What is it?

Visions of the Wild is a festival to that connects nature, culture and community.  The festival brings together all segments of the region, and in particular, the spheres of conservation and art.

What is the significance of the 2017 "Changing Landscapes" theme?

We will build on the success of previous years’ celebrations of wilderness, water, and urban wildlife.  Changing landscapes explores the ways in which our human and natural have changed over time, and where they may go in the future.   Topics might including the changing climate (as it relates to factors like fire or flooding), restoration of local ecosystems, how our environment shapes human relations, and even landscapes of the imagination.  All of the art shows, films and talks will relate in some way to this theme.

When is it?

The festival takes place over four days, Thursday evening, September 7 to Sunday, September 10.  The busiest event day is Saturday, September 9, when events will be taking place from early morning to late at night.

Check out the festival’s website for specific event times:

Where is it?

Most of the festival occurs within a few blocks around Virginia, Marin and Georgia Streets in downtown Vallejo, California. The main programs (films and speakers) will be presented in the historic Empress Theatre. Check out the festival’s website for specific event locations:

How much does it cost?

All events, are FREE and open to everyone on a first come, first served basis, with the exception of the Saturday and Sunday’s River Cruises.

What are the festival events?

The festival features films, speakers, art shows, field trips, art shows, and  cruises up the Napa River and Carquinez Strait.  Activities will be available for people of all ages.  A detailed schedule of events is available at

Who organizes it?

The festival is a collaboration among a variety public agencies and community organizations as well as individual volunteers.  The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region and the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation are the principal partners.

Is this an annual event?

This is the fourth annual Visions of the Wild Festival.  It started In 2014, with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Wilderness Act.

Who is encouraged to attend?

Everyone is encouraged to attend.  We welcome all members of our diverse and creative community.  We need community support to help spread the word about this event.  Please let all of your friends, neighbors, relatives and co-workers know about this energizing, informative and FREE series of events.  Flyers, agendas, and postcards are available to download under the media section of our website:

Are there events for children?

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend all of our events.  Children will particularly enjoy:

Saturday September 9

Nature Discovery Zone| 8 am- 2pm | Vallejo Farmer’s Market

Sunday, Sept 10

Nature Discovery Zone| 9 am- 1pm | American Canyon Farmer’s Market

Multi-Day Event

Wild Quest: Nature Treasure Hunt – Various locations around Vallejo

Press Releases

Visions of the Wild – Press Release

Pre-Festival Events – Press Release


Visions of the Wild – 11×17 Poster

Visions of the Wild 2016 Program

Visions of the Wild – WildQuest Poster