The festival began in 1994 in Marysville, California by organizer Warren Smith. Citing problems with crime in its initial location, organizers moved the festival to Angels Camp, California in 2001. After five years in Calaveras County, fairgrounds management insisted on hiring its own security and billing the festival. Organizers refused, causing the county to void the contract between the two parties. The festival settled in its current location (Boonville, CA), where it has operated since 2006.
Despite the festival’s name, its primary focus is on reggae music, along with a secondary focus on world music acts. The festival boasts a “valley stage” (main stage), “village stage” (secondary stage), dancehall and drum circle,which can all feature music running concurrently.
We are excited that SNWMF 2015 marks our 10th anniversary at the beautiful Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Boonville, CA. Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Anderson Valley, The Mendocino County Fairgrounds is the perfect setting for our gathering that unites music and nature lovers from throughout the world.