General ?’s
When is FABULOSA?
Wednesday, September 12th- Sunday September 16th 2018
When does registration begin?
Registration begins June 15th, 2018. Registration ends either when we sell out or September 1st. There is no registration on site/at the gate.
How does registration work?
We offer only 2 kinds of registration: 3-Day & 5-Day. Registration includes camping, but you are welcome to sleep offsite & come in according to gate hours. You have the opportunity add on RV parking (limited) at check-out. If you want to come fewer than 3 days, you’ll still need to register for the 3-Day Pass. Gate hours are 9a-9p Wednesday through Saturday.
What are the gate hours?
Gate hours are 9a-9p Wednesday through Saturday. For the safety of attendees we have a security team overnight – you will not be allowed inside the gate if you arrive after 9pm.

What if I don't want to camp at the farm?
We want you too, but we get it – not everyone likes camping! Celebrate diversity! Registration is the same, whether camping or staying offsite, but remember – you’ll need to adhere to gate hours. Check out rentals near Coulterville and Groveland(20 mins away). (see above).

What's the food situation?
Your registration includes buffet-style meals (breakfast 8-10am, lunch 11:30-1pm, dinner 5-7pm). Expect omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, & gluten free options. We have tea & coffee beginning at 7am. You’re welcome to bring coolers with food, though absolutely no campfires or stoves are allowed in this fire-sensitive region. Burn ban is strictly in effect.

When does registration end?
Registration ends either when we sell out or September 1st, 2018.  

Will you have discounted registration?
Yes. We have discounts for elders, children, & the disabled. We also offer below-cost Early Bird Registration from June 15th-June 30th (see registration tables).
May I register for a single day?
We have 3-Day (Wed-Sun) & 5-Day (Fri-Sun) registration only. When we offered single-day passes, it was extremely taxing on our staff to police people who weren’t leaving after a day. People sticking around extra days caused problems with our food count and overtaxed our porta-potties or we honestly wouldn’t have cared. Our collective decided unanimously to remove the single-day option so we know we have plenty of food, potties, parking, etc.
Are there payment plan options?
At this time no. If you have questions contact elriosf@gmail.com.
How accessible is Big Table Ranch?
The camp area is fairly flat & car camping is available. We have staff to help you unload your car if you are in need of help, but you will need to set up and tear down your campsite on your own. The roads & paths are hard dirt. There is a slight grade to the property. The are a few stairs but we’ve made paths to get around them. There are two accessible bathrooms (camping area & Bar/Cafe area) and the showers are accessible as well. Our staff can help orient you to the property when you arrive. Please write Dawn at elriosf@gmail.com with any specific questions. We want to help. 

Can I cancel my registration/get a refund?
Registration sales are final. There are no refunds under any circumstances. Sorry to be hard about it but we have already built our infrastructure off of the number of people coming. You can typically sell your ticket up to a few days for the event.

Can I transfer my registration to another person?
Yes. Write us by September 1st at info@fabulosa.org with all info, including the transferee’s name and contact info & we will make the change by hand. Remind the new person to read these FAQs & BRING THEIR ID. September 1st is the cut off for registration transfers.

What is the crowd like?
The crowd is predominantly women-identified, but includes feminist-minded people who reflect many aspects of the gender spectrum. There are always a handful of families with kids (they have a special camping era). There’s a sober contingent (AA onsite), a party contingent, people over 60, people under 30, people in between. There are camping enthusiasts, first time campers, live music fans, people who like to swim, couples, single people. All good people are welcome into this women-centered space.

Are men welcome?
FABULOSA was created by women, for women, but feminist-minded people of all genders are welcome to be allies in our celebration of women.

What does is mean to be inclusive of trans women?
From our inception, the FABULOSA collective set the intention of building women-centered space that is inclusive across the gender spectrum. Transgender, gender variant, cis-female, and feminist-allied cis-male people have participated on our stages, on our leadership committees, on our volunteer teams, and in behind-the-scenes aspects of our annual party. In addition to gender-related inclusivity, we’ve sought to create space that lifts up the experiences of women of color, working class women, mothers, women of different abilities, and women with various educational backgrounds. We are aware of systemic and intersecting discrimination that has impacted women in our community, and we seek to unite with broader queer and allied communities in support of women in this living, evolving project. Our collective is a work-in-progress, run completely by volunteers, believing in the importance and necessity of nurturing women-centered spaces. As we continue to grow this community project, we welcome feedback, ideas and collaboration that might help us to improve and strengthen our practice and our commitment to community.

Getting There

What's the location?
We are located at Big Table Ranch in Coulterville, California, very close to Yosemite National Park. Big Table is a beautiful 35 acre ranch, purchased in 2015 with the primary intention of giving FAB a home. We are super excited for you to visit!
How far is this from the Bay Area?
2.5-3 hours from the Bay Area, 4-5 hours from LA.
Is there a shuttle service for FABULOSA?
No, not at this time.
At the Festival
May I register at the gate?
There is no registration at the gate. Registration ends September 1st. Please register early to assure your spot (& take advantage of the considerable savings). We expect to sell out.
What do I need to bring to get in?
You need to print (or somehow show us) your email receipt & your ID upon arrival to receive your wristband. Mobile service is so-so at the ranch, so if you are opting to go paperless & not print your email receipt, please SAVE THE IMAGE on your device, in case you’re not able to access email at the gate.
What if I lose my wristband?
Don’t let it happen – you only get one of those puppies – keep it on!
Can I arrive outside of gate hours?
No. Outside of emergencies, you may only enter during gate hours. Gate hours are 2pm-9pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Is Wednesday September 12th at 9am the earliest I can come in?
YES! We are so busy setting up until then & won’t be able to help early arrivals. We suggest stopping in Groveland, a wonderful and historic gold mining town with shops and restaurants, or downtown Coulterville if you arrive early. 
Can I leave FAB with my car after I've entered?
Yes, but parking spots are not reserved. Our FAB bar sells ice, toiletries, & over-the counter meds at the same price as the local grocery, hopefully alleviating the need to leave ’til you’re ready to head back home.
How will parking work?
Parking is limited to the upper meadow. We have space for about 100 cars to car camp(first come first served) and plenty of space to park near where you camp. General parking for day folks is near the gate and at the top of the upper meadow. Thank you for carpooling!
Is there a lost and found?
Yes. We have a lost and found in Bar/Cafe area. Items not claimed will be taken to El Rio (3158 Mission Street) in San Francisco & held for one month. Put your name & number on anything special – we will try to find.
Will my cell work?
Depends on your phone & provider. Many do, but come prepared to unplug!
Is there an emergency number I can give my family if they need to find me?
Yes. 209-878-0123 is the Big Table Ranch land line. The office will not be staffed during the fest, but messages will be checked 4 times each day.
Is there any power available so I can charge my phone...?
There will be charging stations at the Community Booth & the Bar/Cafe.
Is there WiFi at the farm?
Come prepared to unplug. We have an extremely slow, low-power satellite WiFi for emergencies. We reserve connection for people who have unexpected situations arise.
Will there be an ATM onsite?
No. Please come prepared with cash for purchases at our Bar and Vendor areas. There is an ATM at the Coulter Cafe in Coulterville if you run out.
How is the swimming?
Excellent! There is a little pool and a large, spring-fed cistern for swimming. Currently the creek is also flowing, but we aren’t sure if it will be in September.
Can I bring floaties?
Small ones are OK, but the pool is much smaller than in previous years, so please leave rafts and large floats at home.
What if I get sick?
We have onsite medical staff to help you. Find any FAB staff or go to the Gate or Cafe/Bar and they can radio in for you.
What if I need some small item like batteries, tampons, earplugs...?
There is a store at the Cafe/Bar for small items like these. Reminder – when camping, it suggested to bring 1 gallon of water per day.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
Yes, as of 2017 this is allowed, but PLEASE do not bring ANY glass containers. Use flasks, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc. instead. Barefoot humans & animals alike depend on us abiding by this rule. Thank You for being respectful of others.
Will you have beverages for sale?
You bet! Coffee, tea, soft drinks, juices & water, beer, wine, specialty cocktails at the Bar. Coffee & Tea are ON THE HOUSE & will be available all hours that the Bar/Café is open.
Will there be food on site?
Yes. Breakfast, lunch, & dinner are included with your registration. All meals will have omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, & gluten free options. You are welcome to bring coolers with food as well, but be mindful of local wildlife. Don’t leave any food out. No campfires or stoves are allowed on the property – strict burn ban due to too many fires in the area. We run our own bar & cafe which will be open most hours of the fest. Here you can find drinks & some snacks for purchase. 
Can I bring my dog?
Your service dog is very welcome. We ONLY allow service dogs.
Is there a designated smoking area?
Yes, at the campfire area(near pool) and horse corral, near designated buckets but not during any live music performances. There have been MANY devastating forest fires in this area. Please think of the trees & animals that call Yosemite home & be EXTREMELY careful when smoking! We cannot stress this enough. And Thank You in advance for ONLY putting out your cigarettes in the buckets provided. Nothing should go into the campfire.
Lodging Qs
What is the weather like?
Averages: Daytime 85*F, nighttime can be in the low 60’sF. Even though we are in September & the weather is typically beautiful, come prepared in case of rare cooler weather & even rain.
What are the sleeping arrangements like?
We have a lot of space for camping & have family/quieter camping, remote/private camping, & general camping areas. There are a limited number of Car Camping spots (park next to your tent) on a first come, first served basis.
What is the camping area like?
It’s a large, fairly flat, partially shaded area near the top of the property. There is one parking lot just below the camp sites & a 2nd lot farther away for overflow. There are port o potties throughout the area. The single-stall showers are close by.
Can we reserve campsites?
All campsites are first come, first served.
Can I arrive early and hold a campsite for a friend?
We allow you to hold one space for a friend arriving the same day. Space will be released to others the next morning.

Can I sleep in my vehicle?
Yes.
Can I unload my car and then go park if camping?
The parking area for campers is directly next to the camp sites. You will park first, then unload. We have two parking areas for campers and will use the 2nd one (farther away) when the first fills, so arrive Thursday for the best spots.
Is there a Family Camp?
 Yes, it’s quieter late night, near the water and close to two port o potty’s. It’s a beautiful spot. You can unload fairly close to the area and then park your car (two min walk). You must have kids to camp in this area.

Are there campsites just for RV's?
 There are a very limited number of RV spots (25 foot or less). No hook-ups at this time.

Are there any other lodging options besides setting up my own camp?
There are hotels nearby and rental houses but remember, you must adhere to gate hours for coming into the property.

Is anything banned at FABULOSA?
Campfires and open flames are strictly banned because of the time of year/drought conditions & it is essential that we respect this. We will have a controlled, central campfire in the evening. Also prohibited: GLASS containers of any kind (bring alcohol in flasks, plastic bottles, or aluminum cans only), weapons, fireworks, illegal substances, mopeds, golf carts, & generators. We ask that you bring nothing louder than a personal radio to the festival.
Broken glass is a big issue on the land, as it can hurt both people & little forest creatures.  We will be confirming at your arrival that you have no glass with you. Reminder to pack out all garbage & recyclables with you when you leave.
Will there be water for me to drink on site?
There will be coolers of tap water at spots throughout the property and we will fill them twice a day, but we highly suggest you bring AT LEAST one gallon per day per person when camping.
Will there be ice on site?
Yes, for sale, cash only.
Can I cook my own food/use a propane stove?
No, we are in fire season in this area – no stoves or fires.
Can I build my own fire?
No, we are in fire season in this area – no stoves or fires.
Can I use a generator?
No.
Can I bring my own sound system?
Hand-held players and tiny speakers are fine – nothing loud, please.
Is there power available in the campsites?
We are not wired for power at the campsites. There will be solar lights around the property for direction and lights in the Port O Potties. Remember to bring a flashlight. We will have a personal device charging station at the Café/Bar.
Are there bathrooms?
We have Port o Potties throughout the property: 15 total, 2 accessible, with multiple hand washing stations. We will check them often for cleanliness & they will be serviced during the festival. We appreciate you leaving them nice for folks following you and alerting us to any issues.
Are there showers and a sink to wash up?
Yes.  We have 3 private-stall showers on the property, 1 is assessable. Showers require staffing because of the grey water system & pumps, so we operate during a schedule (see below).  Showers are operated on well water, so please be very conscious of water usage. Because of the grey water system, we can only allow Brommers Organic Biodegradable soap (provided) in the showers. Showers run 24 hrs but will be closed several times a day for cleaning.

Next to the showers, there is a cold water sink system for washing up. These sinks are open all hours.