Festival Info & FAQ - Lightning In A Bottle

Festival Info & FAQ

general faq

When and where is LIB?

Festival Dates: Thursday May 24th to Sunday May 27th, 2018 (Memorial Day Weekend)

Early Arrival: Wednesday, May 23rd

Campgrounds close: Monday, May 28th

Entrance to LIB is only permitted during box office hours (see below)


Festival Location:

Lake San Antonio Recreation Area
2091 New Pleyto Rd
Bradley, CA 93426

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What are the box office hours?

Weds 5/23: 11 AM – 11 PM *Early Arrival Only

Thursday 5/24: 10 AM – 12 AM

Friday 5/25: 9 AM – 11 PM

Saturday 5/26: 10 AM – 10 PM

Sunday 5/27: 10 AM – 7 PM

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.

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

How can I participate or get involved?

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 2018!

Browse our participant applications HERE and learn more about the many ways to get involved.

Do I have to buy a Car Camping pass?

No, 4-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.

I can’t find a ride to LIB, can I take the bus?

Yes! All aboard the Lightning Bus! Featuring one-way tickets, more pickup cities, and more travel dates! More info coming soon.

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 prohibits public nudity.

LIB is a drug free event. Really?

Anyone caught with illegal substances will be escorted from the event and may face legal consequences. In addition to our Rangers and Security teams, the Monterey 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:

Vineyard Kennels
330 Ambush Trl
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-1330

Canterbury Tails Dog Resort
6970 Benton Rd
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 467-0021

What if my pet is a service animal?

Please email ada@thedolab.com 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.

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 lostandfound@thedolab.com

Will there be alcohol sold at LIB?

Yes! There will be beer, wine and spirits sold.

Will there be ice for sale?

Yes! Price TBA.

Who should I contact for general festival and event questions?

Please contact support@thedolab.com for all event related questions. You can also contact us at via facebook: https://facebook.com/LIBfestival.

How can I get involved at LIB?

We have many ways to participate in the making of LIB! From work trade opportunities, vendor booths, educational offerings, live painting, and art installations, we have something for everyone! Please find out Participant Applications HERE.

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…

Camping FAQ

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?

Yes! Car Camping Pass means you can camp next to your car. It is not a separate campground from walk-in camp. We must arrive together to ensure being able to camp together.

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.

Can my friends with Car Camping Passes camp next to me in my RV Campsite?

There are no guarantees, but if you arrive early together your chances of being able to camp next to your friends will be greater.

Where is the RV w/ Hookups camp?

RVs w/ Hookups at LIB have their own campgrounds separate from tent and car camping. It is a half mile down the road from the main festival grounds. There is a tram to take you from the camp to the festival site and back.

Is there Boutique (or EZ, luxury, etc.) Camping at LIB?

We have limited Boutique Camping options available for 2018!  CLICK HERE for package info and pricing.

Are there showers in the campgrounds?

Yes. Price TBA.

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?

Fires are allowed in designated areas with existing fire pits provided by the park. If you are unsure about whether you can have a fire please ask a campground manager before starting one.

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?

Lightning Loyalty Sale: Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at 10am. Open to those who received a loyalty access code.

Public Earlybird Onsale: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at 10am.

General Onsale: Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 after the music lineup has been released.

Do you have payment plans?

Layaway Festival Passes are available here: https://lib2018layaway.eventbrite.com/ for a limited time.

Will there be two-day or single day tickets?

No single day or 2-day passes will be available in the 2017 pre-sale or general onsale. 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 support@thedolab.com

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://libfestival2018.eventbrite.com.

Do I need a physical ticket to get into LIB?

Your wristband takes the place of a hard or paper ticket, and will be shipped to you before the event. If you buy a ticket after the cut-off date to have it mailed you will go to Will Call at the entrance to get your wristband.

When will I get my wristband in the mail?

Credentials will begin shipping in late April 2018. When your order has shipped, you will receive an email from fulfillment@eventbrite.com with shipment tracking info.

IMPORTANT: Wristbands will be sent to the shipping address submitted at ticket checkout. You can verify your shipping address by logging in to Eventbrite and going to My Tickets: http://eventbrite.com

Do I have to sign for my package?


The address I originally provided is incorrect. Can I update my address?

You can edit your shipping 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 instructions on how to apply your wristband. Do not put on your wristband before you have carefully read the instructions included. Please make sure to put on the wristband registered to you.

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. 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.

Counterfeit Tickets

Please be aware:

  • We are not responsible for any counterfeit tickets or wristbands.
  • Wristbands reported lost or stolen will have their RFID chip deactivated and will not be valid.
  • For your own protection, 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.

Early Arrival

What is included with an Early Arrival Pass? Do I need to buy a Festival Pass in addition to an Early Arrival Pass?

An Early Arrival Pass grants you onsite access Wednesday before the festival officially begins. Early arrivers still need to purchase a festival pass in order to enter the event. Vehicle passes are sold separately.

If a group wants to do Early Arrival, do we each need a pass?

Yes, one Early Arrival Pass per person.

Is there programming on Wednesday and Thursday?

Yes! Enjoy exclusive early arrival offerings, speakers, workshops and music!

Can I camp with my car or RV in High Grounds campground?

Yes, car camping is permitted in High Grounds with the purchase of a Car Camping Pass, 1 pass per car. RV’s will be directed to a specific RV Campground upon arrival instead of the High Grounds.RV Campers will need a RV Camping Pass, 1 per RV.

Can Boutique Camp purchasers arrive early?

Yes, Boutique Camp will open on Wednesday. If you would like to take advantage of Boutique Camping on Wednesday, please purchase an early arrival pass.

Will the High Grounds campground be reserved for Early Arrival attendees only?

No. The High Grounds will be open to participants that arrive after Wednesday if space is available.

Kids & Families

Can I bring my children to LIB?

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 & under – FREE

Children 6-12 – $50 CASH ONLY at the onsite box office

Children 13-16 – $135 CASH ONLY at the onsite box office

Anyone 17 or older – REGULAR PRICE

Is there a designated family camping? How do I register?

Yes! To register for family camp, please click 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 Early Arrival Pass holders?

We will allow family camp access early for those that pre-register. Click HERE to register for family camp at LIB.

If my children and I want to do Early Arrival, do they need to purchase a full price EA Pass?

Kids 16 and younger can do Early Arrival for free. Anyone 17+ must purchase an Early Arrival Pass and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who has an Early Arrival Pass.

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?

Allowed Items

YES! Enclosed propane stoves
YES! Good vibes
YES! Backpacks
YES! Cameras
YES! Alcohol (A reasonable amount in plastic bottles of cans for personal consumption)
YES! Coolers in campgrounds

Prohibited Items

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 ada@thedolab.com to inquire and register a documented service animal)
NO Fires outside of designated fire pits
NO Headdresses or cultures as costumes

Security Policy

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.


Is LIB accessible to guests with disabilities?

Yes! Read all about ADA at LIB HERE.

Code of Conduct

Look Out For Each Other

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.

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.

Law Enforcement

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.

LIB Thrive Guide

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.

Photo & Drone Policy

Read Complete 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.

Read Complete 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.