Festival Info & FAQ
When and where is LIB?
May 8th – 13th, 2019 – Buena Vista Lake – Kern County CA.
4-Day Festival Passes: Grants you access on Thursday, May 9th. 5-Day Festival Passes: Grants you access on Wednesday, May 8th. Campgrounds close: Monday, May 13th. Entrance to LIB is only permitted during box office hours (see below)
Festival Location: Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area 13601 Ironbark Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93311 Google Maps link
What are the box office hours?
Everyone must arrive during hours listed below. No exceptions. No lining up overnight or roadside parking/camping.
5 DAY FESTIVAL PASS HOLDERS ONLY
Wednesday 11am – 11pm
4 & 5 DAY FESTIVAL PASS HOLDERS
Thursday – 10am – 12am
Friday – 10am – 11pm
Saturday – 10am – 10pm
Sunday 10am – 7pm
PLEASE NOTE: THE GATE & BOX OFFICE ARE NOT OPEN 24 HRS! If you leave LIB after gates close, you will not be allowed back in until gates open the following day.
Is LIB an all ages event?
Yes! LIB is an all ages event BUT anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. A legal guardian must have proper documentation. No exceptions.
For kid’s ticket pricing click HERE
What if I’m under 18 and want to attend?
If you or your child wishes to attend the event with a trusted friend or family member, you must complete all necessary paperwork recognized by the state of California to grant temporary guardianship. More information on this can be found here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/1214.htm
Do I need to purchase a Car Camping pass?
No, 4-Day and 5-Day Passes include tent camping. If you’d like to camp with your car, you’ll need to purchase a Car Camping Pass in addition to your Festival Pass. Car Camping Passes allow the ticket holder to camp next to or inside their car. Only valid with a festival pass – does not give access to the event without also purchasing a Festival Pass. Only one Car Pass needed per car.
I can’t find a ride to LIB, can I take the bus?
Yes! All aboard the Lightning Bus! Featuring one-way tickets to and from Los Angeles, San Diego, and Oakland! More info on our bus program HERE.
Are there Security, Medical, and Ranger teams at LIB?
Yes! These teams will be on duty 24 hours a day throughout the festival. If you need assistance you can contact any LIB staff member, go to the medical stations, info stations or campground management station.
Is LIB clothing optional?
LIB celebrates freedom of individual expression, and while we love all bodies, this is a family friendly event and the law states public nudity is prohibited.
Is LIB a drug free event?
Yes. Anyone caught with illegal substances will be escorted from the event and may face legal consequences. In addition, the possession or smoking of marijuana products is not permitted in Kern County Parks. Rangers and Security teams, the Kern County Sheriff will be onsite in the event that they are needed.
Can I bring a pet?
No. LIB has a strict no pet rule that will be enforced. Only documented service animals required for a disability, and who are trained to handle loud and active environments, are allowed in the festival grounds.
If you need to make arrangements for pet care, here are some highly reputable options, which are close by:
Cowen’s Pet Resort
22110 Stockdale Hwy
Bakersfield, CA 93314
Fur & Feathers Pet Resort
3329 Allen Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 93314
What if my pet is a service animal?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about registering your documented service animal. Please keep in mind, it is illegal to fraudulently claim that your pet is a legitimate service animal.
Will there be somewhere to leave items that I don’t want to leave in my tent/car?
We are hoping to have the lockers back this year and will keep you posted. We recommend not bringing items of value to LIB. The festival is not responsible for lost or stolen items
Is there a lost and found?
Yes, there is a lost and found booth on site in the main camp plaza. You can also reach them at email@example.com.
Will there be water for sale?
No, single use water bottles are not sold at the event. Bring a reusable bottle and refill at one of our many drink water refill stations throughout the site.
Will there be alcohol sold at LIB?
Yes! There will be beer, wine and cocktails sold at multiple bars throughout the festival area. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available at the bars. Cash or card is accepted.
Will there be ice for sale?
Yes! Ice will be available in all major camp plazas for $6/ bag. Cash or card is accepted.
Who should I contact for general festival and event questions?
You can contact us via facebook: https://facebook.com/LIBfestival. We try to answer questions as quickly as possible, please allow 24 hours M-F for a response.
How can I get involved at LIB?
Whether you’re a 5-time vet, or a first-time LIB goer, we ALL take part in creating our community. Take it one step further and get involved at LIB 2019!
Our 2019 participant applications are live! Check HERE and learn more about the many ways to get involved.
Is there parking at the festival? Does it cost money?
Yes, there is a parking lot for those driving to LIB, but not camping with their vehicles. See cost info below.
LIB Carpool Initiative: To keep emissions and traffic low, 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. Sorry we’re not sorry…
What is the Photo Policy?
By attending Lightning In A Bottle (the “Festival”) you consent to being filmed and or photographed, whereas your image, voice, and likeness may be used by The Do LaB for promotional purposes.
Any photography or video taken at the Festival, whether in digital or analog format, is subject to a mandatory, non-exclusive license to The Do LaB for use in promotional purposes.
Any artwork or performances sponsored by the Festival or taking place on Festival grounds is also subject to a mandatory, non-exclusive license to Do LaB for use in promotional purposes.
All photographers using 360-degree cameras, DSLRs or cameras with detachable lenses are required to have media credentials to take pictures or video at the Festival.
What is the Drone Policy?
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all festival attendees, artists, and staff, Do LaB strictly prohibits the operation of or use of any unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also know as “Drones”, on, from, or above Do LaB/Lightning in a Bottle premises, events or venues without specific written permission from an official of Do LaB. This includes all UAVs regardless of size, weight, or purpose. If you are found to be using or in the possession of a UAV or “Drone” while at Lightning in a Bottle, it will be confiscated by ground staff and held for the remainder of the event.
How big is each campsite?
LIB campgrounds are free form. There is no pre-plotted or reserved space. We ask for you to get cozy with your neighbors to eliminate any wasted space.
I have a Car Camping Pass and my friends do not. Can we camp together?
There will be a specific campground designated for walk-in + car camping. More information will be released closer to the event.
Does each person inside a vehicle need a car camping pass?
No, you’ll only need one car camping pass per vehicle. Only one person in the vehicle needs to purchase a car camping pass if you plan to camp with the vehicle. Each adult needs their own Weekend GA pass.
What is the difference between RV Ticket Types?
“RV No Hook Up” passes allows you to bring your RV into the designated RV campgrounds and will not be provided any services such as power, water, or sewer. There are two types of RV No Hook Up passes, SHORT for sizes less than 27’ and LONG for sizes more than 27’. “RV with “Power HookUp” passes allows you to bring your RV into the designated RV campgrounds and will be hooked up to a grid of power. There are two types of RVs w/“Power HookUp”, SHORT for sizes less than 27’ and LONG for sizes more than 27’. Please note there is no sewer dump available upon exit of the festival for any type of RV pass.
What qualifies a vehicle Car Camping vs. RV Camping?
Van or Camper-Van = Car Car with Trailer = RV 5th Wheel = RV *All lengths of vehicle passes are for combined total length of RV and any vehicle towing*
What can I expect when I purchase a “RV with Power HookUp” and how will it differ from last year’s “Power & Water Full-Hookups”?
Over the past 4 years we have been able to offer lush campgrounds with each RV spot. These were nice sites but were a long way from the festival requiring shuttle busses and generally you would have to plan your day or evening with the idea that you would be a long distance from your camp and not easy access to your RV.
This year we have worked hard to offer a suitable alternative and maybe better in some ways. This is a asphalt lot typically used for boat trailer parking so it is located right at waters edge! It is conveniently located and an easy walk to everything the festival has to offer. We will supply a power grid to plug in your RV.
Sites will be similar to an RV park and will measure approximately 20’ wide X 40’ deep. Your campsite will have some space for a few small tents if you desire although they have to be freestanding since stakes CAN NOT be driven into the asphalt. We plan to park RVs awning to awning creating an opportunity for a cool social space between you and your neighbor.
We have several RVs in our group can we all camp together?
Maybe… The parking is done “Disneyland-style” which means we place you with guidance into the next available spot. Sorry, but we cannot accommodate self-selection of spots during the process. But that’s ok….you’ll be just minutes from starting the party at this point! The best chance for your group to camp together is to all arrive together and be in line together. The RV Placement team is happy to work with you but you must do your part. Once the gate opens things become a little chaotic so please be patient and we will do our best to fulfill your requests. As we draw closer to the event the RV Placement team will reach out to you and we can talk about how we might be able to provide for special needs or requests.
Can my friends with Car Camping Passes camp next to me in my RV Campsite?
Generally this is not a good idea. Each RV is given a limited amount of space which is along side the RV and is considered your “personal space” which accommodates opening the awning. If you bring a car into your site it needs to fit into this space leaving little room for a tent or two much less some chill space. If friends plan to camp with you we suggest that you bring their gear in your RV and have them park in general parking saving on the car camping pass.
What if I have a bunch of friends and I want to set up their tents and coolest dome ever right next to my RV?
No problem!! Have your friends pitch in and purchase an additional RV pass (in lieu of a car camping pass) or two and we will expand your RV site appropriately essentially doubling your space or more if you purchase more than one additional RV pass. Bare in mind that the RV W/Power Hookups Camp is on asphalt and stakes of any kind can not be used there.
Where is the RV w/ Power Hookups Services camp?
RVs w/ Power Hookups at LIB have their own campgrounds separate from tent and car camping. It is much closer to the festival action than years before.
Is there Boutique (or EZ, luxury, etc.) Camping at LIB?
We have Boutique Camping options available for 2019! CLICK HERE for package info and pricing.
Are there showers in the campgrounds?
Public showers will be available in all major camp plazas for $8 per shower. Don’t forget your biodegradable soap, towel, and shower sandals. Cash or card is accepted.
Are there ins and outs?
Ins and outs are permitted, but not for car camping passes. Once a car enters the campgrounds it can leave only once and will not be permitted to drive back into a campground.
Can I bring my speaker set-up to play music in my camp?
No renegade sound systems are allowed at LIB.
Are campfires allowed?
No campfires or open flames are permitted at LIB.
What about cooking and grilling?
Enclosed propane grills are acceptable in the camping areas but NO open flame or charcoal grills will be allowed.
Tickets & Wristbands
When do tickets go on sale?
The Lightning In A Bottle 2019 Earlybird Sale is February 14, 2019. The General On-sale is February 16, 2019.
Do you have payment plans?
Easy monthly Payment Plans are now available for the entirety of your LIB ticket purchase, as well as Boutique Camping purchases. To pay via Payment Plan, select your tickets from the main ticketing page (or Boutique Camping ticketing page) and then at the payment screen select “Affirm” as your payment method (instead of a credit card) before clicking checkout.
Select Affirm instead of credit card:
You will then be taken to the Affirm website to complete your purchase. When you use Affirm to buy tickets to Lightning in a Bottle on Eventbrite, you’ll go through a quick application process. Affirm provides a real-time credit decision and, if approved, allows you to choose between 3 or 6 monthly payments (rates from 10-30% APR)*.
Have questions? Check out Affirm’s FAQs for more details: affirm.com/faqs/
Note: The deadline for starting 3 Payment Layaway has passed. If you already purchased a 3 Payment Layaway Plan, the remaining payment schedule is as follows: 2nd payment will be charged on 3/12/19 and final payment on 4/12/19.
Will there be two-day or single day tickets?
No single day or 2-day passes will be available in 2019. LIB is a 4 or 5 day experience!
I can no longer attend LIB. Can I have a refund?
All sales are final. No refunds.
Who do I contact with a question or concern regarding purchasing tickets online?
For Loyalty Sale access code questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you having an issue with the ticket purchase process, please contact Eventbrite directly: https://www.eventbrite.com/support/contact-us
Or call them at: 888-203-5531.
This phone number is for troubleshooting only. Placing orders by phone is not available. All orders must go through the Eventbrite ticketing page: https://libfestival2019.eventbrite.com.
Do I need a physical ticket to get into LIB?
Your wristband will take the place of a traditional ticket, and will be automatically shipped to you in advance of the event. If you buy your ticket after the cut-off date to have it mailed you will go to Will Call at the entrance of the event to get your wristband.
When will I get my wristband in the mail?
Expect your wristbands in the mail late April. Orders after April 22nd will not ship – purchasers will receive a PDF ticket via email that must be printed out and brought to the on-site box office and exchanged for a wristband and/or vehicle pass.
Do I have to sign for my package?
The address I originally provided is incorrect. Can I update my address?
You can edit your shopping address by logging in to Eventbrite and going to My Tickets: http://eventbrite.com Once packages have shipped you will not be able to update your shipping address. If your package is undeliverable, it will be returned to us and we will hold it at will call.
I’ve tracked my package and I’m concerned it won’t be delivered.
Go to will call to pick-up at the on-site box office with an ID that matches the name on your order. They will be able to verify you and provide a wristband there.
I received my wristbands, but my dog ate them! Help! They were lost!
Go to will call to pick-up at the on-site box office with an ID that matches the name on your order. They will be able to verify you and provide a wristband there. There is a $20 replacement fee for lost or damaged wristbands.
How and when do I apply my wristband?
You will receive exact instructions on how to apply your wristband with your package. Do not put on your wristband before you have received and carefully read the instructions included. Please make sure to put on the wristband uniquely registered to you.
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.
How do I know if a wristband is real or counterfeit?
Fake or deactivated wristbands may look like the real thing but they will be identified by our scanning system at each venue entrance.
Only orders placed through the Eventbrite website are guaranteed to be authentic. We do not want any of our fans to be scammed.
Please read this statement about counterfeit tickets
Please be aware: We are not responsible for any counterfeit tickets or wristbands. In addition, any wristbands reported lost or stolen will have their RFID chip deactivated and will not be valid. For your own protection, please do not purchase Lightning in a Bottle wristbands from any third party sellers. Those in possession of fake wristbands or ones reported lost or stolen will not be admitted to the festival. There are no hard tickets being sold or distributed this year. If someone tries to sell or give you a paper ticket DO NOT take it. EVERYONE will need a wristband to enter the festival.
What happened to the Early Arrival Pass?
*NEW IN 2019* Early Arrival Passes will no longer be a separate add-on ticket this year. Instead, you will now purchase the 5-Day Festival Pass that includes your full weekend entry and access to the festival on Wednesday. Vehicle passes are sold separately.
Is there programming on Wednesday?
Stay tuned for more info coming closer to the event.
Can Boutique Camp purchasers arrive Wednesday?
Yes, Boutique Camp will open on Wednesday. If you would like to take advantage of Boutique Camping on Wednesday, please purchase a 5-Day Festival Pass, instead of a 4-Day Festival Pass.
Kids & Families
Yes! LIB is an all ages event. Anyone under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times.
What is the price of a festival pass for a child?
LIB Child Pass pricing is as follows:
– Children 5 and under = FREE – Children 6 – 12: $60 (available for purchase at the on-site box office only) – Children 13 – 16 = $160 (available for purchase at the on-site box office only) – Anyone 17 or older = REGULAR PRICE (purchase a normal full weekend pass on this page)
Everyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Is there a designated family camping? How do I register?
Yes! Register for 2019 Family Camp here.
Registering does not guarantee exact location within family camp, however it does help us plan and allocate enough space.
In addition to family camp, we offer a variety of family-friendly programming throughout the weekend. More details on this will be released in the coming months.
Is there Family Camp access for 5-Day Festival Pass holders?
We will allow family camp access early for those that pre-register. Register for 2019 Family Camp here.
Is there a way to connect with other families attending LIB?
Yes! Join our Facebook group HERE to meet other families and exchange festival and camping tips.
What Can I Bring?
YES! Enclosed propane stoves
YES! Good vibes
YES! Alcohol (A reasonable amount in plastic bottles or cans for personal consumption)
YES! Coolers in campgrounds
NO Glass bottles or glass containers
NO Illegal drugs of any kind
NO Weapons (Including machetes for opening coconuts)
NO Fireworks, fire tools or fire lanterns
NO Pets (Email email@example.com to inquire and register a documented service animal)
NO Fires outside of designated fire pits
NO Headdresses or cultures as costumes
All persons, items and vehicles are subject to search upon entry by security and law enforcement.
Security personnel reserve the right to 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**.
ADA at LIB
Is LIB accessible to guests with disabilities?
Yes! Read all about ADA at LIB HERE.
LIB Thrive Guide & Code of Conduct
Lead By Example
As our community grows, education is the answer to maintaining and shaping LIB’s culture. We ask all of you to lead the way, and encourage good behavior through your actions.
Leave It Better, Leave It Beautiful!
ALL attendees are required to properly take care of everything they came with, including camping gear and any trash created. Plan ahead, leave enough space in your car to drive it out, or take advantage of our waste disposal services as you exit the event.
Honor The Land
LIB is a Leave No Trace event. Together we strive to leave the land better than we found it. Camp in designated areas, walk on footpaths, pick up trash and focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.
Respect Others & Their Journey
LIB is intended to be a safe space where people can openly express themselves free of judgements and societal pressures. That freedom comes with the responsibility to respect each other’s beliefs, belongings, and personal space.
Practice Good Citizenship
We are gathering on public land where federal, state, and local laws remain in effect. We work together with local law enforcement to maintain a safe environment, and treat authorities with friendship and respect.
Take Care of Yourself
Practicing personal self-care and responsibility is the most impactful action any LIB’er can do. Listen to your body, know your limits, be present, and allow yourself to enjoy every bit of the experience. Savor the celebration, rather than race to the finish line.
Go Above & Beyond
Conscious growth happens when we go beyond what’s expected because we want to, not because we have to. Whether picking up flyaway trash, or offering food to a stranger in need, our collective efforts can make a lasting impact.
LIB takes place on public land. We work closely with local authorities to provide a safe and healthy atmosphere for everyone. Even though LIB is in a remote environment it’s important to remember federal, state, and local laws remain in effect.
Respecting Our Neighbors
The residents of Monterey County have graciously welcomed us to this land. Show them the love, gratitude, and respect that our amazing LIB Community is all about. Thank you for respecting the land, its residents, and most importantly one another.
Look Out For One Another
We are a community and look out for the safety and well being of one another. Together we create the special environment at LIB, and the best way to enjoy it is to practice personal responsibility. Remember this while enjoying your time at LIB: Always be aware of yourself, your surroundings, and your belongings. Make new friends and be alert to the actions of those you meet. Use and trust your instincts. Lead by example. Demonstrate LIB’s values and behavior to new LIBers.
Is there a lake at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area?
YES! LIB once again has a huge shoreline along a beautiful lake!
Can we swim in the Lake at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area?
YES! There will be designated swimming areas.
Is there grass at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area?
Will the music still run as late as in years past?
YES! The music schedule on the main and secondary stages will be the same as previous years.
Can we have fires and open flame grills?
NO! Enclosed propane grills are acceptable in the camping areas but NO open flame or charcoal grills will be allowed.
Can there be sound systems in campgrounds?
NO! Just like our past venues, unauthorized sound systems are NOT permitted at LIB.
Can we bring boats or motorized vessels?
What is the terrain like at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area?
It’s mostly flat, which means no more hills! This venue also has grass, trees and a longer coastline for your enjoyment.
What will the new capacity be?
The attendance capacity of LIB 2019 will be reduced to 20,000 patrons.
Are there RV spots with Power Hook-ups at Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area?
Will it be hot?
We can’t tell the weather of the future, but Kern County is known to average in the low eighties during the beginning of May.
Will there be as much dust?
We anticipate that this venue will be less dusty, based off the terrain. However some camping areas will be dustier than others. We recommend that everyone bring a scarf or bandana in case the wind kicks up!
Will there be camping?
YES! Camping is included with your purchased Festival Pass. If you wish to experience Boutique Camp, Car Camping or RV Camping those options are available for purchase on our ticketing page.
Will the camping structure be the same?
Will there still be 5-Day and 4-Day passes? And will there be designated campgrounds for Wednesday arrival?
YES & YES! 5-Day Festival Passes will grant early entry on Wednesday (referred to as the Early Arrival Pass in years past), and 4-Day Festival Passes will grant entry starting Thursday.
Will there be ADA services?
Will there be Lightning Buses?
YES! Purchase a Lightning Bus ticket here.
Will there be Family Camp?
YES! Family Camp registration coming soon.
Will there be Boutique Camp?
YES! Purchase a Boutique Camping Package here.
Is the permitting process for Buena Vista Lake 100% complete?
As in previous years, the full permitting process involves feedback from many county departments and we will continue to finalize various aspects of the festival operations with these county departments over the coming weeks. This is a normal aspect of large scale event production that we are used to working through. We have secured the necessary temporary event permit for the park and are confident that the additional planning steps necessary to have the event as scheduled will proceed successfully.
Can I get a refund if the event is cancelled?
LIB is a rain or shine event and will be happening on its scheduled dates. In the unlikely occurrence of event cancellation, all ticket purchases will be refunded.