Imagine you’re floating down the San Marcos River, beer in hand, shades on, with friends or family, and suddenly you hear the distant roar of an exuberant crowd. You float to the river’s end and see a large gathering of people of all ages. You hear a song that you recognize. You realize your favorite band is playing a show at a sold-out music festival, and you don’t have tickets to get in.
To avoid this situation during Float Fest this weekend, buy tickets and a floating pass early to experience the unique festival atmosphere. Day passes are available for $65 for either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, but you’ll also need to purchase a tubing pass for $25 if you plan on floating the 2.5-mile route from the drop location to the Cool River Ranch where the festival is held. Package deals are available online at www.floatfest.frontgatetickets.com.
Tubing gates open at 9 a.m. and the float takes three to four hours so you’re encouraged to bring sunscreen and drinking water. Floaters are welcome to bring their own alcohol on the river, but no glass containers are allowed.
Organizers encourage floaters to respect the river and avoid littering by bringing a trash bag. Click here for a list of suggested items to bring and those not allowed.
Last year’s inaugural event in San Marcos could have been hit or miss because it was a brand new festival. But thanks to the support of qualified management and sponsors, the first Float Fest was in fact a hit, executed perfectly. With bands like STRFKR, Grouplove, Portugal. the Man, Wild Child, and rapper Bun B of notorious rap group UnderGround Kingz, this festival was destined for greatness.
Here’s a promotional video from the 2014 Float Fest to give you a taste of what to expect:
This year, Float Fest is bigger and better. Huge indie names like Dr. Dog and Local Natives will be putting on shows as well as synth-pop rockers Phantogram, Robert DeLong, Austin rockers Ghostland Observatory, and many more. Bun B will also return for his second year around, as well as new-to-Float Fest rappers Devin the Dude and Paul Wall.
Float Fest 2015 is a three-day festival from Aug. 28-31. Ticket information and scheduling can be found on floatfest.net as well as general information, maps, directions to the festival, and FAQ’s.
*Featured/top image: The tubing route for the 2015 Float Fest. Courtesy image.