The American Folk Festival is committed to fostering a relaxed atmosphere, but there are certain guidelines that we ask all festival-goers to follow to ensure a fun and safe Festival for everyone.
- we love animals too, but for everyone’s safety and comfort, leave your pet at home
- the use of inline skates, skateboards and bicycles is discouraged
- no unauthorized vending – if you are not a registered vendor, you cannot sell anything on the Festival grounds
- while on Festival grounds, please keep your cell phone on vibrate, and turn it off during performances
- Smoking under Festival tents is not permitted; and smoking in the open audience is discouraged, out of respect for your neighbors.
To have a great Festival experience:
- Plan to see someone you’ve never heard of – chances are there is a group that will “wow” you!
- Bring your kids and plan to visit the Children’s Village.
- Set specific meeting places and times with members of your group. Pick a spot everyone can find easily, like the Music Sales tent for example.
- Make sure young children have an identification tag of some sort, with their name, your name and cell phone number (if you have one with you at the Festival.)
- Have a plan (place and time to meet) if your children (or adult friends) get lost. FYI- Festival staff and volunteers direct all lost people to the police/first aid compound.
- Park your car at Bass Park and take short walk to Rail Road Street or take shuttle bus (when in service) to the Festival.
- For safety reasons, golf carts will be used to transport performers & staff only. Golf cart rides are not available to Festival-goers. We ask that all festival-goers who will need assistance getting around the Festival site make other arrangements ahead of time. Wheelchairs can be rented from Black Bear Medical Supplies at a very reasonable rate – 1113 Stillwater Ave, Bangor, 1-877-989-9849. An effort is made each year to make available a Festival shuttle traveling to and from Bass Park. Railroad Stage will still be handicap-accessible, and we will identify specific seating areas for folks in wheelchairs (or with special seating needs) at each stage.
Don’t forget to bring:
- a chair or blanket
- warm clothes (nights can be cool)
- sunscreen, hat, shades
- a donation for the bucket brigade