Frequently Asked Questions
...and a few infrequent ones.
For four days in August, we are a community; neighbors living respectfully near each other. The Festival rules provide guidelines to make the weekend safe and enjoyable for everyone. Attendees agree to these rules when they buy tickets to the event. We, as organizers of the event, will hold fans responsible for appropriate behavior during the Festival. Basically...
Don’t Be a Jerk
Use safe and considerate behavior wherever possible. Everyone is here to have fun! You don’t have to be on your best church behavior, but act like your mom and grandma can see what you’re doing. Fighting, harassment, and drunken rowdy behavior won’t be tolerated.
Tickets & Wristbands
Tickets and wristband are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. Your wristband will be mailed to you approximately four weeks prior to the Festival. Leave your wristband on for the duration of the Festival, it is non-transferrable.
Safety & Courtesy
It’s just like you were told in grade school, no running. The only difference is we won’t make you walk to the end of the hall just to walk back. For the same reason, no ATVs, Golf Carts, or OHVs are permitted on Festival grounds.
Vehicles & Parking
VIP and GA Parking ar for day use. The only overnight Festival parking is at campsites. Every vehicle entering the Festival property must have a vehicle pass, there are no exceptions to this rule. Two motorcycles may park in one car space.
If you do not purchase your parking pass by 6PM on Wednesday, August 8, a four-day GA parking pass can be purchased at GA parking entrance for an additional $10. The attendant and people behind you in line will be most appreciative if you have exact change ready.
Pedicabs will begin running through the parking and camping an hour prior to the Festival gates opening. To hire one, simply give them a wave and they’ll pick you up. They will continue running until the last fan has been picked up. $7 per person, cash and cards accepted.
Meet ‘n’ Greet Passes
Meet ‘n’ Greet passes are not for sale. Throughout the year we offer opportunities for our fans to win these passes through contests on our Facebook page. “Like” our Facebook page for your chance to win. You can listen to 99.5 The Wolf for their BWCMF related promotions which sometimes include Meet ‘n’ Greets. Occasionally, artists offer Meet ‘n’ Greet passes through their websites, newsletters and fan clubs. Check out your favorite 2018 BWCMF artists’ pages to see if there’s an opportunity waiting for you!
Assistive Listening Devices
Fans who are hearing impaired may wish to check out an assistive listening device (ALD). An ALD is a small receiver with ear buds or headphones that picks up the sound from the sound system, allowing the individual to adjust the volume to their liking. The Festival uses FM assistive listening systems. ALDs may be checked out at Will Call.
It is recommended you reserve your ALD by July 16.
Email email@example.com. Please include your cell phone number and note if use a hearing aid with a telecoil.
There is no fee to use the ALD but photo ID and a deposit is required to ensure return of the device.
What can I bring onto Festival grounds?
Chairs are not provided in the Premium General Admission and General Admission seating areas. Fans must bring their own chair; carrying it in and out of the Festival grounds each night. Bring your standard height (no taller than 40 inches) foldable camp chair or small lawn chair. Bring the one you take with you camping! High-back, sand, reclining, double and extra-wide chairs, and blanket seating are not permitted.
Medium-sized backpacks, purses and fanny packs are all permitted on Festival grounds. Coolers and wagons are not permitted inside venue.
Bring your sunglasses and sunscreen—you’ll be glad you did.
Each patron may bring in up to two 20 ounce, factory-sealed bottles of water. Additional water can be purchased for $2 per bottle from the Pepsi booths. Participating food vendors inside the music venue offer Lifewater for $3 per bottle.
PERSONAL WATER BOTTLES
You may bring in an empty, non-glass Hydroflask or Kleen Kanteen-type water bottle, just be sure it's empty before you reach the entry gate.
Shade tents and misting tents are available for you to relax in at the Festival.
All ages are welcome! Children under 18 must have an adult or parent with them.
Kids ages 7-11 must have a wristband to sit in GA seating.
Children ages two and under are permitted inside the PGA and VIP seating sections if they are sitting on an adult’s lap. Children ages three and up require a full-price PGA or VIP ticket to sit in these areas.
The Tag-A-Kid booth located next to the Festival Mobile Hospital, to the left of the main stage. Parents can fill out a contact card and a volunteer will make matching wristbands for the child and parents. This will help security find parents in the event they’re separated from their child.
Thursday • 3–10:30pm
Friday • 1–11:30pm
Saturday • 11am–11:30pm
Sunday • 12–10:30pm
Children who are separated from their parents will be taken to the Tag-A-Kid booth to have their wristband checked. If they do not have a wristband security will be notified.
Strollers are permitted inside the music venue, but may not enter any seating areas other than general admission. Please be aware the Festival is located on a ranch, the ground is uneven.
You may bring your cigarettes and lighter with you. Smoking, including vaping, is permitted in designated areas ONLY. Smoking areas are located on and around the Festival grounds, as well as in parking and camping.
What is prohibited on Festival grounds?
No knives, guns, explosives, or weapons of any kind. This includes chains and chain wallets.
Outside Food & Beverages
Personal food and beverages are not permitted inside the Festival, this includes Camelpacks, bota bags and coolers.
Each patron may bring in up to two 20 ounce, factory-sealed bottles of water. Water can be purchased for $2 per bottle from the Pepsi booths and participating food vendors inside the Festival. You may bring an empty, non-glass personal water bottle.
Coolers & Wagons
Coolers and wagons are not permitted inside venue.
Pets are not allowed inside the Festival venue or in any of the parking areas intended for day-use. Animals are absolutely, under no circumstances, to be left inside vehicles; this applies to the camping area as well. It is far too hot. Nothing will corral a posse of angry, animal-loving country music fans faster than a dying dog in a hot car. Plus, we’ll kick you out faster than you can spit.
Can I bring my service animal?
Service animals are defined as dogs, by the ADA, that are independently trained to do work or perform duties for people with disabilities. Service dogs will be allowed to enter with their owner. Service animals must be cared for and under the control of their handler at all times. Pets that provide comfort or emotional support are not considered service animals and will not be allowed in the Festival.
This should go without saying, it’s August in the middle of a field, after all.
Obnoxious & Illegal Alcohol Consumption
This is a family Festival. For the safety and enjoyment of others, Festival attendees may not over consume alcohol or bring outside alcohol into the music venue, if you do so, your weekend with us is over. You will be ejected from the Festival. You must be of legal drinking age to consume alcohol on the Festival grounds. Please read our complete alcohol policy.
Forget about what is and isn’t legal in Oregon, this is private property.
Drugs and/or drug paraphernalia, are not allowed on Festival grounds. If you bring them into the Festival, you will be ejected. Your weekend with us will be over.
Audio and video recording are prohibited. GoPros, SLR cameras, as well as all other cameras with a removable lens, both film and digital, are not allowed inside the Festival.
POSTERS. We appreciate that you want to share your love—just don’t do it on anything that’s larger than an 11 x 17 sheet of paper.
OVERSIZED SEATING. Sand chairs, reclining chairs, double or extra wide chairs, high back chairs, and blankets may not be used for seating on Festival grounds.
UMBRELLAS. You may use an umbrella or parasol to shade yourself between acts but you must put it away when the artist or MC takes the stage. Shade tents and misting tents are available for you to relax in at the Festival.
FLAGS. You wouldn’t want that waving in your field of vision while you’re watching the show either.
DRONES. No. Just, no.
TENTS. Keep ‘em at your campsite.