One of the biggest events to hit Sacramento this year (dare we say ever?) is upon us…TBD Fest! Formerly known as Launch, the indie festival has rebranded, revamped and relocated to bring music, art, design, fashion and now, food to West Sac’s Tower Bridge District (TBD… get it?) October 3 through 5.
While the memories you’ll make over the weekend are TBD, Sacramento365.com has gathered a few tips on how you can gear up, fuel up and rest up to make the most of your festival experience!
Here’s the lowdown on what you’ll need to survive this epic weekend.
Your open ears:
You’ll be blown away by this year’s eclectic lineup of over 70 acts — from electronic, hip hop and new wave, music lovers of any genre will NOT be disappointed! Justice, Blondie, Moby, Dillon Francis, Empire of the Sun and Explosions in the Sky are just some of the killer acts you can see and hear at one the 1, 2, 3…4 (!) music stages. Find a full list of performers here.
The talent isn’t limited to the music. Sacramento’s food scene will be on full display at The Pit, a cooking demonstration zone that will bring our farm-to-fork restaurants to the masses. Engaging in “friendly fire,” restaurants will face off in Top Chef-esque competitions and will create bites for the craft beer garden. Over 20 food trucks will also be present to tantalize your taste buds.
Your eye for design:
Fashion and art are paramount to TBD’s ethos. So feast your eyes on boho collections by local boutiques, seek solace underneath mind-warping structures, and rethink art with a pop up gallery featuring the work of local painting phenom, David Garibaldi.
Your yoga mat:
Centering your chi will not be a problem. Every morning, yogis will help you recharge from your previous night’s debaucheries with some guided yoga flow. If you’re feeling adventurous, there will even be an “Experimental Playground” where festival goers can try out acro yoga, hooping and slacklining. Namaste.
Other festival essentials:
-Money (We recommend a safe, discreet holder as well)
-Your smartphone…or if you’re fancy, that DSL camera in your closet
-Extra phone batteries/charger for said smartphone or camera
-Your stretchy-est yoga pants and comfiest shoes
-A good attitude (There will be thousands of people at the festival. As Shakira would say, “No fighting!”)
-Pick-up lines and breath mints (You might bump into someone cute. Be prepared.)
Get lost in TBD’s creative spirit. Photo by Raoul Ortega.
Yes, there will be plenty of things to see and do within the festival’s gates, but TBD is the perfect excuse to explore downtown and West Sac. (Remember, in-and-out privileges are only for three-day pass holders, so allow yourself time to scope these sights before and after the festival.)
-Stock up on sugary sweets from Candy Heaven in Old Sac.
-Caffeine it up with a cup of joe from Insight Coffee Roasters.
-To get you through the next 12 hours, grab a break”fest” of champions at West Sac’s iconic Carol’s Restaurant (The portions are HUGE!) or Pourhouse in Midtown (the Oktoberfest Pigs & Pints brunch on Saturday sounds delish).
-Snap some Instagram pics near the CA Railroad Museum and Tower Bridge. Your outfit of the day will pop in front of these Old Sacramento landmarks (or drop by the Crocker Art Museum Saturday morning for the World Wide Instameet!).
-Get some late-night eats and drinks at Broderick Roadhouse (less than a mile a way!) or cruise over to the Shady Lady for a swanky nightcap.
-Catch more live music at River City Saloon in Old Sac.
-Continue the dance party and get grimy at Starlight Lounge or The Press Club.
The festival’s venue, the Tower Bridge District, is exactly where you would expect it to be – near Sacramento’s golden landmark. Held on the West Sacramento side of the bridge, the grounds are easily accessible by car, train, bike and public transit. Festival multi-day pass holders may want to consider snagging a hotel room to avoid transportation headaches – and many are offering special packages throughout the weekend.
Check out these hot hotel deals:
-Reserve your room at Vagabond Inn Executive Sacramento Old Town with promo code “TBD Fest” to get a low rate of $89 (plus tax). Bonus, the deal includes a hot breakfast and parking!
-Just a quick ride on I-5, Hilton Garden Inn Sacramento South Natomas has special room rates of $109 and $119 that include parking, wifi and cook to order breakfast for up to four guests (I smell after party…).
-Live it up near the Capitol and downtown hot spots at The Hyatt Regency with rooms for only $119 per night.
Don’t miss out on your chance to be covered in confetti! Get your last minute tickets with a little help from us. Photo by Rachael Lankford.
We’ve teamed up with TBD Fest on some special offers for our fans:
Latebirds: If you haven’t bought your tickets, what are you waiting for? Get 30% off a three-day or single day pass with promo code SAC365.
Earlybirds: Attendees who purchased their tickets at the Earlybird rate can bring a friend for the same price! Use the same email address you used to buy the original ticket on the Eventbrite page and you’ll be given a special code to use for an additional three-day pass ticket at a discounted rate of $99! More details here.
Now that we’ve schooled you on ways to make it a TBD night, use this knowledge wisely…and share your experience with us! Tag your social snaps by tagging @Sacramento365 with the hashtag #Sac365xTBD. See you across the river!
***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.