When? June 17-18, 2023
Where? 8990 Kruitof Way, Fair Oaks, California 95628
Host? North Western Circles Association
Since the festival is two days long, may I camp overnight?
Unfortunately, our festival grounds are not large enough to accommodate campers. The booth spaces of our vendors take up most of our outside areas, so we cannot allow guests to remain overnight. Please investigate hotel options in the Rancho Cordova and Citrus Heights areas near Fair Oaks.
May I bring my pet?
The VFW (our hosts) do not allow pets on the property unless they are service animals.
Are you the same people who host the Sacramento Pagan Pride Festival in September?
No, although we value our long-time friendship with the coordinators of the Sacramento Pagan Pride Harvest Festival, we are an entirely different organization. Sacramento Pagan Pride is unaffiliated with North Western Circles Association other than each festival having an information booth at the other’s event. That being said, PanGaia coordinators often volunteer to assist at the SPP festival to support that organization, so you will likely see many of us there as well!
Do your coordinators get paid for working the festival?
None of our coordinators or NWCA officers are paid or compensated for the time and effort they devote to PanGaia. All of us are volunteers, so please be extra nice to us.
Why can I not drive on the grass if I am a vendor?
We work hard to protect our long-standing relationship with the VFW and they are absolute on this rule. They say it is to protect their automatic sprinkler system which has been damaged in the past by vehicles driving over the grassy areas. They say no so we say no.
May I bring my blade?
PanGaia allows swords, daggers, and ritual blades provided they are peace- tied and sheathed. Peace-tying a weapon keeps it from being used. As an example, sheath a sword and peace-tie the hilt of the sword to the sheath so that it cannot be drawn. Arrows in a quiver must be peace-tied together and the bow unstrung. It is a simple process that helps ensure the safety of the guests.
How about my gun?
We do not allow firearms or weapons on festival grounds.
Is this event child-friendly?
Very! We welcome family members of all ages and require presenters, vendors, and entertainers to support a family-friendly environment. We do require adults to supervise children under 12 at all times. Please do NOT leave children unattended in any other part of the festival area and do not allow children to play with PanGaia Festival equipment, like our sound equipment or our bubble machine.
What are your provisions for managing violations of consent, harassment, or discrimination?
North Western Circles Association has a zero-tolerance policy for issues of consent violation, harassment, or discrimination of any kind. We have security personnel on-site throughout all festival hours and they will gladly remove offenders from the festival premises if needed. We are a safe space and strongly enforce that status.
I am a vendor and would like to raffle off my products…
PanGaia allows no unauthorized soliciting and no raffles/opportunity drawings other than those conducted by North Western Circles Association (NWCA).
I am a minister and as such, I am not required to obtain a seller’s permit to provide services or sell products. Why do you insist that I have one?
It is a common misperception that ministers or others offering a service without selling a product do not need a seller’s permit. Our Contract Specialist has researched this issue extensively with the Board of Equalization and the fact is that BOE requires a seller’s permit for ANYONE accepting payment for services rendered or for the sale of products. In short, if you accept payment, you are operating a business and must have a seller’s permit to do so. NWCA now requires that the vendor obtain a seller’s permit with the address of the event printed on the permit prior to applying to vend at our events. The application itself lists the seller permit number as a required field, so vendors cannot apply to vend at our events without first obtaining the permit. Seller’s permits are free, easy to obtain, and can usually be processed fully online at the BOE website. The BOE staff is very helpful and friendly. If you encounter any difficulty obtaining a seller’s permit, please phone them at 1-800-400-7115, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm for assistance.
If PanGaia is a fund-raising event and is free to park and enter, how do you make any money?
Our funds are raised through donations, vendor fees, and other fund-raising activities that take place during the festival.
There is a lot of Pagan involvement in this, is it Anti-Christian?
PanGaia is not defined by any religious practice. Pagans of all paths come to our event, as do people of other faiths. Everyone is welcome. We are not anti-anything except persecution, hatred, discrimination, or malignment. We believe everyone has their own path to the Sacred and Divine and PanGaia’s mission is to explore that throughout the many cultures in the world.
I use cannabis for pain control. May I use it on festival grounds?
As per VFW rules, those use cannabis for medical or recreational reasons must do so off festival grounds.
Can I bring in a cooler of beer or bottle of wine to enjoy?
Guests may not bring alcohol onto festival grounds. Alcoholic drinks are available from the VFW bar inside the facility. We expect guests to “drink responsibly,” to know their limit, to conduct themselves respectfully, and to arrange for alternative transportation after drinking. Again, onsite sleeping facilities are not available for guests.