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posted by Daniel on January 13th, 2012
Bhakti Fest - A sprawling bi-annual gathering of the Bhakti tribe in Joshual Tree, California. Features multiple days of non-stop kirtan led by Jai Uttal, Krishna Das, the Mayapuris, Wah!, and dozens of other well-known and up-and-coming kirtan musicians. Called the "Woodstock of Kirtan."
Sat Nam Fest - This bi-annual Kundalini Yoga and Kirtan festival is put on by the inspired organization Spirit Voyage, and features top Sikh kirtan musicians: Snatam Kaur, Gurmukh, GuruGanesha Singh, Mirabai Ceiba, and many others.
Wanderlust - This yoga mega-fest happens in beautiful outdoor locations around the country, including Vermont, California and Colorado. Many of the yoga classes during the day are accompanied by sacred music, and the evenings are filled with top kirtan musicians as well as rock bands.
Festival of the Holy Name - This ecstatic celebration of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra is held annually in Alachua Florida. Featuring non-stop kirtan led by a rotation of the top musicians in the Hare Krishna community, including the Mayapuris, Ananta Cuffee, Bada Haridas and many others.
Omega Ecstatic Chant Weekend - Held annually at Omega's main campus in Rhinebeck, New York, this is one of the oldest American kirtan festivals coming up on it's seventh year. Many top kirtan artists from all traditions are featured: Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, Jai Uttal, Donna De Lory, Dave Stringer, Radhanath Swami, The Mayapuris, C.C. White, and lots more, interspersed with yoga and meditation sessions.
Beloved - This four-day camping, art, and music fest on the Oregon coast casts a wider net than just kirtan, but includes in it's musical line-up Jai Uttal and Shimshai, as well as the renowned Sufi Qawwali ensemble Fanna Fi Allah.
Tadasana Festival - A new three-day yoga, music, community gathering in Santa Monica, California in celebration of earth day 2012.