‘Ain’t Necessarily Dead Festival’ celebrates Summer of Love anniversary in Auburn | TheUnion.com

‘Ain’t Necessarily Dead Festival’ celebrates Summer of Love anniversary in Auburn

The Regional Park in Auburn will host the “Ain’t Necessarily Dead Festival” on July 15.
Submitted photo by Alan Sheckter |

“The Summer of Love,” Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead all seem to go hand in hand, as all were there in 1967 pioneering a spirit and sound that resonates today. 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, as well as what would be Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday.

On July 15, the Regional Park in Auburn will be the place to be to celebrate as the Auburn Area Park and Recreation District hosts the free “Ain’t Necessarily Dead Festival.” The festival was created to celebrate the music and vibe that was created by the Grateful Dead and all those who participated in the celebrations of the era.

The festival is a free family friendly event featuring two stages of continuous music, a beer garden showcasing award winning craft beer from Auburn area brewers, a giant kid zone, carnival rides, craft and vendors fair, and a huge food court all nestled in a beautiful park setting. While the entrance to the festival is free, organizers hope all will plan to support these destinations, as ultimately they are the ones who allow for this kind of event to be free to attend.

Featuring an eclectic collection of music, from folk to funk, culminating with a special tribute to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. There will be two stages of fun with a larger main stage featuring: the Red Dirt Ruckus, Shakey Zimmerman, The Well Known Strangers, Mojo Green, Moonalice, and Stu Allen & Mars Hotel. There will also be the “Homegrown Stage” that features some of the best in local music and musicians, including Matt Rainey, Todd Garner and more.

Music is just part of the fun. The beer garden will be featuring the Auburn Ale House, Crooked Lane Brewing, Knee Deep Brewing & Moonraker Brewing (all who have donated their product for this event).

A “kid zone,” where kids of all ages can have some fun, includes a bounce house and a giant water slide. Individual and unlimited ride passes will be available.

Shopping is also a favorite pastime at the festival, where you can find everything from custom tie dye to handmade crafts.

This will be a full day packed of fun and smiles. Where music and community come together, worries and differences can be set aside, and all can join in mutual celebration.

Dogs are welcome, but must be on leashes. Outside alcohol and glass bottles are not allowed. Sun screen, low back chairs and carpooling are suggested. Music starts at noon. The food courts, beer garden and craft area will be open no later than 1 p.m.

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