Things to Know

SHIFT festival is a 4-day camping-based gathering in the ethos of TTITD. We want to create a culture of fun and appreciation for art, music, and expression, while stressing the importance of taking care of yourself while in nature.


  • Participate:
    • Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate
      • Kids 0-16 with adult supervision
      • Kids 12 and under are free!
      • Kids of the furry/four-legged variety are not welcome
    • Be yourself!  Express! Share!  Art!
    • Ask before touching.  Consent is sexy.
    • Help your neighbors.  Ask if they need help.  Ask them if you need help.
  • Decommodification:
    • No vendors/food sales
    • No financial sponsorships
    • No ice sales

Event Map!

About the location

  • Event Hours: Thursday July 20 10am – Sunday July 23 3pm
  • Gate Hours:
    • Thursday July 20: 10am – Midnight
    • Friday July 21: 10am – Midnight
    • Saturday July 22: 10am – 6pm
    • Sunday July 23: GTFO by 3pm!

    There will be NO ticket sales at gate.

  • Location: The event space is outside of the city of Grass Valley on a private property about an hour past The Dalles.
  • There are two swim-able water holes!  Swimming in the dark or while intoxicated is dangerous; Be careful and be smart. Do not swim at night.
  • Bring bug repellent; essential oils work great!
  • The space is high desert (BIG and FLAT with some sparse shade)
    • Bring shade!
    • Look out for ticks and ants
    • Wear layers – it gets cold at night
    • Stake it down – there’s a nice breeze in the afternoon
    • Bandanas/face masks!  Your dancing feet will surely kick up some dust on the dancefloor
  • Camping Options: Walk-in camping is included in your ticket price.  If you’d like to car camp, please purchase an RV pass (we have two options for vehicle length, so check out the ticket page to buy yours!).
    • If you elect to “walk-in” camp, you’ll be able to drive up to unload your belongings, then swiftly move your car to the nearby parking area before setting up camp.
    • RVs and car camping will be interspersed with tent camping (though trees will be for walk-in only).
  • Phones: There is some cell phone reception, but always print or screenshot tickets and directions before you leave home.
  • Supplies: There aren’t any places to get supplies close by; pack as if you are not going to leave the festival site, get your last minute supplies in The Dalles, about an hour from the festival site.
    • Closest gas is Biggs Junction, 30-40 miles from site.
    • Bring all of your meds, including epipen. Nearest med facilities are in The Dalles, an hour away.
  • Water: There is limited water on site, but please bring enough for you to drink and clean with.
    • That’s at least a couple gallons of water per person per day; more if you plan to bathe yourself.
    • Bring more than you’ll need.  The dry, hot breeze will wick away moisture just as it does in Black Rock City. Stay hydrated, hippies!
  • Fire Safety: This is a desert in July!
    • No open flame; camp stoves OK if elevated at least 3 ft from the ground (as well as inside RVs, campers, and trailers – but not tents!)
    • Drive only on mowed areas; do not drive off designated lanes.
    • We don’t care what you smoke as long as it’s in designated smoking areas only.
    • Please register any propane-based art.
    • For more info on fire policies, please see below.
  • Trash/Recycling: There is no trash onsite.
    • Leave No Trace! Pack it in, pack it out. Bring extra trash bags.
    • Clean up after yourself!  Heck, be a good neighbor and clean up after others too!
    • Additional donations of supplies/leftover alcohol go to Tectonic/BM2016

What to Bring

  • Food (Don’t forget your own dishes/cup/utensils/cooking implements/coolers/ice)
  • Shade (Tectonic will have a few shady spots, but there are very few trees/bushes; bring a pop-up or canopy for your camp, a big beach umbrella for chillin’ near the water — get creative!)
  • Shelter (Tent, yurt, etc)
  • Water
  • Clothes – lots of layers! (it gets cold at night)
  • Sunscreen/Parasol
  • Bug repellent
  • Headlamp & Personal Lighting
  • Toiletries & Medications (inc. epipen)
  • Your own alcohol
  • Towels & picnic blankets
  • Pool toys!
  • Sturdy trash bags and such (Leave no trace!)
  • Decorations
  • Extra stuff/resources/talents/instruments/toys to share
  • …anything else you need to take care of yourself for four days

What to leave at home

  • Pets
  • Firearms/fireworks/open flame
  • Glass
  • Stuff to sell
  • Unregistered fire art
  • Renegade sound systems (small units for your camp OK!)
  • Anything that could harm yourself, other attendees, the festival, or the surrounding environment & community

Fire Spinners:

  • SHIFT will provide fuel depot and dip station. If you bring fuel please leave it in the fuel depot where it can be safely managed.
  • SHIFT will not be providing safeties; spinners will have to provide that for each other.
  • SHIFT will provide duvies, water, and fire extinguishers.
  • No fire outside of designated areas; you’ll have space adjacent to the stage.
  • Please  check in with the fuel depot before spinning to have your props checked out for safety concerns.