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 RESTRICTED 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 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 one is permitted backstage without proper credentials.
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 the stages schedules on our webpage, the MerleFest app, and 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’. Free parking for persons with a disability will need to have an appropriate state-issued handicap parking credential(s). MerleFest has designated the entire paved area for handicapped parking only and shuttles for this area are wheelchair accessible vans able to transport guests to the festival entrance gate.
Shuttle Stop ‘D’ has been designated for volunteers only. Located on the west side of Key City Furniture on NC Highway 268 West (continue past the Blue Lot entrance to Ithaca Drive and turn right). Designated shuttles for volunteers will begin their routes at 7:00a.m. and will run continuously to Volunteer Check-In located at the main entrance.
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.