Where is the festival held?
Riverfest Elora is held at the picturesque Bissell Park on the banks of the Grand River in beautiful downtown Elora. This is the river where we get our name! The park is located 2 blocks east of downtown Elora at 127 Mill Street E., across the street from the Elora Centre for the Arts.
Where do I enter?
You will only be able to enter the festival from the west side of the park, off of Melville Street. This is the side of the park that is closest to downtown Elora. You will not be able to enter the grounds from the east side of the park/the Bissell Park parking lot.
Is it rain or shine?
Indeed it is. We’ll be going whether it rains or whether it shines. Make sure you dress accordingly. Bring some slickers if rain is in the forecast or sunscreen if it’s going to be sunny!
Can I bring food?
You can bring snacks to the festival. Yay for trail mix!
Keep in mind, there will also be plenty of food vendors at the festival providing a wide variety of options, including offerings for those with dietary restrictions and requirements.
Can I bring bottled water?
No. Riverfest Elora is a bottled water free and waste conscious event.
In an effort to keep the festival “green”, there will be free water stations courtesy of Wellington Water Watchers, who will be providing potable water free of charge. You can fill a reusable bottle you bring from home!
Is there re-entry once I have entered the grounds and got my wristband?
Yes, the wristband allows you to come and go as you please! There are in-and-out privileges all weekend long
Can I bring my pet?
Unfortunately, no pets are allowed at the festival. Service dogs are allowed if you provide proper credentials.
Are shade tents allowed?
Shade tents are allowed but we ask they are no higher than someone sitting in a chair. That’s about 3 1/2 feet (or 38 inches if you prefer talking about measurements that kind of way). We encourage you to set up at the back of the crowd so you don’t obstruct anyone’s view.
I am driving my car. Can I park on the festival grounds?
There is absolutely no parking on site. On-site drop off will only be available in the Bissell Park Melville St parking area for those with disabilities on a first come, first served basis. Accessible parking (with a permit) is available across the street at the Elora Centre for the Arts.
We encourage you to walk, bike or take a shuttle bus to the festival. Parking is available on the side streets surrounding Bissell Park and in downtown Elora. Riverfest’s main parking lot is at the Grand River Raceway. You can park here and take a shuttle over to the fest!
For more places to park, please visit our parking page.
What’s this about shuttle buses?
We will be offering shuttle buses to the festival site from Elora, Fergus, downtown Guelph and the Guelph Lake campground, and the St. Jacobs Courtyard Marriott all weekend long. Some shuttle buses stops are next to large parking lots, where you can park and ride to the festival in style.
All festival shuttle buses will run in continuous loops. We’ve got a $2 suggested donation to ride the bus.
I’m planning on biking. Will there be a place to park my bike?
Yes! We will have fences for you to lock your bicycle to, just past the festival gate. However, it is a first come, first served basis. You are also welcome to lock your bike to our massive perimeter fence during the festival. Don’t forget your bike lock, helmet and light (if you are biking home at night)!
Please be respectful of foot traffic when biking in and out of the festival grounds.
I want to bring my kids. How much will that cost?
Children 12 and under are free with a paid guardian. However, in order to get their wristband, they will need to be with their paid guardian at the festival gate (who must present their ticket).
Children 10 and under will not be given a wristband if they are not accompanied by a paid guardian.
Are there reserved seats?
No. The festival is general admission. The entire festival grounds will have excellent vantage points of the stage but come early if you want to stake a spot with your blanket.
What are the photography rules at Riverfest?
There is no flash photography permitted. You can take photos, but please be mindful of the other festival-goers and performers.
Is there wheelchair accessible parking available?
There is accessible parking adjacent to the festival grounds, at the Elora Centre for the Arts, across the street. You must have proper documentation and space is limited, first come first serve. More information here, scroll down to the parking section.
Will there be tickets available to purchase at the gate?
Tough call. Tickets always sell quickly, so it’d be in your best interest to buy your tickets beforehand like maybe even right now. Tickets purchased at the gate will be CASH ONLY.
Do I have to print my ticket?
No. Tickets do not need to be printed as they can be scanned from phones. Please increase the brightness on your phone when coming up to redeem your ticket to keep any line moving swiftly.
Can I exchange my Friday ticket for a weekend pass/can I exchange my Saturday ticket for a weekend pass/can I exchange my Sunday ticket for a weekend pass?
Sorry, but we are unable to do exchanges. We suggest you privately sell your original ticket then purchase a weekend pass, or purchase a Friday/Saturday/Sunday ticket in addition to your previously purchased ticket.
I bought extra weekend passes, but my friends can’t attend both days. Can one friend use the pass on Friday, and then another friend use the pass on the Saturday/Sunday?
Unfortunately, weekend passes are not transferable. The recipient of the weekend pass will be wristbanded and will need to remain so to gain access to the festival the entire weekend.
Will there be ATMs?
Yes, there will be ATMs available.
Is alcohol available?
Yes, Riverfest Elora is a licensed event. Please drink responsibly.
Will drinks be served in Riverfest mugs this year?
No. This year, drinks will be served in cans. You are still welcome to bring your Riverfest mug for water and other beverages!
Can I bring cannabis?
Patrons are allowed to bring in a small amount. You won’t be let in if you are trying to bring in large quantities. A reasonable amount of cannabis, for personal consumption, will be acceptable.
We ask that all patrons please be considerate of your surroundings as this is a family festival. Please smoke only in the designated area.
I still have old Riverfest drink tokens. Can I use them in 2023?
Unfortunately no. In 2022, the bars at Riverfest Elora moved to card only and as such, that was the final year drink tokens were accepted.
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