Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949
Thursday through Sunday
July 13-16, 2017
Gate 1: Day Ticket Holders
Thur 4:00pm -10:00pm
Fri-Sun 9:00am – 10:00pm
Gate 4: Campers
Thur – Sat 8:00am – 11:30pm
Sun 8am – 7:30pm
By air: Closest airports are Sacramento (1 hour drive) and Reno (1.5 hour drive).
By car approximately: 1 hour from Sacramento, 1.5 hours from Reno, 2.5 hours from SF Bay Area
Traveling on Hwy. 80 heading east from Sacramento:
Use the Hwy. 49 off-ramp in Auburn. Proceed north on Hwy. 49 toward Grass Valley – approximately 25 miles. In Grass Valley, take the first off-ramp, McKnight Way. Turn left on McKnight Way and proceed over the freeway, past the shopping center on the left. Turn right on Freeman Lane, past another shopping center on the left. Freeman Lane will turn into McCourtney Road at the second 4–way stop sign. Continue straight on McCourtney Road until the Nevada County Fairgrounds appears on the right, approximately 2 blocks. For day parking use gate 1 and for camping continue to gate 4.
Traveling on Hwy. 80 heading west from Reno:
Use the same directions as above, Hwy. 49 off-ramp in Auburn, head north to Grass Valley.
Or, for a scenic and mildly curvy shortcut, take the Hwy. 20 off-ramp to Grass Valley, just after the Eagle Lakes Rd. off-ramp on I-80. Travel time on Hwy. 20 is approximately one-half hour. Stay on the highway through Nevada City and Grass Valley. Take the Hwy 20/Marysville off-ramp and immediately off Hwy 20 exit by staying right on the Mill Street exit. At the end of the ramp take a right on Mill Street. At the first stop sign take a right on McCourtney Road. Continue straight on McCourtney Road until the Nevada County Fairgrounds appears on the right, approximately 2 blocks. For day parking use gate 1 and for camping continue to gate 4.
Traveling on Hwy. 20 heading east from Marysville:
Take the McCourtney Road/Fairgrounds exit off of Hwy. 20 just before actually entering Grass Valley. Turn right on McCourtney Road, until the Nevada County Fairgrounds appears on the right, approximately 1 block. For day parking use gate 1 and for camping continue to gate 4.
Beneath tall pines and oaks, the level terrain is ideal for families with tents and campers. RV Hookups (Water/Electric only and Water/Electricity/Sewer) are available by reservation. Showers and fresh water are located throughout the campgrounds. Lion Lake offers shoreline fishing for children. No campfires or charcoal BBQ’s are allowed. Above the ground camp stoves are OK. We suggest campers bring a shade canopy for their campsite. Absolutely no pets are allowed at the festival or in the camping area. (Certified service dogs must be on a 6′ leash at all times.)
No campfires or charcoal BBQ’s are allowed. Above the ground camp stoves are OK. Absolutely no pets are allowed at the festival or in the camping area. Pet accommodations are available at The Kennels, call (530) 272-4670 for more information.
Please: No Generators allowed. No drumming or loud music from 11PM to 9AM. There is a Quiet Camping area established where no night jamming is allowed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are Worldfest Gate Hours?
Gate 1 - Day ticket holders:
Thursday July 13th
4:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday July 14th - Sunday July 16th
9:00am - 11:00pm
Gate 4 - Campers
Thursday July 13th thru Saturday July 16th
8am – 11:30pm
Sunday July 16th
8am – 7:30pm
Yes! Anytime the gates are open, the box office can sell you a ticket. We accept cash and all major credit cards. No checks.
(Camping sites sell out so get your camping tickets early!)
Bring your low-backed lawn chair (under 32″ from top of chair to ground & under 10” from seat to ground) for seating close to the stage. You may bring full size lawn chairs to seat yourself beyond the soundboard. Please, no chaise lounges. The fairground’s policy is no tarps allowed on the meadow grass. The music gate opens at 9:00 am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and the final performance will end by 11:00 pm each day. Remember: ALL seating areas are NO smoking. Many of the daytime stages have provided chair or bench seating.
There are two bars open during the Festival for your responsible drinking enjoyment. We will be serving a selection of beers from Sierra Nevada Brewery, local wines and signature cocktails.
A one-time ID check and wristband are required to purchase alcoholic beverages at the festival. ID check and wrist banding stations will be located at both bars. Wristband must be worn throughout the weekend for repeat customers.
Our bars accept all major credit cards.
No outside alcohol is allowed inside the festival grounds.
When you arrive at WorldFest , you will exchange your ticket (paper or electronic) for a WorldFest wristband. Keep that band on your wrist for the duration of your stay. If you lose or damage the wristband you will not be allowed back into WorldFest without buying another ticket.
All Worldfest tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable for future events. You may transfer or sell the ticket to someone else. Just contact us at email@example.com with the new patrons information, including name and email.
Our excellent staff of volunteers is the key ingredient to the continued success of the festival. Whether helping in the children's program, selling tickets, recycling, or working behind the scenes, the positive attitude, attention to detail and problem solving abilities of our staff keep the festival running smoothly.
New volunteers please fill out the California WorldFest Volunteer Application below.
Returning volunteers: with a new database we are starting fresh. Please fill out the California WorldFest Volunteer Application below.
The vast majority of volunteers return to work each festival and renew old acquaintances. However, openings do occur, so new sign-ups are encouraged. If you are interested in becoming a member of our festival staff, please fill out the information on the form below. Be certain to let us know the areas you have experience in, and the days you are available. We will review your application and contact you if we have an opening.
Most volunteer positions require a 4-hour shift for 4 days of the festival (16 hours total), or a full day doing setup or teardown, in exchange for a full festival pass.
If you have questions please address them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch for vendor application links here early 2017.
Food Concessions are set up between stages in an outdoor location. Water and Electricity are available. 12x12 is the approximate space for a food vendor.
In your submission include:
3 photos of your booth set up including one showing your food being served.
A sample menu of items you sell and their prices.
A list of other events you have participated in and references we can contact
Photos will NOT be returned.
WorldFest has no deadline for submission but is usually fully booked with vendors by March 31.
12x12 is the standard food booth. Email or call (530- 274-8384) for information on fees.
The artisans are set up outdoors between stages. Electricity is available. This is a juried show with up to 45 artisans displaying their wares. Handmade arts and crafts are welcome as well as imported items. In your submission please include:
3 photos of your wares including one showing your booth set up.
A list of items you sell and their prices.
A list of other events you have participated in with references we may contact.
Do NOT send samples. Photos will NOT be returned.
WorldFest has no deadline for submission but is usually fully booked with vendors by March 31.
10x10 OR 10x20 is the space for display. Email or call 530-274-8384 for information on fees.
Please do not contact WorldFest regarding artist submissions. We have a closed artist submission process. We do not accept unsolicited submissions.
Pets & Service Animals
No pets are allowed anywhere on the grounds at Worldfest, including the campground. Qualified and bona fide service animals are welcome.
Companion and Emotional Support animals are NOT Service Animals under ADA law and are prohibited at Worldfest.
Service Animal Policy
All service animals must be trained, housebroken, leashed and under the direct control of their handler at all times. If any handler does not adhere to these conditions, the handler will be asked to remove the animal from the site. The handler then may return without the animal.
Worldfest reserves the right to refuse admittance to or eject any individual whose conduct poses a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals or service animals.
Any Worldfest patron arriving at the festival with a service animal should take their service animal to Guest Services located at gate 1. We will place a special wristband on your animal's collar designating it as an approved Service Animal. Once your Service Animal has been banded, staff and security are not likely to question you again unless the animal causes a problem.
Any patron bringing a non-service animal will be not permitted onto any of the festival grounds, including camping areas.
There is an ATM machine located inside the festival grounds. Location is shown on your map.
Check the festival map for our first aid location. If you need help just tell anyone with a staff or volunteer tag and they will assist you. If you see anyone in need of assistance flag us down!
We have free water refill stations. Locations are listed on your map. You can bring your own water bottle and we will have really cool reusable Worldfest water bottles for sale at the marketplace.
There is a wide variety of food vendors at Worldfest. (vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, bbq, stir fry, nacho etc etc).
Browse our marketplace featuring musical instruments, clothing, jewelry, art work, Native American crafts, massage stations and much more.
Shop for stone & silver jewelry for all ages that compliments cool & comfortable summer clothing, from Africa, Indonesia, Central and South America.
2016 Artisans Include
Fatty Egg Roll
How You Bean
Jardin Del Rio fruit stand in the campgrounds
Lazy Dog Ice Cream
Our lost and found station is located at the information kiosk at the end of the Marigold path, it is also located on your map. This booth remains open during festival hours.
KVMR radio, 89.5fm and kvmr.org, will be broadcasting from Worldfest for your listening enjoyment.
Yes, Worldfest is a family festival. There will be children's performers, workshops and family games each day. Don’t forget the Kid’s Parade on Saturday at 5pm!
Bring your low-backed lawn chair (under 32" from top of chair to ground & under 10” from seat to ground) for seating close to the stage. You may bring full size lawn chairs to seat yourself beyond the soundboard. Please, no chaise lounges.The fairgrounds policy is no tarps allowed on the meadow grass.
You are welcome to bring coolers no larger than a 12-pack size (max size is 17” x 12” x 10”). If you are camping, you may have any size ice chests in the campground area.
Campers with a camping ticket may park in the campground. This is included in your ticket price. Day pass holders may park at gate 1. The fairgrounds charges $5 per vehicle.
WHAT TO BRING
· Coolers no larger than a 12-pack size max size is 17” x 12” x 10”
· Regular sized or unframed backpacks
· Hula Hoops, Balls or Frisbees
· Picnic baskets
· Low back chairs under 32" from top of chair to ground and under 10" from seat to ground.
· Personal misters
· Warm clothes (nights can be cool)
· Sun protection
· Acoustic instruments for campsite jams and workshops
· Yoga mat for workshops
· Portable radios to tune into KVMR
· Water bottles
· Your tickets
· Valid Driver’s License for will-call and/or to drink alcohol
· Smiles and positive vibes
We are here to help. Please feel free to call The Center for the Arts during business hours Tuesday - Saturday noon - 5:00pm (530) 274-8384 or send us an email at email@example.com. For ticketing questions email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEAVE AT HOME
· Weapons of any kind
· Illegal substances
· Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the festival) (outside alcohol allowed in campground only)
· Glass containers of ANY kind
· Cans of ANY kind
· Skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles
· Bicycles allowed in campground only
· Large or hard-sided coolers ( allowed in campground only)
· Pets (Except animals that assist people with disabilities. Important to read Service and Support Animal Policy & Procedures.)
· No illegal vending is permitted (no unauthorized or unlicensed vendors allowed)
· Vape pens, E-cigarettes or cigarettes allowed in designated smoking areas only.
· No campfires or charcoal grills (cook stoves OK)
· Frowns and negative vibes
· Ground tarps ( allowed in campground only)
· Concert goers and belongings are subject to search at gates. Prohibited items will be removed by security or gate staff.
· No refunds, exchanges or cancellations. There will be no refunds. Festival is Rain or Shine. Artists subject to change
HOTELS / MOTELS / B&B
Historic Grass Valley and Nevada City offer many comfortable sleeping accommodations. For information call the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce (530-273-4667) or on the Web at www.grassvalleychamber.com.