Sierra Nevada World Music Festival Canceled 4 Days Before Start

Read a note from festival organizers.

By Nate Todd Jun 17, 2024 3:53 pm PDT

The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival has been canceled. The event was scheduled for this weekend, June 21 – 23, at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds in Northern California.

The 27th edition of the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival was set to host Busy Signal, Koffee, Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse, Ranking Joe, Stonebwoy, Barrington Levy, David Rodigan, Half Pint, Third World, Natu Camara, Reemah and more.


The Sierra Nevada World Festival issued a statement on the cancellation. Read below:

With very a heavy heart, SNWMF BNVL LLC must announce the cancellation of Sierra Nevada World Music Festival 2024, June 21-23, at the Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville, CA.

Last year, the SNWMF team beautifully and successfully revitalized the festival after a 5 year hiatus. We planned and have been diligently working towards presenting another magical weekend this year. This has become increasingly difficult due to extreme financial challenges.

We have tirelessly explored and exhausted all options. We cannot proceed knowing we are unable to deliver the usual high quality event you deserve.

Please give us a little time to sort this.

We cannot apologize enough for this turn of events and the late notice. We have worked very hard to avoid a cancellation but must face the harsh economic realities. SNWMF cannot express enough our gratitude and love to everyone who has supported SNWMF over the past 30 years.

With regret, love and respect,

Gretchen Franz Smith for


A social media post sharing the announcement noted that the festival “will reach out with ticket refund information soon. We deeply apologize for the inconvenience caused by this announcement. We love you and we are so sorry.”

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