Camping

photo by Harold Deschenes III

Arrival

Our parking staff will help get you situated when you arrive and will guide you to your camping area. Gates open at 8:00AM on Thursday morning and we ask that everyone leave as soon as the music ends on Sunday night. You’ll have enough room to set up a decent size tent and camping area but we ask you to be reasonable and considerate. Please don’t bring more equipment or bigger tents than you need. We do our best to provide car-side camping to everyone with a Weekend Camping Pass and will do our best to try and have everyone be able to drive into the park and pitch your tent next to your vehicle for the weekend. However, sometimes weather or forces beyond our control do not allow the whole site to be car-camped. If this is the case, we can promise that your car will be a close walk to your campsite.

For everyone’s safety, re-entry by vehicle is not permitted. Please plan accordingly and consider alternative ways to come and go from the venue.

Camping / Parking with Multiple Cars

If you’d like to camp with people other than just those riding in your car, please make plans to meet up at a convenient location before you get to the show and caravan to the site with your friends. Please do not make plans to meet at the venue as there is no convenient place near the park to pull over and wait. Upon arrival, you will be directed through ticketing and the vehicle search, then into the camping area. We cannot guarantee all cars that caravan together will be parked together, but we will do our best to try to make it happen for you. Give our ticketing/parking crew a heads up about which other cars you’re with when you arrive. Some camping will be in tree-filled areas, some on the water front, and some on wide open fields. If you want a definite shady spot to set up camp, bring tarps and poles or easy-up tents for your chill zone.


Bathrooms and Showers

We are blessed with flushable toilets throughout the venue. We will also have plenty of port-o’s around the site as well. There are permanent showers on site, and we will also bring in shower trailers.

Hot Tip: Most folks shower in the morning. Consider showering later in the day or at night for shorter lines and hotter water

Musical Instruments

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring acoustic instruments even hand drums, however no amplified music is permitted in the camping area.

photo by Joe Yunckes

Absolutely no amplified music is allowed in the camping area.

Generators

Generators are only allowed in the RV area. Regardless of the length or type of vehicle you have, if there is a generator on board, you must be parked in the RV area. It is against code to allow generators in regular camping areas. If your vehicle has a generator on board, you will need to purchase an RV pass.


Charcoal & Propane Grills

Charcoal grills are permitted at Gathering of the Vibes. You will also be allowed to use propane grills. All propane cylinders must be re-certified 12 years after manufactured date and every 5 years there after (see your local propane dealer for more details). No tanks over 20 lbs will be allowed in. Anyone bringing in a grill must carry a fire extinguisher that is in working order with the gauge in the green zone.

SUPER IMPORTANT! A fire extinguisher must be in any vehicle traveling with propane grills, lanterns, or other flammable liquid fuel.

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Open Flames

For everyone’s safety, no open fires will be permitted. Tiki torches are considered an open fire and are not allowed. We don’t have many, but please take the time to familiarize yourself with the complete list of rules.

Complete list of Rules

Lost & Found

Our Camping coordinators have developed an efficient Lost & Found system, which has helped to return hundreds of lost items to the VibeTribe over the years. If you’ve lost (or found!) anything at the event, please stop by Camping Headquarters, fill out a report, and we’ll make every effort to reunite you with your misplaced belongings. After Vibes you can inquire about Lost & Found items at: lostandfound@gatheringofthevibes.com


Frequently Asked Camping Questions

Tell me about the Parking fee. What’s the deal?

For Weekend Campers, there is an additional $20 per VEHICLE parking fee, payable on site (this includes cars and RVs). This fee is in addition to your Weekend Camping Pass.

If you have a VIP Weekend Camping Pass, there is no charge for parking.

If you walk, ride a bike, skateboard, catch a bus, taxi or camel into the Vibes, then there is no additional parking fee

I bought a Weekend Camping Pass. Now I’m thinking I want to go VIP! Can I upgrade to VIP?

Provided tickets are still available, you may call the office (203) 908-3030 and upgrade your Weekend Camping Pass to VIP at any time in advance of the show. You may also upgrade your ticket at the gates, if we haven’t sold out.

Can I choose where I camp? Or reserve a space ahead of time?

For general camping, there is no way to determine where you will be camped until you get to Vibes.

I don’t have kids but I want a quieter camping experience. Should I camp in Family Camping?

You may camp in Family Camping but this does not guarantee it will be quiet! There will be very young children who most likely wake up early, babies crying at night, etc. It will be a different camping experience, but not necessarily “quiet”. If you want to sign up, please check back in the spring of 2015 for Family Camping Reservations.

I would like to camp in a sober area. How can I do this?

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 using the form below.

If you want to sign up, please check back in the spring of 2015 for Sober Camping Reservations.

I have a DMV Handicap parking placard. Is there an area to camp closer to the concert field?

Vibes is proud to provide a Handy Camping area that is closer to the concert field. We offer pre-registration in that area to be sure that everyone gets where they need to be! If you want to sign up, please check back in the spring of 2015 for a Handy Camping Reservation.

I will have children with me and would like to camp in a Family Friendly area. How can I reserve a spot?

Vibes prides itself on being one of the most family-friendly music festivals in the business. We will be happy to accommodate you on a first-come-first-served basis. Please check out our “Kids and Families” page for info on all our great kids and teens activities!

Then check back in the spring of 2015 for information on how to sign up for Family Camping Reservations.

What is the difference between Campgrounds, Concert Area/Net Assembly and Festival Grounds?

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)

I want to leave Vibes on foot to get more supplies/food/beer.

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 prohibited).

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.

What about open-pit campfires, tiki torches, and chinese lanterns?

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 2015. Please see grilling question above.

What are my grilling and/or stove options?

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 2015.

Can I camp Sunday night and leave first thing Monday morning?

Everyone must leave on Sunday evening, after the Main Stage music ends. Sadly, there are no exceptions.

Can I camp with my friends?

Sure! If you want to camp with your friends, you must caravan to the show and drive in together.

Can I camp next to my car?

As much as possible we will try to camp everyone next to their car, space and weather permitting

Can I camp if I’m just coming for one day? I will leave first thing in the morning.

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.

Is the Weekend Camping Pass per vehicle, or per person?

Everyone in your vehicle must have their own Weekend Camping Pass to enter the venue. Weekend Camping Passes will be on sale at the gate, provided we do not sell out.

I only want to camp for one night. Do I still need to purchase the whole Weekend Camping Pass?

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!

What does the Weekend Camping Pass include? Do I need another ticket to get into the concert area?

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.