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Parking and Admission
Due to a decrease in state funding, the Nevada County Fairgrounds is now charging a $5 parking fee for event attendees. If you are coming to the full festival, please make sure to pick up your re-entry ticket at the entrance gate.

General admission, including disabled, enter at Gate 4

Volunteers enter at Gate 1, volunteer parking pass required

What To Know Before You Go:

  • Bring a low back (beach-type) chair for best main stage meadow seating. See Seating Restrictions, below
  • No tarps or blankets in main stage meadow seating in front of sound booth
  • Bring a regular-sized folding chair, tarps or blankets for meadow seating further from the stage
  • Your chair may be left in place while you explore the other attractions
  • Bring a sweater or jacket and a flashlight for the parking area
  • No pets allowed except for licensed Assistant Animals
  • Smoking in designated areas only
  • No alcohol brought in from offsite
  • You may bring coolers but no glass or cans
  • No firearms or weapons of any kind
  • No solicitation or sales activities without written permission
  • Reuse, recycle and help keep our festival green and clean. Bring your own water bottles and fill up with FREE filtered water.

Seating Restrictions:

  • To ensure good visibility, all chairs placed Main Stage meadow in front of the sound booth must be no more than 30” from the top of the chair to the ground while in the full upright position. The measurement from the back of the seat to the ground must be 10” or less.
  • You may position your chair on the meadow, first come, first served.
  • Please do not disturb someone else's chair.
  • Any chair not occupied is open for use by anyone until the owner arrives.
  • If you do not want your chair used, take it with you when you leave the area.
  • All personal items, including blankets, chairs and tarps, must be removed from the main stage seating area at the end of each evenings show. This will be strictly enforced.

Please remember: No loud talking during musical performances.

Location
The Celtic Festival is held at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949. For directions and a map to the Nevada County Fairgrounds, click here.

Schedule
Gates open at 10:00 am on Saturday and Sunday
The festival closes at 10:00 pm on Saturday, 8:00 pm on Sunday
Seniors are admitted at 9:00 am on Sunday only for complimentary coffee, scones and preferred seating.
Performance times are subject to change

Jamming
Bring your instruments! Festival headliners offer workshops or jams on the Pine Tree Stage. Check the program for the schedule. Musicians of all levels get together to play in the Oak Grove. These range from informal gatherings of friends and neighbors to performances by professional musicians.

Campers may also organize informal jams. Please note that you must purchase a camping ticket to enter the campgrounds area. Security will be enforcing the wrist bands and anyone without the proper band will be asked to leave.

Overnight Accommodations
There are a few hotels, motels and B &Bs nearby. Reservations are necessary and must be made early. Click here for a list.

Camping Information
Camping is available from Friday noon through Monday noon for tents, trailers and RVs. Camping is purchased with Festival tickets. RV reservations includes two adult full festival passes. For pricing, please see the tickets information page of this website.

All campers must be off the campsite no later than noon on Monday.

Camping at Celtic Festival is made easy by the gentle terrain of the fairgrounds and the excellent facilities on hand. Warm days and cool evenings are a norm, so include both shorts and jackets in your packing. Also be sure to throw in your rain gear because weather in the mountains can change rapidly and the festival goes on rain or shine.

  • Please keep all access roads clear to traffic. Maximum speed limit in the camping area is 5 MPH.
  • Fire danger is always a concern. Personal campfires and charcoal are NOT ALLOWED.
  • Off-the-ground camp stoves (propane, white gas, or butane) are OK for the camp site. Help each other to ensure that no spark is allowed to escape.
  • No Dogs or pets allowed in campground
  • No firearms or weapons of any kind
  • No solicitation or sales activities without written permission
  • No in-camp use of ATV or off-road motorcycles allowed
  • Golf cart use is restricted to staff only.
  • Please use bicycles on roadways only.
  • No generators allowed.

For any additional questions, please email John Taber.

 
 
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