Make your Memorial Day weekend one to really remember: This year’s Mysteryland USA (May 22-25) is less than two hours from NYC (located on the same grounds as Woodstock ’69) and loaded with everything you could possibly ask for in a music festival. Read on for our top 5 reasons you shouldn’t miss this year’s Mysteryland, then follow MysterylandUSA (@MysterylandUSA) and us (@glitterballnyc) on Twitter and retweet any of our Mysteryland contest updates to enter to win a pair of Nomad Weekend general admission passes! (Winners — who must be 21 or over — will be contacted the morning of Thursday, May 14.)

If you’ve got access to a car, you can get from NYC to the Mysteryland grounds in as little as 90 minutes. No transportation of your own? No problem: You can purchase tickets for express shuttles to the festival from NYC, NJ, Philly, JFK, and Laguardia at

If your stomach can dream it, it’s probably available at Mysteryland. (Bonus: Food will be available in the Holy Ground campsite’s Plaza Central 24 hours a day.) Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, organic, and comfort-food fare will be on offer amid popular options like pizza, burgers, burritos, barbecue, wraps, quesadillas, smoothies, crepes, and artisanal coffee. NYC’s own Smorgasburg makes its debut at the festival, giving attendees a chance to sample bites from Smorg faves like Cemita’s, mofonGO, Landhaus, El Gato Nacho, Handsome Hank’s, Home Frite, Chickpea and Olive, and more. See the full list of vendors here.

Options are the name of the game at this year’s Mysteryland. Whether you want to camp, stay at a hotel, or come just for the day, the choice is yours. Tickets are available in myriad combinations, depending on how many days you want to attend, what features (like lockers, parking, shuttles, etc.) you want to add on, and how baller you want your experience to be (the Verboten VIP pass gives you all sorts of perks, and premium camping and lodge options allow you to feel pampered after a long day of festival raging). In addition, each day features performances across six different stages, giving you full control of how you spend your dancing time.

Mysteryland teamed with Host Committee this year to allow attendees to invite their friends (without having to front money for that “pal” who always bails at the last minute), who can then invite more friends. The larger your group, the more VIP upgrades you’re all eligible to get. Learn more and sign up here.

Of course, the lineup is the reason you go to a music festival, and Mysteryland has something to please every dance music lover. Big names on this year’s bill include: Maya Jane Coles, Lee Burridge, K!nk, Matthew Dear, Richie Hawtin, The Martinez Brothers, Empire of the Sun, Nicole Moudaber, Audiofly, Psychemagik, and dozens more. Stages are curated by the likes of Verboten, Webster Hall, and Flying Circus, and weekend campers can enjoy additional programming by BangOn!NYC, Brunch Bounce, and more.

And you can get all this for free just by following both Mysteryland USA and glitterballnyc on Twitter and retweeting any of our Mysteryland contest updates. Enter to win a pair of Nomad Weekend GA passes, and keep an eye on your Twitter message inbox the morning of May 14!

 05/08/2015  Features, News