directions & parking
parking at grassroots
We recommend parking at the GrassRoots Off-site Parking Area. It's FREE and just around the corner on Agard Rd in Trumansburg, about a mile from the festival site. This is the same place as Off-site Camping (see map to the right). We run FREE shuttle buses around the clock, back and forth from there to the front gate of the festival. This makes it really easy and surprisingly pleasant to get back and forth (the shuttles are air conditioned!). The buses do have cargo bays for your necessary coolers, tents, strollers, etc. The buses really do run 24 hours a day, about every fifteen minutes during peak times, and less frequently between the hours of 3 and 9am.
If you park on county roads (which is most of them) you should be aware that the Sheriff's Department will have you towed if you park illegally. Aside from being in a legal spot, you also must have all four wheels completely off the pavement. Watch like a hawk for parking signs. If you find a stretch of roads where no one's parked, you probably didn't hit the jackpot - you're likely not allowed to park there. Also, if lots of cars are parked where there are no parking signs, don't follow the leader. Chances are all of the cars parked there will be towed. The festival is not responsible for towed cars. Parking is prohibited on Rt 96 directly in front of the festival site and on other local streets as marked. Again, if you park in restricted areas, you will very likely be towed, which is a hassle and costs money. Parking is allowed on one side only of Rabbit Run Rd. Be aware that there are places on this road where getting all four wheels off the pavement will land you right in the ditch, so watch yourself, especially if you come in at night. Cemetery Rd and Falls Rd can be parked on as marked, but please don't park (or worse, camp) in the graveyard. Here also, it's a good idea to get your car off the roadway. Nobody living around the fairgrounds wants to have a bunch of cars in their front yard, so be considerate.
Parking across the way
Parking is also available for a fee directly across the street from the fairgrounds next to the ShurSave grocery store. Space is donated by the store to our local school system to help raise money for special school projects. Currently all proceeds go to help fund the 8th grade class trip to Washington DC, which would not be possible without this fundraiser.
Gadabout Handicapped accessible parking and shuttle
There is FREE handicapped parking and shuttle from the Maguire Chevrolet parking lot (just south of the ShurSave lot on Rt 96). The handicapped accessible Gadabout shuttle bus will run a loop from the Maguire lot to the front or back gate of the festival and back during certain hours. Please, check this year's program or schedule for specific times during which the shuttle will run.
directions to the festival
FESTIVAL SITE ADDRESS:
2150 Trumansburg Rd, Trumansburg, NY 14886
(For ridesharing info click here)
From Toronto, Buffalo, Rochester: Take the NYS Thruway to Geneva; Rt 14 south to Rt 5 & 20 east for a few miles, then Rt 96B south which turns into Rt 96, 33 miles from Geneva to Trumansburg.
From Syracuse, Albany, Northern New England: Take the NYS Thruway (I-90) to Rt 81 south in Syracuse, go about 30 miles and exit at the Homer exit - Rt 281 south, which merges into Rt 13 south after a few miles. Take Rt. 13 into Ithaca and pick up Rt 96 north; go 10 miles to Trumansburg. There you are.
From Southern New England, the lower Hudson Valley: Take I-84 west to Rt 17 west to I-81 north about 15 miles to Whitney Point, where you take Rt 79 west about 30 miles to Ithaca. In Ithaca you'll take Rt 96 north 10 miles to Trumansburg (Rt 17 looks like an interstate, but in fact it's not, so the speed limit is still 55).
From New York City, Long Island, New Jersey: Get to I-80 west, take it to I-380 east in Pennsylvania (maybe it's 380 north - there's only one way to go there) which will take you to Scranton PA, where you pick up I-81 north. Follow this past Binghamton about 15 miles to Whitney Point, where you take Rt 79 west about 30 miles to Ithaca. Don't speed through the little towns of Lisle and Center Lisle. In Ithaca you'll take Rt 96 north 10 miles to Trumansburg.