Lightning in a Bottle has established itself as one of the ultimate boutique festival destinations.
With an expertly curated lineup that features everything from bass to house to global funk, the music is reason enough to attend the festival. However, it’s Lightning in a Bottle’s unique activities that truly make it stand out from every other festival.
From a Mini-Marathon to a beauty salon, here’s where you’ll find me when I’m not dancing my ass off.
In its third year, the soapbox derby has become a staple of the LiB experience and its after-movies. Crazy and creative cars will roll down the hill to claim victory or crash and burn. While the derby itself isn’t open to everyone, witnessing the spectacle is, and 3 pm on Saturday is late enough in the day for everyone to be awake, regardless of what sort of debauchery you find yourself in on Friday night.
MustDash 5k Run
I barely have the motivation to get up and go running after a full nights sleep, much less an entire night of raging. However, for those up to the challenge, Lightning in a Bottle holds a 5k Run on Friday morning, with runners wearing everything from short shorts to a full on dinosaur costume.
While Lost? is new to Lightning in a Bottle, I already experienced the magic at Okeechobee and can tell you that it’s not to be missed. Festivals are an escape from reality on their own, but Lost? is an escape from the festival. Part performance art, part relaxation, and part exploration, I can’t tell you what’s in store for you, but I can assure you that Lost? Is somewhere you’re going to end up at over the course of the weekend.
Jive Joint is another interactive environment that’s occurred at other festivals but is completely unique for Lightning in a Bottle. Featuring strange musical performances, the tiny house is modeled after New Orleans homes, so you know we already love it.
Rink-A-Dink Roller Rink
Yes, there’s a roller skating rink at Lightning in a Bottle, and yes, I will be there. It’s an 80’s themed adventure so I hope someone is ready to hold hands and skate with me while singing “Forever Young” at the top of their lungs.
It’s pinball, it’s bowling, and I have no idea what that means exactly, but I’m going to find out.
Do Over! Beauty Salon & Barber Shop
If you think you’re gonna get styled for free at this pop-up salon, you’re right. If you think you’re going to tell them how to style it, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Spin the wheel, find out your hair’s fate, and enjoy every second of it.
Beyond all of the interactive environments and activities that Lightning in a Bottle has to offer, there’s also a plethora of art to indulge in. From a zoo of constructed creatures to the entire Woogie Stage, LiB is a unique work of art everywhere you turn.
Lightning in a Bottle takes place Memorial Day Weekend at Lake San Antonio in Bradley, CA. Tickets are almost gone, so snag them here while you still can.
All photos via Lightning in a Bottle Facebook.