Festival Guidelines

The American Folk Festival is committed to fostering a relaxed atmosphere, but there are certain guidelines that we ask all festival-goers to follow to ensure a fun and safe Festival for everyone.
  • we love animals too, but for everyone's safety and comfort, leave your pet at home
  • the use of inline skates, skateboards and bicycles is discouraged
  • no unauthorized vending - if you are not a registered vendor, you cannot sell anything on the Festival grounds
  • while on Festival grounds, please keep your cell phone on vibrate, and turn it off during performances
  • Smoking under Festival tents is not permitted; and smoking in the open audience is discouraged, out of respect for your neighbors.

Festival Tips

To have a great Festival experience:

  • Plan to see someone you've never heard of - chances are there is a group that will "wow" you!
  • Bring your kids and plan to visit the Children's Village.
  • Set specific meeting places and times with members of your group. Pick a spot everyone can find easily, like the Music Sales tent.
  • Make sure young children have an identification tag of some sort, with their name, your name and cell phone number (if you have one with you at the Festival.)
  • Have a plan (place and time to meet) if your children (or adult friends) get lost. FYI- Festival staff and volunteers direct all lost people to the police/first aid compound.
  • Park your car at Bass Park and take the free shuttle bus to the Festival. 
  • For safety reasons, golf carts will be used to transport performers & staff only.  Golf cart rides are not available to Festival-goers.  We ask that all festival-goers who will need assistance getting around the Festival site make other arrangements ahead of time.  Wheelchairs can be rented from Black Bear Medical Supplies at a very reasonable rate - 1113 Stillwater Ave, Bangor, 1-877-989-9849.   A number of Festival shuttles traveling to and from Bass Park to Railroad Stage will still be handicap-accessible, and we will identify specific seating areas for folks in wheelchairs (or with special seating needs) at each stage.    

Don't forget to bring:

  1. a chair or blanket
  2. warm clothes (nights can be cool)
  3. sunscreen, hat, shades
  4. a donation for the bucket brigade