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What is Fern Fest like?
Check out the Fern Fest Culture and Vision section in the About Tab.
How long is Fern Fest?
Fern Fest is almost a full week! 6 days, 5 nights. The gates will open on Tuesday at 11am on August 1st, 2023 and every attendee must be off the land by 2pm on Sunday, August 6th, 2023.
What are the accommodations?
Camping: Fern Fest is held on a secluded section within 650 acres of beautiful West Michigan woods. It is a special camping experience to be had, a week of living amongst the ferns and old Oak and Maple trees. There are 3 designated camping areas for tents that are all centrally located to the main festival area where all the activity happens. While many people choose to camp rustic style in a tent, you may also choose to bring an RV for an upgraded camping experience. Please note that there are not water or electric hookups (we do have limited electric to accommodate those with medical needs i.e. CPAP machine, insulin machines etc.) RV's will be parked out at treeline, near the front gate. There will be bathrooms (portajanes) and a spigot of clean land water for your water needs. The tent camping sections are much closer to the main festival area, but it only takes about 10-15 minutes to walk from RV (treeline). If you are unable to walk or just don't want to, there will be shuttles running back and forth.
Showers: There are 7 total outdoor showers (5 open, 1 accessible with a curtain and 1 private with a curtain) with plenty of hot water! If you've never taken an outdoor shower, you're in for a real treat. We recommend a nighttime shower under the stars.
Restrooms: There are portajanes toilets located in all main community and camping areas of the festival. Hand sanitizer is available in each portajane and there are multiple hand washing stations in various locations throughout the land.
What about food?
Food: There will be food trucks serving a variety of options and dietary needs to supplement some meals but attendees should plan to bring food to either prepare at their campsite or in the community kitchen located downtown. The community kitchen has tables for food prep, shared coolers and dry bins, propane grills and stoves, coffee and hot water urns and a bleach bucket for sanitation. If you've never camped before, we recommend simple meals and snacks that are easy to prepare or assemble in rustic conditions. Sandwiches, granola bars, pre-assembled salads, fruit, cans of soup and other meals that are easy to reheat or enjoy cold or at room temp are great choices. Hop onto the Fern Fest Community Forum on Facebook to tap into others' go-to camping meals and ideas.
What about children on The Land?
While we welcome children on The Land, childcare will not be available and there will be limited activities geared towards children.
Ticket pricing is based on age on the last day of the festival. On 8/6/23, attendees that will be 18yrs. must purchase an Adult Ticket, 5yrs.-17yrs. must purchase a Child Ticket, and 0-4yrs. must be registered under the Infant/Toddler Free Ticket.
All children MUST be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
Children 6yrs. and under are welcome regardless of gender. Children 7yrs.-17yrs., please refer to the gender section above.
Are pets allowed?
Although we love animals, only trained and certified service animals are allowed.