I realize we are barely into spring, but I'm already looking forward to summer and the music festival season. If you're searching for some regional fests to attend this year, I recommend Loufest, Center of the Universe Festival , and Wakarusa. If you're thinking about going to Wakarusa, I suggest you start preparing sooner rather than later because tickets go fast for this festival, which is scheduled for June 5-8 on Mulberry Mountain. If you're looking for tickets, KUAF just happens to be giving away four festival passes. You can register for this giveaway here.
Once you've got your tickets, start thinking about camping supplies. A tent is a must (if you don't happen to have a friend with a motorhome). If you don't want to bring a tent, Wakarusa is offering something new this year – glamping. The word is short for glamorous camping and you can find out more about these packages here. While you're packing, I cannot stress the importance of rain gear enough. I don't care if there isn't a big chance of rain in the forecast, bring rain boots. It has rained every time I have attended a festival on Mulberry Mountain and every time I am beyond grateful for my little blue rain boots.
When preparing to get the most out of your Wakarusa experience, it's essential to have a plan for what bands you're going to see when. The stage schedule was recently released and you can review it here. One group I highly recommend catching is The Mowglis. I have seen them at a handful of festivals and they are always such fun. This playful band is a perfect fit for a music festival with their upbeat tracks and audience interaction. Kevin Kinder from NWA Media is one of my companions at festivals and he recently shared his thoughts on the schedule on his blog.
If you're wondering what you can expect to see at this year's festival, check our pictures from last year's Wakarusa here. Hope to see you on the mountain this June!