Camping & Lodging

The Nevada County Fairgrounds has been declared “California’s Most Beautiful Fairgrounds,” and is covered with hundreds of towering pine trees on almost 90 acres. We have many camping options available for the Festival.  As with most everything these days, our cost for the Fairgrounds has gone up this year, so pricing is higher than you might have paid to attend previous Father’s Day Festivals.  But dry tent camping is still free with your Full-Festival ticket.

Festival camping opens on Wednesday June 12.  If you’d like to arrive earlier, purchase a Pre-Festival Jamboree pass, and you can arrive as early as Saturday June 8 at noon.

Details below.  Email or call us with any questions:  Festival@CaliforniaBluegrass.net or (844) BLU-GRASS   (844-258-4727)

Dry tent camping

Tent camping is included at no extra cost in your Full-Festival ticket. You can arrive starting Wednesday, June 12 at Noon; departure by Monday June 17 at 10:00am. If you would like to come earlier – that’s great! We have a Pre-festival Jamboree starting Saturday June 8 at noon. You simply need to purchase a Pre-festival Jamboree pass for each adult. Youth under 18 are free. And tent camping is included in your Jamboree pass. Camper Vans and camp trailers* are also eligible for a free camp site, but larger RV’s require an additional fee, because, well – you take up more space (see details below).

There is a specific “Tent Camping” area to the east of the RV campground where only tents, camper-vans or camp trailers* are allowed. These sites are first come, first served. You may arrive at any time. If you have a Full-Festival (4-day) pass, you can arrive any time starting Wednesday June 12 at noon. If you also purchase a Pre-festival Jamboree pass, you can arrive any time after Saturday, June 12 at noon.

If you purchase one or more Festival day tickets (for Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday), you are also eligible to buy an overnight tent (or Dry RV) camping pass.

You may not camp at an electrical pedestal without first paying for an electric hook-up. Please do not block the electrical pedestal. You will be asked to move and that would be a hassle! Thank you in advance.

*If you’re wondering what we mean by “camper-van” and “camp trailer”: These type of vehicles fall under the same CBA rules as tents (included in the 4-day Full-Festival ticket, included in Pre-festival Jamboree ticket, able to camp in Tent-only camping area, and exempt from Dry RV fees elsewhere at the venue):

 

  • Class B RV’s Examples: VW Westfalia, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Winnebago Solis
  • Camp Trailers, as defined under CVC § 242 (16 feet or less). Examples: tent trailers, teardrop trailers

Dry RV Camping

Space for a Class B (camper-van) RV is included at no extra charge in your Full-Festival pass. Space for a larger (Class A or Class C) RV requires a Dry RV Pass, which can be purchased on the TIX online ticket page for $75, or at the box office on site. There is plenty of room throughout the campground for RVs. These sites are first come, first served. Arrival for Festival camping is Noon on Wednesday, June 12. If you want to arrive and camp prior to the festival, purchase a Pre-festival Jamboree pass on the TIX online ticket page for $80 per adult. Pre-festival Jamboree arrivals start at Noon Saturday on June 8.

You may not camp at an electrical pedestal without an electric hook-up ticket. Please do not block the electrical pedestal. You will be asked to move and that would be a hassle! Thank you in advance.

Electric only Camping

These sites are purchased through the TIX program on a first come, first served basis. All of these sites are in an open field located at the southern end of the campground, where a generator will be placed to provide the electricity. Arrival for Festival camping is Noon on Wednesday, June 12.  

We’re considering whether or not we can make Electric-Only camping available during the Pre-Festival Jamboree, starting June 9.  If this becomes available, those holding a Festival Electric-only ticket will be given the option of extending their stay prior to the Festival at additional cost. Contact us at Festival@CaliforniaBluegrass.net for more information.

Electric/Water sites

You can purchase Electric Water RV passes using the TIX online ticket page on a first come, first served basis. Arrival for Festival camping is Noon on Wednesday, June 12. The cost of these sites will be $300 for the Festival – Wednesday through Monday morning June 17 at 10:00am. You can also book you Electric Water site for Pre-festival Jamboree, with arrival days Saturday June 8 for an additional $225.

Full hookup (Electric, Water & Sewer)

These sites are assigned per a lottery system. You must be a current CBA member to be eligible for the lottery. The lottery will open on December 1, 2023, when CBA members may submit their information to be entered into the lottery. The cutoff date for submissions is February 1, 2024. Late submissions will be put on a waiting list. Submissions may be submitted by mail to “CBA RV Lottery, 3739 Balboa St. #5090, San Francisco, CA 94121-2605, or by email to: FullHookup@californiabluegrass.net.

To enter the lottery, provide the following information: Your name, address, phone number, CBA membership number (if known) and planned arrival date. Arrival dates start Wednesday, June 12 at Noon for Festival RV camping or Saturday, June 8 at Noon for pre-festival camping.

Lottery winners will be notified by February 15. Lottery winners must be prepared to purchase a Full Festival ticket (or be eligible for a comp ticket). All Full Hookup sites need to be paid for by March 1, 2024. Full Hook-up spaces are $350 for the Festival (Wednesday June 12 through Monday June 17). There is an additional charge of $275 for pre-festival full hook-up RV spaces.

Exemptions: As in past years, Honorary Lifetime CBA members are exempt from the lottery process, and entitled to one FHU reservation, so long as you request a reservation before January 15th, 2024 and comply with deadline for payment of FHU fees. Also, any CBA member with disabilities desiring FHU amenities will be exempt from the lottery process, and can reserve one FHU space (capacity permitting), so long you provide your DMV placard number and request a reservation before January 15th, 2024, with explanation of the need for FHU and you comply with deadline for payment of FHU fees.

Pickers’ Special Camping

CBA MEMBERS ONLY – If you are a picker and would like to come camp and play music, and NEVER go to the stage or inner fairgrounds, we have an option for you!!! You may purchase this camping option on the TIX online ticket site, or at the gate as you arrive. Check-in is Wednesday June 12 at noon. Tent camping is $125 per person and Dry RV camping is $150 per person. Please remember you will not be able to access the interior of the fairgrounds (for stages, food vendors, arts/craft vendors, workshops, square-dances or luthiers) for any reason.

ADA Camping

There are a limited number of ADA Accessible camping spaces available for Festival attendees that need special accommodation. “Advance Reservations” are required by May 1, 2024. Please email your request to Festival@californiabluegrass.net. Campers in the designated ADA camping areas must display a California (or other state) ADA Placard on their camping vehicle or automobile. The ADA “Bluegrass Taxi” service is available during the festival.

Camping Rules

There is a specific “Tent Camping” area to the east of the RV campground where only tents or vehicle camping is allowed. These sites are first come, first served.

 

  1. Do not lay power cords across the roadways
  2. Do not save spots for friends by roping off areas
  3. Please place all trash in appropriate containers
  4. No campfires allowed. Use propane flames cautiously
  5. Keep wristbands on at all times.
  6. Generators may not be used between 10pm and 8am. Use them sparingly at other times.
  7. Showers are located in the fairground RV camping area.
  8. Dogs are not allowed in the tent only camping area. This policy applies to dog walkers as well as tent campers and RVs camped along the fence line.
  9. Be aware that acoustic music is played around the clock in the campground, sometimes into the wee hours of the morning. Please join in the fun and enjoy the jamming.
  10. A designated “Quiet Camping Area” is available, see the festival map, or ask for directions as you check in.
  11. Drumming and amplified music including radios, mp3 players, etc. either in vehicles or outdoors that can be heard by any other camper are not allowed in the campground to facilitate a live music jamming culture.
  12. Please help us leave the campground as clean as or cleaner than it was when you arrived.
  13. All garbage must be placed in the cans provided by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 17th, so that the clean-up crew can collect it and finish their weeklong task in good time.
  14. The water ditch that runs throughout the festival grounds is a part of the Fresh Water system for the town of Grass Valley. You may not wade in it, drink from it, wash in it, or throw trash in it. Please keep children and pets out of the water ditch at all times.
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Local Hotels

The Nevada County Fairgrounds – site of the Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival is located in the scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. While visiting, you can explore the history of the California Gold rush, and enjoy the charming nearby towns of Grass Valley and Nevada City. Many options for hotels, Bed & Breakfasts and lodges are available. Find out more by visiting: gonevadacounty.com