River Party

Float Fest is Back this Summer with Artists Chance the Rapper, Pusha T and Marshmello

After a brief hiatus, the two-day festival is back with a combination of music, tubing and camping.

By Jessica Lodge March 21, 2022

The two-day fest combines music, tubing and camping.

Although glimpses of summer heat are slowly peeking through spring temperatures, Houstonians know best how scorching hot it is during the peak of summer. Now is the time to start planning summer getaways for a break from the upcoming heat. Of course, the convenient option is to visit your local waterpark, but why choose convenience when you can plan a fun, water-based adventure not too far from home.

The lineup includes Scottish synth-pop group Chvrches from Glasgow. 

After a brief hiatus, Float Fest is set to return to Gonzalez, Texas, for two days on July 23 and 24. The only festival of its kind, Float Fest is an opportunity to be one with nature and spend two days floating the river and camping, while taking in the sounds of a spectacular musical lineup. Thrilled that patrons will be able to partake in true Texan traditions, Marcus Federman, Float Fest founder, says, “Our lineup, experiential offering and new, pristine ranch location makes this a can’t-miss event.”

 Happening on a 765-acre ranch, the festival offers a 2-mile tubing experience in the shape of a horseshoe along the Guadalupe River, overnight camping, and appearances from entertainers such as Kaytranada, Vampire Weekend, Chance the Rapper, Pusha T and Marshmello, who will be headlining the concert series. The performances will take place on the Coca-Cola stage and Water stage, but unlike other music festivals, concert-goers are able to watch every set with no overlapping performance times. 

The festival will have two camping site options: The Grove and The Pecan Forest, which encompass general and preferred sites that are near both of the festival grounds and river entry. Passes for overnight stay will range between $59-$109. Each person must purchase both a GA or VIP music and camping pass to gain access to the camping grounds. 

Appearances from entertainers such as Kaytranada, Vampire Weekend, Chance the Rapper, Pusha T and Marshmello, will be headlining the concert series.

To minimize trash and keep the river clean, Float Fest will have a draft beer bar at the tubing river entrance this year. Float-goers can bring a large personal container or jug and fill it with their drink of choice to last them on their two-hour float. 

Ticket options include general admission single-day and weekend passes ranging from $129-$239, which grant access to all music programming on specific days purchased (no tube included). The GA tubing bundle will range from $229-$249, and other options include VIP single-day, weekend and premium passes ranging from $249-$549, which all include a tubing pass. Floating passes for a single day are $30 and a weekend pass is $49. To float, both the GA music pass and tubing pass are required. Parking is accessible for $25, requiring either a GA or VIP music pass.

For more information and ticket pricing, visit their website.

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