KAABOO Del Mar may be the carefree, three-day escape you’ve been looking for, but there are a few key pieces of advice to keep in mind during your escapades.
Here are eight insider tips to make your KAABOO Del Mar experience as gratifying as possible.
Tip #1: Arrive early
There’s so much beyond the bands at KAABOO that you’ll want to navigate before the grounds get packed. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. each day, so you can start with a lap through the upscale food offerings, the art installations, the craft beer bars and score some swag at vendor booths all before lunchtime.
Tip #2: Stay late
Although the outdoor live music will end at 10 p.m. each night, the after-parties will take place at the indoor stage Encore, ending at 2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Stay up late to catch acts like DJ Snoopadelic, Ludacris and Steve Aoki.
Tip #3: Plan your exit carefully
All guests are permitted one exit and re-entry per day. Just make sure that you’re back inside the gates by 7 p.m.
Tip #4: Store your stuff safely
When you’re dancing around all day, the last thing you want to do is worry about losing your things. You can rent out lockers with a charger in advance by making a reservation on entertainmentlockers.com/kaaboo-del-mar-2016 priced at $20 for one day and $50 for all three days.
Tip #5: Only bring what you need
Here’s an abbreviated list of things you might want to bring: Blankets, beach towels, backpacks, empty water bottles, strollers, point-and-shoot non-professional cameras, GoPros without poles or extensions, wheelchairs and lighters.
Tip #6: And do NOT bring the following:
The list of NOs include drugs, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, outside food or beverage, factory-sealed water bottles, coolers, large bags, flags, umbrellas, chairs, tents, pets, professional cameras, inflatable items, yard games, Frisbees, bicycles, skateboards, drones, spray paint, opened medications and fireworks.
Tip #7: Take public transportation
KAABOO and NCTD/MTS will offer a $12 per day unlimited transportation pass for COASTER, SPRINTER and BREEZE, including all MTS/NCTD buses and trolleys. Visit GoNCTD.com or sdmts.com for schedule information. The closest stop to KAABOO is the Solana Beach Station, which is only about one mile from the venue. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a shuttle for $5 each way, which will drop you off at the main gates of KAABOO.
Tip #8: Parking
There is limited on-site parking available for purchase. Off-site parking lots will only become available once on-site parking is sold out. VIP parking and valet parking for those who prefer easier options are also available for purchase ahead of time at kaaboodelmar.com.