If the music festival Coachella and Burning Man, the week of self-expression in the desert, had a love child, it would obviously be Lightning in a Bottle.

That makes sense because The Do LaB, which has staged LiB for more than a decade in various places around Southern California, has a big presence in both aforementioned events. And yet, LiB is their baby, and what sets it apart is it’s uniquely Southern Californian balance of well-curated musical talent, inner consciousness and art. Plus, the festival is all-ages, and children are truly welcome, no matter what age.

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lightningAt the four-night, five-day festival, attendees will enjoy music from local acts (KCRW DJ Jason Bentley) to international bands (The Purity Ring!); workshops on sustainability and spirituality; yoga and poi-spinning classes; hula-hooping; kid-friendly entertainment (clowns on stilts!) and art for everyone.

This year the festival moved to Lake Skinner in Temecula, bringing an even cooler vibe to the Inland Empire’s wine country.

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The festival also gets props for its sustainability practices; for three years in a row, LiB has won the Outstanding Greener Festival Award from A Greener Festival, a not-for-profit company committed to helping music and arts events and festivals around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices.

lightning2Tickets for Lightning in a Bottle start at $90 for a Sunday pass, and children 12 and under are free. Bus passes to the festival can also be purchased online.

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Lightning in a Bottle

Lake Skinner County Park
37701 Warren Road
Temecula, CA 92592
July 11-15

Lilledeshan Bose @lillitot lives in Fullerton, a city she’s heard described as “The Paris of Orange County.”