Whole Earth Festival

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zero_waste.jpgA zero waste event

Location
UC Davis Quad
Administration: 260 S. Silo, UCD
Directors
Hadeyeh Hidarinejad
Soo Lee
directors@wef.ucdavis.edu
Website
[WWW]http://wef.ucdavis.edu/
Dates
2005 Whole Earth Festival: May 6-8
2006 Whole Earth Festival: May 12-14
2007 Whole Earth Festival: May 11-13
2008 Whole Earth Festival: May 9-12
2009 Whole Earth Festival: May 8-10
2010 Whole Earth Festival: May 7-9
2011 Whole Earth Festival: May 6-8
2012 Whole Earth Festival: May 11-13
2013 Whole Earth Festival: May 10-12
2014 Whole Earth Festival: May 9-11
Parent Organization
Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD)

wef2004.jpgWhole Earth Festival 2004. (photo Terra Smithers) The Whole Earth Festival (WEF), an ASUCD unit, is a huge, FREE, eco-friendly three-day music, dance, arts, crafts and education festival which takes place in Spring during Mother's Day Weekend. It's the closest thing to Woodstock we have. It's a must-see Davis event. Tons of folks who are committed to sustainable living and environmental harmony make a pilgrimage to Davis for the WEF, and the UC Davis Quad area is lined with art & craft tents, music acts, massage tables, food and a child care area. Various workshops occur throughout the weekend as well. Of all the festivals that take place on campus, this is one of the most organized. Volunteering is quite the experience, plus you get a free shirt if you do.

TieDye.jpgWhole Earth is a family event. It is held on Mother's day weekend. (photo Bev Sykes) wefgrouphug.jpgA group gets friendly in 1980 (photo copyright W.E.F.) wavygravy.jpgLiving Legend [WWW]Wavy Gravy hangs out at whole Earth in 1981 (photo copyright W.E.F.)

The WEF uses hundreds of volunteers (known as Karma Patrol) for the festival. If you want to eat some good food from our garden mixed up by the CoHo and get a dank shirt for free, you should come out to the volunteer meetings. They are held every Wednesday of Spring Quarter up on the second floor of the Memorial Union. They are workshop/info/community oriented with free food and a knowledge sharing from all ends...

If you want a booth or your band wants to play, January is the month to contact the WEF. The WEF office is located in 260 South Silo and shares an office with the Experimental College.

A little known fact is that Whole Earth Festival is one of the few ASUCD units that receives no subsidy. To put it in perspective, Picnic Day (another annual UCD event) receives over $20,000 a year in funding from student fees. WEF is self-sufficient.

Many people partake of Marijuana at this event. If you wish to use mind-altering substances at this event, please refrain from drinking alcohol. You see, the stoned swagger and the drunken swagger are opposites of each other. If you get drunk while others are stoned, you'll run into people and nobody will be happy. If everyone tokes up, everyone swaggers the same way and collisions are avoided! In the words of the prophet Dylan, "everybody must get stoned!".

In reality, all kind of mind altering substances are taken, and a good portion of the crowd are wandering around just enjoying the event sober. Some of the activities and information being imparted are worth enjoying and taking in with an alert mind.

1974.jpgKarma Dome c.74 (photo copyright W.E.F.)

Some cool history is [WWW]here, and over 30 years of photos are online at the [WWW]WEF photo archive.

Also see Picnic Day, another large event.

Unique things to check out

recycle.jpgThanks Jerry

mikechaoscontrol.jpgCompost Mikey doing chaos control in 2003 (photo copyright W.E.F.)

naked people.jpgNaked roof dancing, 2006. insanity.jpgPacked like sardines between co-op houses, 2006.

Things lost to time

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2004-12-11 19:12:53   The WEF was originally an art class project. They used to have a LOT of free stuff going on in the booths during the Seventies, but now it's devolved into more or less a holistic arts and crafts fair, where most booths are about making a profit. That said, it's still a fun festival (often held on Mother's Day weekend) and students and non-students alike should attend at least once. - CentralDavisite


2004-12-19 16:07:43   WEF is actually a Non Profit itself. The booths do make a bit of cash, but the folks who are selling the crafts are mostly families who need such income to support themselves, as this is all they do. This is completely different than any usual holistic arts and crafts faire. For many, this is the first festival of the spring and a lot of these folks have been strapped for income for months by the time they get out to the UCD quad. I would think it is more of an educational event, educating all on an alternative lifestyle with a focus on lessening our communal impact on the earth in a variety of ways through our everyday actions... - MikeyNolan


2005-01-21 11:18:00   Witnessing the orwellians at last years WEF gave me a whole new respect for the organization as well as a strengthened sense of irony. —DanMasiel



2005-04-14 20:11:25   Back when UCD had a kickass art department, WEF was the place to be. At work, I did some really old video transfers featuring people such as Timothy Leary. —ArlenAbraham


2005-04-14 14:15:25   Don't forget to check out the students for a clean earth booth! They'll be there with bells on!!!


2005-05-06 14:15:25   I hope the Orwellians will let us know where they're going to be... hint hint... —MichaelGiardina


2005-05-07 11:48:34   The drum circle beacons.. —SirPallas


2006-05-13 16:48:40   do NOT purchase the eggplant sandwich. the fact that something that horrible comes from the whole earth festival is grounds for a city ordinance to ban hippies for life —DavisHo


2006-05-16 15:51:43   The dish system is not like no other. I've seen it in music festivals in Europe. —AntoineBouthors


2008-05-07 12:42:57   Davis Community Acupuncture Clinic will be there this year, and while we aren't allowed to use needles, we'll be doing a bunch of other cool stuff and answering any questions you may have for our resident acupuncturist: Itay Neta. Swing by for your free consultation! —itayneta


2008-05-09 06:17:29   What are the best things to do for a groovy time? —GonZo


2008-05-09 19:23:19   Oh why, oh why do I have to work during all the cool events? —SunjeetBaadkar


2008-05-10 15:13:38   I heard that they are forcing vendors to close at 6pm with threat to fine them if they don't. Seems sorta lame to close up so early when people are still out there... —SunjeetBaadkar


2008-05-10 16:43:41   we went late morning/early afternoon, and it didn't seem nearly as busy or patronized as it has in years past. There were significantly less vendors there than I remembered, and the crowds weren't very big. —ElleWeber


2009-01-25 20:44:01   The first one was called Whole Earth Week and like the name says, lasted a whole week. I went there every day and even got out of my 6th grade class for one whole day of it to participate and be part of a parade that went someplace downtown-maybe on 3rd Street-and back to the quad. The article calls it the closest thing to Woodstock Davis has which is accurate enough in common parlance but I think it's fun to note that Whole Earth Week actually predates Woodstock by four or five months! I recently saw a Peter Max poster for the 1970 Whole Earth Week for sale on the internet. It's pretty cool. Whole Earth continued as a week-long event for at least a couple of years and changed flavor very distinctly year-by-year, reflecting changes in popular culture in interesting ways. Back then I was sure that soon we would all be living in geodesic domes; in harmony with the earth and each other. It seemed so obvious. —JohnBaker


2009-05-11 18:41:19   I was playing saxophone with another saxophonist and a flautist in a drum circle at the 2009 festival. If anyone has any pictures, they would be much appreciated, since I didn't bring my camera to the festival. E-mail is amsamson@ucdavis.edu


2010-04-19 07:47:27   While I can respect and even admire some of the things the majority seem to stand for in this event, I can not understand why they have no respect or understanding of others needs and others personal space during it. The scent of funk is everywhere and, as much as they desire a clean environment, they seem to do more to harm it than to help it on each visit. This accompanied by the rapid increase in theft and other crime in town make me believe it would be better to not have this "celebration" at all. —WesOne


2011-04-11 21:51:05   The organizing committee would like to know about any off site problems during that weekend. We are aware that we have a social as well as an ecological footprint. Bringing more people into town has an effect.
We can weigh the refuse that goes in various directions and meter the amps that we use to measure the ecological footprint.
But to gauge the off site impact of having a festival, the staff has to hope that people who are bothered that weekend complain to us. Hopefully with something specific. —MichaelErickson


2011-05-05 16:55:47   I had a lovely time at the Whole Earth Festival last year, and I can't wait to attend again this weekend! I thoroughly enjoyed the frozen chocolate bananas from Joy & Taylor's Raw Chocolates, and I even bought some really nice — and handmade! — jewelry for my mother for Mother's Day. If you're on the fence, definitely go. The spectacle alone is worth it. —LilyRosamond


2013-05-12 16:28:54   Honestly some of it is kind of creepy. People get wasted and high, the food is ridiculously expensive, and there's very little regulation and security. It's a very "spiritual" festival with people claiming they can solve your problems with a crystal (true story) or that if you drink this "elixer" you will be all better. Some of the activities are orgy-like. —AnBan

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