FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2012 Seaside Park to Host 18th Annual Festival through 2017 Tickets on Sale Today for Vibes 2013, July 25-28 Bridgeport, CT —The Gathering of the Vibes and the City of Bridgeport have confirmed an agreement to hold the annual music, camping, and arts festival at Seaside Park for five more years, through 2017. The 18th Gathering of the Vibes will return to the shores of the Long Island Sound July 25-28, 2013. Plans are already in motion for making next summer’s festival an unforgettable experience for all ages. Just in time for holiday stocking stuffers, tickets for the 18th Annual Gathering of the Vibes go on sale today at 10:00 a.m. EST. Visit http://govibes.com for details. Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch commented, “The Gathering of the Vibes is an exceptional addition to Bridgeport’s blossoming arts and entertainment scene. We’re excited to continue developing Bridgeport’s relationship with Vibes for another five years and look forward to the tremendous opportunity to showcase the Park City to thousands of out-of-town guests from throughout the country.” Gathering of the Vibes executive director, Ken Hays added, “I am grateful to Mayor Finch and the entire City of Bridgeport for all their support over the years. This agreement solidifies the genuine relationship between the Vibes and this city; and epitomizes the original vision of legendary Bridgeport resident and circus impresario, P.T. Barnum, who donated the park land for all who wanted to hear music.” Founded in 1996, Gathering of the Vibes’ rich music history includes performances by both legends and rising stars including: Crosby, Stills & Nash, all living members of...
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:
You need to be approved and pre-registered by our vendor coordinator to vend anything at Vibes. No approval, no vending. Check out our Craft Vending page for more info. Related FAQs...
Please follow these links and read the information and requirements very carefully before applying: Craft Vending Information Food Vending...
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.
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)
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.
Re-entry by car is prohibited. If you must leave the venue, by car or on foot, please leave your wristband on. You will not be allowed back in with a wristband that has been removed, cut, etc. There will be no way to leave the venue by car during the main ingress during Thursday/Thursday night. If you need to leave Thursday evening, please plan to leave your car outside of the venue in one of our Day Parking lots and take a shuttle. The safety of your fellow VibeTribe comes first! We encourage these alternatives: Park in the Day Parking Lots and take the Shuttle. Take a cab from the Arches area to and from your off site location. These methods are much safer for all...
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.
We are aware that many of you collect your show tickets. Now that we have moved to Print-At-Home Tickets, do not despair! We have commemorative tickets available at the Vibes Merch Tent. Just pop over to the big white tent, at the entrance to the main concert field, and ask for your commemorative ticket. Please, one ticket per wristband. That way we will have enough for...
Each print-at-home ticket has a unique bar code. When you get to the gate at Vibes, your bar code will be scanned and then no one else can use it. If you purchase a ticket from someone, please make sure it is someone you know and trust. If someone sells you a copy of a ticket and there is more than one copy, whichever copy of that ticket is through the gate first is the only valid ticket. If you get to the gate and your bar code has already been scanned, there is nothing we can do. We do not want that to happen. At the gate, it doesn’t matter whose name is on the ticket; if your ticket comes up already scanned you will have to purchase a new ticket at full price at the gate. Please exercise caution when buying from an unknown source. Related FAQs...
Your ticket confirmation and print-at-home tickets (two e-mails), generally appear in your inbox within three hours after you place your order and should take no more than 24 hours. It goes a little something like this: Once you place your order we will e-mail you both a confirmation e-mail and the actual ticket(s) (Note: these are two separate e-mails that may not arrive at the same time) Your confirmation e-mail will contain your purchasing information Your ticket comes as an PDF attachment that you need to print out. If you ordered more than one ticket, your e-mail will contain more than one PDF attachment If do not receive both e-mails, please check your spam, junk mail, and trash folders in your e-mail program in case they ended up there. If you absolutely do not have a record of your tickets after 24 hours, please call the office as soon as possible at (203) 908-3030. Related FAQs...
First, in order to bring an RV to Vibes, you must purchase an RV Pass beforehand. Everyone traveling/camping in the RV must also purchase a Weekend Camping Pass. Sometimes there are limited RV passes still available at showtime but please call ahead or check the website for availability. Once you get to Vibes, you will be assigned an RV space. We are sorry, but specific spaces may not be reserved ahead of time even if you have additional parking passes, such as Family, Boardie, etc. All RV’s are parked based on the availability at time of arrival. Related FAQs...
Important NEW guidelines for RV’s and & Tow Behind Campers and Trailers Due to Fire Department compliance & public safety concerns, the following vehicle types will require an RV Pass, and can NOT be parked in the regular campgrounds: • All tow-behind campers, trailers or recreational vehicles (regardless of the length) • Any vehicle with a generator or onboard propane tank (one that is built into your vehicle) • Any vehicle, over 25” Vehicles fitting one or more of the above descriptions require an RV parking pass, to be purchased in advance of the fest. If you have any questions or if you need an RV pass this year, please call the...
If your RV is under 25 feet long, bumper to bumper (including the tow vehicle), you do not need to purchase an RV Pass and you may camp in the general camping areas; however, you may not run a generator. We’re sorry about that but the only place you may run an RV generator is in the RV Pass parking area. Related FAQs...
Important NEW guidelines for RV’s and & Tow Behind Campers and Trailers Due to Fire Department compliance & public safety concerns, the following vehicle types will require an RV Pass, and can NOT be parked in the regular campgrounds: • All tow-behind campers, trailers or recreational vehicles (regardless of the length) • Any vehicle with a generator or onboard propane tank (one that is built into your vehicle) • Any vehicle, over 25” Vehicles fitting one or more of the above descriptions require an RV parking pass, to be purchased in advance of the fest. If you have any questions or if you need an RV pass this year, please call the office! IMPORTANT: There are no reservations for specific RV locations. Once you get to Vibes, you will be directed to your RV space. Specific spaces may not be reserved ahead of time even if you have additional parking passes such as: Family, Boardie, Sober, or Handy Camping, etc. This also includes VIP ticket holders. Each person who enters the show in the RV must also have a Weekend Camping Pass (including the driver). Did we mention that RV Passes are sold on a first-come-first-served basis and sell out...
Then you need an RV Pass in addition to your Camping Passes. Any RV or combined car-pulling-a-trailer set-up that is over 25 feet in length must have an RV Pass. RV Passes are sold on a first-come-first-served basis and sell-out quickly! Purchase them through our on-line store as you would purchase tickets. Remember that each person in the RV must also have a Weekend Camping Pass (including the driver). Related FAQs...
Gathering of the Vibes prides itself on being a family-friendly festival. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The only exception to this is VIP. Please see the VIP Kids section for details. For Sunday Single-Day Tickets only, kids 15 and under are free when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Weekend Camping 12 and under are free 13 and up – adult ticket VIP 5 and under are free 6-12 – Kids VIP ticket Fri/Sat Single-Day 12 and under are free 13 and up – adult ticket Sunday Single-Day 15 and under are free 16 and up – adult ticket Buy Kids’ Tickets Related FAQs...
We hate to say, “No,” to you but you may not buy a “Thursday-Only” ticket. Only Weekend Camping Pass holders get in on Thursday. Also, Bridgeport Residents Ticket holders do not have access on Thursday. Thursday is a “bonus” day for folks purchasing a Weekend Camping...
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.
It includes so much! We streamline your arrival through a separate vehicle entrance with a fraction of the wait, catered lunch Fri-Sun in the VIP tent, free snacks, beverages and discounted beer throughout the weekend. Make yourself at home at the VIP tent, equipped with comfy couches, a stage side viewing platform, flush toilets, and general respite from all kinds of weather. We aim to make the Vibes great for everyone, VIP is just, well, a little cushier. Please follow this link for a complete description of the VIP Package. VIP Ticket...
Yes, if you want to camp for even just one night, you need to purchase a Weekend Camping Pass. We do not have one-night camping options but, take our word for it, once you’re camped, you will want to stay!
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.
Premier Music, Arts & Camping Festival Returns to Connecticut’s Spectacular Seaside Park July 19-22, 2012 Tickets On Sale November 25th at 10 a.m. EST BRIDGEPORT, CT — The 17th annual Gathering of the Vibes kicks off the holidays on ‘Black Tie Dye Friday,’ November 25, 2011, when VIP and Weekend Early Bird tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. at http://www.GOVIBES.com. Well known as the Northeast’s most family friendly music festival destination, Gathering of the Vibes will deliver a four-day extravaganza of eclectic music, arts, and community July 19-22, 2012 at Bridgeport’s magnificent 370-acre Seaside Park. The Vibes is an all ages event offering an exclusive family camping area, Kids Corner, and Teen Scene, welcoming both campers and single day visitors. Kids 12 & under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. “Music fans can sleep in late knowing that the perfect gift or stocking stuffer awaits them just a mouse click away,” says Ken Hays, festival founder. “What could be better than gifting someone you love, a live musical experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives?” A limited number of VIP Passes will be available and include expedited, exclusive entry, rock-star parking with easy in/out access, shaded camping areas along with catered meals, snacks, and beverages. VIP ticket holders also have access to air conditioned bathroom trailers and hot showers. Located stage left on the concert field, the VIP hospitality tent and viewing platforms offer exceptional stage sightlines as well as the opportunity to mix and mingle with artists. Early Bird Weekend Passes will be available for a limited time for $175, a sizeable savings...
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.
Sunday is Family Day at the Vibes Celebrating CT Residents, Vets & Active Military BRIDGEPORT, Conn., July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Sunday is “Family Day” at the Gathering of the Vibes, allowing families to attend the festival at a significantly reduced ticket price. Available only at the gate, kids 15 & under are free and all Connecticut residents and members of our military showing a photo ID will gain entrance admitted for $20. Family Day offers the ideal compromise between children’s need to have fun and parents’ desire to watch some music and catch up with old friends. Gathering of the Vibes, the Northeast’s premier camping, music & arts celebration, remains a pioneer in creating a truly family friendly festival experience. Last year, Vibes hosted 700 families & their kids – 1,800 children under the age of 15 were in attendance. This unique “community” experience is what ultimately separates Gathering of the Vibes from all other music festivals, using music to bring generations together. “In 2011, ‘Family Day’ turned out better than we ever envisioned. The positive ‘vibe’ was amazing, and the spirit of thousands of young people in attendance was palatable,” says Ken Hays, festival founder. “We want to continue celebrating family, our fellow Connecticut residents, and thanking the men and women who serve our country. ‘Family Day’ has become a great platform for us to do just that.” School of Rock Partnership & Teen Vibes Stage The Vibes is pleased to again partner with the nationally acclaimed School of Rock organization. SOR is the leading performance-based music education program with schools located throughout the country, including Fairfield,...