Festival Tips & Info

  • Bring light weight folding chairs of the same height for the members of your party.
  • There are divisions for low and high seating at most performance areas
  • Bring and use your sunscreen!
  • But also be prepared for rain – most years there is at least some, and other years…
  • Speaking of fluids, drink plenty of them. No, not that kind.
  • Wear appropriate footwear – avoid walking the fairgrounds in bare feet.
  • Assisted Listening is available for Main Stage events. Tune your radio to 98.9 or 99.1 FM.
  • There is no wifi available in the fairgrounds, but you can access it in the village of Altamont. Go back out to Rt. 146/Main St. and take a left into the village. At Park Street you will see a – you guessed it – park. On the far side is the Altamont Library disguised as an old train station. They’ve got free wifi which may also be accessible in the park nearby. Computers with internet access, too.
  • Bring your kids and enjoy the children’s activities and family performances with them.
  • If you become separated from your child, go to the Information Booth.
  • Lose something else? Check the Information Booth, too.
  • First Aid is located on the side of the Dance Building.
  • Plan to see someone you’ve never heard of – you might be pleasantly surprised!
  • The Sales Building has t-shirts, sweatshirts, rain ponchos, and more festival stuff. Take home a souvenir!
  • Dance! Jump in and try a contra dance if you haven’t before or if it’s been awhile. Great fun!
  • Buy performers recordings early; things may be sold out on Sunday afternoon and the booth gets crowded.
  • There are three wonderful instruments being raffled off this year: a Martin Guitar, a Fluke from The Magic Fluke Company and a Spinet Hammered Dulcimer from David’s Dulcimers. Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets (in the Sales Bldg. and near the Main Stage).
  • Don’t forget to check out the crafts areas – a great time to purchase gifts for upcoming birthdays and events!
  • Cool Altamont stuff:
    • Spruce up your campsite with fresh flowers from Bella Fleur (100 Main St. right across from the main entrance to the fairgrounds). Then stop next door for a nice bottle of wine from the Altamont Wine Shop! Farther down Main Street browse local crafter’s wares at Desolation Road Studios and refresh your knitting supplies at The Spinning Room.
    • Food-wise, you will find a Subway shop, Bamboo Garden Chinese take-out, Paisano’s Pizza, Mio Vino Italian restaurant, Hungerford Market bagel shop (Maple Ave.), Stewarts convenience store and Home Front Café. There’s an Agway, too – take a right at the end of Main St. onto Prospect Terrace.