Festival 411

Tent camping (or hammock camping) is encouraged and included in the ticket price. General admission camping will require a short walk or trolly ride from the parking area. Please camp in designated areas only. Personal campfires are strictly prohibited. Wooded campsites are claimed on a first-come first-serve basis. We will have plenty of trolleys and staff on hand to help shuttle gear. Please do not occupy more space than necessary with your campsite. We expect the grounds to reach capacity and will need to make room for everyone. Thanks for your help with this. Please come fully prepared for an outdoor summer environment with hot days and cool nights. Check below for a list of what to bring.

General Parking is free and included in the ticket price this year! Please carpool with as many people as possible to help us make room for everyone and limit our carbon footprint. There may be a $5 re-entry fee at certain times throughout the festival. This will be imposed at the discretion of venue staff based on conditions of the grounds and flow of traffic.

Kids Policy
Kids 12 and under are $20 each (cash only) at the gate. Please Note: a Parent or Legal Guardian must accompany anyone under 18 at all times. While we do welcome families with children, please keep in mind we do not provide a daycare service and The Big What? is generally a party meant for adults. An outdoor summer festival is not always a great environment for young children and babies. Please use your best judgment when deciding to bring the kids or not. If you do, please look after them at all times and use extra caution with them in the heat and after dark. We also suggest ear plugs for your kids’ ears (and yours!)

VIP Ticket Package
Each VIP ticket includes a souvenir laminate, reserved car camping in prime location, access to a reserved viewing area in front of the stage, access to private bathrooms with flushing toilets and sinks, 1 hot meal each night plus access to refreshments during the day, and a free download of each Big Something set from nugs.net

Car Camping Passes – $60 
This is a pass for your vehicle only and does not include a ticket to the event. This pass grants access for 1 vehicle and its passengers (cost may be shared) to a reserved car camping area where you will be allotted a standard 10×18 camping space to set up camp. Small campers/popups that fit within these general measurements will be permitted with a car camping pass.

RV Camping – $90
All RVs on site will require an RV CAMPING PASS. This applies to all ticket holders including VIPs. This is a pass for your RV only and does not include a ticket to the event. Only 1 pass needed per RV (the cost can be shared by all passengers in the RV). This pass grants access to the RV camping area where you will be permitted to use a small generator and set up a campsite next to your RV. Please note: we do not provide a septic or power hook up of any kind. Any questions please contact: thebigwhatnc@gmail.com

The Big What? does not open until NOON on Thursday 8/16. PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE UNTIL 12PM NOON. You will not be able to park and wait in line. ALSO PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO COME ON ANY DAY PRIOR TO THE FESTIVAL AT ANY TIME. There will be gate security on site and you will be asked to leave.

Gate Hours are as follows:
Thursday: Noon – 11 pm
Friday: 9 am – 11pm
Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday: Please depart festival grounds by Noon.

Gate Ticket Sales
Tickets will be available at the gate (cash only) as follows:

Thursday Arrival: $150
Friday Arrival: $110
Saturday Arrival: $80

Car Camping: $70
RV Camping: $100

All volunteer positions will be filled in advance. We do NOT accept walk-up volunteers. Even if you have volunteered in the past, please do not arrive and assume you will be able to volunteer if you have not already made specific arrangements with our volunteer coordinator this year. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding with this.

Anyone found using fireworks – big or small – of any kind will be asked to leave the festival without a refund. This is something we must strictly enforce for a number of different reasons. We can’t stress this enough! PLEASE NO FIREWORKS.

We love our animal friends, but we ask that you please leave them at home for this event. Really, please do not bring your dog or cat or squirrel on a leash or any other pet.  We cannot make any exceptions. Any vehicle that arrives with a pet will not be allowed to enter the festival. Please make other arrangements for your animals while you are gone for the weekend.

Try Companion Camp pet boarding.
3408 Castle Rock Farm Road
Pittsboro, NC 27312
919-545-CAMP (919-545-2267)

Also Available on Site:
– Delicious Food Vendors, Bagged ICE, and Water for sale
(Please note: we do not sell alcohol on site)
– Arts and Crafts Vendors
– Artist & Performer Merchandise
– Art Gallery, Live Painters, & Workshops
– Morning Yoga
– Photo Booth
– Flow Performers, Visuals, and Light Show!

– Contests, Theme Nights, and an abundance of other nonsense and surprises. Decorations, Costumes, all things that GLOW, and self-expression are highly encouraged!


Thursday – Jock Jams Vol. What?
Ladies and gentlemen … lllllllet’s get ready to rumbbbbbblllllllle! It’s a Jock Jams Big What 90’s throwback party. Whoomp there it is! Bust out the neon sweatbands, adidas jumpsuits, or your favorite jersey and help us pump up the jams 💪🏻🏀📡

Friday – Where’s Waldo?
How many Waldos can we fit in the middle of nowhere??? We shall see… Join the Waldo Party – the photo ops will be 👌🏻🎯

Saturday – Who Are You?
The ultimate costume contest big what style! Dress as any character, person, or thing you’d like. Bonus points for most creative visuals – can we guess who or WHAT you are? Best costume wins a famous Big Something Mystery Box! 🤖👽👹🕵


Please help us keep the festival grounds clean and beautiful. We’ll need your help with this! Hundreds of people camping, partying, eating, driving, using the bathroom and doing all the things we do makes for a real impact on our physical environment. Our goal is to minimize that impact in all the ways we can. First we ask that you CARPOOL! CARPOOL! CARPOOL! We can’t emphasize this enough. The less cars, the better!

Next make sure to Plan Ahead and Prepare! Pack it in, and pack it out – just like any camper on the Appalachian Trail is required to do. Be responsible for your materials and limit the packaging and trash you bring. Please also be conscious of your cigarette BUTTS – bring a small tin to store your butts in rather than toss them on the ground. We’ll have trash cans and recycling bins set up, but we want to see if you can leave no trace without using them! You’ve got it in you!

What does your footprint look like? Are you planning decorations for your camp or theme that could blow away or come apart? Keep the LNT philosophy in the back of your mind as you plan. We have faith in you! Lets work together to leave our land better off than we found it!

There will be an ATM available on site. Please Note: Standard Fees apply. We also recommend bringing extra cash with you in case you need it!

PLEASE NOTE: Cell Phone Service is not great at the venue but can be accessed in certain areas.

Photography is encouraged. On behalf of the artists please refrain from using flash photography near the stage. Please tag us when posting on social media – #bigwhat #thebigwhat @thebigwhat

HAVE FUN! But please respect the following rules:
– SAFETY FIRST! Participate at your own risk. Take care of yourself and take care of each other! 
– Underage drinking is illegal and will not be tolerated
– Drinking and Driving will not be tolerated
– All firearms and weapons are strictly prohibited
– No Fireworks
– No illegal substances
– No glass
– No campfires
– No charcoal grills
– No pets
– No tents in the concert area(s)
 Respect your fellow campers, BIG What Staff, the Land and our Neighbors
– Festival staff reserves the right to remove anyone displaying inappropriate or disrespectful behavior from the festival grounds.

NO Golf Carts or ATVs
No unauthorized use of golf carts or ATVs are allowed on the festival grounds.

WHAT? … to bring
– Your Printed Ticket(s)
– Valid Photo ID
– A friend … (or two!)
– Directions and address to The BIG What?
– Sunscreen!
– Lots of Water! / Drinks
– Food / Snacks
– Camping Gear / Sleeping Bag or Hammock
– Hammer for Tent Stakes
– Toilet Paper
– Extra Cash for Food, Water, ICE, Merch, or just in case you need it
– Reusable Plates and Utensils
– Camping Stove – propane only (NO Charcoal!)
– Spray Fan / Small Water Gun
– Cooler
– Flash Light / Headlamp
– BUG Spray / Clear Nail Polish for Chigger bites
– Bathing Suit
– Bar Soap / Toothbrush etc.
– Something Warm to wear at night
– Extra pair of shoes and socks
– Umbrella or Poncho (just in case)
– Bubbles
– Glow Things / Light Up Toys
– Costumes / Fashionable theme wear
– Decorations
– Body Paint
– Pen and Paper
– A Question mark on a stick or Funny Sign
– Crazy Hat
– Fake Mustache
– Giant Sunglasses
– An open mind and positive attitude