Alachua, North Florida

April 2, 2017, 12 noon - 4 pm

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What is Holi?

Color your life and throw your worries to the wind! Holi Festival of Colors is an all-ages family friendly outdoor music and arts festival that brings people together in celebration of renewal, Spring, love, unity, community and the human spirit. Hosted at the Hare Krishna Farm for the fifth year in a row, this thousand-year old cultural festival originating from India has taken up roots in North Central Florida, spreading joyfulness to people across cultures and across the world.

The festival starts at noon on Sunday, April 2, 2017, and lasts until 4 pm. Live bands will be playing uplifting music from kirtan to folk, pop, rock, soul and EDM. There will be lots of dancing, singing and vegetarian food. Color throws every half hour. Children’s activity tent. Crafts vendors. Free Admission. Parking $10.

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Be prepared to be covered from head to toe in a rainbow of colored powder. Dress accordingly. Bring cash for parking, colors, food and drinks. See FAQ below for details.

There’ll be a countdown to a group color throw every half hour from 12 noon through 4 pm. Bring sunglasses, bandanas or dust masks to cover your nose and mouth during these times to minimize breathing in corn starch. If you’re asthmatic, stand off to the sides. Don’t wear contact lenses, bring glasses instead. (We’ll have running water close by should you need to rinse your eyes.)

Please keep children supervised at all times, especially during color throws. There will be a children’s activity tent.

Do not throw colors into people’s eyes or mouths. Instead, gently sprinkle colors onto other festival goers and ask if you may smear some on their cheeks, neck, shoulders, back or arms.

Live bands will be playing a selection of good music throughout the event. Be prepared to dance, dance, dance, and sing along.

Bring a change of clothes, a plastic bag to store your colored clothes, and a sheet or plastic cover for your car seats for the way home. Please read the FAQ below for more info on what not to bring. Don’t forget your radiant smile and get ready to have a whole lotta colorful fun!

FAQ

Is there an age restriction for this event? No. We have gone out of our way to create an environment for the whole family to enjoy. No drugs or alcohol are allowed on the campus. Lot’s of activities for kids.

Is there a dress code? Dress to get covered from head to toe in color! If you don’t have anything to wear, purchase a Holi t-shirt at the event for $10.

Will there be Colors for sale? Yes of course! $3 a pack, $5 for two. For your safety, no outside colors will be allowed into the festival.

What are the colors made of? Corn starch, cosmetic grade dyes and fragrance. The colored powder is non-toxic and biodegradeable.

Will the colors stain? Will they wash out? They’ll stain cotton and may stain light colors of other fabrics. Wear clothing you don’t mind sacrificing, such as a white t-shirt and some dark colored shorts. The colors will come out of your hair and skin with soap and shampoo. For best results, brush and shake off as much colored powder as you can before you get in the shower.

What is your policy on drugs, alcohol and smoking? This is a child and family friendly festival. The use or possession of any drugs or alcohol, or smoking, will not be tolerated anywhere inside the venue. If you are found inebriated at the door, security will not let you enter. Event staff reserve the right to refuse admission to anyone, or to escort anyone off the property for improper conduct.

Will the festival still take place if it rains?  Yes, and it will be twice as fun!

Do I need to buy a ticket? No. Admission is free. Parking is $10. Colors, t-shirts, food and drinks will be for sale from various booths at the site. We’ll also have a delicious vegetarian lunch plate for $8.

Will you have a Lost and Found? Yes, our Information tent will be the place to go.

Performers

There’ll be live music and entertainment throughout the event. Here are some of the performers:

 

Bollywood Grooves by Dr. Anand
Doctor by day and Bollywood wedding singer by night, he’s got the bhangra grooves for your dancing moves.

 

Pishima & Resilience
Coming all the way from Pennsylvania, driving 16 hours with her band to perform for us at Holi Festival of Colors, Pishima & Resilience will dazzle with a selection of uplifting songs by famous artists, along with original material in a variety of styles from folk to pop, rock, reggae and soul.

 

The Bhakti Dancers
These uber talented dancers of the Bhakti Dance Academy will enchant with a mix of fusion Bharata-natyam meets hip hop, encouraging you to dance along.

 

Vish & Kirtan Band
Next generation kirtan legend Vish, normally touring with the Mayapuris, will return back from Bali, Indonesia just in time for Holi in Alachua. Together with talented local musicians, he’ll lead a kirtan band to rock your soul with beautiful mantras.

 

Additional performers to be announced. Feel free to contact us if you’ve got talent to contribute.

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