The FORMAT Experience

Join us for a weekend of curated curiosity - from forest enclaves, disco barns and speak-easy’s, curated food vendors and impromptu dance processions, to experimental soundscapes and light shows, alongside therapeutic workshops and uniquely integrated technology activations.

THE Venues

Two traditional stages will anchor the festival alongside a series of unconventional settings, designed in collaboration with some of the most exciting visual artists and architects working today.

DomeRx BY DARREN ROMANELLI

An immersive 360-degree artspace created by artist and designer Darren Romanelli/DRx the DomeRx space draws upon Romanelli’s nostalgia for the classic Laserium music and laser light shows and his fascination with the architectural elements of Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome. Romanelli conceptualized an exclusive new series of his iconic chair designs for the space, including double-seater bean bags and ottomans sustainably created with all recycled materials.  

For the DomeRx premiere at FORMAT, Romanelli brought on longtime collaborator, Jessica Hundley, the creator, author, and Editor of the Taschen Book’s multi-volume encyclopedia series The Library of Esoterica. Working collaboratively, Romanelli and Hundley will create a 3-day experience celebrating our symbiotic relationship with nature, including a specially-curated 360 “mixtape” edit of the Netflix documentary Good Trip: Adventures In Psychedelics. Other programming includes full sets from festival music performances with an artistic overlay, plant poetry meditations, plant music listening parties, the release of the fourth volume of the Taschen encyclopedia series, Plant Magick, and an exclusive DOMEGROWN zine

local gate competition

Welcoming patrons to FORMAT is the Entry Gateway designed by a local artist! Our annual competition invites Northwest Arkansas artists to submit a design proposal for the festival’s entrance gate for a chance to be awarded the Gate Grant.

We are excited to present the winning design by Athen Brandon, a site-specific installation that will reflect the natural flow of the Ozarks region. Brandon’s design pulls influence from nature, the human brain, and free-flowing abstract elements, with each aspect coexisting alongside one another.

THE cube

An inaugural project that brings together a guest curator and an emerging visual artist, who is honored with a grant award, to design the exterior scrim of one of FORMAT’s most prominent venues, The Cube. This year, New York-based gallerist Nicola Vassell selected Kenyan-raised artist Uman’s bold and colorful design. Uman’s varied migrations and encounters with heritage influence her gestural work and seemingly freestyle markings, while remaining spiritually engaged and derived from instinct.

The Cube's musical program will be presented alongside the revolutionary audio system d&b Soundscape. This venue is a journey through augmented sonic realities, including deep listening sessions, renowned musical acts and local instrumentalists, alongside workshops and keynote talks.

SMOKEY’S

This forest oasis will be an interactive "adult playground" with wooden structures and hidden enclaves designed by Brazilian artist duo assume vivid astro focus. From percussion to our headlining late night DJ acts, get lost in Sugar Creek forest through sunshine shelter and night time light shows.

DRAG ME TO THE DISCO

A barn transformed into a disco madhouse of discovery, inclusivity and play by Maurizio Cattelan's TOILETPAPER Magazine. From daily disco get downs, world live music, vinyl funk sets, and a drag host, this will be a place to feast your eyes.

NEXT DOOR: “NOVA HEAT”

A multi-roomed full immersive installation and structure created by New York based artists Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe. Enter the dystopian reality of this duos universe via a secret entrance that takes you into a multi-layered narrative of uncanniness. The most intimate venue onsite, it will include a myriad of musical acts from local acts, surprise performances and sonic sessions. When you find this speakeasy, it will be hard to leave...

Bizarre Bazaar

Designed by renowned architects Charlap Hyman & Herrero, the Bizarre Bazaar will be a maze of uniquely curated retail, food, and beverage vendors. A space for discovery and curiosity, ranging from performance stands, limited edition artist collaborations, unusual workshops, quirky concept shops, strange and wonderful objects and collectibles, local vendors and pop-ups and festival merch. Our aim is also to make the Bizarre Bazaar a platform for local artisanal artists and food vendors alike.

Camp format

We invite you to immerse yourself at Camp FORMAT, a high-end campground with chill-out areas, yoga classes, a mini bizarre bazaar, local bites and specialty cocktails, exclusive performances and other special surprises throughout the weekend. Camp FORMAT sits peacefully along a beautiful tree-lined creek and is only a 2-minute walk to the entrance. Here's what you can expect at Camp FORMAT:

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Mini Bizarre Bazaar

Campground Bazaar

The Mini Bizarre Bazaar will feature vendors across a variety of mediums. Featuring some of Format's larger Bizarre Bazaar vendors and several vendors exclusive to Camp Format.
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Cardenxe Sotol

In Your Tent

Cardenxe is an award-winning premium artisanal sotol brand at the intersection of art and music. Our aim is to explore the terroir of sotol and the particular flavor profile that each different one imparts on the final liquid, while spreading the message of life's deeper beauty.
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Rambler

In Your Tent

Texas' tastiest sparkling water. Rambler Sparkling Water is made here in the USA with the finest Limestone Mineral Blend and the perfect amount of carbonation for a sparkling water that truly makes your mouth water.
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Hillfolk Workshops

Fibers Workshop + Mini Bizarre Bazaar

Workshops with Hillfolk will include indigo dyeing, tie dyeing, bundle dyeing and bandana block printing. Hillfolk is a new experience for the NWA region, equal parts studio and retail, and offers a variety of classes featuring contemporary and traditional fiber arts.
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Uni

In The Showers

Uni is new the Bodycare system making waves. The collection is formulated with Australian super plants and their proprietary Uni Marine Complex offering 24-hour hydration and long-lasting skincare benefits. Infused with gender-neutral natural fragrances reminiscent of coastal beach days in Australia. A leader in sustainability, Uni’s first-to-market modular design eliminates single-use plastic from the shower room.
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Java Dudes Coffee Company

Coffee Truck

Java Dudes is a local coffee shop for everyone who wants great coffee served fast, but not frantic. We’re here to take the fussiness out of great-tasting coffee and tea and give Northwest Arkansas the kind of laid-back coffee shop we wanted to see. Visit our truck in Camp Format offering specialty coffee, smoothies, sweet & savory breakfast items, and more.
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Kelsi's Yoga

Daily Yoga Classes

Kelsi Zahl {BA, LMT, RYT 500} founder of My Moving Medicine, is a healing artist whose work has been appreciated by many bodies and backs, souls, stages and screens. With the moment as her medium, Kelsi creates playful paths for meaningful connection using breath, voice, touch and movement.
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Big Sister Studio

Mini Bizarre Bazaar

Big Sister Studio is a fashion design and sewing studio that creates one-of-a-kind clothing and home goods. Started in Austin, TX in 2017 by Brandy Lee, Big Sister Studio was created out of a love for textiles, style and creating thoughtful pieces for life. The Big Sister workshop is currently located in Fayetteville, AR. The studio curates, designs and handcrafts each piece with an intense attention to detail and highly-skilled craftsmanship.
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Tito's Handmade Vodka

Happy Hours

Everyone's favorite vodka is coming to Camp Format! Stop by the Tito's bar for cocktails on us and curated happy hours.
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Sap's

In Your Tent

Sap's is a Plant-Powered rehydration beverage made for sports & everything else. Dreamed up in Austin, Texas, Sap's is the ultimate upgrade to sugary sports drinks. Zero added sugar, 5x the amount of electrolytes than leading sports drinks, three adaptogens, and a refreshing taste all packaged up in an infinitely recyclable aluminum can. What's not to love?
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Block Shop Textiles

Mini Bizarre Bazaar

Block Shop is a textile, art, and design studio founded by the Los Angeles-based Stockman sisters. We are a multi-generational team of artists and craftspeople devoted to celebrating the rich history, process, and materials of handmade textile production.
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EO Space

Bizarre Bazaar

We’re E-O Space, a creative studio bridging people through direction and design. We work alongside brands, cultural institutions, and creators to shape communities through innovative spaces, events, marketplaces, and one of a kind products. We design with pe‿ople in mind, hoping to deliver work that inspires and speaks to EveryOne.
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Fifth Market

Mini Bizarre Bazaar

Fifth Market began as a gathering of 6 local creatives, popping up in the yard of our favorite local coffee shop, Airship Coffee, to sell our goods in the spring of 2020. Since then we have blossomed into a market of around 70 creatives spanning categories from pottery to vintage clothes, home-baked goods, and everything in between.
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Jessica Hundley

Tarot Readings

Jessica Hundley is an L.A. - based writer and director and the creator, author and Series Editor for Taschen Publications multivolume collection, The Library of Esoterica, a book series exploring the visual history of Tarot, Astrology, Witchcraft, Plant Magick and other esoteric traditions. Her directing work includes music videos, shorts, commercials and a feature documentary.
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SuperMush

In Your Tent

Humans evolved eating mushrooms, but somewhere along the line we took them out of our diet. Meet SuperMush: daily mushroom superfood sprays for energy, immunity, and chill. I’m dying to get into your mouth.
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Minor Figures Coffee

In Your Tent

Minor Figures is an independently owned, innovative company that makes plant-based products for coffee lovers, baristas, and a better planet. Everything we do is 100% carbon neutral and B-Corp certified.
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Dance Church

Dance Classes

Craving that funky rhythm? Join us for dance classes on Saturday and Sunday with Dance Church!
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Gouranga Clan

DJ Set

They're brining their genre-hopping party vibes to Arkansas for the first time! Expect a sonic kaleidoscope of sound - booming and bursting with extraterrestrial grooves.
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La Doña

Exclusive Performance

La Doña is a solo reggaeton singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The Chicana artist began her career at age 7 playing trumpet, and later strings and percussion in her family's conjuto.
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Quinn Lamont Luke

DJ Set

Quinn is a California-born singer-songwriter, based in New York and Oaxaca. He has spent the better part of 30 years recording, touring, and releasing music.
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Johnny Hot Tub

DJ Set

Your Saturday Night Camp FORMAT DJ is Johnny Hot Tub!
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THE HUB AT FORMAT

Introducing The HUB at FORMAT - a gathering place to begin and end your FORMAT cycling adventure! You’ll find a full bike shop, bike valet with maintenance, food & beverage from The Hub, showers and a lot more. No matter how you ride, Northwest Arkansas is a cycling paradise. We're embracing the culture and empowering riders to enjoy FORMAT in a unique and memorable way.

Bike shipping partner

The Meteor is the bike shipping and off-site tune-up destination for FORMAT Festival fans! Send your bike to Bentonville and enjoy the region’s extensive access to nature and bike trails. Head to their downtown location for bike tune-ups, gear and much more. PLUS they're giving free coffee and pastries to FORMAT wristband holders!
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official bike rides

We partnered with local businesses and organizations in Bentonville to put together bike rides to and from FORMAT Festival! Each partner will have their own unique cycling experience. Learn more about the Official Bike Rides and partners below!

Daily rides will leave from The HUB (Downtown Bentonville Location) and end at The HUB at FORMAT. Each ride starts at 11 AM and ends around 1 PM at Jerk Shack for lunch. An optional bike shuttle back to town will be available as well as a bike valet at The HUB at FORMAT will be available.
Women of OZ is an inclusive, non-profit organization run by a person board of women leaders in Northwest Arkansas who aim to lower the barrier of entry for women mountain bikers. We create a welcoming and non-intimidating environment for all women regardless of background or skill level. More info on their bike ride coming soon!
The Pedal It Forward People's Ride: A social, wheel-based gathering to celebrate the joy of the cycle. Fancy stuff discouraged. Color, light, sound, and other creativity encouraged. Meet at Momentary Green. Route will be crowd-sourced. 2-3 miles, under 10mph.
37 North provides a wide variety of outdoor activities that enhance each individual’s quality of life while also connecting them to other like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and educating the community of the importance of outdoor conservation.  More info on their bike ride coming soon!

beyond the music

Solana House
Experience the future of art and tech — all in one place. Enter the Solana House from the Solana Foundation to get free snacks with crypto-powered digital vouchers, immerse yourself in world-renowned artist Nancy Baker Cahill’s first Solana NFT exhibit, and participate in an NFT auction.
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Visit Bentonville
Swing by Visit Bentonville's visitor's center on the downtown square for your one-stop-shop-Bentonville travel information! Get details on all the local public art, attractions, world-class museums, and mouth-watering restaurants - not to mention all the must-try outdoor activities! We're here to help and can't wait to meet you!
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Rambler Sparkling Water
Thirsty? Need a pick-me-up? Rambler has you covered. Swing by the Rambler camper for an ice cold sparkling water and/or Rambler’s all-new Yaupon Energy! Say hey to the founders and win some sweet merch. Wait. Hungry? We gotchu there, too. Hot Dog happy hour 2-4 PM every day. Gourmet dogs on the grill. And on the house! So you can keep ramblin’. Hot diggity!
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Walk through 25 years of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Grab a drink and stroll through 25 years of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. This immersive experience pairs virtual reality with a unique light installation to take visitors on Tito’s journey from '97 to today.
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