California WorldFest Important Information

Dates, Location, Maps & other Frequently Asked Questions


Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949

Thursday through Sunday

July 11-14, 2019


For day parking use gate 1 and for camping continue to gate 4.



Thursday: 4 PM-11PM

FridaySaturday9AM – Midnight
Late Night Only ticket holders must enter gates by midnight for entry to event.
Festival grounds close at 2AM on Friday & Saturday nights.


Sunday 9AM – 11PM



Thursday 8am – 11:00pm

Friday-Sunday 8:00am – 10:00pm


Closest airports are Sacramento (1 hour drive)
and Reno (1.5 hour drive)


Amtrak connects in Auburn, CA to Gold Country Stage.


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.

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.

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.



Gate Hours


Thursday: 4 PM-11PM

Friday-Saturday9AM - Midnight (Late Night Only ticket holders must enter gates by midnight for entry to event. Festival grounds close at 2 am.

Sunday 9AM - 11PM



Thursday 8am - 11:00pm

Friday-Sunday 8:00am - 10:00pm

Late Night at WorldFest

WorldFest 2019 Late Night FAQ


How can I attend Late Night this year?

Late Night is included with any pass valid for the same day.

Full festival pass holders are admitted to both Late Nights at no additional cost.

2-Day pass holders (Fri and Sat only) are admitted to both Late Nights at no additional costs.

1-Day pass holders (Friday) are admitted to Friday Late Night

1-Day pass holders (Saturday) are admitted to Saturday Late Night


Can I purchase a Late Night Only ticket this year?

No. You must purchase a full day pass to attend Late Night. Gates close at 9pm.


What is the age range for the Late Night parties?

Late Night at WorldFest is an all ages, substance free environment. No alcohol will be served at the event. The Drum Circle is an incredible experience at any age, and our Dance Parties feature conscious lyrics, positive vibes, and a welcoming environment intentionally created for all walks of life - not your typical club/bar vibe.


What if I want to camp after the Late Night Party ends?

Only Festival Ticket Holders with Camping Add-On Tickets are admitted to the campgrounds. You may purchase these ONLY during Box Office hours, either in advance, or at Festival Gates 1 and 4 from 9:00am to 9:00pm. Camping passes WILL NOT be for sale at the Late Night entry and you must hold a full Festival Pass to camp onsite.


Are children allowed at Late Night?

Late Night is an all ages, substance free event. Youth or Children with festival passes are allowed inside Late Night parties! We ask that parents or guardians accompany any child under the age of 16. Both the Children/youth and parent or guardian will both need a required festival pass for entry.



- You must have a festival wristband valid on the day of the event to attend Late Night shows. NO EXCEPTIONS. This will be checked and monitored by security both at the gates and throughout the grounds.

- Single Day Festival Tickets expire at 2AM, and DO NOT include camping. If you plan to access the campgrounds, please purchase a Camping Add-On during regular Box Office hours. They will NOT be for sale at the Late Night check-in gate!

- All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.- Late Night at WorldFest is a substance free environment designed for all ages and a positive environment. Please be respectful of those around you and do your part to create a positive vibe wherever you are.

- Please be respectful of our neighbors when traveling through the grounds at night between the performance stage and Drum Circle area and keep noise to a minimum. Sound travels far in the Foothills!


LATE NIGHT at WorldFest is included with Single Day festival passes for that day, 2-day passes including that day, and all 3-day and 4-day passes. If you're wondering if your pass includes access to Late Night, just stop by the Box Office!


Gates open for Late Night Only patrons at 10:30PM, and you must be inside the gates by midnight to enter.


Late Night ends at 2AM and festival grounds close to all patrons at 2:15AM. 




Check out the festival program for details about each Late Night artist!

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!)

Seating Policy


The area between the stage and seating becomes a DANCE AREA Friday and Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday at 7pm.

Performers at WorldFest love to see smiling, dancing faces in the crowd - so hop up out of those seats and join your WorldFest family on the dance floor!


Seats can be placed in designated areas beginning at 9am when gates open.

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.

Campers are allowed to place chairs and blankets early (at 8am) through the camping gate only. All chairs and personal items must be removed each night. Anything left behind after the final show will be considered abandoned. WorldFest is a gathering place! Making space for expression and connection through dance and movement is important. Please be respectful of the dance floor and respectful of participants who choose to be seated.

Remember:  ALL seating areas are NO smoking. Many of the daytime stages have provided chair or bench seating.

ALL PERSONAL BELONGINGS MUST BE TAKEN HOME EACH NIGHT. Anything left behind will be considered abandoned.

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.

Help us #EndSingleUse - Official California WorldFest Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Cups are available for sale at both bars, until supplies run out!

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 due to CA Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Regulations.

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.


For more information and FAQs about volunteer opportunities, please visit

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

Merchant Vendors at WorldFest

Our Vendor Coordination team intentionally curates the merchant village offerings each year in order to present the finest variety of handcrafted goods from around the world.

Everything from natural body care products, to sustainably produced clothing, to tasteful and original art for your home and garden can be found at WorldFest for the duration of the festival!

Can I vend at WorldFest this year?


Vendor applications are open from January to March each year. Booth fees vary by size and type. Please contact with inquiries.

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

What is the WorldFest Marketplace?

Visit the WorldFest Marketplace (which can be found on the Festival Map) to check out all the Official WorldFest 2018 Marketplace.  A limited quantity of all Official WorldFest merch is available, so don't wait until the last day to pick yours out - get to the Marketplace early! Marketplace hours are the same as festival gate hours.

Artist merchandise including recorded music to take home with you is also found at the WorldFest Marketplace. Many performers will head to the Marketplace after their set to sign autographs and meet fans all throughout the day and night!

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

Please contact

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.

Is there an ATM onsite?

There are two ATMs onsite.

  • One is located by the Gate 1 enterence next to Guest Services.
  • The other is located at the Foundation Station Bar.
First Aid

Check the festival map for our first aid location, near Gate 5. If you need help just tell anyone with a bright orange vest and they will assist you. If you see anyone in need of assistance flag down any volunteer or staff member!

Drinking Water

We have free HYDRATION STATIONS throughout the festival and camp grounds.

Locations are listed on the Festival Map and in your WorldFest Program, as well as indicated by giant water droplets - look out for them as you're walking around site.

Help us #EndSingleUse!

  • WorldFest Water Bottles and ChicoBag Water Bottle Slings are available inside the WorldFest Marketplace across from the Foundation Bar
  • Stainless Steel Klean Kaneteen WorldFest Official Cups will be available for sale at either bar only while supplies last. Purchase of the cup comes with your first drink FREE!
  • No single-use plastic bottled water will be available on site. Boxed water will be for sale at the bar, but reusable water containers are encouraged to utilize the free hydration stations located throughout the grounds.
What food options are available?

Enjoy a wide variety of menu options with something for everyone. From India to Brazil, from Asia to Latin America, global cuisine abounds at WorldFest! You will even see some of your local favorites.

Vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free and organic options are widely available.


Lost & Found

Our lost and found station is located at Guest Services by Gate 1.

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.

What ADA / Accessibility information is available for WorldFest?
Nevada County Fairgrounds has flat terrain ADA camping section located next to Entry Gate 5.
We have first aid and professional medical on-site! Find the First Aid Booth by Gate 5.
ADA parking is available at Gate 1
The pathways around the Nevada County Fairgrounds are accessible for mobility impaired participants.
Most of our stages have tents or tress for shade, and two stages are indoors with air conditioning.
ADA Accessible restrooms are available throughout the grounds.
Service Animals are welcomed - see our specific Service Animals FAQ in this list.
Parking at 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 $6 per vehicle per day, no ins and outs.

Parking at Gate 1 included with The Best of the Fest VIP ticket add-ons!
A limited number of VIP passes are available each day. Upgrade today before they sell out!

Smoking Policy

No smoking of any kind is allowed inside festival gates.

Designated smoking areas OUTSIDE the festival gates are indicated on the Festival Map.

California law does not allow cannabis use in public. 

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 21+ ID such as State ID card, driver license or passport for will-call and/or to drink alcohol
· Smiles and positive vibes

Prohibited Items


· Weapons of any kind
· Illegal substances
· Alcohol (due to CA Dept of Alcoholic Beverage Control Regulations; alcohol will be sold at the festival from 11AM to 11PM)
· Glass containers 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 Service Animals - please read and review the Service Animal Policy earlier in the FAQ for details)
· No illegal vending is permitted (no unauthorized or unlicensed vendors allowed)
· Drones
· Vape pens, E-cigarettes or cigarettes allowed in designated smoking areas only - OUTSIDE festival gates.
· No campfires or charcoal grills (cook stoves OK on the campgrounds)
· Ground tarps are not allowed on the festival lawn (allowed in campground only)
· Concert goers and belongings are subject to search at gates.

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 can I stay in the area?


Historic Grass Valley and Nevada City offer many comfortable lodging accommodations.

For more information, call the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce (530-273-4667) or view the information on their website HERE

Who do I talk to if I still have questions, concerns, or suggestions?

We are here to help. Please feel free to call The Center for the Arts during business hours Tuesday - Friday noon - 5:00pm (530) 274-8384 or send us an email at For ticketing questions email