Trash In Campgrounds

LIB is a “Leave it Better, Leave it Beautiful” event. That means that you take your trash out with you and help us leave the venue better than when you arrived. This isn’t the kind of festival where you trash the place and rely on festival staff to pick it up for you. LIB tries to create awareness and encourage people to take care of the communities that they live in and the planet they live on.

The best way to do this is to plan ahead and bring as little trash as possible. Last year there was way too much trash left in the campgrounds after the festival. Our team works tirelessly to create something magical for everyone and at the end of it we are stuck cleaning up your trash. We create a community together and we set ourselves apart by working with you and not for you. We all have to take responsibility for ourselves and our community which means learning and living by our “Leave it Better, Leave it Beautiful” policy.

Every year the LIB community grows and we need to rely on YOU to help spread this message to help teach and inspire the next LIB generation.



All of the campgrounds will be named so you can coordinate with your friends to find out where you want to camp. There is cell service at this venue so meeting up shouldn’t be too difficult. We will put a detailed map on our website prior to the festival so you will be able to coordinate with your friends and plan ahead.

Campground Hosts

The campgrounds will have hosts to assist you and to help make sure you are camping in the appropriate areas as well as answer questions that arise during your LIB experience. They will be stationed throughout the campgrounds which will be indicated on the festival map.  In the event that you need security, medical or law enforcement the hosts at these stations can help you.

Boutique Camping Packages

This year Lightning in a Bottle will be offering all inclusive camping packages for a fuss-free LIB experience.  For the full list of packages available please visit the tickets page here.


There will be showers in the campgrounds for a fee. Bring a towel and some biodegradable soap.


Fires are allowed in designated areas with existing fire pits.  If you don’t have a pit provided by the park we can’t allow any fires.  If you are unsure about whether you can have a fire please ask a campground manager or Ranger before starting one.

Cooking And Grilling

Enclosed propane grills are acceptable in the camping areas but NO open flame or charcoal grills will be allowed.


Camping Passes

All full weekend and two day passes include tent camping in the festival. What this means is that you will park your car in the general parking lot and walk or use the gear shuttle to get to the campgrounds.

Once a campground is full the shuttles will stop going to that campground so if you arrive after your friends you may have to walk in to a specific campground or pick a new spot and make some new friends.  :)

Car Camping / Rv Camping

If you purchased a car camping pass that means that you have the ability to bring your car into the campgrounds and have it with you at your camp. There is not a separate area for people with car camping passes.
RV With Hookup passes allow you to park at the RV Hookups that are on site and you can simply follow the signs to get there.
Regular RV passes will met by placers and they will direct you to your site when you arrive and they will try and work with you to enable you to be near other friends in RVs whenever possible. They will also reach out via email to provide more info on what can be expected upon arrival. There is additional space around the RV spots so additional tents and even car camping passes can join you. This is not guaranteed but the space is there so try and arrive together or message your friends to let them know where you are.

Family Camping

LIB is proud to be a family friendly festival and we make great efforts to create an interactive and engaging environment for kids and families!

Learn more about LIB Family Camp HERE


Safety and Security


This is an all ages event however anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A legal guardian must have proper documentation.  No exceptions.


The LIB Ranger Team and Medical teams will be on patrol and stationed 24 hours a day throughout the festival in the event you need their assistance. If you ever need assistance you can contact any LIB staff member, go to the medical stations, info stations or any campground management booth.

Illegal Substances

LIB is a drug free event.  Anyone caught with or doing any illegal substances will be escorted from the event and may face legal consequences.  In addition to our Rangers and Security teams on site the Monterey Sheriff’s will be assisting us onsite throughout the festival in the event that they are needed.


Nudity is strictly prohibited at LIB.  We’re not just a family friendly event but it’s the law.


There are no open fires allowed except in designated fire pits existing in some of the campgrounds.


Dos AND DoNots


YES  Enclosed propane stoves
YES  Good Vibes
YES  Backpacks
YES  Cameras
YES  Alcohol.  A reasonable amount for personal consumption but only in plastic bottles or cans
YES  Coolers in Campgrounds
YES  Following our simple rules to make LIB a safer and stress free place to be

Your respect of these rules allows us to come back year after year to offer you a new experience!  Thank you!


No public nudity
No glass bottles or glass containers i.e., beer, soda, hard liquor (plastic and cans are ok)
No illegal drugs of any kind
No weapons (including things like machetes for opening coconuts - no weapons at all)
No  fireworks, fire tools or fire lanterns
No pets (service animals are ok with documentation, email for further instruction)
No fires outside of designated fire pits
No “Space Saving” as in roping off area for your friends who arrive later.  Please arrive together or meet new neighbors.

* Security personnel reserve the right prohibit items seen as harmful, dangerous or not in the best interest of the festival and it's patrons.
** All persons, items and vehicles are subject to search upon entry by Security and Law Enforcement**


Lightning Bus

Top 6 reasons to ride a Lightning Bus to LIB:

1. Go green. Lower the carbon footprint!

2. Let us do the driving. Relax on the way here and meet new friends!

3. There’s enough room for your camping gear! Isn’t that rad?

4. Bypass any lines at the box office by getting credentials while on the bus!

5. Get dropped off and picked up at a central location within campground!

6. All Lightning bus riders get a free LIB water bottle and expedited entry!


Los Angeles - round trip - $78

  • Free shuttle bus from LAX available to pick up spot

  • 2 pickup times available: Thursday, May 21st at 12pm & Friday, May 22nd at 10am.

  • Leaves LIB 5/25 at 11am

  • 4-5 hours or 235 miles each way

  • Pick up location:

Quick Park LAX
Located at Crowne Plaza Hotel
Corner of West 98th Street and Avion Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045

San Francisco - round trip - $88

  • 2 pickup times available: Thursday, May 21st at 12pm & Friday, May 22nd at 10am

  • Leaves LIB 5/25 at 11am

  • 3-4 hours or 180 miles each way

  • Pick up location:

Millwood Inn and Suites
1375 El Camino Real
Millbrae, CA 94030

San Diego - round trip - $92

  • Pickup is Thursday, May 21st at 11am

  • Leaves LIB 5/25 at 11am

  • 5-6 hours or 355 miles each way

  • Pick up location:

4840 Shawline St.
San Diego, CA 92111

Got more questions? Check out last years frequently asked questions page for more information (Please note some rules are subject to change in 2015)


Become a Lightning Bus Manager!

Would you like to get reimbursed for your Bus ticket?

We are currently looking for one responsible volunteer from each city to serve as a bus manager. This person will be responsible for keeping tally of who makes it onto the bus, as well as arriving early to meet the bus. The qualifying volunteers will have their bus ticket reimbursed. If you are interested please email, ASAP! :) Info_GettingHere_Body1_F

Getting Here

LIB's Event Site & Box Office

Lightning in a Bottle is located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco at the beautiful Lake San Antonio Recreation Area. The address for the entrance road is below.

San Antonio Recreation Area 2091 New Pleyto Road Bradley, CA 93426

All online orders placed on or before May 5th, 2014 will qualify for wristband shipment prior to the festival. For online ticket orders placed after May 5th, 2014, attendees, artists, guests, volunteers and participants MUST go to the will call box office located on-site to get their festival wristband and credentials. NO EXCEPTIONS! NO ONE WITHOUT A WRISTBAND WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE FESTIVAL.

*Please do not go to or contact the San Antonio Recreation Area for tickets or event information. All festival and ticket questions should be directed to the Do LaB.


Box Office / Gate Hours

Thursday: 10am - 11pm
Friday: 9am - 11pm
Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Sunday: 10am - 8pm

For more info, see our full Getting To LIB page.


Once You Arrive

If you did not have your RFID wristbands mailed to you you’ll need to pull into the on site Box Office upon arrival and pick up your wristbands at WILL CALL. (Follow street signs upon arrival to get to the box office) If one person in your vehicle doesn’t have a wristband on, the entire vehicle will need to go to the box office. If EVERYONE in your vehicle has their RFID wristbands on you will pull straight into the main festival gate where our staff will scan your wristbands. Piece of cake, you are in!

Once your wristbands are scanned you will drive into the festival grounds and be directed towards the parking lots:

If you have a Car Camping or RV Pass you will be directing by signs to go to your campgrounds.

If you are going to general parking you will be directed by our staff.  Here you can choose whether you want to park and walk to camp or park and take a shuttle to camp. More instructions on the shuttle system will be announced at a later date.

*Pro Tip – Pack your camping gear tight with no loose items. The shuttle system can get crazy at times so to ensure you don’t lose any items make sure they are all packed up tight and together.

*Pro Tip – Label your items to ensure that you don’t lose them. Even that extra pillow you grabbed at the last minute

*Pro Tip – Bring some wheels to help you trek your stuff on long distances.

Car Camping Passes

If you purchased a Car Camping pass this will be mailed to you when your festival wristband is sent to you. Simply follow the instructions and you’re good to go! If you purchased a Car Camping pass and it does not arrive in the mail or if you have a pass at Will Call you will need to pick it up at the box office upon arrival.

*Pro Tip! If your group of friends has a Car Camping pass use it to fit as much gear and people as you can so you can all easily get to your campsite together.

*Pro Tip! Bring a wagon, dolly or some sort of sturdy wheels to help you transport your gear from the shuttle stops to your campsite. families2_body


Single occupant vehicles are charged $30 to park in the parking lot. Vehicles with one or more passengers (not including the driver) are granted free parking. Please carpool! You’ll be able to avoid the $30 parking fee, and you’ll help us lower the event’s carbon impact. It’s important that as few cars as possible bring all your wonderful bodies to the festival.

Your LIB Wristband

We’re extremely happy with the success of using RFID technology to speed up the process of getting into the festival so we’re using it again this year. Every wristband will be scanned as you enter, and will need to remain on your wrist for the duration of the event. Basically, it will serve as your LIB passport in, around and out of the festival.

Your wristband will take the place of a traditional ticket, and will be shipped to you in advance of the event. Full  weekend orders began shipping on April 16, 2015. 2 Day passes begin shipping after May 7th. Once shipments have begun, changes to an order's shipping address can no longer be processed.

All orders placed after May 5th, will be held at will call. To claim your wristbands you will need to visit the box office on the weekend of the event.

Once you have your wristband, you can register it here.


Entrance into LIB

  • Everyone in your vehicle must have a wristband properly applied on their RIGHT wrist prior to arriving. You will not be allowed onto the festival entrance road without your wristband properly applied on your wrist.

  • Wristbands are required at all times on festival grounds. You will be subject to ejection with no refund if you take off or tamper with your wristband for any reason. If you have an issue with your wristband please immediately report to security or customer service.

  • Please do not remove the excess portion of the wristband or tamper with your wristband in any way. Do not cut it, burn it, stretch it or fold it. Altered wristbands will be invalid and any person in possession of an altered wristband will be charged a replacement fee or may be ejected from the festival site.

  • Only orders placed through the LIB website are guaranteed to be authentic. Only wristbands that are received from the official Lightning in a Bottle Festival are guaranteed to be authentic. We do not want any of our fans to be scammed.

Please Be Aware

  • We are not responsible for any counterfeit tickets or wristbands.

  • In addition, any wristbands reported lost or stolen will have their chip deactivated and will not be valid.

  • For your own protection, please do not purchase LIB wristbands from any third party sellers. Fake or deactivated wristbands may look like the real thing but they will be identified by our scanning system at each venue entrance.

  • Those in possession of fake wristbands – or ones reported lost or stolen – will not be admitted to the festival.

For any other ticketing or wristband questions, check out our Ticketing FAQ page.


LIB Families

Lightning in a Bottle welcomes your family, and we are honored you are choosing to share your LIB experience with the whole family. In addition to family camp, we offer a wide variety of family appropriate programming throughout the weekend. More information on this will be released in the next few months.

If you would like to register for family camp, please click HERE to provide LIB Family Camp Management with the necessary information.

Registering for camp does not guarantee exact location in family camp, however it does help us allocate enough space and give our campground managers a heads up.

Register for Family Camp here

Join The Community!

Join our Facebook group to meet the community, share ideas and to ask parent-specific questions: LIB Kids & Families Facebook Group

Families at LIB questions? Please check out the families FAQ on our FAQ page.



Lightning in a Bottle is accessible to all guests with disabilities. It is our goal to continually make the festival more accessible, and we thank you for your support and participation.

  • Wheelchair Accessibility: The venue is fully navigable for people with mobility disabilities with the assistance of our ADA Compliance team. ADA camping/parking is conveniently located near the main points of activity. Thus there are accessible pathways between this reserved campsite, the vendor village, and almost all of the stages. There is a steep hill which separates this area from the Woogie Stage and Temple of Consciousness. Our ADA team will provide transportation over this terrain for patrons who need assistance. To request a ride, please visit the Access Center.

  • Access Center: All accessibility-related inquires can be answered at our Access Center, which will be located at ADA camping.  Additionally this is the location to recharge wheelchair batteries and/or the other assistive technology requiring electrical recharging, as well as store medical equipment or just get some relief from the sun.

  • ATM’s and Concessions are fully accessible and located throughout the venue. If assistance is required please confer with a festival staff member.

  • Parking: A separate ADA lot will be available for patrons with a handicap placard and the applicable proof that that placard belongs to them. Please follow signage or ask staff upon entering the festival how to access this lot.

  • Camping:  For ADA patrons who are camping, there is a camping lot with close proximity to the festival entrance and is located close to all activity areas/stages. At this camping location, power will be provided for assistive technology. To gain access to this lot, a handicap placard and paperwork to show that it belongs to person requesting access will be required, in addition to a camping pass. For campers in RV’s please contact us in advance at

  • First Aid: We have several First Aid locations that are noted on the festival maps. Professional medical staff can help you with your medical needs at these locations.

  • Service Animals: No pets are allowed within the festival. Service animals must be registered at the Access Center immediately upon entry to the site. Please email for protocol regarding service animals.

  • Viewing Platform:  There will be accessible viewing areas made available to ADA patrons who may need to see above the crowd. For entrance to the platform please visit the Access Center.

  • Effective Communication Requests: There will be several options available for ADA patrons who are hard of hearing. We will have assisted listening devices available at the Access Center (you will need to leave your government issued ID with us until you return the device). We will also have American Sign Language Interpreters (available upon request) to provide sign for requested performances. If you require an ASL Interpreter, please contact PLEASE NOTE: Requests must be made no later than two weeks before LIB to allow for sufficient processing time.

  • Visual Accommodations: We will be providing daily guided tours throughout the venue. If you would like a guided tour, please contact or come by the Access Center once onsite.

In continually trying to make our festival more accessible we encourage you to contact us at for any of your accessibility-related needs. Additionally, if you have any questions about policies or our services please contact us.

Once onsite, if you have additional questions, feel free to stop by the Access Center to talk with LIB’s ADA Compliance Coordinator, Oren Shani.


Headdresses at LIB

Cultural Appropriation - Appreciation or Disrespect?

If a Native person sees you in that headdress, will you feel awkward? Do you feel you are simply borrowing from a culture’s style because you think it’s awesome or that it’s a harmless case of flattery?

Sporting that headdress or other imitation accessories that were not received through cultural rights or permission and the understanding that comes with it, means being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism.

We embrace raw, creative, and authentic self-expression. But by embracing the current tribal trends you aren’t asserting yourself as an individual, you are situating yourself comfortably amongst a culture of power that continues to oppress Native peoples.

Taking off the headdress is about respecting the realities faced by Native Peoples today.

Native peoples are still here, fighting for basic human & religious rights, and for respect. But because the majority of society learns about Native cultures in textbooks, cartoons, and movies, the realities they face and even their existence remains invisible. At Halloween, “Indian costumes” are sold alongside Spiderman, mermaids, and fictional characters. Many of us grew up playing cowboys and indians or watching sports that have indian mascots. These experiences support the entitlement of non-native people to reenact our storybook versions of exotic, romanticized stereotypes (noble savage, warriors, pristine environmentalists, shamans or magic indians). It is a kind of American Indian image painted by white oppressors. So sporting that headdress means being a walking representative of 500+ years of colonialism and racism, perpetuating stereotypes that native people have been fighting against for just as long.


For a full list of our general, camping, ticketing, and wristband FAQ CLICK HERE .

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