Camping & Plazas
Camping & Plazas
Camping, Hotels, & More
Believe it or not, you WILL want to sleep at some point. But don’t worry, from good old festival camping to fancy-pants glamping, we’ve got you covered with all sorts of awesome options:
- Car & RV camping
- Groop & Community camping
- Rentable Le Bon Tents & glamping
- Hotels with direct shuttles
- Daily Nashville shuttle packages to & from Music City
- and much more!
Camping Just Got A LOT More Fun For 2018 😉
Camping at Bonnaroo is hardly “camping” by most definitions of the word (unless your local park offers free wifi, karaoke, showers 🙌, celebrity surprises, late night parties, and more… sounds like an awesome park). Plazas are strategically located public places throughout the campgrounds for the community to gather, enjoy art & activities, as well as access amenities, info, medical or other safety needs. No matter where you’re camped, you’ll have a plaza nearby. We’re taking inspiration from the most beautiful public spaces around the world that bring people together as a community to have an awesome time.
Previously called “Pods”, Plazas have so many fun improvements coming your way that they simply felt too big to fit into something called a Pod… check out some of what we’ve got in store below, and keep an eye out for more updates before the festival including 3 more structures like The Grind and The Garage, and even a brand new cleared patch of woods like The Grove.
All Plazas Include:
shade 🌴, Free public Wifi📱, showers 🚿, fun activities and art 👨🎤, charging stations ⚡️, Clean Vibes Trading Post redemption centers ♻️, misting stations 💦, medical 🚑, safety stations 🚨, information ℹ️, and portable restrooms 🚽
The Garage – Home Of Big Red & More (Plaza 2)
Farm favorites, art car masterminds, and pioneers of positivity Walter Productions will be back doing what they do best at The Garage – Home of Big Red in Plaza 2. What kind of surprises does the creative team that brought you Kalliope and Big Red have in store? More pineapples? Bigger games? Whatever happens, we know it’s gonna be ridiculous. We’ll just have to wait and see what’s in store for 2018!
So swing by Plaza 2 for some ridiculousness, some shade and some coffee or light sandwiches too. From morning dance parties to yoga, art, music, and surprises… You’ll find exciting activities here all ‘Roo long. Stay tuned for 2018 details.
Other Amenities in Plaza 2: Food vendors 🌮, permanent showers🚿, info boothℹ️, a water refill station🚰, medical services🚑, cell phone chargers🔌, “The Garage” barn🏠, security🚨 (specific amenities subject to change)
House Of Yes & A Brand New Barn (Plaza 3)
That’s right, House of Yes, the weird, wild, and wonderful night club and creative venue from Brooklyn, NY will be bringing the Circus of Yes to one of the funky NEW barns in the Bonnaroo campgrounds! Known for it’s eclectic events and fabulous dance parties, the House Of Yes is built on a foundation of positivity and fun where everyone is always welcome. It’s gonna be wild. Stay tuned for more details, and learn more about House of Yes here.
Little Cinema (Plaza 3)
Based out of NYC (and voted “Best Of New York in New York Magazine 2017”), Little Cinema fuses film, circus, dance, live music and effects into breathtaking one off spectacles of awesomeness. Come get wonderfully weird with them alongside Circus of Yes in one of our new campground barns. (watch a video of Little cinema here, and learn more on their website.)
Stay tuned for more details!
Late Night Karaoke With T-Pain (Plaza 7)
Yep, you read that right. T-Pain himself will be hangin’ at The Grind in Plaza 7 for a VERY SPECIAL night of campground karaoke. Even if you’ve got a PAINful singing voice, you won’t want to miss this party (plus, there’s always auto-tune right?). More details to come!
And of course, late night karaoke at the Grind in Plaza 7 isn’t just when T-pain is around. Drop in after the headliners on any evening to sing your heart out and hang with friends in this late night karaoke Bar(n).
“Happy Roo Day!” With Matt Shultz of Cage The Elephant (Plaza 9)
Matt Shultz, a veteran of Bonnaroo as both a performer and fan, is expressing his creative vision through a brand new experience in the campgrounds for the Bonnaroo community. Plaza 9 is being completely transformed by the creative mind of Matt Shultz. Come get ROOCHARGED, ROOLAX, ROOFLECT, and hit ROOSET in the brand new barn, and experience interactive art installations, outrageous parties, and more!
Festival Confessional With Space Jesus
Confess your festival stories and sins to Space Jesus himself in The Festival Confessional. More details coming soon!
Droolworthy Food with Chef Tim Love (Plaza 2)
Get excited for a special community focused area and culinary experience featuring Tim Love! Prepare yourself for some mouth watering food, good times with your friends, and more from this Tennessee & Texas food icon. Details soon!
“The Well” & *ANOTHER* New Barn! (Plaza 6)
The Well(ness) Plaza is here to quench Bonnaroovian’s thirst of body AND mind with healthy and mindful activities galore. Why? Because you can have an awesome time while ALSO being awesome to yourself. Check out this new barn and the areas around it for healthy foods, yoga, meditation, the Roo Run, chill listening parties, exercise meetups, and more!
Tonalism – by DUBLAB (plaza 6)
Taking place within “The Well”, Tonalism is an all night ambient happening partly inspired by the happenings of the 50s and 60s. Visitors are encouraged to bring pillows, cushions, or blankets to lay down and listen. The events features live performances and DJ sets in an environment transformed by projections, installations, and various multimedia elements. The night flows seamlessly with quiet and harmonious sounds providing a transformative and contemplative experience. More details soon. Learn more about DUBLAB & Tonalism by listening to some of the music on their website Here.
The B-Hive Under The Tower (Plaza 4)
Bzzzz… do you hear that? that’s the sound of the Bonnaroovian community hub – The B-Hive. The B-Hive within Plaza 4 is the home of all sorts of Bonnaroo community focused experiences, like the Bonnaroo Census, The Bonnaroo Yearbook, The Timeline Wall, The Post Office, inspiring art, and more. Located right near The Tower entrance to Centeroo (you know, that one with the giant tower) Plaza 4 is your convenient stop to or from the Tower entrance to grab food, crafts, coffee, and a good time.
Oh, and the “B” in B-Hive stands for Bonnaroo – no real Bees here, promise 🐝
Stay tuned for more 2018 details!
Other Amenities in Plaza 4: Coffee cafe☕️, general store🎒, food vendors🍕, showers🚿, Lost and Found Headquarters📱, info boothℹ️, medical services🚑, cell phone chargers🔌 (specific amenities subject to change)
The Grind, The Grove & More To Come (Plaza 7)
Grab a coffee or a cold brew, and soak up the music and creativity of your fellow Bonnaroovians performing at the open mic or rocking out at karaoke. Maybe step out back and enjoy a hammock in the shade of The Grove while you’re at it. We’ve got some fun announcements coming up about The Grind & Grove this year, so stay tuned!
Other Amenities in Plaza 7: “The Grind” Barn 🏠, Food vendors🍔, coffee ☕️, permanent showers 🚿, info boothℹ️, a water refill station🚰, medical services🚑, cell phone chargers🔌, security🚨 (specific amenities subject to change)
New Wooded Hangout
More shade, hammocks, and positivity, are comin’ your way. Those of you familiar with The Grove in Plaza 7 will be excited to hear that we’re planning a similar cleared space over just north of Plaza 2. So rest assured we’re working hard to improve your campground experience in 2018, and stay tuned for details!
The REAL Bathrooms
Awww Yisss 🙌. New as of 2016 (and always improving) Bonnaroo’s permanent Bathroom facilities are equipped with clean running water and plenty of real flushable toilets. Located near the tower entrance to Centeroo and along the road between the main stage and the which stage field, they’re always there when you need them.
Showers can be found at most Plaza locations, indicated on your festival map. Showers are operated and cleaned by our very own shower fairies during hours of operations: Wednesday from 9pm – 12 am at Plazas 2, 3 +10, and all locations will be open from Thursday – Sunday from 6am – 2am. On Monday, showers will be open from 6am – 11am. Showers cost $10 during peak hours (daily between 6am – 2pm and 6pm – 10pm), and we also offer $5 “happy hours” during off-peak hours (daily from 2 pm – 6 pm and 10 pm – 2 am).
Forget something? We’ve got you covered. There are two well-stocked General Stores on-site – one near the tower entrance to Centeroo, and one near the entrance to the Main Venue (by The Arch). Each store offers personal hygiene items, batteries, disposable cameras, ice, beer, water, soda, food – you get the picture. If you forgot something, get it here!
Reserve your locker in advance for the ultimate convenience. Lockers are located just inside Centeroo, patiently waiting to be filled with your sweatshirts for late night, glitter for touch-ups and more!
Locker reservations will be available closer to the festival
What to Pack
Prepare thyself! Need some pointers on how to impROOve your camping experience? Our friends at Coleman are here to help! Gear up at Coleman.com and use promo code ROO to receive 25% off*. Just because we’re camping doesn’t mean we’re roughing it!
- Rain gear (failure to bring it increases the chance of rain)
- Camping gear (tent, tarp, sleeping bags, etc.)
- Your favorite hoodie
- Extra shoes/sneakers
- Mud boots (in case it rains)
- Bug spray (we recommend without DEET – be green!)
- Sunscreen (lots of it)
- A hat for shade
- A bandana (in Tennessee, in June, you’re going to sweat)
- Aluminum or stainless steel container (or two!) for water
- Biodegradable plastic bags for trash
- Toilet paper (you never know)
- Lantern / flashlight / headlamp (AND extra batteries!)
- Flag or balloon to identify your campsite
- Extra set of keys to keep with you at all times (avoid keeping keys in your car!)
YOU DON’T NEED IT TO SURVIVE, BUT YOU’LL BE HAPPY YOU HAVE IT
- Small luggage lock for your tent (please don’t bring any valuables – if you must, keep them locked out of view in your vehicle) or rent one of our lockers
- Vehicle key code (this makes it easy for the locksmith to duplicate your car key if you lose it)
- Phosphate-free and sulfate-free soaps, detergents and shampoos
- Smokers – bring an ashtray! Every butt you throw on the ground, someone has to pick up!
- Extra clown nose
- Blanket (for sitting)
- Earplugs (for sleeping)
- Portable speakers or radio