Interactive Environments + Experiences

At Lightning in a Bottle, you have a unique opportunity to stumble upon many experiences outside of the musical stages that are full of lively, participatory fun and shenanigans. The interactive areas at LIB truly allow you to lose yourself in an entire universe of play. From fully immersive environments to roving interactive stations and pop-up art car environments, be sure to take some time to stop by and drop into an entirely different world that will make your LIB experience unforgettable and uniquely yours. A few of the immersive areas you can look forward to this year are the Lightning Inn, the Giggle Juice Cafe at the Lost Hotel, The Tea Temple and returning for their 8th year, and (of course) The Grand Artique.

Interactive Environments

The Grand Artique


Photo by Watchara

The Grand Artique returns to Lightning in a Bottle for the 7th year in a row! Bringing back to life their town of Frontierville, a fully immersive Trading Post/General Store, hotel, gypsy encampment and a heavy hitting music line up that will have you ripping up the dance floor deep into the night. The Grand Artique is one interactive area and stage of LIB you don’t want to miss out on! Don’t forget to dig through your treasures and bring something to trade! See you at The Grand Artique!

Amori’s Casino & Burlesque


Photo by Watchara

Drop into Amori’s Casino & Burlesque, and immerse yourself in a sensual feast of love. Wander in and experience an eyegasm of live burlesque and cabaret, gaming, wandering characters, live bands, fire shows, DJs and shenanigans. Open every night for your late night cravings. Come join in the festivities with three-time Mayor of LIB and reigning Mayor of Love, Paul E. Amori!

Lightning Inn by The Imagine Nation

Photo by Watchara

Check into this boutique hotel experience comprised of a labyrinth of rooms full of interactivities and play. The Lightning Inn is a beloved improv theater offering rooms filled with delight and play. The experience features playful employees to guide you on your journey as you seek and find clues to the mystery inside.

Sitcommune by The Fungineers


Photo Courtesy of the Fungineers

The Fungineers have created a poppin’ paradise to play with you in! It’s a psychedelic hip-hop puppet show for adults in a cozy magic zoney zone. Featuring special sensations and fresh feelings, like interactive improv, short films, commercials, popcorn, snug sax, lessons n lots o’ loungin’!

The Gong Sanctuary


Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom

Lay down & relax to receive the sound vibrations of singing bowls, gongs and chimes as they guide us into a deep meditation. The healing vibrations pass through our bodies, opening blockages and allowing our minds to quiet. A wide range of ancient world traditions from Confucianism to the Pythagoreans’ claimed that sound could not only “tune the soul” but affect our cosmological & social worlds as well. The physiological impact of sound on the body, emotions & cognition is apparent. Through the vibrations of these instruments, we experience an inner calm and deep relaxation that enables us to journey within and center.

Learn more about why you should experience the Sound Healing at LIB here!

Giggle Juice Cafe at the Lost Hotel


A nomadic guest experience offering a full-service restaurant, juice bar, and an interactive journey like no other. The Giggle Juice Café The Rancho is the gateway to this experience. The Rancho offers the opportunity to explore culinary landscapes that rejuvenate your spirit with a full menu that includes: juices, smoothies, salads, and their signature dish sexy eggs.

To make a reservation for their unique fine dining experience click here. Inquire about booking a cube at LIB at

The Tea Temple by Om Shan Tea


Photo by Jasmine Ibarra

Back again for their 8th LIB, Nestled in the heart of The Compass area, The Tea Temple returns to bring warm cups, open hearts and the conversation dreams are made of. Get ready for aromatic blends that are both rejuvenating and calming, for a taste of something truly special where a casual passerby can become a dear friend.

Highlove Vitality Elixer LoungeHighlove-Vitality-Elixer-Lounge-by-Daniel-Zetterstrom

Tempt your taste buds with exotic elixirs at the Highlove Vitality Elixir Lounge, day and night. Delicious hot and cold beverages are accompanied by bursts of dazzling entertainment on our glittering stage. Enjoy the impressive lounge experience, as an immersive theatrical escapade unfolds around you. Twisting comedy and burlesque with cirque and music, education and entertainment.

Black Rock Observatory

Courtesy of Black-Rock-Observatory

Photo Courtesy of Black Rock Observatory

Showing the universe as art is an admission that the truth is sufficiently beautiful and that it deserves our attention. Black Rock Observatory strives to show participants the incredibly glorious vista of the planets through a telescope. There’s a beautiful moment when the participant’s worldview expands to include the planets they learned about in school. They’re not just fairy tales or abstract concepts anymore. It’s real. Sometimes this can be terrifying. It’s always awesome. Lines often form. There’s also a calming sense of scale that comes along with observing the sky, making the observer feel small, even humble.

MOVA Gallery

Photo by Gilles Kali

MOVA Gallery is pleased to return to Lightning in a Bottle in collaboration with 360Dome.Pro to bring you an all new Immersive Art Experience. Featuring the latest in Full Dome 360 Digital Projection Technology, this year’s installation will include even larger projection systems with seamless 4k resolution and both interior and exterior projection mapping.

The Jive Joint

Photo by JORG Photo

The Jive Joint is a destination, discovery, and journey all wrapped up into one. This interactive art installation features a colorful, New Orleans style house. Groove out to the jazzy, funky, soulful tunes produced by Super Tall Paul’s legendary on the spot musical looping. Comedic and bizarre Jive Joint characters provide genius improvisational entertainment creating hilarious memories to last a lifetime. Magic, unicycle, juggling, nose whistle, silly contests, freestyle rapping, finding love, special guests, and even you may be a featured moment on the Jive Joint stage.

Natures NEST

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom

For anyone adventurous enough to hike up to the Meditation Lookout, a riddle of a sculpture known as the New Earth Star Temple (NEST) can be found blending organic materials and human ideas in a seamless interweaving of spirits and ideas. This space is designed as a sanctuary for peace, mindfulness, contemplation, healing, and grounding amidst the wild excitement of the festival. Some who go there find rest, others find a scenic view of the landscape and a few even find new friendships that form around shared wonder.

Lightning in a Paintcan


Join us in welcoming Lightning in a Paintcan for its 11th year at Lightning in a Bottle 2017! After envisioning and refining the festival live painting concept over the last 10 years, this year we’re innovating, pushing the live painting experience to be more visible and accessible for festival goers.

Get ready to buy choice art while you meet and observe the most talented live painters in the festival scene! We are again, hand selecting an intimate group of Artists who will create smaller more affordable works throughout the festival! Watch as your favorite artists transform wooden panels into incredible paintings over the course of the event! We will also feature 8 large scale mural works in designated areas. These will be for sale, but also made affordable and accessible online after the festival with the creation of signed print editions.

The White Library – A New Area Debut

Announcing an interactive living art installation designed by Jade Mangiafico and his team of Arterians! Imagine a world where every surface is a canvas for your imagination and your dreams to find a home. A home where the walls are filled with the thoughts and ideas of great thinkers, poets and lovers. Allow yourself to see further into an environment that started as a single thought and over the span of a few days has blossomed into the colorful concepts of thousands. If your mind can allow it you will find a piece of yourself in… The White Library


Interactive Experiences

2nd LIB Invitational Soap Box Derby

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom

LIB’s invitational soap box derby returns for its second year! Last year’s inaugural derby saw more than 20 teams race to the finish line in some really wild wheels including a banana-shaped soap box and a wheel barrel tub equipped with a rubber ducky and all. Come see what kooky ideas are built this year! Registration is not open to the public, but come on down and take part in the spectacle!

When: 2-5 p.m. Saturday (car line up and parade 1:30pm)
Where: On a steep hill in between the Woogie and Compass peninsulas, smack dab in the middle of the festival.

Do-Over! Beauty Salon & Barber Shop

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom

Need a new look?? Search no further than the Do-Over! Beauty Salon & Barber Shop. But be warned, the wheel of misfortune will dictate your future. 😉  Be charmed by our stylists, LA Sirenes, who will be offering mini-makeovers, haircuts and style tips. Fou Fou Ha! brings the laughter, games and some surprises you are not to forget!

When: 2-5 p.m. Saturday (car line up and parade 1:30pm)
Where: On a steep hill in between the Woogie and Compass peninsulas, smack dab in the middle of the festival.

Mega Skee Ball w/ New Belgium Brewing Company

Photo by JORG Photo

Calling all skee ball masters! You may have been the champ at your local arcade or county fair, but will your skills hold up on a 70-foot lane? We’ve got the beloved Bijoulette clown troupe on the lanes cheering for you,  while our friends at New Belgium Brewing Co set up delicious tastings. Come test your skills and challenge your friends to declare the real master.

When: 1-7p.m. Friday-Sunday
Where: On the boat ramp in between the Thunder and Lightning stages

Late Night Speed Dating

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom

The world is your oyster and at LIB we want you to meet your lobster. 🙂 You’ll never know who you will connect with at our Late Night Speed Dating nights. But you only have a few minutes with each person, so make sure you ask the right questions. Find a friend for the weekend or the love of your life.

When: Midnight-3 a.m. Thursday-Sunday
Where: In the Learning Kitchen

LIB MustDash 5K Run

Photo by Guru

This year at San Antonio Lake you better bring your racin’ shoes along with your mustache game! We invite you to register and take part in the inaugural LIB MustDash 5K Run! This is no ordinary race! Runners will be lining up at the starting mark dressed in their wildest costumes and twirling their fierce mustache-o’s. Don’t forget to tell your squad on the sidelines to support and dress the part! To enter the 5k Run, register here.

When: 10 a.m. Friday
Where: The Lightning Stage

After Dark Karaoke

Photo by Juliana Bernstein // Get Tiny

Talent is not only found on our big stages, but right there inside of YOU! Come show us your singing chops at our After Dark Karaoke in the ditch! Practice those high notes and get stretched for those dance moves, at Karaoke with KJ Paul everybody is a star.

When: 9:30 p.m. – sunrise Thursday-Sunday  
Where: In the ditch underneath the LIBridge

LIB Fire Flow Zone hosted by Fire Groove Gear

Photo by Jacob Avanzato

Just because the sun will go down for the night, doesn’t mean that we can’t have some fire in the sky. For the second year in a row, Fire Groove Gear will be hosting a safe and interactive space for LIB’s many fire performers. After an opening performance, the circle will open up to the public and give the community a chance to show us their talents and participate in the fire jam.

When: Thursday-Sunday  10 p.m. – 4 a.m. + 10 p.m. opening performances
Saturday – Love in the Fire Collective
Sunday – West Coast Eclectic Arts
Where: At the Fire Circle adjacent to the Pagoda


Come see more of the wonders that await you at LIB!


Featured Image by JORG Photo