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Published: May 8, 2011

By: Kerry McNeil

Wakarusa at Mulberry Mountain – June 2-5, 2011 (Ozark, Arkansas)

Now in the heart of Arkansas’s Ozark National Park, the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival has been a favorite of music fans across the country, and the world, since 2004. Wakarusa always brings a diverse lineup to the table that can please even the pickiest of music aficionados and casual listeners alike. 

This year, Wakarusa boasts an incredible range of headliners from across the entire electronic music spectrum including Thievery Corporation, STS9, Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory, Shpongle, Lotus, The New Deal, Skrillex, and many, many more. The festival is shaping up to be stronger than ever for attendees lucky enough to be at Wakarusa 2011, June 2-5.

Attendees should prepare themselves for intense shows, kayaking, hiking, yoga, golfing, and a silent disco—from America’s first and largest silent disco company, Silent Events. What more could a Wakarusa guest ask for?


Full Event, VIP Event, Weekender, and Saturday passes are available for Wakarusa on the website.

The Full Event pass is available for $169 and includes access to all shows Thursday to Sunday and access to all late night events.  All vehicles entering the festival, with Full Event Passholders, are required to posses one of the Camping Passes.

The VIP event pass is $595 and includes all of the amenities of the Full Event pass along with meals, beverage service, upfront viewing, and camping in the shaded VIP camping area—no extra camping pass is needed! Gates open for VIP Full Event Passholders on Wednesday afternoon (June 1st).

The Weekender Event pass is $119 and includes access to all Wakarusa shows and late night events from Friday to Sunday, camping not included.

The Saturday Event pass includes access to all Saturday shows and late night events.

What time can I get in and setup camp? 

VIP and Reserved Campsite ticket holders can arrive at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Full Event ticket holders can arrive at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday morning.



If you have this 
Event Pass...
AND this 
Camping Pass...
You can 
Enter the Festival at:
VIP Full Event n/a (VIP includes camping) Wednesday June 1, 4:00 pm
Full Event Reserved Campsite Wednesday June 1, 4:00 pm
Full Event Unreserved Wednesday June 1, 4:00 pm
Full Event Main Venue Camping WITH Wed. Arrival Wednesday June 1, 4:00 pm
Full Event Accessible Camping Wednesday June 1, 4:00 pm
Full Event Main Venue Camping Thursday June 2, 12:01 am
Full Event West Woods Camping Thursday June 2, 12:01 am
Full Event Riverside Camping Thursday June 2, 12:01 am
VIP Weekender n/a (VIP includes camping) Friday June 3, 8:00 am
Weekender Event ANY camping pass Friday June 3, 8:00 am
Saturday Event ANY camping pass Saturday June 4, 8:00 am




Camping passes for the Main Venue area are available for $99 (SOLD OUT), $39 in the West Woods camping area, and $29 in the Riverside camping area. An RV Unreserved Camping pass is available for $149 (SOLD OUT) and an Accessible Camping pass is available for $99 (SOLD OUT).  All RV packages are now SOLD OUT.

Wakarusa has partnered with Local Hospitality to offer a complete list of hotels in the area with online and offline booking options.

Stages & Vendors:

The stages at this year’s Wakarusa will include the Main Stage, the Backwoods Stage, the Revival Tent, the Outpost Tent, the Satellite Stage, the Interstellar Sanctum (Main Stage at night), and the Quixotic Performance Stage.

There will be a variety of vendors in the concert venue and the campground that will provide a variety of interesting, diverse, and reasonably priced food. Vendors in the campground will be providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snacks. The general store will also sell snacks and beverages in addition to sundry items (personal hygiene products, batteries, film, disposable cameras, ice, soda, etc.).


There will be bathrooms, hand wash stations, and potable water. There will be ATM's, but we still recommend that you bring enough cash for your stay to avoid long lines or waiting for the machine to be serviced. Please bring enough money for any additional expenses you may have.


Wakarusa has many activities in store for attendees, and we’re not just talking about the awesome line-up. Get ready for carnival rides, morning yoga, disc golf, fishing, hiking, and kayaking during your week at Wakarusa.

Friday Night Costume Contest

The Friday Night Costume Party and Parade returns to Wakarusa! That's right folks, it's time to start digging through your attics, basements and storage lockers to piece together your best costume for this years' Costume Party and Parade! Plan to gather at the General Store around 6:30 on Friday evening for a parade to the mainstage where the chosen finalists will compete for big prizes!

Morning Yoga

Head on over to the Outpost Tent for a good session of Yoga before you start your festival day!

Disc Golf

9 holes of disc golf awaits you at Wakarusa! We've designed a challenging and scenic course for a quick round in between sets at Wakarusa!


Take an amazing adventure through the Ozark National Forest with hundreds of miles of hiking trails to explore. The Ozark Highlands Trail, rated one of the most scenic hiking trails in the country, is easily accessed from Mulberry Mountain. Enjoy an afternoon trip to the waterfalls on mountain creek or take a hike along the Mulberry River for great views of the Ozark Mountains. No matter where you tread you are sure to see some of the most amazing sites the forest has to offer.


You’ll find some great fishing opportunities at Mulberry Mountain. Fish one of our four stocked mini-lakes or enjoy private access to ½ mile of the Mulberry River. Note: An Arkansas fishing license is required to fish on these lakes. In late spring and early summer, the river is an excellent choice when angling for smallmouth, largemouth, and spotted bass or green and longear sunfish. The potholes can be fished during drier months, but getting to them may require hiking along a slippery streambed. The mini-lakes at Mulberry Mountain are kept stocked with a variety of fish

Float Trips and Kayaking

Turner Bend Outfitter and general store is located just four miles south of Mulberry Mountain. They offer canoe, kayak, and raft rentals on the Mulberry River. Turner Bend has been outfitting the Mulberry River for 28 years. The Mulberry River can be an easy Class I river or can be challenging whitewater depending on recent rainfall. Check them out at or call them at 479-667-3641. Reservations are recommended.

Natural Surroundings:

Mulberry Mountain Lodging and Events is a 650 acre resort in Arkansas’s Ozark National Forest along highway 23. Above the Mulberry River Valley, the area is full of beautiful scenery of tree-lined buffs, dense woods, and an assortment of wild life.

The weather in June usually brings highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s, so it will most likely be very pleasant at Wakarusa. That being said, it never hurts to pack warm clothes and rain gear.


Wakarusa promotes a Recycalusa program, with different colored barrels and trash bags to separate trash and recyclables. The 200 bins at the festival are separated by red for aluminum, and blue for plastic/glass cups and bottles. Attendees will be given two different bags for their campsites as well; blue for recycling and black for trash and food waste. Attendees can pick up more bags at any information booth or at the Recycalusa booth. Full bags will be picked up daily when placed at the nearest black-top road.

The Recycalusa program also recommends using reusable water bottles or canteens rather than single-use bottles, coolers instead of Styrofoam, reusuable tablewear, and ashtrays. If attendees have glass bottles, the Recycalusa program asks that they take them home and recycle them there.   The Recycalusa booth will give out prizes like band merchandise for every full bag of campsite recycling brought to the booth. Helping volunteers sort your campsite recycling will earn you a free raffle ticket for Wakarusa 2012 tickets, so it pays to recycle and help the cause.

For more questions, email

Social Awareness:

Wakarusa and The Conscious Alliance are teaming up again for a food drive to benefit the local community. Donating ten nonperishable food items will not only make you feel great, but you’ll also receive a limited edition Wakarusa poster.

The food donations will be collected at the Conscious Alliance “Art That Feeds” Gallery, and the donations will go to the River Valley Regional Food Bank in Fort Smith, AK.

Donations are encouraged to be low-sodium and health-oriented. Organic donations are encouraged. Ramen noodles will not count toward a free poster.

2011 Main Venue Map

2011 Box Office / Riverside Camping Map



Main Stage:
Truth & Salvage Co.
North Mississippi Allstars Duo
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Umphrey’s McGee

Interstellar Sanctum:

Revival Tent:
These United States
Those Darlins
Minus the Bear
Ekoostik Hookah
Beats Antique

Backwoods Stage:
Saturday Sirens
Brother Bagman
The Workshy
Hoots & Hellmouth
These United States
Haha Tonka
Honey Island Swamp Band

Moon Taxi
The Werks
The Pimps of Joytime
Poor Man’s Whiskey
Split Lip Rayfield

Positive Vibr8tions
Fresh 2 Death
Eliot Lipp (Live)

Quixotic Performance Stage:
Paper Diamond
Random Rab


Main Stage:
The Heavy
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
My Morning Jacket

Interstellar Sanctum:
Ghostland Observatory

Revival Tent:
Mountain Sprout
Split Lip Rayfield
Langhorne Slim
Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses
Dark Star Orchestra

Backwoods Stage:
Where’s Lawrence?
Carrie Rodriguez
Jay Nash
Hoots & Hellmouth
Delhi 2 Dublin
Josh Phillips Fork Festival
Poor Man’s Whiskey
Hot Buttered Rum

Dumptruck Butterlips
The Congress
Honey Island Swamp Band
The Heavy
Ekoostik Hookah
The New Deal

Miss J
Radiohiro w/MC Zulu
Ana Sia

Quixotic Performance Stage:
DJ Solo
Eliot Lipp


Main Stage:
Mumford & Sons
Ben Harper & RELENTLESS7
Thievery Corporation

Interstellar Sanctum:
Stanton Warriors

Revival Tent:
Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Dana Fuchs
MarchFourth Marching Band
Grupo Fantasma
The Budos Band
Papa Grows Funk

Backwoods Stage:
Soul Rebel & the Beast
Ugly Lion
The Ben Miller Band
Frontier Ruckus
Hot Buttered Rum
Holding Space
Mountain Sprout

Moutain Standard Time
Family Groove Company
Marrakesh Express
Nadis Warriors
The Floozies
Perpetual Groove
Big Gigantic

Dave Brock
Jason Sterling
The EZ Brothers-FSTZ
Fresh 2 Death
Resident Anti-Hero

Quixotic Performance Stage:
Jamie Janover w/Karsh Kale
Syd Girls
Roy Davis Jr.


Interstellar Sanctum:
Karsh Kale
Lance Herbstrong
EOTO & Friends

Revival Tent:
Spiritual Rez
John Brown’s Body
The Beautiful Girls
Toots & the Maytals

Backwoods Stage:
Tyrannosaurus Chicken
Benjamin Del Shreve
Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy
The Boys ‘n the Barrels
Vagabond Swing
James and the Devil
Mountain Standard Time

Quiet Corral
Jay Nash Band
The Stone Foxes
Here Come The Mummies
Beats Antique

Drum Circle
The Coop
Resident Anti-Hero
Syd Girls
Two Fresh

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