Guidelines

What you need to know:

WHEN & WHERE

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Gate Times:
Gate 1: Day Ticket Holders
Thur 4pm -10pm
Fri-Sun 9am – 10pm
Gate 4: Campers
Thur – Sat 8am – 11:30pm
Sun 8am – 7:30pm.

Ways to get your tickets:

Secure on-line ordering:
wwww.worldfest.net/get-tickets

By Phone:
(530)274-8384
Office is open noon to 5 PM Tue-Sat

Center Box Office:
The Center for the Arts
314 W Main Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945
email: boxoffice@nullworldfest.net

Ticket Outlet:
Briarpatch Market – 272-5333
290 Sierra College Dr.
Grass Valley, CA 95945

DIRECTIONS


gold-country-stageTAKE THE BUS FOR FREE!

GOLD COUNTRY STAGE FREE FARE DAYS JULY 14-16, 2016
County of Nevada Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

Route 3 Fairgrounds bus stop will be available at Brighton St. & McCourtney Rd. every hour.  

Route 3 will be stopping the :08 of every hour from 7:08 am through 7:08 pm Thursday & Friday and 8:08 am through 4:08 pm Saturday at the Fairgrounds Stop.

www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/cda/pw/transit/Pages/Riders-Guide.aspx

MAP & DIRECTIONS

DIRECTIONS

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 – appr. 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, appr. 2 blocks. For handicap parking use gate 1 and for general parking continue to gate 4.

Traveling on Hwy. 80 heading west from Reno:
Use the same directions as above, Hwy. 49 offramp in Auburn, head north to Grass Valley. Or, for a scenic and mildly curvy shortcut, take the Hwy. 20 offramp to Grass Valley, just after the Eagle Lakes Rd. offramp on Hwy. 80. Travel time on Hwy. 20 is appr. one-half hour. Stay on the highway through Nevada City and Grass Valley. Do not get off the highway when Hwy. 20 takes off west towards Marysville. Stay on and the highway becomes Hwy.49. Take the McKnight Way offramp and turn right on McKnight Way, traveling 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, appr. 2 blocks. For handicap parking use gate 1 and for general parking 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, appr. 1 block. For handicap parking use gate 1 and for general parking continue to gate 4.

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gold-country-stageTAKE THE BUS FOR FREE!

GOLD COUNTRY STAGE FREE FARE DAYS JULY 14-16, 2016
County of Nevada Transit Services has received a Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) air quality grant that provides public transit funding assistance for projects that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility.

Route 3 Fairgrounds bus stop will be available at Brighton St. & McCourtney Rd. every hour.  

Route 3 will be stopping the :08 of every hour from 7:08 am through 7:08 pm Thursday & Friday and 8:08 am through 4:08 pm Saturday at the Fairgrounds Stop.

www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/cda/pw/transit/Pages/Riders-Guide.aspx

TENT & RV CAMPING

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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 with ticket packets described on the back.  Showers and fresh water are located throughout the grounds.  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)

The camping gate opens at 8:00 AM each day.  There will be no ticket sales between 10:00PM and 8:00AM.  Sunday camping ticket holders may camp through Sunday night.  Checkout time is noon on Monday.

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The Fairgrounds at Grass Valley camping area is level terrain and ideal for families with tents, campers, and RV’s (hook-ups are available by reservation). Showers and fresh water are located throughout the grounds. Lion Lake offers shoreline fishing for children.   It is Open Camping – first come, first serve.  You select your camping spot when you arrive.  There are not set spaces, unless you have reserved an RV Hookup site.  Most campers set up beside their vehicle.  There are walk-in camping spaces available, too, with parking nearby.  Each person wishing to camp must purchase a ticket that includes camping.

4-Day Tickets with Camping: begin Thursday 8AM to Monday at noon and include all music & activities for Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
3-Day Tickets with Camping: any 3 consecutive days. (includes Camping plus all Music & Activities)
2-Day Tickets with Camping: include any 2 consecutive days of music plus camping for the same 2 days.
1-Day Tickets with Camping: include full day of music plus that night’s camping.
1-Day Tickets (no Camping): include the full day of music from 10AM to the end of music (usually about 11PM), workshops, dance and children’s programs. A 1-Day Ticket may be used for the day of your choice.  Day Gate opens at 9AM.
Youth Tickets with Camping: include all music, workshops, children’s programs and camping for the full festival. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.  Youth is 13-16 years old.
Child Tickets with Camping: include all music, workshops, children’s programs and camping for the full festival. Child must be accompanied by an adult.  A child is 5-12 years old.  Under 5 is Free.
RV Festival Hookup Sites: open at 8AM on Thursday, July 14 and your spot is available to you until noon on Monday, July 18. RV Hookup Sites are only available in the packages below:
Reserved Sites with FULL Hookups: (water, electricity, sewer) are available as packages for the whole festival and include two Adult 4-Day tickets with camping.
Reserved Sites with Partial Hookups: (water/electricity only) are available as packages for the whole festival and include two Adult 4- Day tickets with camping

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.  The camping gate opens at 8:00 AM each day.  There will be no ticket sales between 10:00PM and 8:00AM.  Sunday camping ticket holders may camp through Sunday night.  Checkout time is noon on Monday.

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.

SEATING

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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.

No outside alcohol is allowed inside the festvial grounds.

OTHER ACCOMODATIONS

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Gate Hours

MAIN ENTRANCE/GATE 1:

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

 

 

CAMPING/GATE 4:

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

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

SEATING

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 boxoffice@nullworldfest.net with the new patrons information, including name and email.

Volunteering

For more information and FAQs about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.worldfest.net/volunteer


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 volunteer@nullworldfest.net.

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?

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Vendor applications are open from January to March each year. Booth fees vary by size and type. Please contact vendor@nullworldfest.net 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 booking@nullworldfest.net

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!
BRING YOUR OWN CONTAINERS! (NO GLASS!)

  • 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 kvmr.org, 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?
CAMPING: 
Nevada County Fairgrounds has flat terrain ADA camping section located next to Entry Gate 5.
MEDICAL:
We have first aid and professional medical on-site! Find the First Aid Booth by Gate 5.
PARKING:
ADA parking is available at Gate 1
MORE INFORMATION:
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?

WHAT TO BRING

· 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

LEAVE AT HOME

· 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?

HOTELS / MOTELS / B&B

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 info@nullworldfest.net. For ticketing questions email boxoffice@nullworldfest.net.