Two performers seek shelter from the rain.
Two performers seek shelter from the rain. Brooklyn Benjestorf

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It may have rained all weekend in Granite Falls, but that did nothing to dampen spirits at the first annual Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival. If anything, the gray skies only served to accentuate the Northwest vibe, as performance artists, musical acts, workshops, installation art, and campsites spread like mist throughout the woodland environment. Music varied from dreamy down-tempo to hard-hitting techno. It was pretty much impossible not to dance.

The welcoming committee.
The welcoming committee. Brooklyn Benjestorf

Stunning headgear fit for a festival in the forest.
Stunning headgear fit for a festival in the forest. Brooklyn Benjestorf

That new kind of camouflage.
That new kind of camouflage. Brooklyn Benjestorf

More beatific costume beauty.
More beatific costume beauty. Brooklyn Benjestorf

Birthday boy Eric Allen immediately post-set on the River Stage as part of the Rebel Disco Alliances showcase.
Birthday boy Eric Allen immediately post-set on the River Stage as part of the Rebel Disco Alliance showcase. Brooklyn Benjestorf

The aftermath of the Nü Iceland takeover of the spirit animal catwalk. Nü Iceland is a silly, just-for-fun community dedicated to Kadeejah Streets alter-ego, Dirty Ice.
The aftermath of the "Nü Iceland" takeover of the spirit animal catwalk. Nü Iceland is a silly, just-for-fun dedication to Dirty Ice, Kadeejah Streets' alter ego. As Kadeejah Streets explains, it's "a place where lunacy and champagne rule the day and where penguins and ice rule the night." Brooklyn Benjestorf

This girl was groovin it out despite the muddy dance floor.
This girl was groovin' it out despite the muddy dance floor. Brooklyn Benjestorf

Some of the looks were not at all serious, with many festival attendees just letting their freak flag fly.
Some of the looks were not at all serious, with many festival attendees just letting their freak flag fly. Brooklyn Benjestorf

Cascadia was totally kid-friendly, offering a kid zone for children just a wee bit older than this little darling.
Cascadia was totally kid-friendly, offering a kid zone for children just a wee bit older than this little darling. Brooklyn Benjestorf