Milpa Music Festival explores the magic of harvest season with a special focus on the ancient polyculture of corn, beans, and squash that inspires our regenerative model here at The Ecology Center. Practiced by Indigenous farmers and land stewards for thousands of years, the milpa is the original expression of regenerative organic agriculture. Just as importantly, the milpa is a living demonstration of how interdependence creates abundance for all.
Along with the season’s unique flavors, colors, textures, and scents that we celebrate with each fall harvest festival, we’re adding a new element to this year’s festivities—this year’s Milpa festival will focus on the rhythm of the earth. Along with farm-fresh food, interactive art projects, and seasonally themed games and crafts, our Milpa festival will feature performances by local musical acts who share our passionate commitment to the environment, sustainable agriculture, and food security.
Come down to the farm for a weekend of fun and flavor, relaxation and inspiration, as we express our gratitude for the legacy of this land.
“Together these plants—corn, beans, and squash—feed the people, feed the land, and feed our imaginations, telling us how we might live.” –Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass
Anna St Louis
Slow and sultry folk-rock in the tradition of Laurel Canyon, tinged with influences from country blues to electronic esoterica.
Austin Leonard Jones
Dreamy country pop tinged with dreams of psychedelia, surf rock, and Spanish guitar.
A genre-hopping powerhouse of indie-rock energy and party culture vibes.
Mellow multicultural bedroom pop inspired by all-day surf sessions, beach bonfires, and vagabond wandering through Central America.
Subtle synths, intoxicating vocals, and easy-breezy beats that will keep your head nodding and your hips swaying.
Psychedelic dark wave dream pop fit for dancing on another planet.
Mellow bursts of epiphany and pleas of gentle seduction give way to driving grooves.
Moody studio pop - ethereal vocals, effervescent synthesizer washes, and reverberating open-tuned guitar.
Playful-yet-earnest shoegaze rock, featuring shimmery guitar riffs anchored by bouncy optimism.
Lush and hazy acoustic pop-rock marked by fuzzy distortion and hypnotic melodies.
Effervescent indie pop driven by distorted guitars and nostalgic rockabilly-tinged rhythms.
Well Well Well
"The Arnold Palmer of modern pop music"
Cumbia vibes with a full sound.
Molina & Caro
Raw, straight forward acoustic.
Soulful and powerful voice covering multiple genres.
The Mattson 2
A free-flowing, twin-brother jazz duo known for energetic live performances.
Community Seed Saving + Swap
Throughout time, traditional farmers have preserved seed from their best crops to replant the following year, resulting in crop varieties with exceptional resilience and production power. Join us in learning time-tested practices for seed saving in your home or school garden, followed by a community seed swap.
Farm Tour + The Story of Milpa
Take in the beautiful fall colors of our 28-acre Regenerative Organic Certified™ farm while learning about the symbiotic relationship of corn, beans, and squash on this special guided tour.
Marigold Garland Making
In Mesoamerican culture, the scent of marigold blossoms (cempasuchitl) was believed to guide ancestral spirits back to visit their loved ones. Join us in weaving our own marigold garlands to honor our land’s ancestors and their legacy that nourishes us today.
Herbal Tea Bar
Bring your own cup or mug to create a custom tea blend made up of nourishing herbs, flowers, and roots.
The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz St, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
November 12, 2022 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
November 13, 2022 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Ecology Center 32701 Alipaz St San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
We are in business to shift culture. By curating ecological experiences for everyone, we provide creative yet achievable solutions for thriving on planet earth. We believe everyone should have access to the tools, knowledge, and skills that promote healthy communities in the 21st century. This continues to drive our environmental, experiential and instructional design across our facilities, activations and curricula. We are recognized as educators, connectors, community builders that are leading the charge around the conversation about better, healthy living. It is our contribution to an abundant future.
Who is playing the Milpa Music Fest?
We have a variety of bands from Southern California whom are passionate about changing our future of food. You can click on each one above to listen to a sample of their musical stylings.
Is this a family friendly event?
Of course, we welcome children of all ages.
Will there be food and drinks?
Yes, we’ll be making on-site Peace Pizza as well as corn, bean, and squash (MILPA!) tacos. We’ll have non-alcoholic farm fresh beverages, as well as a beer garden with various beverage options.
Can I come and go?
Yes, your day entry is good for all or any portion of the day. You can exit and re-enter.
Can I camp at the farm?
Unfortunately not. But you are welcome to attend both days, as there’ll be a completely different band lineup.
Can I bring my dog?
Also unfortunately not, as there’ll be a crowd and we’d hate for your pet to be scared and do something they’d regret.