Beach Festivals around the world!

Last week, I listed a few good Northern California music festivals for you to check out this summer! I’m sticking with that theme today, but expanding our horizons and focusing on SUMMER! Here are the best Beach Festivals around the world – if you’re headed to one of these regions for vacation, try to pair your trip with an awesome music festival.

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Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival

From July 26-28, you can watch artists build massive sand sculptures on America’s first public beach in Revere, MA. There will be food trucks, vendors, and other amusements, plus a huge fireworks display! More info.

Boardmasters Festival

This one takes you across the pond to Newquay, Cornwall, UK from August 7-11. It’s called one of the most popular beach festivals in the world because it combines professional surfing and skateboarding with music! Florence and the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, and Franz Ferdinand are among the musicians performing. Check it out!

The Washington State International Kite Festival

Scurry on up to Long Beach, WA from August 19-25 for the kite festival, which fills the summer sky with kites! This is a super unique spectacle, and, honestly, when else would you go to the beach in Washington? More info.

Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival

Squeeze in one tropical vacation before the kids have to go back to school! (Well, not if your kids are in the Acalanes School District, as this year school starts on August 13th so that finals can happen before Christmas break). From August 29-31, one of the largest Caribbean beach music festivals takes place and offers all sorts of genres to its attendees. Catch The Black Eyed Peas, Earth Wind & Fire, Mariah Carey, or Maroon 5 here. Seriously!

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The Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

As if you need an excuse to go to Honolulu, there’s a full weekend (October 5-7) of wine tasting, local cuisine, and beach-bumming available to you. It’s a culinary festival, and proceeds benefit Hawaiian non-profits. See here.

The Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Okay, this is asking a lot. Flying to Airlie Beach in Australia is quite a trip, but if you happen to be there November 8-10, you’ll take part in a huge music experience at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, right when our friends down under start their beautiful summer! If you haven’t been to Australia, this is a good excuse. Check out more details here.

For next year, you or your college kids may want to consider Barcelona Beach Festival (BFF). My son Jackson went to this when he was studying in San Sebastian and it sounds like they never went to bed, just party’d on the beach all night. BFF is a huge electronic music festival, featuring some of the mainstream’s biggest stars. As the name suggests, BBF takes place on the sands of the world-famous coastal city, transforming the Platja del Fòrum into one of Europe’s wildest party spots for over 12 hours. Mid July is the time frame. Here is the link to join the waiting list for 2020 date and line up

Get your music on!

Here’s a fun thing to do in the Bay Area summers: go see live music! I love going to Bottlerock Music Festival in Napa every spring, and if you’ve never been to a proper festival, you really are missing out on a cultural phenomenon.

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Sunshine, good music, unique eats and drink vendors everywhere? What could possibly go wrong? Here are some music festivals coming up in the second half of the summer in Northern California:

Stern Grove Music Festival 

I encouraged everyone to check out this free festival in San Francisco in a previous blog, and my urging stands! It goes through mid-August!

Festival Napa Valley

This takes place from July 12-21, so you still have time to squeeze it in! Opera, jazz, wine, food, and a gala hosted by Seal. Seriously! Check it out.

Guitarfish Festival

From July 25-28, you can enjoy live music in a family-friendly setting on the banks of the Yuba River near Truckee. What a scene! More info here.

Petaluma Music Festival

On August 3rd, you can benefit the Petaluma public school system by attending this one-day festival with four stages of music. Very cool!

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Outside Lands

This is the big one – the annual 3-day festival extravaganza in Golden Gate Park is worth every penny! This year, enjoy Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, and more! Visit the website here.

New mural at the Lesher Center

Did you know that any 25,000-plus square foot buildings in Walnut Creek are now required to spend at least 1% of their funding on a public art project on their property? There is a new initiative in Walnut Creek to make more publicly visible walls and surfaces into works of art. And the new mural at the Lesher Center certainly express this well!

Artist Kristin Farr did a wonderful job hand-painting this beautiful mural with no guidelines whatsoever! She is inspired by the meshing of colors and folk art, and that is definitely reflected in her work. This specific mural is entitled “West Coast Prism Sign,” and is done with acrylic paint on Dibond panels. I love that this contemporary geometric painting now occupies a formerly bland piece of concrete in a highly-trafficked area of downtown Walnut Creek.

If this mural looks somewhat familiar to you, it may be because Kristin has painted a couple utility boxes in Walnut Creek, too! As the public art projects move from minor to major canvasses, keep an eye out for other familiar paintings going up. I’ve featured her utility boxes on this blog before, in fact.  They  are located across the street from this mural, and are two of the more colorful utility boxes we’ve seen painted downtown!

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Kristin Farr has painted her awesome works all across the country (and even the world – she has a piece in the Philippines!), and has been hired by Pinterest and Facebook headquarters to paint on their walls (no pun intended). You’ll see her work all around the Bay Area, or if you head to Bonnaroo or Outside Lands music festivals.

I applaud Walnut Creek City Council and their quest to make Walnut Creek and more interesting town by supporting and displaying art throughout the city!  I will end this blog with a few quotes about art!

Art, Freedom & Creativity will change society faster than politics ~ Victor Pinchuk

Art is the highest form of hope  ~ unknown

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  ~ Pablo Picasso