How to Survive the Ultimate Music Festival Experience

Each summer we look forward to seeing our favorite bands play live in concert. Whether you're simply seeing a concert close to home or are making a road trip for a large summer music festival, we've got the key to making the most out of the music festival experience. So whether you're going to Lollapalooza, Warped Tour, Riot Fest, Lockn' Music Festival or any other multi-day festival, here is how to survive the music festival experience.

1. Create your space -  Get into the festival as early as you can and set up a little space to call home. Bring a blanket or tarp to place down and stake your claim. This will give you a place to meet up with your friends if anyone gets lost and it gives you a place to relax between bands. But don't miss your favorite bands, you can still rush up closer to see a few songs then come back to your spot when the mosh pit gets a little intense.

Pro Tip: Don't place your blanket too close to the stage. Just because hardly anyone is dancing for the opening band doesn't mean your stuff won't get trampled when the crowd starts to grow.

Music Festival Photo by Leonardo Samrani


2. Bring water and snacks - Check with the festival rules but most festivals will allow you to bring in a backpack full of food. Some even allow small coolers, however, you likely won't be allowed to bring in outside alcohol. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated but don't forget your coffee mug if the weather is cold. As long as you aren't bringing in restricted items, you should be able to bring in plenty of food and water with a tote bag.

3. Sunscreen - Music festivals are generally a hot and sunny experience. Nothing will wipe you out like a sunburn. Lather up with plenty of sunscreen and don't forget to reapply. If the festival allows it, a sun shade or small tent can be a lifesaver, especially for small children.

4. Bring some entertainment - Let's face it, you aren't going to LOVE every band and there's likely going to be a long break between each band for setup. So bring a Frisbee, Bocce Ball,  Paddle Ball or other picnic games.

5. Relax - It can be a long day. Don't forget to take some time and chill out in the shade. Bring a camp chair or take a quick nap on your blanket to get recharged for the next band.

6. Dress for the weather - Be sure to wear a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun. Wear a tank top and shorts but don't forget a light rain jacket and additional layers in case it gets cold after the sun sets.

7. Have fun! - Don't stress about the crowd, the lines for the restroom or how you are going to find your car. Just relax and have fun. Music festivals are often the highlight of a summer so make the most of it.

festival experience Photo by
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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