Is there seating?
- Seating is festival style. Bring your favourite portable camp chair or blanket.
What if it rains?
- We have 5,800 square feet of covered performance area including our festival big top tent and a canopy area in front of the stage, allowing ample protection from rain and hot sun. There are also non-covered areas for those wanting to enjoy the sun. There is minimal natural shade on site, except on the far edges of the camping area.
Will there be a beverage garden?
- There is no beverage garden, and no alcohol is permitted in the performance area.
Can I bring my kids?
- Absolutely! Children of all ages are welcome at the festival and in the campground. In fact, our young fans under 18 are FREE when accompanied by an adult! We will also have a special children’s performance Saturday with Paul Silveria. See our Schedule page for details.
Where should I stay?
You can stay right on the festival grounds. There is no shortage of camping spots. Bring a tent, camper, trailer or RV! See our Tickets/Camping page for pricing details and to book online. You can also purchase festival passes and camping at the gate. Please note that all sites are unserviced, but there are free showers and flush toilet facilities available. The site has minimal shade. There is also a nearby campsite operated by the Town of Lake Cowichan with a beach and some hookups. If camping isn’t for you, there are several hotels and numerous BnB options in Lake Cowichan, which is only 4 km from the festival site.
How many people can I have at my campsite?
- You can have one unit or dwelling (RV, tent) per site, housing up to four adults. Extra adults are $15. No charge for those 17 and under with an adult. A larger RV or two- or three-room tent, for example, would qualify as one dwelling, housing four adults. But four adults in two tents would require separate campsites.
Can I have a fire at my campsite?
- Cook stoves, propane fire pits and BBQ’s MUST be 12 inches off the ground at all times. No wood fire pits or charcoal cooking devices are allowed. You must have a fire extinguisher at your campsite if you are using a cook stove, BBQ or propane fire pit.
Where can I park?
- If you are camping on-site, you park at your campsite. Free day parking and handicapped parking is also available.
Will there be vendors?
- Yes! There are a variety of food and merchandise vendors on site.
Can I pay at the gate?
Yes. We can process credit cards at the gate but WiFi coverage at the check-in area may be unreliable. Cash always works.
Where do I get advance tickets?
- Tickets and campsite reservations are available at BrownPaperTickets.com. Camping and festival passes are sold separately. Please see our Tickets/Camping page for links and details. Tickets will also be available at the gate. For speedy processing and to prevent traffic backups, there are no will calls for advance tickets at the gate. Please print your tickets at home or use mobile checkout.
Will there be late-night jamming?
- Of course – this is a bluegrass festival! Several large covered areas will be available for jamming. Jam sessions often go late into the night. Be respectful of your neighbours late at night and observe quiet areas. We suggest all campers in jamming areas bring earplugs.
- Please no jamming on stages or use of amplified instruments, drums, or music that is not in keeping with the festival theme.
Is there a quiet zone?
The east side of the main road is designated as quite camping. Gate volunteers will direct you.
Will there be workshops?
- Yes! Bring your instrument and join one of our free workshops on Saturday afternoon! You’ll learn from some of the same folks you see on stage! You can also take part in a hosted Slow Pitch jam on Saturday and a Sunday morning gospel session.
What about smoking?
- Smoking is allowed in designated areas only. Please dispose of cigarette butts in the containers provided. Laketown Ranch is a pristine, natural environment that is home to a herd of elk, among many other animals and plants. Do not put cigarettes on the ground. Cigarette butts can be injested by wildlife and harm them.
No trespassing areas.
- Absolutely no admittance is allowed in fenced-off areas. Laketown Ranch Music Park is a large, private site that hosts a variety of events. Not all facilities at the park are available to the Cowichan Bluegrass Festival. Anyone found in areas designated no trespassing will be asked to leave the site.
Do you recycle?
- There are recycle bins throughout the site. We encourage patrons to GO GREEN. Please try to reduce your use of plastics and avoid single-use plastic containers. Keep a clean campsite and leave no trace when you leave. For safety reasons, no glass containers, please. Enjoy your beverages in hard, re-usable plastic or travel containers.
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