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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.

FESTIVAL MAPworldfest-map-2016-800

Click for more information about CAMPING


Gate Hours


Thursday: 4pm-11pm
Friday-Saturday9am - 11pm
Sunday 9am - 11pm




Thursday 8am - 11:00pm

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

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.


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

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 (at 8am) through the camping gate only. All chairs and personal items must be removed each night.

ALL seating areas are NO smoking.

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.

New and Returning volunteers please fill out the California WorldFest Volunteer Application HERE.

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 apply using the form on our website.

What is the WorldFest Marketplace?

Visit the WorldFest Marketplace (which can be found on the Festival Map) to check out all the Official WorldFest 2020 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!

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

We have experienced an increase in attendance of non-service animal pets, who have accompanied their owners in violation of California and federal law. These animals have compromised the health and safety of festival patrons and legitimate service animals. As a result we have developed the following service animal policy and procedure. The policy and procedure will be strictly enforced and implemented in the interest of ensuring that bona fide service animals are permitted and all other animals are prohibited from California WorldFest.

By law, if an animal’s purpose or task is to provide protection, emotional support, well- being, comfort, or companionship, it is NOT considered a service animal and may NOT attend the festival with you.

Please read our full Service Animal Policy.

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.
Lost & Found

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

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.
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.


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.

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

I have another question.

We are here to help. Please feel free to call The Center for the Arts during business hours Tuesday - Friday 11am - 4:00pm (530) 274-8384 or send us an email at For ticketing questions email