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The 10th Annual Wild Goose Festival is off to a great start!

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Valerie Kaur’s challenging ask “What if this is not the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb? What if the future is not dead but still waiting to be born?” will invigorate us and her new book, See No Stranger (release date, June 2020), will equip us for Revolutionary Love!

Michael Gungor leads an up-close and personal interactive Café session around his newest project, “Five Rhythms from Planet Moon,” an experimental ecstatic dance album – Can it get Goose-ier than that!

Diana Butler Bass, among the highest impact public theologians of our day, brings two of her incredible, high impact, former students to the Wild Goose
– Jennifer Harvey (Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation)
– and Reggie Williams (Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus: Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance).

Jim Wallis defines the public faith agenda like no one else. When Jim talks, he literally creates the common vocabulary for our contemporary faith conversations.


If you haven’t already watched AND bookmarked Valarie’s 2016 Watch Night Service message, do it now.

Barbara, Yvette, Brian, Stephanie, Racquel, and Phil – More Wild Goose Excitement!

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Wild Goose #10 is more of what you’ve come to expect –
and a lot of what you don’t expect – that’s because it’s the Wild Goose!

It’s a mix of first timers – Racquel Gill and Stephanie Tait – and regulars and “near regulars” – Barbara Brown Taylor, Bishop Yvette Flunder, and Brian McLaren.

And Wild Goose musical favorite Phil Madeira has a new album and Wild Goose has Phil!

Year-Round Conversations

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For many of us, the thing we love most about Wild Goose Festival is the conversations in which we find ourselves spontaneously and unexpectedly engaged. It seems as though they’re always derailing us from our carefully planned agendas.

Can we make this a year-round experience? Imagine you’re walking down Main Street or through the campground. You encounter a lively conversation around a couple of picnic tables. In true Goose style, someone calls out, “hey, come join us!” People scoot over on their bench to make a little space for you. You’ve never met these folks before but there’s an immediate trust and openness and acceptance. The conversation flows. When you leave, you feel a little lighter. A bit transformed. Even energized!

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Festival Postponed to 2021

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Tuesday,  May 5, 2021

There’s no easy way to say this, so here it is.
With great sadness, we must announce that Wild Goose Festival is postponed until summer of 2021.

This morning we received word that the town of Hot Springs has passed an ordinance prohibiting festivals through the end of the year.

If you’ve already purchased a ticket, we realize you may need that money now more than ever. We’re committed to providing refunds to those who need them, but we’re also committed to keeping Wild Goose alive and soaring.

Our small staff is working on exciting ways to keep us all connected throughout the year and to continue planning for 2021 – and to do that, we could use your help. If you have the means, we sincerely hope that you’ll consider donating all or a portion of your ticket value, and/or making a tax-deductible donation.

Even if you haven’t purchased a ticket, please consider a donation to help us remain operational.

All ticket holders will receive an email soon with details concerning three options – donation, rollover to 2021, or refund.

If you’ve been accepted as a co-creator, vendor, or partner, we’re rolling you over to 2021 unless you’d rather opt out. For volunteers, we’ll be starting over. You’ll receive more details soon.

Together, we’ll get through this – and we’re already looking forward to seeing you in the summer of 2021.

Wild Goose Festival 2021 – July 15-18, 2021

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July 15-18, 2021 – Save the date and mark your calendar! And note, that’s one week later than usual.

Ticket sales are open now. Earlybird pricing applies to the first 100 tickets sold.


What if you’ve already purchased a ticket for 2020? You have three choices.

  1. Support Wild Goose Festival by converting your ticket to a donation  – and, this will entitle you to a special $99 ticket for 2021!
  2. Roll your ticket over to the 2021 festival.
  3. Get a refund for your ticket purchase.

Click here to let us know your preference.


We’re planning lots of community activities to help us all stay in touch. We’ll be sending regular emails about what’s happening in the Wild Goose Festival Community. You can always check the schedule HERE for the latest additions – and visit the Community web page for more details.

See you in person next year! But see you virtually real soon!