Over four decades time, we have cultivated a safe space to celebrate, to mourn, and to heal, and we have done so with a collective ethos that is rooted in kindness, cooperation, and consideration. Now more than ever, we have a unique opportunity to support each other, to be more intentional, and to practice the Strawberry Way by prioritizing the health and safety of others.
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The Nevada County Fairgrounds is a beautiful outdoor setting, on nearly 100 acres of meadow and conifer forest. There is a lot of great space to camp, for groups large and small, as well as nice scenery to explore. Camping is made comfortably by the gentle terrain and amenities which include easy access to potable water, permanent restrooms, shower facilities, and garbage/recycle service. Spring weather can be unpredictable at 2500′ elevation, so it is best to prepared for any kind of weather. See our What to Pack List for a complete inventory of items to make your camp experience comfortable. Numerous trails and paved roadways make it easy to get around.
Strawberry is a closely knit, multi-generational community of music lovers, because we have been camping together for so many years. Settling in and living a family-friendly camp life for multiple days is what allows so much of the magic to happen. Many of our best traditions take place in the campground.
Medical staff is available to help with basic first aid needs from Thursday through Sunday during the festival. Hours of operation of the Medical Tent are 8:00 AM each morning until 11:00 PM each evening. When the Med Tent is closed, 24-hour emergency assistance is available at the Safety Command Post. In the event of an emergency, there is a hospital nearby. In severe cases, EMT’s are on site and an ambulance can be dispatched immediately. If you see someone who needs medical assistance at the festival, please go to the Med Tent, the Safety Command Post, or find a Staff person with a radio.
Our Safety crews are based at the Safety Command Post 24-hours daily to keep folks safe throughout the festival and can be found throughout the festival grounds wearing Security/Safety vests and hats. If you witness disruptive behavior, suspicious activities, violence or abuse of any kind, or situations that are unsafe, please alert Security staff at the Command Post immediately.
What’s the Strawberry Stroll you ask? It’s that special time in the morning when you can line up to place your chairs in Music Meadow. Here are some guidelines for the stroll …
There is a wide range of merchandise and services available at the festival including:
The Food Court features a delectable sampling of ethnic and traditional foods. You will find a wide variety of festival cuisine in the Food Court Among including pizza , pasta & salad, vegetarian dishes, Mexican food, Greek food, BBQ, desserts, and more! Also available are an assortment of hot & cold beverages, including coffee & espresso drinks, smoothies, and juices.
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 10am on Thursday, so stop by early to ensure the availability of colors and sizes.
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 CDs.
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, and much more.
Where do you go when you are thirsty? The Strawberry Way Cafe serves water, assorted juices, soda, lemonade, and ICE.
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.
What vacation is complete without massage/acupressure? Treat yourself to this relaxing therapy while listening to Main Stage music in the background.
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!
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 Nevada County Fairgrounds have an adequate water supply. Due to extreme drought conditions in California, it is very important to conserve water. Please read the posted signs and observe the ‘Strawberry 3 minute shower’.
Over the years Strawberry has developed a comprehensive recycling program intended to decrease the amount of trash entering landfills. We continue to evaluate additional options and evolve our recycling program. Please make use of all of the recycling options available and wherever possible keep you mug, plate, and utensils for reuse during the festival. Thank you for your work and for incorporating recycling into your daily routine.
Bring your own plate, cutlery, cup, and/or water bottle for in-camp and in the Food Court. There are filling stations, drinking fountains, and potable water spigots throughout camp. Please help us eliminate single use plastics from the Strawberry Music Festival.