What is the SisterSpace Weekend Women’s Festival?
The SisterSpace Weekend Women’s Festival is an annual celebration of women’s community, music, and culture. From its beginnings in the 1970s as a feminist women’s self-defense weekend, the SisterSpace Weekend Women’s Festival has evolved into a 3-day women/non binary assigned female at birth people (AFAB) – only camping event featuring music, workshops, parties, crafts, sports, and all sorts of opportunities for socializing, learning, and having fun! SisterSpace Weekend Women’s Festival is held every year on the weekend after Labor Day.
The agenda for each year’s festival is a constantly changing, constantly evolving organism—partly curated by SisterSpace, partly community-generated. Every year there are new surprises! What we can say for sure, is there will be plenty of things for you to do, no matter what mood you’re in.
Read on below for a summary of what you might expect, and be sure to join our mailing list and check us out on Facebook for up-to-date information.
Where is it?
The SisterSpace Weekend Women’s Festival is held yearly at Ramblewood, a comfortable and private camp in Maryland—just a short hike away from the majestic Susquehanna River, and minutes from I-95. The camp boasts an Olympic-sized pool, and cabins with full bathroom facilities including flush toilets and hot showers. Beds in the cabins have comfortable Tempurpedic mattresses!
If you prefer to tent, there’s plenty of space—and you’ll still have access to the same hot showers and restroom amenities that the cabin dwellers do.
All meals are included, from Friday lunch through Sunday brunch.
SisterSpace features amazing entertainment including music, spoken word, comedy, and other performance art forms. Enjoy multi-Artist night stages on both Friday and Saturday, a late night jazz & blues stage Friday night into the wee hours; and daytime showcase stages on both Saturday and Sunday. Weather permitting, many concerts are held under the stars; if not, indoor seating is available. SisterSpace is a wonderful venue for enjoying live performances! Hear some of your old favorites, and expand your horizons with fabulous new discoveries from our highly talented performer lineup.
Choose from dozens of collaboratively programmed, “community powered” sessions spanning a wide variety of diverse subjects. We encourage you to present a workshop, too! Click here for more info on workshops.
Parties, Dances and Special Events
Poolside dance parties. Tea dances. Keynote speakers. “Sip ‘n’Paint” art parties. Improvisational seminars. Featured film retrospectives. Late-night karaoke! Burlesque and drag shows. Community art galleries and performances. Drum circles. All of these things—and more—were on the agenda at recent SisterSpace Weekend Women’s Festivals. Who knows what surprises are in store for this year?
The Sexuality Space at SisterSpace is a safe space for any SisterSpace attendee over the age of 18 to explore, witness and participate as desired in consensual erotic play. Personal boundaries are accepted, encouraged and respected at all times. Kink not your thing? No worries. We’ll also feature workshops that focus on learning how to deepen intimacy.
Read more about Sexuality Space.
The Earth Mother Sweat Lodge is a place to come sit with your sisters and share this special time of connection with other women/nb AFAB folks.
Sports and Games
From water aerobics to pick-up basketball and softball to hikes down to the river, SisterSpace offers plenty of opportunities to “get your sweat on.” Be sure to bring that softball mitt or favorite lawn game!
NEW THIS YEAR: Kickball Tournament! Flag Football Tournament!
Bring your whole team!
Arts & Crafts
Feeling creative? Artistic? Want to try? The Georgia O’Keefe Art Space is your place to paint, draw, do arts and crafts, sculpt, contribute to the group mural, explore and have fun. No experience necessary! Feel free to display your work on the walls in our community art gallery. Then, you get to take home what you made!
What else? So much more than we can list here! Join us to discover what the SisterSpace Weekend Women’s Festival is all about. Register today!