What's in the store for yoga lovers in California this summer and beyond? Get to know the best yoga festivals and events taking place in California in 2017 and 2018.
Yoga festivals and events represent a chance to connect to yourself and others through different spiritual and physical experiences, usually within inspiring natural contexts.
Learn more about the coolest yoga festivals on the agenda in California for 2017 and 2018: find the right event for you and challenge yourself enjoying the large variety of yoga styles and activities that are proposed.
Wanderlust – Squaw Valley
When: July, 20-23.
Where: Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe, California; 118 miles northeast of Sacramento, 195 miles northeast of San Francisco.
Wanderlust has actually become a famous brand offering a set of events and multi-day festivals all over the world.
The next appointment in California will take place in Squaw Valley, an incredible location close to the alpine lake of Tahoe, with the view on the Sierra Nevada. (Click the button below to view the hotels available in the area).
This is the ideal place to relax, find yourself and your energy, and come into contact with others in a welcoming and open-minded natural context. This 4-day retreat in such an uplifting environment proposes meditation and yoga programs for all levels and in the different styles, from the most relaxing to the most vigorous ones.
You can also try aerial yoga and standup paddleboarding in the lake. The festival offers then lectures on different themes mainly aiming at inner wellness, self knowledge and empowerment within the community.
During the festival you will also enjoy adventures in nature, like hikes and bike excursions; live inspiring music and sustainable organic food. Wanderlust events must be experienced at least once!
When: September, 7-11 2017
Where: Joshua Tree, Los Angeles
This is one of the most important yoga appointments in the US for this summer.
Bhakti Fest is a set of festivals focusing on yoga, meditation and Kirtan, the Indian devotional chant and spiritual practice. This is the festival for you if you are looking for the spiritual and meditative side of yoga.
The best Kirtan musician and yoga teachers in the world gather in the amazing and magical setting of Joshua Tree. This location is fundamental to increase the sacred and devotional spirit of the festival.
The festival offers yoga and meditation sessions, concerts, workshops aiming at self-discovery and growth.
Healthy vegan food and water play also an important role during the festival.
You have then the possibility to relax enjoying body treatments at the Healing Sanctuary.
Families are welcome at the Bhakti Family Village.
In general, yoga lovers MUST attend this incredible experience.
Sat Nam Fest Kundalini Yoga
When: April 2018
Where: Joshua Tree, Los Angeles
It’s one of the most important yoga events in 2018: a chance to connect to yourself through Kundalini yoga in its different aspects, from the most relaxing and meditative to the most energetic ones.
The Yoga Expo
When: January, 6 2018
Where: Pasadena Convention Center; Pasadena, Los Angeles.
This important event gathers yoga teachers from all over the country. It’s a meeting place for the local yoga community and a platform to present local yoga studios, the different techniques and yoga as lifestyle.
Festival of Yoga San Diego
When: June, 17 2017 (from 8am to 3pm)
Where: President’s Way Lawn in Balboa Park, Park Blvd, San Diego
Get your picnic lunch and your mat, and be ready to spend a day outside enjoying yoga, meditation and music.
The Festival of San Diego is a free event taking place on the occasion of the United Nations International day of Yoga. There are community sessions, musical interludes and all levels breakout sessions where you can experience different varieties of yoga and relaxation techniques.
Register on the website, check full program here and enjoy your yoga day.
San Diego Yoga Festival
When: April 2018
Where: San Diego
More than 1000 people attended the last successful San Diego Yoga Festival. Even more people are expected in 2018. Its intense program will provide a variety of experiences: yoga classes of all styles and all levels held by master teachers, beach yoga classes, yoga for kids, meditation, relaxation and breath classes, workshops, inspiring music, sound interludes and much more. You have also the opportunity to enjoy California sun and beaches trying the most popular water sports.
Stay tuned to discover next year schedule and check the festival website.
SoulPlay Festival, Pinecrest
When: June, 8-11 2017
Where: in Pinecrest, northeast California; 135 miles southeast of Sacramento, 160 miles northeast of San Francisco
It is set in a wonderful mountain location among the redwoods, at Camp Blue – Lair of the Golden Bear. Here peace and nature dominate. This intimate place gives you the chance to deeply connect to your mind, your body, your soul and, of course, with the other guests. The 4-day program offers a combination of incredible experiences: yoga sessions, tantra, inspiring music, dance, meditation in the nature, healing workshops, healthy food.
Enchanted Forest Gathering
When: June, 9-11 2017
Where: Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, northern California; 160 miles north of San Francisco, 177 miles northwest of Sacramento
This electronic music, performing and visual arts’ festival takes place in an amazing mountain natural environment. Within a magic fairy tale context surrounded by Oak trees, you will create a sense of intimate community with the other guests. Free movement and self expression are the code words.
Yoga, as a moment of self-discovery and connection with your body, is an important part of the festival.
Teachers from all over the world offer different yoga styles classes for all levels.
SYTAR, Newport Beach – Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research
When: June, 15-18 2017
Where: Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa, Newport Beach, southern California; 44 miles south of Los Angeles
If you are a yoga insider, you should attend the annual members’ symposium organized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
This important conference on the rehabilitation and therapeutic role of yoga in the most different situations is aimed at professional yoga therapists.
The program offers Common Interest Community Sessions and Practice Sessions.
Full program is available here.
When: August, 5-6 2017
Where: San Francisco Bay Area, Craneway Pavilion
Do not miss this combo experience of running, yoga and empowerment for women in the charming context of San Francisco Bay. Run your 5k or 10k on Saturday, or the half-marathon on Sunday. Or choose to challenge yourself running on both days. Enjoy flow yoga to recover from the race, or to reconnect with your body even if you didn’t race.
This 3-days festival offers yoga flow classes for all levels. Experience sunset salutation, sunrise yoga flow, or the more challenging HIIT yoga (High Intensity Interval Training) and find your inner energy!
YogaCause Big Bear Lake
When: August, 18-20 2017; from 9am to 6pm.
Where: Big Bear Lake; 97 miles east of Los Angeles, 145 miles northeast of San Diego.
This festival gives the great opportunity to link yoga, nature and adventure in the amazing natural context of the Snow Summit surroundings. Yoga classes are conducted by some of the most popular instructors, both outdoor and under big tents.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert practitioner, you will find the right activity for you.
You can experience different varieties of yoga, enjoy inspiring music performances and healthy food. You can also take part to lecturers held by yoga teachers and health, nutrition and fitness specialists.
Choose your ticket package and your activities and don’t miss the great chance to feed both your body and your spirit in a magic natural environment. Entry fees will support local charities, that’s why it is called “yoga cause”.
May the Ohm be with you!