The Hog Farm & Friends:
In Open Celebration
AFTER A PANDEMIC HIATUS, WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE WE WILL BE BACK IN 2023! STAY TUNED FOR DATES AND MORE INFORMATION. CHECK OUT OUR 2019 EVENT BELOW.
Join us for our annual Open Celebration!
This is an intimate weekend gathering for our extended family and friends in the tradition of the Hog Farm in Open Celebration, and on the site where we did the the Hog Farm Pignic. This is a great family-friendly party and a fundraiser! We are opening our beautiful home at the Black Oak Ranch to our community and aim to raise some money to help keep the Ranch in business and thriving. Great Music. Games. Bingo for prizes. Excursions. Costumes. Hog Farm Film Festival.
Delicious, locally sourced meals included in the ticket price as well as a nightly cocktail hour and beer and wine.
This is a small event. Tickets are limited so please purchase in advance.
2019 INFO BELOW.
Stay tuned for 2023 info!
2019 Ticket options:
Weekend: Friday 9/18 - Sunday 9/20
Early Bird Adult: $150
Regular Adult: $175
Youth: $75 (10 and under, 2 and under free)
Saturday Only 9/19: Arrive any time on Saturday, folks are welcome to sleep over (If you want to To enjoy Sunday meals and activities, please purchase a weekend ticket!)
Early Bird Saturday Only Adult: $75
Regular Saturday Only Adult: $90
Youth: $30 (10 and under, 2 and under free)
This is a fundraiser. All proceeds will go towards keeping the Ranch in business and thriving. Additional donations gladly accepted!
2019 INFO BELOW.
Stay tuned for 2021 info!
ENTERTAINMENT & ACTIVITIES
We will have entertainment on Friday and Saturday and activities throughout the weekend!
The Garcia Project: The Garcia Project’s performances are based on actual set lists performed by The Jerry Garcia Band. All of their shows are classic recreations of a Jerry Garcia Band set list from the 1976 to 1995.
China Cats: performing a special cocktail hour set!
Acoustically Speaking features Mike and Kat from The Garcia Project performing soulful acoustic Grateful Dead and Jerry Band tunes to ease your soul. Join us by the campfire on Friday night for this special performance.
Campfire Jam: If there's gas left in the tank, Kevin Schmevin will be tending the fire for a late night campfire jam.
The Garcia Project
The Real Sarahs
Poor Man's Whiskey: PMW is going on indefinite hiatus at the end of this year in order to focus on family and creating original music. We are so honored they will be joining us before they take a much needed break. They will be performing special collaborations with The Real Sarahs and The Garcia Project.
The Garcia Project will be back on Saturday performing a Grateful Dead inspired set!
Late Night Hog Farm Campfire Jam
Poor Man's Whiskey
throughout the weekend:
Nightly pre-dinner cocktail hour (Friday & Saturday):
Enjoy a signature cocktail, beer or wine and delicious locally-sourced and lovingly made appetizers while listening to our afternoon sets (The China Cats on Friday and The Real Sarahs on Saturday). This is a great way to wind down into the evening and connect with everyone at the event.
Tom Noddy is Bubble Magic! He will be performing his unique bubble and comedy show on both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Perfect for all ages!
Ancient Oak Hike with Evan Engber:
Evan is the found of BioEngineering Associates, Inc. and a Hog Farm resident. Evan has spent several decades working on and exploring our land. This year he will take us out to visit the oldest oak tree on the Black Oak Ranch, a majestic valley oak that is at least 500 years old! This flat hike will start out across our pasture/sports field, across Ten Mile Creek and out through the beautiful creekside woodlands that make up our campground for our larger festivals and out to the ancient oak.
Release the Oaks! Forest Restoration Hike:
Join fire ecologist and Hog Farm Family member, Eamon Engber, for a short hike through a Douglas-fir/black oak forest that was recently thinned and pile burned to reduce fire hazard and restore forest composition. We will tour the 30 acre project area and discuss forest resiliency, fire hazard, and fuels management in the face of a changing climate. We will also identify trees and understory plants, talk fire ecology, and discuss management options for small landowners. Mostly flat except for one arduous, but short (100) meter hill at the start.
Labyrinth walk with Wavy Gravy:
Join Wavy on a morning walk through our beautiful Labyrinth. Wavy will share the significance labyrinths and guide us through a unique meditative experience.
Bingo for prizes:
One of the traditions of the Hog Farm was a fun game of Bingo for prizes and a staple of the Grateful Dead backstage scene. Join Wavy for this fun tradition!
Hog Farm Storycorps:
What have you always wondered about the Hog Farm (where are the pigs?). What amazing tale do you have from back in the day? How about WAY back in the day? What exactly did the Hog Farm do at Woodstock? What is the history of the ranch property and how did we end up here? What kinds of other parties and events have we had here and what cool things happened during them? We want to tell stories about the Hog Farm that not necessarily everyone would know (within reason, folks) and that recall how we all met, traveled and settled here at BOR. Join us!
Join us for hippie trivia on Sunday morning during brunch! Do you have good trivia questions? Let us know! (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Piñata party & games!
Play Giant Jenga, corn hole, hula hoops (not just for kids)!
Miss Rossi will be joining us this year in our Kids Zone! She will be hosting a creative space for kids to play and make art. Saturday afternoon she will be holding a pour-paint class for children. Pour-paint activity available for adults for a fee).
Handmade crafts fair:
We will have a wonderful selection of handmade crafts at our crafts fair on Saturday afternoon. Come support your local artists! If you're interested in participating in the craft fair, please email: email@example.com.
Croquet w/ costumes:
Join us on for a "proper" croquet tournament. All ages welcome! No experience necessary. Don't forget to bring your costumes! Maybe you'll win our shiny new trophy?!
Yoga with Sarah:
Join Sarah both Saturday and Sunday for sound healing and gentle yoga.
2019 SCHEDULE (subject to change)
2:00PM: Gate opens
4:20PMish: Cocktail Hour w/ delicious apps! Games available!
4:20PMish: The China Cats
6:00PM: Opening circle
8:00PM: The Garcia Project (2 sets) + light show
8:00PM: Hog Farm Film Festival
Late night: Acoustically Speaking campfire set
Late night: Campfire Jam (bring instruments, no drums please!)
8:00AM: Roll your own breakfast for early risers
8:30-10:00AM: Hot Breakfast
10:00AM: Ancient Vally Oak Hike with Evan Engber (depart from Rainbow Stage)
11:00AM: Bingo for Prizes w/ Wavy Gravy
1:00PM-dark: Craft Fair
2:00PM: Croquet with costumes! (Heat 1)
2:00PM: Pour-paint class for kids in the Kids Zone
3:00PM: Bubble Magic show
3:00PM: Restorative Yoga & Sound Healing with Sarah (meet at the Rainbow Stage)
3:30PM: Hog Farm Storycorps
4:20PM: Cocktail Hour w/ delicious apps! Games, arts and crafts
4:20PM: The Garcia Project (encore performance)
5:00PM: Piñata Party
6:00PM: Dinner circle
7:30PM: The Real Sarahs
8:00PM: Hog Farm Film Festival (repeat showing)
9:00PM: Poor Man’s Whiskey
Late night: DJ in the Big Top
Late night: Campfire Jam
8:00AM: Roll your own breakfast for early risers
8:30AM: Yoga with Sarah
9:00AM-12:00PM: Brunch + bagged lunches for stragglers
9:30AM: Labyrinth walk w/ Wavy
10:00AM: Hippie Trivia at brunch
10:30AM: Forest Restoration Hike with Eamon Engber (depart from kitchen)
11:00AM: Croquet Heat 2
11:30AM: Bubble magic show encore performance
2:00PM: Event close
No DOGS! (or other pets of any kind)
No FIRES (except in our fire pit)! We are in VERY DRY northern California in the summer and fire danger is VERY HIGH. This means NO candles, lanterns, incense and NO personal cooking, BBQs or stoves except in the designated picnic table area at the main kitchen.
WEATHER: While we expect and hope for nice weather, it can rain in late September at the Ranch. We will hold event rain or shine unless we expect heavy rain. If we expect heavy rain, we will postpone the event until next year. In this unlikely event, refunds will be available.
Weekenders: Plan on arriving any time after 2PM on Friday and departing by 2PM on Sunday.
Saturday ONLY: Feel free to come any time on Saturday.
Staying at the Facility:
TIPIS are available on a first come first served basis. Tipis sleep 6-10 comfortably so if you are a smaller group and want to be in a tipi you might be paired up with other folks. Tipis have sleeping mats, but bring warm sleeping bags/bedding!
CAMPSITES - there are many around the facility, so bring a tent and bedding.
RVs are welcome to park in the parking lot outside of the facility (no hookups available). Please let us know if you are planning to bring an RV so we can plan accordingly.
There are hot showers available in our beautiful outdoor shower facility as well as flush toilets. It is dark at night, so make sure to bring a flashlight!
HOTELS/MOTELS: There are a limited number of motels in the town of Laytonville (10 mins from the ranch) and a larger selection in the town of Willits (25 mins from the ranch).
What to bring:
Clothes for cool and warm weather (it can be warm during the day
and get VERY cold at night this time of year, make sure to come prepared!)
WARM sleeping gear if you are camping (it gets cold at night!)
Good shoes for walking
Towel & toiletries
Swim wear (in case it's warm enough to swim)
Rain wear (while we will cancel the event if we expect lots of rain,
we may get light rain that time of year so please come prepared!)
Costumes for croquet or just for fun!
Food & Drinks: We will provide the following meals:
All meals will have plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options lovingly prepared by our amazing cooks! We have a wonderful organic farm (Irene's Garden) on the Ranch and we will source as much of our ingredients from the farm and other local sources as we can at that time of year.
There is plenty of drinking water throughout the facility. All meals will have non-alcoholic beverages provided. We will provide a daily cocktail hour (around 4:20PM Friday & Saturday evenings before dinner) and limited beer & wine during our nighttime activities. Feel free to bring anything else you might want to consume but keep in mind this is a small, family friendly gathering and we aim to maintain a relaxed atmosphere. We ask you to be responsible and respect the vibe of the event!
From the Bay Area: Take Hwy. 101 north 150 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge to Laytonville. Black Oak Ranch is 5 miles north of Laytonville on the west side of the highway. Look for the signs on the left. Note: we are just north of the Kate Wolf Festival entrance.
From the Sacramento Area: Take Hwy. 5 north to Williams, turn on Hwy. 20 West, follow all the way to Hwy. 101 North–go approximately 40 miles north to Laytonville. Black Oak Ranch is 5 miles north of Laytonville. Note: we are just north of the Kate Wolf Festival entrance.
From the North Coast/Oregon: Take Hwy. 101 south. The site is approximately 100 miles south of Eureka, 45 miles south of Garberville. As you get close begin to look at the mile marker signs at the side of the road. Black Oak Ranch is at mile marker 74.54. Signs will be on the west side of the road, as will the entrance. Note: we are just north of the Kate Wolf Festival entrance.
About 3 hours north of San Francisco, 2 hours north of Sebastopol, and 2 hours south of Eureka.
2018 Photo Gallery