Lightning in a Bottle (LIB) is a music festival in the Central Coast region of California which has been operating since 2006. The event features an eclectic mix of music, art, and culture. In addition to music performances, LIB also features guest speakers, visual and interactive art installations, yoga classes, group meditation, and more. It is one of the largest and most influential transformational festivals and even hosts the biggest live painting event in the United States.
Previous years have seen popular acts such as Flume, Chet Faker, Rüfüs Du Sol, Cashmere Cat, Odesza, and RL Grime perform.
If you’re planning to attend Lightning in a Bottle, you can be assured that there are plenty of on-site amenities for your comfort. These include bathrooms (including showers), RV hookups, shuttle buses, food and drink vendors, a marketplace, and a kid zone.
The festival is also filled to the brim with entertainment and activities, including talks and discussions with thought leaders, educational workshops, health and healing sessions, competitions, live painting, creative classes, yoga, dance classes, and meditation. Find out more here.
Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area
13601 Ironbark Rd.
Bakersfield, CA 93311
The 2019 event lineup features sets from musical acts such as Disclosure (DJ set), Big Gigantic, Santigold, Lane 8, DJ Koze, and plenty more. You can view the full lineup here.
Lightning in a Bottle is very accommodating to RVs and offers two packages, including the option to have power hookups or no hookups. Here are some great tips to keep in mind when RVing at the festival:
Whether you own your RV or use an RV rental, RVing is the way to go at Lightning in a Bottle. After a long day of music, workshops, and whatever else takes your fancy, you can come back to a comfortable bed, stocked kitchen, and your very own bathroom! Read the RV camping FAQs for more information.
The festival also encourages camping on-site in a tent, so you’ll find lots of options available to you. Whether you prefer to camp in, or next to your car, or choose one of the festival’s more luxurious camping options, such as staying at their Boutique Camp, there’s something for everyone. The Boutique Camp offers three packages containing everything from double beds and fresh linens, to complimentary ice and even your own personal AC unit! Reserve your spot or find more information here.
If camping simply isn’t your thing, then there are also options to stay in nearby hotels or Airbnbs. While these will mean traveling to and from the event each day, getting away from the crowds may make it worth it for some.
Via Car / RV
When driving to the festival from any location in America, it’s recommended that you use the official address for your GPS (2091 New Pleyto Road, Bradley, CA 93426). It has been reported by festival goers in the past that if you enter the recreation area name, you’ll end up almost 2 hours out of the way.
The festival runs a Lightning Bus which picks up festival attendees from three major destinations: Los Angeles (recommended for those flying into LAX), San Diego, and Oakland. Tickets are required, with prices starting at $42 for Los Angeles, $68 for Oakland, and $49 for San Diego. Purchase tickets or find out more here.
If you’re flying in from out of state to attend LIB, it is highly recommended that you choose LAX. It’s the closest international airport with Lightning Bus routes running to and from on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday & Monday.
There is a parking lot for those driving to LIB who do not have a Car Camping Pass. The festival has a Carpool Initiative to keep emissions and traffic levels low. Single occupant vehicles are charged $30 to park in the parking lot, whereas vehicles with one or more passengers (not including the driver) are granted free parking.
Tickets are available now online. Pricing tiers will continue to increase as the festival nears, so it’s vital that you purchase your tickets ASAP. Festival passes start at $335 + fees and layaway pricing is also available. Car Camping Passes cost $150 and allow the ticket-holder to camp next to or inside their car. You can also purchase an RV Camping Pass with no hookups for $355-$475 or an RV Camping Pass with power hookup for $550-$725. Please note that a 4-or 5-Day Pass must also be purchased for access to the event.
At RVshare, we love helping people experience fun music events whilst experiencing the comfort and ease that an RV provides. Staying in an RV at Lightning in a Bottle doesn’t just give you peace of mind, but also allows you to enjoy your travels to the Central Coast region of California as you soak up the beautiful scenery.
Regardless of whether you choose to visit Lightning in a Bottle in an RV rental or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your trip! Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share details and tips about your visit. Your adventures could even be featured on our blog or social media!
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Please note, this is not the official source of the event information. While we try to be as comprehensive as possible, some details may have changed since the time this article was written. Please confirm final details with the official event page.