Hexenfest is a music and arts festival dedicated to exploring the intersection of art and magic. Myth and legend, folklore and fairytale, experiences of the numinous, all find a home here. We celebrate artists who explore the wild unknown, those who look to the realms of myth and dream and reflect their otherworldly visions into our world.
Hexenfest has a flair for the darkly exotic. We describe our aesthetic as "Bohemian-Gothic', evoking the forbidden forest as much as the enchanted wood. Though our costumes may have darker themes, we are family-friendly! If you feel at home in dark fairytales, join us in the realm!
Hexenfest was founded in 2012 by a musician (Sharon Knight) and a dancer/artist (Anaar) in response to the lack of Pagan-themed music and arts festivals in California. After several years of touring similar festivals all over the country, the founding members had a desire to bring their own festival vision home to Northern California. Hexenfest began as a one-night club event in Oakland, and has since expanded to a weekend festival.
Over the years, we have featured artists such as Ego Likeness, Wendy Rule, SJ Tucker, Stellamara, Sharon Knight, Nathaniel Johnstone and Tempest, Unwoman, Pandemonaeon, Razor Skyline, Arcane Dimension, and Daniel Skellington. From day one, Hexenfest has sought out musicians, dancers, and artists who open us to experiences of the otherworldly and mythic.