Concerned that women's festivals were on the verge of extinction – after several fabled venues shut down – Linda Stonestreet started her own. Northern California Women's Music Festival, which Stonestreet started from scratch, with little experience producing and zero corporate support, has been stepping along for four years now.

“I just thought 'Wow, this is a part of our culture that's dying, that could go the same way as women's bookstores, and just drop off the face of the earth and not be relevant,” Stonestreet told Curve magazine.

The festival is held each year on a 40-acre wooded lot located three hours from San Francisco in tiny Laytonville, California. The atmosphere, Stonestreet said, is an “upscale camping experience”. Park your RV, pop a tent, or rent a tepee, either way all your meals are included (imbibers bring your own liquor).

The festival celebrates female community though music, dance, and workshops. Here's a sampling of the three-day lineup:

Friday, August 22: Woody Simmons and her banjo promise to electrify the opening night of the festival ( Bay-area favorite Blame Sally's Pam and Jeri ( are sure to delight with an acoustic performance.

Saturday, August 23: Celebrated bluegrass performer Laura Love is certain to spark excitement when she takes the stage.

Sunday, August 24: Terri Anne Gutierrez and Susu Pampanin ( offer inspired belly dancing in the middle eastern tradition.

Yoga, meditation, and belly dancing are just a couple examples of the workshops included.

While one-day tickets are available, Stonestreet suggests women come for the entire weekend. “You need three days to enjoy all the festival has to offer,” she told On Top Magazine.

On the net: Festival website at