Frequently asked questions

General Information

A. Date: Father's Day Weekend, Fri – Sun
Location: Live Oak Camp, Highway 154: five miles south of Lake Cachuma; about 15 miles from Santa Barbara.

Directions: Live Oak is on Highway 154, 5.2 miles south of the Cachuma Lake campground and 1.8 miles north of Paradise Road. Traveling north, Live Oak Camp is on the right; traveling south, Live Oak Camp is on the left. There is limited signage on Hwy 154. Brown/white LIVE OAK CAMP State Highway signs are placed 1000 feet before the turnoff from each direction.

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

Thursday12 PM - 10 PM
Friday8 AM - 10 PM
Saturday8 AM - 8 PM
Sunday8 AM - 7 PM

Cars may line up at the ticket gate starting on Thursday at 3pm; it is okay to park/camp in line. Any vehicle attempting to line-up prior to 3pm on Thursday will be asked to turn around and return at 3pm.

Non-emergency parking along Hwy 154 is prohibited; violators may be cited.
No parking is allowed on golf course property.

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.

June 14 Michael Franti Benefit Concert

A. The answer to this question is two-fold: first, KCBX and Live Oak are excited to offer an amazing musical experience in celebration of the festival’s 30th annual event; second, both KCBX and Live Oak are small non-profit organizations that are in jeopardy for different reasons. Federal funding for KCBX is in jeopardy and the existence of Live Oak is threatened by the increasingly competitive festival market. This special benefit concert will, we hope, provide much-needed funds for both KCBX and Live Oak.

A. KCBX/Live Oak was presented with a unique opportunity to invite Michael Franti to play at Live Oak Camp. Based on Michael’s touring schedule, he is only available to play on the Central Coast on Thursday, June 14.

A. The Franti concert ticket with camping is only available in conjunction with a three-day full festival pass.

A. No. The parking pass that you purchased with your full festival pass will suffice.

A. $10, or $5 if there are three or more people in the vehicle. We encourage you to purchase your concert parking online prior to the festival for faster processing at the ticket gate.

A. There simply isn’t enough room to accommodate both Franti overnight campers and 3-day festival ticket holders in the overnight camping line-up. In order to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the Michael Franti concert, we must allow Thursday campers into the campground because the Thursday night camping line-up is already at capacity each year.

A. Those who are attending the Thursday night concert and camping may begin lining up at the ticket gate at noon on Thursday and may enter Live Oak Camp at 3:00 p.m.

A. Those who are attending the Thursday night concert only should arrive at Live Oak Camp no earlier than 5:00 p.m. If you arrive earlier than 5:00 p.m., you may be stuck in the camping line-up, and will be asked to return at 5:00 p.m.

A. Three-day festival ticket holders who are not attending the Thursday night Franti concert may begin lining up at the ticket gate at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday and may enter Live Oak Camp at 8:00 a.m. on Friday morning, as usual. If you arrive earlier than 3:00 p.m., you may be stuck in the Thursday camping line-up, and will be asked to return at 3:00 p.m.

A. Yes. You will have an hour to drop-off people and supplies at camp and move your vehicle to long-term parking for a refund of 40 Live Oak Bucks. Live Oak Bucks may be exchanged for cash or used to purchase merchandise and/or drink tickets.

A. Yes. There will be food vendors offering a variety of food, and the Beer Garden will be open for service.

A. Yes. The Mercantile will open at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday.

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 1 hour 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. You may reserve a spot in the RV Corral for an additional fee and request to be adjacent to friends who are doing the same. Please refer to the Tickets page for pricing. Spaces are limited, so reserve early.

A. Yes. Parking in Campo Bajo (the area outside the main gate) is permitted and is the same price as all other camp parking.

A. Reserved handicap parking is available for a reduced fee with proof of handicap license 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. No.

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

A. No. Campers must purchase full festival passes to camp and must purchase the same camp parking passes as everyone else. Space is limited and is first-come, first-serve.

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. 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. Nearby camping is available at Cachuma Lake Campground (805-688-4658).

A. Reserved parking and camp sites are located on Live Oak Way at Camp Alto Lane (click here) in close proximity to showers, bathrooms, and phones. An area for wheelchairs in the audience is near the sound board.

A. Call dispatch.

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.


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


Chambers of Commerce:
Solvang, 805-688-0701
Santa Barbara, 805-965-3023
Goleta, 805-967-4618

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

Please note:

All activities that take place at Live Oak Camp are subject to state laws and Santa Barbara County ordinances.