The Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC

Now that February is officially underway, our thoughts at Carolina Mornings have turned to Festival Season and we are so excited to begin planning! One of our favorite local events, the Wild Goose Festival, is set to take place in Hot Springs, NC over the weekend of July 9th through 12th. For those of you new to the festival, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions to better acquaint you with this wonderful gathering!


 What is it?

The Wild Goose Festival is a community event focused on justice, spirituality, music, and art.  It is a 4-day, outdoor affair hosted by our neighbors in Hot Springs, NC. The inspiration for the festival comes from the basic human tenets of unpredictability, beauty, and grace. Much like Burning man and Greenbelt, Wild Goose celebrates diversity and seeks to promote the common good.

What's the History?

Wild Goose was directly inspired by an outdoor music festival in England called Greenbelt which has strong themes of spiritual and social justice. In an effort to create a similar kind of community in the United States, Wild Goose was born. Since its inception, the festival has strove to create a safe space for learning, imagining, praying, singing, and dancing.

What's it Like?

Wild Goose is above all else a place where a community can come together in a warm and meaningful way. It is also a venue for truly amazing musicians to share their art and a forum for stimulating and courageous speakers to reach out to those who are excited to listen. The theme of 2015’s festival will be "Blessed are the Peacemakers” – an inspiration taken from the many movements of 2014 that sought to bring about social justice within the community. The town of Hot Springs is also community based. Nestled on the banks of the French Broad River, Hot Springs is for many a place of reflection and peace. It is a beautiful, welcoming town and a destination for many.

Tranquility Lodge Living AreaWhere Can I Stay?

Carolina Mornings has several stunning properties located in Hot Springs. Aqua Falls Cabin, a 3 bedroom mountain lodge, is located just a short drive from the town and boasts 7 private acres of surrounding forest.  Tranquility Lodge, great for larger groups, is a fantastic property situated at the top of a hill overlooking the valley. And for couples looking to come for a visit, Hideaway Cabin is a perfect refuge.



877-902-9441For a complete listing of available rentals, contact a Carolina Mornings Vacation at 877-902-9441. A professional Vacation Planner will help line up your vacation rental accommodations, Biltmore Estate tickets, and outdoor adventures such as ziplining and skiing (included with every Carolina Mornings rental!).


 By: Dana Carrico

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