Frequently asked questions

General Information

The entertainment schedule can be found here

Yes. There are both food and beverage booths where you can purchase beer, wine, soda, coffee, juices, ice and a variety of food. These selections change from year to year.

Yes. There are many vendors who sell art, jewelry, pottery, clothing, handbags, toys, musical instruments, photography, sculpture and folk art.

Yes. Live Oak is a family event. There is an area of the camp which is designated for children. For the activities schedule please see our Family Fun page.
+ May I get into the festival if I am under the age of 18?

If you are under the age of 18 you must be accompanied by and camp with a parent or legal guardian.

Ticket Gate Hours

Thursday 3 PM - midnight (For those who purchase Thursday early-entry passes only.)
Friday 8 AM - midnight
Saturday 8 AM - 8 PM
Sunday 8 AM - 7 PM

Ticketing Information

A. Day and full festival tickets are primarily sold online on this site. Go to the Tickets page. You can also order tickets by phone by calling KCBX at 805-781-3030.

A. There are no refunds. No exceptions

A. A Full Festival Pass includes camping Friday through Sunday nights and admission to all musical performances and jamming workshops throughout the festival. The Full Festival Pass DOES NOT include parking, which must be purchased separately.

A. A Single Day Pass allows you full access to the festival from 8:00AM to 12:30AM for the purchased day. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE CAMPING OR OVERNIGHT PRIVILEGES. We recommend that you purchase single day passes in advance of the event in case of a sellout, but they are usually available for purchase at the gate during the festival.

A. No. One or two day camping passes are not available. Based on finite camp resources, the Live Oak Music Festival is limited as to the number of people who can be on site at any given time.

A. All tickets are transferable. You might use the Live Oak official Facebook page to connect with others wanting a ticket. Please do not sell for more than face value.

A. We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express prior to the festival, but only cash and credit cards for on-site ticket purchases.

A. There are no group discounts.

Parking Information

A. Parking Pass refunds will be given in the form of Live Oak Bucks. If your vehicle is moved to long-term parking within 2 hours of entry to the festival, you will receive Live Oak Bucks which may be redeemed in the KCBX Tent (Mercantile) for cash or merchandise.

A. Reserved parking for disabled persons is available for a reduced fee with an official disabled license plate or placard. Please refer to the Tickets page for pricing.

A. No. Motorcycles and mopeds are excluded from any parking fees.

Information for Families

See our Family FAQ.

Rules regarding use of alcohol

A. No one under the age of 21 may drink on the premises. Underage drinking is not tolerated.

A. If you are 21 and over, yes. Beer and wine may be purchased at the Beer Garden near the main stage.

Yes, personal alcohol is allowed in the camping area and the main stage area. No glass in main stage area. Please bring cans, plastic or a reusable container.

Camping Information

A. The purchase of a full festival ticket entitles you to camp overnight. Except for the RV reserved areas, there are no defined camping spaces. The open camping area is available on a first-come first-serve basis.

A.You may set up a tent to reserve space for friends. Roping or tarping off campsites for friends is not allowed. Please do not reserve more space than you need. (Early entry volunteers are not allowed to reserve spaces for friends before Friday.)

A. Wood and charcoal fires are permitted in the park-provided fire rings and BBQ pits. Propane camp fires and stoves are also allowed.

A. No pets are allowed at Live Oak Camp, even if they are kept in RVs.

A. Jamming is encouraged, but no amplifiers or late night drumming. Earplugs are available at security or in the Mercantile. Due to sound conflicts with the Main and Hot Licks stages, there is no longer a drumming circle. Please respect the 2:00am curfew for late night jamming; it will be enforced.

A.There is a designated area set aside for those with disabilities that allows easier access to services. More information for 2019 will be available soon.

A. Call dispatch at the number provided in your printed program.

Volunteer Information

A. All potential volunteers must fill out the online application. If necessary, volunteer applications may be faxed or mailed to prospective volunteers and then returned to KCBX.

A. Generally speaking, no, but returning volunteers have precedence over new volunteers. Each Live Oak Coordinator, however, manages their volunteer selection differently and independently.

A. No later than the end of May. Live Oak typically cannot accommodate all volunteer applicants. For more information, click here

A. Yes. The cost of your ticket will be refunded if you are selected to be a volunteer.

A. Security volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

A. Any volunteer under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must submit a signed parental consent form, which will be provided by your volunteer coordinator.

MORE INFORMATION

Live Oak hotline/onsite emergency telephone: 805-781-3030
Live Oak fax: 805-781-3025
Website address: www.liveoakfest.org

The Live Oak Music Festival is a fundraiser for Public Radio KCBX.

Why is the festival moving to a new location?

There are a multitude of reasons for the move, many of them very positive. Here are just a few:

  • There is less risk of being displaced due to fire. Live Oak Campground in Santa Barbara County is a designated base for firefighters in the region, and we have twice come dangerously close to being locked out of Live Oak Camp due to active fires in the area.
  • The average temperatures in June are more moderate at El Chorro Regional Park, and there are more trees there, too. We have consistently heard from festival patrons that heat and dust have kept many from returning to our beloved Live Oak Camp.
  • There is adequate water supply for dust control (and much less dust) at El Chorro Regional Park.
  • The infrastructure is better.

So we don’t conflict with Cal Poly Commencement. Historically, this has been one reason that folks have had to miss Live Oak. In addition, we want to ensure that those who travel and choose to stay at local hotels will be able to book rooms during that weekend. In 2019 the Live Oak dates are June 21-23. 2020 dates will be June 19-21. We’ll be sure to announce the upcoming dates a couple of years ahead of time.

Yes, Live Oak will continue to be a camping festival. And being in closer proximity to town, those who would prefer to stay in a hotel (or other accommodations or back home) won’t have far to travel. Transit options like buses, taxis, Lyft and Uber will also be easier to engage.

Yes, using Google Earth we have mapped out the areas that will be designated for camping, and we’ll have as much camping area as we had at Live Oak Camp. There are lots of areas further back in the park that we can use for camping.

Yes, El Chorro Regional Park has a comparable number of reserved RV sites with hookups, and we plan to offer these on a reservation basis, like we did at Live Oak Camp. There will be an extra charge for hookups.

Yes, El Chorro Regional Park has some permanent bathrooms and showers, and we will augment these with port-a-potties and shower trailers to ensure we have adequate facilities.

We cannot have people camping in line, but are offering Thursday night camping for a nominal fee.

No. Dogs will not be allowed at the Live Oak Music Festival in our new location. The dog park will be closed during our festival dates.

Yes, we plan to recreate all of the many facets of Live Oak in our new space. There will continue to be a Kids Area, Mercantile, Art Walk, food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, and multiple stages for entertainment throughout the day and evening.

There are many additional activities to enjoy while attending Live Oak. There are hiking trails, a 9-hole golf course, horse shoes, a volleyball court, children’s play equipment, a rock climbing feature, bicycling along Highway 1, and the county is planning some additional features in the near future, like disc golf.

Daytime temperatures are more moderate (averaging about 15 degrees cooler in June), and there are consistent afternoon ocean breezes, so it will generally be much more comfortable during the day. There will be a nice mix of sun and shade for everyone’s comfort.

There are a multitude of reasons for the move, many of them very positive. Here are just a few:

  • There is less risk of being displaced due to fire. Live Oak Campground in Santa Barbara County is a designated base for firefighters in the region, and we have twice come dangerously close to being locked out of Live Oak Camp due to active fires in the area.
  • The average temperatures in June are more moderate at El Chorro Regional Park, and there are more trees there, too. We have consistently heard from festival patrons that heat and dust have kept many from returning to our beloved Live Oak Camp.
  • There is adequate water supply for dust control (and much less dust) at El Chorro Regional Park.
  • The infrastructure is better.