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California’s Eccentric Escape: Lightning in a Bottle 2018

Photo by Watchara

For the past four years, Memorial Day Weekend has gathered thousands of attendees to the dried up lake bed known as the San Antonio Recreation Center to let their freak flags fly at The Do Lab’s annual Lightning in a Bottle. For up to five days attendees run on little to no sleep at the music-and-so-much-more festival, dealing with the elements and allowing themselves to let go of day-to-day responsibilities.

The festival is a destination with “no worries and no hurries.” While most festivals consist of strategizing one’s days around music sets and activities, the only hurry one has is getting through the festival gates and setting up a temporary home for the weekend with one’s crew. Lightning in a Bottle is much more than just a music and arts festival to the people who visit as it helps attendees navigate the chaotic world around us and provide a safe space for people to have difficult conversations.

This safe space allows you to get lost in every nook and cranny of the festival. Each year The Do Lab improves stage designs and expands the interactive art making Lightning in a Bottle a wonderland for attendees to experience.

Every year attendees gather at Lightning in a Bottle for different reasons. Some look to educate themselves by attending workshops and intellectual talks happening at The Beacon or Culture Hub. For those looking to learn more about sustainability, art and health there’s The Learning Kitchen, Earth Arts at Craft or Healing Arts. There are so many micro communities within the festival, it allows the mind to be stimulated and grow in so many ways. Need to stretch out your body from climbing hills all day? The festival also hosts two yoga stages throughout the daytime to get out all the soreness from dancing to heavy bass and house music all night.

Lightning in a Bottle also puts on an impressive display of music. The festival has been booking more and more big main stage acts like Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals, The Glitch Mob, Zhu, Tokimonsta, Sofi Tukker and more. The music line-up is an element of the festival that is part of the bigger whole since the Do Lab works tirelessly to make sure to provide an action-packed 5-day event with so much to offer in addition to good music. There’s something new to experience around every corner.

Sometimes at these festivals we forget all of the planning and effort that goes into organizing such a massive event. The Do Lab team works with engineers, food vendors, security, a sustainability team, firefighters and medical staff, to make sure that Lightning in a Bottle is both a safe and fun event for everyone. Lightning in a Bottle is a special place that helps one replenish the mind and body, but it’s definitely something you have to see to believe.

Keep on scrolling for more photo magic from Lightning in a Bottle 2018.

For more information on Lightning in a Bottle, with 2019 passes going on sale in June, visit LightninginaBottle.org.

Photo by Watchara
Photo by Juliana Bernstein / Get Tiny
Photo by Juliana Bernstein / Get Tiny
Photo by Juliana Bernstein / Get Tiny
Photo by Juliana Bernstein / Get Tiny
Photo by Juliana Bernstein / Get Tiny
Zhu closing out the festival Sunday night (Photo by Juliana Bernstein / Get Tiny)
Photo by Juliana Bernstein / Get Tiny
California’s Eccentric Escape: Lightning in a Bottle 2018 via @sacramentopress

About the author

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria Kobayashi

Victoria is a music and arts contributor reporting on live events and festivals happening throughout California. She was born and raised in Sacramento and recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, majoring in Design and minoring in Professional Writing. Her hobbies include browsing through fashion blogs, photography, listening to new music, thrift store shopping and going on weekend road trips. She's always down for an adventure and meeting new people.

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