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Good vibes, music at eclectic UtopiaFest

UtopiaFest is an immersive music festival featuring a wild array of eclectic music acts and set in the beautiful hills and hollows of Reveille Peak Ranch, just beyond the eastern shore of Lake Buchanan. Photo from Facebook.com/utopiafesttx

UtopiaFest 13 is two days of live music, beautiful scenery, and seriously good vibes in the Highland Lakes. This immersive music festival is Oct. 14-15 and features 24 acts set in the boundless outdoors of Reveille Peak Ranch, just outside of Burnet at 105 CR 114.

UtopiaFest is a free-spirited convergence of eclectic music, getting in touch with nature, community building, and radical levels of unshackled fun. As wild as it gets, this is a family-friendly event that encourages camping out, cooking out, and grooving out to sweet jams in an even sweeter setting.

Reveille Peak Ranch stretches across 1,350 acres of beautiful Texas Hill Country just east of Lake Buchanan. “Utopians” will have access to the ranch for the duration of the festival, meaning you’re free to hike, bike, and even disc golf over 60 miles of trails. Those staying the weekend can camp and get fully lost in the experience. Cool off in nearby Lake Buchanan before seeing a show or hop on a horse and ride through the hills before heading back to camp. You can also practice your yoga poses, dance at a silent disco, or get informed via a workshop.

Music acts include iconic DJs, melodic folk-singing duos, pop-soul machines, somber soloists, gypsy-punk alt-rockers, and hardcore traditional bagpipers. Come with an open mind and you'll most certainly have a memorable time.

Countless vendors will be slinging food, drinks, and merchandise, but Utopians are encouraged to grill out under the stars, bring their own beer, and share their crafts.

The written UtopiaFest manifesto on the event's website begins with this:

“We believe an ideal music festival should be experience-centered. One set in beautiful, natural surroundings where the positive energy from the land is palpable. A place where you find and meet more friends than strangers. We think it should be more meaningful than just watching a show. It should be a place where individuals and communities grow and learn. Participants should feel free to be and express their truest selves, and contribute to the experience.”

Whether you drop in for a day or attend the pre-party and spend the whole weekend, UtopiaFest is a supreme way to experience the natural beauty of the Highland Lakes with friends and family or make wild memories.

SCHEDULE

  • EARLY ARRIVAL WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12: Gates open at noon to allow guests to designate their camping areas. Wednesday, Thursday, Weekend, or Sterling passes required. No activities or amenities.
  • THURSDAY, Oct. 13, pre-party: Gates open at noon and music begins at 6:45 p.m. Requires a pre-party wristband in addition to a Friday or two-day pass. No entry after 10 p.m.
  • FRIDAY, Oct. 14: Gates open at 10 a.m. and music begins in the afternoon. No entry after 9 p.m.
  • SATURDAY, Oct. 15: Gates open at 9 a.m. and music begins in the afternoon. No entry after 6 p.m.
  • SUNDAY, Oct. 16: Campers may enjoy the day and leave at their leisure.

THINGS TO KNOW

  • This is a bring-your-own event, but food and drinks will be available for purchase. Guests will have access to drinking water but are encouraged to bring their own.
  • There are restrooms on site and access to showers.
  • Free camping and free parking (in designated areas) are available to those with weekend passes. Shuttles will be running.
  • RV camping with full utilities is available with the proper ticket.
  • Campfires are permitted as long as there is no burn ban in effect.
  • No pets allowed except for certified service animals.
  • This is a rain-or-shine event.

PRICING

  • Weekend Pass for Friday and Saturday access — $189
  • Thursday Pass — $30
  • Wednesday Early Arrival Pass — $50
  • Sterling Pass with access to VIP lounge, best camping location, and expedited entry — $349
  • Saturday Pass — $109
  • Kids Pass (ages 2-12) — $15
  • Teen Pass (ages 13-19) — $35
  • Car camping (subject to zoning availability) — $100
  • RV camping — $150
  • Private camping at Port O — $150

dakota@thepicayune.com

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