HOT SPRING, N.C. — The Wild Goose Festival, “Remembering the Body,” will take place from Aug. 8-12 at the Hot Springs Campground.

The welcoming and inclusive event features a vast array of performers, speakers, practitioners and includes some popular with the LGBT community. It was begun in 2011 and is a space for a “new kind of Christianity.” One does not have to identify as Christian to participate. Themes throughout the weekend center around change, exploration of and growth in faith, live music, open air conversation and an appreciation of nature.

Main stage acts slated are David Wimbish and the Collection, Adam Crossley, Speech from Arrested Development, Eugene IV, Andy Gullahorn, Aimee Wilson, Phil Madeira, John Francis, Run River North, Indigo Girls and Rick Hordinski. The Space, Performance Cafe and The Chapel also serve as venues for music during the festival, including Wilmington-based, Gospel group Micah’s Rule (featured in qnotes online at

A number of well-noted speakers will also be on hand, such as the Human Rights Campaign North Carolina’s Legacy Award winner Rev. Dr. William Barber. Krista Tippett, host of “On Being” on NPR will also be on hand.

The festival is child-friendly and in rich with programs for youth and children from birth through 12.

Tickets are $20 per car for the weekend and $10 per day. RV spots are $150 and must be reserved in advance. Tent camping is $20 per tent. Email to learn how to book space.

Information on other accommodations in the area can be found on

Contributions are welcome and can be made on the ticketing page. Volunteers are needed as well during the event. Food and craft vendors and exhibitors can download applications through the website.


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Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.