Bear Music Fest
Bear Music Fest • Sept 7-9, 2018

Additional Info

Welcome to Bear Music Fest!

We are so, unbelievably stoked to see all of you in the mountains in September! Here are some important details that may help you plan as the festival nears.

When should I arrive?

The festival officially starts Fri Sept 8th at 12:30pm at the Camp Blue office - 1 Camp Blue Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364

If you would like to arrive earlier, you have the option of purchasing a "Backstage Pass" which will allows you to checkin on Thurs evening and/or leave Monday morning.  The "Backstage Pass" includes 4 additional meals and two additional night of accommodations.  There will not be any shows on Thursday evening or Fri morning but you are welcome to enjoy the camp and observe our settup/soundchecks as long as you don't get in the way ;)

Backstage passes can be purchase via your CABIN RESERVATION DASHBOARD.

All guests must check-in upon arrival in order to receive cabin assignments, welcome packet, your official pass wristband and an quick orientation. After checking in, join us at the Blue Pool Stage for BBQ and music!

When should you leave?

Never! Seriously, there will be performances & Live Karaoke Sunday afternoon & evening as well as a beautiful sunset experience Sunday evening.  So, enjoy the day and stay for dinner before you hit the road.

Additionally, as described above, you can purchase a "Backstage Pass" which allows you to stay Sunday night and enjoy breakfast on Monday.  Backstage passes can be purchase via your CABIN RESERVATION DASHBOARD.


Your ticket includes accommodations in tent cabins at the Lair of the Golden Bear Campground. The cabins include simple camp beds, a shelf, a lamp, and an electrical outlet. If you would like to see what the cabins look like visit our PASSES & CABIN GUIDE.

Bedding will NOT be provided. Please bring your own bedding, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, etc.


Every pass includes 7 group meals during the weekend, from Friday lunch to Sunday lunch.

Our "Backstage Pass" includes 4 more meals (Thurs dinner, Fri breakfast/lunch, Monday breakfast.)  You can purchase a backstage pass in your CABIN RESERVATION DASHBOARD.

The food is all you can eat, and prepared by the venue’s experienced kitchen staff. Meals typically include a hot entrée with salad bar and side dish options.

The kitchen can provide vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options as well as accommodate dairy and/or nut allergies. Please express your dietary restrictions at festival check-in so we can meet your needs. You can also indicate preference in your CABIN RESERVATION DASHBOARD.

Feel free to bring snacks & drinks of your own to supplement your needs during the weekend.  However, remember that we are in the woods and so small animals like mice & squirrels will LOVE your snacks if you don't have them in a cooler or similar container.  We have a limited number of coolers available for rent via your CABIN RESERVATION DASHBOARD.


Lair of the Bear
1 Camp Blue Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364

We have a dedicated page for DIRECTIONS.


The Lair of the Golden Bear includes various amenities that we we will have access to for the entire weekend. These include:

  • Pool & kiddie pool

  • Dining hall

  • Snack bar (additional charge)

  • Coffee shop (additional charge)

  • Yoga tent and mats

  • Healing space / Spa for massage and other treatments (additional charge)

  • Amazing hiking trails

  • Pinecrest Lake nearby with kayaking, canoeing, paddleboating, and more (additional charge)

WIFI and Cell Service

There is very limited cellular reception at the venue. AT&T and T-Mobile have NO reception at all. Verizon has some reception in some places. There will be FREE WIFI at both lodges and dining halls if you must check your email/messages. There are also payphones located on site. Other than those, you may drive 10 miles back down the highway for reception if needed. In case of emergency, if someone needs to reach you, they may call the Lair of the Golden Bear at (209) 965-3582.

That said, we recommend you take the opportunity to fully disconnect from your technology this weekend. Reconnect with yourself, the people around you and nature. It will be glorious. We promise!

ADA Accessibility

Unfortunately, the venue cannot support wheelchair access due to the nature of the terrain. However, some cabins are available for people who can walk with the assistance of a cane or walker. For specific inquiries regarding ADA Accessibility please contact

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