When it comes the weather during DFT weekend, you couldn't ask for better. Many festivals come with weather advisories and tips for how to cope but with high temperatures in the mid 80-degreees Fahrenheit and lows in the mid-60s, you can literally just show up and enjoy. However, being next to a river and all, there are some precautions to note, especially when shoreline ground is suddenly stomped on by tens of thousands of festival-goers. This has been known to exasperate the mud situation, so bad at times that DFT 2016 was dubbed "swampfest16." (Ergo, leave those beautiful new boots at home.)
How to Camp and Get In
Campers are granted entry to campgrounds the Thursday before the event officially kicks off at 5 pm. Entry is closed at 11 pm and during that window tickets can be exchanged for bands. The following day, campers also get early access to festival grounds in the afternoon, while everyone else is let in a few hours later. Step up your camping game even further with the "glamping" option where up to four beds will be set up for you along with a kick-ass tent. Limited RV camping is also available. Parking is a flat $35 for campers and non-campers alike for the entire duration of the festival.
Buck, Float and Fly
There is a mechanical bull. You read that right. Passes must be purchased to ride the bull and can be bought beforehand online. Between bucks, float down the river in an organized canoe party on a three-hour trip through downtown Kansas City! Round-trip transportation provided with ticket holders (get them early, they go fast). There is also a helicopter you can ride. Yes, you read that right as well. Launch directly off the Missouri River right next to the DFT main stage and soar down the river and get a once-in-a-lifetime birds eye view of the DFT experience.
Don't Know How to BBQuit
Whether you're a local or a visitor to the area, it would be a damn shame to be so close to Kansas City during DFT without spending some time in the "Heart of America." Among things to do and see, a great day can be spent at the Plaza, an awesome night at the Lyric Opera House, and a great anytime is spent eating some of the best BBQ in the country.