WoLF Fest is a radical feminist festival for womyn put on by a few women of 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
The schedule will be printed as a booklet that you’ll receive upon arrival. We cannot release it beforehand due to last-minute changes and for the privacy of some of our speakers. You can get to know a few of our presenters here.
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 9, 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. 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 registration page for all buying options.
Cost includes full access to the festival, space for tent camping, and all meals for the days you are attending.
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. Attendees will sign up for workshifts at the registration table upon arrival.
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.
Tickets are non-refundable. If you are no longer able to attend, let us know so that you may donate your ticket cost to help subsidize our women of color tickets and make them available to more women.
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!
No. Fire is a very real threat in July in northern California. Please, no propane stoves or fires except in designated areas. If you bring any food, it must be secured in your car. Please do not keep food at your campsite as it attracts bears.
Yes, there is a small airport in Crescent City (CEC). You’ll need to contact us by email with your itinerary if you’d like us to arrange rides for you from and back to the airport. As of this writing, there is no flight service into CEC. A new carrier is taking over and should be operating by March.
The usual for camping, including: tent, tarp, sleeping bag and pad, pillow, mug and utensils, camp chair, towel and personal care items, cash for the markytplace, watch, flashlight, warm clothes for chilly nights, rain gear just in case!
The land is mostly second-growth redwood forest with a coho-bearing stream (Wolf Creek) running through it. Other residents of the land include bears, mountain lions, and spotted owls. There is camping available in both forested and grassy areas. The toilets are port-a-janes, distributed throughout the land. There are solar-heated, outdoor showers. 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 depending on the size of your vehicle. 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 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.
Having a dedicated space for women of color is extremely important to WoLF Fest. There is a spot on the registration form to indicate if you want to participate in the WoC area. If you check yes, a coordinator may be in touch with you ahead of time to gauge interest in proposed activities.
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.
WoLF Fest has been extended to five days this year.
Wednesday and Thursday will be half-work, half-festival days. Mornings will be spent getting the land and the facilities ready. Afternoons will be time for workshops, discussions, and field trips. Evenings will be kicking back and relaxing, with songs by the fire circle. We have a wide variety of tasks that need doing, so there’s something for almost every ability level, from paperwork to chopping veggies to hauling firewood. Please don’t be put off if you have an illness or disability! If you have questions or concerns, contact our disability coordinator and she can help.
Great! WoLF Fest is participant-led. Apply here for 2018!
All Festies are welcome to a space in the Festival Markytplace 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. Please note: we do not provide staffing! You are responsible for your own table. Apply here for 2018.