Hoop and Flow Festivals Across the United States

Repost from our previous blog site hooptricks.org - originally published on May 9, 2015 at 12:23pm

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woman night hooping

Allison Rae - Photo by Kyle Nishioka

West Coast

Hoop Camp - Santa Cruz, California

Date: September 28th-October 1st, 2015

This amazing event features many instructors that provide workshops and intensives. There also are yoga classes, as well as instruction with silks, lyra and pole. Musicians and DJs also perform at Hoop Camp. It is held at a Tibetan Retreat Center.

Website: http://www.hoopcampretreats.com/

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Ignight Festival - Joshua Tree, California

Date: May 7th-10th, 2015

This 3 day fire flow festival is a unique celebration that is educational and fun. There are a total of 137 workshops that are going to be held in just 3 days, and flow artists from all over the world attend this festival. Enjoy the spin jam that runs late into the night and the ability to learn from 500 artists.

Website: http://www.ignightconference.com

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Wanderlust Squaw Valley - North Lake Tahoe, California

Date: July 16th-19th, 2015

This is a beautiful “celebration of mindful living”. At Wanderlust Squaw Valley, you will find teacher training, ninja training 101, One Hoop One Love, Intro to AiReal Yoga, Freeflow Hoopdance workshop with Shakti Sunfire, dance parties, meditation, and many other interesting workshops and talks.

Website: http://wanderlust.com/festivals/squaw-valley/

sean perry festival pic

Sean Perry at Bristerfest in 2013

Pacific Fire Gathering - Cloverdale, Oregon

Date: September 17th-20th, 2015

This is a regional gathering that is set on the beach and forest, and it features many flow artists who are interconnected yet welcoming of new people. The more than 100 workshops will be held during the day, and then at night there will be fire and non-fire performances and live music. It truly is a magical experience set in a gorgeous natural landscape.

Website: http://www.PacificFireGathering.com

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East Coast (New England)

Return to Roots Gathering - Medford, New Jersey (45 mins. from Philadelphia)

Date: July 30th-August 3rd, 2015

“groundbreaking workshops, incredible music, some of the best festival and flow clothings and goods” - for yoga, hoop, and dance beginners, expert and professionals - family friendly - sells single day, weekend and RV passes

Website: Return to Roots

Return 2 Roots Return 2 Roots Workshop

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New England Flow Fest - Holderness, New Hampshire

Date: August 6th-9th, 2015

This festival complete with the opportunity to camp out features instructors and performances in hoop dance and other types of flow arts. Just some of what is going to be included is hooping, poi, levi-wand, acro-yoga, staff, and amazing live music. This is a festival that includes children’s activities.

Website: New England Flow Fest

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Wild Fire - Ashford, Connecticut

Date: May 22nd-25th, 2015

The premier fire arts and spinning training camp on the East Coast. “Car camping event” with 105 poi, hoop, safety, dance, teaching, drumming, performance and business classes.

Website: Wildfire Retreat

Texas Flow Fest

Texas Flow Fest

Mid-Atlantic

Fahrenheit Fire and Flow Arts Festival - Schuykill County Fair Grounds, Pennsylvania

Date: May 29th-31st. 2015

Fire performers and flow enthusiasts come together to learn and teach. It is run entirely by volunteers, besides the teachers.

Website: Fahrenheit Flow Arts

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Hoop Convergence - Efland, North Carolina

Date: May 14th-18th, 2015

This has been around since 2008. They focus on strengthening the “Tribe” of people who flow, with many classes and workshops highlighting such topics as hooping, circus performance, conscious embodiment/dance, and the flow arts in general.

Website: Hoop Convergence

Hippy Hoop Queen

The "Hippy Hula Queen" at Coachella by emilydickinsonridesabmx on Flickr

Mid-West

The Spin Summit - Colorado Springs, Colorado

April 30th-May 3rd, 2015

This includes vendors, instructors for various workshops on different props and topics of interest to flow artists.

Website: The Spin Summit

Minneflowta Flow Retreat - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date: Was held in February

This flow arts gathering includes performances and connection of people who use hoops and a whole lot more, such as staff, poi, juggling toys, and other flow equipment. There is a flow jam that extends into the late night hours, and seven top notch instructors and performers were brought together to showcase their talent.

Website: Minneflowta

Dallas Joy Remington Mountain Jam

Dallas Joy Remington and friend at Mountain Jam in New York

Kinetic Fire - College Corner, Ohio

Date: May 14th-17th, 2015

This regional gathering is an excellent festival from which hoopers and various other flow artists can gain a great deal. The workshops are highly valuable, as they are in the form of skillshares of all different types of props such as hoops, poi, dragon staff, rope dart, 8 ring, and levitation wand. There even is a skillshare about constructing props.

Website - Kinetic Fire

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Central

Electric Forest - Rothbury, Michigan

Date: June 25th-28th, 2015

This is the ultimate experience for flow artists and anyone who enjoys outdoor art installations and great trance/dance music, really. The lights, performances by hoop dancers and other types of artists, along with all of the visual art and music make this a festival that you will not want to miss.

Website: Electric Forest Festival

Electric Forest Festival

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Flame Festival - LaFayette, Georgia

Date: Was held in early April

This regional gathering is a great place for playing and sharing knowledge. The workshops go on all day, which includes more than 100 during the weekend, and there is a fire-dancing circle held with some music being played at night. Enjoy getting together with other lovers of poi, hoops, fans, whips and so much more

Website: Flame Festival

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Florida Flow Fest - Florida, now expanding into Texas and and the Midwest in the next two years

This event is made to be inclusive to all flow artists. Anyone is welcome to attend, and people can watch the performances and the activities from the outside. The workshops are open to teenagers and adults, though children may attend with a parent or guardian.

Website: Florida Flow Fest

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South

PlayThink Movement & Flow Arts Festival - Homegrown Hideaways, Berea, Kentucky

Date: June 10th-14th, 2015

Amazing instructors offer workshops in areas such as general props, hooping, flow wand, poi, staff, fans, aerials, fire, yoga and much more. There even are classes on sound, healing, and meditation to help you hone and perfect your flow even more.

Website: Playthinkfest

Playthink community

Playthink Community

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Flowstorm - Austin, Texas

Date: Was held in April

This Flow Arts & Sustainability festival was held for the 4th year this year. This festival is located on an eco-village/sustainable farm that is on the outskirts of Austin. Camping is allowed, and there are numerous types of workshops on issues involving sustainability, along with art and live music.

Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/374129379418419/?fref=ts

Flowstorm

Alie Rose at Flowstorm

Please feel free to add your own favorites in the comments. I will be adding more in the near future!