WinterWonderGrass organizers share tips
AVON — The WinterWonderGrass Festival takes place Friday through Sunday at Nottingham Park in Avon. The music starts at 3 p.m. each day and plays until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9 p.m. on Sunday.
“We cannot wait to host you at the annual WinterWonderGrass Festival,” said Jennifer Brazill, Festival partner and marketing manager. “It is truly a privilege to be creating such an incredible event in our own backyard and we welcome all of you with open arms.”
Here are a few tips from event organizers regarding the event.
WHAT TO WEAR
WinterWonderGrass Festival is an outdoor event and fans are encouraged to dress for the weather. The standard dress for WinterWonderGrass should include snow pants, snow boots, classic one piece suits, hats, gloves that allow you to grip a beer mug and a hula hoop! Remember to layer up. It will get colder as the sun drops, so dress in wool (skip the cotton) and layers. Extra socks and long underwear help, too. Mittens, hats and waterproof winter boots are encouraged, as well as scarves, hand warmers and anything else that will help keep you warm. Dancing is highly encouraged at all times so wear comfortable shoes and consider bringing baggies for your feet to keep them dry.
“We also recommend sunscreen and we encourage one-piece old school ski suits and colorful snow outfits with glitter,” Brazill said.
PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
Organizers encourage all fans to park at their hotel or condo and walk or take public transportation (taxis, buses and shuttles) to the festival.
“Please do not drink and drive and look out for your friends and fellow festival fans,” Brazill said.
In an effort to keep fans safe, there are additional bus routes courtesy of Eco Transit. Check the bus schedule for times: http://www.eaglecounty.us/transit.
The Turtle Bus is taking reservations, call 970-471-0547. Remember to tip your driver.
Festival parking is available at the Avon Recreation Center north lot, the Skier Building, The Westin Riverfront Hotel east lot (temporary lot) and on street parking on West Beaver Creek Blvd. There is additional festival parking at the US Bank after 6 p.m. today and after 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Taxi drop off and pick up will be on the north side of Lake Street just outside the festival gates.
There is no overnight parking at any location.
TICKET PICK UP
The box office will open at 2:30 p.m. today. Please print your ticket at home. All late night show tickets will be available at the box office as well. Remember to bring your ID. There will be a limited number of tickets for sale for full price at the door.
FOOD AND DRINK
There will be four food trucks on site offering options for vegetarians and the meat lovers. Moe’s BBQ, The Cilantro Truck and Chuy Fu’s will serve up full menus of food all weekend. There will also be coffee, tea, hot chocolate and tasty treats for sale at the new Bonfire Lounge. In the VIP area, VIN 48 will sell a pre-planned menu from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each day.
Beer tastings are each day — today, Saturday and Sunday — from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the two heated beer halls. There will be 16 Colorado craft breweries serving their signature brews. Although this is an all ages event, you must be 21 years of age to participate in the beer tastings. There will be an ID check at the gates and all fans will have a 21+ wristband.
Plastic water bottles will not be for sale on-site so please bring a re-usable container to re-fill at the water stations. Free water will be available all weekend.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
• It is illegal to smoke cigarettes or marijuana in public places in Colorado. This is a community and family event. Please be respectful and mindful.
• This is a family affair! There will be a Kids Tent open from 3 to 6:30 p.m. each day with face painting and hula hooping. Kids under 12 are free admission!
• No outside alcohol is allowed in the venue. You will be patted down at the front gate and all bags will be checked.
• Please pack it in, pack it out! “We leave our venues cleaner than we found them and we really look to the festival fans to contribute,” Brazill said. “We have a zero waste effort with recycling and composting. Thank you for respecting our beautiful land!”
For more information about the festival and for the full schedule and line up visit http://www.winterwondergrass.com.