What is this SH’NONSENSE?
The 10th ANNUAL SH’BANG, A Festival of Ideas, explodes with outrageous shenanigans at the Lookout Arts Quarry near Bellingham, WA, September 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2017! The all-inclusive eclectic festival, Sh’Bang! will feature over 40 live bands, 37 performances, 5 stages, and outrageously extraordinary wonders. Some highlights include a wild contraptionist off-road DAREDEVIL DOWNHILL SOAPBOX DERBY, the all-star Saturday night SH’BANG CIRCUS EXTRAVAGANZA, international shadow art performances, Sunday’s EXPLODING AERIAL PIÑATA monster action, FRIDAY NIGHT Sh’BANG SIDESHOW, sunrise floating dock dance party, CREATIVE KIDS’ ZONE, mesmeric mermaids, marching band pie-in-the-sky parades, WHIMSICAL WORKSHOPS, enveloping art installations, SWIMMING, camping, monster puppet building, Saturday night Burlesque Cabaret, DANCING, kid focused performances and activities, pirates, cowpokes, elves, and all sorts of RAZZLE DAZZLE!
Things You’ll Need and Maybe Want:
- Rain Gear: jacket, boots, umbrella, etc.
- Warm clothes and layers
- Headlamp or flashlight – main areas will be lit, but many spots are very dark!
- Camping Gear: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc.
- Refillable water container – potable well water available on site
- Food – there are vendors, but bring some of your own, too!
- Dishes and silverware
- Ear plugs – if you don’t want to dance until the break of dawn.
- Musical instruments, costumes, mermaid tails, water toys, 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. Wear a swimsuit (or not!).
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Welcome to Sh’Bang Sh’urvival Guide
Welcome to Sh’Bang! Below you’ll find sh’urvival tips and need-to-knows as you get geared up for our Festival of Ideas
WHEN TO ARRIVE
You can arrive any time during these Front Gate Hours:
- Friday 12pm-2am
- Saturday 9am-2am
- Sunday 9am-12am
- Monday 11am (check-out time!)
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 planned numerous kid focused activities into 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 with sand for sandcastles, 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 both a male and female 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.
COME EARLY, STAY LATE!
This year’s schedule is booked like never before! We will be starting Friday with a 3pm Art Walk that will feature various visual artists and art activities with live music at each stop of the tour. The festival will run all the way until 11pm on Sunday with a full night of Shadow Theatre featuring shadow art performances followed by an open shadow jam with music by Deakin Hicks. Sunday night will be off the charts with some rare and highly talented international shadow artists performing, we highly recommend you stay to see it! Ok, that’s all… let us know if you have any questions and we’ll see you soon!
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 served on site and we ask for discretion when it comes to your personal choices. We will have numerous non alcoholic beverages available for you to enjoy, from specialty mixed elixirs of ginger, coffee, hot tea to crisp cool drinking water flowing from all of our taps!
When you arrive, park in the front parking 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 win 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 6 or more people in an oversize vehicle (18ft+). Bikes, Scooters, and Motorcycles all park for FREE.
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 no 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 will be drinking water available, 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 new 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!
There will be food vendors all weekend, early morn to late night. You may want to bring along some snacks for yourself and some reusable dishes and silverware to keep the trash production low.
THINGS NOT TO BRING
- Dogs (and other animal friends)
- Sunscreen and Oils
- Bug Spray
- Biodegradable Soaps only
- Glass bottles or containers
- Illegal Substances
There are NO DOGS allowed at the quarry, so please leave pups and other animal friends behind. There are ducks, chickens, and a cat that already roam the area that are best left to themselves.