Summer Meltdown FestivalSummer Meltdown FAQ

Summer Meltdown FAQ

    When is Summer Meltdown?
    This year’s 13th Annual Summer Meltdown Festival is Aug. 8th – 11th, 2013

    Where is the festival located?
    The festival is located just a few miles west of Darrington WA. at the White Horse Mountain Amphitheater. Click here for directions

    Where can I buy Tickets?
    You can purchase tickets online, or at one of our ticket outlets listed below, or at the box office upon arrival.

    MerchBot – Bellingham
    126 W Holly St / (360) 543-5364

    Skagit Co-Op – Mt. Vernon
    202 S 1st St / (360) 336-9777

    Bigfoot Music – Arlington
    3405 172nd St NE / (360) 651-2299

    Sno-Isle Co-Op – Everett
    2804 Grand Ave / (425) 259-3798

    Pub at Pipers Creek – Crown Hill – Seattle
    10527 Greenwood Ave N / (206) 417-5734

    Holy Cow Records – Pike Place Market – Seattle
    1501 Pike St / (206) 405-4200

    Mishu Boutique – Capitol Hill – Seattle
    321 Broadway E / (425) 220-6239

    Pita Pit – Tacoma
    212 Garfield St S / (253) 539-2797

    What time do the gates open and close?
    Thursday Gate Hours: 3pm to 10pm, Parking lot opens at 12noon
    Friday Gate Hours: 10am to 10pm
    Saturday Gate Hours: 10am to 10pm
    Sunday Gate Hours: 10 to 6pm
    Please be mindful of our gate hours. It is extremely difficult to facilitate late arrivals. If you arrive outside of posted gate hours, you will be denied entrance.

    Are tickets refundable?
    Tickets are NON-Refundable. This is a rain or shine event.

    What if I already purchased my ticket and am unable to attend?
    If you purchased your tickets online and are unable to attend, we suggest you find someone to purchase your ticket. E-Tickets (electronic tickets) are transferable to others by logging into your account and transferring the ticket to another person to print and scan at the gate.

    Can I come for one day only?
    Yes, we offer day tickets for all days of the festival. These require a credit card deposit at the box office (except Sunday), which will place a hold on your account and will be cancelled when you leave the festival upon your check out at the main gate. Please note that in order to receive your refund you must check out before noon (12pm) the following day. Sunday only, as well as Saturday/Sunday passes can be purchased at the box office with no deposit required.

    Is Parking free?
    Parking this year will have a small fee $3, with some of the proceeds going to benefit the Skate Darrington Project and North Counties Family Services. The parking lot is located several hundred feet from the camping areas, and you may want to bring a cart or other means to transport your gear between the parking lot and the camping area.

    Is Camping Free?
    Tent camping is included in your ticket price. For those who wish to bring in their vehicles, there is limited vehicle camping tickets available for purchase.

    Those who are tent camping… You may not bring your vehicle in at any time for any reason. Not even to unload or load up your gear.

    Can I bring my vehicle into the campground?
    For those who wish to camp in, or with their vehicles, you may purchase vehicle camping passes online or at the box office upon arrival (assuming they are not sold out).
    See ticketing page for prices on vehicle camping. These prices will go up at the gate and are sold on a first come first serve basis. There are no “in and out” privileges for vehicles. If you leave the designated vehicle camping area with your car at any point during the festival and intend to return, you will have to repay the vehicle camping fee or park in the parking lot.

    Can I leave and then re-enter the festival?
    Yes, once you have checked in and received your wristband, you are free to pass in and out of the festival grounds DURING GATE HOURS. Please note, those who purchase vehicle camping passes may not leave and re-enter the venue/camping in their vehicles.

    Can I bring my dog? He’s small and well-behaved?
    NO NO NO. We are all animal lovers and many of us have to find somewhere for our pets to go for the weekend. Animals of any kind are not permitted on the festival grounds (that includes your car in the parking lot). If you bring them you will be asked to leave.
    Here are a list of kennels in the area.
    A note about Service Dogs: Service dogs are allowed inside the venue. While we cannot require you to have them marked as such, we strongly advise that you do so. Since there are no dogs otherwise allowed in the venue, security is quick to notice them. Having them marked as a service dog will alleviate being confronted by security and confusion from other festival goers.

    Is there a beer garden?
    There is a beer garden for those who are 21+. ID’s will be required so please bring them. The beer garden features local micro-brews and limited hard liquor.

    Are there food vendors?
    There are many wonderful food vendors attending the festival this year, sure to entice every ones taste buds!

    Can you bring your own food and alcohol?
    You are welcome to bring your own food and limited quantities of alcohol into the festival grounds (Note: no KEGS are allowed inside the venue, and no glass containers). Open alcohol containers will not be permitted in the music meadow and glass bottles are not allowed anywhere on the festival grounds.

    Are camp fires allowed?
    No. Camp fires are not allowed in the grounds. However, you are welcome to bring a stove to cook your own food.

    Is there cell phone service?
    AT&T, Verizon and Sprint work at the site. Signals are best in the upper parking grounds. T-Mobile did not work in 2012, it is unknown if service has improved.

    Is there a cash machine on site?
    Cash machines are on site. However its a good idea to bring at least $50 to $100 of spending cash to the grounds. $1 and $5 bills are highly encouraged so vendors don’t run out giving change.

    Do you recycle?
    Absolutely! Aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and clean paper products are collected on site for recycling. Food scraps and food-soiled paper items are also collected to be composted. Please help us by keeping your garbage, recyclables, and compostables separated, and by bringing your wastes to one of our “waste collection areas” frequently throughout the weekend. Glass bottles are not allowed at the festival so please do not bring them.

    Can I bring my kids?
    This is a family event. There is a kids area with many awesome activities happening throughout the weekend. In addition, we host the “Little Sea Horse Music Academy” which brings in over 20+ music instructors to work with the kids on musical instruction. Note: This is not a day care. Children must be supervised by a parent or adult while playing in the kids area. We also provide “family camping” with quiet hours. Please be aware, however, that the entire grounds are open air with late night music, and while you may be in family camp you may still hear those who are not.

    Are there RV hook-ups on site?
    Unfortunately there are no RV hook-ups available on site.

    Are there showers on site?
    There are no showers on site at the festival (we are working on this, check back for updates), however there is river access. Please do not bring soap or shampoo to the river. River use is encouraged, please don’t pollute it with unnatural elements.

    Are there stores near by?
    Yes, there is a fairly well stocked mini mart about a half mile before the festival grounds. There are also stores in the town of Darrington about a mile beyond the festival grounds.

    Is there anything else I should know?
    • Be patient upon arrival. Remember, it’s a long weekend of fun ahead of you and we are working as fast as we can!

    • You may want to bring a bicycle as the grounds are quite large, no motor powered vehicles allowed.

    • Bring a wagon or wheel barrow to help pack in and out your gear

    • No glass bottles allowed at the venue. Please don’t bring them.

    • We’ll have an ice truck on site to keep all your perishable items cool.

    • No Fireworks, No Drugs

    • Don’t forget your bathing suit or your birthday suit for the river!


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