Avoid disappointment and make sure you get your tickets early. You can often get great discounts if you shop online or if you buy your festival passes in advance.
Tip 2: Do your homework
Check online in advance for the schedule and plan what you are going to see and when you are going to see it. Some of the festivals have huge line-ups, so it makes sense to arrive early to make sure you reserve a great seat.
Parking is usually CRAZY during festivals. With the amount of people that converge on festival venues, you might want to take advantage of the low bus fares. The OC Transpo service through the downtown core is awesome, and the venues are usually within comfortable walking distance of bus stops. You can always park your car at a transit station and then grab the bus. Parking downtown can get pretty expensive, so if you do decide to drive, make sure you factor the cost of that in too.
Tip 4: Cover up
Coping with a sunburn or heatstroke is just not cool. Most of the summer festivals have outdoor, uncovered venues. Make sure you bring some sunscreen, sunglasses, and wear a hat
Tip 5: Comfy tennis shoes vs. flip flops or sandals
Definitely comfy tennis shoes wins this round. Festivals are crowded which therefore means a greater chance of getting stepped on or accidentally stepping in something! Protect your feet–tennis shoes are a must.
Like Forrest Gump, you just never know what you’re going to get. Outdoor facilities often are used more rapidly than staff can keep up with, so have some toilet paper with you. There’s nothing worse than lining up for an outdoor bathroom and then finding out there’s no toilet paper!
Tip 7: Pack some wet wipes or hand sanitizer
There are tens of thousands of people that show up at our summer festivals. Sanitizer and wet wipes just makes sense.
A light blanket is great for sitting out on the lawn and will roll up easily to tuck away in a bag. There’s also great models of fold up chairs that come with their own carrying bags. Just be polite and make sure you aren’t blocking the view of someone behind you.
Tip 9: Drink up and eat up
Make sure you keep hydrated and tuck away some light snacks. Check the individual festivals rules–some festivals do not allow outside drink or food.
Tip 10: Bring a stroller
If you have infants or toddlers, bring a lightweight stroller or put baby in a sling. Strollers are great options to stow away bags but keep in mind they are also kind of tricky to manuever in crowds.
Tip 11: Getting lost
If you’re with a group of people, pick a meet-up place in advance in case anyone gets lost. Or make sure you have each others’ cell phone numbers.
Tip 12: Cell phones
Turn your ringer to vibrate. There’s nothing more annoying than going to a concert and hearing a cell phone going off. Wait, it is slightly more annoying to actually answer it and talk through a performance!! Be courteous to the performers and to the audience members.