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Lightning in a Bottle is a community campout that’s going on 20 years strong! Every attendee, artist, creator, presenter, and crew member contributes their own special ingredients to concoct this one-of-a-kind event.


Camping together as a collective of conscious explorers is an essential part of the magic, and together we create a welcoming and safe place to imagine, play, and create. However, LIB can also be a trying experience if you’re not prepared. The elements are often harsh, and extra care must be given to yourself in order to thrive. We’ve got you covered, though!


Read through this guide and save it for later as your tool kit and resource for what to expect, how to prepare, and what is expected of YOU and each member of the LIB family. 

Three people on a swing lakeside at Lightning in a Bottle music festival


The 6 Ways of LIB are our community’s guiding principles that can be applied to all aspects of the LIB experience. They are simple, but when we all put them into action they are powerful. Let’s remember these Ways of LIBing and create magic together!

Celebrate Life

In every action and experience at LIB we cultivate feelings of fun, joy, and togetherness. We always remember that we are here to create and share the best time!


How we celebrate life at LIB


  • Keep an open mind. You’ll thank yourself later!

  • Open your heart to the people around you. Let people in.

  • Explore and get out of your comfort zone. Say YES! LIB is the perfect place to do this.

  • Embrace challenges and focus on solutions. Let go of things you cannot control.

  • Spread and seek out good vibes. You attract what you put out.

  • Connect with your body. Know yourself.

  • Share your talents. This is important, the world needs to know!

  • Keep smiling. You’re alive.

  • Breathe. You are here now.

Create Community

At LIB we act in accordance with a shared sense of belonging. LIB belongs to all of us and we are happy to share it with one another in all its spaces and interactions.


How we create community at LIB


  • The Campgrounds: Share space, respect your neighbors, keep a clean camp!

  • The Dance Floor: Move carefully & calmly through crowds. Never push through people. If you want to be in the front for a set, arrive early.

  • Harm Reduction: Offer support to those in need. If somebody looks lost or unwell, help them find medical or security staff.

  • On Social Media: Treat others with respect & good will. Don’t feed the trolls.

  • Waiting in Line: Waiting is a part of any festival experience. Stay positive, follow instructions & remember we’re all in this together.

Respect Yourself, Respect Others

We recognize and respect personal boundaries. In respecting boundaries, we take responsibility for how our actions affect ourselves as well as those around us.


How we respect ourselves & others at LIB


  • Take Care of Yourself & Be Smart: Drink water, take breaks, get sleep, be present, and know your limits. The future of this event depends on you!

  • Respect people’s bodies & boundaries: Keep your hands to yourself unless given clear verbal consent. Never assume & always listen. Compliment kindly not crudely. Approach every person respectfully.

  • Take Responsibility for Your Actions & Words: What you say, the costumes you wear, and the things you do can impact those around you. Check yourself regularly, educate yourself, be open to constructive feedback, and when in doubt ask.

Two people participating at the Learning Kitchen at Lightning in a Bottle music festival
Actively Participate

We all take an active role in creating the LIB experience for everyone. We stay off the sidelines (and our phones!), exploring the possibilities of being the best versions of ourselves.

How we actively participate at LIB


  • Dress to self-express! It doesn’t matter what you wear, just put some love and creativity into it and let yourself shine through.

  • Lead by example: Pick up some trash and watch the person next to you do the same. Kind acts are contagious, see how many you can create!

  • Share your creativity! Create an offering, take a drawing class, or explore participatory art. Just don’t deface or damage someone else’s art! Create with respect.

Honor the Land

We have gratitude for the land and community where LIB is held. We strive to leave the land better than we found it and make a positive impact as part of the community.

How we honor the land


  • Pack It In / Pack It Out: Manage your camp trash, take all your camping gear home, and leave a spic and span space where your camp once was.

  • Respect the native plants and animals: Don’t trample the plants unnecessarily, and don’t unnecessarily disturb the wildlife at the park.

  • Respect the local community: Drive the speed limit. Don’t leave trash or anything by the roadside. Be friendly and courteous to everyone you meet in or out of the festival. Thank them for hosting the festival in their community. We all appreciate it!

Be a Citizen

We keep the wonderful experiences and learnings of LIB with us after the event so they can guide us in exercising our citizenship in our wider communities.

How we Practice Citizenship outside of LIB


  • Vote! The most basic and important civic responsibility of all.

  • Accept the call to Jury Duty: Jury Duty is a chance for all of us to experience and contribute to justice in action.

  • Know your rights: to exercise your rights you must know what they are. Oppression loves ignorance.

  • Respect the rights and opinions of others: Democracy is built upon reasoned debate. It is our best chance to find solutions and common ground. So don’t feed the trolls. Respect and compassion wins in the end.

6 Ways of LIB


In the months leading up to the festival you can expect weekly newsletters from us chock-full of lineup announcements, highlights, and important updates. Some of the terms and names we use are unique to LIB, while others may just be standard festival lingo, either way, this list will give you a brief explanation of some key phrases you’ll likely be seeing in your inbox very soon!

The Compass

The learning hub of the festival, the Compass is made up of 6 programmed areas offering talks, workshops, and classes.

Learning Kitchen

An educational area dedicated to food-focused workshops and culinary classes in a variety of both ancient and modern kitchen traditions.


LIB’s interactive creative learning space, offering art classes, hands-on workshops, and LIB art tours.

Lightning in a Paintcan

Also known as LIP. Over 50 live painters transform blank canvases into incredible murals and paintings throughout the festival, concluding with an art walk and silent auction Sunday evening.

Interactive Areas

Micro-environments within the festival offering unique programming, games, shenanigans and more.

The Marketplace

Your go-to destination within the festival for community crafted goods made by some of the best local and international artisans.

Atlaswyld Campground

Ideal for out of state travelers or camping newbies, Atlaswyld Campground offers onsite camping services that include pre-pitched luxury tents for an extra special LIB experience. Click here to view tent and trailer packages. View Atlaswyld Campground packages here.

Pack It In, Pack It Out

LIB is a “Pack it in, Pack it out” event, meaning everything you bring to LIB, including your camp waste, should be taken out of the festival with you or brought to a Waste Collection Station on your way out.

Green Team

We are all Green Team! The Green Team educates attendees on recycling, composting, and keeping the grounds clean for a greater festival experience.


(Matter Out Of Place): Watch out for MOOP and if you see it, pick it up.

Waste Collection Stations

We ask everyone to pack it in, pack it out, but if for some reason there is less room in your car on the way back, you can take sorted waste to the Waste Collection Stations.

Harm Reduction

LIB is a drug-free event. That’s the law of the land. Harm Reduction is a set of practical strategies and services where the goal is to ensure a safe festival experience. We work with several partner organizations, such as DanceSafe and with our own Sanctuary found in the Medical tents to make sure our attendees stay safe and informed. 

Cultural Appropriation

Cultural Appropriation is when someone inappropriately adopts aspects of a culture that is not their own. Cultural appropriation refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group.

Arrival Guide

Sent with your wristbands and festival credentials in the mail, the Arrival Guide gives you detailed instructions on getting to LIB including ingress tips, where to go, and what to expect on arrival day.

Lightning Bus

Offering one way and round trip tickets from major cities, the Lightning Bus is the easiest and greenest way to get to and from LIB.  For more information and to purchase bus tickets click HERE.


Flow of traffic into the festival on arrival days.


Flow of traffic heading out from the festival on departure day.

LIB Glossary


The Essentials
  • Wristband, Vehicle Stickers + Gov Issued ID

  • Face Coverings; Face Mask (recommended), Bandana, Scarf, it gets dusty!

  • Sunglasses or goggles

  • Earplugs ~ for safety and sleep

  • Headlamp or Flashlight (plus a set of backup batteries)

  • Refillable Water Bottle

  • Heavy Duty Trash Bags

  • Sturdy, Reliable Footwear (for lake and land) + extra socks & bandaids

  • Plus much more!

Bring This, Not That

Permitted Items 

  • YES Reusable (non-glass) Water Bottles, stay hydrated and keep filled at the several water stations throughout the festival

  • YES Enclosed Propane Stoves

  • YES Good Vibes

  • YES Backpacks

  • YES Cameras

  • YES A Reasonable Amount of Alcohol for Personal Consumption in Campgrounds Only

  • YES Coolers in Campgrounds

  • YES Floaties and Inflatable Rafts

  • YES Paddle Boards

  • YES Solar and Battery Powered Generators


Prohibited Items

  • NO Fireworks, Fire Tools

  • NO Propane Lanterns

  • NO Charcoal Grills

  • NO Drones

  • NO Public Nudity

  • NO Portable Gas-Powered Generators

  • NO Sound Systems

  • NO Illegal Drugs/Substances

  • NO Weapons of Any Kind!

  • NO Dogs/Pets

  • NO Coolers in Festival Grounds

  • NO Glass Bottles/Containers in Festival Grounds

  • NO Kegs

  • NO Motorized Watercraft, Boats or Jet Skis

  • NO Fishing or Fishing Gear

The use of gas-powered generators is not permitted. Due to safety and fire concerns, the use of any portable gas-powered generators inside the festival and campgrounds is prohibited.  We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding as we work together with the Kern County Fire Department to keep LIB safe. Attendees will be able to bring and utilize solar and battery powered generators. The festival will have safety staff monitoring the campgrounds to enforce all safety regulations.

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