Looking forward into November means we will soon be at Bear Creek Music Festival in Florida! This year’s festival will be held at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak Florida. Live Oak is located in central, northern Florida a few hours north of Orlando and about a half hour south of the Florida/Georgia border. Spirit of Suwannee Music Park is filled with outdoor activities which are sure to fill any dull moment and keep the energy alive. The park has sprawling grass fields for camping that are dew lit in the morning sun and filled with warming bonfires at night. Large Spanish moss draped oak trees emit mystical character to the wooded areas around the festival grounds. The Black River provides water activities along the edge of the park and in the center of the camping, and Shakedown Street vending is a small lake that reflects the moonlight and Christmas lights for campers to watch. There is 1 large amphitheater and several medium and small sized where music will play for the whole weekend of November 14-17, 2013.
This year, Bear Creek has a 5 day lineup planned with music playing from Wednesday through Sunday night. Wednesday night’s special benefit concert for Shelley and the Michael A’s Children’s Fund includes artists Toubab Krewe, The New Mastersounds, The Revivalists, and more! Tickets are $25 and are sold separately (details below). The lineup for Thursday through Sunday includes a variety of intriguing electronic, rock and jam bands including Space Capone, Kung Fu, Greenhouse Lounge, Galactic, The Werks, Florida-local Zach Deputy, the funky Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, COPE, Lucky Costello, Robert Walters 20th Congress, Dopapod and The Roots!
Saturday night’s lineup also promises a Bear Creek All Stars Jam with Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce and special guests. If these bands aren’t enough to get you on your dancing feet, you can shake your booty off at the Silent Disco on both Friday and Saturday with various DJ’s and a variety of tunes!
But more than just music will be at this year’s festival. Each night will have a costume theme, adding to the fun and spirited atmosphere that is Bear Creek!
Friday night is “warm and fuzzy animal theme”; Saturday night is “Space is the Place”; and Sunday is “The Color Purple.”
Live Oak Park has a disc golf course and will be holding the annual Zach Deputy Charity Disc Golf Tournament Saturday and Sunday morning. Not a disc golf fan? Free yoga and Reiki Sessions will also be held that weekend, so make sure to check that out! Bear Creek also has numerous live visual artists every year and we are happy to see many of them return this year to wow us with artwork. Can’t wait to see all you bears out there in the woods!
As always, the festival is working on local charity support, community and greening the festival. Those who bring five food cans to the Love INC. Food Bank tent will receive this year’s commemorative festival poster! Spirit of Suwannee also offers a ticket exchange program: receive a free ticket in return for donating a certain number of hours to help keep the festival grounds clean!
Ticket prices for the festival range from $135-$185 when bought beforehand online, and go up to $195 at the gate. Tickets for Wednesday and Thursday night must be bought separately, and are $25 and $40-$60 respectively. All tickets include general camping and entrance to the music and festival grounds. Day tickets are also available for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
VIP tickets are priced from $300- $500 with various options including catered meals, VIP Lounges and designated camping near the main stages. RV hook ups are also available by contacting The Sprit of the Suwannee Music Park office at 386 364-1683.
Can’t wait to see you there!