Wild Goose Announces 2nd Site, “Wild Goose West,” for 2012

Wild Goose Music Festival Expands to Second Festival Just One Year After Its Debut

As many of you know, Wild Goose (www.wildgoosefestival.org) launched its debut festival at the intersection of justice, spirituality, music, and art in June 2011. Today, after much anticipation, we are pleased to announce we are expanding our festival offerings to a second site in fall 2012.

“We’re thrilled to build on our North Carolina experience by partnering with friends on the West Coast.” Executive Director and peace activist, Gareth Higgins, explains. “Wild Goose West seeks to work with local and regional gifts and challenges; and to be a magical space for music, spirituality, social justice, and creativity. We’re honored to be partnering with great folks in the Portland and Seattle regions.”

Board member Karla Yaconelli, who also attended planning meetings in Oregon, added, “The fact that the first Wild Goose Festival had such impetus and vitality that we are adding a West Coast festival in year two speaks loudly about the ache and hunger for a new vision and expression of what faith and spirituality look like in the world today. Having both East and West Coast festivals truly expands the Wild Goose Community –and our conversation and commitment to justice and radical inclusivity–to a national level, which is very exciting indeed!”

Momentum Builds at Wild Goose

Over the last twelve months, we have been blown away by the increasing interest in the Wild Goose community. The Goose’s debut festival welcomed 1,700 attenders to Shakori Hills in June of 2011. In the months that followed, people began purchasing tickets for the second annual festival at Shakori at much faster rates than the previous year.
And along the way, even when traveling in other distant regions of the country, people consistently expressed an eagerness to find a way to participate in what Wild Goose is doing.

So while our original intention was to launch an annual event based in the Southeast, we have quickly realized the values behind Wild Goose are sparking a national conversation. In keeping with the festival’s desire to welcome all people, then, we were prompted to launch a second site.

Wild Goose West to Be Held On Labor Day Weekend

This festival, which will be referred to as Wild Goose West, will be held this September on Labor Day Weekend (August 31st-September 2nd) at the Benton County Fairgrounds (approximately 90 miles outside of Portland). Our hope is this location will make Wild Goose more accessible and affordable for people living in the western half of the continent who might not be able to make the trek to North Carolina.

More details about the event will be released when the full website goes live June 1st, but until then you can pre-purchase tickets for Portland here for the early bird price of just $99.

In the meantime, if you are part of a church, group, business or non-profit organization that you believe would align well with the Festival and would like to either partner with us by reserving a booth or help in sharing Wild Goose within your region, please feel free to contact sarah@wildgoosefestival.org.


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  • http://www.doableevangelism.com Randy Siever

    thank you

  • http://existentialpunk.com Existential Punk

    What’s the lineup like? The same as the East coast?

    • wildgoosefestival

      The lineup is unique for each year and each site. Look for postings releasing the Wild Goose West lineup soon! :)

  • http://www.knightopia.com/blog Steve Knight

    Awesome! So excited about this.

  • http://www.sarahbessey.com Sarah Bessey

    If I could get over my phobia of loading three tinies into the car for a festival and camping, I’d be there in a heartbeat. Thank you for having it on the West Coast this year!

    • http://www.knightopia.com/blog Steve Knight

      Have no fear, Sarah! I took my three kids (ages 10, 8, and 5) to Wild Goose (East) last year, and it was so much fun!

  • http://lindarobertsbaca.blogspot.com Linda Roberts-Baca

    …Then, I hope to travel to Portland, in the fall, from New Mexico!


  • Kathy Keener-Han

    I am so excited the Goose is flying West (not just north to south!) I found myself in the sinful mode of coveting the ability of others to go to NC. Now, this morning, I am making plans to attend West!

    • http://www.knightopia.com/blog Steve Knight


  • Kathy Keener-Han

    That is going to be one wild weekend in Corvallis! Wild Goose from Friday – Sunday; and Oregon State University has a home game on Saturday! At least we’ll be at the campground first!

  • http://www.episcopaltwinfalls.org Deb Seles

    Hoping to make it out over Labor Day! So excited!

    • wildgoosefestival

      We’re excited too, Deb! Hope to see you there. =)

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  • Dustin brown

    So sad it’s the same weekend as PAX. Means I have to choose :(

  • http://www.WhimsySmitten.com Cara @ WhimsySmitten

    So excited to learn about this. Hoping very much to be there and grateful for something on the west coast for a change!

    • wildgoosefestival

      Thanks Cara! Hope to see you there. =) We can’t wait to try out the west side of the country!

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  • http://www.progressivechristianitybook.co Rev. Roger Wolsey

    Glad to see that the Goose is going West! (The South is too darned humid).
    Bummer that it’s being held at a time when those of us in campus ministry can’t participate. Hopefully the Western Fest will be earlier in the summer next year! : )

    Looking forward to seeing some of you at the Fest in NC later this month!


  • Laurie

    I’m interested in more info about the tent camping sites. Are there tables/firepits like a campsite? There is growing interest in our congregation; is it possible to request sites in a group or near someone we know? Are tent and RV sites separated?

    • wildgoosefestival

      Hi @Laurie, you’ll need to bring in anything you want to be at your campsite. RVs do have a separate area and it is possible to request sites be blocked in groups!

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  • dsrtrosy

    Has anyone created a place where we can find rides, tentmates, etc? If so, can you post a really obvious link? THANKS!

    • wildgoosefestival

      We use the Facebook pages and Twitter feeds for that normally…so far it’s worked pretty well. :)