The Ubbi Dubbi Festival is an electronic music event organized by the American entertainment company, Disco Donnie Presents. It is one of the newer music events on the scene. The first-ever festival took place in 2019 at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth, Texas. The inaugural event was a massive success with over 40,000 guests enjoying the festivities.
The inspiration behind the festival is Ubbi Dubbi, a language game that is a modified version of the English language. It was featured in a PBS show called "Zoom" in the '70s. The idea of organizing such an event first occurred to "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr., the founder and CEO of Disco Donnie Presents back in 1996.
When Estopinal first got into the rave scene, he felt that the names of the parties and festivals were dull and dated. So he infused the Ubbi Dubbi language into the names of the shows and events he organized as a way to bring in some fun and humor.
The event has featured headliners like Bear Grillz, Chris Lake, Black Frames, Zeds Dead, Galantis, Born Dirty, and Dion Timmer. At Ubbi Dubbi Festival, not only can you dance the day (and night) away to some great live music, you can eat great food and enjoy the many pre and after-parties.
General Admission and VIP tickets go on sale a few months before the event. The VIP passes include a host of perks like special viewing areas, private bars, upgraded restrooms, and an express entrance.
You also have the option of purchasing upgrades like lockers, high-tech shades, and other festival accessories. Payment plans are available upon purchase. The festival is restricted to ages 18+. Check out the official website for more information on tickets and pricing for the Ubbi Dubbi Festival.
Panther Island Pavilion is located in downtown Fort Worth, Texas and offers scenic views of the Trinity River. The area can get quite crowded on the days of the event, so it's a good idea to park your rig at your campsite and find another way to get to the venue. Festival attendees are encouraged to carpool to the site to cut down on their carbon footprint.
Be mindful that several of the major highways that run through Fort Worth are linked to Dallas, Arlington, and other large communities in the area. However, I-35W runs north and south just east of the festival venue in Fort Worth, whereas I-35E runs north and south through Dallas and is much further east. Motorists will want to monitor road and weather conditions for Tarrant County, Fort Worth, and North Texas.
Paid onsite parking is available on the lots at the venue. So you can park your car and walk to the staging areas. Accessible parking will be provided to patrons with valid handicap permits, placards, or plates. Festival staff will be present at the entrances to direct you to the right parking lot. Travelers with a larger rig will want to contact festival organizers in advance to ensure that parking will be available.
Buses operated by Trinity Metro serve the downtown area. Many guests choose to make use of Fort Worth's bike-sharing facilities to cycle to the festival. Another option is to use a taxi-hailing service to get to the venue. Designated drop off and pick up points are mentioned on the Ubbi Dubbi Festival website.
Onsite camping or parking your vehicle overnight on the grounds is not permitted. Book a spot at a campsite or RV park nearby in advance.
Whether you're looking for an RV park in the city center or a campground close to nature, you'll find it in the Fort Worth area, often within 20 to 30 minutes by vehicle from the concert venue. Some of them are located close to attractions like the Fort Worth Zoo and Six Flags. The RV parks are well maintained with friendly staff and come with facilities like water and electrical hookups so you can feel right at home.
Bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, go-carts, scooters, or other personal motor vehicles will not be allowed on the festival grounds. You can quickly get from one staging area to the next on foot. Most parts of the venue are accessible, and every effort will be made to accommodate guests with disabilities at the Ubbi Dubbi Festival.
Anything goes at the Ubbi Dubbi Festival, so it's time to bring out your best rave attire and brightest colors. You'll see many people in festival costumes and headbands. While dressing up is encouraged, keep in mind that it can get quite hot during the day. Opt for natural fabrics and flat shoes to stay comfortable.
Pack a small bag with sunscreen, earplugs, a portable charger, binoculars, a hat, sunglasses, and a rain poncho. Flags, totems, flow-wands, glow sticks, batons, and costumes are encouraged; so don't be afraid to show off your festival spirit. Make sure you're carrying your festival ticket and a valid form of ID. Remember to check the Ubbi Dubbi list of prohibited items when preparing your costume and concert bag.
Filtered drinking water will be available at water refill stations and can also be purchased at the concession stands. Take a reusable aluminum or plastic bottle and fill it up frequently to stay hydrated. Alcohol will only be sold to patrons above the age of 21 who are carrying a valid ID.
Open fires or grills will not be allowed on the festival grounds. Most campgrounds in the region permit outdoor cooking, and some even come with campfire rings. You will, of course, be allowed to cook on the stove associated with your RV. If you're staying closer to the outskirts of the city, it's a good idea to stock up on provisions. The convenience stores close to your campsite may not be as well stocked as the ones in the city.
The festival takes place in a part of the city where there are a ton of dining options to choose from daily. Of course, you may not want to leave the area without trying some world-famous Texas barbecue. If you're in the mood for something different, you can look for authentic Mediterranean, Indian, and Japanese food on offer as well. Keep in mind that Ubbi Dubbi may not allow guests to re-enter the concert after leaving for the day.
Guests will be able to find food and beverage stands throughout the festival grounds. Vendors will also be making rounds, selling juices, and other drinks. There will be bars serving wine, beer, and cocktails scattered all over the venue. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free food options will be on offer as well. Vendors usually accept cards, but having some cash on hand would simplify purchases.
Police officers will be making rounds with K9 units both inside and outside the festival grounds. All bags will be thoroughly searched before entry, and patrons will be subjected to a TSA-style search. Drugs and drug paraphernalia are strictly prohibited. Ubbi Dubbi encourages guests to Celebrate Safe and does not permit some crowd activities.
Ubbi Dubbi Festival will go on, rain or shine. Texas weather is typically sunny and pleasant in April, but spring storms are not uncommon. In the case of sudden, severe weather, evacuation measures are in place to get people out safely. It's a good idea to check the weather report on the day you plan to attend and go prepared with everything you'll need to stay comfortable.
First aid tents will be located in central areas, which will be marked out clearly on the festival map. They will be staffed with medical practitioners who are trained for emergencies. Feel free to visit one of the tents or flag down a staff member if you or someone you know needs assistance. Forth Worth and the surrounding communities have multiple options for additional medical services and pharmacy locations within a 10 to 15-minute drive.