Folks Festival Guidelines
The Swell Season at the 20th Folks
(photo Benko Photographics)
- The Box Office is open from noon-9pm on Thursday, from 9am-9pm on Friday and Saturday, and from 9am-8pm on Sunday to exchange your tickets for wristbands. Once placed on, wristbands are non-refundable and non-transferable. If you remove, tear, damage or lose your wristband, we will not replace it.
- Handicapped parking is available on-site for those with the appropriate authorized handicap parking sticker.
No pets - including dogs, cats, birds, or any other animals - are allowed anywhere in the Festival grounds, campgrounds, or parking lots and cars. It would be cruel to bring your pet to this Festival. Dogs do not like crowds, heat, or traffic. For their sake, if you leave your dog in your car in the parking lot, we will call Animal Control and safely remove your dog from the car by whatever means necessary. This will cost you a lot of money, but more importantly, you may lose your beloved pet.
- Stone Canyon Kennels (in Lyons): 720-310-5515
- Blue Hills Kennel: 303-776-3907
- Cottonwood Boarding: 303-442-2603
- Doggie Dude Ranch: 303-682-0007
- Gunbarrel Kennels: 303-530-2500
Sharing songs at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch
(photo Benko Photographics)
- Please only low-backed chairs in designated areas. If we can roll a basketball under it, we will kindly ask you to move it behind the sound booth. Umbrellas, shade tents, and other viewing obstructing items are allowed only along the river and back perimeter.
- Dancing is welcome in the designated areas.
- Please be respectful of others and do not stand in the festival seating areas.
- Audio taping the music at the festival is permitted. Recording devices must be self-contained (we do not provide AC outlets or patches from the sound board) and you may not obstruct the view of your fellow festivarians with your equipment. There is no designated area for taping.
- Sorry, no Frisbee playing is allowed on the festival grounds.
- Children 12 and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- There is no guard watching your kids in the river. Please watch your children carefully.
- Please do not smoke in the audience. Wander over an uninhabited spot to smoke and put your butt in your pocket. Please.
- Keep yourselves and your families hydrated and covered in sunblock. If you need medical assistance, please visit the medical staff on-site. Look for the first aid banner.
Tubing the St. Vrain through Planet Bluegrass
- Fires are not permitted in any campgrounds.
- Please use the recycling bins and proper trash receptacles to clean up after yourselves.
- Drinking water is available at the bathroom facility and at several posted spots on the festival grounds.
- Please don’t bathe or wash your dishes in the river.
- Please respect our town. Walk the streets, eat, shop, relax. You won’t want to leave. We certainly don’t, so please treat our town and it’s residents with respect.
- Unless your tickets were specified as will-call, they will be emailed to you within a week of placing your order. If you have not received this email after a week, please contact Planet Bluegrass - 800-624-2422 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Planet Bluegrass will not attempt to locate orders not received within 2 months of ordering and your order WILL NOT BE REPLACED.
Festivarians in Lyons
- Refund requests for the Folks Festival must be made by Friday, April 28, 2017.
- We will gladly refund you in the same manner that your tickets were purchased. There are NO REFUNDS AFTER these dates. No extensions or exceptions.
Due to modifications to our Festival lease agreements with the Town of Lyons, we will now be charging $10 per day for camping and or parking at Bohn Park for the on-site camping and Academy lines. The line entry procedure will remain the same as it has been for the past few years. View the specific rules for the Song School camping line.
The rules for the Festival on-site camping line are as follows:
KT Tunstall in 2008
- Cars will line up and receive numbers in the order they arrive. You will be charged the following:
- Sunday - $40
- Monday - $30
- Tuesday - $20
- Wednesday - $10
- Thursday - No charge
- We will collect fees (and give you your line number) each day from 4pm-8pm. VERY IMPORTANT: On the day you arrive, you must be present with your vehicle from 4pm-8pm to pay your fees and collect your line number.
- Vehicles with trailers will only be charged as one vehicle.
- Payment must be CASH only.
- Vehicles must remain in line in order to hold their space.
- If you are planning on “camping” in line, it must be done within your vehicle. No tents please. Also, please try to keep the noise down at night as you will be in a residential neighborhood. Be respectful of nice folks who live in that neighborhood and have to go to work in the morning.
- Facilities will be limited. There are 2 bathroom buildings available at the park. There will also be trash and recycling services. There is no electricity or hookups of any kind.
- At 6pm on Thursday the line will be admitted onto the Festival grounds. Please plan to be in your vehicle by 5:30pm. The Sheriff’s department will assist us in bring the line over. Vehicles will be admitted in order according to your number. Don’t lose your number or you will have to go to the end of the line.
Tarp Line policy
|Ani DiFranco at Folks 2006|
Because we have had many complaints about the overnight line to get into the show, we have established a policy in hopes of creating a kinder, gentler, more Festivarian-like entry each morning. Please keep in mind that the entry line is a complicated logistical problem and we have developed these rules with a lot of experience and a number of factors in consideration. Our goal is to create an entry procedure that will be fair, orderly, and will satisfy the greatest number of Festivarians.
- Festivarians may not assemble for entry until midnight.
- Festivarians must be physically present, i.e. no empty chairs.
- Festivarians must be sitting up, not lying down.
- Festivarians must assemble in single-file.
- At some randomly chosen point during the night (to be determined by Planet Bluegrass), numbers will be distributed to all people in the “assembly area.” These numbers will be distributed in a random order, so that each person present at this time will have an equal chance of getting a low number.
- Once these numbers have been distributed, Festivarians may leave the assembly area for the rest of the night.
- About a half hour before gates open, Festivarians with numbers will reconvene in the assembly area, forming a line in the order specified by their numbers.
- Festivarians will be admitted one-at-a-time in the order specified by their numbers.
- After all the Festivarians with numbers have been admitted, all other Festivarians will be admitted in a first-come first-served order.
Tim O'Brien in 2008
- Only vehicles less than 21 feet are allowed in the on-site campground.
- A vehicle is considered anything requiring a license plate.
- Showers are available at the Festival in the new Planet Bluegrass Bath House.
- On-site camping opens at 6pm Thursday (view the line procedure above) and Meadow Park opens on Monday morning at 9am.
- Camping areas close at noon on the Monday after the festival.
- Nat'l Forest Camping: 877-444-6777
- Chamber: 303-823-5215
- Town Hall: 303-823-6622
A special request...
Every year, the biggest problem we have at the Lyons Festivals is Festivarian parking in residential areas and in front of businesses. When you come to the Festivals please park only in designated areas. There is a nominal fee, but it will strengthen the relationship with the town and its residents and secure the future of the Festivals. Thanks!