I was looking for something to do over the past weekend, and amongst all the events that were happening in and around Charlotte, I came across the Hippie Fest. This should’ve been a great experience.
If I think Hippies, I think bell bottoms, peace signs and flowers in your hair – not exactly what I witnessed at this particular Hippie festival!
The parking lots were jammed packed full of cars, people streamed through the gates for hours (I mean – we had to climb over a pulled down fence, stroller and all to get in….).
The so called entertainment lineup included hippie/folk music and drums. Whilst our skins burned from the baking sun bouncing off the scorching hot parking lot surface, burning incense filled the air, giving off an aroma which smelt suspiciously like one particular herb, if you know what I mean.
There were activities for the young and old alike, such as tie-dye a shirt to go full hippie or paint your version of the Mona Lisa on a canvas. There was a couple of food stands which tried there best to feed the masses, naturally for the not so health conscious the funnel cake stand the obvious favorite!
There were vendors for Africa – meaning a lot of vendors! And every vendor more diverse than the other in decor but all of them had the “hand made thingy” in common. Every second stall seemed to be selling some sort of a hand made soap or something you can put around your neck.
I am not sure if it is because I have been spoiled with well organized events and amazing markets (themed or not themed) in and around Charlotte, but this Hippie Fest was not one of my favorites to say the least! There were super strange people there that I have never seen anywhere here in Charlotte, so I want to ask – where did they come from?
I am always up for something new and love new experiences but this one was nothing to write home about! I am not 100% sure how this could be an annual event as how do they get people to come back the next year? No, this event needs some seriously better planning and organization as well as some boundaries, perhaps even a dress code and maybe a bag search too.
Please note: This is ONLY my opinion and I am sure some people might feel different about this event.
Please look it up on Facebook if you dare.