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Hot Tunes and Cool Swimming Won at Enchanted Forest

Photo by: Matthew Cremer
by Laura Mason | @masonlazarus Wed August 03, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The mystical forests of Black Oak Ranch in Mendocino County, Northern California played host to  Enchanted Forest Gathering this past weekend as thousands turned out to see Shpongle, Clozee, Thriftworks, PANTYRAID, Soohan, KRNE, The Polish Ambassador, Autograf, Ayla Nereo and more. Stunningly colorful production design and an emphasis on guest comfort blended smoothly as the family-friendly fest was alcohol-free, hosted an on-site medical cannabis dispensary and encouraged healthy self-expression.

The Mighty Oak main stage and the wet and wild River Stage featured beautifully constructed etched-wood stages, adorned with fresh greenery, flowers, crystals and vibrant colors. Velvet curtains and Greek-style columns dressed up the Live Lounge, and each stage included shade structures to watch the show, foam dance floors, and lounge areas.

Opening its arms to lovers of music, healthy and holistic living, conscious movement, performance art, nature, multi-generational community and self-actualization, the festival stayed true to its mission and balanced the “sacred, sexy, silly and saucy” elements of life.

Enchanted Forest 2016 Jacob Avanzato 1

Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

Enchanted Forest 2016 Jacob Avanzato 1

Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

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Photo by: Violet Visions

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Photo by: Matthew Cremer

Enchanted Forest 2016 Jacob Avanzato 1

Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

Enchanted Forest 2016 Jacob Avanzato 1

Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

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Enchanted Forest 2016 Marisa Pfenning 1

Photo by: Marisa Pfenning

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Photo by: Matthew Cremer

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Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

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Photo by: Edward Clynes

Enchanted Forest 2016 Harrison Weinberg 1

Enchanted Forest 2016 Marisa Pfenning 2

Photo by: Marisa Pfenning

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