They say nothing in life comes free. But even at one of the largest free music festivals, there’s a price to pay. Between food, drinks, or merchandise, festival goers are hoping their wallets aren’t completely empty come Monday.
“One way is to not pay for parking downtown and take the festival shuttle that they provide. Also, this year they’re implementing the festival RFID wristbands which I’m really excited to try out,” said Paul Kieu a downtown resident and former festival photographer.
The news wristbands are expected to save festival goers both time and money.
“Acadiana’s Thrifty Mom” Rachel Mouton explains, “The cool thing about the wristband is they give you one for each day. So if you and a friend wanted to go in on the wristband and get it and use it for what day, whatever concert you wanted to see, you could use the wristband for that day. So ya’ll can split the price of the wristband, you and however many friends.”
There’s also plenty of ways to save money if you bring your family. Says Mouton, “”What I’d do is take a backpack with water and granola bars because although you’re gonna want to eat the food at the festival, because it’s wonderful, the kids are gonna eat a bite of what they wanted a whole plate of, and they’re gonna be hungry in ten minutes.”
Money aside, the most important tip to remember this festival season is to enjoy yourself.
Kieu adds, “You know really just pace yourself. Festival International, it’s a cliche, but it’s true: it’s a marathon, and not a sprint. It’s five days so be sure you’re resting well, you’re staying hydrated and taking a minute not to rush yourself and to just have a good time. This is a beautiful thing that we have here in the city. So I think it’s good to savor it”