Lucidity (California, United States)


Location: California, United States (Live Oak Campground, Santa Barbara)

Date: April (2019).

Approximate Attendance: 5,000.

Lucidity is an annual, three-day transformational festival in Santa Barbara, California.

The festival’s name alludes to lucid dreams; the events producers encourage attendees to “awake in [their] dreams”.[

The event has been compared to Burning Man,[ Coachella Valley Music and Arts FestivalLightning in a BottleElectric Daisy Carnival, and the San Francisco New Year’s Eve event Sea of Dreams.

It features performance arts and music stages featuring bands, spoken word artists, dancers and DJs. There is a large vendor area, including a focus on local foods, jewelry, clothing and sustainable goods.

Live Oak Campground has been the site of many other music festivals, such as Lightning in a Bottle, from 2006–2008, until that event outgrew the venue.

Musicians intermingled with sculptured art installations.Much of the ethic of the event is rooted in the general philosophy of “burners“. The event sponsored a “Greenest Campsite” contest and a motto of “Leave It Better”. There were copious reminders to pack out trash and constant activity to remove trash and keep the grounds looking well.[

According to Daphne Carpenter, the festival was organized around “six themed villages that revolve around archetypes much in the same way as our dream characters represent aspects of ourselves”. She lists these as Renegade Outpost, Family Garden, Healing Sanctuary, Warrior’s Way, Lunatic Fringe, and Lover’s Nest.


The event features large sculptural art. One of the signature installations over the years has been an environment entitled Walkabout Woods, which consists of artificial trees constructed by the Fishbon collective. Others have included:

  • Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Floats
  • Branches Mobile Gallery
  • BambooDNA
  • PyroBar
  • Vajra’s Temple
  • Space Monkey Creative
  • Nature Dreamweaver
  • Symbiotic Creations
  • Kid’s Karma Zone

Lucid Stage

The Lucid stage, the main music environment at the event, often has both live performers and DJs spinning wide varieties of Electronic Dance Music. The closing performance of one year was Phuture Primitive featuring an array of dancers and an avant-garde drama between an onstage photographer disguised as a spooky computer/robot.

Alive Stage

This alternative acoustic stage features both local and worldly bands, many with jugglers, exotic dance performances or spoken word.

First hand experience – blog post

Here is one man describing his journey at a Lucidity, a good blog post with some photos to get a feel for it’s vibe –

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