Due To The Offgrid Nature Of This Event Please Bring Cash!  While Vendors Will Have Internet For Card Payments, 100% Connection Is Not Guaranteed, Thanks.

When does the event start and end?

Gates open 8:00 AM Thursday 6/20.  Gate hours are 8am to midnight.  If you arrive after midnight you can stay in the holding area till we re-open in the morning. Final egress is Monday June 24th at 12PM.

Are children allowed at this event?

Yes this is an all-ages family campout.  We have the Luminary Village especially designed for children.  Children 11 and under are free.  There is a special teen ticket for ages 12-17.

If you wish to camp in a quieter spot with other families, we recommend family camp!  Please select that on your ticket options at checkout.  There is limited car camping (camp next to your car) at no extra cost in family camp.  First come, first serve.

Where is the schedule?

Checkout the schedule here!

Where is the event located?

Music and Sky The Great Outdoors will be held at Black Oak Ranch in Mendocino County, CA.

What is Black Oak Ranch?

Black Oak Ranch is an off-grid camping and festival space in Mendocino, CA on 10 Mile Creek. You can find out more about Black Oak Ranch here. Keep an eye out as you reach the destination for our 9 foot tall Music&Sky vertical flag located at the main entrance to the venue on the 101 freeway:

How do I get there?

Black Oak Ranch is extremely easy to get to!  Located right off the 101 in Laytonville, CA this venue is accessible to all vehicles and a straight shot up from San Francisco.  Closest public airport is in Santa Rosa, CA which is quite nice and convenient but most affordable airport to fly into is SFO in South San Francisco.  There’s also Arcata airport north of the venue in Humboldt and Oakland airport as well.  We will have optional shuttle services from SFO at an additional cost.  Here is the exact location.

Are there carpooling/rideshare options?

For those flying in to SFO we will have an optional shuttle for an additional cost.  Because people are coming from all over the US and even other parts of the world, we have created a rideshare/carpooling group in the community platform so event collaborators can coordinate travel with each other.  If you want to come to this event but don’t have a ride we will do everything in our power to help get you there!

What to expect upon arrival?

As you approach the venue you will be greeted at the check in gate. Feel free to stay in your car as we will come to you! Once you are checked in, you will be guided on where to go.

Is food included with my ticket?

Unlike our all-inclusive 18+ events, The Great Outdoors does not include food with your ticket.  We encourage all collaborators to bring their own food to cook at their campsite. (stoves & grills allowed)  This IS the Great Outdoors after all!  For those looking to purchase food, we will have our own volunteer kitchen serving up tasty organic dinners every night as well as a basic continental breakfast in the morning. (no lunch)  We will be sending out meal ticket options shortly!

There will also be food vendors at the event including organic coffee & tea vendor Higher Ground Humboldt, organic bowls by Ahimsa Bowls, pizza & burgers by Slam Dunk Pizza + more TBA.  See all current vendors on our lineup page.

We highly recommend bringing cash!  While vendors will have access to the internet via satellite we know that isn’t always dependable.  Cash is king!

This is my first event like this - how do I prepare?

Welcome to The Great Outdoors!  Our amazing community of collaborators are here to help you have the best M&S experience.  After you purchase your ticket you will gain instant access to our online community where all of your specific questions can be answered.

While this is a campout, there will still be amenities and luxuries you get with our all-inclusive 18+ events including the ability to purchase farm to table food and enjoy hot showers.  There is even a solar ATM on site if you need cash for vendors.

Additional accommodations can be purchased if you do not wish to camp. All you really need to prepare for is the weather, and a good time!

Can I bring a tent and set up camp?

Yes, camping is included in the ticket price.

Are gas generators allowed?

Gas generators are ONLY allowed in the RV/Van camping area.  We ask that these are used sparingly!  Gas generators are not allowed in general tent camping areas, however battery and solar powered generators are allowed.

What about RVs, camper vans or camping next to my car?

There are separate tickets for each type of camping outside of general tent camping which is included with your ticket.  Family camp has limited car parking included with it free of charge.  First come, first serve.

Car Camping:
Car Camping passes are on sale if you want to park your car next to your campsite.  There is a special designated area for this.

RV Parking:
A limited amount of RV passes are on sale. This is dry camping which means no hookups.

How big is each campsite?

The campsites at Black Oak Ranch do not have designated spaces or sizes.

The layout is designed to be flexible and open, allowing campers to find their own space and make the most efficient use of the area. Additionally, campers are encouraged to be mindful of their surroundings and work closely with their neighbors to ensure that there is no unnecessary wasted space.

Can I cook at my camping site?

Yes, camp stoves and propane grills are allowed after clearing a space underneath down to bare soil. No charcoal BBQ’s allowed.  Please clean up after yourself!  Ample trash bins are available on the premises.

Are there showers on site?

Yes there are showers which will be open daily 7-10am & 4-8pm.  We ask that you be mindful with your water usage and keep your showers to 2 minutes max as these are tank fed.  Thanks!

What about ice?

Ice is not included with your ticket but we will be selling it at the venue.  Please bring cash to purchase!

What should I bring?

– Vessel for water / drinks (not glass)
– Towel and Toiletries for showers
– Towel and Bathing Suit for creek swimming
– Camping Equipment – tent, sleeping bag, floor mat, and lamp; if you are camping.
– Cooking Equipment for meal prep (camp stoves & grills allowed)
– Headlamp and / or flashlight
– Cool clothes – shorts and t-shirts
– Proper clothes/sun block for peak sun if you are sensitive
– Warm clothes – jackets & pants,  for cool nights.
– Yoga mat (if partaking in morning yoga)
– Camp chair or blanket (for watching talks)
– Cash for vendors, ice & kitchen!

Other festival recommendations:

– Extra batteries for headlamp/flashlight
– Compostable baby wipes
– Small first aid kit (we will have first aid on site but this is always good to have!)
– Extra charger for phone
– Glow lights, LEDs for nighttime
– Sandals for shower
– Walkies for comms (cell service is minimal)

What should I be aware of?

Critters to be aware of:

  • ticks
  • mosquitos
  • wasps
  • rattle snakes
  • skunks
  • crawdads (in the creek)

Black Oak Ranch is a large property that can occasionally see Mountain Lions & Bear so please be aware of this with your kiddos and keep them close!  These animals don’t like crowds so we would be shocked to see one and the venue is fenced in so kids don’t go running off but better safe than sorry.

Plants to be aware of:

  • poison oak (leaves of 3 let them be!)

What kind of drinking water is included with my ticket?

We also take the quality of our drinking water very seriously.  This is why we partnered with Rainge Spring Water to pipe in only the best quality magnesium spring water into all of our drinking stations!

Is alcohol sold at the event?

Alcohol is not sold at the event nor promoted.  Anyone bringing alcohol into the event for personal use must be 21 or over.

What will the weather be like?

We are anticipating very nice weather with warm days and cool’ish nights.  This is the perfect time of the year to be outside for this area.  We will post a weather report as we get closer to the event.

Are Pets allowed?

Due to rattlesnakes around the venue, pets are not allowed unless they are a licensed service animal. 

Will there be loud music at night?

No amplified music after 12:00am at the venue.

Is there cell reception and wifi?

Cell phone reception is limited to non-existent throughout most the venue.  There will however be wifi hotspots for making calls and for emergencies.

What is your refund policy?

All sales are final.  If you need to sell your ticket please use our community platform to offer ticket here.  Usually someone will nab it, especially if it is at an earlier tier cost.

Not allowed at Music & Sky

  • Sound systems
  • Weapons
  • Pets (Service animals are allowed but please email to inquire and register a documented service animal.)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Fireworks
  • Fires outside of designated areas

Have more questions?

For additional questions please visit the event group here and ask the community.

You can also contact us at [email protected]

Last but not least! Here is our general guidelines for a harmonious Music & Sky experience <3