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General FAQ

FIRST! Read the Safety + Security Page for policies and allowed/banned items.

What to Bring:

  • Raingear (no umbrellas)
  • Clothing with a hood
  • Extra pair of shoes/sneakers
  • Blanket for seating
  • Sunscreen
  • A hat
  • A bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Aluminum or stainless steel containers for water
  • Camera
  • Extra set of keys to keep with you at all times (Avoid keeping keys in your car!)
  • Vehicle Key Code (this will cut down on the time it takes for the locksmith to duplicate your key if you lose it)
If you’re camping, also bring:
  • Biodegradable plastic bags for trash
  • Extra toilet paper (just in case)
  • Lantern/Flashlight/Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Portable radio
  • Flag or balloon to identify your campsite
  • Small luggage lock for your tent (please don’t bring any valuables – if you must, keep them locked in your vehicle out of view)
  • Phosphate and sulfate-free soaps, detergents, and shampoos

NMF Staff (or their designated security staff) reserve the right to make the final determination on prohibited items. In the event that prohibited items are revealed in the inspection, guests will be asked to dispose of the items or return them to their vehicles or campsites before reentering the festival site.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping keep NMF safe.


What is provided on-site?

  • Drinking water on the festival grounds
  • Medical assistance
  • Handwash stations
  • Showers (on a limited basis)
  • Portable toilets with toilet paper and hand sanitizer
  • Vendors will be selling a variety of foods, beverages, and snacks

What is the closest airport to the festival venue?

The Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) is about an hour by car and an hour and forty minutes by bus.


Will you be providing any shuttles to and from the airport?

No, but the GoBus leaves Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) twice a day. You want to disembark at the Nelsonville Hocking College Bookstore stop.


Where is the closest bus stop to the festival?

The GoBus stops at the Nelsonville Hocking College Bookstore stop.


What is your re-entry policy?

Vehicles are permitted to leave and re-enter the site.


Can I leave the festival on foot and return?

Patrons will be allowed to leave and re-enter the event grounds on foot at their leisure while the gates are open.


I am staying off-site. Can I leave and come back?

Yes. However, WRISTBANDS ARE REQUIRED FOR RE-ENTRY.


What emergency services will be available on-site?

There will be emergency medical personnel and security personnel onsite around the clock. If you need EMERGENCY medical or police attention, call 911 and tell the dispatcher you’re at the Nelsonville Music Festival, find a uniformed officer, staff person, go to the admissions tent, or medical tent.


Where should I go if I lose my keys, my wallet, my friends, etc?

Lost and found will be located at the admission tent at the main entrance. If you lose something, or someone, check there. If it or they are not there the first time, check again later. If you find something that needs to be returned to its owner, please drop it off there. It is a good idea to bring an extra set of keys. Obtain your key code before you leave home and bring it with you. This will cut down on the time it takes for the locksmith to duplicate your key if you lose it.


What is your alcohol policy?

Our alcohol and beverage policy in the campgrounds are as follows: no glass containers whatsoever are allowed into the campgrounds or concert areas. Furthermore, no kegs are allowed into the festival either. No outside alcohol is allowed onto the festival grounds (okay in campgrounds).


Can I bring my pet?

Service animals that are trained to assist an individual with a disability are allowed. Other types of animals and pets are NOT allowed.


Is there cell service available throughout the festival grounds?

Yes, although due to the expected high calling volume, service may not be consistent.


Are service animals allowed on-site?

Certified service animals that are trained to assist an individual with a disability are allowed. Other types of animals and pets are NOT allowed.


Can we bring water bottles or Camelbaks/hydration bags into the festival grounds?

One (1) factory sealed clear bottled water (non-glass containers) and empty water bottles will be allowed. Camelbaks and personal hydration systems are allowed but must be empty when entering festival grounds.


Will we be able to leave the show and come back?

Yes, your wristband will allow you to go back and forth between the festival grounds and the parking and camping areas during scheduled performance times.


What is your taping policy?

The Nelsonville Music Festival reserves the right to prevent and forbid taping of performances.


Will cameras be allowed into the festival grounds?

Yes, we ask that you please be considerate of other patrons and credentialed press when taking photos.


Will chairs be allowed into the festival grounds?

Yes! We ask that you keep them in the designated areas, and the Nelsonville Music Festival is not responsible if your chair is left and gets moved.


What types of food vendors will be on-site? Will they be reasonably priced?

There will be a variety of vendors in the festival grounds and the campground that will provide a variety of interesting, diverse, and reasonably priced food. For health and quality reasons, unauthorized food vendors pose a risk to festival-goers. Unauthorized food vendors are not permitted and will be shut down to alleviate that risk.


What is security like at the festival?

Read the Safety + Security Page.

Camping + RV FAQ

FIRST! Read the Safety + Security Page for policies and allowed/banned items.

Will the entrance to the campground be open 24 hours?

No. Campground closes to vehicular traffic an hour after the last band finishes and opens as soon as our camping coordinator’s kids wake him up in the morning. You can get in and out on foot at any time. IT OPENS AT 10:00am on THURSDAY, MAY 31


What is provided at the campground?

There will be portable toilets and hand wash stations. Make sure you bring drinking water with you! Ice and firewood and other sundry items will be available at the main camping gate. A vendor or two will be selling food, beverages, and snacks in the campground as well as in the festival grounds. Access to ATMs is very limited, so we recommend that you bring enough cash for your stay. Please bring enough money for any additional expenses you may have.


What will I be allowed to bring into the campground?

You can bring coolers with a consumable amount of provisions into the camping area; however, they cannot be brought into the festival grounds. Small grills and camping stoves will be allowed and fires within fire rings (not provided-bring one!). No kegs, no funeral pyres, no 55-gallon drums!


Are campfires and/or cookstoves allowed in the campground?

You can use gas/propane fuel sources, charcoal, or firewood bought onsite(cheap!), but scavenging for wood on-site or bringing in outside firewood will NOT be permitted (we have an Emerald Ash Borer problem). No more than 40 pounds of charcoal per grill per car will be allowed. The fire must be entirely contained. Air quality is a concern. Please keep the fires as small as possible and extinguish them as soon as you are finished. When you are done cooking with charcoal, put it out with water before going into the show or going to sleep or leaving your camp, rather than letting it burn out over time. In any case, DO NOT DUMP COALS ON THE GROUND (ever) or in the trash until they are entirely cool. After the coals are COMPLETELY DEAD, dispose of them properly as garbage.


What is your alcohol policy?

Our alcohol and beverage policy in the campgrounds are as follows: no glass containers whatsoever are allowed into the campgrounds or concert areas. Furthermore, no kegs are allowed into the festival either. No outside alcohol is allowed onto the festival grounds.


Will there be a quiet camping area for families and such?

Yes, there will be a quiet camping area for families and such.


Will there be any electricity at the campground?

In the RV camping area there is electricity but not in tent/primitive camping. NO GENERATORS ARE ALLOWED IN CAMPGROUND.


Can I set up a large pavilion tent?

There will be no pavilion tents allowed.


Where will we be camping? Can we camp next to our cars?

Camping space will be provided in front of or behind each vehicle. Each vehicle will have a camping area of approximately 10 feet by the width of your car. You will not be able to save spots. If you plan on parking/camping with your party you must arrive together.


What is considered an RV?

An RV is defined as any vehicle larger either in length, width, or height than a normal 15 passenger van. This includes all towed campers, pop up campers, motor homes, and as well as buses and all other oversized vehicles that will fit inside a 20’ X 50’ spot. This does not include vans (i.e. VW vans) smaller than any 15-passenger van.


Can my friends park their cars next to my RV?

If you can fit it in their marked spot, go for it. Be very aware of fire lanes around you before setting up.


Can I buy an RV pass for my car or truck to enter the RV campground?

No, only RVs or other vehicles considered as RVs will be allowed to enter the RV campground. All oversized vehicles, trailers, and campers that are towed and busses are considered RVs and must fit into a 20’ X 50’ space to be allowed in.


Can we park RVs in the same group next to one another?

Yes, as long as the RVs arrive at the same time together in a line. You will not be able to reserve spaces or hold spaces for later arrivals in your group.


Where is the RV campground located?

All camping is in the same campground. There is one entrance for both.


Can I park an RV in the accessible parking area?

Yes, you will need an RV pass and handicapped placard to access the area as well.


Will we be able to move our RV once it is parked?

No, all RVs must remain parked until they exit the festival for good. By moving your RV you will forfeit your spot.


Will there be gas on-site if I run out?

No, there will not be gas available onsite. You should be sure to fill the RV before entering.

Venue FAQ

FIRST! Read the Safety + Security Page for policies and allowed/banned items.

Will chairs be allowed in the festival grounds?

Yes! We ask that you keep them in the designated areas, and the Nelsonville Music Festival is not responsible if your chair is left and gets moved.


Will cameras be allowed into the festival grounds?

Yes, we ask that you please be considerate of other patrons when taking photos.


What is your taping policy?

The Nelsonville Music Festival reserves the right to prevent and forbid taping of performances.


Will we be able to leave the show and come back?

Yes, your wristband will allow you to go back and forth between the festival grounds and the parking and camping areas during scheduled performance times.

Ticket FAQ

FIRST! Read the Safety + Security Page for policies and allowed/banned items.

Can I buy a day pass?

Yes, they go on sale sometime in April. But a four-day pass is cheaper on a per-day basis.


How can I check the status of my ticket(s)?

For customer service, contact Ellie via e-mail at tickets@nelsonvillefest.org.


Will tickets be available for purchase at the gate?

If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available for purchase at the gate. Prices will be higher, though, so buy them early!


Will my tickets be mailed to me?

Yes, for a $2 fee. E-tickets are offered free of charge. There will be no will call this year.


Can I bring my kids? Do they have to pay?

We love having kids at NMF! That’s why all children under 12 and under are free (when accompanied by an adult with a ticket)! Children 13 and older will be required to have a ticket and are eligible for a discounted ticket when purchased with adult tickets, please bring legal proof of age to the festival along with your teen.

Travel FAQ

FIRST! Read the Safety + Security Page for policies and allowed/banned items.

Where is the closest bus stop to the festival?

The GoBus stops at the Nelsonville Hocking College Bookstore stop.


Will you be providing any shuttles to and from the airport?

No, but the GoBus leaves Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) twice a day. You want to disembark at the Nelsonville Hocking College Bookstore stop.


What is the closest airport to the festival venue?

The Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) is about an hour by car and an hour and forty minutes by bus.

Vending FAQ

FIRST! Read the Safety + Security Page for policies and allowed/banned items.

Can I vend at the Nelsonville Music Festival?

To get info on becoming a vendor at the Nelsonville Music Festival, please go to the Artisan Vendor section of the NMF website. There, you will be able to download an application form and read all vendor related info. Applications will be accepted until all booth spaces have been filled.


What types of other vendors will be on-site?

There will be a variety of artisans and vendors selling high-quality crafts, merchandise, and Nelsonville Music Festival memorabilia. Each year the Nelsonville Music Festival is committed to selecting quality craft and merchandise vendors. The unauthorized sale of merchandise in the camping area is not permitted, and we are committed to ensuring a successful event for the authorized vendors of the festival.


What types of food vendors will be on-site? Will they be reasonably priced?

There will be a variety of vendors in the festival grounds and the campground that will provide a variety of interesting, diverse, and reasonably priced food. For health and quality reasons, unauthorized food vendors pose a risk to festival-goers. Unauthorized food vendors are not permitted and will be shut down to alleviate that risk.

Sustainability FAQ

Does the festival off-set its consumption?

The Festival offsets a portion of its carbon footprint


What do vendors on-site do to help with sustainability?

Concession food is required to be served with biodegradable wraps, plates, cups, and cutlery manufactured from a renewable resource. We encourage food vendors to source their produce and meat from local farmers.