The Summer of Love
Try to recall the happiest and most fun weekend you’ve ever had. And then a rocking concert or completely legendary party you’ve always wanted to go back to. Well, for those who were old enough to party at Woodstock, having those things was easy to come by during that time. Everyone would always go back to Woodstock, as the stick in which all hippie parties will be measured
Let’s go back to the roots to summer of 1969 also called the Summer of Love where all the Hippies started to come together every year on August 15-18, and held concerts, festivals, celebrating love, peace and good old Rock & Roll.
Bethel is a small town located in upstate New York and Max Yasgur was a dairy farmer also the owner of the 601-acre farm what became the most important location in the American music history. Max heard about the festival permit issues and offered his farm for the payment of $10,000 for the three days of festivities. Woodstock Ventures Investment Group was financing the festival that’s how the Woodstock name made the mark in history. The limit for the festival was 50,000 people but they counted 150,000 in no time and that number just multiplied in the next three days. Started out as a paid concert but fans destroyed the fences and climbed over, no one could have controlled this even for a while.
It rained that weekend of 69’ the field was overcrowded and muddy, it lacked bathrooms, traffic was insane, from all the cars what was left on the roads. Woodstock Festival wasn’t the most comfortable and luxurious gathering but that didn’t stop visitors from all over the country.
These people were called the Hippies, a movement against Vietnam war, freedom fighters. Hippie values made a huge effect on culture and believe me they didn’t need any approval from society. All they wanted was free love and peace, ok maybe a little acid and smoke weed :) but they were kindhearted beings who shared natural food, herbal remedies, and organic love.
Well, that was then but what now? Almost 50 years later the show must go on... Fashion changed festivals changed people changed, the trend changed. Only one thing hasn't changed is that we still take drugs, even taking a painkiller consider taking drugs. So we are still popping pills and smoke. Since herb got legalized this industry became the fastest growing business these days, I'm talking about billions of dollars. I even told my parents to return those tomato plants to Home Depot and start growing grass.
So let's talk about smoking herbs, so many different ways to smoke grass today, I personally don't like to smoke from a joint, it gives me a different kind of high and I'm really not good at rolling one either. Portable Vaporizers are the trend now, not only easier to use but also healthier options, I know it doesn't burn your leafs so that way you don't inhale the bad toxins and also taste better. Let me introduce a few favorites of mine.
The Hippie Rebel: Best Dry Herb Vaporizer
The Rebel uses convection heating for extreme performance and heating within just 15 seconds to an optimal level, I love the way it looks and feels, got a great grip and very easy to use and clean. Only $99 for such an amazingly designed product.
The Hippie NANO: The smallest Portable vaporizer in the World for oils and liquids
The Hippie NANO is truly the SMALLEST portable vaporizer for waxy oils and liquids. The tiny vape that packs a changeable voltage control and even a pre-heating function. This little guy is so invisible in your palm that you can literally use it anywhere you like. Use your favorite liquid fill the tank throw it in your purse or pocket and ready to go. $29.99 can't beat this price.
The Hippie W: for concentrates
The Hippie W is the ultimate concentrate vaporizer. The popularity of concentrates led us to create the best instant heating MINI portable vaporizer. Unlike other vaporizers that are using the coil to burn the wax, The Hippie W features no coil, only FULL CERAMIC chamber and GLASS mouthpiece for good taste. $49.99
So that is my top three portable vaporizers I recommend, they are all user-friendly not over complicated products, I know some of the vaporizers are so overwhelming to use, I just want to have a simple on and off and temperature control button something with low or no maintenance required and of course vaporizers under $100 sounds pretty damn good.
Thank you for reading my blog, hope you enjoyed it, I put together a little list of festivals that you might never even heard of, go dance your butt off happy summer and don't forget to check us out at HippieVaporizer.com
Eeyore’s Birthday Party
April; Austin, Texas
This isn’t connected to the always depressed donkey from Winnie the Pooh. The birthday party began in 1963 when English students from the University of Texas started a spring picnic with a donkey with flowers, a maypole, and honey! It has grown in popularity ever since, particularly amongst the hippie community of Austin. Now, it is a celebration that lasts an entire day in Peace District Park. There are drum circles and musical performances here and there and daytime costumes gradually revert to nudity at night. Vendors are not there to make money, so the crowd is more than happy to drink beer and eat food for charity. For those new to Austin, this is a great way to find more about their city culture in just a day.
Bay to Breakers Race
May; San Francisco, California
You probably know that the Bay Area has its share of hippies. While the Bay to Breakers Race, a yearly 12K run starting from Embarcadero to the Great Highway, has gone official by getting a title sponsor, Alaska Airlines, hippies still attend it for all the weirdness that San Francisco has to offer. Dating back to the year 1912, it was only in the 1960s that the race has become popular for it’s out of this world costumes or for some individuals running buck naked. Runners could be young college kids to businesspersons to expecting mothers.
Northwest Folklife Festival
Memorial Day Weekend; Seattle, Washington
Seattle has become more techie by the minute, but the city still has some hippie in them. Particularly during Memorial Day weekend, it’ll feel just like the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Center, for 45 years straight has been the host for artists, crafters, musicians, and hippies at an event great for families, with lots of live music and crafting hands on (for the kids). Every year, the festival brings in the hippie crowd.
Whole Earth Festival
May; Davis, California
The Whole Earth Festival is for a fun hippie party. Since this 48-year-old festival is located in the UC Davis campus, attendees concentrate on sustainability and the environment. The festival concentrates on Earth Day. Since this is held on a college campus, there are many young people featuring their musical and artistic talents with the common theme of loving Mother Earth. This is a great place for children to experience the hippie culture.
Big Wu Family Reunion
June; Bellvue, Colorado
With almost 20 years for this event, starting with the release of their first album, Tracking Buffalo Through the Bathtub, Big Wu moved its festival to Colorado. Although the event doesn’t have the typically big crowds and huge names for hippie parties, it is an intense experience. This might be overwhelming for a first-timer, however, if you’re ready for super long sets, this would be a great family reunion!
June; Manchester, Tennessee
The US’s most mainstream party for hippies, Bonnaroo, gets the biggest names, like Elton John, for example. It is also notable for older hippies to mixing in with the younger hippie crowd.
Firefly Music Festival
June; Dover, Delaware
Dover International Speedway is host to the Woodlands. Although not really known to be a hippie area, it has a pop-up hippie feel to the town. Each summer, 90,000 people come to Dover to chill and have fun. Some attractions you should check out are the Thicket’s silent rave, where attendees should wear headphones so they can hear the music and the DJ; the temporary tasting room called Dogfish Head; hammock-lined trees called the Nook; and wide-ranging fields for camping. The Firefly Music Festival is a spin-off from Winterfly, a small festival in March at Dewey Beach, with more or less the same feel.
June; Turin, New York
Moe is the usual US jam band that’s not so popular that they are a household name, but big enough to have their own following and a 3-day music fest called Moe Down in Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin. Also, the endurance of the band is quite impressive. They can play 7 sets, each around 3-7 hours. Moe brings in other awesome bands with more or less similar styles of rock, country, and folk music. Even though Turin is quite a trek, it is worth it. If you’re not a Moe fan, you’ll surely learn a lot about the culture of the jam band.
Oregon Country Fair
July; Veneta, Oregon
If you would like to know what the flavor of this fair would be, just check out their food vendors: The Hemp House Grille, Stir Fry, The Hundredth Muchy, and Edible Improv. This summer festival that lasts for 3 days combines folk music, magic, and artisan crafts. With the venue in Veneta, Oregon, you’ll find a lot of Bollywood dancing, elixirs, and face jewelry. There were actually 20,000 visitors in 2017 who created intricate community art pieces.
August; Tidewater, Oregon
If you want to go all hardcore hippie, check out Transformational Music in the Beloved Festival. This iconic festival takes place in a forest by the Oregon coast. The maximum number of attendees is at 2,500. There is also only a single stage. Although performers are relatively unknown, the music reflects different styles from all over the world. It is also the only major music fest that rents bamboo utensils and plates that are completely reusable. Performers usually go into the crowd.
August; Arrington, Virginia
The Lockn’ Festival is held at the Oak Ridge Farm and has expanded ever since it started in 2013. Currently, it is one of the world’s largest jam band festivals. This event, which is camping-only, has big acts with many sets, particularly combining unique collaborations. String Cheese Incident had a tribute set for Kool and the Gang and Steve Winwood playing it up with Widespread Panic. Although music combinations are pretty cool, some sets are usually much longer than expected.
Wheatland Music Festival
September; Remus, Michigan
Michigan’s largest jam band festival simply began as a way to raise funds in 1974 for the Mt. Pleasant Food Co-Op. Doesn’t that sound so hippie to you already? The farm gathering in the middle of Michigan has developed into an important yearly event for the Wheatland Music Organization. This organization is a non-profit focused on improving dance and music education. Although the crowd has enough hippies, it is great for people who aren’t exactly completely into the scene.
Halloween Week; Key West, Florida
The biggest hippie party in Florida isn’t about the typical things that hippies adore such as art, music, or nature. Fantasy Fest is for going super weird since these are meant for Florida hippies. Anyone of any age, size, or shape wanders the streets during Halloween week, wearing whatever they like, no questions asked. The weekends with a parade on Saturday night along Duval Street. Here, body parts and beads fly around, completely uninhibited.
October; Live Oak, Florida
The yearly Florida vacation of The String Cheese Incident is around Halloween. Held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, this event brings in hippies from the Southeast for 3 days of funk and jam performing. The crowd is more or less college-aged and the place has a temporary art installation, with the typical displays of alien statues, lit up and unique modern exhibits. There’s also some outrageous costumes.