Survival Guide to Attending Festivals Alone


Summertime means different things to different people. For some, it means the start of festival season. Every year, music fans pack their cars and head out to Summer Camp, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Pitchfork and more. But what about those who go out on these adventures all by their lonesome? If you’re traveling solo to a festival this summer, take a look at these survival tips:

Water, water everywhere

Between the hot sun, the dancing and the drinking, music festivals are the perfect recipe for dehydration. Without your friends there to remind you to drink water, the risk is magnified. Be sure to bring a water bottle to the event and take advantage of public drinking fountains along the way. Beer doesn’t count!

Make a friend … or more?

Just because you’re by yourself doesn’t mean the experience has to be in any way lonely. You’re in the middle of a giant gathering of excited people with whom you share common interests. Make a point of trying to find a new friend before the weekend is over. Hey, you might even find a new romantic interest while you’re at it.

Make a schedule

OK, we get it: Going to a festival with a schedule is a little too chaperone-y for some people’s tastes. Still, with the flurry of social activity going on all around you, it can be easy to miss your favorite band. Get your money’s worth by making sure you take in at least a few bands every day.