all of them as much as we’d like to. Do not contact us about wanting to perform at WEF, see the FAQ!
Q: Is there an admission fee for WEF? A: No, WEF is a free event!
Q: How do I apply to perform at WEF? A: We will open applications for performances between December and March. Please do not email us about this.
Q: Can I bring alcohol to the event? A: No, WEF is a drug- and alcohol-free event. We thank you for keeping the event family friendly.
Q: Are dogs allowed at the festival? A: Yes, dogs are allowed at the festival. However, they must be on a leash and attended to at all times.
Q: Can my children come to this festival? A: Yes! WEF is a family-friendly event and we have a kids space specifically for them. Please pick up a wristband from either the kids space or the karma dome for your kids to write your phone number and name on in case of emergency. Children must be attended to at all times. The kids space is NOT a daycare to drop off your children at.
Q: Are there ATMs at the festival? A: Yes, you will find ATMs on the side of the new MU bookstore by the northeast corner of the quad.
Q: When do Crafts applications open? When are they due? A: If you want to have a Crafts booth at WEF, you may apply beginning January 1. (Some years the apps are up in December.) Crafters who apply before 31 January will get a bonus; and notifications for them will be sent out by mid-February. Crafters who apply in February or later should be notified about acceptance within a week or two.
Q: Will WEF be selling imports? A: No. Again this year: when you get something from a WEF vendor, you are buying from the person or family who made it. No imports; no re-selling.