Other than music, we offer unique vending, kids friendly activities, nonprofit outreach, art exhibits and sales, greening and humanities education, musician workshops, and more.
Attendees passing through the North Grove ticketing entrance as Day-Ticket holders may enter with:
1-24 oz sealed water bottle per person may pass through the security check point. No Coolers.
Empty hyrdation packs, or empty water bottles up to 1 gallon, may be brought into the festival and filled at our free filling stations.
If you arrive with an opened container, you will have to empty it, however, there will be free filling stations located in the Food Court.
Attendees walking from the camping areas into general assembly areas may pass through security check points with:
1-24 oz sealed or unsealed water per person. No coolers.
Any non-alcohol beverage purchased from a food vendor may pass through security check points.
Per state law, you cannot bring alcohol into the concert or general assembly areas.
Any container larger than 24 oz needs to be emptied and can be refilled at our free water station (located at the Food Court)
Empty hyrdation, or empty water bottles up to 1 gallon, may be brought into General Assembly and filled at our free filling stations.
We discourage use of your GPS since we actually change the direction of a couple of one-way streets. Please check the link in the answer above closer to show time for up to date directions.
The best directions are on our directions page. They will be posted a couple of weeks before the show. We also have very clear signage from any entry point to Bridgeport.See Directions
Tweed New Haven Regional Airport — HVN — 22.9 mi (30 minutes to Vibes)
Westchester Country Airport — HPN — 35 miles (45 minutes to Vibes)
LaGuardia Airport — LGA — 54 miles (75 minutes to Vibes)
John F. Kennedy International Airpot — JFK — 61 miles (75 minutes to Vibes)
Bradley International Airport (Hartford) — BDL — 71 miles (75 minutes to Vibes)
Newark Liberty International Airport — EWR — 75 miles (90 minutes to Vibes)
(all travel times are approximate and, of course, dependent on time-of-day and traffic conditions)
I’m taking the Port Jefferson Ferry or the Metro Train/Bus to Vibes. Can I get a shuttle from there?
Yes, we will have free Shuttles running from Thursday through Sunday, to and from both the Port Jefferson Ferry and the Bridgeport Transit Center (train and bus). Hours to be posted closer to the event.
If you booked a hotel at one of the selections we have on our website, then we will be providing shuttle service for a nominal fee. For $20 per person, you can ride the shuttle from your hotel to the show, as many times as you like all weekend! Here is our “Hotel Page” with info on booking your hotel reservation today.
There will be several lots for Day Parking and they all will have shuttle service to and from Vibes. When you get close to the venue, please follow the signs to the Day Parking Lots. No one should have to wait more than 15 or 20 minutes for a shuttle. Shuttles will run from 9:00AM until 4:00AM. Your parking fee will include unlimited shuttle rides for that day.
There will be several lots for Day Parking and each will have shuttle service to and from Vibes. When you get close to the venue, please follow the signs to the Day Parking Lots. No one should have to wait more than 15 or 20 minutes for a shuttle. Shuttles will run from 9:00AM until 4:00AM. Your parking fee will include unlimited shuttle rides for that day.
Every year, the Wharf Rats set up a sober camp somewhere in the Family Camping area. This year, we are going to pre-register folks for sober camp. Please send your request to SoberCamping@gatheringofthevibes.com.
Campgrounds are the areas where you camp and can only access with a Weekend or VIP Camping Pass. Concert Areas and Net Assembly are where the stages are and are accessible by anyone with the appropriate Day Ticket or Weekend Camping Pass. Festival Grounds is everywhere! While you may bring outside food and beverage into the Campgrounds, you may not bring any outside food or beverages into the designated Concert Areas. Things that are prohibited on the Festival Grounds, are not allowed anywhere! (see Water rules for exceptions)
You are welcome to leave site as you wish to get more supplies. (On foot is a great choice, we also recommend local taxi-cabs, as leaving and reentering via car is strongly discouraged).
However, please keep in mind, we do not allow outside food, coolers or alcohol of any kind into the general attendee/concert area, this is only permitted in the camping areas. Once you are done with your excursion, if you are camping on the East Side of the festival please enter at North Grove Box office, near the Arches, and go directly into the campground with your cooler or alcohol. Likewise, if you are camping on the West Side, you have to enter on the West. You may either return to the Arches and take a shuttle over or have your taxi-cab driver drop you off at the Mid-West Camping Entrance.
Don’t forget to leave your wristband on! You will not be allowed back in with a wristband that has been removed, cut, etc.
For everyone’s safety we cannot allow open-pit campfires, tiki torches or chinese lanterns. You may, however, bring charcoal and/or propane grills and stoves to cook on. They must be accompanied by a fire extinguisher that is valid for 2013. Please see grilling question above.
Both charcoal and propane grills are permitted. All propane cylinders must be sized 20 pounds (5 gallons) or less and must be certified. All propane cylinders must be re-certified 12 years after manufacture date and every 5 years thereafter (see you local propane dealer for more details). Any grill or stove must be accompanied by a fire extinguisher that is valid for 2013.
Everyone must leave on Sunday evening, after the Main Stage music ends. Sadly, there are no exceptions.
Sure! If you want to camp with your friends, you must caravan to the show and drive in together.
As much as possible we will try to camp everyone next to their car, space and weather permitting
In order to camp even one night at Vibes, you must purchase a Weekend Camping Pass. Single-Day Tickets do not allow access to the campgrounds or the Late Night Stage.
Yes! Employees of the City of Bridgeport receive the exact same offer as Bridgeport residents. Please read the above description for the Bridgeport Resident Ticket. Employees must show their valid City of Bridgeport employee photo ID when they purchase their tickets at the gate. One ticket per ID.
First, thank you for your service. We’re happy you can join us at the Vibes! All veterans with a DD214 and Active Military with current Military ID may purchase tickets at the Bridgeport Resident rate of $75. Please read the above description for the Bridgeport Resident Ticket. Military discount tickets do not include camping, Thursday entry, or access to the Late Night Stage. One ticket per ID please.
Welcome to the neighborhood! If you just moved to Bridgeport, please present a government issued photo ID along with a utility bill (e.g., CL&P bill, phone bill). The first and last name on your ID must match the first and last names on the utility bill to be sufficient for proof of residency. One ticket per resident.
Well not immediately after the Main Stage music ends. Please feel free to check out the vendors on the Main Stage concert field and hang out for a bit, but we ask that everyone leaves within an hour after the Main Stage music ends. If you do stay for a bit, please be aware that the Main Stage concert field is closing down and you will not have access to the Late Night Stage nor the campgrounds. Taxis and shuttles are available just outside the main gate.
Well, that depends! If you want to attend the Vibes on Thursday or stay after the Main Stage closes for ANY of the Late Night Stage acts, you will need to purchase the Weekend Camping Pass. You also need a Weekend Camping Pass if you want to visit any of your friends’ campsites. However, if you just want to attend Fri, Sat & Sun during the day, leave after the Main Stage closes, and not enter the campgrounds, you may purchase Single-Day Tickets. Rock on, either way!
Everyone in your vehicle must have their own Weekend Camping Pass to enter the venue. Weekend Camping Passes will be on sale at the gates, provided we do not sell out.
Your Weekend Camping Pass enables you to camp, see all the music on every stage — including the Late Night Stage — plus all the vendors, roaming performers, and good times the Vibes has to offer. If you want to come in and start camping on Thursday, please read the “Thursday Arrival” section below.
Bridgeport, Conn. – Known as the Northeast’s premier music, arts and camping festival, the 17th annual Gathering of the Vibes will deliver a four-day extravaganza featuring a stellar lineup including: Primus, Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir & Bruce Hornsby with Special Guest Branford Marsalis, Mickey Hart Band, Sound Tribe Sector 9, The Avett Brothers, along with Yonder Mountain String Band, 7 Walkers, The Greyboy Allstars, and Steel Pulse. Vibes favorites Dark Star Orchestra, Zappa Plays Zappa, and Bridgeport’s own Deep Banana Blackout will return to the stage in 2012. Over 40 bands will perform on multiple stages located throughout the 370-acre beachfront venue. While Early Bird tickets have sold out, Way Advance ticket pricing has been extended as a token of thanks to the “Vibe Tribe” for their neverending love of great music and good times.