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What you can and cannot bring to Shaky Knees

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Article Summary

  • We list all the things you can and cannot bring to Shaky Knees 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 Shaky Knees

Knowing what to bring with you to Shaky Knees 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 Shaky Knees.

Things You Can Bring to Shaky Knees

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

  • Baby Strollers
  • Backpacks (Standard school sized. No frames or camping gear)
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets, Sheets, Towels
  • Cameras – only nonprofessional photos and video cameras will be allowed, and must be without equipment attachments such as selfie sticks, tripods, and monopods
  • Empty CamelBak water bottles and hydration packs, and plastic or aluminum water bottles
  • Water – you may bring two factory sealed bottles of water and refill them throughout the day at our free water filling stations (up to 1 liter each)

Things You Can’t Bring to Shaky Knees

The list of prohibited items at Shaky Knees 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 Shaky Knees.

  • Aerosol containers, including sunscreen and personal beauty products
  • Any and all professional audio recording equipment
  • Professional cameras and professional recording (photo, video, audio) equipment (NO large professional detachable zoom lenses, stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks (selfie sticks) or other commercial equipment.
  • Any and all professional video equipment. No video recording will be allowed
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Coolers of any kind. (Exceptions may be made for medical use)
  • Framed backpacks
  • Hammocks
  • Glass and metal containers of any kind
  • Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
  • Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind, except 2 factory sealed bottles of water (up to 1 liter each)
  • Umbrellas
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Professional radios or walkie-talkies
  • Selfie sticks
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts or any personal motorized vehicles
  • Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc.
  • Weapons or explosives of any kind
  • Fireworks
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • Bicycles inside festival grounds (free parking is available near festival entrance)
  • Carts of any kind (including Red Wagons)
  • Chairs of any kind

What should I bring with me to Shaky Knees?

If you are interested in all the things we think you should take with you to Shaky Knees 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 Towel – These are nice if you don’t mind sitting a bit from the stage and want to chill out. You spend a lot of time on your feet at Shaky Knees so having a blanket is nice. It gives you a place to sit down and enjoy a show, and offers a refreshing break from standing. Just know you won’t be able to set up your blanket directly in front of the stage – that’s bad etiquette. Setup your blank 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 Shaky Knees. 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 Shaky Knees. If you go to any other music festivals, hiking, or other outdoor activities you will use it; it’s worth it.

Totems – I know some of you may be thinking ‘what the hell is a totem’? It’s basically a tall stick that is used so you can find your group at Shaky Knees. The crowds can be pretty intense at Shaky Knees, a totem is made to be a signal to your group so they can find it. Typically people do something unique with their totem to make it unique and easily spotted. If you have a big group (I’d say 6+ people) this is generally a good idea. The downside is someone has to carry it all day, but it does help you gather your Shaky Knees squad easily. Just make sure your totem isn’t obnoxiously big and going to block the view of someone: that’s bad karma.

Backpacks – Obviously you can survive without bringing a backpack to Shaky Knees 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 Shaky Knees, so I recommend bringing one. Be sure to follow the size restrictions.

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 Shaky Knees.


There you have it, everything you can and cannot bring with you to Shaky Knees. 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 Shaky Knees.

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