For the past 33 years Blissfest has brought people together in Northern Michigan to enjoy a variety of music, foods, dance, drinks, and crafts. Considering this festival is under an hour’s drive from the summer camp I work at, this festival has been a popular day off destination for years. After my third year here, I was finally able to get the time off to attend Blissfest! And after hearing the all the stories from the past years, I was beyond excited — this group of counselors was ready to have a great time!
When we arrived we parked our cars in a circle and set up a hang out spot in the middle with tents scattered around. We weren’t here long though considering there was much music to be danced to near by. From here our group headed into the forest, by this time the sun was setting at darkness was coming, but the paths throughout the forest are illuminated by stringed lights giving off a blissful ambiance.
Through out the night our group split up and came back together in bits and pieces. Overall the evening was filled with dancing around a fire in a drum circle, exploring the ins and outs of the forest, dancing to the bands playing loud for all to hear (or dancing to the music of the silent disco!), and enjoying time with one another.
Eventually it was time to turn in from the excitement of the evening. It took us much longer than it should have to get back to our campsite, but once we made it Alex and I set up a hammock in the woods to get some sleep.
The next morning we strolled down towards the main stage area. There we happened to run into the rest of the counselors and even found a great deal for a veggie breakfast burrito!! From there we explored the arts and crafts fair — there was a lot of great items at AMAZING prices! We actually happened to meet someone who had worked at our summer camp during years previous — he now sells his photographs at Blissfest.
From there we wondered a bit until we happened upon a beer and wine tent that was offering a selection of beers, wines, and ciders from around Michigan. It was a great deal – only $10 to get in, which paid for six beers plus you get to keep the glass as a souvenir! My favorites were the cider from Northern Natural Cider House and the Rubaeus Raspberry Ale from Founders Brewery.
All and all Blissfest was an amazing experience, and I would love to go back next year for the whole weekend! If at all interested, I highly suggest checking it out – blissfest.org (for some reason I can not create a link for this).