With three days of music and more than 65 acts on the bill, it’ll take some preparation for getting the most out of the FYF Fest when it returns to Exposition Park between Friday, July 21, and Sunday, July 23, especially for those attending for the first time.
And being prepared means more than just knowing which bands are performing.
So for those going to FYF Fest for the first time, here are some tips on getting the most out of the weekend:
Seriously, don’t drive.
Parking nearby at USC lots used for the festival will likely cost about $25, that is if you get there early enough to find a spot.
Nearby private lots will often jack the price for parking up to $40 or more, and forget about the street, you’re not going to find an empty spot.
So take the train. No matter where you’re coming from this is your best bet. A round trip ticket for the Metro rail is $3.50, and if there’s no station near you it’s still a better bet to drive to a station and park there.
For example, you can park your car for free at the Culver City station and take the Expo Line to Exposition Park. Metro usually teams up with FYF Fest to run trains late after the concert ends so you’ll be able to get back to your car.
Extra tip: Buy a round-trip Metro ticket on your way to the concert since the lines to buy a ticket after the show are always huge and you could miss the train.
Hydrate and save
Water costs $2 at the festival, which isn’t too bad for an event like this. But it’s even cheaper, as in free, if you bring your own plastic water bottle.
There are always plenty of water fountains around where you’ll be able to refill all weekend. Just remember that the bottles must be plastic, so no metal bottles, and they must be empty.
So don’t think you can be slick and sneak in some vodka and claim its just refreshing mountain spring water.
There’s more than music
Of course the main reason people go to FYF is the music, but there is also plenty of sideline entertainment. In the past, that included things like an arcade, a book store and a record store.
This year’s sideline lineup hasn’t been announced yet but expect similar things to keep you entertained along with the music.
Get there early
Gates open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, but it’s not a bad idea to get there about an…