There you are, standing barefoot in a giant outdoor amphitheatre, listening to your favorite band perform live in front of thousands of other people. You close your eyes and feel the pulse of the bass and God’s presence moving through you. You are exactly where you need to be this summer – you are at Alive Festival.

Getting its start in 1988, Alive Festival has grown to be one of the country’s largest Christian music festivals. Next month’s four-day, multi-stage festival (July 20 - 23, 2016) welcomes some of the most well-known Christian artists from around the world. This post aims to explain why you should attend this year’s celebration.



Alive invites believers from all over the world to join together, and celebrate wonderful music and a common bond in Christ. Music has an amazing ability to transcend our bodies and help us feel the power of God working within us. At Alive, you’ll be surrounded by thousands of other people, all of whom are there for the same powerful purpose.


Alive Festival is hosted at Atwood Lake Park & Amphitheater, a stunning 1,500-acre lake and campground located less than two hours south of Cleveland in Mineral City, Ohio. Well-groomed campsites run throughout the park. If you’d prefer to RV instead of camp, there are plenty of  options for electric hook-ups, too. Either way, you’ll be surrounded by pristine beauty at Atwood Lake.


A music festival requires some great music and Alive Festival doesn’t disappoint. Here are just some of the performers you’ll see at Alive this year: Skillet, Casting Crowns, For King and Country, Switchfoot, Rend Collective, Andy Mineo, Sidewalk Prophets, Shane and Shane, All Sons & Daughters. These artists will join dozens more who are performing at their best to glorify God and make His name known.


In addition to the talented musicians, the Alive Festival features world-class speakers. People like James McDonald, Paul Tripp, Sean McDowell and Scott Dawson will be there to share the gospel of God and equip believers with shareable wisdom to keep with them well after the Festival is over.

If you can’t make it to Alive this year, you can still join in the celebrations via a BoxCast live video stream. Nothing will replace the atmosphere and fellowship of being there, but if you can’t attend and want to stay involved, we invite you to watch online at

If you're seeking additional ways to recharge your spiritually this year, we suggest you attend a church conference. Here the top five church conferences to attend in 2016. 


Photo: Used with permission from Alive Festival Photos via Flickr

Published by Kyle Nickel on June 28, 2016 in Church

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