Join The #HulaCrew - Your Guide To Hulaween 2018
Posted on October 19 2018
Thursday, October 25 kicks off the 2018 edition of Hulaween — four days of camping, music, art, costumes, dance, yoga, meditation, and a whole lot more. Here’s what you need to know for your weekend in Live Oak.
Hulaween is a festival hosted by legendary jam band The String Cheese Incident in Live Oak, Florida at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.
The park is over 800 acres and offers a huge variety of camping options, whether you want to sleep under the stars, glamp it up in an RV, or stay in a hotel nearby. Besides the festival itself, there’s canoeing, bath houses, disc golf, fishing, hiking, and swimming in the area — if you’re bored, you’re doing it wrong.
What About The Music?
Hulaween is a music festival first, for everyone from young EDM fans to older jam fans, Dead Heads, and everyone in between. There are five stages:
The Main Stage: this is the big one, where The String Cheese Incident plays three nights,, with additional headliners behind them. Grassroots is excited to see Jamiroquai, Odesza and Janelle Monae on the main stage. Want to come visit? We’ll be set up right at the back of the main stage viewing area, next to the official merchandise booth.
The Amphitheater: another big venue for additional headliners, and one of our favorite stages at Hulaween. Find the GRC team dancing away in the forest with you at the Amphitheater.
The Patch: the third big stage, the same size as the Amphitheater
Spirit Lake: the venue where the art installations and silent disco live — more on those later — and the locale where the late-night party keeps raging until 5:00 a.m.
The Campground Stage: a smaller venue where local and Florida-based bands can jam.
So Who’s Playing?
Who isn’t playing? The String Cheese Incident is headlining, obviously. They’ll take the main stage three nights in a row, followed by Odesza, Jamiroquai, and Janelle Monáe.
On the other stages you’ll be able to see Tipper, The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, STS9, Rezz, Tory Lanez, Gramatik, NGHTMRE, and tons more — dozens of groups and artists across genres. Check out the full lineup here.
And that’s just the main weekend — the pre-party on Thursday the 25th will feature another 25+ groups including Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, STS9, The Infamous Stringdusters, and many more.
What Else Is Going On?
All four days of the festival are filled with other activities, from yoga classes to hooping workshops, mana gardening to fitness sessions, poetry to meditation. Whether you want to learn new skills or just take a minute to wind down from the music, Hulaween will have something for you. The full calendar is here.
What’s A Silent Disco?
If you’re a night owl, the Silent Disco is right up your alley. Starting at 2:00 a.m. and going until Spirit Lake closes around 5:00 a.m., the Silent Disco will feature two different music channels for whatever you’re in the mood for.
So how does it work? You put on wireless headphones and hook them up to the same channel as everyone else. You’re all listening to the same music, so you can dance and party to your heart’s content, but you’re not blasting noise into the woods, keeping everyone awake.
Prophet Massive, Marvel Years, Chris Karns, Ill-Esha, Derrick McKenzie, and dozens more will be keeping you dancing till you drop. Check out the full lineup here.
Hulaween isn’t just about music — the Spirit Lake venue will transform once again into a visual arts extravaganza the likes of which the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park has never seen.
Sculptural art installations, dazzling light shows, and performance art will transform the lakefront and forest around it into a dreamscape that engages every one of your five senses. Sculptors, fire- and metalworkers, painters, performance artists, and lighting designers will combine for an atmosphere that will blow your mind. Check out photos from previous years here.
Hulaween’s organizers are committed to preserving the environment, and that extends to the festival as well. There’ll be a recycling program for glass, mixed plastic, aluminum, and cardboard, as well as a compost program for all of the festival’s food waste and compostable food service materials.
We’ll see you there!