Tickets & Camping

Festival site map with camping and parking sections labelled

Festival Map

A. Mainstage

B. Dance Barn

C. Kid’s Barn

D. Pick-Nic Shelter

E. Food Court

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Performances start on Friday, September 6. Customize your festival experience with Thursday early entry, attend Thursday’s workshops, or pick at your campsite. Upgrade your experience with car and large vehicle camping passes, premium RV spots, or an unforgettable Mega-Melon experience!

Tickets

Notes for ticket buyers: If you wish to camp with your vehicle you need to purchase either a Large Vehicle Camping Pass or a Car Camping Pass (depending on your vehicle type). Any vehicle entering the event camping area is required to have a Camping Pass. Only one Camping Pass is needed per vehicle. There is free parking in the Day Parking Lot. You are more than welcome to park your vehicle in the Day Parking Lot and pitch a tent in the event camping area as long as you have your 2-Day Weekend General Admission ticket. Mega Melon Backstage Pass and Premium Electric Site’s come with Vehicle Camping Passes.

RV in shady RV reserve area at the fairgrounds

Premium Electric Site (30 amp, No Water Hookup)

PREMIUM ELECTRIC SITE PASS: Includes 30 amp electric service and 2 vehicle camping passes. These sites are shaded and located close to the event area and vendors.

Does NOT include an Event Ticket.

Furnace Mountain and Dancers backstage at the 2022 Watermelon Pickers' Fest

Mega Melon Back Stage Pass

Permits 1 adult entry to the festival and backstage areas after 9:00 am Friday through 12:00 noon Sunday. This Mega Melon Back Stage Pass includes 1 Car Camping Pass or a Large Vehicle Camping Pass.

Free parking is available in the Day Parking Lot for those who do not wish to camp with their vehicle.

Friends standing in a row and posing for a picture in the stage area at the Watermelon Pickers' fest

2-Day General Admission

Permits 1 adult entry to the festival after 9:00 am Friday through 12:00 noon Sunday.

All vehicles entering the campground must have a Car Camping Pass or Large Vehicle Camping Pass. One pass per vehicle. Camping Passes must be purchased separately. Free parking is available in the Day Parking Lot for those who do not wish to camp with their vehicle.

Saturday Only General Admission

Permits 1 adult entry to the festival after 9:00 am Saturday and is valid until midnight, Saturday night. Allows access to performance areas.

Does NOT include camping.

Friday Only General Admission

Permits 1 adult entry to the festival after 9:00 am Friday and is valid until midnight, Friday night. Allows access to performance areas.

Does NOT include camping.

Thursday Early Arrival

Purchase this Thursday Early Arrival ticket in addition to your 2-Day General Admission ticket to arrive at the event 1 day early (Thursday, Sept 5).

All patrons entering the festival early must have a 2-Day General Admission ticket. Car and Large Vehicle Camping Passes are sold separately.

Thursday Music Workshop Day

Make the most of your Thursday Early Entry ticket by joining the Watermelon Pickers’ Workshop. Get started on an instrument, pick up new tunes and skills, learn to jam, and take your playing to the next level! With something for beginners to advanced pickers, you’ll be ready for campfire jams and even the band contest before you know it!

Workshop participants will need a Thursday Early Entry Ticket and a Workshop Ticket to participate. Kids 12 and under are free with a participating adult.

Teen 3-Day GA (age 13-17 with parent)

We love when you bring the whole family to Watermelon Pickers’ Fest. That’s why kids 12 and under are always free.

We know some of those kids have grown into teenagers. We wanted to cut the parents a break with discounted teen tickets (ages 13-17). Permits 1 teen (age 13-17) entry to the festival with a parent or legal guardian after 9:00 am Friday thru 12:00 noon Sunday.

Car Camping Pass

The Car Camping Pass allows you to bring one car, truck, or van into the campground.

Please note that this pass does not include an Electric Site, Water Hookup, or Reserve Site. If you want to bring a vehicle with a trailer or a motorhome into the campground you must buy the Large Vehicle Camping Pass.

Large Vehicle Camping Pass

The Large Vehicle Camping Pass allows you to bring a vehicle with a trailer or a motorhome into the General Admission Camping Area.

Please note that this pass does NOT include a Water/Electric Site, electric hookup, water hookup or reserve site.

General Festival Rules

Watermelon Pickers Fest Sign

Admission

  • Patrons must wear their wristbands at all times.
  • You must be at least 18 years of age to enter Watermelon Pickers’ Fest unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or another responsible adult.
  • No dogs are permitted into concert areas. RV sites with AC capability only and always on a leash
  • If you want to fly a flag above your campsite, fly a watermelon-themed flag. No political flags, no divisive flags. Leave all that behind and enjoy the music. (American flags allowed)
  • Be respectful of your fellow campers and our staff!

Safety

  • Vehicle traffic must be limited. No mini bikes, scooters, electric or gas-driven cycles, or carts of any type are allowed. Anyone driving in the park is required to have a valid driver’s license. All handicap transportation-type vehicles are allowed.
  • Campground speed limit is 10 mph or less. Go slow. No speeding, reckless driving, spinning tires, or non-licensed driving allowed.
  • No firearms or BB guns are allowed.
  • No fireworks of any type are permitted.

Alcohol

  • No underage possession of alcohol is permitted.
  • Do not bring your own alcohol into the concert area. Alcohol at your campsite is allowed.
  • No glass bottles or jars.

Fire

  • Please do not build a campfire on the grass. Above-ground fire pits are permitted.
  • Do not dump any ashes into the dumpster.
  • By State Ordinance: No carry-in firewood will be allowed. Clean local store-purchased wood is allowed.

Trash and Hygiene

  • All trash bags must be taken to the dumpster. Do not leave them at your campsite. You are responsible for your campsite. Keep it clean.
  • No littering. Do not allow any paper, plastic or trash, food scraps, bottle caps, etc. to remain on the ground. If you have to be told to clean up more than once, you may be asked to leave.
  • Please respect the bathrooms and any portable toilets. Do not put trash into the Porta-Johns. Please report any issues to event staff or security.
  • Showers are available at the Chet Hobart Park, just across from the festival grounds.
Inflatable snake at campsite
Ava with Carsie Blanton

Noise

  • “Quiet Time” is midnight for loud noise. This includes whooping, and shouting but does not include acoustic music.
  • All noise-producing electronic devices and RV generators must be off at 10:00 PM.
  • Any music during the day or evening must be kept at a respectful volume, respect your neighbors. Please refrain from any canned music.
  • We encourage campsite picking! Pickers who want to play into the night should stay in the late-night picking area. “Quiet Time” in the family camping area is 10:00 PM.