After a year on hiatus, Rothbury Festival is back with a new name and more ridiculous acts than ever. What used to be Rothbury is now Electric Forest, a 4 day music festival, still held in Rothbury, Michigan. So this is to any Michigan socialites out there: how are you celebrating your July 4th?
So everyone knows that Electric Forest has a crazy eclectic mix of music: dubstep, bluegrass, jam, rock, trance, reggae, indie, funk, hip-hop, world, electro, downtempo, and everything in between. Three days of String Cheese Incident headlining! Tiesto! Bassnectar! Pretty Lights! Edward Sharpe! Stephen Marley! Kaskade! Hell, even REO Speedwagon is gonna be there. But the music isn’t the only reason to go…
Enter the Sherwood Forest, located in the heart of the festival grounds; the pulse of Electric Forest. By day, the Sherwood Forest is a place to relax in one of the many hammocks that swing between the trees, explore the art installations sprinkled throughout the woods and meander down paths to discover plenty of surprises. At night, the Sherwood Forest comes alive! Witness the extravagant light display, stumble into surprise performances and parties in the depths of the woods, and gather with friends to enjoy the party.
If you want to take a well-deserved break from dirt, dancing, and music there’s Gold Rush Water Park, a 60,000 square foot permanent fixture of the Double JJ Resort: just a short shuttle ride from the festival. The water park is open 11 AM – 7 PM, Thursday, June 30th through Sunday, July 3. Tickets to the Water Park are $20 per visit, and include the shuttle to and from the Water Park, a towel and a shower. That’s a steal. Catch the Water Park Shuttle throughout each day at the corner of Clay and Water Roads.
If you don’t want to leave the festival grounds to take a dip in the water, then head over to Big Wildcat Lake for beachfront music, BBQ and other festivities. Lounge on the warm sand, partake in a game of beach volleyball, or swing on the old-school swing set and enjoy the view.
There’s horse riding, a glow in the dark golf course, and even a giant game of mouse trap. So if you aren’t going to Electric Forest this weekend, maybe you should be. The gates open at 5:30 PM today, so get a move on already!