2022 Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival Camping Guide

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The portal has (re)opened! The Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival returns this weekend after a two-year hiatus, and fans will once again gather to celebrate music and enjoy a great camping experience at Sunshine Groves.

Whether you are new to festival camping or a seasoned veteran, it is best to come prepared. Unlike most festivals where you return to your hotel or home at the end of the night, at Okeechobee you are entirely responsible for arranging your own shelter. (The closest hotel to the festival site is 15 miles away, with most showing no vacancy this weekend.)

Before planning your festival program, check new times‘ Camping Preparedness Guide to make sure you have everything you need for Okeechobee.

Tents or motorhomes?

What kind of camping experience are you looking for? Are you really considering embracing the outdoors? Maybe you want luxury during your camping trip? The choice comes down to your standard tent or glamping in an RV.

All passes included access to camping, with the cheapest option being the general admission Eco pass for $349 and requiring you to bring your own tent. You will need to purchase an additional add-on if you want to stay in a car ($69) or RV ($250). For $10,000, the festival offers its own glamping option, which gives attendees an elevated experience as well as some security when it comes to sleeping essentials.

Bring a portable charger

After four days of partying and dancing, your phone will run out of battery. Unfortunately, the exterior is not equipped with outlets, so bring a portable battery, especially one with a large charge outage that will last a few days. (Solar-powered options are also available if you want to take advantage of the Florida sunshine.) Make sure all of your gadgets are fully charged before heading to the campgrounds. While new times likes to plead to be in the moment, you will always need a phone to keep in touch with your band at the festival. Charging stations will also be available throughout the site.

Keep your drinks and food cool

Whether it’s White Claws, BeatBoxes or deli sandwiches, nothing spoils the festival experience like hot drinks and spoiled meat, so don’t forget to bring a cooler. The festival will have vendors on site where you can buy food and drink, but if you’re looking to save some money, bringing your own food and drink will help you stick to your budget.

And, yes, Okeechobee allows festival goers to bring their own alcohol, however, you will need to show proper ID upon entry.

Prepare a first aid kit

Life can bring unexpected surprises – this is true even at music festivals. Whether you take an unexpected fall or see someone in need of medical attention, you want to be prepared for the situation. Bring a first aid kit and make sure you have it handy at all times. Supplies you want to make sure you have on hand include bandages, gauze, painkillers, and antiseptic wipes. (In case of a serious emergency, do not hesitate to go to the medical tent or ask for help.)

Bring a mat

Ready to put yourself in Zen? Besides music, Okeechobee hosts a series of yoga workshops for campers. Bring a mat and pack some to relax and unwind. Your body will thank you, especially after being on your feet for four days.

Be aware of shower times

Although showers are available for campers, they will only operate at certain times. Be sure to choose the best time to clean yourself of the gunk that will stick to you throughout the week. Most importantly, buy shower tokens at campsites. Without a token, you will not be allowed to use the showers. You’ll also need to bring your towel and, for God’s sake, shower sandals.

light up the night

Be part of the festival experience by bringing your own LED light. While the decorative aspect is just a plus, you’ll also need a bit of lighting to navigate your own campsite or to help a friend find you quickly.

Let the party begin

Who said music should only be heard at the festival? Get the party started before you hit Okeechobee with a portable speaker. Not only will you prepare for what’s to come, but the music can serve as a great conversation starter with your camping neighbors.

Not sure if we’ve covered all the essentials for a successful festival camping experience? Luckily, Okeechobee has created its own necessity checklist for campers. Be sure to check it out before heading to the portal.

Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival. Thursday, March 3 and Sunday, March 6, at Sunshine Grove, 12517 NE 91st Ave., Okeechobee; www.okeechobeefest.com. Tickets cost between $349 and $1,249.

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