Bear Creek Folk Festival

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL SITE?

The festival will take place on Borstad Hill (the big tobogganing hill near the resevoir) in Muskoseepi Park in the center of Grande Prairie.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Visit our page, Getting to the Fest, to find out information about parking, transit, and accessibility to the site.

Persons with low mobility are best to park in the Muskoseepi pavilion parking lot, and enter the festival via Gate 2. Even though Gate 2 does provide box office services, our volunteers will help those with accessibility needs with ticket purchases and/or will call.

GATE INFORMATION

There are two gates for the festival; The Main/West Gate (1 block east of 105 St and 104 Ave) near the college, and the East Gate (just northwest of the Muskoseepi pavilion)

If you are collecting your tickets at the gate, you must go to the Main/West Gate; where the Festival Box Office is located.

Gate Opening times:

Friday 4:30 PM

Saturday 9:30 AM

Sunday 9:30 AM

WRISTBANDS

The type of wristband you get depends on the type of ticket you present at the gate. Three-day pass holders will get one wristband for the whole weekend. Patrons with a Single Day ticket will get a wristband that is good only for the day that is indicated on their ticket.

On the first day, any patron with all three Single Day Tickets (Fri/Sat/Sun) can choose to present all three tickets for a weekend wristband. Each ticket can also be exchanged at the gate on the respective day for a daily wristband.

Your wristband enables you to come and go from the site and is a requirement on site to verify that you have purchased a ticket. However, Wristbands are not exchangeable and should not be removed or tampered with. Patrons who remove their wristband may be escorted from the festival site and refused re-admission. All festival patrons, including children entering free, must have a wristband.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

  • Casual clothing AND rain gear, just in case
  • Sunscreen, bug spray, and any other supplies you need
  • Something to sit on—tarp, blanket, or low-backed, low legged chair (8 inch legs maximum; the back should be no more than 26 inches off the ground).

The height restriction is there to allow for unobstructed views of the stage for all patrons. Volunteers will be checking heights and will require patrons to put away chairs that exceed that height.

WHAT SHOULD I NOT BRING?

  • High-backed, or regular-legged lawn chairs: Max height for chairs= back no higher than 26 in. off the ground, legs/seat no higher than 8 inches off the ground.
  • Pets
  • Alcohol or drugs
  • Glass containers (exception baby food and bottles)
  • Video or audio recording equipment. Obviously cell phones are allowed, but we ask no recording of performances.

CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD AND DRINKS?

Yes, you can bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be many tasty options at our varied concession vendors that should satisfy many tastes and dietary needs.

Note: Bag check in effect: checking for alcohol, drugs, or glass (baby food & bottles permitted)

WHEN IS THE MUSIC ON?

Mainstage:

Friday: 6:30PM- 12AM

Saturday: 2-3PM and 6:30-12AM

Sunday: 2-3PM and 6:30-11PM

Side stages (Stage 1, 2, 3) will run Saturday and Sunday from 11AM-

2PM and 3PM-6:30PM

How do I know what’s on when? The Mainstage line-up and session schedule will be posted on our website in June. Program books will be available on site with complete schedules, site map, performer bios and photos. You will want to keep your program book as a souvenir of your festival experience!

WHAT ON-SITE SERVICES ARE PROVIDED?

Bike lock-up, family area, food and beverage concessions, beer garden, crafts, artist recordings and festival merchandise sales, information tent, lost & found, first aid, washrooms, water & wash stands, and recycling stations.

Post Festival: The Lost and Found will take a while to gather, sort, and record…Please contact the festival at info@bearcreekfolkfest.org after Tuesday, August 16th. Lost items will only be retained for a limited time so please check in with us before the end of September.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL NEED? (MOBILITY)

We will do our best to accommodate patrons with physical challenges. If you have questions, concerns, or require assistance once on site, please ask for an “Access Crew” volunteer when you enter either gate, or at the Information Tent on site.

Wheelchair access: The easiest access point for wheelchairs is via the East gate, which enters at the bottom of the hill (just northwest of the Muskoseepi Pavilion).

Mobility – Special accommodations available for people with mobility issues. See info booth at the festival for more information.

See festival program book for complete information about services and site locations.

BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR

Rules, Safety, and Etiquette – Good Neighbour Guidelines

In order to ensure the best possible experience for everyone involved, please be aware of our good neighbour policies. This is a meant to be a very friendly Festival where strangers respect each other’s needs during the festival weekend. Most of those Good Neighbour Guidelines boil down to common sense and courtesy—Please be considerate to everyone on the hill.

  • Use only the space you need and remember the side stages are for everyone
    Mainstage tarps may be no bigger than 8 X 10 ft. If you do not need that much space, please don’t take it. There will be no tarps placed at side stages. These stages will cleared of unattended tarps and chairs between workshop sessions.
  • Don’t Block the View (Chair height limits) Please be aware of chair height limits: 26” ground to top of back; 8” legs/seat. These WILL be enforced—so please ensure that your chair is not too tall.
  • Consider your neighbour’s listening experience: Turn off your cell phone and don’t talk during performances. Most people want to hear the music, not their neighbouring tarp’s latest news. If you absolutely need to talk- including on your cell phone- please keep it quiet so others can enjoy the tunes, or better yet, move to the non-listening areas.
  • No Smoking areas: Smoking is not permitted in any seated area of any stage (including the Main Stage) or inside the beer garden. It is also not permitted in any line-up per City bylaw. Please consider the needs of those around you.
  • Smoking is permitted in marked designated smoking areas. Please see the program book, or one of our Information tents for details.
  • Pitch in! Put your recyclables and garbage in appropriate bins provided. Pinch and pocket cigarette butts. Help us keep the park clean!
  • Be Safe: Please leave all sharp items as well as glass containers at home, as these are not allowed on site.
  • Know Where Your Kids Are: Do not leave children unattended; keep your kids with you after sundown; direct lost kids to the Information Tent.

WHERE CAN I STAY? IS THERE CAMPING

Although there is no camping on-site, there are numerous camping and hotel options. Click HERE for details.

SITE MAP

FOLKFEST MAP 2016