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What You Can and Cannot Bring Into Arroyo Seco Weekend

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Article Summary

  • A list of items you are allowed to bring with you to Arroyo Seco Weekend
  • A list of items you are NOT allowed to bring to Arroyo Seco Weekend
  • Answers to commonly asked questions about food, beverages and medication

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Knowing what you can and cannot bring to any music festival is key. You don’t want to get to Arroyo Seco Weekend's gates and realize you need to part with something or run back to your car to drop it off. Be sure to confirm what Arroyo Seco Weekend allows and doesn’t allow before you go to the festival. Below you will find the official list of things you can bring to the festival, things you can’t bring to the festival, and some common questions people ask.

Note that the items below come from the Official List on Arroyo Seco Weekend’s webpage. We always aim for this list to be update-to-date, but it’s always best to verify with the official website to confirm. 

Allowed Items at Arroyo Seco Weekend

  • Blankets (70x80)
  • Baby Strollers
  • Backpacks (Medium) 18x13x8.5
  • Binoculars
  • CamelBaks(Empty)
  • Cameras (Non-Pro Digital and Film)
  • Chapstick and Lip Balm
  • Cigarettes (sealed packs only) and Lighters
  • Dancing Shoes
  • Ear Plugs
  • E-Cigs/Vapes
  • Eye Drops
  • Fanny Packs and Hip Bags
  • GoPros
  • Gum
  • Hand Sanitizer and Baby Wipes
  • Hats
  • Makeup
  • Mobile Phones and Chargers
  • Parasols
  • Purses and Handbags
  • Smiles
  • Sunblock (Non-Aerosol)
  • Sunglasses
  • Towels
  • Walkie Talkies
  • Water Bottles (Empty, Plastic Only, Reusable)

Things Arroyo Seco Weekend Does Not Allow

  • Aerosol Products/Aerosol Cans
  • Air Horns
  • Audio Recording Devices
  • Bicycles, Skates, Scooters or Skateboards
  • Chairs or Coolers
  • Chains or Chain Wallets
  • Detachable Lens Cameras
  • Drones or Remote Control Aircraft, Cars or Toys
  • Drugs or Drug Paraphernalia
  • E-Cig/Vape Liquid Refills
  • Fireworks, Explosives or Road Flares
  • Flags
  • Flyers, Samples, Giveaways or Promotional Items
  • Glass  
  • Glow Sticks or LED Gloves
  • Guns, Ammunition or Tasers
  • Hula Hoops
  • Hoverboards or Segways
  • Instruments
  • Kites or Sky Lanterns
  • Knives, Weapons or Sharp Objects
  • Laser Pointers
  • Massagers
  • Metal, Steel or Aluminum water bottles
  • Outside Food or Beverage
  • Pepper Spray or Mace
  • Pets or Other Animals
  • Selfie Sticks, Tripods or Narcissists
  • Sharpies, Markers or Paint Pens
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Tailgating
  • Tents or Sleeping Bags
  • Toy Guns, Water Guns or Sling Shots
  • Totems
  • Umbrellas
  • Video Cameras

Common Questions About What You Can Bring

The following are commonly asked questions regarding what items you can bring with you to Arroyo Seco Weekend, and music festivals in general.

Can I bring outside food into Arroyo Seco Weekend?

Negative. You cannot bring any outside food into the festival. Yes, that includes snacks like granola bars and chips. If you try to bring food through security and they catch it, you likely just fed the security guard, not yourself.

Can I bring outside beverage? What about water?

No, you cannot bring any outside beverages into the festival. This rule applies to water bottles, even if it is sealed. Essentially, the rule is no outside liquids. Arroyo Seco Weekend does allow you to bring in empty water bottles or hydration packs, so that you can take advantage of the free water refill stations. We highly recommend bringing an empty refillable container in and taking advantage of the refill stations. It is hot as hell in Pasadena in late June, so make sure to stay hydrated.

Can I bring an umbrella in case it rains?

Honestly, this one is a bit ambiguous. The Arroyo Seco Weekend website says no umbrellas allowed, but umbrellas were all over the place Sunday and it wasn't even raining! Everyone we saw was using their umbrellas for shade protection from the sun. Either people got especially crafty sneaking things in or security was letting them through. My money is on the latter.

Can I bring in my medication?

Typically, music festivals will let you bring in prescription medication if you bring the bottle with your name on it and have a matching ID. Note that they may only let you bring in a daily dosage, so only bring what you need for the day with you. In terms of OTC medication, you can bring in sealed, individually packaged medication. Don't try to bring in the whole bottle, they'll make you throw it away. Have you seen how expensive Tylenol is these days?

How easy is it to sneak booze in with me to Arroyo Seco Weekend?

Obviously I can’t sanction this as it’s not legal, but I may or may not have had great success at music festivals using these guys.

What about selfie sticks?

Thankfully Arroyo Seco has banned these god awful devices, so leave yours at home.


Don't make your whole group turn around or wait while you run back to your car or hotel to drop something off, only bring what you're allowed to bring and leave everything else at home. If you have any specific 'questions I didn't address on what you can bring to Arroyo Seco feel free to email me and ask.

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