While Westside is a beautiful work in progress, much has been done to make camping comfortable for the Fall 2015 Festival. Hot showers, a permanent restroom building, portable toilets throughout camp, and access to potable water are all provided. Camping is first come first serve, however if you have a camping ticket, there will be space for you whenever you arrive. A majority of the camping is in tree lined open spaces, with easy access to festival programming. The brush crew is working to create more camping amongst the trees, but please be prepared to bring your own shade canopy. Feel free to take the amount of space that you need for your group to be comfortable, not more or less. Where your camp ends another will begin, so please be considerate of your neighbor. You can drive to and keep vehicles with most camp sites, but we suggest you move extra cars to the parking lot to make more space for other campers. Staff is available to help you find your camp site should you need assistance.
It’s very important that we are all very mindful of fire hazard in the Sierras this Fall, so please take extreme care in the camping areas. Please be aware that no pets or ground or charcoal fires are allowed. Please call the office for more information.
Music Meadow Seating
The Music Meadow has two types of seating available; Stroll Seating and General Seating. Stroll Seating is in the area between the Main Stage and the soundboard. The procedure for placing your low back chairs in Stroll Seating area is fondly known as the “Strawberry Stroll” (see guidelines below). General Seating takes place behind the soundboard and can include full size chairs, blankets, and where it is considerate to others viewing, umbrellas and shade tents.
The entire seating area is a NON-SMOKING section. Please be considerate to those around you and refrain from loud talking or using your cell phones during the performances. Whenever possible please try to arrive at and/or leave your seats prior to the beginning of each set or between songs. Please refrain from adding your musical or vocal talents to the Main Stage performances. Main Stage music performances will end at 11:00pm each evening, except Sunday which ends by 10:00pm. All personal items must be removed from the Music Meadow at the end of the evening’s show. Please help pick up trash around you and don’t forget to recycle.
Strawberry Stroll Guidelines:
- The Stroll line begins anytime after 5:00am Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Staff will be available to assist you at that time. You may stroll onto the Music Meadow to place your chairs at 4:00pm on Thursday and 7:00am Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.
- You must be personally present in line. Please do not leave your chairs unattended.
- You may bring a maximum of FOUR chairs. No blankets or high back chairs are allowed in the Stroll Seating area.
- Stroll Seating is first come, first served. Please do not disturb someone else’s chair.
- All chairs in the Stroll Seating Area must be no more than 32” from the top of the chair to the ground and must be 10” or less from the back of the seat to the ground. No chaise lounges or hook back chairs.
- Any chair that is not occupied is open for use by anyone, until the owner arrives. If you do not want your chair used, please take it with you when you leave the seating area.
What to Pack:
- Sleeping Pad
- Bedding or Sleeping Bag
- Camp Stove
- Camp Lantern
- Camp Table
- Camp Chairs
- Tarp (Just in case it rains/or for shade)
- Shade Canopy
- Water jug (Handy to carry water back to camp)
- Spray Bottle (Great for keeping cool on warm days)
- Clothing for warm days and cool nights
- Water Bottle/Mug, Plate & Utensils (for Re Use in camp and at the Food Court)
- Portable FM Radio (for listening to Hog Ranch Radio)
- Rain Gear (Just in case)
- Soap and Towel
- Ear Plugs
- Cup or Container for Drinks (No Glass is allowed at the Music Meadow)
- Wagon (Very handy for hauling gear around and sleeping kids back from the Music Meadow)
- Musical Instruments (Last but absolutely not Least, there are many opportunities to jam with friends and neighbors)
Merchandise and Services:
There is a wide range of merchandise and services available at the festival including:
The Food Court- The Food Court features a delectable variety of ethnic and traditional foods. Among the cuisine you will find in the Food Court are pizza & salad, vegetarian dishes, Mexican food, Greek food, Thai food, Cajun food, BBQ, desserts, and more! Also available are an assortment of hot & cold beverages, including coffee & espresso drinks, smoothies, and juices. Check individual booths for special dinner menus each evening from 5:30pm -7:30pm.
Strawberry T-Shirt Booth- Each festival showcases a unique Strawberry T-Shirt design. Come visit the booth to see one of a kind festival artwork, on a variety of styles and colors of clothing. The T-Shirt Booth opens at 4:00pm on Thursday, so stop by early to ensure the availability of colors and sizes.
Strawberry CD Booth- If you like what you see at Strawberry, take it home with you! The CD Booth sells releases from an assortment of performers, including most Main Stage acts. In addition, some Main Stage musicians will visit the booth following their show to sell merchandise and sign CD’s.
Strawberry Preserves- You just never know what you will find at the Strawberry Preserves. Created to feature classic past festival t-shirts, the Preserves has evolved into a festival needs marketplace. If you need it, it is likely the Preserves will have it, stocking everything from toys, jewelry, sundries, candy, medication, toiletries, sunscreen, hats, tapestries, and much, much more.
Strawberry Drink Booth- Where do you go when you are thirsty? The Drink Booth serves soda, water, milk, flavored waters, assorted juices, and ICE.
Strawberry Artisans- The Strawberry Artisans features some of the finest crafts and artwork throughout the west. Hand-crafted jewelry, fiber arts, glassware, photography, pottery, and many modes of wearable art are just some of what is represented at the Strawberry Artisans.
Strawberry Massage & Acupressure Therapists- What vacation is complete without massage/acupressure? Treat yourself to this relaxing therapy while listening to Main Stage music in the background.
Strawberry Face Painter- Fun for children and adults, the Face Painter at Strawberry has a design for everyone! Always a hit with the kids, it’s just not a festival without face painting!
The Luthiers- Rick Turner and Matt Bohn are our resident luthiers. They are equipped to help you with just about any kind of set-up or repair issue(s) you may have with your instrument. Rick is a wizard with all fretted instruments and Matt is a master luthier in all violin family instruments and their bows. Please pre-contact Rick or Matt for special request.
Music Caravan- Forgot to bring extra strings or lost your only pick? The Music Caravan has got everything you need from sheet music to beautiful new instruments.
The musical experience is in no way limited to the stages. Musicians of varying levels get together to “jam” at camps all around the festival. These range from informal gatherings of friends and neighbors to performances by professional musicians. The public is generally welcome to come and listen to such jams as long as the audience remains respectful to the musicians and the camp hosting the jam.
The Strawberry Way:
You’ll hear the term “The Strawberry Way” a lot at the festivals. This phrase created by festival goers, describes a vibe and way of living in community that we hope you will embrace throughout your Strawberry weekend. The spirit of The Strawberry Way is consideration, cooperation, kindness, and generosity. There’s not much more we can say, except when you see it, you’ll know what it is!
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