Campground Opening Times
The General Admission Campgrounds will OPEN at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.
The VIP Campground will OPEN at 7:00 AM on Thursday, June 13, 2013.
All Campgrounds will CLOSE at 3:00 PM on Monday, June 17, 2013.
Managing incoming traffic is the closest thing we know to rocket science. We have three General Admission entrances or Tollbooths - as well as a VIP Tollbooth for VIP ticket holders. In order to get everyone in 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 you enter through 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-in 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 campground. Who knows – you could be camped right next door to your new BFF.
Next exit, Manchester. Please read this section carefully and be ready when you arrive. You’ll keep things moving along for everyone. Here’s what’ll happen:
When you get to the Tollbooth, you’ll fan out from a single lane into multiple lanes, where you’ll be processed for entry. 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 signs.)
As you enter the Tollbooth, everyone in your vehicle should have their wristband registered, on their wrist, and ready to show to the Tollbooth staff. See the Bonnaroo Wristband section for instructions! 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 go. Follow the directions of parking staff to your camping area. 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 new Group Camping option.
Once you’re settled – big exhale of relief! – do your part to make it easy for your fellow Bonnaroovians to experience the same. Once you’re parked, please don’t move your car to a place that could block access for emergency vehicles. If you do, and you’re not in it, it will be towed at your expense. Sorry – safety first. When you roam, try not to walk in the road where vehicles are traveling – use the shoulder of the road. At night, for your safety walk facing traffic on the side of the road so you can see vehicles approaching. Most importantly, don’t walk down the middle of the road.
What to Bring / What Not to Bring (Tollbooths)
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT
We recommend you bring all of these:
- Rain gear (failure to bring it increases chances 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 (Tenn. In June you’re going to sweat)
- Aluminum or stainless steel container (or two!) for water
- Biodegradable plastic bags for trash
- Extra toilet paper (you never know)
- Lantern/flashlight/headlamp with 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’LL BE HAPPY YOU HAVE IT
You don’t NEED these to survive, but you’ll be glad you thought ahead:
- 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 use one of our lockers.
- Vehicle key code (this makes it easy for the locksmith to duplicate your key if you lose it)
- Organic, local food with as little packaging as possible (green is our favorite color)
- Phosphate- 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 noses
- Blanket for seating
- Portable radio
- Earplugs (for sleeping or when the music is turned up to 11)
DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT
Here is what is not allowed under any circumstances (and remember we search every vehicle):
- Glass containers of any kind (this includes wine bottles, drinking glasses, pickle jars and test tubes)
- We repeat, glass containers of any kind
- Weapons of any kind, even slingshots
- Illegal substances
- Bicycles or scooters or personal motorized vehicles (including not limited to: golf carts, ATVs, motor scooters, powered skateboards and airboats).
- Professional photography equipment or cameras with detachable lenses longer than two (2) inches (point-and-shoots without additional lenses are fine)
- Pets (even really, really small ones)
- Box trucks or trailers (camping trailers are okay, but are considered RVs)
- 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)
- NOTE: Vending of any kind is not allowed. Sharing yes, selling, no. And you know the difference.
WHAT IF YOU FORGOT IT?
No problem, there will be two well-stocked General Stores in the campgrounds.
Your Sacred Wristband
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 all the traffic is in and processed. You’re swimming upstream before Friday night really slows things down. And to return you’ll have to get back in line, which could mean a nasty delay. Anytime you leave you’ll have to go through another vehicle search when you return, as if you are entering for the first time.
Exiting is only through the East or West Tollbooth. (The police will NOT allow you to exit directly onto the highway at the Highway Tollbooth.) Extremely important: Everyone in the exiting vehicle must have their wristband scanned out by Bonnaroo staff, and each wristband must be scanned back in when you return. If you exit through any other location, or fail to have your wristband scanned out, you and your vehicle will not be allowed to re-enter the site. Sorry.
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 Entry
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 noon on Thursday, June 13th, and will stay open non-stop, just like Las Vegas, until Sunday night at 10.
Adjacent to Centeroo is the Main Venue, where the What Stage is located. Its hours are different from Centeroo. The Main Venue opens at 1 PM on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and closes after the What Stage headliner takes their last bow.
When you enter these areas, you’ll be searched (see below for what’s not allowed), and you must show your all-powerful wristband.
WHAT IS ALLOWED INTO CENTEROO/MAIN VENUE:
- Water bottles or Camelbaks containing water only (clear, non-glass containers only)
- 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 two (2) inches are ok)
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED INTO CENTEROO/MAIN VENUE:
- Glass or cans
- Food or drinks, other than water and small snacks*
- Folding chairs that sit higher than a foot off the ground
- Anything that’s prohibited elsewhere on festival grounds
- Flags or totems which contain metal pieces or are capable of being pounded into the ground (or your neighbor)
*Trail mix, yes. A double cheeseburger, no.