Tegan and Sara headlined last year's Harmony By the Bay Festival.

Harmony by the Bay, a one-day gathering, featuring music, yoga and an “eco-market” will return to the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, on September 28th, 2013 (unconfirmed). Last year, in addition to two music stages (Shoreline and Harmony stage) there was also a yoga stage, because who doesn’t want to do downward dogs when you’re drunk and high at a festival? But that’s your first mistake, this festival isn’t about getting wasted and listening to music: It’s about the greater good. Just take a look at last year’s sponsors: Yoga Tree, Yoga Votes, Sunrise Center, Whole Foods, Instant Jungle International, and General Hydroponics (yes, you can grow plants other than marijuana hydroponically). All these organizations advocate social change and we all know that music and change go hand-in-hand.

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On a more serious note, though, what this festival is doing is quite interesting. Most music festivals don’t worry about carbon footprints, sustainable vendors, or mobilizing concert-goers as potential voters. Harmony by The Bay does all this and more, and is a refreshing change from mega-festivals only concerned with making as much money as possible. The festival is only a year-old, but if it continues to grow, there is hope that other festivals could adopt their model. Though even Harmony By the Bay isn’t completely free of consumerism, last year, attendees could save over $10 on their Harmony By The Bay festival tickets by visiting any Whole Foods Market (recently criticized for their potential use of GMOs) and checking the code on their receipts. Either way, there’ll still be great music, so hit Whole Foods, spend $12 on organic almond milk, pass the vegan banana date oat cookies, and head to Mountain View.

Harmony By the Bay Festival 2013 Tickets


Harmony By the Bay 2013 Dates

September 28th, 2013 *Projected Date*

Harmony By the Bay 2013 Lineup

Though no lineup has come close to being announced, expect bands that will continue to harmonize by the Bay in the tradition of last year. The Fleet Foxes, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals or even Beach House would all fit in with the vibe of the festival.

Harmony By the Bay 2012 Lineup

The Shins, Tegan and Sara, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Beats Antique, Matisyahu, Jimmy Cliff, Kimbra, The Dirty Heads, The Givers

Harmony By the Bay 2012 Performances