Wednesday, August 1 - Saturday, August 4, 2018

2017 information. 2018 coming soon.

Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to check in at the gate?

We work really hard to check in our guests as quickly as possible. There is a process of collecting payment, processing paperwork for folks who have pre-paid, putting on wristbands and directing people to certain camping areas. The best thing you can do to support our process is to prepurchase your tickets, stay in your car and move forward as the line progresses. Tune into 90.1 FM and listen to music and Festival info we are broadcasting for you.

What are my camping options?

Free rough camping is included when you purchase an event ticket. There are designated rough camping fields including a quiet camping area. Additionally you can reserve a campsite at the cost of $25/day or you can reserve a powered campsite at the cost of $40/day. Please notify your gate agent if you are interested in any of these options so they can direct you to the appropriate area. You can check out the camping area online at The maps are interactive so you can drill down into certain areas. Note - The number of reserved campsites and reserved powered campsites are limited.

What kind of Kid’s activities are available?

The Pemi Valley Kid's Academy is a free 3-day learning program for festival attendees with a valid wrist band held Thursday through Saturday at the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival. Click here XXX for more information and check the schedule for the times. Please submit a registration form through the website.

The Pemi Valley Kid’s Activities are led by Chris Dunstan, They are organized behind the big tent and include water balloon fights, super soaker, face painting, and other activities. Activities are recommended but not limited to children age 6-12.

What activities are available for Adults?

Wernick Method Camp - "The Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival is happy to once again offer the fun and invaluable Wernick Method Jam Camp. This is an essential hands-on way to learn the real language of open jamming for all instruments and the ability to really listen to others while playing. It also opens the world to successful song arrangement on the fly! The jam camp consists of two sessions, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 from 12-5 PM and Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 12-4 PM. The group will open the festival on Wednesday playing a 15 minute set on the Main Stage at 5PM!! 

The cost for the jam camp is $160, with a $10 discount if you sign up by July 15, 2017!
This year the class will be led by Dave Kiphuth. Click here for more information.

Pemi Valley University - Pemi Valley's Bluegrass University is a set of seven beginner classes for adults and teens who want to get the right start, or review the fundamentals. These classes are hands-on, intensive learning experiences, taught in a small group setting (between 3 and 9 students per class). The classes will be held at the festival on Saturday, 2 until 4:30 pm, and the cost for two-and-a-half hours of instruction is only $35. All you need to do is bring is an instrument, a chair and an earnest desire to learn! Click here for more information.

Slow Jams - Slow Jam’s are open to anyone who wants experience playing and singing traditional bluegrass at a moderately slow tempo in a supportive and relaxed jam setting. Players of all skill-levels and ages are welcome! The simple rules of jam etiquette create an enjoyable environment for everyone. Players should be able to play basic chords and are welcome to bring recorders. Must have a festival wristband to participate.

Will I have to walk a long way to get to the stage?

Typically not. The campground is large but pretty compact. There are two foot bridges that can shorten your travel time. Additionally, we run a school bus whenever music is playing so you can typically catch a ride on the bus or flag down a golf-cart.

Can I bring my dog to the festival?

Yes, you can bring your dog to the festival. There is a $10 registration fee and they must wear their wrist band on their collar at all times. Please note, dogs are not allowed in the vendor area or under the big tent in the bowl.They can be at the top of the hill overlooking the bowl. Please clean up after your dog at all times.

Is there potable water at the campground?

Yes, there is a water hydrant located near the shower. We are working on the water pressure issue so that water is available while someone is using the shower.

Do you have showers?

Yes, we have one shower available Wednesday 4 pm - 8 pm. Thursday through Saturday from 8 am - 8 pm. There is a $2 fee for a five minute shower.

What happens at the meet and greets in the performers tent?

This is your chance to meet some of our performers in a small setting. Sometimes they bring their instruments and play tunes and other times it is all discussion. Either way, it will be a great experience.

What are some other things I can do while I am in the area?

There are lot’s of things to do in the area. Check out our activities page on our website and our links page to see some of the local attractions. You can also find some discount coupons listed in our festival guide.

I don’t want to camp. Where can I stay? Is there a preferred hotel?

There are a lot of great places to stay in the area. You can find them listed on our website and in our festival guide. We do not have a preferred hotel but we are happy to make recommendations. Just call 603-239-2238

Is my personal information submitted for tickets or volunteering protected?

Your personal information submitted through Ticket Leap and Google Forms is protected by their firewalls. Pemi Valley does not sell or distribute any information.

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