Music lovers know that there’s no place like a music festival to hear the best tunes and have a good time with other revelers. According to statistics, 32 million people go to at least one U.S. music festival every year. Apart from a bluegrass fan favorite, Grey Fox, family-friendly festivals such as the Too Blue Summerfest at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park have also attracted bluegrass music festival goers of all ages.

If you really want to get in the spirit of a bluegrass festival and enjoy all of the acts, you might want to consider camping at the festival site with your family and friends. If you have a passion for music, cooking and eating together, and partying with other music lovers, then follow these tips on how to camp at a bluegrass festival.

Bring the essentials

Camping at a bluegrass festival won’t require as much gear as camping in the woods, so you only need to pack the essentials before heading to the festival site. Bluegrass festivals in the summer are often held outdoors, so it would be a good idea to bring a tent. It’s important to choose a tent that will protect you from the elements but will also allow proper ventilation. You will also need a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, a camping stove, some basic cooking gear, food, a cooler, a basic first aid kit, and a few clothes.

Pick your camp site carefully

It might be tempting to pitch your tent near the stage or other performance areas, but the noise might be a problem when you’re trying to sleep. Neither should you pitch your tent near the toilets as the smell can be horrible. You should also avoid pitching near paths or anywhere too close to them as it’s very likely that someone can accidentally stumble into your tent. You want to find a flat spot that’s somewhat close to the bathroom and the stage for convenience, but not too close that the sounds and smells can assault your senses.

Cook as much as you can

Subsisting on festival food for the entirety of the bluegrass festival can do a number on your wallet, so prepare your own meals as much as possible. If you want to try festival fare, consider buying only your lunch and snacks from vendors, and cooking your breakfast and dinner at your campsite.

Dress in a comfortable yet modest way

The warm weather may inspire you to wear your skimpiest outfits, but keep in mind that families with seniors and children often frequent bluegrass festivals, so it’s a good idea to keep it classy. Summer dresses, blue jeans, and lightweight t-shirts are always appropriate. Don’t bring any valuable jewelry to the site. Instead, accessorize with hats or beaded necklaces or bracelets.

Before going to the bluegrass festival, it’s a good idea to buy your tickets early to avoid missing out. Once you get there, pitch your tent, walk around, and take in the sights and the sounds. It’s sure to be an experience that you and your loved ones will always cherish.

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