Ladyfest is a community-based, not-for-profit global music and arts festival for female artists that
features bands, musical groups, performance artists, authors, spoken word and visual artists, and
workshops; it is organized by volunteers.
The first ever Ladyfest was held in Olympia, Washington in August 2000 with over 2000
people attending. Prime motivators in the event were Sarah Dougher, Sleater-Kinney, Cat Power,
Neko Case, and Teresa Carmody.
Since the first Ladyfest, the event has branched out into other urban centres such as Amsterdam,
Atlanta, Belgium, Berlin, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Brooklyn, Cambridge, Columbus, Chicago,
Cardiff, Dublin, Glasgow, Lansing, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Melbourne, Orlando, Ottawa,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego, Sevilla, Toronto, Washington DC, and more. Each new
festival is organized locally and independently of other Ladyfest events in other states or countries,
primarily by volunteers, and most proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations.