Please note: Due to overwhelming Festivarian feedback, we will be limiting the maximum tarp size for the 2019 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival: Tarps may not exceed 10’ in length or width. As in past years, we expect that most groups will bring smaller tarps, occupying just the space they need. But any tarps larger than 10’ in any dimension will need to be folded to fit within a 10’x10’ space.
Every year, the biggest problem we have at the Lyons Festivals is Festivarians parking in residential areas and in front of businesses. When you come to the Festivals please park only in designated areas. There is a nominal fee, but it will strengthen the relationship with the town and its residents and secure the future of the Festivals. Thanks!
If you are coming to the Festival and not camping, you must park in the designated parking lot at the Planet Bluegrass Farm ($2 per day / $5 for the entire festival with unlimited re-entry). There will be plenty of signs to direct you.
If you are camping and would like your vehicle with you, make sure you have purchased a vehicle pass. Every vehicle on-site must have a vehicle pass. A vehicle is considered anything requiring a license plate. This pass is separate from your camping pass.
The parking area and campgrounds are serviced by a free shuttle bus to the festival. We encourage you to walk or bring your bicycle!
- Camping is sold per person and per vehicle, not per site. If there are two of you and you want to have your vehicle or RV at the campground with you, you must purchase two camping passes and one vehicle or RV pass in addition to your Festival passes.
- Only vehicles less than 21 feet are allowed in the on-site campground.
- A vehicle is considered anything requiring a license plate.
- Showers are available at the Festival in the Planet Bluegrass Bath House.
- On-site camping opens at 6pm Thursday (view the line procedure below) and Meadow Park opens on Thursday morning at 11am (view the line procedure below).
- Camping areas close at noon on the Monday after the festival.
- Show goes on rain or shine.
- No pets - including dogs, cats, birds, or any other animals - are allowed anywhere in the Festival grounds, campgrounds, or parking lots and cars. It would be cruel to bring your pet to this Festival. Dogs do not like crowds, heat, or traffic. If you need to kennel your dog, here are a few local options:
- Stone Canyon Kennels (in Lyons): 720-310-5515
- Blue Hills Kennel: 303-776-3907
- Cottonwood Boarding: 303-442-2603
- Doggie Dude Ranch: 303-682-0007
- Gunbarrel Kennels: 303-530-2500
- Alcohol, Glass and Video Cameras are not allowed on the Festival grounds. You are welcome to bring in your own food and soft drinks in appropriate containers. We serve beer at the Festival (don’t forget your ID) and we have a wide assortment of vendors with reasonably priced yummy food, cool crafts, clothes and other stuff.
- Audiotaping the music at the festival is permitted. Recording devices must be self-contained (we do not provide AC outlets or patches from the sound board) and you may not obstruct the view of your fellow festivarians with your equipment. There is no designated area for taping.
- Please use only low back chairs. Highback chairs are allowed only in designated areas. Tarps are allowed to reserve space and to protect the grass.
- Smoking, dancing & hula-hooping are welcome in designated areas.
- No frisbee playing in the Festival.
- Children 12 and under are free for the Festival and camping, but must be accompanied by a paying adult.
- Show is general admission; no reserved seating available.
- Not responsible for loss, damages, or personal injury.
- All tickets must be exchanged for a wristband, which must be worn on your wrist, for festival entry.
- Only the first copy of the barcode ticket scanned will be honored.
- In the spirit of Festivarianism, if you see an empty tarp, feel free to have a seat until the owner returns.
Due to restrictions on use of the new Planet Bluegrass Farm property and ongoing construction at Bohn Park, we will again be using a 1-day, morning lottery for the Folks Festival On-Site Campground vehicle line-up.
- The 2019 Folks Festival On-Site Campground opens at 6pm on Thursday, August 15. Vehicles that arrive prior to 6pm may lineup their vehicles at the Planet Bluegrass Farm(located 0.3 miles northwest of the On-Site Campground on Highway 36 - view map).
- Vehicles may not arrive at the vehicle lineup earlier than 9am on Thursday, August 15 (the same day the On-Site Campground opens).
- To avoid a line prior to 9am on Thursday, vehicles arriving at the Planet Bluegrass Farm anytime between 9am-Noon will receive a lottery number assigning them a random spot in the On-Site Campground vehicle lineup (see below). We highly encourage you to arrive after 10am to help us disperse the arrivals and avoid delays. (Vehicles arriving after Noon will proceed to the end of the lineup.)
- If you plan to arrive in Lyons a day or more before the On-Site Campground opens, you will need to find your own camping/lodging. No overnight camping is allowed at Bohn Park, at the Planet Bluegrass Farm, or on public streets in Lyons.
We realize these changes may impact some Festivarians’ travel plans. But after decades of experience managing these campground vehicle lines, we believe most Festivarians will appreciate the simplicity and fairness of this new system. We welcome your feedback at email@example.com or 800-624-2422.
Initial Line-Up Procedure: Lottery!
To discourage any arrivals to the Planet Bluegrass Farm prior to 9am and to make this initial lineup process as stress-free and fair as possible, we will be using a “random lottery” procedure for the initial lineup from 9:00am - Noon on Thursday morning, August 15th, 2019. (If you arrive after Noon on Thursday, you will simply proceed to the end of the line.)
- Vehicles arriving at the Planet Bluegrass Farm between 9:00am and Noon on Thursday, August 15, 2019 will be given a random lineup number, similar to our nightly tarp line numbers.
- These numbers will truly be random, so someone arriving at 10:00am will have the same chance of receiving a low lineup space as someone arriving right at 9:00am.
- Planet Bluegrass staff will assist vehicles in proceeding to the marked parking space corresponding to their lottery number.
- At Noon, the random lottery will end.
- All vehicles will move forward to close any gaps from unused lottery numbers.
- After moving cars forward, Planet Bluegrass staff will exchange lottery numbers for your actual spot in the final vehicle lineup.
- If you are not present to move your car forward at noon, you will forefeit the opportunity to move forward and your car must remain in your initial line position.
- All vehicles arriving after Noon will receive the next available space at the end of the line.
Please remember: Vehicles MAY NOT ARRIVE EARLIER THAN 9:00AM at the Planet Bluegrass Farm on Thursday, August 15th, 2019 (and with this lottery procedure there is absolutely no benefit to arriving any earlier!). YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE TICKETED & TOWED IF YOU PARK ALONG HIGHWAY 36.
If you arrive before 9:00am, we highly recommend you relax and grab breakfast at one of Lyons’ coffee shops or restaurants and casually drive over to the Planet Bluegrass Farm well after the 9:00am opening.
- Due to concerns from the Sheriff’s Department, each vehicle may only contain as many occupants as available seat belts. Vehicles with more people than the vehicle can safely transport, will be pulled from the line until each passenger is removed from the vehicle (or wearing a seatbelt).
- At 6:00pm on Thursday, vehicles will be escorted from the Planet Bluegrass Farm to the On-Site Campground on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch. Vehicles must remain in order. Vehicles that arrive at the Ranch out of order will not be allowed entry into the campground.
- Vehicles will be admitted to the Ranch in order according to their number. Don’t lose your number or you will have to go to the end of the line!
- Due to safety concerns, NO pedestrian walk-ins to the on-site campground will be allowed until all vehicles in the lineup have entered the on-site campground.
- All roads are one-way and the speed limit is strictly 5 MPH. For the safety of everyone PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY.
The Lavern Johnson Park Campground opens at 11am on Thursday, August 15th. Due to the opening being closer to the festival than usual, Planet Bluegrass is enacting a new lineup policy to accommodate all arrivals and provide a fair and positive experience for all. The lineup policy will be strictly enforced as follows:
- Campers with a TENT CAMPING pass may begin lining up for a space at 6am on Thursday, August 15th.
- Vehicles will be parked in the main parking lot and campers will be able to enter the pedestrian line with a tarp.
- At 11am, the pedestrian line will be released, and campers can claim spots with their tarps.
- Campers with a VEHICLE camping pass may begin lining up for a space at 6am on Thursday, August 15th.
- Vehicles will be lined up in order of arrival
- At 11am, vehicles will be moved into their camping spaces, one at a time.
- Campers with an RV camping pass may NOT enter Lavern Johnson Park before 11:30am.
- If you arrive in Lyons before 11:30am with your RV, please park in legal public parking available in town.
- At 11:30am, RV’s may begin to enter the park
- RV’s will be placed in available spaces at the discretion of the camp host
- Campers who have paid the Town of Lyons to remain in their campsites the night of Wednesday, August 14th, may keep their campsites set up and transition them into Planet Bluegrass Camping if they have a valid Rockygrass camping pass.
- However, TENTS MAY ONLY BE PLACED ON GRAVEL TENT PADS
- If you would like to place a tent in the grass adjacent to your site, you must join the pedestrian line at 6am.
- Any tarps or tents on any grass before 11am will be confiscated by Planet Bluegrass Staff
We have established this policy in hopes of creating a kinder, gentler, more Festivarian-like entry each morning. Please keep in mind that the entry line is a complicated logistical problem and we have developed these rules with a lot of experience and a number of factors in consideration. Our goal is to create an entry procedure that will be fair, orderly, and will satisfy the greatest number of Festivarians.
- Festivarians may begin assembling for the next day’s line numbers no earlier than 11pm.
- At around midnight, the number line will be led through the customs gate, where we will distribute random numbers and mark wristbands to show receipt of a number.
- These numbers will be shuffled randomly; each person may receive no more than 1 number. We will mark each person’s wristbands to insure that no one receives more than 1 number per night.
- The next morning, Festivarians should re-assemble in line-number order beginning one hour before gates. Festivarians will be admitted into the Festival in this randomly-assigned order, followed by all Festivarians without line numbers.
- During the initial tarp run, Festivarians may carry in a single tarp, not larger than 10’x10’. (If your tarp does not fit inside a 10’x10’ space, we will ask you to fold it to fit within those maximum dimensions.)
Festivarians who require special accommodations will be allowed to enter the main festival grounds 15 minutes prior to the opening of gates and the tarp run. All early access will originate from the West Gate along the backstage road.
The following rules apply to all early access Festivarians:
- The Festivarian obtaining early access may utilize the assistance of up to TWO companions
- All other members of the party must either participate in the tarp run or wait until gates have opened to join the group.
- The Festivarian obtaining early access is limited to a single 10’x10’ tarp space.
- If their group desire’s more space, other members of the group must enter with the tarp run after gates open and claim this space.
- Early access is limited to the areas outlined in this map.
- These spaces have been selected for their accessibility, shade, and/or assisted listening capabilities.
- Unless your tickets were specified as will-call, they will be emailed to you within a week of placing your order. If you have not received this email after a week, please contact Planet Bluegrass - 800-624-2422 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you need a refund, please e-mail email@example.com. The subject line of your email should read: “Attn: Refunds - your name”. Please include a copy of your e-mail confirmation along with exact details of your refund request.
- Refund requests for the Folks Festival must be made by Friday, April 26, 2019.
- We will gladly refund you in the same manner that your tickets were purchased. There are NO REFUNDS AFTER this date. No extensions or exceptions.
The festival runs daily from approximately 10am to 11pm.
The box office opens each day one hour before gates, and closes down when the closing act hits the stage.
Times are subject to change, but the tentative 2019 hours are:
- Thursday: approximately Noon to 9pm
- Friday: approximately 9am to 9pm
- Saturday: approximately 9am to 9pm
- Sunday: approximately 9am to 8pm
NO NO NO NO PETS allowed on the Festival grounds, in the parking areas, or in any of the camping areas. Please be a humane and responsible pet owner and make arrangements to leave your pets at home or in a kennel, thanks! Here is a list of some local kennels:
- Camp Bow Wow Boulder (3631 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301-2423) - (303) 442-2261
- Arapahoe Animal Hospital & Boarding Kennels (5585 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303-1334) -
(303) 442-7033 / www.arapahoeanimalhospital.com
- Cottonwood Kennels (7275 Valmont, Boulder, CO 80301-4715) - (303) 442-2602 / www.cottonwoodkennels.com
- Whispering Pines Pet Resort (14360 N 83rd St, Longmont, CO 80503-9215) - (303) 776-3907 /
- Windstar Kennels (14077 Weld County Road 5, Longmont, CO 80504-9642) - (303) 485-2176 / www.windstar-kennels.com
- Longs Peak Animal Hospital - (303) 776-6666
- Canine Campovers LLC (Boulder County) - (303) 998-1111 / www.caninecampovers.com
Camping passes are sold per-person, not per-site. All camping is first-come first-served.
We have two camping areas available up to a mile from the festival. All camping areas close at noon on Monday.
The on-site campground
On the Planet Bluegrass Ranch - fields on both the north (tents only) and south sides (tents and vehicles) of the Festival grounds. Features permanent restrooms with real showers and real toilets! On-site camping opens at 6pm Thursday.
The lovely Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park campground
2 blocks from the festival grounds, along the North St. Vrain River. Meadow Park opens at 11am on Thursday.
Want more camping info? See our camping page…
If you are coming to the Festival and not camping, you must park in the designated parking lot at the Planet Bluegrass Farm ($2 per day / $5 for the entire festival with unlimited re-entry). There will be plenty of signs to direct you. If you are camping and would like your vehicle with you, make sure you have purchased a vehicle pass. Every vehicle on-site must have a vehicle pass. A vehicle is considered anything requiring a license plate. This pass is separate from your camping pass.
Handicap parking is available on-site with an authorized handicap parking placard or credentials.
The closest airport is DIA, Denver International Airport. It is about 1 hour from Lyons. General Information: 303-342-2000 www.flydenver.com
Please come prepared for any weather conditions. This includes: intense sun, heat, rain & wind. The show goes on rain or shine! At an altitude of close to 6,000 feet the weather can change quickly, it can get chilly at night even if the temperature is in the 90s during the day. SUNSCREEN IS A MUST! Please remember to DRINK LOTS OF WATER and WATCH YOUR ALCOHOL consumption, especially if you’re coming from lower elevations.
ALCOHOL, GLASS and VIDEO CAMERAS are not allowed on the Festival grounds. You’re welcome to bring in food and soft drinks in appropriate containers. We serve beer at the Festival, (don’t forget your ID!) and we have a wide assortment of vendors with reasonably priced YUMMY FOOD, cool crafts, clothes and other great stuff.
Audio recording the music at the festival is permitted, unless the performing artist requests otherwise. Recording devices must be self-contained (we do not provide AC outlets or patches from the sound board) and you may not obstruct the view of your fellow festivarians with your equipment. There is no designated area for taping.
Seating is all general admission lawn seating so bring a tarp or chair. Please use only low-back lawn chairs so folks behind you can see. Dancing is welcome in the designated dance areas. One tarp can be used to reserve space on the grass. For safety and courtesy considerations, you may not sit in the pedestrian walkways. Small tents and lawn chairs are welcome in the rear of the festival grounds. You (and your gear!!) will need to clear out of the Festival grounds each day.
Children 12 and under are FREE for the festival and camping, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Check out the family tent daily for fun family activities! Please accompany your children at all times.
Camprounds are equipped with porta-potties and fresh water. Hookups are available only at Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park with an appropriate, pre-purchased RV vehicle pass. Showers and real flush toilets are available on-site at our bath house.
No. No campfires are allowed in any of the campgrounds, regardless of whether an official fire ban has been issued.
Inner tubes can be purchased for a small fee at the local tire store across the street.
Lyons is a small town where you can get the basics. Within a mile or less from the Ranch gate, you can get to the post office, a health food store, a small grocery, a pharmacy, a half dozen restaurants, several liquor stores, and several coffee shops. Within a two-mile radius you can find a dozen restaurants, several gas stations, two banks, and several antique dealers.
We do not have any public phone on site at the Ranch. Cell phone coverage at the ranch can be problematic. Generally, the Verizon and Sprint networks work best in Lyons, and AT&T is among the weakest. Service improves once you are a mile or so away or closer to Boulder and Longmont.
If you are planning to fly into Denver International Airport, you have several options to get from Denver to Lyons. The Denver metro bus system, RTD, stops about 1/2 mile from the PB Ranch gate. Another private service, the Estes Park Shuttle, makes four daily runs from DIA to Estes Park, dropping you off at the PB Ranch on the way. The North Denver Airport Shuttle and Superior Shuttle both serve Lyons. For more details, contact these services directly:
There are a number of lodges and motels in the surrounding area, which offer a wide range of accommodations. Visit our lodging page for more information.
From Thursday, August 15 thru Sunday, August 18, Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park ticket holders and Lyons residents will be allowed access to the park. Residency will be determined by ID (from 80540). Lyons residents will be limited to foot traffic only, no vehicles.