2018 Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival, May 24, 25, 26, 27.
OVERVIEW - Mountain View Park is located in a scenic section of eastern Pennsylvania. Camping is free with a weekend ticket, and includes camping on Sunday night. Sorry, no camping with one day tickets. A limited number of electric passes are available at $35 for the entire festival, Tue., May 22rd thru Mon., May 29th. Please purchase electric pass in advance. In some years, they sell out before the festival. The camping electric has been greatly upgraded over the years, but still won't support air conditioning or electric cooking. In some areas, coffee pots may be a problem. It is for minimal use only, such as a shower pump, keeping your battery charged, breathing machines, minimal lighting, etc. Every vehicle using electric must have a purchased electric pass, even if one camper is plugged into another. Generators allowed only if they are reasonably quiet. If necessary, the festival staff will decide if they are acceptably quiet.
JAM CLASSES - Our Festival is stepping it up this year with a Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Class hosted by Harry Gambrill of the Jersey Corn Pickers. Harry has been holding classes in the Philadelphia area and is also the dobro instructor at the Wernick Method Jam Camp held in Silver Bay, NY. Even if you've never jammed before, Harry will get you going, playing real bluegrass (at slow speeds).
All instruments and all skill levels are welcome. The only requirement to participate is the ability to change chords smoothly between G, C, D, and A (basses and fiddles need to know which notes go with which chords). Fast playing and the ability to solo are not required. You will be jamming in the first session!
Advance registration for all sessions is $65. Advance registrations will be sent a full packet of bluegrass jamming study material. On-site registration $25 per session or $70 all three sessions. Cash or check only. Study materials included.
Non-paying spectators are welcome to listen from as close as space around the class permits. Yard signs of Bluegrass Jam Class on festival grounds. More info: LetsPick.org
SECOND STAGE - Third year - A second stage will be open this year on Friday & Saturday. Times and scheduled bands will be posted soon. We will be presenting a site with sound & entertainment of the highest quality.
PARKING - Free and completely on site.
CELL SERVICE - All carriers are available throughout the park.
WiFi - Free, upgraded WiFi available throughout most of the park. It appears as, 'WindGap-1', 'WindGap-2', 'WindGap-3' and 'WindGap-4'. No password is needed.
CONCERT SEATING - Please bring lawn chairs/blankets for seating. You may leave chairs, at your own risk, all weekend. When you're not using them, anyone else may use them. If you find this unacceptable, please take them with you when leaving the concert area. When you return to your chairs, if they are occupied, tell the folks using them that the chairs are yours and they will move to other unoccupied chairs. Please try to do this between songs. Limited tent seating available, same chair rules apply.
SHOWERS - Hot water showers, with electric are on site, and are free.
CAMPFIRES - Permitted, unless there is a severe drought and the state, county or local fire department bans open burning.
MOTORCYCLES - Are allowed, but must be left near the gate or walked, not running, to your campsite.
BICYCLES - No riding on site during the entire festival.
OFF ROAD VEHICLES - We reserve the right to limit or stop the use of off-road vehicles.
FOOD - Hot food, pizza, snacks, ice cream & ice are available on site, as well as a large variety of vendors. Food is also available at many local places off site, or bring your own.
FESTIVAL TICKETS - 2018 - Weekend: Now thru April 30th-$75; May 1st thru May 16th-$80; at the gate-$85. One day tickets: Wednesday-$10; Thursday-$15; Friday-$30; Saturday-$40; Sunday-$30. Youth: thru 11 yrs-FREE; 12 yrs thru 17 yrs-$15 in advance, $20 at gate. The youth ticket is same price for one day or the entire festival. 18 yrs-adult prices apply. Please - No visitors, everyone on site 12 yrs or older needs the appropriate ticket. Sorry, no camping with one day ticket. See our Tickets Page for more for more information.
FESTIVAL FLYER - 2018 - I'll send you a flyer about March 1st and put you on the festival mailing list so you will get the 2019 flyer.. Please put your name and mailing address in the message block. Use the Contact Page. You can print a flyer now, just click on the flyer on the home page.
EARLY SETUP - The park will be open on Saturday, May 19th and again on Sunday, May 20th from 12:00 Noon until 5:00pm each day to allow campers to be dropped off. No camping until the park re-opens on Tuesday, May 22th at 5:00pm. The AFBA charges $5 per day per person for Tuesday & Wednesday. This fee should be paid at the gate, on arrival, not in advance, and is collected by the AFBA and not the festival. This early arrival fee will also apply to the August festival. Third year - If you park near an electrical outlet, you will need an electrical pass on the setup weekend. Buy it in advance or at the gate when you arrive to set up. You will not need your admission tickets on the setup weekend, just the electric pass.
WORKSHOPS - The Festival's Professional Workshops will be on Friday & Saturday. The location is just inside the main gate. Artists and times will be posted near the gate and announced on stage for your participation with the “pros” while they demonstrate and discuss what they do best. The schedule will be printed on the handout you will receive at the gate. Workshops are under the direction of Sandi Marola.
JAM TENT - The jam tent has become a featured event at the festival and continues this year. If you want to jam at the Wind Gap Jam Tent, just bring your instrument and go there. Everyone is welcome.
MARTIN GUITAR - Take a trip back in time to the C.F. Martin Guitar Company, Thursday, May 24th, The short shuttle bus ride starts at 9:00AM. , This year's trip will be on Thursday because of a large student group scheduled on Friday. First bus leaves at 8:45AM. Secont trip leaves at 10:15AM. See the true meaning of old world craftsmanship in the works. You will also get to visit the newly remodeled museum. You must make sure you sign up at the gate in order to ensure a seat. Space is limited to 14 people per trip. A sign up sheet will be available at the gate when it opens on Tuesday at 5:00PM. You can sign up for any of the trips from 8:45AM thru 1:30PM. First-sign-up, first serve for this popular trip, and it remains free.
BLUEGRASS ACADEMY - With special thanks to the C.F. Martin Guitar Company, the Bluegrass Academy returns for the ninth year. This year, it will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, also, an on stage performance on Sun afternoon. It remains free. For more info and registration details, go the Bluegrass Academy Page. The Academy is under the direction of Mark Panfil. Visit his website at 'markpanfil.com'.
OPEN STAGE - An open stage is scheduled for Wednesday evening. The start time will depend on the number of bands that sign up. If you are interested, please email me or call me (see contact page). It is likely that all available spots will be taken before Wednesday. Bands and times will be listed on the schedule page. The scheduled bands will finish at 9:00PM and will be followed by bluegrass movies. NOTE: This open stage is intended for festival attendees and the appropriate tickets will be required. The minimum ticket required would be $10 per person, and would be for Wednesday only.
MOVIES - Bluegrass related movies will be shown on our large screen at the second stage, Wednesday and Thursday evening starting at 9PM each night.
DOGS - The Appalachian Fiddle and Bluegrass Association property owner of Mountain View Park, will charge $10 per dog. Dogs will not be permitted at any time in the entire concert or concession area. Dogs must always be leashed when walking or when away from your camp site. Dogs must be tied up while at your camp site. No loose (unleashed) dogs at any time. Since no camping is permitted without a weekend ticket, no dogs will be allowed with a single day ticket. Dogs can be walked in 24 of the 27 acres of the park, but not in the entire concert area or vendor area. The $10 per dog charge should be paid to the AFBA, at the gate, on arrival, not in advance.
For vendor space at the Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival, please call Harry Grant at (973) 306-9752.