Getting to LIB
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 central California at Buena Vista Lake, Lightning in a Bottle is filled with unique areas inviting you to create magic, experience art and music, and engage in inspiring and educational offerings. Join us as we bend reality and explore what else is possible!
DRIVING TO LIB
Take a road trip with your squad and embark on a wondrous trip to Lightning in a Bottle.
Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area 13601 Ironbark Rd. Bakersfield, CA 93311
(don’t enter this into GPS – use directions below)
Driving Directions to LIB:
Via Interstate 5, North or South
Exit Bear Mountain Blvd / HWY 223
Go West on Bear Mountain Rd / HWY 223 for 4 miles
Turn right onto Coles Levee Rd and continue for 3 miles
Whether carpooling or driving solo, all vehicles require a parking pass if you plan to park your car at the event in the Parking Lot. One parking pass per vehicle. All people inside the vehicle will require a separate GA or VIP Festival Pass; Vehicles with car camping or RV passes will not need a parking pass.
Car Camping & RV Camping
Make camping a breeze by bringing your car or RV into the campgrounds. One car camping ticket per vehicle. RV passes are sold per vehicle, not per person. Placement of RV’s is at the discretion of our placement staff at the time of arrival. All people inside the vehicle will require a separate GA or VIP Festival Pass.
Car placement in the campgrounds is free form, and cars will be directed to certain campgrounds by transportation staff. If you want to camp in certain campgrounds with your squad, be sure to arrive early and together.
Click here for Camping Tips.
Box Office & Gate Hours
Wednesday, May 25: 12pm - 11pm
Thursday, May 26 : 10am - 11pm
Friday, May 27 : 10am - 11pm
Saturday, May 28: 10am - 11pm
Sunday, May 29 : 10am - 6pm
Monday, May 30 : No Entry
All LIB attendees must arrive between these posted hours. Attendees may leave at any time. There will be no entry granted during overnight hours even for individuals with credentials.
7 Tips for Smooth Travel
CREDENTIALS ON AND READY BEFORE YOU ARRIVE – Wristbands securely on left wrists before you get to the festival.
VEHICLE PASSES ON WINDSHIELD BEFORE YOU ARRIVE – Vehicle stickers must be affixed inside the UPPER drivers side front windshield before you get in line.
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!
DO YOUR RESEARCH – Scope the map, read the arrival guide, and get familiar with your options and gate hours before you get here.
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.
PRACTICE PATIENCE AND 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 or elbow bumps and show your appreciation where you can.
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.
Pro-Tip! 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.
Car Camping Pass | $140 +Fees
Make camping a breeze by bringing your car into your campsite! Use it to sleep inside or store your gear. One car camping ticket per vehicle. All people inside the vehicle will require a separate GA or VIP Festival Pass.
Parking Pass | $40 +Fees
Carpooling or solo driving, all vehicles require a parking pass if planning to park your car at the event. One parking pass per vehicle. All people inside the vehicle will require a separate GA or VIP Festival Pass.
Vehicles with car camping or RV passes will not need a parking pass.
TAKING THE LIGHTNING BUS
The Lightning Bus is reliable festival transportation from Los Angeles and San Diego. Travel in comfort and convenience; all you need to bring is your luggage and camping gear.
4 Reasons to Take the Lightning Bus
Go green. Lower the carbon footprint!
Let us do the driving. Relax on the way here and meet new friends!
There’s enough room for your camping gear! Isn’t that rad?
Get dropped off and picked up at a central location within the campground.