After 33 years of progressive lifestyle and music entertainment, Santa Rosa’s Harmony Festival will be taking a break in 2012.

Just announced today, Harmony Festival, which is usually held in June in Santa Rosa, will not be held in June 2012 as it goes on hiatus for a hopeful return in 2013. The festival, which encompassed music, art, ecology, healthy living and spirituality, has been a long standing tradition in the Bay Area and in 2010 reached a record attendance of 35,000. Past headliners include The Flaming Lips, Lauryn Hill, Primus, Spearhead and many more.

This message was posted on Facebook from festival organizers:

Dear Harmony Festival Family,

On behalf of the Harmony Festival Board of Directors and management team, we sincerely thank you for your continued support and encouragement as we grew and evolved The Harmony Festival from a grassroots community event in 1978, into the nationally renown music, arts and cultural festival—that you’ve come to expect year after year.

It is with a deep sense of regret that we announce that after 33 years we will not be producing a Harmony Festival in Santa Rosa, CA in June 2012. As you can imagine, this is a very difficult announcement for us to make. We appreciate your patience as we took the necessary time to prepare a thoughtful message to inform the greater Harmony community of our decision, which is now effective immediately.

You might ask why we made this decision. Please trust that we have spent many months creatively exploring dozens of promising options in the hopes that we could keep this magical event alive this year. We know this news is a great disappointment to the entire Harmony team and the community at large, and we share your feelings of disappointment. We ask that we work together to move beyond this stage, toward hope and optimism for future Harmony Festivals.

We are working on plans to reorganize the company and the possibility of creating Harmony Festivals in the future. We are counting on engaging YOUR support and participation going forward as we re-envision a sustainable future for the festival. We also ask that you assist in communicating this message within your own community, in the most positive light possible.

We welcome your comments and feedback via our new blog and look forward to the possibility of rekindling the Harmony Festival flame so it shines even more brightly again in the future.


Howard “Bo” Sapper, CEO Harmony Festival, Inc.

on behalf of management and Board of Directors