It’s almost time for Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, and we hope you’re at least half as excited as we are. We’re ready for a weekend of music, comedy and the activities from our friends at REI, geocaching and more, but we have just a few things we want you all to know in advance, so please read this whole email and consider printing it out as well.
Tickets and Campsites are Still Available
If you haven’t purchased camping yet or know anyone who would like to buy tickets, we still have both available. General camping is just $30, and single-day tickets start at $30 as well.
Lineup and Schedule
We’re not gonna lie, we’re pretty proud of this year’s lineup. Performers include The Dead Milkmen, Jon, Josiah and Charity from The Head and The Heart, Beat Connection, David Bazan, Alela Diane, Tacocat, La Luz, and more.
How to Get to Tolt-MacDonald Park
For your GPS pleasure, the address is 31020 NE 40th St. Carnation, WA 98014. But in case that fails, here are some actual directions from Seattle:
- Take WA 520 East for 6 miles
- Then take the WA 202/Redmond Way exit and stay right following signs for WA-202 E/Sammamish and continue onto WA-202 E for 7.7 miles
- In 7.7 miles take a slight left onto NE Tolt Hill Rd and follow for 3.2 miles
- Turn Left onto WA-203/Tolt Ave
- Follow signs into the park, which will be on your left!
King County Parks will charge $20 per car to park at King County’s Tolt-MacDonald Park unless you have purchased premium camping that includes parking (RV camping, Drive in Camping, Camper Van/Small Trailer Parking). Parking is cash only,so please be prepared with cash in hand and know that 100% of the profits from your parking fee go to support King County Parks.
We highly encourage carpooling! Not only is it good for the planet, it will save you money and create space for everyone.
Check-in and Check-out
Check in time is 12PM Thurs. July 16.
Check out time is 12PM Sun. July 19.
Take Thursday and Friday off work and arrive early! Claim your spots, set up camp early, and be ready when the music begins.
General or Quiet Area Campers
When you arrive at Tolt-MacDonald Park you will first meet a parking attendant who will collect your parking fee and direct you to the parking area. Once parked, make your way to the check-in area located near the walking bridge west of the main parking area to collect your festival passes and “tent tags”. From there you will be directed to your campsite. We will have volunteers on hand to help you move camping items to your campsiteI
Premium Drive-in, RV, Camper Van Campers
If you’ve purchased RV camping, Premium Drive-in camping, or Trailer/Camper van camping, please let the parking attendant know. They will have your name on hand and will direct you where to go.
Premium West Side, Premium Waterfront or Yurt Campers
If you’re camping on the west side of the bridge (Yurts, Premium West Side, Premium Waterfront and a small number of General Festival Camping) you will meet a parking attendant who will collect your parking fee and direct you to the parking area. Once parked make your way to the check-in area near the walking bridge west of the main parking area to check-in. There will be small carts and helpers available to help you haul your items to your campsites.
For those of you camping in the General or Quiet camping areas, please know that the amount of space between tents will be about 2 feet per tent. Set up camp expecting to have your neighbors within that proximity of your camp. Be respectful to your neighbors and please keep noise to a minimum after hours. If you need to socialize while others may be sleeping, there are plenty of places you can walk to that are nice and away from campers.
What to Bring to Timber!
- Clothing – Come prepared to camp in the Northwest! Bring layers and prepare for rain. The festival will happen rain or shine so be prepared.
- Vision – Bring a flashlight and sunglasses so you will be covered when it is too bright or not bright enough.
- Mosquitos – Timber! Outdoor Music Festival takes place in a heavily wooded area along a river. We recommend preparing by bringing bug spray and bug deterrents of your choice.
- Shoes – Expect to walk through dirt, gravel and over wooden walking bridges. Plan your footwear accordingly.
- Sunscreen – Seriously, you’ll thank us later.
- Your ID – If you plan to spend time in our beer gardens, please bring your ID and have it on you at all times.
What to Leave at Home
- Outside Alcohol – King County Park rules state that no outside alcohol is allowed in the park. We ask that guests following this rule and leave their alcohol at home. Please plan to enjoy the $5 alcoholic beverages in one of our three beer gardens during the festival.
- The festival grounds will be fenced with entry through a checkpoint. We will not allow anyone to bring in outside alcohol. Even after you have been checked, please expect to be checked again, and again.
- Beer and wine will be on sale in designated beer gardens for just $5 per drink. If you are over 21, please bring valid id. Carry it with you any time you may want to drink.
- Dogs/Cats and other animals – Dogs and other pets will not be permitted at the park during Timber! Outdoor Music Festival.
- Fireworks, Firearms, Drugs, Weapons of any kind, Etc. – No fireworks, firearms or drugs are allowed at Tolt-Macdonald Park.
- Smokes – King County Parks are non-smoking. Please plan accordingly.
Map of the Festival Grounds
Campfires & Cooking
Unfortunately, due to a level 3 burn ban, no campfires will be permitted this year in Premium Camping or elsewhere.
Due to King County Fire regulations there are no open flames allowed in the General or Quiet Camping areas. You are allowed to cook in any of the BBQ pits or fire rings located by the covered shelters. REI members are welcome to use the “REI Camp Kitchen.” Pre-registration is NOT required.
Kids – Remember that children under 12 are free! Bring them out and expose them to music and the outdoors!
Swimming – There is no lifeguard on duty and we ask that you exercise extreme caution if choosing to wade or swim in the river at Tolt-MacDondald Park. Click here for information about swimming at Tolt-MacDonald Park.
Drinking water – It’s important to stay hydrated! There are several water sources around the park and camping areas. Thanks to our friends at Klean Kanteen, there will be fresh water drinking stations at the festival. Please use your refillable water bottles when possible.
Beer and wine –We’re proud to offer Sierra Nevada beer, No. 6 Cider, wine, mimosas and more. We’ve also partnered again with our friends at Klean Kanteen to create a beer garden without plastic cups. Timber! commemorative stainless steel pint glasses are for sale at the Timber! Store for $20 (complete with your first beer!). All beer and wine will be just $5.
Shopping – We have an amazing collection of custom Timber! merchandise from our partners at KAVU and Stanley Thermos. Stop by our general store for these one of a kind Timber goods and pick up a free Timber sticker while you’re at it.
Cash and ATMs – Carry cash! ATMs are located near the park entrance as well as in the Main Stage and Yurt Camping Areas.
Trash – Like any good camper, try to follow the “leave no trace” backpacker motto and pack out what you pack in. Please dispose of your trash at the end of the festival. Help us by going a step further—if you see something on the ground that didn’t grow there, pick it up, and put it in the nearest bin. We’re all in this together!
Food – Hungry? We imagine you will be. That’s why we’ve lined up some of the best Northwest food vendors to join us this year. Grabbing salads and sandwiches on-the-go will be easier than ever. A few of our vendors:
Timber! Cafe – The Timber! Cafe is located on in the covered shelter on the west side of the bridge. Come by for breakfast, late night food and drinks, or to grab a salad or sandwich to go.
Shopping in Carnation – Local retailers have everything you need from groceries to hardware, all within walking distance of the festival! When you visit local businesses, be sure to tell them you’re there for Timber! Help us show some love to the great community of Carnation. These local and family-owned businesses have been great partners and are excited to have us!
Photos and blogging – We love seeing pictures, but remember you’re here to experience the festival and be with friends. Sometimes putting the phones and iPads down is the best first step toward having an amazing experience outdoors. If you do snap a picture or two, hashtag #TimberFest when posting them on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. If you post your photos on Flickr or write a blog about us, shoot us a message on Facebook after the festival to let us know. We’d love to share!
Hiking – Guided hikes with Mountains to Sound Greenway take place at 9:30am (kids hike) and 10:30am (adult hike) on Friday morning. To join, meet at the Mountains to Sound Greenway booth on the West side of the walking bridge.
Geocaching – There will be guided geocaching at Timber! Click here to register for a Friday or Saturday session.
Geocaching’s Timber Camp Guide – Geocaching have created an awesome “Camp Guide” that will go live before the festival begins. It may or may not include a scavenger hunt you can take part in throughout the weekend that could lead to a “special happening.” Bookmark this link and open it at the start of the festival.
Nature Meditation – Our friends at Forterra are hosting a “Nature Meditation” on Saturday morning of Timber near the campfire stage. There, guests will get the opportunity to learn about the beneficial physiological changes that happen to their bodies when they’re outdoors and in nature. To join, register here.
Marmoset Music Industry Talk – Marmoset Music are hosting a music industry talk on Friday morning of Timber from 11am-12pm. This is will be incredibly beneficial to any working musicians looking to know more about how to navigate their way in today’s industry, especially with music licensing. Head to the west side of the walking bridge and look for the Yurt that has the Marmoset sign on it.
Help each other – While you’re at Timber!, if you see something that needs improvement or someone that needs help, please help us out if you are able. We’re all in this together!
Respect your neighbors – We love the city and people of Carnation. Please remember that we’re all guests in their town and to be courteous to the locals while there. We hope for Timber! to be a tradition for years to come and it’s important we all work together to make our festival a positive event for the people in Carnation.