The Whole Earth Festival (WEF) began in 1969 when an art class taught by Jose Arguelles held an “Art Happening” on the University of California, Davis campus. The students of the class used art to involve those that attended in an educational process that dared to transcend the typical system of standardized tests and impersonal lectures. Following the United Nations declaration of “Earth Day” in 1970, the second “Art Happening” (1971) was renamed “Whole Earth.”
The WEF is a huge, eco-friendly three-day music and education festival which takes place annually during Mother’s Day Weekend. A multitude of people dedicated to sustainable living and environmental harmony flock to Davis for the festival. During the festival, the UC Davis quad area is lined with arts & crafts tents, music acts, massage tables, food and a child care area. Various workshops occur throughout the weekend as well.
For more information, check out the Whole Earth Festival’s website.