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, films, lectures, art exhibitions and workshops; it is organized by volunteers.
The first ever Ladyfest was conducted in Olympia, Washington in August 2000 with over 2000 people attending. Prime motivators in the event were Sarah Dougher, Sleater-Kinney, and Teresa Carmody. Also performing were The Gossip, Bangs, The Need, The Rondelles and Bratmobile.
Since the first Ladyfest, the event has branched out into other urban centres such as Amsterdam, Atlanta, Belfast, Belgium, Bellingham, Berlin, Birmingham, Bordeaux, Brighton, Bristol, Brooklyn, Cambridge, Columbus, Cork, Chicago, Cardiff, Dijon, Dublin, Glasgow, Grenoble, Lansing, MI, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Orlando, Ottawa, Oxford, Philadelphia, Riverside, California, Scranton, San Francisco, San Diego, Sevilla, Tallinn, Texas, Toronto, Toulouse, Traverse City, Washington DC, Wellington, New Orleans, New Zealand 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.
Ten years on from the original event Ladyfest is still going strong as a global phenomenon. The 2010 London Ladyfest was promoted as a "tenth anniversary" event, "celebrating a decade of DIY feminist arts and activism".
Ladyfest has inspired spin off events such as LaD.I.Y.fest in Berlin, which aimed to emphasise the do-it-yourself, participatory aspect of the festival. In 2009, they launched a competition for a new logo on the theme of '(im)migration and gender and 'critical whiteness and everyday sexism'.
Ladyfest Nottingham 2011 took place on November 19, 2011. Events took place throughout the day including a craft fair, art exhibition and literature and poetry readings. In the evening, across six stages and five venues, Ladyfest Nottingham showcased bands, comedy, singer songwriters, DJs and dance.
Ladyfest Boston is scheduled for February 3–5, 2012, while Ladyfest Bristol will take place on July 6–8, 2012 at various venues across the city.
 Compilation albums
 See also
- Foster, Sophie (2001-02-13). "Return of the riot grrrls". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- Brace, Eric (2002-08-02). "Ladyfest D.C.: Grrrls, Uninterrupted". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- Raihala, Ross (2002-02-21). "Ladyfest Lives on". The Olympian. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
- Allan, Ruth (2007-04-11). "The mother of all festivals". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-10-16.
- Nugent, Benjamin (2000-07-30), "Olympia Ladystyle", Time
- Ladyfest Ten website
- Ladyfest Ten Launches article from ClashMusic website
- Red Chidgey, Rosa Reitsamer and Elke Zobl 'Ladyfest: material histories of everyday feminist art production' vol.24 July 2009 n.paradoxa: international feminist art journal pp.5-12
- Website for the first Ladyfest, with information on subsequent festivals - Note: website currently out-of-date, does not list festivals later than 2006