Travel - Lightning In A Bottle


Lightning in a Bottle is more than a festival. It’s a destination where your imagination is the only limit for 24 hours a day, for 5 days! Nestled in the rolling hills of central California, LIB is filled with unique areas inviting you to create magic, experience art and music, and engage in inspiring and educational offerings. It’s easy to join us as we bend reality and explore what else is possible!


Road trips are so much fun and a great way to embark on a wondrous trip to Lightning in a Bottle. The festival is located at Lake San Antonio’s North Shore in Bradley, California.

Driving Directions to LIB:


DO use the full address to arrive at the NORTH SHORE entrance.
DON’T use “SAN ANTONIO RECREATION AREA” as the destination or you will end up 1.5 hrs away in the wrong direction at the SOUTH SHORE entrance.

Need driving directions to the festival? We’ve got directions ready-to-go from any of the cities below:

Los Angeles



San Diego

San Francisco

Salt Lake City




There is a parking lot for those driving to LIB, but not camping with their vehicles. Cost is determined by the number of riders in your vehicle. Read about the LIB Carpool Initiative 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.

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7 Tips For A Smooth Arrival Day

1. Credentials On and Ready Before You Arrive – Wristbands securely on left wrists before you get to the festival.

2. Vehicle Passes On Windshield Before You Arrive – Vehicle stickers must be affixed inside the lower drivers side front windshield before you get in line.

3. Easy Access to Your ID – This event is 18+, and for Will Call & Guest List you may need it to pick up your tickets at the Box Office!

4. Do Your Research – Scope the map, read the arrival guide and get familiar with your options and gate hours before you get here.

5. Manage Expectations – There is ONE road in and out of LIB, so you can expect the ingress process to be slower during peak arrival times. Embrace this reality and remember what’s on the other side.

6. Practice Patience & Gratitude – We ask for your patience and cooperation as our team moves all of you in as safely and quickly as possible. Smile, give high fives and show your appreciation where you can.

7. Be Respectful of our Amazing Neighbors – Stay in your vehicles, do not block driveways, keep the music down, the trash inside, and use gas station facilities before you exit the highway.


Arriving together is the ONLY WAY to guarantee a camping spot next to friends. Once a campground is full, the entrance will be closed. Even if your friends saved space for you, no more vehicles will be allowed to enter a closed campground.


Ridesharing is a great way to make less of an impact on the earth by reducing our carbon footprint. You can also make less of an impact on your wallet by taking a Lightning Bus from major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, or Portland (2019 locations may differ)! With more pickup times, one-way and roundtrip options, it’s never been easier to join the fun. Or check out our Facebook page and meet other adventurous folks to carpool with to LIB.


Every great adventure starts with an amazing journey. The closest airports to LIB are Los Angeles International (LAX) and San Francisco International (SFO). From there it’s only 3-4 hours to the land of Lightning in a Bottle. You can ride the Lightning Bus directly from either of these airports for a smooth entry into the festival.

Airports list and Phone Numbers

Los Angeles International Airport – LAX

(855) 463-5252

Bob Hope Airport – BUR

Burbank, CA

(818) 840-8840

Santa Barbara Airport – SBA

Santa Barbara, CA

(805) 683-4011

Bakersfield Municipal Airport – L45

Bakersfield, CA

(661) 326-3155

Meadows Field Airport – BFL

Bakersfield, CA

(661) 391-1800

Transportation to LIB from the Airport

Pitch-in with a carpool to save on gas and emissions, if you don’t have a vehicle you could always rent a car or take the lightning bus.

Directions from the Airport

Choose an airport below for directions to LIB!

LAX Los Angeles

BUR Burbank

SBA Santa Barbara

L45 Bakersfield

BFL Bakersfield

SJC San Jose

SFO San Francisco

OAK Oakland

SBP San Luis Obispo


Take a break from the ordinary and experience community in action. The campgrounds are a place to relax, play, and make friends with your neighbors. Whether you’re a minimalist or go the route of creating a camp to invite your fellow festival mates, you will enjoy plenty of California sky, fresh air and good vibes. Bring your camping gear or take advantage of Boutique Camping packages. To learn more about camping at LIB visit our Camping FAQ.


LIB is fully accessible and welcomes all guests. We have accommodations available when extra assistance is needed.

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Please be aware that pets are NOT allowed inside the venue and the service animal policy will be strictly enforced.

For questions regarding accessibility, please contact: