Words By: Duke DuRock
The time is finally here and this week we look forward to welcoming you to this year’s Lighting in a Bottle (LIB) Festival! Before you depart to our beautiful new home at Lake Skinner, we wanted to share some helpful information that will ensure your weekend is full of fun, but which will also keep you safe and adhere to our official LIB motto of, “Leave it Beautiful. Leave it Better.”
On your voyage to the LIB grounds at Lake Skinner, you’ll first be arriving at our box office to pick up your festival passes and credentials. Please note that there are absolutely no exceptions and those who do not go to the box office first will be redirected back to the box office before being allowed inside. Please respect the posted Speed Limits on your way to the festival.
On site, we work hard to keep LIB as safe as possible for attendees. We will have dedicated ‘LIB Rangers,’ who are participants that have chosen to volunteer as guardians of the shared values of the community. These official LIB Rangers are empowered by the community and The Do LaB to address safety concerns, mediate disputes and resolve conflicts when they cannot be resolved by the persons involved. If you should need emergency help, please look for either the rangers, LIB staff or security. There are also two first aid locations on the grounds and will be listed on the LIB map.
We strongly believe in making LIB as green as possible. With that in mind, we encourage you to get to the grounds by taking advantage of our new Lightning Buses this year, or rideshare with fellow attendees whenever possible. Check out our carpool page for further information.
When camping, we rely on you to be respectful of our beautiful Lake Skinner home and sort and take home your own trash. It is recommended that you plan to bring reusable containers, and always keep in mind the ‘Leave it beautiful, Leave it better’ mentality of LIB.
Camping Do’s and Dont’s
Check out our essential packing list to help you have a legendary adventure at LIB!
When you arrive at your campground, please be mindful that these areas are a place to sleep, meet new friends, hang with old ones and most importantly a place to create the kind of community you want to live in. During your time there, please always remember to be considerate of your neighbors. If you have a parking pass and will be driving in, observe the 5 MPH speed limit. Do not camp in the roads of walkways and there is absolutely no “space saving” for your friends who arrive later.
There are also no candles nor charcoal grills permitted either and there is to be no campfires outside of the designated fire pits. This will be strictly enforced as we are fortunate to be able to have fires within the existing fire pits in the campgrounds, but it is our responsibility to make sure that we keep ourselves, our neighbors and the community safe. This year there will be three shower locations within the campgrounds and will be $7. There is also a Lost & Found area on-site as well.
For your after-hours fun, the main stages’ sound will be shutting off at 12am, but then there will a ton of fun things planned. There will be a renegade drive-in movie theater for you to chill and check-out some cinema classics at. We will also have San Francisco’s famed, Silent Frisco, which will be having fun, themed (Daft Punk! LCD Soundsytem! Radiohead!) disco parties, without the amplified sound, so you can woogie in optimal sounding headphones all night long and into the early morning!
Most importantly, please be mindful that LIB is a family event. Your respect of these rules allows us to come back year after year to offer you more new experiences!
Stay Cool & Have Fun
Our home at Lake Skinner this year offers plenty of trees for optimal shading as current weather conditions are being forecasted to sunny and in the 90’s during the day and then dipping into the mid-60’s at night. Please be sure to pack appropriate clothing for these conditions and bring plenty of sunscreen.
Please keep in mind that there is absolutely no swimming allowed in Lake Skinner at any time. But we will have plenty of other ways to help keep you cool; as there will be free water and our cool new splash pad to play in. Plus, there will be lots of ice on hand at the general store too!
Choose Your Adventure
LIB is an all-day, all-night adventure and it starts from the moment you arrive. From setting up your camp, to making new friends and trying out all sorts of new things. No one can tell you how to best experience LIB, you simply have to decide for yourself what kind of experience you want to have each year. We do suggest you embrace this weekend as an opportunity to have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, as this is a place where anything is possible. You can create a whole new story for yourself, and then can carry that positive experience into the world to create endless new possibilities for yourself and everyone you touch. LIB is a collective dream amongst our community that creates real world impact through these shared experiences. So seize these days, seize these moments, because the time is now, the place is here, so don’t let it pass you by!
We can’t wait to see everyone this week at Lightning in a Bottle! If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, hurry, as the few remaining pre-sales can still be purchased at: http://lightninginabottle.org/tickets
Box Office doors will be open Thursday, July 11th starting at 2pm. Remember, you must check-in here first to get your festival pass and credentials.
Lightning in a Bottle Box Office will be located at:
San Jacinto Community College Menifee Campus
28237 La Piedra Road
Menifee, CA 92584
Thursday July 11th- 2pm – 12am
Friday July 12th – 10am – 11pm
Saturday July 13th – 10am – 10pm
Sunday July 14th – 10am – 8pm
Monday July 15th – No Entry
See you soon and remember to leave it better, leave it beautiful!