July 16 – 17, 2016    San Marcos, TX

Chromeo + Rick Ross + Santigold + Big Gigantic + Future Islands + Metric + Kongos + Bleachers + Yeasayer + Bone Thugs & Harmony + Slim Thug + Rooney + Auto Body + Nina Diaz + Fat Tony + Wild Moccasins + Night Drive + Emily Bell & The Talkbacks + Blue Healer + Holiday Mountain + Riders Against The Storm + Blue, The Misfit. + Pop Pistol + Buhu + Löwin

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July 16 – 17, 2016 // Cool River Ranch // San Marcos, TX


Water Stage Do512 Stage
2:15pm-2:45pm Löwin --------
2:45pm-3:15pm -------- Blue Healer
3:15pm-3:45pm Blue, The Misfit -------
3:45pm-4:15pm -------- Holiday Mountain
4:15pm-4:45pm Riders Against the Storm --------
4:45pm-5:15pm -------- Fat Tony
5:15pm-6:00pm Slim Thug --------
6:00pm-7:00pm -------- Bone Thugs-n-Harmony
7:00pm-8:00pm Yeasayer --------
8:00pm-9:00pm -------- KONGOS
9:00pm-10:00pm Future Islands --------
10:00pm-11:00pm -------- Santigold
11:00pm-12:00am Rick Ross --------




How does this thing work? It’s EASY! The gates at Cool River Ranch open at 10am to all tubers. Once you show up you will be pointed towards the box office where you can redeem your tubing passes, camping passes, and concert tickets. If you are camping you can check in to your campsite starting at 10am. Once you get your wristbands we will have a large tent and tubing staging area that tubers will wait for the shuttles. Once your turn arrives to hop on the shuttle, the shuttle will take you a few miles up river and drop you off at our river drop in location. Then, you FLOAT about 2 1/2 miles back to Cool River Ranch. The FLOAT takes about 2.5-4 hours so come prepared! Once you arrive at Cool River Ranch river exit you will be directed up the hill to the concert gates! Feel free to go back to your car and change or whatever you need to do before you come party at the concert. Easy Peazy!



For general ticket info and how it works,
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Cool River Ranch | 601 Dupuy Ranch Rd | Martindale, TX 78655


Coming from Austin
South on I-35 to San Marcos.
Head east at HWY 123 exit.
First red light go left.
Follow 621 to Scull Road and go left.
Turn left into venue at the first curve.

Coming from San Antonio
North on I-35 to San Marcos.
Head east at HWY 123 exit.
First red light go left.
Follow 621 to Scull Road and go left.
Turn left into venue at the first curve.


Parking on site at Cool River Ranch is $10 per car. Cash only.

VIP Experience

VIP Passes Include: 1.  Craft Cocktails (discounted prices) 2.  Access to Side Stage Viewing Deck – subject to capacity 3.  Rapid Entry 4.  Climate Controlled Tent 5.  Luxury AC Lounge 6.  Upgraded Bathrooms with Bathroom Attendants to keep you so fresh and so clean 7. Includes Camping and Tubing Pass!

Tubing and Camping Info

  • Camping available Saturday July 16th and Sunday July 17th
  • Camping check in starts at 10am
  • Camping passes are included in your general admission ticket.
  • Camping spots are first come first serve
  • Campground gates are locked at 12am every night
  • No entry or exit after 12am in campgrounds
  • 24 Hour security provided in campgrounds
  • No hooks up / No electricity
  • Bathrooms provided for campers
  • No campfires or outside fires allowed
  • Two day parking for camping is $20 per car – cash only
  • You can park your car at your campsite or in our parking lot
  • Tubing starts at 10am – see our FAQ for more info on how to’s for tubing
  • Tubing shuttles to tubing drop off end at 5pm (starting your tubing after 3pm is not recommended as the tubing trip is about 2.5-4 hours depending on river flow)
  • Tubing is first come first serve.
  • You will pick up your tubing and camping wristband at the box office.
  • Cooler Tubes will be available to rent at the box office for $10 each
  • You must have a tubing wristband and/or camping wristband to access tubing shuttles and campgrounds
  • Tubing Passes come with one tubing wristband that is valid for one shuttle ride / tube rental. If you want additional tube rentals / shuttle rides, you can purchase wristbands at the box office for $15.
  • There will be a large tent for shade outside the concert gates. Gates for the concert open at 2pm.



Float Fest huh? So how does it work?
Do you float the river while listening to music? No. Those two activities happen separately. You float the river in the morning or afternoon, then when you’re done tubing at Cool River Ranch, you head over to the concert to enjoy the music! We recommend you float early!
Can I bring my own tube? And if I bring my own tube, do I still have to pay to float?
Yes, you can bring your own tube, but you will still have to pay for a floating pass. This pass gets you on the shuttle, which will drop you off upstream so you can float back down to the concert.
Can I bring my own drinks for the river?
Of course! However, you’ll have to leave whatever you have left in your car before entering the festival grounds for the concert.
Sure, this whole thing sounds amazing, but what are you doing to keep the river clean?
Well first of all, we love the San Marcos River and are committed to leaving it in better condition than we found it. To that end, we’ve hired professionals to clean up whatever mess is left. Also, Don’s Fish Camp does weekly clean ups of the river and will also be assisting in the cleanup pre AND post event. Together we can make this both a fun and an environmentally responsible event!
But I don’t really want to float, you’re not going to make me are you?
No, of course not! Tubing is first come first serve. Feel free to just come enjoy the shows!
What time does the show start?
Live music starts at 2pm!
So camping, what’s that all about?
Camping passes allow you to sleep at the venue on both Saturday and Sunday night. You’ll want to stay each night so you can wake up early and hit the river to make sure you’re done floating before the music starts. You’ll want to stay every night so you can party all day and not have to worry about how you’re getting home. Check out will be Monday morning. Bottom line is, you’ll want to camp!
So what should I be prepared for if I camp?
You should be prepared to camp outside under the stars. There won’t be electricity and for safety reasons you won’t be able to light a fire (but you shouldn’t need one to keep you warm on a Texas night in July!). There won’t be running water, but we will be providing porta potties for when nature calls. You’ll need to bring a tent, a sleeping bag, and rations to get you through the night. We will have a general store on site. Parking is $20 for the weekend and you can park your car by your campsite.
Can I bring a grill or bbq cooker?
Yes, grills are allowed. Just no open fires
Does my child have to buy a ticket?
Kids under 10 are free.
Are restrooms available?
Of course, available to all campers 24hrs a day. 
How big are the campsites?
There is no specific size to each campsite. It’s first come first serve. There is plenty of room for your giant tent and all your friends!
Can I park my car next to my tent?
Yes, you can park next to your tent. Parking for campers is $20.
Are RV’s allowed?
See our site map for more RV spaces are $100 per vehicle. Each camper must still have an individual camping pass. There are no electrical or water hookups provided.  
Can I bring food and drinks inside the campgrounds?
Yes, you can bring some food and beverages including alcohol inside the campgrounds.
Can I leave the campground at night?
No. campgrounds will close at 12am and you may not exit and return. So be sure you bring everything you need!






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Vendors & Volunteers

Float Fest is accepting applications for vendors and volunteers for 2016.

Interested vendors, please email vendors@floatfest.net.
Prospective volunteers, please email volunteer@floatfest.net.

General Information

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What to Bring:

  • Blankets
  • Umbrellas (small handheld style)
  • Softsided coolers (small size only, spprox. 10"L x 7"H
  • Baby Strollers
  • Portable/collapsible chair (individual units only; no"doublewide" connecting chairs)
  • Regular­size,unframed, backpacks
  • Empty CamelBak
  • Empty plastic or aluminum water bottle
  • Ice in soft­sided cooler or CamelBak (small sized cooler only; approx. 10"L x 7"W x 7" H)
  • Binoculars
  • Personal camera equipment, i.e. digital cameras, point­&­click digital cameras or film cameras. No detachable lenses of any kind.
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Health and Safety

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Float Fest will have medical aid at the festival grounds in the designated areas. Please see our site map for first aid stations before arriving at the festival. We will also have directionals at the fest. Please take this very seriously. Accidents can happen anywhere at anytime. So please be prepared. We want you to be safe!

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What Not To Bring:

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Framed or large backpacks
  • Alcohol (alcohol is sold at the Festival, byob for the river float is allowed)
  • Glass containers
  • Food or beverages
  • Skateboards, scooters or personal motorized vehicles
  • Bicycles inside Festival grounds
  • Carts of any kind (including Red Wagons)
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • Fireworks
  • Explosives
  • Large umbrellas
  • Non­collapsible chairs
  • Hard­sided coolers
  • Tents
  • Pets (except service dogs)
  • Video equipment. No video recording will be allowed.
  • Professional still camera equipment. No professional zoom lenses, stands, tripods or commercial use rigs
  • Audio recording equipment endors allowed.


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