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What you can and cannot bring to Hangout Music Fest

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Article Summary

  • We list all the things you can and cannot bring to Hangout Fest according to the festival themselves
  • Most of the items you can’t bring are obvious, but it’s still good to skim the list to make sure you are all good when you try to get into Hangout Fest

Knowing what to bring with you to Hangout Fest can make all the difference. Having certain things can really enhance the experience. On the other end of the spectrum is you don’t want to bring something not allowed. You will either have to toss it or run back to your hotel or house to return it. This article goes over everything you can and cannot bring to Hangout Fest.

Things You Can Bring to Hangout Fest

The following is the list of items permitted into Hangout Fest. This list comes directly from the Hangout Fest Information website, which can be reached at

  • Liquid sunscreen, in non-¬aerosol container of 3oz or less
  • Bug spray in non-¬aerosol containers of 3oz or less
  • Small backpacks, bags, and purses (no larger than 20” x 15” x 13”)
  • Blankets & beach towels
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • One (1) EMPTY water container up to 2 liters in size
  • EMPTY CamelBak style water bladder systems subject to specific guidelines*
  • If you need medicine, please note that prescription and OTC medications are subject to specific guidelines.**
  • Baby strollers (if you have small children)

* Guidelines for CamelBak style hydration systems: Although CamelBak style water bladder systems are allowed EMPTY into the venue, the water bladders themselves must be capable of being removed from the carrier and must be transparent enough to allow security to visually inspect the empty bladder. Additionally, CamelBak style bladder carriers must have no more than two main compartments and one small compartment. Any CamelBak style water bladder that cannot be removed from the carrier and/or is opaque enough to prevent visual inspection, and any CamelBak style bladder carriers larger than the permitted size will not be allowed into the venue.

**Guidelines for prescription and OTC medications: Prescription medications are allowed only in the original prescription bottle, any persons attempting to bring in prescription medication must have government issued photo identification card that matches the name printed on the prescription, and the pills in the bottle must match the description printed on the prescription. Over-the-counter medications are allowed in provided that they are new and in the original, factory-sealed container.

Things You Can’t Bring to Hangout Fest

The list of prohibited items at Hangout Fest also comes from the official website and is subject to change. You should check the official website just in case something changes, but most of these are fairly obvious. Anyways, here is what you can’t bring in with you to Hangout Fest.

  • Tents, umbrellas, or temporary structures of any kind
  • Weapons, knives, or firearms of any kind, including any item that can be used as a weapon
  • Narcotics, including marijuana, drug paraphernalia and any other illegal substances
  • Large bags, purses, or backpacks (larger than a 20 x 15 x 13).
  • Alcoholic beverages of any kind
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Vitamins
  •  Kites
  • Glowsticks
  • Focused ­light devices, including laser pointers
  • Refillable vapor or electronic cigarettes
  • Unsealed: cigarette packages, tampons, packs of gum and chapstick/lip gloss
  • Marker pens and spray paint
  • Air horns and/or megaphones
  • Items intended for sale/promotion (including flyers, stickers and posters)
  • Water guns, water balloons, and/or any other kind of water projectile
  • Glass in any form, including glass bottles
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Skateboards, rollerblades, hoverboards, scooters, bicycles, and/or motorized carts or scooters
  • Bicycles inside festival grounds (bike racks will be available near the entrance)
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • Fireworks, sparklers, firecrackers, and/or incendiary or explosive devices of any kind
  • Chinese Lanterns
  • Umbrellas
  • Chairs of any kind
  • Coolers of any kind, including hard­sided and soft­sided coolers
  • Pets (service animals with current rabies vaccination excepted)
  • Video equipment of any kind (including personal camcorders and GoPro cameras)
  • Professional photo equipment
  • Audio recording equipment of any kind
  • Portable audio equipment of any kind, including portable “boom box” stereo systems
  • Professional radios or walkie­talkies
  • Flags and/or flagpoles
  • Selfie sticks
  • Hammocks
  • Any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd, and/or inflict damage to people and goods

Can I bring outside food into Hangout?

I just want to emphasize this since it gets asked a lot - no. Hangout does not allow you to bring any food or beverages inside the festival unfortunately.

What should I bring with me to Hangout Fest?

If you are interested in all the things we think you should take with you to Hangout Fest you should check out our full article on it at I will offer a few quick thoughts on the allowed list, and what you should bring.

Blankets / Beach Towels – These are nice if you don’t mind sitting a bit from the stage and want to chill out. It’s quite fun to find a spot to throw down a beach towel, sit down, and chill for a bit. Part of the fun with Hangout is the fact that it’s on a beach, so you should take some time to enjoy it. Just know you won’t be able to set up your spot directly in front of the stage – that’s bad etiquette. Setup your towel back a bit from the stage and you can relax and enjoy the show from a distance.

Camelbak – I am a big proponent of bringing a Camelbak with you to Hangout Fest. It basically cuts down on your trips to go get water and allows you to have more time at the stages watching performances. It also gives you a better chance of staying hydrated as you will always have water on you. Lastly, you will use this for more than just Hangout Fest. If you go to any other music festivals, hiking, or other outdoor activities you will use it; it’s worth it.

Sunscreen – Unless you want to come back from Hangout absolutely fried you should bring sunscreen. Just make sure you bring the liquid kind or it’s not getting in. They do sell it inside the festival, but it’s like everything else inside: overpriced.

Backpacks – Obviously you can survive without bringing a backpack to Hangout Fest but I recommend you do it. If you have a locker you can just throw it in there when you don’t need it, but if you don’t have a locker I really recommend it. It’s nice to have somewhere to stash your sunglasses at night so you don’t lose them, carry a hoodie for nighttime when it cools down, and/or a place to store water bottles or contraband. It’s not a big deal to carry this around all day at Hangout Fest, so I recommend bringing one.

Alcohol / Illegal Substances – Obviously you cannot bring these in with you, but almost everyone does. Sneaking this stuff into festivals is fairly easy, just use a little bit of creativity and think of where they won’t be searching you when you go through the gates at Hangout Fest.


There you have it, everything you can and cannot bring with you to Hangout Fest. Admittedly, a lot of these are obvious, but some aren’t so it is good to know what isn’t allowed before you go. Don’t be the guy who makes your group run back to the hotel because you brought something you can’t part with to Hangout Fest.

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