GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance




NEW this year!

We've made some pretty big changes to our camping situation this year. We think they're going to make the overall camping experience better for everyone, and allow for some diversity of options that you've been asking for and we've finally figured out how to make work. We are super-excited about all of this and think these options will do a far better job of meeting your needs and ours. Here's what's up...

Camping locations

Located on the Trumansburg Fairgrounds, On-site camping is definitely the place to be, if you like to be right in the thick of it. The stages run well into the wee hours, so if you can't sleep through music, camping here may not be the best option for you. On-site Vehicle Camping always sells out very quickly. On-site Tent Camping sells out well in advance, too. If you know you want to camp in either of these areas on-site, we recommend getting right on it!

Meet our newest addition! We purchased a large lot of land located behind the grocery store, across the street from the main festival site. We are calling it Across the Way. This will function as a replacement for both Off-Site and Next-Door Camping, as well as festival parking. Although it’s not far of a walk, there is a shuttle to help you get from Across the Way to the Front Gate during limited hours (Thursday 9am-12am, Friday & Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 12pm-6pm). All camping in this location is vehicle camping, where you have the option of purchasing a small or large site. Some spots are wooded, but most are in the field. Like On-site, Across The Way has everything you need, including port-a-johns, showers, security, and vendors. 

vehicle camping

We heard you ask for years and years for permission to have cooking stoves at your Vehicle Camping campsites, and we’ve worked it out with the Department of Health and our own logistics and mapping team so we can make it happen. Here’s the deal: in order to allow cooking (propane stoves, hibachi grills, etc.; absolutely no open campfires), campsites have to be 1,250 square feet. So we’re gonna offer some of those! We’ll call them “Large Sites”, and the traditional size vehicle campsites will be called “Small Sites.” Camp stoves aren't allowed at Small Sites, so if you know you wanna cook, be sure to get a Large Site. 

And — based on overwhelming feedback over the years, we think you’ll really like this part — both On-site and Across The Way Vehicle Camping will be marked out in a grid, with some Small Sites and some Large Sites. For On-site Vehicle camping specific campsites will be reserved in advance. We suggest checking out the On-site Vehicle Camping Map. Tickets go on sale on Monday, February 19 at 9am. For the Across the Way camping area, which actual Large or Small Site you get will be first-come/first-serve.

There are significant differences in regulations for small and large sites. This can get a little confusing, so we tried to make a helpful graphic below for all you visual people. Please, read the regulations for Small & Large Sites before making your purchase. 


A distance of 5 feet must still be maintained between all structures (tents, vehicles, pop ups, etc). Absolutely no open-flame of any sort (cooking stoves, tiki torches, grills, candles, etc.) will be allowed on Small Sites, and this will be strictly enforced.

Small Sites accommodate one car and one good-sized tent, but if you’re driving a Smart Car or putting up a single-person tent and a camp shower, for example, you might be able to squeeze in something else small. We do not set quantity or size limit, so long as they fit within your space (22’ x 26’) and remain 5 feet from the nearest structure. Absolutely no open-flame cooking will be allowed on Small Sites, and this will be strictly enforced due to NYS Health Department regulations.

A 5 foot perimeter must be maintained within your site, however the good news is you do not have to maintain 5 feet between all structures on the site. You also can have a cooking stove, but still no open campfires, or other open flames (candles, tiki torches, etc.).

Team up! 1,260 square feet is A LOT of space. A great option for family and friends to camp together. Large Sites entitle the bearer up to two vehicles, and the number of structures you’re allowed to put up depends on keeping everything within the 5 foot perimeter. Our graph paper brainstorms pretty consistently show two vehicles and 2-3 structures fitting in the space; we know y’all are gonna get creative here and impress us with your tent Tetris skills. An RV will absolutely fit on a Large Site, but is unlikely to have extra space for a second vehicle plus additional structures.

POINT OF ORDER: No indoor furniture is allowed on any campsite. 


An On-Site Tent Camping ticket entitles you to set up one 8’x8’ tent or smaller in the designated On-Site Tent Camping area (refer to map). This is NOT in the same area as Vehicle Camping. If you have a tent larger than 8'x8', be sure to purchase two sites (you will need two tent stickers for a large tent). All tents in this area must be five feet from any other structure, including any permanent fencing, and must open onto a lane.

On-Site Tent campers enter through the FRONT GATE. This is a pedestrian gate only, so you must be prepared to walk in with your tent and belongings. It is a good idea to park your vehicle at the parking area Across the Way and take the shuttle to the main road. From there you can follow the sidewalk to the front gate entrance.

Across the Way, there is no designated tent-only camping area. All campsites there are sold as vehicle camping, but you could choose to forego a vehicle if you prefer not to camp next to your car, or if you don't have one. Site size and cost will remain the same regardless. 

frequently asked questions

For those of you who've been coming to the festival for a really long time (Shout out to our GrassRoots Family... we love you guys!), we realize these are some pretty big changes, and you might have a few questions. So, we made up this fun little FAQs page, about all the new stuff, to hopefully help make everything super clear. 

Camping tickets

It's generally not good practice to put the purchase button all the way at the bottom of the page, but it's really important to us that you've read all of the new information before ordering your tickets. All camping and admission tickets are non-refundable.

No one under the age of 18 is permitted to camp at the festival without a parent or guardian.