Art Cars

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Can I drive my vehicle around YOUtopia?

The only vehicles permitted to drive around the event are:

  • Approved Art Cars
  • Shuttles
  • Staff and Emergency Vehicles

Limited RV, Car Camping and Theme Camp Parking Passes will allow a vehicle to remain in the campground (not in general parking), but they must remain parked for the entire event.

What rules apply to driving Art Cars at YOUtopia?

  • 5 mph or less AT ALL TIMES
  • Yield to pedestrians and emergency vehicles
  • The driver must be sober and licensed
  • No open containers within reach of the driver
  • All motorized vehicles must have pre-approved DMV Department approval
  • Have the right fire extinguisher (sufficient size and type) on board and accessible to the driver in case of engine fire or fire-art gone bad!

If you notice a vehicle driving improperly, please report it to a ranger or YOUtopia production crew member.

What special rules apply to Art Cars at YOUtopia?

  • REGISTRATION: Art cars must receive pre-event authorization from the Transportation Department and undergo an on-site inspection to drive on-site during the event.
  • ART GRANTS: Pre-event authorization is required prior to applying for a YOUtopia art grant.  *Grant applications will not be reviewed prior to registration*
  • ART: The Art Car must have sufficient decoration such that the vehicle is mobile art (plain golf carts are not a form of artistic expression)
  • SAFETY: Load and unload passengers safely.  Don’t overload your vehicle.  Drive with caution.
  • LIGHTS: Nighttime operation requires radical illumination.  Rear, front, and sides must be lit. All vehicle extremities must be lit. Anywhere someone would walk, step, or climb on the vehicle must be lit (especially stairs and ladders)
  • FIRE: Absolutely NO fire effects on Art Cars due to the high fire risk. You must carry a fire extinguisher on-board.
  • SOUND: No major amplified sound in areas (1, 2, 3, 4 & 5). No major amplified sound in areas 8 and 9 after 10pm. Generally try to follow the noise level of the area you are in.  If your vehicle is parked in front of a camp for any length of time, please turn down your volume as they may not appreciate your impromptu dance party.  (Multiple complaints will lead to revocation of your sound and or driving privileges)
  • PARKING: When parked you must leave a 15 foot wide fire lane for emergency vehicle access. Parked Art cars may NEVER be left unattended unless they are parked in an official spot provided by city planning or in the parking lot.

Scooters, go-peds, non-radically decorated or altered vehicles will not be allowed.  

A limited amount of Art Cars that seat less than 4 passengers will be approved, so apply early. We know how big the venue is and want you to have easy access getting around too!  This is why we need easy access for shuttles and other Art Cars able to carry passengers. Thank you for your understanding!

If your Art Car does not adhere to all of these rules, specifically pre-event approval and on-site inspection by the Transportation Department, your Art Car will be parked in an off-site lot and not allowed to be brought into the event. Failure to follow the rules may result in the ejection of the car and owner from the event.

Any special advice for Art Cars?

The YOUtopia site presents unique challenges to Art Cars.  It is steep and hilly, with low overhanging trees and branches, large speed bumps, and some sharp turns. Contact the Transportation Department if you are concerned about your vehicle in this environment. Pay special attention to making sure your brakes and engine/transmission can handle the steep terrain.  Very large vehicles will need placement assistance to ensure there is safe parking during the event.  Space is limited so don’t wait till the last minute to ask for large vehicle approval.

Part of the privilege of having an Art Car at YOUtopia is contributing to the event by sharing your art with other participants. While we understand that it is not possible at all times, Art Car owners should make their transportation available to all YOUtopians and give rides to other participants where possible. Art Cars at YOUtopia are intended to be transportation and shuttling for YOUtopians throughout the large venue.

Finally, know that if your vehicle breaks, it is your responsibility. The Transportation Department can help find volunteers to push your car out of the way or find a working phone so that you can call a tow truck, but that is about it.


Please contact the Transportation team.


Thanks for your interest, but we are full. For inquiries email