CAMPGROUND OPENING TIMES
The General Admission (GA) Campgrounds OPEN at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
The VIP Campgrounds open at 7:00 AM on Thursday June 9, 2016.
All campgrounds close at 3:00 PM on Monday, June 13, 2016.
Managing traffic is the closest thing we know to rocket science, trust us. We have three GA entrances - which we call Tollbooths - as well as an exclusive VIP Tollbooth for VIP ticket holders only. In order to get everyone into the festival as quickly as possible, we carefully balance the number of vehicles coming into each Tollbooth. Please take the suggested routes below, and obey all law enforcement directions, as well as electronic message boards that may post an alternative route.
What determines where you camp? The Tollbooth in which you enter, and the time you arrive.
Does this mean some people get “better” camping spots than others? Yeah, it does. Life is unfair. But no matter where you camp, you’re close to bathrooms, water, security and medical staff. And keep in mind that a closer campsite doesn’t mean a better view of the stage.
It’s just a shorter walk, and the exercise doesn’t hurt. Furthermore, we know from experience that amazingly great times are had in every corner of the campgrounds. Who knows, you could be camped next door to your new BFF.
YOUR SACRED WRISTBAND
Check back for 2016 Wristband Information!
Although Bonnaroo is its own little magical kingdom, we’re surrounded by the real-world town of Manchester, Tennessee. With your cooperation we can make sure we’ll be welcomed back in the future. When you’re walking outside the festival grounds, remember that you are Out There and please follow all pedestrian rules and be respectful of our neighbors and their property. Show them some Bonnaroo love.
IN AND OUT OF THE CAMPGROUNDS IN A VEHICLE
We hope you won’t need to leave our little utopia during the festival. But if you do, please wait until Friday evening, unless there is a serious emergency. It is best to arrive on The Farm with enough supplies to last you the whole weekend. If you forget something, we’ve got you covered. There are two General Stores on site offering a variety of items for all your weekend needs.
Anytime you leave the campgrounds you’ll have to go through another vehicle search when you return (just like you were entering for the first time).
DAY PARKING VEHICLES
Day parkers may enter and leave only through the West Tollbooth. To get there, use Exit 111 from I-24 and follow the signs to the festival. If Exit 111 is closed, follow police instructions and then follow the signs to Day Parking. Please note that because of all the inbound traffic on Thursday and Friday, it may take a little longer for day parkers to exit on those days.
IN AND OUT OF THE CAMPGROUNDS ON FOOT
You may leave and re-enter the event grounds on foot at any time and as often as you like, but only through the East and West Tollbooths. You must be scanned out by our staff and scanned back in when you return. Very important: If you do not have your wristband scanned out, you will not be allowed to re-enter the site.
Obvious, but we have to say it: Do not attempt to leave through Highway Tollbooth, even if you originally came in there. It’s a highway. It’s dangerous. What would your mother say?
CENTEROO / MAIN VENUE
Centeroo is the heart of the festival where you’ll see performances, check out the vendors, and explore all kinds of activities. It opens at 12:00 PM on Thursday, June 9, and stays open non-stop, just like Las Vegas, until Sunday, June 12 at 10:00 PM.
Adjacent to Centeroo is the Main Venue, where the What Stage is located. The Main Venue opens at 1:00 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and closes after the What Stage headliner takes their last bow on Sunday.
When you enter these areas, you must show your all-powerful wristband, and you’ll be searched (see below for what is and what is not allowed).
WHAT IS ALLOWED INTO CENTEROO / MAIN VENUE
- Water bottles or Camelbaks that are EMPTY
- Non-framed backpacks and bags (subject to inspection at venue gates)
- Low-seated concert chairs (i.e., sitting less than a foot off the ground)
- Camera WITHOUT a detachable lens (detachable lenses shorter than 2 inches are OK)
- Selfie sticks (Must expand no longer that 40" in length, must be made of light material: light metal, rubber, plastic. All selfie sticks are subject to Bonnaroo staff discretion and may or may not be allowed)
- Totems (Must be no taller than 6 feet, and no thicker than 1/2 inch. Must be made of light material: swim noodles, foam type material, cardboard tubes, fabric, paint, string, yarn, light plastic, balloons and/or blow up items. Totems made of wood, metal and/or PVC material will NOT be allowed. This includes flag poles and heavy sticks.)
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED INTO CENTEROO / MAIN VENUE
- Glass or cans of any kind
- Food or drinks, other than water and small snacks (Trail mix, yes. Double cheeseburger, no.)
- Lawn chairs
- Laser pens or similar focused-light devices
- Anything that’s prohibited elsewhere on festival grounds
Next stop - Manchester, TN! Patrons: please read this section carefully and be ready when you arrive in order to keep things moving along for everyone.
Here’s what to expect at the Tollbooths:
- When you get there, you’ll fan out from a single lane into multiple lanes where you’ll be processed for entry.
- You MUST have either a Car Camping Pass, Car Parking Pass, or be a part of a speciality program such as VIP, Le Bon Tents, Groop Camping, RV or RV + Companion, with the appropriate hangtag that is included in your ticket order to pass through the Tollbooth.
- Your vehicle will be searched, and we’ll find out just how carefully you’ve read about what’s allowed in and what’s not (see below).
- RVs and their companion vehicle, and all accessible vehicles will be directed to designated lanes. If that’s you, follow the posted signs.
- As you enter the Tollbooth, everyone in your vehicle should have their wristband registered, in place around their wrist, and ready to show to the Tollbooth staff. See the Bonnaroo Wristband section for instructions.
- At the Tollbooth, you’ll get a Program Guide with a cool map of the entire festival site, along with garbage and recycling bags to keep your campsite clean.
Once your vehicle is processed, you’re good to enter. Next, follow the parking staff’s directions to your camping area - camping locations are on a first come, first served basis. This means the earlier you enter, the closer you will camp to Centeroo and the Main Venue.
NOTE: If you are not camping, do not need your car for the weekend, or are parking just for the day, you MUST have a Car Parking Pass to park on-site. Upon arrival, one of our parking staff will direct you to the Car Parking Lot.
We ask that you don’t clog up the Tollbooth or roads by waiting for your friends. The only way to make sure you camp with them is to arrive together. Actually, if you’re traveling with a large group, there is another way: see our Groop Camping option.
WHAT YOU CAN BRING THROUGH THE TOLLBOOTHS
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT
- Rain gear (failure to bring it increases the chance of rain)
- Camping gear (tent, tarp, sleeping bags, etc.)
- Your favorite hoodie
- Extra shoes/sneakers
- Mud boots (in case it rains)
- Bug spray (we recommend without DEET – be green!)
- Sunscreen (lots of it)
- A hat for shade
- A bandanna (in Tennessee, in June, you’re going to sweat)
- Aluminum or stainless steel container (or two!) for water
- Biodegradable plastic bags for trash
- Toilet paper (you never know)
- Lantern / flashlight / headlamp (AND extra batteries!)
- Flag or balloon to identify your campsite
- Extra set of keys to keep with you at all times (avoid keeping keys in your car!)
YOU DON’T NEED IT TO SURVIVE, BUT YOU’LL BE HAPPY YOU HAVE IT
- Small luggage lock for your tent (please don’t bring any valuables – if you must, keep them locked out of view in your vehicle) or rent one of our lockers.
- Vehicle key code (this makes it easy for the locksmith to duplicate your car key if you lose it)
- Phosphate-free and sulfate-free soaps, detergents and shampoos
- Smokers - bring an ashtray! Every butt you throw on the ground, someone has to pick up!
- Extra clown nose
- Blanket (for sitting)
- Earplugs (for sleeping)
- Portable radio
WHAT YOU CAN’T BRING THROUGH THE TOLLBOOTHS
These items are not allowed under any circumstances (Remember, we search every vehicle):
- Glass containers of any kind (this includes wine bottles, drinking glasses, pickle jars and test tubes)
- No kegs are allowed into the festival. We will seize ALL “excessive” amounts of alcohol. “Excessive” means anything over 2 cases of beer, one 1.75 liter of hard liquor, and 2 boxes of wine per person. No outside alcohol is allowed into Centeroo or the What Stage Venue.
- Weapons of any kind (even slingshots)
- Illegal substances
- Bicycles or scooters or personal motorized vehicles (including, but not limited to: golf carts, ATVs, motor scooters, powered skateboards and airboats)
- Professional photography equipment or cameras with detachable lenses longer than 2 inches (point-and-shoot cameras without additional lenses are OK)
- Pets (even really, really small ones)
- Box trucks or trailers (a camping trailer is OK, but it is considered an RV which requires an RV companion pass)
- Charcoal or propane (unless you have a portable grill, if you do, you may bring up to 40 lbs. of charcoal and a small container of propane)
- Gasoline (unless you have a generator)
- Gas-powered generators (larger than 4KW)
- Laser pens or similar focused-light devices
- Vending of any kind is not allowed (Sharing yes, selling, no. You know the difference.)
WHAT IF YOU FORGOT IT?
No problem, we’ve got you covered. There are two well-stocked General Stores on site that offer personal hygiene items, batteries, disposable cameras, ice, beer, water, soda, food – you get the picture. If you forgot something, get it here!