What is Goddess Fest?
Goddess Fest is an annual celebration of the divine feminine spirit, which is so often overlooked in our patriarchal culture, and which is present in all of us. We also celebrate diversity of religion, lifestyle, culture, etc. and the joining together of many different kinds of people and energies. It’s a place to nurture our spirits and connect with the divinity within us and with each other. Goddess Fest promotes peace, joy, harmony, ecology, understanding, compassion and every good thing!
Is it only for women?
Goddess Fest has many programs, activities, vendors, entertainers and crafts that are of interest to everyone—men, women and children of all ages. We encourage the whole family to attend.
Who puts it on?
Golden Thread Grove Church presents Goddess Fest and it is sponsored by Crone’s Cupboard. It is supported by our Mother Church, the Aquarian Tabernacle Church and we also receive support from Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing. Goddess Fest is the primary fundraising event for Golden Thread Grove Church and the proceeds help us to offer education and events to the public throughout the year.
Where and when is it?
Goddess Fest is always held on the fourth full weekend in July at Julia Davis Park in Boise, Idaho, at the band shell. It is open to the public from 10am to 9pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.
What does it cost to get in?
Admission to Goddess Fest is absolutely free and there are many events and activities that are also free. We encourage you to support our vendors and sample the food from our vendors while you’re there, but there is no charge for attending.
How can I be a vendor?
You can download a Vendor Registration or call (208) 333-0831 or stop in at Crone’s Cupboard at 712 N. Orchard Street in Boise.
How can I be a volunteer?
Goddess Fest uses primarily a volunteer staff for passing out fliers, set up and tear down, for security, to staff various booths or facilitate activities, etc. You can volunteer by calling Jon at (208) 333-0831 or stopping by Crone’s Cupboard at 712 N. Orchard Street in Boise to sign up.
How can I participate?
To begin, you can attend. Then you can visit the Red Tent and/or participate in the activities offered. Joining in the spirit of celebration, making new friends, interacting with the Gods and Goddesses, enjoying the entertainment and getting to know the Goddess Fest community are all excellent and fulfilling ways of participating. You can also volunteer.
What kind of entertainment is offered?
Many local pagan and folk bands, belly dancers and other ethnic dancers, a keynote speaker and more grace our Goddess Fest Main Stage.
What other programs are there?
Goddess Fest offers a wide variety of workshops, crafting opportunities (including the experience of making a Prayer Flag—see the video on our YouTube channel), psychic readings, Goddess presentations, Opening and Closing Circles, the Parade of the Goddesses, a Labyrinth Walk, a Lughnasadh Ritual, a keynote speech by someone prominent in the international Pagan movement and more. One of the highlights is our ever-changing roster of well-known authors, who are always happy to sign their books and sometimes offer workshops.
What is the Red Tent?
The Red Tent is the heart of Goddess Fest and no visit to this event is complete without a cruise through the Red Tent. The Red Tent houses the (mostly interactive) Goddess altars and provides a way to learn about the Goddesses and make a personal connection with them. The Old Gods are also represented with altars and information.