If you’ve ever dreamed of watching a full solar eclipse while jamming out to some of your favorite DJs performing live, then Oregon Eclipse Festival is exactly what you're looking for. One part Burning Man, another part Lighting in a Bottle, Oregon Eclipse Festival is a six day long experience you really can’t get anywhere else. From August 17-23, thousands will turn out to the Big Summit Prairie in Antelope, Oregon to watch the total lunar eclipse (on August 21st) as well as a long lineup of DJs and visual artists that are bound to dazzle festival-goers of all experience levels. For you first timers, we've put together a comprehensive guide to Oregon’s Eclipse Festival so you don’t miss a thing.
How to Get There
Getting to Big Summit Prairie shouldn’t be too much trouble considering there are plenty of shuttles bussing festival-goers into the park. If you plan on driving in, there's plenty of space to find parking, however considering the festival's remote location it may be a little difficult to find. We recommend you follow the instructions posted on their website rather than Google Maps or Siri. Bend Airport is about an hour and a half from the Big Summit Prairie, and if you’re looking to shuttle in from Portland Airport Eclipse Festival has set up a bio-diesel bus service to tackle the four hour drive. Should you decide to take a shuttle, each person can bring two bags on board and you will be given a comprehensive shuttle schedule with the purchase of a ticket. We recommend you get to the gates early as well, since the wait to get in can range from two to six hours depending on when you arrive.
Where to Stay
Since this festival takes place out in the countryside of Antelope, Oregon, the number of Airbnb and hotel options are limited. That said, campsites are included with the purchase of your ticket, and you can even camp in your car with the purchase of a vehicle pass. Anyone not looking to rough it at a festival campsite can attempt to buy a hotel stay at the nearby towns of Redmond and Prineville, though we recommend that you tough it out in order to get the full Oregon Eclipse Festival experience.
Which Artists to Catch
This year at Oregon Eclipse Fest you can expect a huge lineup of some of the industry’s most popular DJs. Big names include Bassnectar, Sphongle, The Glitch Mob, and The Polish Ambassador. However, there are far more artists expected to perform that are not listed online. This is a festival made up of a collaboration between other huge music and art gatherings like: Bass Coast Festival, Envision Festival, Re:birth Festival, and SONIC BLOOM, so you can definitely expect for both the music and the art to be on point.
What to Eat
The two big spots offering fine eats at Oregon Eclipse Festival this year are Dub Gypsy Kitchen and The Supper Club. At Dub Gypsy Kitchen, you can expect a full menu of food that will nourish your mind, body and soul. With a wide variety of items like Thai BBQ chicken, North African Cous Cous, and buttermilk pancakes, Dub Gypsy Kitchen will definitely fulfill all of your festival nutrition needs. Also on the list of dining providers this year is The Supper Club, which is a exclusive luxury dining service that has an amazing five-course menu curated by the famous Chef Luca Crostella. Also, Vegans and Vegetarians won't be going hungry as both of these fine cuisine hosts have a whole slew of options on their menus for you.
What to Pack
Oregon Eclipse Fest-goers should be expected to pack plenty of cool vibrant clothing, and sunscreen as summers in Oregon can get pretty hot. For the campers-to-be, bring anything and everything that will make your six day stay on the Big Summit Prairie comfortable. That can include things like tents, sleeping bags, phone battery packs, and whatever other home amenities that can help you survive the outdoors with comfort.
What VIP Gets You
To quote the Oregon Eclipse Festival website, ‘Everyone is a VIP,’ so while you can pay more to get the royal treatment at Coachella, at Oregon Eclipse Festival everyone is created equal.