Float Fest
Float Fest combines two of Texasʼ favorite activities, tubing and live music, to create a one of a kind festival experience, with performances by Tame Impala, Bassnectar, Snoop Dogg, Modest Mouse, Run The Jewels, Glass Animals, Lil Wayne, and others.

Festival-goers can also enjoy camping on site under the stars. July in Texas is hot during the day, perfect for a dip in the river, and just right in the evening at a comfortable 75 degrees. Float Fest 2018 will take place, July 21st and 22nd, offering 2 days of live music and tubing on the beautiful San Marcos River. Float Fest 2018 will take place once again at Cool River Ranch about 5 miles east of San Marcos, Texas. Cool River Ranch is a 225-acre riverfront property that is home to Float Fest.

Schedule for Saturday, July 21
Water Stage
11:30 PM – 1:00 AM: Bassnectar
9:00 PM – 10:15 PM: Modest Mouse
6:45 PM – 7:45 PM: Cashmere Cat
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM: The Suffers
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM: Com Truise
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Bronze Whale
2:00 PM: Doors Open

Sun Stage
10:15 PM – 11:30 PM: Run The Jewels
7:45 PM – 9:00 PM: Lil Wayne
6:00 PM – 6:45 PM: Press Hall
4:30 PM – 5:15 PM: Bun B
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM: Grandson
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: The Wild Now
2:00 PM: Doors Open
Schedule for Sunday, July 22
Water Stage
9:30 PM – 11:00 PM: Tame Impala
7:00 PM – 8:15 PM: Snoop Dogg
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM: White Denim
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM: Blackillac
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Mainman
2:00 PM: Doors Open

Sun Stage
8:15 PM – 9:30 PM: Glass Animals
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Toadies
4:30 PM – 5:15 PM: Joywave
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM: A Giant Dog
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM: Vodi
2:00 PM: Doors Open

How does this thing work? It’s EASY! The gates at Cool River Ranch open at 8am to all tubers on Saturday and Sunday. 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 on Friday at 2pm-11pm. See our Tubing and Camping page for more information on camping. Once you get your wristbands we will have a large tent and tubing staging area near the box office that tubers will wait for the shuttles. Once your turn arrives to hop on the shuttle, the shuttle will take you a few miles upriver 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!

Keep The River Clean
Float Fest partners with local businesses such as Don’s Fish Camp, Texas State Tubes, and The Eyes of the San Marcos River for efforts to keep the river clean for its fifth annual music festival on July 21-22. The festival and partners will work together to encourage ways for guests to float responsibly, assist with trash pick up, as well as do a deep river clean up.

Each year, the music festival organizes a river cleanup project; Keep the River Clean, through partnerships with local businesses, employees, and volunteers. Activities implemented include mesh biodegradable trash bags available for free with tubes for floating, River Wranglers on canoes to help take trash bags, trash receptacles available after tubing at shuttle pick up stations, and the Float Fest crew cleaning up the river before, during, and after the festival with divers and boats to ensure a safe and clean zone. Float Fest cleanup efforts this year brings more initiatives for an efficient clean up.

Additional Festival Efforts Include
  • Cooler Checks at the tubing shuttle pick up tent. No glass or styrofoam is allowed on the river.
  • Float Fest Staff will be at the river entrance to assist tubers into the river with their coolers, bags, and additional items.
  • Float Fest staff at the river exit taking tubers mesh bags and disposing in trash receptacles and providing assistance with tubers as they exit the river.
  • Two River Clean up stations will be set up along the float with 40 staff members to take trash from tubers as they float by. There will also be lifeguards at these stations.
  • A "Human Net" just beyond the river exit consisting of 4 people will collect any remaining floating debris that might make it past the exit point.
  • Top Water Clean ups via Kayaks and Canoes will assist on Saturday morning and evening, Sunday morning and evening, and Monday morning and evening. Before, during and after the event.
  • Kayak and Canoe Team will make regular trips all day Saturday and Sunday during the festival times into the evening on the river cleaning up trash and helping tubers as needed.
  • Divers will do a river bottom clean up on Tuesday following the festival. They will focus on any remaining debris and anything that sunk to the river floor that might have been left behind.

Tubing, single day, and weekend tickets are available along with VIP, parking, and frigid float lounge options.

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