Idealized as the classic and original hippie festival, Woodstock 1969 was a celebration of music, love, art and alternative lifestyles. Nobody expected the festival to turn out the way it did, and nobody could have predicted the success to follow. Because of this success, the original Woodstock paved the way for many more music festivals to come, with several springing up in the state of Ohio. Some are well-established hippie festivals, while some are just trying to make a name in an ever-growing scene--but they all celebrate music, love and art just like the original Woodstock event.
The year 2010 marks the 16th anniversary of the annual Hookahville, a hippie festival organized by Trickle Productions and the jam band group ekoostik hookah. Held in both the spring and fall in Thornville, Ohio, this is a family friendly event. Children 12 and under are admitted for free and have access to a quiet and calmer family campground. Camping is also available for patrons with special needs. Past Hookahville events included musical performances by Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, Ratdog, the Wailers, Dr. John, NRBQ, the Gibb Droll Band, Max Creek, Strangefolk and many more. Tickets for Hookahville can be purchased from the Legend Valley Concert Venue and Campground website.
Legend Valley Concert Venue and Campground
7400 Kindle Rd.
Thornville, OH 43076-8864
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
Located in Nelson Township in Garrettsville, Ohio, Nelson Ledges Quarry Park is a multi-purpose venue that hosts a magnitude of hippie festivals as well as miscellaneous activities like hiking, biking, fishing and camping. Hippie festivals held at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park include the Floyd/Zeppelin Classic Fest, Gratefulfest, the Midwest Reggae Festival and more. Tickets to any events held at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park can be purchased directly from the website.
Nelson Ledges Quarry Park
12001 Rte. 282
Garrettsville, Ohio 44231
Tabfest takes place in Mendon, Ohio, and is celebrating its 13th anniversary in 2010. Organized by the non-profit organization the Harmony for Ohio Foundation, Tabfest has provided charities with tens of thousands of dollars generated from ticket and merchandise sales. Artists who have performed at Tabfest in the past include Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, Garaj Mahal, Freekbass, Backyard Tire Fire and more. Tickets can be purchased directly from the official Tabfest website.
Mendon Speedway at the Grand Lake Motorcycle Club
8619 Deepcut Rd.
Mendon, OH 45862
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