I have been going to Streetfest now for 10 years and, in my time, I’ve learned a few lessons about how to maximize your fun while minimizing your time spent in police custody. Here are my personal Dos and Don’ts  learned from years of life on the street(fest).

  • DO

    Get There Early

    The headlining bands don’t go on until after 7, but there are lots of other activities going on starting at 6.

  • DON'T

    Compliment Gavin Rossdale on his wife being “the hottest small-breasted chick in the world."

    For some reason, he doesn’t take that as the compliment it was intended to be.

  • DO

    Use the restrooms inside the Convention Center and Abraham Chavez Theatre

    They’re open, they’re air-conditioned and you're much less likely to get plop-back from the mountain of excrement inside every port-a-potty.

  • DON'T

    Ask the police to form a “human wall” while you take a leak on the side of the Plaza

    They won’t.

  • DO

    Visit the car show inside the Convention Center

    It’s really good and it’s included in the price of your ticket.

  • DON'T

    Play a cowbell right outside Blue Oyster Cult’s dressing room

    They stopped thinking that was funny in 2007, apparently.

  • DO

    Charge Your Phone

    Make sure your cell phone is fully charged before heading downtown.

  • DON'T

    Charge your phone on an outlet inside the Convention Center unless you’re going to stay there with it

    Asking a guy with a spider tattoo on his neck to keep an eye on it is a recipe for disaster. There WILL be charging stations provided by El Paso Electric throughout the downtown area.

  • DO

    Try the food from the various venders

    Because, it’s delicious.

  • DO

    Bring a change of underwear

    Just in case.

  • DO

    Dress for warm weather

    Applying some sunblock before leaving the house for those hours before the sun sets isn't a bad idea either.

  • DON'T

    Wear a fedora