Happy Wednesday! If you follow me on Instagram then you would have already seen that I recently attended HangOut Fest in Gulf Shores, AL. It is a beach music festival and this was my first time ever attending any kind of music festival. It was honestly such a fun experience and I was able to see performances from people that I have been listening to since middle school! My favorite acts were MGMT, Weezer, and Phoenix – with Phoenix being the best. They performed so well and I am so glad they ended up being a last minute add-on. Thanks to Sour Punch for sending me!
Today I want to share some HangOut Fest tips and a breakdown of my experience in case any of you are planning on attending next year or will be going to any other festival. Hopefully, this helps and if you have any other questions please feel free to leave a comment or email me!
What to Pack in Your Backpack
Lots of sunscreen!!
Refillable water bottles – there are free water refill stations all around the festival.
A beach towel to sit on or dry off after some time in the ocean.
Sunglasses because it gets really bright out on the beach.
A hat to help keep you cool and keep the sun out of your face.
Cash and ID for any purchases you will make in the festival or for parking before – some places take cards as well.
Hand sanitizer and napkins because unless you are in VIP you will be using a port-a-potty.
TIP: Don’t forget to leave room in your backpack for your shoes. When you get to the beach stages you will probably want to go barefoot for walking in the sand.
Food and Drinks
There are actually a lot of food options inside HangOut Fest. For some reason, I was expecting it to be your average fair food but they had options from Asian cuisine to Caribbean food. There was definitely something there for everyone. The prices weren’t too bad either and you always have the option to walk to a nearby restaurant away from the festival if you want a break from the heat and crowds. As for drinks they had lots of beer tents and the Big Tap with other alcoholic options. There are also free water refill stations all around for you to fill up your own water bottle.
TIP: There are lockers that you can rent throughout the weekend for you to store your stuff and they have a phone charging station that you can use for an additional fee.
You have several options when it comes to getting to the festival. The most recommended one being, buy a Shuttle Pass through the HangOut website ahead of time. This is the best option if you are staying somewhere along the shuttle route. You can also just walk if you are staying fairly close – there were a lot of people doing this. Lastly, you can drive in and pay for parking. I saw people charging from $20-35 depending on how close they were to the festival. Keep in mind if you are driving into the festival that the traffic gets backed up for most of the day and especially towards the end of the night.
TIP: Make sure you check what’s not allowed at the festival. We brought an umbrella the third day and had to leave it at the front. Luckily it was still there when we left but it’s best to know these things ahead of time.
What to Wear
There is definitely not one set way to dress for this festival. You will see tons of people wearing everything from swimsuits, body glitter, and beach cover-ups. I kept it light because it is a beach festival and pretty warm in Gulf Shores. I stuck with swimsuits, light tops, and shorts. A lot of the fashion choices are based on what is in style for festivals that year and this year it was all about glitter.
Where to Stay
So this was honestly the trickiest part of preparing for the festival. Gulf Shores is already packed for the Summer and even more for the weekend of the festival. There are lots of hotels, condos, and houses in the area to choose from but you definitely want to start looking early. We ended up looking for a place only two months out and ended up staying in Perdido Key. Luckily, it wasn’t too far of a drive and we were still able to find a condo right on the beach.
That wraps ups my HangOut Fest tips so if you have any questions or know of another festival I should go to next leave me a comment!