A GUIDE TO SUWANEE HULAWEEN 2016
 

Suwannee Hulaween returns to Live Oak, FL with a jam-packed lineup, its distinctive Spirit Lake wonderland and an unparalleled Halloween atmosphere. From Oct. 27 to Oct. 30, Hulaween invites thousands to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park to join together and celebrate the spookiest holiday of the season. 

Spearheaded by The String Cheese Incident, Suwannee Hulaween has brought back veteran powerhouses Umphrey’s McGee, Big Gigantic, Greensky Bluegrass, STS9 and Lettuce. Event organizers continue to build the bill with diverse performances from newcomers like Gramatik, Disclosure, My Morning Jacket,  Boys Noize and many more. 

Suwannee Hulaween values tradition while striving for continual reinvention. Attendees open their minds and melt into massive, illuminated art installations at Spirit Lake, groove to scheduled sets with surprise collaborations, take part in mindfulness activities and soak in Halloween vibes.

As a stand-out holiday festival, Suwannee Hulaween 2015 brought thousands of new faces to the beloved venue and transformed the intimacy of the forest into a blowout bash. To get the most out of your Hula experience, check out our Guide to Suwannee Hulaween 2016:

 
Camping

Last year’s Hulaween marked one of the biggest events the Suwannee Music Park had ever seen. This year, Suwannee prepared for the campground swell by bringing in additional staff members, updating the park’s layout and clearing wide swaths of forest.

The grounds will be crowded, but primitive camping is definitely the way to go. That's because Suwannee campgrounds offer more than a place to drop a tent and cooler. Setting up a Hula home translates into a comfortable place to freshen up and grab a beer in between sets, but it's also a Hulaween tradition. 

Be sure to bring spooky embellishments, LED string lights, colorful tapestries and other adornments to dress up your campsite. Meaningful symbols are key to finding your spot when cool darkness cloaks the forest. Plus, anyone could be lucky enough to win the long-running contest for best campsite. 

Tip: Be sure to familiarize yourself with the map and take note of different landmarks. The bat house is a great reference point.


Stages

Suwannee Hulaween offers five spaces to groove, with each scene uniquely set and stylized. A favorite of Suwannee veterans, the Amphitheater Stage is shaded by hanging branches and dangling moss. When the sun sets, the lights reflect off the trees and give off a calming natural essence. The Amphitheater Stage and the Campground Stage are closest to the festival entrance. 

The Meadow Stage, located in the center of a far-reaching field, can accommodate the largest number of people. String Cheese will perform at the Meadow throughout the weekend.

The Silent Disco Stages, on the other hand, are often found inside the nooks of Spirit Lake, which also houses its own Spirit Lake Stage. This year. the venue has also crafted an additional stage, known as The Patch Stage, which will be located near VIP camping.

Tip: If you have artists you can't miss, camp near the stage. It'll be a quick walk to catch your must-sees. 

 
 
 Spirit Lake

Simply put, Spirit Lake is a collection of tangible imagination. The space ignites with mysticism and psychedelia, inviting festivalgoers to explore and interact with vivid artist creations.

Individuals who attended last year’s event will look forward to the return of Incendia, a gathering of geodomes and installations ignited by flame. Spirit Lake will also bring in new stations, including an adult ball pit and the Moss Goddess structure, which is inspired by nature’s feminine power.

The soothing sanctuary offers a full schedule of yoga, flow, dance and meditation workshops. At Spirit Lake, attendees can nourish the body and soul, explore the chakras and enjoy live music. The Suwannee Bluegrass Surprise, a collaboration of Stickley & Keel's Guitar Freak Out, Jon Stickley Trio and The Grass Is Dead, will fill the compound with late-night pickin’ tunes.  

Tip: Don't wait until the last day to explore Spirit Lake -- it's what makes Hulaween so unique. 


Artists

The String Cheese Incident brings a cult-like following of devotees each year. Cheeseheads have seven chances to get down with the improv gods, who will undoubtedly collaborate with numerous artists on the bill.

The renewed growth has also attracted new artists to the forested oasis. Electronic acts meld with reggae sounds, hip-hop beats and jazzy jams to create a genre-blending cocktail that also includes Rebelution, Snarky Puppy, Logic, The Werks and more.

Hulaween invites early birds to head to Suwannee to catch the Thursday Pre-Party featuring Umphrey’s McGee, Greensky Bluegrass, EOTO, Marco Benevento and more.

Tip: Download the Suwannee Hulaween app to create your personalized schedule.


Atmosphere

Each year, Hulaween staff heads declare a costume theme. Playing off the popular TV show Stanger Things, Hulaween encourages festival goers to channel a STRINGIER THINGS 1980s supernatural style. 

At any event, it's all about the people. Groups go all-out to embody the beautiful and terrifying elements of the holiday spectrum. Halloween comes alive at Hulaween because the attendees put in work to make it real. 

Tip: Weather forecasts predict warm days and cool, chilly nights. Bring comfortable costumes for all kinds of weather. 


Suwannee Family

In the past few years, Hulaween has transformed into a cultural phenomenon. With a stand-out lineup, a breathtaking venue and a welcoming community of music lovers, Hulaween has become more than a music festival.  

Attending Hulaween allows you to be a part of something bigger. Welcome to the #HulaFam. Pre-party tickets and general admission passes are still available at suwanneehulaween.com.