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Lifest Stage 2012.jpg
Main stage in 2012
Genre Christian music
Dates second weekend of July
Location(s) Sunnyview Expo Center
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Years active 1999 to present
Founded by Bob Lenz

Lifest is an annual Christian music festival that takes place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at the Sunnyview Expo Center. Lifest started in 1999, and became five days long for the first time in 2006. Starting in 2013, it was shortened to 4 days. It is held on or around the second weekend of July. In 2005, Lifest had approximately 74,000 attendees.[1] Lifest features around 100 to 150 artists[2] on several stages. The festival is a member of the Christian Festival Association.

Performers and speakers[edit]

Building 429 performing in 2012
Bob Lenz closing 2014 Lifest

Musically, Lifest has featured a wide range of groups such as Toby mac, Stellar Kart, Casting Crowns, Skillet, Family Force 5, Kutless, Downhere, Jonny Diaz, Seventh Day Slumber, Tenth Avenue North, Fireflight, Steven Curtis Chapman, FM Static, Sanctus Real, Building 429, Thousand Foot Krutch, Superchick, Chasen, Matt Redman, The Letter Black, Needtobreathe, and Jimmy Needham.

Entrance, 2012

Lifest also has speakers and seminars as an integral part of the festival. Speakers have included founder Bob Lenz, Tony Campolo, Scott Spencer, Ken Davis, and many more.

Lifest has camping available, as well as many vendors. Lifest is run by Life! Promotions,[3] and requires over 1000 volunteers.[4]


On July 14, 2007, a 16 year old girl, Elizabeth Mohl, fell to her death on a swing type ride at the festival.[3]


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