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Legendary Festival Returns June 16-18, 2023
to Mendocino County Fairgrounds

The festival features a star-studded music lineup in a
family-friendly setting, and takes place on the long
Juneteenth weekend,
(Monday, June 19 is a federal holiday!)

Three-day tickets and onsite camping
are also available. 

Friday, June 16
“Jah Messenjah” Luciano
 – conscious dancehall star in his first California performance in seven years; Kabaka Pyramid – highly anticipated show from the 2023 Grammy winner for Best Reggae Album; Kumar & The Original Fyah – uniting four members of the Grammy-nominated Raging Fyah band; Warrior Sound International – German Soundclash Champion; Jah Warrior Shelter Hi-Fi – San Francisco Bay Area’s award-winning top sound system
More acts to be announced. Gates open at 5pm.

Saturday, June 17 
Beres Hammond – The “King of Lovers Rock” ; Tarrus Riley – second generation reggae star with chart topping songs; Derrick Morgan – the original “King of Ska” who helped birth the genre; Johnny Clarke – pioneer of reggae with his essential album “Rockers Time Now” and dozens of hit songs; Soul Syndicate – top session band in Jamaica and creator of the Taxi riddim, a foundation of reggae music; Rory Stone Love  original selector of the mighty Stone Love Soundsystem; Blvk H3ro – exciting young Jamaican artist with a fervent following; Brazilbeat Sound System – direct from New Zealand, bringing a mashup of roots & electronic with live percussion; Soul Ska – The Bay Area’s top ska/rocksteady outfit; Afrobeats Oakland featuring Juan G – the premiere Afropop collective in Northern California; Boonfire – Boonville’s local reggae band.
More acts to be announced. Gates open at 10am.

Sunday, June 18  
Burning Spear – reggae roots legend in his only California show this summer; Protoje – the musical prodigy, blending hip hop, soul and jazz; Lila Iké – stunning young breakout reggae artist on the pathway to greatness; Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba – Malian griot considered the master of the ngoni; Norma Fraser – Jamaican singer with numerous classic hits including “The First Cut Is the Deepest”; The Clarendonians – rare vintage Jamaican act popular in the 1960s; Wesli – thrilling rhythms and melodies from Haiti; The Steady 45s – ska and rocksteady revival band from Los Angeles, backing The Clarendonians and playing their own set.
More acts to be announced. Gates open at 10am.

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival features live music on two stages until 12 midnight, with the late-night DJ dance hall going until 2am, followed by a silent dance.

The vendor village marketplace includes over 75 stalls with a wide range of international cuisine and carefully selected vendors of handmade arts, decor, apparel and accessories for your shopping and tasting pleasure…
an “irie” ambiance of colors and tantalizing aromas.

Camping onsite is a great way to enjoy the full festival experience. The pastoral beauty of the venue makes for a wonderful camping experience, and campers may camp next to their vehicles. Limited family camp and ADA-accessible camping are available.

The Kids Zone offers dedicated children’s activities throughout the weekend, including face-painting, art projects, games, bubbles, and bouncy castles.

For all ages, percussion workshops, dance workshops, yoga classes, and a carnival-style parade with samba groups are among the many activities on offer.

For the night owls, the silent dance goes until 4am and offers two live DJ channels in dancers’ headphones, with a choice of reggae or world music.

The Mendocino County Fairgrounds
Highway 128, Boonville, CA

The picturesque Anderson Valley, is less than three hours north of San Francisco.

Three-day tickets, single-day tickets and camping passes are available via www.snwmf.com.

Kids 12 and under are FREE
(when accompanied by a ticketed adult)

For more information, please visit www.snwmf.com
or contact info@snwmf.com.

SNWMF founder Warren Smith envisioned a unique mix of authentic roots-reggae and global music trends, based on conscious music that brings together artists whose lyrics are life-affirming and embrace a positive message. This came to fruition with so many memorable performances over 25 years. With Warren’s passing in 2021 and the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival had been on hiatus.

This year, Warren’s wife Gretchen Franz Smith has brought the team back together to make the festival a reality once more.

“The time is right for us to gather again in celebration of  Peace, Love & Music.
SNWMF 2023 is for Warren,” she said. 

SNWMF believes that conscious reggae & world music
articulate and manifest what the world needs right now…inclusiveness, kindness, positivity and empowerment.  

Mendocino County Fairgrounds
Highway 128, Boonville, CA 
(Less than three hours north of San Francisco)




SNWMF is dedicated to nurturing a world family peacefully united in celebration of the universal spirit of music.