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It’s time to pack your bags for Hangout Fest 2024

Hangout week is officially HERE! Do you have your outfits planned? Can you bring a backpack? What time do the gates open? Keep reading to find out all this information and more. The editorial team of Elli Gentile and Dana Hof are coming with you can’t wait to enjoy this local music festival right here on our white sandy shores.


What to wear?

We showed you the hair tips last week, so now it’s time to get dressed. Dana and I went to our favorite active wear store in Downtown Pensacola, Pure Pilates, for our outfit inspo. The key to dressing for any music festival is COOL and COMFORTABLE! Shop Free People Movement, Beyond Yoga, Alo Yoga, Spiritual Gangster and more at Pure Pilates Downtown. They even have sunglasses, sandals, sunscreen, hats, fanny packs, weekend bags and everything you need to stay cool and stay protected. Check out our ‘Get Ready’ reel above to see some of the new styles they have in store right now!

One of the reasons Hangout Fest is unique to other music festivals is because it takes place on the beach. And we know better than to go to the beach without a swimsuit. For girls, head to Innerlight Surf Shop on Palafox Street or in Gulf Breeze to shop women’s swimwear and beach apparel. For the guys, we recommend Waterboyz for swim trunks, beach tees, towels and tanks.

What can I bring?


  • Liquid sunscreen, in non-­aerosol containers of 3oz or less
  • Bug spray in non-­aerosol containers of 3oz or less
  • Clear backpacks, bags, and purses (no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”)
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Zip-top bag or similar)
  • Fanny Packs are allowed
  • Small clutch bags approximately the size of a hand with or without a handle or strap
  • Blankets & beach towels
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • One (1) EMPTY non-glass water container up to 2 liters in size
  • EMPTY CamelBak style water bladder systems subject with one pocket for the water bladder and one additional pocket*
  • If you need medicine, please note that prescription and OTC medications are subject to specific guidelines**
  • Factory-sealed nasal Naloxone/Narcan kit; no more than 2 per person
  • Baby strollers (if you have small children)


  • NO Tents, umbrellas, or temporary structures of any kind
  • NO Weapons, knives, or firearms of any kind, including any item that can be used as a weapon
  • NO Narcotics, including marijuana, drug paraphernalia and any other illegal substances
  • NO Backpacks, cinch bags, briefcases, purses, or bags allowed except bags made of clear plastic, clear vinyl, or clear PVC not exceeding 12” x 6” x 12”
  • NO Alcoholic beverages of any kind
  • NO Unsealed disposable vapor or electronic cigarettes
  • NO Drones or any other remote flying device
  • NO Vitamins
  • NO Kites
  • NO Glow Sticks
  • NO Focused light devices, including laser pointers
  • NO Refillable vapor or electronic cigarettes
  • NO Unsealed: cigarette packages, tampons, packs of gum and chapstick/lip gloss
  • NO Marker pens and spray paint
  • NO Air horns and/or megaphones
  • NO Items intended for sale/promotion (including flyers, stickers and posters)
  • NO Water guns, water balloons, and/or any other kind of water projectile
  • NO Glass in any form, including glass bottles
  • NO Outside food or beverages
  • NO Skateboards, rollerblades, hoverboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons and/or motorized carts or Scooters
  • NO Fidget spinners
  • NO Bicycles inside festival grounds (bike racks will be available near the entrance)
  • NO Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • NO Fireworks, sparklers, firecrackers, and/or incendiary or explosive devices of any kind
  • NO Chinese Lanterns
  • NO Umbrellas
  • NO Chairs of any kind, including inflatable loungers
  • NO Coolers of any kind, including hard­sided and soft­sided coolers
  • NO Pets (service animals with current rabies vaccination excepted)
  • NO Video equipment of any kind (including personal camcorders and GoPro cameras)
  • NO Professional photo equipment (SLR/DSLR cameras, detachable/removable lens cameras)
  • NO Audio recording equipment of any kind
  • NO Portable audio equipment of any kind, including portable “boom box” stereo systems
  • NO Professional radios or walkie­talkies
  • NO Flags and/or flagpoles
  • NO Selfie sticks
  • NO Hammocks
  • NO Any item that can be used as a means to disturb the peace, endanger the safety of the crowd, and/or inflict damage to people and goods

What time do the gates open?

There’s an App for that. No, but really there is and you can download it here to stay informed all weekend long. The gates open at 12pm each day with the actual music kicking off at 1pm. You can see set times and stages for each day below.

We can’t wait to listen to some incredible music, soak up the sunshine and hangout with all of you! For more information on Hangout Fest and the experiences on offer head over to their website and you’ll get an entire rundown of the weekend festivities.