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Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949

Thursday through Sunday
July 12-15, 2018

Gate Times:
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 train: Amtrak connects in Auburn, CA to Gold Country Stage.

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.

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Click for more information about CAMPING


What are WorldFest's Hours?

What are Worldfest Gate Hours?

Gate 1 - Day-ticket holders:
4:00pm - 11:00pm

Friday - Sunday
9:00am - 11:00pm

Gate 4 - Campers
Thursday thru Saturday
8am – 10pm

8am – 7:30pm

Can I buy my ticket when I get to WorldFest?

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.

Is there Alcohol for sale at WorldFest?

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.

How do I get my wristband?

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.

Can I get a refund or a voucher for next year?

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 with the new patrons information, including name and email.

Can I Volunteer?

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.

Click HERE for information and fill out our Volunteer Application Form.

If you have questions please address them to

How do I become a WorldFest Vendor?


2018 Vendor applications are now closed.

Contact with any questions, or to be placed on a waiting list.

Marketplace hours are:
Thursday 4:00 – 11:00pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9:00am – 10:00pm

How do I submit my application to be a WorldFest Performer?

Please do not contact WorldFest regarding artist submissions. We have a closed artist submission process. We do not accept unsolicited submissions.

Can I bring my pet dog, cat, owl, ferret, pig or snake?

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.

How do I get money to buy all the cool stuff at WorldFest?

There is an ATM machine located inside the festival grounds. Location is shown on your map.

What if I need First Aid?

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!

What's the drinking water situation?

We have free water refill stations throughout the grounds. Locations are listed on your map.

Help us End Single Use!
- Bring your own waterbottle
- Waterbottles and Stainless Steel Klean Kaneteen WorldFest Official Cups will be available for sale at the WorldFest Merch Booth!

No single-use bottled water will be available on site. Stay hydrated, make sure your friends and family stay hydrated, too! It's HOT at WorldFest!

What food options are available?

There is a wide variety of food vendors at WorldFest. (vegetarian, gluten free, vegan, bbq, stir fry, nachos and more).


What is in the Marketplace?


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.

Where is the lost-and-found?

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.

I want to hang out in the campground and not miss the music!

KVMR radio, 89.5fm and, will be broadcasting from WorldFest for your listening enjoyment.

Are there activities for my kids?

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!

Of course parents are fully responsible for their children at all times and children must not be left unsupervised at any time.

What kind of seating should I bring?

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.

Can I bring an Ice Chest to WorldFest?

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.

Where do I park when I get to WorldFest?

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 should I bring to WorldFest?


· Blankets
· 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

What should I 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)
· Drones
· 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

Where can I stay in the area?


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

OK, I still have questions who do I talk to before the Festival?

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 For ticketing questions email