Music is best experienced outdoors where the grass acts as a dance floor, the stars step in for chandeliers, and sunrays make it harder for the band to substitute wax replicas for themselves. Experience music au naturel with this GrouponLive deal to the Wakarusa Festival at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas. For $139, you get a two-day concert-and-camping package for two (up to a $276.85 value) that includes:
- Two two-day passes for Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3 (up to a $241.90 value, including ticketing fees)
- A riverside car camping pass (up to a $34.95 value, including fees)
Returning to the scenic Ozark Mountains for its fourth year, Wakarusa immerses festivalgoers in a weekend of natural beauty, free-spirited art, and more than 100 musicians playing on five stages. Prolific rockers Primus headline on Saturday, pouring out the thick bass lines and cutting guitar riffs that line tracks such as Jerry Was a Race Car Driver. After rocking through the '80s and '90s, and becoming a household name by performing the theme song for South Park, the influential band returns, touring on the heals of its latest effort, Green Naugahyde. Though recently without his distinctive bushy beard, reggae and hip-hop icon Matisyahu headlines on Sunday, thrilling fans with his characteristically probing lyrics. Also performing throughout the weekend, soulful pop-crafters Fitz and The Tantrums continue a meteoric rise that saw them named hardest-working band of the 2011 summer festival season by Vogue and the most attractive group of talented people anywhere by their mothers. RJD2 keeps the air filled with beats throughout Saturday night, and San Diego outfit Slightly Stoopid continues two-and-a-half decades of sprightly, reggae-infused rock Saturday and Sunday. Check out the schedule for up-to-date times.
Between sets, campers can take advantage of activities including daily yoga at 8:30 a.m., a massive drum circle on Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and interactive art installations throughout the site. Painters show off their artistic talent in front of admiring fans while a Ferris wheel and water slide ($5/ride) proffer more visceral fun. Abundant hiking, fishing, and canoeing opportunities surround the festival, letting guests get away for alone time in nature or to describe favorite sets to bears who were not allowed tickets.