Festival FAQs

When I purchase my tickets online, how do I physically receive them?

All tickets & passes are mailed to the physical address you provide during checkout.  If for some reason you do not have a paper ticket do not worry, we can check you in to the festival with proof of ID. You may also use the receipt confirmation emailed to you as your ticket.

Where is parking located for the festival?
There is limited FREE parking throughout Downtown Manteo. Park & Shuttle is available from Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. If you have a VIP pass you will be given access to park on Bluegrass Island at the venue.


What time do the gates open?
The festival gates open at 11 a.m. each day of the festival.

What is the earliest I can set up my chairs at the festival?

If you have a 3-Day festival pass you are granted early entry on Wednesday as soon as 2PM. All others may enter when gates open each day. Chairs may be left over night all 3 days.


Can I bring ‘outside food and drinks’ inside the festival?
No, you may not. However, we have plenty of food vendors located within festival park (and local restaurants within walking distance)

Beer & Wine is sold on site. 


What kind of food is available for purchase?
There will be a variety of food vendors at the festival. Click HERE for a list and their menus. 


Can I bring my pets inside for the festival?
No outside animals are allowed UNLESS it is a service animal with proper documentation. 


Are there bathrooms located on-site?
There are indoor bathrooms located at the back of Roanoke Island Festival Park, in the museum building and there are portable toilets within the festival area.


Can I bring an umbrella/ pop-up tent/ canopy chair?
Umbrellas, pop up tents, and canopy chairs are not allowed inside the festival. If you do have a canopy chair (one with an attached, overhanging sun shade above your head) you must sit in the back – be mindful of the people behind you. There will also be a large, 150-foot canopy tent provided by us (in the event of rainy weather) and many shade-providing trees.