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A Beginner’s Guide to Shambhala: Everything You Need to Know & More

Shambhala Beginner's Guide

The Main Event

So now, you’re across the border, your campsite is assembled, and it’s time for the main event to begin! Once you’re all set up, be sure to introduce yourself to your neighbors — Shambhala is easily the friendliest festival we’ve ever attended, and the people next door will be more than happy to meet you. As we noted, Thursday will feature two of the six stages with the Living Room and Amphitheater open for business. It’s typically a more low-key night, making it ideal for exploring, meeting new people, and finding your bearings.

Figuring out your weekend can be a stressful part of the weekend if you don’t have a schedule handy. Luckily, the lovely folks at Shambhala have provided us with a printable version of the weekend’s events (below). Cell reception can be spotty at times (especially for Americans), so plan to have it handy somewhere offline, whether it’s on a laminated printout, or simply saved to your phone prior to the weekend. If you’re more a fan of having everything in an app, one intrepid developer created a handy ShambaTimes app, pairing wonderfully with the festival’s own official app.

DMNW Pro-Tip #5: With the schedule PDFs provided by Shambhala here, we highly recommend getting them printed and laminated for ease of access.

For most festivals, you find yourself adhering to a strict timeline of needing to be at “x” stage for “y” artist, and we highly recommend doing the opposite of this for Shambhala. Let the music take you where it takes you. During the day, you can relax in the water of the Salmo River, while taking in the chilled-out beats of the Living Room stage directly next to you. Try and take it easy during the daytime hours; starting Friday, the music will go as late as 8:30-9am into the following morning.

Throughout the weekend, there’s a variety of special events outside of the music, almost completely organized by attendees. You can wear your warmest one-piece pajamas on Thursday for the official “Day Onesie” celebration, first-years can join the “Shambhala Virgin Magical Mystery Train Tour” on Friday, and you can even join in on LBGTea Saturday. A full list of special events can be found here, so pick and choose your favorites accordingly!

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