The day long celebration of peace and love has added an August date at the Ionia Fairgrounds, in addition to a June stop in rural Trufant.

A long time Kalamazoo staple, the Hippie Fest originally moved its June date to Trufant, and the Treetoad Family Farm. Trufant is located about 15 miles due east of Pierson in Montcalm County, almost perfectly halfway between US-131 and M-91.

The festival has also launched ticket sales for its second Michigan date, at the Ionia County Fairgrounds on August 21, 2021.

The Festival's main stomping grounds was the Kalamazoo Expo Center for years prior to the shift this spring. They had originally been slated to return to Kzoo, but moved to Trufant at the last minute due to COVID concerns.

On the Hippie Fest web site, the event is billed as:

...a family-run festival with a mission to create unifying experiences for people of all ages. We invite you to become part of our celebration of peace this year. Check out tour dates below and reserve tickets by clicking the festival date you wish to attend. It's groovy baby!

And, if you miss the summer dates, Hippie Fest has a fall stop up in Mears in Oceana County, that date is October 9, 2021 at Val-Du-Lakes. (I can remember some hippie type experiences at that place, when it was a concert venue back in the '80s).

So get your tie-die shirts out, grab your Grateful Dead tapes, and get ready to throw back to the age of Woodstock, but without the lack of toilets and the long traffic back ups. And with pot being legal now in the state, it seems as good a time as any to throw back to 1969.


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