Covering 230 acres of Ozarks wilderness, Astral Valley Park is a great location for outdoor enthusiasts. It’s located about 45 miles south of St. Louis and offers travelers hiking and biking trails, creeks, caves, and a variety of different wildlife species to observe. Whether you're looking to attend a world class event or explore the remains of the former town of Koester (19th Century town comprised of Dutch and German settlers), Astral Valley Park stands ready to deliver.
The Cosmic Reunion Music and Art Festival fuses music, art, and nature into an all-ages celebration and will take place May 25-28, at Astral Valley Park. The event features musicians from all around the country including The String Cheese Incident's, Leftover Salmon, The Motet, and more. Attendees can visit an art and craft marketplace which features a variety of local artisans. More than 100 different workshops will be offered, giving visitors a chance to learn about everything from flint knapping to yoga. Outdoor enthusiasts will love Astral Valley Park and the opportunities it provides for hiking, biking, cave exploration, and wildlife viewing. Proceeds from the event go to raising art awareness and education in the area, including grants for local artists. We got the chance to interview Sheena Cox, CEO of the event and Venue Coordinator, to learn more about this family friendly music event.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
SC: This will be the 3rd Cosmic Reunion!
RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?
SC: We see around 4500 attendees daily.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract?
SC: The event is for all ages, and entire families are encouraged to attend. Don't forget that children 10 and under are free.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
SC: It's all your favorite elements from other events uniting for the ultimate reunion. Plus, we don't charge extra for everything.
RAL: Take me through the activities of a day at the event.
SC: Tickets are all-inclusive and include entry to a variety of activities including:
100’s of Workshops Including Flint Knapping, Native American Drum Building, and Yoga
Tons of Live and Large Scale Art Exhibits
Three Stages featuring over 30 Bands
Art and Craft Marketplace
Hiking and Biking on Multiple Forest Trails
RAL: What dining options will attendees encounter?
SC: We have a great selection of food and refreshments available from some great regional vendors, including local wineries!
RAL: What is the overall environment like?
SC: The atmosphere is laid back, friendly, fun, outgoing and happy. Astral Valley Park offers stunning natural surroundings and abundant outdoor activities.
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
SC: It brings people from all walks of life together to celebrate and have a memorable experience.
RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?
SC: Yes, our attendees spend money at local shops, gas stations, and restaurants.
RAL: Does the event support a special cause in the community?
SC: Yes, we help to promote art and music awareness in the region.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
SC: The event is an excellent way to break away from the 9-to-5 daily grind and immerse yourself in nature, music, and art. It’s the perfect environment to meet new people, explore new ideas, and celebrate life. Join us and let's celebrate with each other!
For more information about Cosmic Reunion, please visit the event website.