Over 5,000 people attended Moonrise, which is a 2-day festival in Baltimore, Maryland. This year the festival took place at Pimlico Race course on August 6- 7. The weather was extremely hot, people were either on drugs or drunk and the music was on the next level. I wouldn’t of wanted to be anywhere else but there!
Here’s the beginner’s guide to Moonrise, from getting there to how to survive!
The first step to every festival is to get your ticket! Try to plan ahead of time with your friends so you can grab the early bird price.
Tickets went on sale on February 2nd, so you need to know well in advance if you’re actually going.
STAY UP TO DATE
Before the festival, try to stay up to date with any information they provide. Sign up for their email list, follow them on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.
This is a great way to find out about contests or giveaways, etc. I find Facebook to be the best approach to keep connected with the festival and read reviews or comments from past attendees.
Their main website also has weekly news about the festival.
If you are unable to get a hotel close enough to the festival where you can walk, I would advise to take the shuttle or try to carpool with as much people as you can. On-site parking was $40 for 2-days, which is not bad since you can split it with your friends. Make sure to drive responsibly. If you’re not going to have a designated driver, don’t drive!
From our experience I would not recommend taking Uber, it cost $25 to get there and if you’re even lucky to get one back it will be $60 depending on how far you are. If you are close to Mad River they had a bus to take people to the Festival and back for $15. Plus all you can drink for $15.
Festivals are a huge place with over a thousand people pushing by you and acting crazy. Make sure you know where your friends are at all times.
Everyone is trying to sell you some type of crazy drug to try. Don’t do it! Also make sure to check your bag every once in a while, there were a lot of people who got their items stolen.
Of course drink, dance and have fun but be aware of your surroundings.
Take Care of your Body
It was HOTT!! The sun was directly in our face with no breeze in sight. They had a few shaded areas for you to relax and get away from the sun. The number one thing is to keep hydrated.
They have water stations around all over the festival. If you don’t want to wait in a long time, or push your way through you can buy water for $3.
I invested in a camelbak this year and it was the BEST decision I made. Amazon is where I purchased it, link here: Camelbak Products HydroBak Hydration Pack, Black/Graphite, 50-Ounce
What to take
Check the website on what to bring and what not to bring. You can bring a camera but it can’t be a professional one or over 35mm. Mel took her Sony Alpha a6300 and I took my GoPro which was perfect for the festival. We were able to get a few dope pictures.
Keep your equipment safe! People were stealing, water was being thrown and crazy mosh pits were breaking out.
GET READY TO RAGE
As I said there were over 5,000 people who attended Moonrise, ready to have fun and turn up! Make sure to check out the different stages and activities they have going on. Don’t get stuck at one stage or you won’t be able to really experience the festival.
Walk around, make friends and RAVE!
Want to learn more? Check out the Moonrise Website
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