Coming up on the weekend of July 30th-August 2nd, the 31st anniversary of Reggae On The River will grace the shores of the majestic Eel River at French’s Camp in Humboldt County, CA. The longest running reggae festival in the U.S.- and the only one known simply as “Reggae”- the event is presented by and for the non-profit Mateel Community Center. It is also an important fundraiser for numerous other local groups and global causes- and this larger purpose is at the heart of what makes Reggae On The River much more than just a music festival.
Started in 1984 to rebuild the community center after an arsonist’s fire burned the original building- from these humble beginnings the event has blossomed into one of the most iconic festival gatherings, offering an experience that is simultaneously world-class and grass roots. Transforming a raw and rural piece of land- French’s Camp- into a public ready concert venue is no small feat, but this sacred location, the beauty of its natural environment, the blending of global cultures with the unique Humboldt community, and the positive message embodied in Reggae music that is truly at the core of Reggae On The River’s staying power!