+ What is "A Weekend Beyond The Ordinary"?

Think of A Weekend Beyond The Ordinary as an extended weekend of camping meets curated music festival meets Pride meets modern hippie gathering with the added bonus of also raising funds for homeless LGBTQ youth.

+ Who is welcome?

Everyone 21+ is welcome! Gay, straight, bi, pan, trans, genderqueer, men, women, etc. Let's just enjoy a fun, colorful weekend of joy together!

+ Who is organizing the event?

The event is organized and hosted by a group of close friends and is held at The River's Edge campground in Dewy Rose, Georgia - about 40 minutes east of Athens, Georgia.

+ Is AWBTO a fundraising event?

Yes, we are raising funds for Lost-n-Found Youth. When we began this event several years ago, it was all about getting together with friends and having a good time. It’s a natural progression to build on the experience by making it a good time for a good cause—to provide crisis support, street outreach, transitional housing, and life skills training.

+ What organization is the charity for AWBTO 2017?

We are proud to announce Lost-N-Found Youth as our charity for A Weekend Beyond The Ordinary 2018! We have an aggressive, but attainable, fundraising goal of $10,000 for Lost-N-Found Youth.

+ Are there event fees for AWBTO?

We do not charge event fees for AWBTO. Attendees do need to pay the campground for membership and site/cabin/pass. We do, of course, welcome donations to help stand up AWBTO and help us give back to Lost-n-Found. You can donate here.


About The River's Edge



+ What kind of accommodations are available at The River's Edge?

The campground has 100 mostly wooded camp sites. Tent sites start at $16 per night. Stay for five nights and get the fifth night free, ask the campground for details. Campground office: (706) 213-8081.

All sites have a fire ring and picnic table, and water is nearby. The campground also has a limited number of cabins and RV sites which are often all reserved very early for AWBTO. Overflow indoor accommodations are available at the Days Inn Elberton: (706) 283-2300.

+ Is there a membership fee to enter the campground?

Yes, the campground is a private membership only facility, and membership is required. New memberships are $20, and renewals are $15.

+ What other amenities does the campground offer?

There is a completely renovated pool, with swimming and volleyball in alternating hours. The campground also has an amazing in-ground 10-person hot tub. There is a game room, clubhouse and deck, walking trails, memorial garden, washer and dryer, and horseshoe pit.

+ Is there wifi?

Yes, there is wifi is most locations thought the campground, but not everywhere.

+ Are the events clothing optional?

Yes, clothing is optional throughout the campground, including at all the events hosted by AWBTO.

We stress "optional" as it is strictly an individual choice to go nude or not.

+ What about bathrooms and showers?

There are three shower houses.

The Upper Bathhouse has two sides, one side with a private single bathroom with private shower (labeled "ladies" but used by anyone), and a second side with three toilets, and a locker room style shower. There are outdoor showers behind the Upper Bathhouse.

The Gameroom Bathroom has three toilets and two single showers.

The Lower Bathhouse has four toilets and five single showers.

+ What about alcohol?

Yes, alcohol is permitted. Please note: NO glass at the pool or hot tub.

The nearest liquor store is about 15 minutes away at West Elbert Package at 224 College Ave, Elberton, GA.

+ Is there a pharmacy / grocery / liquor / Wal-Mart nearby?

Yes, all of these places are just 15 minutes away in Elberton, which has a CVS, Ingles, Wal-Mart, and several liquor stores.

+ Do I need to reserve a site now?

Yes, you should contact The River's Edge now at (706) 213-8081 to make a reservation.

+ What should I bring?

Bring friends! Also bring basic camping items, including bug spray, flashlight, sunscreen, towel, and cooler. The campground has a store with many essentials.

+ Where is the closest airport?

Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) and Atlanta (ATL) are your best bets.

+ What about event security?

The event is held at a private membership-only facility, secured with a keypad-controlled gate entrance for vehicles. The campground's neighbors and larger community are aware of the business.

Local emergency services are available if needed. The nearest hospital is 24 miles away in Lavonia, Georgia. A basic first aid kit is available at all AWBTO sponsored events.