Frequently Asked Questions

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Ben Kaufmann & the Kinfolk community (photo Dorothy St. Claire)
Ben Kaufmann & the Kinfolk community
(photo Dorothy St. Claire)
Can I bring my dog or other pet?
NO NO NO NO DOGS (or cats or birds or any other pet) allowed on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, in the parking areas, or in any of the camping areas. Please be a humane and responsible pet owner and make arrangements to leave your pet at home or in a kennel, thanks! Here is a list of some local kennels:
Where can I camp?
We have two camping areas available within walking distance of the Kinfolk Celebration. Camping passes are sold per-person, not per-site. The on-site campground features permanent restrooms with real showers and real toilets! The lovely Meadow Park campground is located across the street about 2 blocks away. All camping is first-come, first-served. On-site Both camping areas close at noon on Sunday, September 21.
Where can I park?
If you are coming to the Celebration and not camping, you must park in the designated parking lot at Bohn Park ($2 per day / $5 for the entire weekend with unlimited re-entry). There will be plenty of signs to direct you. If you are camping and would like your vehicle with you, make sure you have purchased a vehicle pass. Every vehicle on-site must have a vehicle pass. A vehicle is considered anything requiring a license plate. This pass is separate from your camping pass. The parking area and campgrounds are serviced by a free shuttle bus to the festival. We encourage you to walk or bring your bicycle!
Is there handicap parking?
Handicap parking is available on-site with an authorized handicap parking sticker.
Where is the closest airport?
The closest airport is DIA, Denver International Airport. It is about 1 hour from Lyons. General Information: 303-342-2000
What is the weather like in Lyons?
Please come prepared for any weather conditions. This includes: intense sun, heat, rain & wind. The show goes on rain or shine! At an altitude of close to 6,000 feet the weather can change quickly, it can get chilly at night even if the temperature is in the 90s during the day. SUNSCREEN IS A MUST! Please remember to DRINK LOTS OF WATER and WATCH YOUR ALCOHOL consumption, especially if you’re coming from lower elevations.
Kinfolk Celebration afternoon (photo Dorothy St. Claire)
Kinfolk Celebration afternoon
(photo Dorothy St. Claire)
What can I bring into the festival?
ALCOHOL, GLASS and VIDEO CAMERAS are not allowed inside the Festival grounds. You’re welcome to bring in food and soft drinks in appropriate containers. We serve New Belgium beer at the Festival, (don’t forget your ID!) and we have several food vendors with reasonably-priced yummy food and snacks.
Can I tape the festival?
Audio recording the music at the festival is permitted, unless the performing artist requests otherwise. 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.
What is the seating like?
Seating is all general admission. Please note: Unlike other Planet Bluegrass festivals in Lyons, the front-center section will be open for standing/dancing. There will be no poser pit for the Kinfolk Celebration (we're all Kinfolk this weekend), so the standing/dancing area will extend right up to the stage. Tarps and chairs will be welcome behind the soundbooth and on the front-sides. Please use only low-back lawn chairs so folks behind you can see. One tarp can be used to reserve space on the grass. For safety and courtesy considerations, you may not sit in the pedestrian walkways. Small tents and lawn chairs are welcome in the rear of the festival grounds. You (and your gear!!) will need to clear out of the Festival grounds each day.
How much is admission for children?
Children 12 and under are FREE for the festival and camping, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Check out the family tent daily for fun family activities! Please accompany your children at all times.
Are there facilities at the campgrounds?
Campground are equipped with port-a-potties and fresh water. Meadow Park offers limited RV spaces. Showers and real flush toilets are available on-site at our bath house.
Are campfires allowed in the campgrounds?
No. No campfires are allowed in any of the campgrounds, regardless of whether an official fire ban has been issued.
Can I rent inner tubes for tubing in the river?
Inner tubes can be purchased for a small fee at the local tire store.
Directions to Lyons From DIA:
Check out our interactive map and driving directions.
What can I buy in Lyons?
Lyons is a small town where you can get the basics. Within a mile or less from the Ranch gate, you can get to the post office, a health food store, a small grocery, a pharmacy, a half dozen restaurants, several liquor stores, and several coffee shops.
Are there phones available? Will my cell phone work?
We do not have any public phone on site at the Ranch. Cell phone coverage at the ranch can be problematic. Generally, the Verizon network in Lyons works best, and AT&T is among the weakest. Service improves once you are a mile or so away or closer to Boulder and Longmont.
2012 Kinfolk Celebrants (photo Dorothy St. Claire)
2012 Kinfolk Celebrants
(photo Dorothy St. Claire)
How do I get to Planet Bluegrass?
Check out our travel page for more information about driving, shuttles, ride-shares, and even bicycling to the Kinfolk Celebration.
Lyons Area Lodging
There are a number of lodges and motels in the surrounding area, which offer a wide range of accommodations. Visit our lodging page for more information.
Will Meadow Park be closed to the public around the festival?
Meadow Park will remain open to Lyons residents (proof of residency in 80540 zip must be presented to campground staff) throughout the event for foot traffic - no vehicles. All others must possess a Meadow Park camping pass. No vehicles (other than those which have purchased a vehicle pass) will be allowed in Meadow Park after Planet Bluegrass takes over the property on Friday, September 19. Sorry, no pets will be allowed in Meadow Park (even for Lyons residents) during the event.
What if I arrive before the campgrounds officially open?
Meadow Park campers may camp in Meadow Park prior to Friday morning (when Planet Bluegrass officially takes control of Meadow Park) by paying the Town of Lyons for camping spaces. On-Site Campground passholders should read the rules for the On-Site Campground Line.