Xara Dulzura

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Xara Dulzura
Location(s) Dulzura, California, United States
Inaugurated April 2003
Most recent April 27–30, 2006

Xara Dulzura was an annual art, music and creative mythology festival lasting several days. It took place at the Madre Grande Monastery in Dulzura, California in San Diego County in late April, generally on or before the time of the traditional Beltane holiday. The event happened four times, each year from 2003 through 2006.


Xara was originally founded by Mark Hinkley as a camp at Burning Man. The first independent Xara event took place in 2003 in Dulzura at Madre Grande. That year it drew 200 people. It grew to an attendance of 400 in 2004 and attracted 850 people in 2005.

The final Xara Dulzura festival took place in 2006. In 2007, problems with Madre Grande's neighbors led to the cancellation of the festival, and in November of that year, fire destroyed most of the structures at the monastery, precluding further festivals there. Plans were announced to hold a "Xara Los Padres" festival in the Los Padres National Forest near Los Angeles in 2010, but they never came to fruition.

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