WoLF Fest is a radical feminist festival for womyn put on by the Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF). Read about us and radical feminism here. Especially read our Statement of Principles and Code of Conduct.
• Presentations on feminist theory • Discussions on our movement, past, present, and future • Workshops on basic organizing skills • Self-defense classes • Open mic to share poetry, music, and inspiration • Songs around the fire • Face-painting, art, and story telling • Dancing under the redwoods
Once you are registered, you’ll be notified when the full schedule is available. The schedule will also be printed as a booklet and posted publicly at the camp.
WoLF Fest has a specifically radical feminist focus. This event emphasizes feminist theory, movement strategy, and the organizing skills needed to make our revolution happen. We also know that a gynocentric culture of resistance is crucial to our survival, so music, art, and friendship around the night fire are also on the agenda.
Everywhere, women’s spaces are under attack. A man only has to claim he “feels like” a woman if he wants to break the boundaries of sex-segregated spaces such as bathrooms, homeless shelters, women’s colleges, and even women’s prisons. WoLF cannot accept this destruction of our very necessary private and sacred spaces, so we have put our paws to work and created WoLF Fest.
Womyn’s spaces provide for: • respite from constant emotional, physical, and sexual subordination by men • the psychological liberation of experiencing woman-identified values and practices • the creation of friendships and political community that is not possible if men are present • a glimpse of true freedom All oppressed people have a right to their own space. Such spaces are crucial to our survival as individuals and our strength as resistance movements. WoLF will never retreat from defending womyn-only space!
WoLF Fest is being organized by a small group of dedicated womyn from WoLF.
The event is being held on private land in Crescent City, CA. To maintain safety in these times of severe misogynist backlash, we aren’t divulging the location of the festival until two days before the event. On July 19, registrants will receive an email with the address and directions. If you don’t have email, we’ll call you with the information. Until then, plan to get to Crescent City.
This event is for womyn only. By “womyn” we mean: biological females who survived girlhood. Beyond that, WoLF Fest is for members of WoLF and supporters of radical feminism. You don’t have to have extensive knowledge about radical feminism to attend, but if we don’t know you we may need to do some follow-up vetting following your registration. If you’d like to become a WoLF member, join here, but don’t let it get in the way of your attendance!
• If you are curious about radical feminism, yes. • If some of it makes sense but maybe not all of it, yes. Plenty of room for dialogue! • If you’re afraid you don’t know enough, don’t be afraid—come! We know you know enough. • If you don’t know any other radical feminists, well, that can be hard. But we’ll make sure you have a great time. And you’re sure to leave knowing a whole bunch of us! So come!
Gyrls of all ages are welcome. WoLF Fest is an opportunity like no other for our gyrls to run about wild, free, and safe. To ensure a weekend of liberty for gyrls, only boys under the age of two are invited. Please make sure to mark your registration form if you are bringing children. Childcare will be run as a co-op, and all moms will need to participate. The Childcare Coordinator will be in touch to get that organized. Note that some workshop content is not appropriate for young children as there will be frank discussion of male violence, pornography, and prostitution. Please be mindful if you bring kids.
Please reference our ticket information page for all buying options. Ticket prices will go up $25 in May.
Cost includes full weekend access to the festival, space for tent camping, and all meals starting Friday dinner and ending Monday lunch.
It’s true, there are no House Elves at WoLF Fest. It’s a lot of work to get that many womyn fed, and everyone able-bodied has to pitch in. There is a place to request your preferred workshift time on the registration form. Final workshift assignments will be determined at the festival.
No, because the camping part of this event is only a small fraction of the costs.
You can, however, due to the already low entry price, we don’t have individual day passes available.
Feed women! is a basic feminist principle, and one we celebrate. The food will be very basic, as we are mostly cooking over an outdoor fire. It will be plentiful and filling, but not elaborate. All food will be gluten-free, with as much organic and local as we can afford. Beyond that, there are omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan options available. The omnivore food will include beef, eggs, and cheese from local, grass-based farms. The vegan food is dairy-free, but there are separate dairy products that vegetarians can add if they want cheese and milk as a supplement to the vegan dishes. Coffee and tea will be available all day, as well as simple snacks. We can’t accommodate more specific dietary needs than the above. If you have serious or unusual dietary needs, you should bring your own food. A full menu will be included in your Welcome Packet. If you have questions about the food, please email. Plates and bowls will be provided, but don’t forget to bring your own mug and utensils!
Sure! There will be other fire rings besides the main cooking space, and you may bring small propane stoves for your campsite. There are various grocery stores in town that sell ice for coolers. Free firewood is available on site.
Yes, there is a small airport in Crescent City (CEC). Please contact us by email with your itinerary and we will arrange rides for you from and back to the airport.
The usual for camping: • tent • tarp • sleeping bag, pad, pillow • mug, utensils • towel and personal care items • flashlight • warm clothes for chilly nights • rain gear just in case!
We will have more details to share about the site in January. At a minimum, there will be chemical toilets near the camping area, and hopefully hot water showers. The location will be private to semi-private. The ocean is close by, as well as ancient old-growth trees.
There are no RV hookups, but there may be space for dry camping. Contact us if you plan to camp in an RV. There are campgrounds in Crescent City for RVs—feel free to stay in one of those instead.
Contact us for a recommended hotel, which is near the festival location.
Service may be patchy at best. If this is something you need, you can drive into town for cell reception and free wifi at various businesses along Hwy 101 (McDonalds, Java Hut, etc.).
There is an emergency phone number in your Welcome Packet. That phone will be checked throughout the day and any messages delivered to you. But let your family know that they may not be able to reach you immediately in case of emergencies.
Please contact us if this is a concern or if you are able to help, and also indicate your accessibility needs in the space provided during registration.
Having a dedicated space for women of color is extremely important to WoLF Fest. There is a spot on the registration form to indicate whether this space would be useful to you. We will use the information provided here to determine the size of our WoC area.
For the health and comfort of all attendees, all chem use will be limited to the chem-friendly camping area at one end of the festival space. Please refrain from using scented products while at WoLF Fest. We want to make this event accessible for women who have allergies and chemical sensitivities.
Please! We need all the help we can get! Simply indicate on your registration form that you would like to arrive early and a member of our planning team will be in touch with you.
Great! WoLF Fest is participant-led. The application will be linked here when tickets go on sale in January.
Can I sell my crafts/table for my organization?
All Festies are welcome to a space in the Festival Marketplace to sell arts and crafts or table for related organizations. Spaces are free but all materials must be approved and you’ll need to bring your own table and canopy if needed. The application will be linked here when tickets go on sale in January.
I love the artwork!
Our poster is a homage to our history as lesbians and feminists. It is based on the “In Celebration of Amazons …” poster for the Midwest Lesbian Conference and Music Festival of 1974. The quote at the top of poster, “Amazon womyn, rise!” is from the song Amazon by Maxine Feldman, which was sung at the opening of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival.