British Columbia serves as an annual host for a broad range of fantastic events not only for every family with kids but also for millennials throughout the year. During the love month, for instance, people can go to Prince George and experience week-long entertainment via the Coldsnap music festival. When the Richmond Canada Day occurs, locals and tourists are welcome to party on the streets, attend free concerts, and watch a firework display.
Now, attending an outdoor festival has its perks that you can never get from a performance that is held in a stadium or an amphitheater. In an open setting, you can breathe in natural air, have the music tickle your ears, check out sculptures and paintings under the sun, or gaze at the moon and the stars at night. In a closed location, only the air-conditioners will be your source of air, the loud music and the noise of the excited fans stay in the arena, enough to make you feel nauseous, and a boring ceiling will greet you when you look up.
In the future, if you are offered with two festival tickets – one for indoor, and one for outdoor – take the latter instead. Music and art shows in the open, after all, allow you to do things that you will not be able to do in a walled site, such as look at life-sized artworks and listen to pop or rock songs without hurting your eardrums.
Nevertheless, you should not show up to an outdoor festival without planning.
1. Know What You Can And Cannot Bring
Upon registering to the occasion, you usually get informed regarding what items you can and cannot bring in the grounds. Of course, like in other colossal public and private events, guests are not supposed to carry sharp objects and deadly weapons. Specialized cameras, video recorders, foods, and beverages may be allowed, considering you have permission to do so. For festivals that attract thousands of people, the organizers may discourage attendees from bringing ice chests, umbrellas, skateboards, or chairs because they may cause obstructions to others in the venue.
Meanwhile, you should not forget a bottle of water, especially if the occasion takes place during the daytime. You don’t want to become dehydrated while having fun – that’s for sure. Don’t leave your cash behind either since you may not be able to find an ATM machine there or a food truck that accepts credit cards. As for your mobile phone, it may be best to leave it at home or in the car if you don’t have a pocket or a small bag to conceal it.
2. Fish Out Your Worn Backpack
The importance of bringing a worn backpack deserves to be highlighted in this article because there have been attendees in the past who have insisted on carrying their fanciest bag to show off to both friends and strangers. Then, it rained. Then, the bag got ruined. Then, the story of their cool bling ended.
We recommend taking this kind of bag with you because it can serve several purposes. For one, it can hang on your shoulders, not on your arms. It won’t matter if it gets wet or you lay it on the grass or sidewalk as well. Furthermore, you may wear it on your front so that there will still be some distance between you and the folks around you.
3. Check The Weather Forecast
Remember that the festival organizers will never mention a dress code because the weather will determine what type of clothes you should wear. If it takes place on a sunny day, for instance, and you know that a lot of people will come, you can wear a tank top, sleeveless blouse, cotton shirt, loose dress, shorts or pants. Sneakers or sandals may also be practical, along with sunscreen and sunglasses. In case the event occurs during the fall or winter season, you should focus on layering your clothes to avoid shivering in the middle of a huge crowd.
Assuming the weather forecast happens to be unreliable and you worry about climate change when you are still outside, it is advisable to take precautionary measures. Say, put a disposable poncho or folding umbrella in your bag. You may also bring an extra shirt or pants to prevent remaining soaked in rain or sweat for hours.
4. Learn About The Exit Points
Keep in mind as well that even outdoor festivals have entry and exit points since the organizers tend to barricade the perimeter of the event’s location and designate a few areas where people can come in or out. Once you are within the premise, you ought to ensure that you know the way to every exit point and how many they may be. That will make it easier for you to run towards one if – knock on wood – something unfortunate disrupts the occasion.
There are a handful of outdoor festivals that will occur in various parts of British Columbia this year. You may have to pay for some, but many of them are free of charge. Try to go to a lot of events now, considering you remember the tips mentioned above.