Find out everything you need to know as you plan your MerleFest experience! Also, check out our FAQ page for lots of helpful hints. If you still have questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help.
For your safety and the consideration of all guests and our campus, the following ARE PROHIBITED from MerleFest:
- All tobacco products
- All electronic oral devices (e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipe, etc.)
- Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
- Unauthorized ATVs, golf carts, Segways® (or similar vehicles) on campus and in campgrounds
- Glass containers
- Tents, canopies, chairs or hammocks that block the view for other fans
- Unauthorized video recording, audio recording or flash photography (per artists’ request)
- No unauthorized drones at the festival
No one is permitted backstage without proper credentials.
Please note that MerleFest tickets are non-refundable, non-transferrable and wristbands cannot be shared.
MerleFest gates open on Thursday at 2:30p.m.
Friday through Sunday gates open at 9:00a.m.
Please check our stage schedules for performance start and end times each day. You can find all stage schedules on our webpage, the MerleFest app and in the official MerleFest Program booklet.
Parking is free and plentiful with shuttle services taking you directly to the festival entrance gate. You will see signs when you arrive that say ‘Festival Parking’. Follow the signs. A volunteer will help you find a parking space. They will also point you to a shuttle stop where you can hitch a ride on one of the local Boy Scout Troop buses.
Handicapped parking is available at Shuttle Stop ‘H’. People with a disability are eligible for FREE PARKING with an appropriate state-issued handicap parking credential(s). MerleFest has designated the entire paved area for handicapped parking only. Wheelchair accessible vans are able to transport guests to the festival main entrance gate.
Free volunteer parking is in Parking Lot D (off Hwy 268 W) and Parking Lot V (off Hwy 421, exit 285). Follow signs for each of the lots. Designated shuttles for volunteers will begin their routes at 7 a.m. and will run continuously to Volunteer Check-In located at the main entrance. (See Volunteers FAQ’s for more information.)
For your safety and the consideration of all guests and our campus, all coolers, backpacks, bags, etc. are subject to being checked at each festival entrance. Our friendly volunteers will help you with this process.
MerleFest is happy to provide free overnight storage for our fans. You can find our storage area located next to the tennis courts. This service is staffed by a local civic group who will be happy to assist you.
Reserved Seats are located in front of the Watson Stage (green chairs are numbered and set up in advance by the festival). For the convenience of all, any unoccupied chair, including ‘reserved seats’ may be used by anyone BEFORE 5:OOp.m. or until the owner returns. After 5:00p.m., volunteers will be checking for the proper credentials to enter this area.
General Admission seating is on a first-come, first-served basis and is located immediately behind the reserved seating area at the Watson Stage and stretching all the way to the trees behind the Little Pickers Area. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and enjoy!
Limited seating is provided at certain stages or you may bring your own. Seating is first-come, first-served.