Disco lovers, fans of catchy DJ compilations, and festival-goers crazy for Indie or Hip Hop will find what they crave at Mamby on the Beach. Local performers are invited to show their stuff alongside the more well-known acts, making for a superb mix of talent. Rappers, singers, electronic artists, and pop-rock performers will also grace the stages at this event, described as continually getting bigger and better with every passing year.
Held at the inviting and appealing Oakville Beach in Chicago’s Bronzeville, Mamby on the Beach offers an experience aimed at loving the Earth and respecting each other. An all-age festival with activities like water balloon fights, yoga sessions, meditation instruction, henna art, volleyball, and more, this two-day extravaganza of fun and music is not to be missed!
With unique features like bike parking and wellness sessions, Mamby on the Beach is a musical festival that puts forward much more than sound. Plan a family road trip in the RV, making sure that Oakville Beach is on the list of pit-stops for fun!
Ticket prices for Mamby on the beach can range from $80 to $200 and go quickly so buy yours as soon as the information is released. The tiers are General Admission, VIP (there is a wristband for access to VIP areas), and Single Day and come in the form of a ticket stub. Your ticket will need to be scanned on both Saturday and Sunday so keep your pass in a safe place as you dance and enjoy the festivities. All ages are invited to enjoy the weekend. Those under the age of ten are admitted without charge but must be in the presence of an adult throughout the entire festival.
Oakwood Beach, where Mamby on the Beach takes place, offers gorgeous views of Chicago’s skyline. Bringing your RV right to the festival site is not an option, but you can park at the marshaling parking lot and shuttle in from there. Set your GPS to the appropriate interstate depending on your starting point.
The theme is green when it comes to Mamby on the Beach! Organizers have stressed that there is nowhere to park at the festival. Take advantage of the options available, which are biking in along the bike path (with free bike parking on site) or taking a shuttle from the marshaling parking lot to the festival. Although you cannot order a parking pass ahead of time, you can buy a one day pass when you arrive which includes your shuttle transport.
It’s hassle-free to get to Mamby on the Beach by hopping on a bus or train with the Chicago Transit Authority or the Metra Train line from the southwest suburbs. Attendees taking public transit will be able to get on the free shuttle that runs during festival hours, dropping you off right where the action is! There is even a convenient drop-off area if you prefer a taxi service.
Mamby on the Beach is a daytime and evening venue only; there are no camping facilities available. Enjoy your time there and then head back to your RV to continue the fun. Peace and serenity await if that’s what you seek after a day of music, self-care, and workshops. If you are looking to keep the family busy, there are plenty of possibilities for that, too!
RV accommodations to suit every taste are within very close proximity to the city no matter which direction your wanderlust takes you. Full hookups, flush toilets, showers, and propane fill-ups are just a few of the amenities found. Many of the campgrounds have swimming pools, and several have fishing, hiking, and playgrounds for the kids.
Comfortable footwear is a must for Mamby on the Beach. In keeping with the green theme, no vehicles (not even your man-powered skateboard) are allowed. It’s a foot-powered festival, and because you may choose flip-flops or sandals for the true beach experience you’ll want to make sure the fit is just right!
Don’t be fooled by the breeze that will venture in off Lake Michigan. Light clothing in the form of t-shirts and shorts may be the outfit of choice but bringing along a light coverup is a good idea, too. A fun beach hat is a must; children should wear their favorite one so that they are not tempted to remove it! Bring along a jacket or warm sweater in case the temperatures take a dip once darkness hits.
Cinch bags, fanny packs, and small purses are allowed but must follow the size rule. These bags should be all you need to carry your sunscreen, sunglasses, and camera. Leave valuables at home and pack light, you will be happier for it. There are lockers for rent if you are a beach-goer who likes to include binoculars and empty hydration packs in your gear (for filling onsite). Reserve early if that is the case! You cannot fill your locker with a cooler, food, or drink items as they are not permitted. One factory sealed water bottle can be brought into the event.
Hydration is the number one health and safety concern at most festivals and Mamby on the Beach is no exception. Take advantage of the water refill stations and drink plenty of water whether you feel thirsty or not! Find a shady spot several times a day and re-apply your sunscreen at the same time. When making your campsite shopping list, remember to include a small first aid kit for bumps or blisters common to a fun camping adventure!
To keep up the energy of you and your family members, prepare a healthy and filling breakfast before heading to the music festival. Protein in the form of eggs and bacon, with a generous serving of fruit, will sate the appetite for a good part of the day. Make sure that your RV is stocked with all of the supplies you will need for meal preparation and don’t forget to check the propane level so that you have plenty for cooking. No campsite is complete without comfy chairs for around the campfire!
Some of the best bagels and subs to be had are found in Bronzeville, just a few minutes outside of the festival gates. Comfort food and soul food (think fried chicken and ribs) are two other well-loved types of food famous in the area. Of course, on a hot day, salad fare is a nice, light option.
There is no shortage of vendors at Mamby on the Beach. ATM’s are strategically placed so that you have easy access to cash if you crave the tasty food served up at a food truck or want to buy some cool festival merchandise. There are several beverage stations and alcohol can be purchased by those 21 and older; spirits are served only in the VIP area. A VIP bracelet is required for entry. Paper maps have been phased out in keeping with Mamby’s Earth-friendly vibe. Download the app, and you will easily find the location of your favorite vendor.
All festival-goers are searched upon entry and bags examined. Narcotics officers will be on hand all weekend to enforce the no-tolerance rule for drugs and underage consumption of alcohol. Intoxication is not treated lightly; those who appear under the influence of drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol will be refused entry. Stay with your friends and enjoy your time together. If you see a festival-goer in distress, alert security staff. Re-entry into the festival is not permitted once you leave the grounds.
Temperatures can soar on a June day in Chicago. Be aware of this; the breeze from the lake may fool you into thinking the sun’s rays are not having any effect. H2O is a must; in fact, you may want to take advantage of the free electrolytes offered at the Celebrate Safe booth. Inclement weather is not anyone’s idea of a good time, but be prepared just in case. If you have a locker, keep a raincoat and boots on hand if rain is forecast. Otherwise, pop a foldable poncho in your bag.
First Aid stations are marked and the trained staff there are happy to assist no matter what the problem is, no questions asked. Be reassured in the fact that they are there to serve you. A team of Health and Safety volunteers will be walking about the festival grounds, keeping the environment safe and clean for all to enjoy.