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Have you ever been to a music festival? You should go to a music festival.
If you're saying, "but Reader, I don't know any music festivals to go to!" you need to calm down and listen. I have some amazing news for you: the summer is full of festivals right here in our area, one of which is happening just this weekend!
Love Fest in the Midwest is set to begin its sixth year of fun tomorrow, with live bands Thursday-Saturday. There will be jam, folk, blues, electronic, dance, hip-hop and the most creative mixing of sounds you'll hear for a while. Some of the bands include Luminaries for the hip-hop fans, Euforquestra for the quirky funk/reggae/soul fans and The Schwag, which is the single best Grateful Dead tribute band this lifelong Deadhead has ever witnessed.
In addition to live music playing well into the night, there will be tons of activites for children along with a safe family camping area for them, flow arts, fire spinning, vendors with everything from food to clothes to jewelry to tarot card readings, yoga (regular, acro, and partner) workshops and tie dying.
The venue is the beautiful 27-acre shady Sokol Park, located on Highway 75 just south of the Offutt Air Force Base. The Platte River is just a quarter mile away, although you would have to leave the park to go swimming because it's fenced in to keep your kiddos safe.
The bands begin at 2 p.m. Thursday and run well into Saturday night. Tickets are $50 until tomorrow, at which point they go up to $60 for a full festival pass. More information can be found on their website, facebook, or event page.