Pickathon 2016
Pendarvis Farm; Happy Valley, OR

Pickathon main stage

So, Pickathon might just be the hipsterest hipster fest ever. I know Coachella has the mainstream lockdown as the title holder for that award, but I’m pretty sure that’s just because they haven’t heard about Pickathon yet. And, honestly, it still remains a secret. Pickathon celebrated its 18th year as a festival, with an attendance of about 3,000 festival goers. Compared to more well-known festivals, this one barely registers on the Richter scale.

But I have seen the future of the Festival Experience, kids, and that is Pickathon. Imagine a hipster paradise in the woods, where food vendors and festival goers only use tin cups and reusable plates, where water is endlessly available, where the staff is both friendly and helpful. Imagine a festival where bands and festival-goers camp side by side, where the stages looks like something from Endor and small children are welcome and attend for free. That festival, my friends, is Pickathon, and it is beautiful.

View our photos from the festival below.


ALVVAYS
Alvvays performing in the Galaxy Barn
performing in the Galaxy Barn
Alvvays performing at the Woods Stage
performing at the Woods Stage

Black Mountains
Black Mountains performing at the Woods Stage
performing at the Woods Stage
Black Mountains performing at the Woods Stage
Black Mountains performing at the Woods Stage

Boulevards
Boulevards performing at the Galaxy Barn
performing at the Galaxy Barn
Boulevards performing at the Galaxy Barn
Boulevards performing at the Galaxy Barn
Boulevards performing at the Galaxy Barn

Mac DeMarco
Mac Demarco performing on the main stage
performing on the main stage

Ezra Furman
Ezra Furman performing on the main stage
performing on the main stage

Hurray for the Riff Raff
Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Lucky Barn
performing at the Lucky Barn

La Luz
La Luz at the Tree Line Stage
performing the Tree Line Stage

Open Mike Eagle
Open Mike Eagle at the Tree Line Stage
performing at the Tree Line Stage
Open Mike Eagle at the Tree Line Stage

Protomartyr
Protomartyr at the Galaxy Barn
performing at the Galaxy Barn
Protomartyr at the Galaxy Barn
Protomartyr at the Galaxy Barn
Protomartyr at the Galaxy Barn

kids at Pickathon watching the horses
kids at Pickathon watching the horses
A horse on the festival grounds
a horse on the festival grounds
A festival-goer twirls a lighted hula hoop

The Oh Hellos
The Oh Hellos at the Woods Stage
performing at the Woods Stage
The Oh Hellos at the Woods Stage

Thee Oh Sees
Thee Oh Sees at the Woods Stage
performing at the Woods Stage
Thee Oh Sees at the Woods Stage
Thee Oh Sees at the Woods Stage

Ty Segall
Ty Segall at the Main Stage
performing at the Main Stage
Ty Segall at the Main Stage

Vhol
Vhol at the Galaxy Barn
performing at the Galaxy Barn
Vhol at the Galaxy Barn
Vhol at the Galaxy Barn
Vhol at the Galaxy Barn

Wolf Parade
Wolf Parade performing on the main stage
performing on the main stage
Wolf Parade performing on the main stage
Wolf Parade performing on the main stage
Wolf Parade performing on the main stage

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