Electric Forest Wedding: Admittance & Stay

Ultimate Guide to Planning An Electric Forest Wedding

I. Electric Forest Wedding:  Admittance & Stay 

Ticket Sales & the Loyalty Program

Securing a ticket for Electric Forest is overwhelming. It sets the bar high for other festivals as one of the most popular camping festivals in the world. Tickets sell out quickly, often within hours. Their loyalty program is one of the most robust of other festivals, rewarding attendees who have attended at least one year. For more details, you can visit the website.

How to Earn Loyalty

To earn loyalty, you must attend the festival and register your wristband in the EF App during the event. It doesn’t matter how you purchased the tickets as long as you register your wristband with the same email address. 

Loyalty Tiers

Originally, loyalty was only for those who had attended the festival four times, known as “4 in the forest.” However, as the festival has grown and gained loyal fans, additional tiers have been introduced. Loyalty tiers are available for attendees who have been to the festival 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 times.

Tiers 1, 2, and 3

There are no specific loyalty tiers for attendees who have attended the festival less than four times or didn’t attend the most recent year. However, their years of loyalty still accumulate, and once they reach four or more years, they never lose their loyalty status.

Perks of the Loyalty Program

The loyalty program offers several perks to its members. The major perks include:

  • Access to a special loyalty sale before the general public sale
  • Guaranteed GA or GL (Good Life) ticket(s)
  • The higher your loyalty, the earlier you can purchase tickets, and the greater your chances of getting limited camping packages.

In addition to these major perks, some changes have occurred over the years. However, the available perks that loyalty program members receive include:

  • Discount on regular GA or Good Life tickets
  • Members with 4+ loyalty years receive a pin, granting expedited entry into the venue for them and two others each day.
  • Members with 6+ loyalty years receive exclusive access to a party or concert.

II. Electric Forest Lodging & Camping Options 

Lodging Options

This Rothbury camping festival is an exciting event that attracts nearly 90,000 folks from around the world. As the festival takes place over several days, lodging becomes a concern for participants. Finding suitable accommodations is crucial to ensure a comfortable and convenient experience. 

General Camping Admission (GA)

The most common wristband includes access to the campgrounds and venue. 

If you want to go camping without the car, look into GA Tent-Only. It’s a great option for those looking to shuttle or be dropped off. 

We all hope to be placed within 5 minutes of the venue, but all spots are assigned at random. There’s no secret sauce or formula that helps you gain a better spot. It’s best to do an early arrival pace (but even then, we can’t guarantee a good spot). 

There will always be restrooms (shitty porta potty) within 5 minutes of your camp. If it’s possible, bring your own toilet. Nonetheless, bring your own toilet paper, headlamp, and wet wipes. Avoid using your phone to see what you’re doing at night. It can end in a crappy situation. 

Showering isn’t free here. It’s a whopping $10 to scrub the scum off your junk. When in doubt, take a “wook bath” with baby wipes. Note: shower lines can get awkward + long, and times are limited. Typical hours for showers are from 8 AM to 8 PM. 

Conveniently, there are vendors that sell ice, food, and clothing that exist within the campsite. There’s one in the back that’s open 24/7. 

Info booths + neighborhood pods: If you lost something, need medical help, or need to ask a question, head here. 

General Admissions tends to have plenty of characters. View it as an opportunity to make new friends. Everyone you meet is a chance to learn something new. 

On-site Camping

Obviously, as a camping festival, most folk camp. The most common From GA Camping to exclusive cabins, you’ll want to find suitable accommodation to ensure comfort and a convenient experience. 

Maplewood Camping Experience 

There’s plenty of shade to share in this upgraded camping experience. Located within a few minutes walk from the venue, enjoy A/C bathroom + showers. You must have the right clearance to get in as security checks wristbands. 

Here are a few items to bring:

  • It’s shady here, but in the (more than likely) case of rain, bring a canopy to hang out in. 
  • Bring a wagon to carry stuff to the campsite. You will not be near your vehicle. 
  • Stretch out! Campsites are also not measured out like General Admission sites. 

Effortless Camping Experience 

Just as it sounds, “effortless” camping includes a commemorative pre-set-up tent in a private camping area near a/c restrooms + showers. Also, you get to take home two sleeping bags + two sleeping pads. 

The effortless camping entrance is located directly south of Maplewood, very close to the venue entrance and Mainstreet. 

Again – You’re not camping near your car, so bring a wagon to carry stuff. Hopefully, you won’t have that much junk.

You won’t be able to load in for Tuesday’s early arrival, but you can purchase a Wednesday early arrival pass.

Camp Hush Camping Experience

New to 2022, Camp Hush is an upgraded GA campground known for its quiet experience, bigger spaces, and access to A/C restrooms + showers. People choose camp hush (even over Camp Higher Love) who want better sleep.

 You are not eligible for Tuesday early arrival, but you can grab the Wednesday early arrival pass. 

Take a shuttle directly to the main venue from your campsite located directly north of Camp Higher Love. 

Camp Higher Love

New to 2023, Camp Higher Love is an upgraded GA camping experience with bigger spaces + access to private showers + A/C restrooms. 

Located north of Maplewoods camping, connect at the “Higher Love Lounge” with fellow Forest Family members for a relaxing experience. 

Keep in mind that Regular GA ticket holders cannot get into Camp Hire Love. It’s an upgraded experience. You will not be able to load in on Tuesday, but you can for Wednesday’s early arrival. 

Lucky Lake Camping Experience 

New to 2023, Lucky Lake Camping Experience is an upgraded GA experience nearby campground directly south of regular GA camping where participants get access to private A/C restrooms/showers, swimming in Lucky Lake + nightly hosted beachside bonfires. 

The campsites are large and mostly shaded underneath trees. Camp with a car/tent or with an RV (make sure to have the Lucky Lake RV pass). 

Take the 24-hour shuttle that runs from Lucky Lake to the Tripolee shuttle stop near the venue entrances. There’s also an easy walking path to get to entertainment.

As this camping experience is slightly off the beaten path, expect it to be a more relaxed environment than the General Admission (GA) campgrounds. Again, you won’t be able to participate in Tuesday load-in, but you can purchase a Wednesday early arrival pass. 

Good Life Camping Experience

We finally upgraded to Good Life in 2023. It was well worth the extra money. Good Life = VIP. You’ll get access to multiple venue entrance points, A/C bathrooms, free showers, and an after-hours stage. Inside the venue, perks include special hang-out areas and viewing zones across several stages. 

Most folks find themselves camping in Good Life Village or Sherwood Court Tent-Only (without their vehicles). But there are limited options for pre-set tents, like “A/C Landing” and other upgraded options. 

Our campground entrance is very far from GA + off a different street. You’ll need to double-check the website for the correct entrance + driving instructions prior to arrival. 

If you’re going to spend every night at RV afterparties, be prepared for a walk + long ride w/ the 24-hour shuttle bus. 

Good Life Village

This adptly named festival campground divided into two sections: Good Life West and Good Life East. The early birds snag spots in Good Life West, closest to the venue entrances, while others join once it fills up. Three entrances await you: Ranch Arena, Sherwood Forest, and Sherwood Court. But the best part? You can go from camp to stage in a flash!

Right near the entrance of Good Life West, a row of porta-potties stands ready to serve your nature’s call. And don’t forget the shuttle bus pick-up spot to the left. Hop on, and it’ll take you to the water park, GA camping, the pool, and other GL campgrounds.

Now, here’s the real treasure: a hidden entrance to Sherwood Forest at the back right side of the campground. It’s less than a 5-minute walk from anywhere in GL and leads you straight to the Honeycomb and the Observatory. And guess what? About 100 yards to the left is another entrance, this time to the Ranch Arena. Follow the pathway, and voila! You’ll find yourself on the left side of the stage.

But what about those essential bathroom breaks? Fear not! Back by the Forest entrance, you’ll discover bathroom trailers and shower trailers. They’re well-maintained with air conditioning, flushable toilets, sinks, and real toilet stalls with doors. The showers are free, open 24/7, but warm water may require a bit of luck. You’ll find additional shower trailers near the Ranch Arena entrance and close to the ice truck by Good Life West.

And let’s not forget hydration! Water fill stations are conveniently located to the right of the Sherwood Forest entrance, so fill up your reservoirs before entering the venue. No more waiting in water lines inside! There are also water stations to the left of the Ranch Arena entrance.

Sherwood Court Tent-Only

Sherwood Court Tent-Only is  another fabulous tent-only offering in Good Life. Prepare for an adventure as you’re directed to a designated parking area where you bid farewell to your vehicle. But fear not, for it’s all part of the fun! You’ll then embark on a gear-laden walk to your cozy campsite, ready to create memories under the starlit sky.

And here’s a little secret: Sherwood Court Tent-Only has its own special entrance directly into the Sherwood Court stage. Talk about convenience! You’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from epic performances and unforgettable moments.

But wait, there’s more! In Good Life Village and Sherwood Court, friendships know no boundaries. You’re free to visit friends in either area, but there’s a small catch. If not everyone in your group has the same camping type (Village or Sherwood Court), make sure the designated driver wears the wristband that matches the desired camping area. We wouldn’t want any accidental adventures to the wrong campground!

A/C Landing

At A/C Landing, you’ll discover the epitome of luxury camping with pre-set tents designed to pamper you and your festival partner. Step into the air-conditioned shift-pod, a refuge from the scorching sun, and revel in the convenience of electricity at your fingertips. No need to fret about bedding either, as it’s thoughtfully provided for you. And when it’s time to rest, you can choose between the coziness of two twin beds or the spaciousness of a queen bed, ensuring a comfortable night’s sleep.

This enchanting campground is strategically located just north of Good Life Village, where the festival spirit is in full swing, and south of the Sherwood Court Tent-Only camping area, where adventure awaits. It’s the perfect spot to retreat to after a day of dancing and revelry, offering a cool respite and a peaceful escape from the festival frenzy.

Electric Avenue

Located on the south side of Good Life Village west, Electric Avenue is a vibrant hub within the festival. Here, you have access to all the wonderful amenities that Good Life has to offer, ensuring your festival experience is nothing short of extraordinary. Quick access into the main venue is just a stone’s throw away, whether you choose to enter through the lively Ranch Arena or the enchanting Sherwood Forest.

Now, a word of wisdom: pack a fan! While Electric Avenue provides electricity, it’s highly advisable to bring a fan to keep cool and beat the summer heat. Trust me; your festival experience will be all the more enjoyable with a refreshing breeze.

Additionally, consider bringing some form of shade to create a comfortable hangout area outside of your tent. It’s always nice to have a spot where you can relax, unwind, and soak in the festival vibes while taking a break from the festivities.

Good Life Bungalows

As a guest of the Good Life Bungalows, you’ll have exclusive access to the shaded Bungalow Lounge, a 24/7 retreat where you can unwind and connect with your fellow festival-goers. It’s the ideal place to recharge and share stories of your incredible experiences. Plus, you’ll have access to all the wonderful amenities of Good Life and the vibrant Good Life Village, immersing you in the heart of the festival magic.

But the perks don’t end there!

As you step into your pre-set safari tent, you’ll discover a cozy setup for 3 or 4 people. Each tent features twin cots with pillows and blankets for a restful night’s sleep. A hanging light, side table, tent lock, and outlet for charging electronics are also provided, ensuring you have all the essentials at your fingertips. And fear not, the tent is equipped with two zippers—one to the outside for easy access and one to the inside for protection from those pesky bugs.

And let’s not forget the special privileges that come with your Good Life ticket. As a Good Life Bungalows guest, you’ll enjoy access to the Good Life Welcome Party on Wednesday at the Back 40 pool, kicking off your festival adventure in style. Plus, Wednesday early arrival is complimentary, giving you even more time to settle in and start creating unforgettable memories. Please note that this ticket does not grant access to Tuesday load-in.

Back 40

Back 40 is an upgraded realm within Good Life that offers an exclusive and intimate camping experience. Located further away from the venue, this shaded oasis provides a serene atmosphere reminiscent of Maplewoods.

Back 40 offers various camping options, allowing small groups to camp together or with an RV. These packages include 2-10 wristbands, ensuring that you and your companions can enjoy the festival together. Additionally, Back 40 is home to the highly coveted Log Cabins, Log Homes, and Enchanted Experience, offering unparalleled luxury and comfort for the lucky few who secure them.

As a Back 40 camper, you have access to the thrilling waterpark and the refreshing Back40 Pool, along with all the wonderful amenities of Good Life. But that’s not all! Back 40 is also home to the charming Back 40 Western Town, nestled within the Double JJ Resort. Here, you’ll find an array of delightful shops, adding a touch of western charm to your festival experience.

Situated east of Sherwood and south of Good Life Village, Back 40 provides a peaceful and secluded atmosphere. It’s a haven for veteran foresters and staff, making it a place where the festival experience is cherished and celebrated.

To ensure convenient transportation, a shuttle service is available to take you to regular Good Life, as well as GA and other areas. However, be prepared for some walking, especially late at night, as the shuttle wait times can be a bit long or inconsistent. Embrace the adventure and let the journey become part of the experience.

Please note that the Log Homes, Log Cabins, and Enchanted Experience are extremely limited and highly sought-after. They are typically first offered to those who stayed the previous year to renew their bookings, and the limited availability is quickly claimed by those with the highest loyalty.

Back 40 hosts a lot of lodging options here are some basic features of each: 

Back 40 Camping (credit /u/DA_MOSS)
  • Large, shaded campsites sectioned off for the 2-6 people
  • Unlike most of the GL options, Wednesday check-in is an additional add-on
  • Some power outlets and water hookups available
Log Cabins (credit /u/twwatson)
  • Cabins for 4 to 6 people, each with their own unique style/layout
  • Placed in a loop in shaded area of Back 40 with areas to park your car nearby
  • Super lush interior and exterior amenities
  • For a video walkthrough, watch here
Log Homes (credit /u/twwatson)
  • Largest and most spacious lodging option for 6 to 10 people
  • Open concept living area with full kitchen
  • Located in a shady area with parking nearby

Enchanted Experience

The Enchanted Experience brings you an oasis of luxury with an A/C tent that comes pre-set with all the amenities you could desire. Step into your private sanctuary and bask in the comfort and coolness provided. Every detail has been carefully considered to ensure your utmost satisfaction.

To make your experience even more extraordinary, the Enchanted Experience offers an exclusive golf cart shuttle service. Glide effortlessly through the festival grounds, enjoying easy transportation to enhance your exploration and convenience.

As an Enchanted Experience camper, you’ll have access to a special lounge where you can indulge in refreshing drinks and more. Unwind in this exclusive space designed to cater to your comfort and relaxation, creating a serene retreat amidst the festival excitement.

But that’s not all! Your Enchanted Experience grants you access to the coveted artist compound, located near the Ranch Arena stage. Here, you can immerse yourself in the creative energy, getting closer to the heart of the festival and enjoying privileged views of exceptional performances.

Frontier Suites

The Frontier Suites are named after legendary figures of the wild west, each offering a distinctive experience. Choose between the Billy The Kid suite, accommodating 2-6 people, or the Calamity Jane and Doc Holiday suites, both ideal for groups of 4-8 people. These exceptional suites provide an unparalleled level of luxury and are sought after not only during the festival but also throughout the year as part of the hotel/resort experience at Double JJ Resort.

Nestled in a secluded and tranquil area, the Frontier Suites provide a serene escape from the festival buzz. Located further away from the main venue, on the picturesque Thoroughbred Golf Course, you’ll enjoy peace and privacy amidst the natural beauty of the surroundings. Plus, you’ll have convenient access to the Sundance Saloon & Grill, where delectable dining options await, and the Gold Rush Indoor Water Park, adding a touch of excitement to your stay.

Please note that the Log Homes, Log Cabins, and Enchanted Experience are also highly limited and in great demand. These exclusive accommodations are typically offered to returning guests first, allowing them to renew their bookings. The availability of these options is extremely limited, and those with the highest loyalty tend to secure them before general availability.

Group Camping Experience 

Have a group of 20 or more? See how Group Camping works at Electric Forest. 

Official Group Camping

These highly sought-after passes may not go on sale until late January, but be prepared because they sell out in the blink of an eye.

For an additional cost of $85 per person, you can join the official group camping, which offers a stress-free arrival process. Unlike regular camping, you don’t have to arrive all at once. This means you and your group can arrive at different times, making coordination much easier. Additionally, the designated group camping area is a square or rectangular predefined space, allowing you to create an epic campsite or build an impressive EZ UP fort.

The stress level for group camping is generally low, although slightly higher for the group leaders who take charge of organizing and coordinating. But fear not, because the fun level is off the charts! Official group camping provides an awesome opportunity to connect with like-minded festival-goers, fostering a vibrant and lively atmosphere.

To participate in official group camping, you’ll need a minimum of 20 people in your group. Each group will require one parking pass per three people, ensuring convenient parking for your entire crew.

It’s important to note that official group camping passes are in high demand and sell out quickly. So, when they become available, make sure everyone in your group is prepared to purchase their passes right away. Quick action is key to securing your spot in this unforgettable camping experience.

Unofficial Group Camping

Looking for a fun and flexible camping option with your friends? Unofficial group camping might be just what you need! With this method, you and your friends all arrive at the festival grounds together, creating a caravan of camping excitement. It works well for groups of 2-5 cars, but we’ve also seen and done much larger caravans with 15+ cars.

The best part? There’s no additional cost associated with unofficial group camping. You simply need to coordinate your arrival and enter the venue together. This method offers a medium level of stress, as timing and coordination are crucial to securing campsites in close proximity to each other.

When it comes to fun, the level is high! Unofficial group camping allows you and your friends to enjoy the camaraderie and shared experience of setting up camp side by side. You’ll have the opportunity to create a vibrant and lively camping area, perfect for fostering lasting memories.

Typically, unofficial group camping is set up in a line of consecutive campsites. Although the specific layout may vary, this arrangement allows for easy interaction and a sense of community among your group.

The beauty of unofficial group camping is that there are no specific requirements to meet. As long as you and your friends arrive together, you can create your own campsite configuration and embrace the festival spirit.

When it comes to parking, it’s usually free for unofficial group camping unless you’re a single occupant. Festival organizers may have specific guidelines regarding parking fees, so be sure to check the official Electric Forest information for the latest details.

It’s crucial to note that for unofficial group camping to work effectively, everyone in your group must arrive at the SAME TIME. The campground is filled in rows, randomly assigning spots without the ability to accommodate late arrivals or save space for others.

Camp Reddit

This unofficial group camping option is a fantastic way to connect with fellow festival-goers, especially if you’re solo or prefer not to camp alone.

Camp Reddit operates exclusively as unofficial group camping to allow for greater flexibility. This means that even if you decide to join at the last minute, you can still be part of this vibrant community. Official group camping tends to sell out closer to the announcement in February or March, making it less accommodating for spontaneous participants.

Camp Reddit has been organizing these group camps for several years, fostering a sense of camaraderie and lasting friendships among its participants. Many of the moderators themselves started as camp leaders and have formed enduring bonds with their fellow campers.

To keep Camp Reddit thriving, each year requires a volunteer to step up and lead a camp. If you find yourself wondering why there isn’t a Camp Reddit for a specific campground or arrival day, the answer is usually that no one has volunteered yet. If you’re interested in taking on this role, don’t hesitate to reach out to the moderators. They will be more than happy to guide you and provide the necessary information.

So, if you’re looking to join an incredible community, make new friends, and create unforgettable memories, Camp Reddit is the place to be.

Her Forest

 Her Forest is a special group camp created by EFHQ, specifically designed for individuals who identify as women to come together and camp in a safe and supportive environment. It provides a unique space where women can connect, form friendships, and share in the camaraderie of the festival.

To participate in Her Forest, you’ll need to purchase a group camping pass similar to the “official” group camping option when it is announced. This pass grants you access to the designated Her Forest group camping area, allowing you to join a community of like-minded individuals and experience the festival in a supportive and welcoming setting.

Her Forest is an excellent option for women attending the festival solo or for those who simply desire the companionship and solidarity of other women. It offers a space where you can feel comfortable, empowered, and celebrated, while forging connections with fellow festival-goers who share similar experiences and perspectives.

By joining Her Forest, you become part of a vibrant and empowering community within Electric Forest. Embrace the opportunity to connect with inspiring women, forge new friendships, and create unforgettable memories together. Let the spirit of Her Forest guide you on a journey of celebration, growth, and unity.

Camp Traction

Camp Traction is another remarkable group camp created by EFHQ at Electric Forest. Camp Traction is specifically designed for individuals who wish to enjoy the festival experience without the use of drugs or alcohol. It provides a supportive and inclusive space where like-minded individuals can come together, connect, and celebrate the festival while adhering to their personal choices. 

Off-site Camping

Want to stay off-site? Good luck! Rothbury’s is a very small town, and most of the hotels are occupied by employees. If you must stay off-site, book hotels or airBNBs well in advance. 

Do note there are zero Uber or Lyft drivers (so you’ll need to stay sober or hire a Designated Driver) to get to and from. There’s a free “Day Lot” on-site. To avoid getting towed, you’ll need to leave within one hour after the festival ends. 

I don’t recommend staying off-site because you’ll miss out on fun activities within the campground, like RV after parties. 

For those with higher loyalty (or folks with really good luck), there are packages that allow you to stay in cabins or frontier suits. Folks who’ve said in them previously get first dibs. I wouldn’t count on nabbin’ these tickets.

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