Smart bets: Wild Goose Festival

Calling on the Celtic symbol of the Holy Spirit for its name, the fifth annual Wild Goose Festival is a spiritually charged four-day gathering and “open space where people of all ages become a community, cultivating respectful but fearless conversation and action for the common good.” A host of speakers, including authors, activists and musicians have been called upon to prompt utilitarian reflections on social justice, spirituality and art using a theme of “Blessed Are the Peacemakers.” The family-friendly music event also includes collaborative art installations, worship opportunities and hands-on activities like transforming guns into innocuous hand tools. Day passes are $49-$89, and full passes for the event — held in Hot Springs from Thursday to Sunday, July 9-12 — cost $299 per person, including camping. wildgoosefestival.org. Photo courtesy of organizers

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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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