Sh'bang, A Festival of Ideas is ready to IMMERSE YOU
The region's most wildly all-inclusive eclectic arts festival, Sh'Bang! features loads of live bands and multi-discipline performances, more than 5 stages, and outrageously extraordinary wonders. Some highlights include the wild contraptionist off-road DAREDEVIL DOWNHILL SOAPBOX DERBY, the all-star Saturday night SH'BANG CIRCUS EXTRAVAGANZA, International Shadow Art Performances, Spontaneous Music Video Shoots, Sunday's Revenge of the Giant AERIAL PIÑATA action, FRIDAY NIGHT Sh'BANG SIDESHOW, CREATIVE KIDS' ZONE, Mesmeric Mermaids, ZIP-LINE into the Quarry, Marching Band Parades, WHIMSICAL WORKSHOPS, enveloping art installations, SWIMMING, Camping, Puppet Building, Bizarre Burlesque Cabaret, DANCING, kid-focused performances/activities, pirates, cowpokes, elves, and all sorts of RAZZLE DAZZLE!
Things You’ll Want and Maybe Need
- Clothing: all your fancy colors, styles, and, most critically for the evening, warm layers! It will dip below 60ºF overnight. Be prepared with rain gear (yes, our fingers are crossed!)
- Headlamp or flashlight: main areas will be lit, but many spots are very dark!
- Camping gear: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc.
- Refillable plastic/metal water container: filtered drinking water is available on site
- Swimming: The Quarry lake is a refreshing dip! Note, swimsuits are optional!
- Food: there are vendors, but bring some of your own, too! Bring your own camping style dishes and silverware
- Ear plugs: amplified sound will play until 2 or 3am.
- Musical instruments, costumes, mermaid tails, water toys, inflatables for the Quarry lake, things to share, etc.
Remember, this event is rain or shine, come prepared to enjoy the festival in any weather. Aim for self-sufficiency, and support each other. Be the spectacle, wear your craziest. Swing a hammock.
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WHEN TO ARRIVE
You can arrive any time during these Front Gate Hours:
- Friday 12pm-12am
- Saturday 9am-12am
- Sunday 9am-12pm
Final Check Out time: Monday 11am! Get outta here!
If you want to car camp INTERNALLY, in one of our premium festival ground spots, you can drive in during these times only:
- Friday 12pm-8pm
- Saturday 9am-11am
BRING SOME COLOR
It’s a festival of ideas! Sh’Bang is a participatory, cooperative event, and we encourage everyone to share their art and creativity. Bring costumes, camp decorations, water toys, crafts to make and share, circus props, ideas… Play! The mesmeric mermaids would love you to bring your mermaid tail if you may. Splash!
KIDS are VERY WELCOME
The Kids’ Creative zone will be centered in the Harmonious Hollow! We love having the little ones around and have numerous kid friendly activities in the schedule, from puppet shows, to giant puppet parades, a tea party with a real fairy, face-painting, mermaids, a cardboard crafting zone to make costumes, a special kids piñata, a shallow beach, not to mention the various circus shows, the Saturday soap box derby, the Sunday shadow theatre, and so much great music to dance and boogie too! Please know, we are a festival of ideas and with so many wild beautiful artists in the mix we can’t guarantee any of the content, use your discretion. We promote free choice when it comes to the swimming area, some people choose to wear a bathing suit, others go naked; so, if this offends you stay clear of the swimming area and rest assured that people will be clothed in the rest of the festival grounds. Lastly, there are some dangers to the site including sharp rocks, cliffs, prickles, and deep water so please keep your little one in site at all times, especially near the water.
We will have a conflict resolution team onsite to help diffuse any situations that arise and to keep people feeling safe. If there is a problem, or you are needing help, stop by the Headquarters station.
Sunscreen, bug spray, and oils muck up the quarry—so if you plan on enjoying the water, get them off your skin before you jump in. We’ll have some sunscreen on site that’s better for the water. We are surrounded by wetlands, so only use biodegradable soap if you get around to bathing during the weekend. NO GLASS People will be walking around barefoot, which means glass is not welcome, especially near the water hole.
Don’t pee in the quarry! The NoPee monster will surely get you. Use the numerous and oft-cleaned porta potties OR find a tree and discreetly water it. Splash.
No alcohol will be sold or served at Sh’bang in 2022. Be respectful, care for each other, take care.
We love the furry friends, and the Quarry during festival time is not a safe environment for them (nor the best for the environment). There are NO DOGS allowed at the Quarry, so please leave pups and other animal friends behind. Ducks, chickens, and a cat already roam the area and are best left to themselves.
We don’t WANT to charge you for parking! When you arrive, park temporarily in the front lot to check-in at the BOX OFFICE. Parking at the festival is very limited. Please carpool, bike, take a bus, or apparate if you’re not a muggle. Check out the RIDESHARE BOARD and you could get FREE PARKING. Each car on site requires a parking pass and RVs require an oversize parking pass.
Carpool to Sh’Bang and you get FREE PARKING! If you have already paid for parking, then check out the rideshare board and scoop some people up: we will reimburse your parking pass in FULL if you meet Clown Car Criteria. The deal: 4 or more people in a regular size car, and 7 or more people in an oversize vehicle (18ft+). Bikes, Scooters, and Motorcycles all park for FREE.
There will be some food vendors on site, but be prepared to feed yourself as much ya can! We hope to be able to offer the outrageously popular Sh’Bang Meal Deal again in 2023, sorry we couldn’t swing it this year!
Your Full Weekend Pass includes access to the designated fields and forests available for pitching your tent. Come prepared, but keep it simple! There may or may not be shade available, be ready for sun and rain. Say hello to your neighbors… love each other. There is only very limited electricity, ditch the electronics. Earplugs might be nice. If you would like to car camp, you’ll need to drive in during the times listed above. You can only enter and exit the back half during the listed times.
There is filtered water available on site, but please bring some drinking water for your stay. We strive to be a low waste (headed toward ZERO WASTE!) festival, help us out by coming prepared with reusable dishes, silverware, and water bottles.
Amplified music will be playing until about 2 or 3 am. If you need quiet in order to sleep, bring along some earplugs. There is forest camping all along our loop road for those seeking quieter camping spots.
It’s a rock quarry in the wetlands! There are sharp rocks and thorny bushes, be careful where you’re walking, especially around the water in your bare feet.
THINGS NOT TO BRING
- Dogs (and other animal friends)
- Sunscreen and Oils (biodegradable soaps only)
- Bug Spray
- Glass bottles or containers
- Illegal Substances
With Covid-19 still circulating, we want to create a festival atmosphere that is accessible to as many folks as possible, while recognizing this reality through sensible precautions to minimize virus spread.
We are not requiring negative tests or proof of vaccination for entry, so we’re asking everyone to consider this as they gauge their comfort level in social interaction. It’s up to each of us to practice the caution appropriate for us in keeping our community healthy! Because this event is entirely outdoors, we know that the risk of contracting Covid is lower than many other social happenings.
As you arrive, please wear a mask in line to check in at the box office. We ask that folks wear masks in high-traffic locations, such as gathering in food or bathroom lines. Masks will be available for free in these areas, along with handwashing stations. Otherwise, masking is your choice when gathering for a performance or chumming around with others.
We will have rapid tests available at the box office and in our medical tent throughout the festival for anyone questioning their health. Feeling crummy? Been exposed? Just tested positive? We will refund tickets (minus processing fees) in full for anyone who has tested positive, or is experiencing symptoms of illness.
We also have specially designated GOLD wristbands available by request at the box office for folks that need some extra space to ensure their personal boundaries. Respect their space!