+ When do gates open for arrival?

Our standard arrival hours are Friday or Saturday from 10am to 11pm. VIP ticket holders can arrive Thursday between the hours of 4pm to 8pm as well to set up camp early and choose spots.

+ What should I bring to the festival?

If you're camping, bring all your camping gear for the weekend in with you. Tents, blankets, sun-tan lotion, sleeping bag, towels, toothbrush, food & clothes are a good starting point! Make sure you bring this ticket, either printed out or on your phone so it can be scanned along with your ID. If you're over 21 you must present ID to purchase alcohol at the festival. That being said, try to also only bring what you need. We want to keep our footprint as low as possible so we encourage all festival attendees to bring out anything you bring in. We all want to do our part to keep our beautiful campgrounds clean.

+ What can I not bring into the festival?

Too much stuff so that you can't take it out with you. Don't bring excess packaging either, if you buy something new for the festival please take it out of the package at home. Large amplified sound systems, generators, sky lanterns/kites, fireworks, and wax flares will not be allowed into Lake Perris. Cameras for personal use are welcome, but no professional video/recording equipment is allowed or tape recorders without prior authorization. Flying or filming with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or so-called drones) is not allowed on site before, during or after the Festival – and is prohibited by law. No illegal drugs, no weapons, no questions. We have a working site and the safety of our audience, crew and staff is paramount. All vehicles and persons that enter the park are subject to search for prohibited items to ensure the safety of our guests.

+ Are there ADA facilities?

The park is ADA friendly. It includes wheelchair accessible restrooms and showers. The festival itself is wheelchair accessible, and will take place on grass. There are some ADA campsites available - please email to inquire further.

+ What's new this year?

This year we have moved the festival down the beach to Perris Beach. This area offers more shade for camping, and a better beach area. It's the same... just a little different :)

+ Is there Car Camping this year?

This year, in order to camp right next to your car in the main camping area you will need to purchase an "Upfront Parking" pass. These passes allow you to park in lots right next to the GA campgrounds. It does not gaurantee you'll be able to camp next to your car and the spots are subject to availability but it is the closest spots to the camping area you'll be able to park in.

+ Are there RV passes this year?

RV rentals will be sold through our ticketing site. The RVs are set up on site for you and can sleep up to 8 people. If you have your own RV and would like to park on the property you must purchase an RV pass, this pass will not include grey/black water dumping or electric hookups. If you need hookups Lake Perris State Park offers hundreds of RV sites with electric and greywater hookups. These sites are about a 15-20 minute walk to the festival area, and are subject to park rules and a 10pm noise curfew at night, park rules will be enforced and these are not part of Same Same But Different Festival. For more information on State Park RV Camping and rates, please click here.

+ How many stages will there be?

The festival will have 2 alternating stages of music.

+ When does the music start?

Music goes nonstop, from Noon - 1:30am on Friday, and Noon - 2am on Saturday. Late night stages go from 1am to 4am in the Coconut Club and the But Stage.

+ Are there single day passes?

Yes! A limited quantity of single Day passes will go on sale when single day lineups are released.

+ Are there late night stages?

Yes, late night info coming soon!

+ Whats the weather going to be like?

Lake Perris averages in the mid 90's during the day and gets down to the low 60's at night. Please plan accordingly.

+ Will there be food & alcohol for sale?

Yes, there will be food for sale and a full bar inside the festival. We will have vegetarian and vegan options. Guests must be 21+ to purchase alcohol.

Nope, Same Same But Different takes place in a State Park, and marijuana is still not allowed.

+ Can I bring my animal friends with me?

Unless you have a licensed service animal they are not allowed on the festival property or campgrounds.

+ What are my parking options at the festival?

"Up-front" parking will be right next to the camping / festival area and "Slighty Remote Parking" will be about a 5-10 minute walk from the festival / camping area. All attendees that would like to park at Lake Perris must have a parking pass

+ Is my ticket refundable or transferable?

All ticket sales are final rain or shine. You may transfer your tickets to a different name if you need to by logging into your account and updating you settings. Follow these instructions for more information.

+ How can I contact the organizer with questions?

Please email with any questions.

+ What time should I arrive to the festival?

The gates to the park will open up Friday morning at 9am and will remain open until 11PM. After 11PM the gates are closed until 6am the next morning. Please arrive during these times, you will not be allowed to enter if the gates are closed.

+ Can I paint or do other art at Same Same But Different?

Yes, we encourage all types of art including's a pretty chill activity. if you would to be an official SSBD live painter, and have the opportunity to sell your art at the festival, please fill out our official artist submission form with information and links to your art.

+ Are you accepting volunteers, workers, stage help, promoters, etc. for the event?

Yes, we are interested in any help you can give! Please fill out our submission form and we will be in contact.

+ How do I rent an RV from you? What's included.

Go to our RV Rental Page to learn more about the RV rentals and what's included. It's a pretty sweet deal, we set it up for you on-site and take it down when you leave. You just show up and enjoy your very nice lodging for the weekend. You'll fill out a form which we get onto our RV rental people, they'll follow up with you to get you all set up!

+ How are you ensuring my safety?

You safety is one of our largest concerns. We work closely with our peace-keeping security teams as well as law-enforcement to ensure this.

+ Are the showers free?

Yes they are. We have showers and flushing bathrooms!

+ What are the hours for swimming?

Swimming hours are from 9am to 5pm each day, and there will be lifeguards on site for safety purposes. Swimming outside of posted swimming hours is not allowed, and may result in being asked to leave the festival.

+ Am I able to leave the festival and come back in?

Yes leave your camping pass on your car and your wristbands on, you will be able to come and go from the park as you need.

+ Can I bring a bicycle into the festival?

Yes, you absolutely can.

+ Is this all ages? Can I bring the family?

Yes you can, this is an all-ages festival. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

+ Do kids get in free?

Children under the age of 7 do not need a ticket.

+ What are box office hours?

Friday 9AM-11PM / Saturday 6AM-8PM

+ Can we bring alcohol into the festival?

You can bring alcohol into the camping areas, you must be 21 to consume alcohol. No kegs. No outside alcohol will be allowed in the festival grounds - alcohol will be sold inside the festival grounds. Alchohol is limited to 1 case of beer / 1 box of wine / 1 plastic alchohol bottle per person.

+ Can I sell/vend in the parking lots or the camping area?

No. If you attempt to sell anything without approval from the festival organizers, all items will be considered surrendered and not returned.

+ What if I want to become an official vendor?

If you want to apply to become an official vendor of the festival please fill out our vendor submission form.

+ Will there be water refill areas?

Yes they will be clearly marked on the map.

+ Can I bring a guitar or other musical instrument?

Yes, but please be courteous of your neighbors. No amplified speakers. No instruments allowed in the main festival area.

+ Will I be able to find security if I need them?

Yes, they'll be wearing security uniforms and available 24/7 during the festival. Please seek their help if you need it.

+ Will there be shade or an area to cool off?

The area and campgrounds have a lot of trees and shade areas around them but it does get hot. We recommend bringing EZ-Ups & extra shade. If you get too hot we have a giant lake you can jump in and use to cool off...we suggest you use it!

+ Will there be medical staff on site?

Yes if you need medical assistance for any reason we'll have a medical tent as well as an ambulance on site.

+ Can I bring my boat?

Yes! You can bring your boat. There will be one ramp open. Boating will be controlled by the park, and it's rangers - you will be subject to the same boating rules that the park enforces for all boats that enter. Please read the boating FAQ before considering bringing a boat. For more information on boating click here.