Getting Ready for Festival
Register for the festival on Eventbrite
Familiarize yourself with the festival rules
Familiarize yourself with the festival location and how to get there
Make a packing list
Learn about arrival and parking at the festival
Learn about the different places to go on the grounds
In order for everyone to have the most fun we have a few guidelines for you during your stay. Sorry, but it must be done.
THE RULES OUTSIDE – APPLY INSIDE
The laws on the outside apply to the inside. We still have to obey the laws of the muggles and mundane.
All fires, except the ritual fire, will be required to be in above ground containers. No campfires will be allowed on the open ground or in pits. No fires will be allowed if conditions are deemed unsafe by either PFI, Ranch representatives, or local fire authorities. Please bring your own firewood if you intend to have a fire. WE DO NOT SUPPLY FIRE WOOD.
If Ranch receives complaints from neighbors, they will request that we lower the volume to a more acceptable level. Drum sounds will be monitored for volume and may, also, be required to lower the volume to appease local law enforcement and/or neighbors.
Absolutely no photography of nudity of any kind will be allowed at any time. Permission must be obtained from every recognizable person in the photo or viewfinder. Please respect others privacy. Use of any pictures or video obtained during the festival for public viewing or distribution must have the written approval of the people in the photo; and, the Event Coordinators or a member of the Board of Directors of Phoenix Festivals, Inc. Respect must be given and honored to those who do not want their picture taken. Failure to abide by these rules will result but are not limited to one or more of the following: Eviction from the event. A Phoenix Team member will identify and enforce when photography cannot be a part of the festival.
Due to insurance restrictions we can no longer allow dogs unless they are registered service animals. If you just show-up at the gate when festival opens, with your dog, be prepared to take them home or to a near-by kennel of your choice.
email: ThePhoenix@phoenixfestivals.com for questions about service animals.
EXPLORING THE PASTURES
Participants are not permitted in the pastures that contain livestock. No exceptions! Feeding of livestock is not permitted without permission of Ranch Representatives. Attendees are required to remain within the festival grounds section of The Ranch unless permission is received from Ranch representatives.
Smoking is not permitted in the Ritual area, under any roof (this includes all pop-ups), or where posted. Please be considerate and dispose of any butts responsibly and do not throw them on the ground. Please position yourself downwind from those around you who may not want second hand smoke.
Please be mindful and respectful when using your cell phone for phone calls, text messaging and photo taking with regards to workshops, rituals, sacred spaces and ritual fire. If you must take a call, be sure to take the call outside of these areas. Be sure to have your cell phone silenced or on vibrate when participating in activities. Please do not text during workshops, rituals or other activities. Please review the photography guidelines for use of cell phones and social media.
PARKING & DRIVING THROUGH THE FESTIVAL
During the festival please park your vehicle outside the gate in the parking lot. Please place the parking pass in your windshield. Parking lot will be check and unauthorized vehicles will be towed. Please follow the road outlined through the festival. Speed Limit on festival grounds is 5 MPH and is ONE WAY.
We are not dry, but we do expect you to drink responsibly. Do not serve minors. All guests under 21 years of age will wear a green & white "Under Age" wrist ban. No sales of alcohol will be permitted except by licensed vendors.
Keep them clean. If you find you need more toilet paper in a porta-pottie, please find a Team Phoenix member or visit the registration desk. Only human waste and toilet paper are allowed. Sanitary items should be wrapped and taken with you for disposal in garbage can outside the potty. Do not leave them in the porta-pottie. The Porta-Potties are serviced every morning. Please close the lid when finished using the porta-potties.
Please put it in the dumpster provided or take it with you! Please do not leave it where you camp or by the receptacles next to the porta-potties. Please leave your campsite cleaner than you found it. The farm animals will appreciate it!
We ask that all children & minors be at their camps by 11:00 PM. Children under the age of 16 years old are not allowed in the drum circle after 11 PM. This time is set aside for those adults who do not feel comfortable dancing with minors present.
CLOTHING TIME & PLACES
Nudity is not allowed in the Youth Activities area or in the pool area occupied by unaccompanied minors. In public areas, please carry a sarong or towel and use it to sit on. You will be immediately expelled and permanently banned from all Phoenix Festival Inc's events for overt sexual behavior in public or any form of sexual harassment.
2505 W Bella Vista Street, Lakeland, FL 33810
The camping site is a few miles from I-4 and just around the corner from Publix (2300 Griffin Road Lakeland, FL 33810), and Walmart just a little further. There's plenty of room for shaded tent camping and the energy from the huge, old oak trees make our festival site feel like a little bit of paradise. For anyone who has difficulty tent camping there are several local hotels and restaurants nearby.
RV’s are welcome; however, there is no electricity or water available on site to hook up to. Generators are welcome but their use will restrict your available camping area choices (this applies to RV’s also). Alternative methods of power generation are welcomed and encouraged.
Google Maps shows the festival's entrance at the owner's driveway.
DO NOT USE THE OWNER'S DRIVEWAY TO ENTER THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS.
The festival entrance is the next driveway to the right on the map, the road along the sand pits.
The proper entrance will be clearly marked with Phoenix Festival signs as you drive up.
Driving Through Festival Grounds is 5 MPH and ONE WAY
Packing for Festival
This is a semi-primitive camp site which means you are required to bring everything that you need to be self sufficient during your time at festival including tenting and personal items.
We do not supply camping equipment. There is no electricity available on site. Remember to bring your medications.
Below is a list of helpful items to bring.
It is by no means exhaustive, but we hope it helps when planning to camp at Festival.
Tent with Rain Fly
Hammer for Stake
Tarp for Under Tent
Air Mattress Pump
Batteries for Pump
Tent Broom & Dustpan
Tent Lantern w/ Batteries
Tent Fan Batteries
Canopy Tent Stakes
Canopy Tent Weights
Canopy Tent Line
Batteries for Lights
Canopy Light Batteries
Camp Altar Table
Camp Altar Set Up
Table for Stove
Biodegradable Dish Soap
Small Recycle Box
Phone Charging Cord
Means to Charge Phone
Basic First Aid Kit
Flip Flops for Shower
Arrival & Parking
Gates Open Wednesday through Saturday | 9 AM to 10 PM
Please be aware that due to festival insurance restrictions, ONLY staff members and their pre-approved, registered family members will be allowed on the festival grounds before 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday. There are no exceptions to this rule. Vendors may arrive after 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Upon arrival, all Festival attendees are required to check in. During check in, you will receive your wristband, event guide, and festival information. Your festival wristband must be worn and visible at all times during the event. Lost wristbands can easily be replaced at the registration booth. After you check in, you will be given ONE hour to find a place to setup your camp. Unload your belongings and then move your vehicle to the parking lot as soon as possible.
Anyone who is discovered on festival grounds without being registered or wearing someone else's wristband will be subject to expulsion from the grounds for trespassing.
All vehicles must be parked and remain parked in the designated parking lot. Please move your vehicle to the parking lot after unloading your vehicle and before setting up your camp. Be sure to have your parking pass in your windshield when you park your vehicle in the designated parking area.
Learn the Ranch
In the center of the festival grounds you will find a big blue pop-up. This is our Community Center. Anyone is welcome at any time to use the Community Center. At times there may be a workshop, so please try not to disturb this activity if you're not participating. The Community Center is a great place to play a game, put a puzzle together, sit and talk or just enjoy a good cup of coffee. All Phamily members are welcome to bring their meals to the Center to eat. Sharing mealtime is a wonderful way to the community together and is a great way to meet people.
There are four tents in each of the cardinal directions - (Earth/North, Air/East, Fire/South and Water/West). These tents are used for workshops. You will need to bring your own chair for any workshops hosted under these tents. Some have tables, but chair space is limited.
There are porta-potties through the camp. There are disabled access porta-potties as well as regular.
Gates and Roads
There are two gates, one an entrance and one an exit. Traffic is ONE DIRECTION ONLY on festival grounds (clockwise). Please also remember that the speed limit is 5 MPH. There are children and ranch animals running about and going faster than this endangers them. Please help us keep the ground safe.
In the central area of the grounds is the ritual circle. The main ritual of every evening is held here, as well as nightly dancing and drumming.
Near the ritual circle and community center, there are two rows of vendors. Pay them all a visit to discover their wares and services.
Have an accident? Need a Band-Aid? All golf carts have a first aid kit on board. We are not equipped to handle any large accidents but a hospital is a short distance away.
Generator & RV Area
Generators and RV's must stay in the area to the left as you come into the grounds. Solar generators may be where they wish, as these do not make noise.