By Brittany Smith; All photos courtesy of Gem and Jam Festival
“Where music, art, and gems collide”
Returning for it’s 12th rendition, Gem and Jam Festival has become a home away from home for gem enthusiasts, artists, music lovers, and festival goers of all kinds. We firmly believe there’s no better way to kick off a new year than with this four day and three long night electronic and jam-heavy festival. With adventure around every corner, here are ten reasons to add Gem and Jam into your plans!
1. Location, Location, Location
Gem and Jam offers the perfect escape from the cold of winter and gives you the taste of summer that you have been craving the entire off-season. With warm days and cool nights, this Tucson-based festival coincides with the Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil showcase, making it the perfect getaway to engage your mind and energy by tapping into the culture and exploration of traveling.
Gem and Jam is just 15 minutes south of downtown Tucson. Located on 640 acres in the Sonoran Desert on the Prima County Fairgrounds, you will be surrounded by nature, mountains, and easy-going vibes that will keep you coming back year after year.
2. The Community
This transformative festival brings artist and fans from far and wide, all while keeping the small town community-like vibes. This cultivated and special gathering attracts people who loves gems minerals and jewelry and music lovers who enjoy jam, electronic funk, and bluegrass fusion.
Internationally and nationally known artists, visionaries, creators, and inventors will be under the desert sky interacting and teaching those around them as well. Uniting in the celebration of gem, minerals, art, and music, the connection and energy Gem and Jam brings is something like no other festival. You will leave with unforgettable memories and friends from all over the world. Just look at these funky faces!
3. A Great Combination of Musical Artists
The music is ultimately what binds this four-day festival together, and this year’s lineup promises to be the most epic ye, featuring headliners like Railroad Earth, Emancipator, Greensky Bluegrass, Big Wild, and two sets each from STS9 and Lettuce. Stay tuned to our blog for interviews with some of our other favorite acts coming soon!
4. Plus Other Types of Art and Live Performances
Gem and Jam is unique for not only emphasizing the musical talent and integration with the gem and mineral show, but also focusing on live artists and performers of all mediums as well. You will get lost in the midst of the high-end art galleries and art installations Gem and Jam has to offer.
5. Bigger and Better Production
With promising, cutting-edge production and an increased festival capacity, Gem and Jam has multiple stages to offer this year, along with unique stage designs and impressive world-class visuals to ensure an over the top experience.
6. Upgraded Camping Options
Gem and Jam introduced a new way of camping this year with the boutique camping option! This luxury camping shift pod comes with a mattress and linens as well as cozy home decor and furniture. This unique way of camping is easy and comfortable, keeping you cool during the day and warm on cooler nights. This addition is wonderful if you are traveling far from home or wanting to try a new twist to regular camping.
The festival also offers walk-in camping, car camping, or standard/deluxe RV camping passes for low and affordable prices. Onsite showers and bathrooms are also provided. Camping is highly recommended to complete the ultimate experience and binds you together with people from all over.
7. Workshops for All
This year features an array of unique workshops and lectures will also take place inside the festival to engage your mind, body, and soul. Keep tabs on the Gem and Jam website for details coming soon.
8. Gems, Minerals, and Fossils — Oh My!
55,000 people from all around the world gather in Tucson, Arizona for the Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Showcase at the end of January and beginning of February each year. Gem and Jam Festival was created around the showcase to provide an even greater and more holistic experience, allowing you to hunt, trade, and collect beautiful treasures inside the festival as well. Powerful crystal energies will bring dazzling and empowering experiences to all walks of life.
9. A Huge Focus on Sustainability
This year, Gem and Jam is raising the standard for music festivals around the world by focusing heavily and innovatively on sustainability. The goal is to inspire the festival community to become more active and educated in the footprint events of this scale incur, both during the festival and after.
The new plan, crafted and implemented by Wysidio, will reduce the amount of resources used through landfill diversion and staff and community engagement tactics. Gem and Jam also is focusing heavily on working with vendors and partners who are dedicated to local-produce, fair trade, and environmentally-friendly products, and practice ethical labor and business standards.
You can help by disposing your waste from the festival properly by the appropriate use of signs and bins. Also, ditch the use plastic water bottles behind this year and bring a refillable bottle instead!
10. The Best of Vendors and Food
Gem and Jam brings together amazing food vendors and artistic merchants from all around the gem and mineral world. You can count on there being plenty of options for everyone (vegans too!), as well as some truly unique keepsakes to bring back home with you. Our top vendor picks to keep an eye out for: Noralina Freedom Designs (one-of-a-kind clothing), Larva Clothing (trippy threads), and Mostly Minerals (can’t leave Gem and Jam without a gem!).
An inspiring manifest of creativity is bound to be formed this special three night weekend. Grab your tickets now and we can’t wait to see you under the desert sky!
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