Welcome to The Days Between at beautiful Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville, CA., an intimate family friendly festival featuring two nights of Dark Star Orchestra, plus David Nelson Band, Stu Allen & Friends, Full Moonalice, Whiskey Family Band, Grateful Bluegrass Boys and more! Come enjoy music, camping, food and craft vendors, and community. This will be a perfect opportunity to reunite with friends and family. The event will follow all state of California Covid-19 event safety guidelines. Proof of a vaccine at least two weeks from final dose OR proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival required for everyone over age 12. Click here for more health & safety info.
The Days Between is a time to honor and celebrate the memory and the music of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead. Jerry was born on August 1, 1942 and died on August 9, 1995. The nine days between Jerry’s birthday and his passing are considered ‘The Days Between’.
Black Oak Ranch offers an intimate festival site in a majestic setting of oak woodlands, meadows and seasonal creeks, a perfect place to gather with family and friends. Black Oak Ranch has a rich history of hosting unforgettable festivals and events. Electric on the Eel, featuring Jerry Garcia Band moved to the ranch in 1992, renamed as Electric off the Eel. It then evolved into The Hog Farm Pignic, which ran until 2001. After Jerry’s death in 1995, Deadheads gathered at The Pignic to collectively celebrate his life and mourn the loss. Many of the people who work at Black Oak Ranch festivals have a long history of creating safe and magical spaces stemming from their experience working at Grateful Dead concerts and other festivals. Black Oak Ranch is also the home of Wavy Gravy’s Camp Winnarainbow, a circus and performing arts camp for kids and adults.
Performing to critical acclaim for over 20 years and over 2800 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead live concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead’s extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead’s 30+ years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra’s members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations. Dark Star Orchestra is thrilled to honor the Grateful Dead’s long history and connection to the Black Oak Ranch at The Days Between.
GETTING TO BLACK OAK RANCH – HWY 101
From the Bay Area:
Take Hwy. 101 north 150 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge to Laytonville. Black Oak Ranch is 5 miles north of Laytonville on the west side of the highway. Look for the signs, parking lot is adjacent to the highway.
From the Sacramento Area:
Take Hwy. 5 north to Williams, turn on Hwy. 20 West, follow all the way to Hwy. 101 North–go approximately 40 miles north to Laytonville. Black Oak Ranch is 5 miles north of Laytonville.
From the North Coast/Oregon:
Take Hwy. 101 south. The site is approximately 100 miles south of Eureka. As you get close begin to look at the mile marker signs at the side of the road. Black Oak Ranch is at mile marker 74.15. Signs will be on the west side of the road, as will the entrance and parking lot.
Your 2-Day Ticket includes admittance to the festival and camping. Every vehicle will need a VEHICLE PASS (if your vehicle is 21’ or shorter), or an RV PASS (if your vehicle is longer than 21′). You can purchase vehicle passes on our TICKETING PAGE page. Carpooling is highly recommended!
The Days Between offers Car Camping, RV Camping, Walk-In Camping, ADA Camping, and Luxury Camping all of which are centralized with no camp being too far away from the action. There will also be Family Camp for you and your little ones (pre-registration required).
Camping spots are on a first-come-first-serve basis. Camping begins at 8:00 AM on Friday, and ends at 12:00 PM on Sunday. There are no electrical hook-ups in the camp grounds. Fresh water is available throughout the facility. All toilet facilities are porta-johns.
CAR CAMPING is located in Meadowlands, which is the first camping area you see as you pull into the Ranch. Vehicle Passes will act as your Car Camping Pass, allowing you to camp next to or inside your vehicle in the designated parking areas. Vehicles will be parked in the order that they arrive, so make sure to arrive together if you want to camp in a group. Shade is limited so gather your tapestries and bring those EZ ups to stay cool!
RV CAMPING is for vehicles over 21′. RV passes allow you to bring your RV or Bus into the RV camping area. As many people as fit in the RV are allowed on your site. However, no additional tents or vehicles (unless towing the RV) are allowed. If your camper hangs out over the bumper of your tuck, you are considered an RV. Power hookups are NOT included & generators can run from 10 am until dusk – roughly 8:30 pm. RV passes are available on our TICKETING PAGE.
WALK-IN CAMPING is available for folks who prefer not to camp next to their vehicles. Our walk-in camping areas are nestled under the beautiful tall oaks, closer to the seasonal creek. We call this area Riverside and it is one of our more popular camping areas. Campground space is first come first served. Note: you will need to walk your camping gear from your car to Riverside (approx. 150 yards). So pack those wagons & nifty coolers with the wheels.
FAMILY CAMP is a safe and quiet space inside the festival site for parents and children to camp together and connect with other families in the community. Register now to secure your spot in our Family Camp HERE. Please note: NO vehicles or RVs allowed in Family Camp. Keeps it safer for everyone!
ADA CAMPING is for those who require closer proximity to the main stage area due to an ADA need. Bring your placard and ask for Alter Abled Camp when you enter the campground. There is no need to reserve an alter-abled spot ahead of time, but please be prepared to show your placard at check-in when you arrive to the festival for alter-abled campsite access.
If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of setting up your own camp or simply enjoy sleeping onsite in the lap of luxury just steps from all the action, Anywhere Outpost has you covered! Join the Anywhere Outpost Camp by renting a fully-furnished bell tent for the weekend all set up and ready to rock and roll upon arrival. AO’s bell tents are made from gorgeous waterproof canvas and zip completely shut. The tents come in various bed configurations to fit your party’s specific needs. Just show up with your costumes ~ we got the rest! One vehicle pass will be included with each luxury camping package (pick up at the box office). Parking will be close to the campground. More info.
VENDORS & NON-PROFITS
We are thrilled to bring you an amazing collection of food and craft vendors and non-profit partners.
Afro Fusion: Anochi Odinga II is a community chef hailing from the streets of Harlem, New York, and his mission is simple: to feed the community. Odinga spent the summer of 2020 making thousands of meals for vigils, protests, and community gatherings to make sure his community was well fed while fighting for the justice they need. Odinga is rooted in applying his fine dining training to feed people who need it the most—this is where his skills and passion merge to uplift his community. We are so lucky to have Anochi cooking up some delicious afro-latin fusion burritos and bowls and yummy desserts.
Big Earl’s BBQ: Acclaimed eatery Big Earl’s BBQ is bringing the heat to The Days Between by serving up savory flavors of Texas smoked BBQ. Let Big Earl take care of your hunger needs with delectable dinner plates and one-of-a-kind tacos. These delicious hearty flavors are sure to keep you fueled for the night.
Comet Corn: Looking for an ultra-light festie snack? Check out our friends at Comet Corn Popcorn. It all starts with organic, yellow butterfly kernels oil popped to perfection the old fashioned way. The organic sunflower oil paired with their organic/non-GMO spices sets these munchies apart by tasting more delicious with a more satisfying “crunch” than just any old snacking popcorn. Grab some popcorn on the go or take it back to camp for a late night snack after the music’s over.
Green Grocer: Can’t decide what to eat? The Green Grocer is your one-stop-shop for all your tasty needs. These folks take the greatest care in providing natural, organic products and local farm fresh produce making their meals nutritionally sound for everyone to enjoy. Their menu offers a rich selection of breakfast foods, yummy sandos, and hearty dinners for veggie heads, paleo peeps, and those who love it all.
How Sweet It Is: How Sweet It Is to be loved by juice! We invite you to take a breather with a refreshing smoothie or yummy cold pressed juice with the kind folks at the How Sweet It Is booth. Bringing you the healthiest choice in delicious drinkables, their offerings are all organic, vegan, and paleo so you can stay cool and feel good for a day of music and fun.
Kaliko’s Hawaiian Kitchen: Take your tastebuds on a journey with the flavorful notes of Hawaiian BBQ. Our friends at Kaliko’s Hawaiian Kitchen take pride in the quality and taste of their food that’s deeply rooted in Hawaiian culture. All of the dishes served are one-of-a-kind recipes that they’ve created and developed themselves using high quality ingredients, organic and fresh as much as possible. Don’t be surprised when you find yourself constantly returning to their booth to order more tasty food for you and your crew.
KMUD Coffee Booth: KMUD is one of our longest-running, most beloved local public radio stations. Redwood Community Radio is a communication center of open airways (KMUD) for all voices to inform, educate, entertain and inspire the listening community through quality programming. KMUD will be serving hot coffee, iced coffee, and chai. All proceeds will go to KMUD.
Peace Pops: Cool down in the shade between sets with some frozen treats from our friends at Peace Pops. Each delicious chilled treat is hand made with fresh whole fruit in small batches. Peace Pops prides themselves in offering a healthy alternative to snacking with all natural ingredients free of preservatives. Peace through pops, peace through everything. Good healthy popsicles for everyone!
Sugar Coated Catering: Looking for something sweet to add some pep to your step? Head over to our friends at the Sugar Coated Catering food truck for quality baked goods, delectable cupcakes, and savory hot items for all to enjoy. These offerings will only be available to folks on Friday, so make sure to stop by and get a yummy dessert before hitting the hay.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Our mantra for this show is “Have Safe Fun.”
July 28 UPDATE: In light of the emerging spike of COVID-19 cases involving the more contagious Delta variant, we will now require proof of a vaccine at least two weeks from final dose OR proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test within 48 hours of arrival (for anyone over age 12). We are requesting and recommending masks for everyone regardless of vaccination status when in public areas. Help us keep our community safe!
The Days Between will follow all State of California and County of Mendocino health and safety protocols in effect at the time of the event. Attendees, staff, and artists agree to abide by these rules (subject to change as the public health situation evolves):
- PROOF OF VACCINE OR NEGATIVE TEST: Everyone must arrive with evidence of either a COVID-19 vaccination completed two or more weeks prior to your arrival OR the results of a negative PCR test* taken within 48 hours of arrival. We have shortened the testing window on advice from our health advisors. If this proves difficult due to previously arranged travel or work, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paper or digital evidence will be accepted. California vaccine records can be obtained here. Note: cell connectivity is limited on site so please come prepared.
- MASKING AND DISTANCING: Per our Mendocino County Health Officer guidance, we are requesting and recommending that everyone wear masks outside their own camps regardless of vaccination status and maintain physical distance. When eating at the food court, please sit with your own pod, family, or campsite group.
- STAY HOME if you feel sick. If you arrive with flu-like symptoms or a positive test result or develop them during the festival, you and your party will be asked to leave immediately. In the event you feel sick at the festival, please report to MARS Medical (across from the food court) immediately.
*Long Valley Health Center in Laytonville is offering free drive-through testing on Weds., August 4 from 9:00-10:00AM, no appointment necessary. Click here for other Mendocino County testing options (results in approx. 24 hours), here for Humboldt county testing options, and here for California testing options.
Other Health & Safety measures we are taking:
- The festival will be capped at approximately 50% capacity, allowing everyone the ability to physically distance.
- Car and RV camping will be spaced out to allow for more physical distancing between campers.
- Portable toilets and high touch surfaces will be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
- Hand washing and/or sanitizer stations will be available in high frequency and high touch areas (toilets, food vendor area, water spigots). Please use them frequently.
Finally, please get vaccinated! It is simply the best and only way to protect our community locally and globally. All of us at Shooting Star Events, Black Oak Ranch, and the Hog Farm are vaccinated. The Hog Farm and Black Oak Ranch have a lifetime commitment to thinking of and serving others and they want folks to feel safe and happy as we begin gathering again. To find out where you can get your Covid-19 vaccine visit https://myturn.ca.gov/. For those who are fully vaccinated, we thank you. We appreciate your support for this event from the beginning and helping to make it safer for all.
Event Schedule and Festival Map
FRI. AUGUST 6TH
8:00AM Campground Opens
1:15PM Concert Bowl Opens
1:30PM – 2:30PM Tumbleweed Soul
7:00PM – 8:00PM Tumbleweed Soul
12:00AM – 1:00AM Whiskey Family Band
3:00PM – 3:30PM Opening Ceremony
4:00PM – 5:00PM Grateful Bluegrass Boys
5:30PM – 7:00PM Full Moonalice
8:00PM – 12:00AM Dark Star Orchestra
SAT. AUGUST 7TH
11:00AM Concert Bowl Opens
1:30PM – 2:30PM David Gans
6:00PM – 7:00PM Jerry’s Middle Finger
1:00AM – 2:00AM Jerry’s Middle Finger
2:30PM – 4:00PM Whiskey Family Band
4:30PM – 6:00PM Stu Allen & Friends
7:00PM – 8:30PM David Nelson Band
9:00PM – 1:00AM Dark Star Orchestra
11:00AM, 12:00PM & 1:00PM Sound Healing
SUN. AUG. 8TH
12:00PM Campground closes