Good day #Riverfriends! Today is a happy day for all of us at Riverfest Elora because today we are announcing RIVERFEST ELORA’S WISH YOU WERE HERE

You might be asking yourself “what is it?!?”

Well, WISH YOU WERE HERE is not Riverfest Elora. It is a separate mini-fest put on by our wonderful team because we just simply could not wait another year to do something magical for the Riverfest community. 

Join us back where Riverfest began, in front of an intimate crowd in the yard at the Elora Centre For The Arts on August 20, 21 and 22, 2021!

How do Tickets work for WYWH:  

WYWH is a mini-fest. Actually it’s three concerts, in three days with multiple acts each day! 

Only 430 tickets will be available each day in socially distanced, 6’x6’ boxes of 4 people. All boxes are purchased as a package of 4 tickets and are sold per-day, so you can pick and choose which day you want to come, or grab up all three days and make a weekend of it! The performance schedule can be found here: 

I have tickets for Riverfest Elora. Can I use them for WYWH?

WYWH is a completely separate and one-off event from Riverfest Elora. This means that it is a new event with its own tickets. If you are currently holding on to your Riverfest tickets for 2020 or 2021, don’t worry! Those tickets are still valid for when Riverfest returns on August 19-21, 2022!  Hang on to them because not only will they be locked in at 2020 prices, but we are already working on the lineup for next year and it’s going to be a doozy!

Why do I have to buy a box?

Based on the recommendations from our health officials and in order to gather safely, we will be selling all tickets in Concert Boxes that can hold you, plus 3 household friends (4 people per box).  

What about the children? 

Unfortunately, due to the limited capacity of WYWH, we are not able to offer a free children’s ticket for this event. Each box holds up to 4 humans, regardless of age.  Children 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

Will there be weekend passes? 

No - Each day will be sold individually but you can totally make your own weekend pass by buying all 3 days!

Can I buy a solo ticket?

No - Tickets will be sold as a Concert Box with a capacity of 4

Is there re-entry once I have entered the grounds and received my wristband?
Yes. We encourage our attendees to get out, explore and enjoy everything the village of Elora has to offer. 

Will there be tickets available to purchase at the gate?
Hard to say! If it sells out ahead of time, that’s all there is, folks! 

Do I have to print my ticket?
Tickets do not need to be printed as they can be scanned from phones. 

Is Wish You Were Here rain or shine?
Indeed it is! We’ll be celebrating regardless of the weather.  Make sure you dress accordingly. Bring some slickers if it rains, or sunscreen if it’s going to be a scorcher!


Does WYWH require attendees to wear masks?

Masks are required for all attendees. Masks must be worn whenever moving about the event grounds, but can be removed while in your seating area (box).

  • Eating and drinking is allowed only in your seating area. Eating and drinking is prohibited while walking or in all other areas.
  • Face coverings must fully cover the nose and mouth
  • Costume masks are prohibited

***If a face covering will cause an impairment or is not medically possible due to an existing health condition, please notify COVIDFAQ@riverfestelora.com prior to attending the event.  Arrangements MUST be made at least 72 hours prior to the event. Entry will be denied if advance notice is not provided.  Exemptions will be assessed on a case by case basis and require documentation from a medical professional.

Covid-19 Pre-Screen at the Gate upon arrival:

Each patron is required to have a temperature check and to complete a Covid-19 screening prior to entering the event grounds.  You may be refused entry, without refund if you are symptomatic or fail to pass the screening.

Do I need to show proof of vaccination or be fully vaccinated to attend?

While vaccinations are encouraged, you will not be required to show proof of vaccination. Masking and physical distancing on-site MUST be followed.  Please do your part to ensure the safety of not only yourself, but others as well. 

I Have my Covid - 19 vaccination - Do I still have to wear a mask?


I have a mask exemption, can I still come?

Exemptions are accepted on a discretionary basis. If a face covering will cause an impairment or is not medically possible due to an existing health condition, please notify COVIDFAQ@riverfestelora.com prior to attending the event. Arrangements MUST be made at least 72 hours prior to the event. Entry will be denied, without refund, if advance notice is not provided.  Exemptions will be assessed on a case by case basis and require documentation from a medical professional.


Concert boxes will be arranged in colour coordinated sections.  Each section will have it’s own bar and washrooms.  Patrons may only will be required to only use the services within their section.  

Failure to follow these guidelines could result in your removal from the event without refund.


WYWH is a bottled/packaged water free and waste conscious event. 

  • A water bottle refill station will be available so please bring your refillable water vessel.  
  • No outside drink will be permitted.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at your section’s bar. 
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold in cans.


  • We encourage you to please bring your own food! Grab a picnic basket, bring your cooler, or a sandwich! Call one of the many excellent local restaurants for takeout (plan ahead if you hope to enjoy some local fare!).  Again, outside beverages are not permitted.  
  • There will be no food vendors at WYWH: in an effort to reduce lineups where it becomes difficult to maintain social distancing, we will only be offering light snacks for purchase at the bars within your section.  


    We encourage you to walk or bike to the festival! Parking is available on the side streets surrounding The Elora Centre For The Arts and in downtown Elora. WYWH’s additional parking can be found at the Grand River Raceway. 

    Are there shuttles to the event this year?
    No. As this event is much smaller than Riverfest Elora is, we will not be offering shuttles.

    I’m planning on biking to the festival. Will there be a place for me to park my bike at the fest?
    Yes! We will have a bike lockup just inside the main entrance to the event!  However, it is first come, first serve. You are also welcome to lock your bike to the perimeter fence during the event. 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 event grounds.

    I’m driving to WYWH.  Can I park on the event grounds?
    THERE IS NO PARKING ON SITE. On-site drop off will only be available near the front entrance off of Melville St. for those with disabilities on a first come, first serve basis.

    Is there wheelchair accessible parking available?
    There is accessible parking at the Elora Centre for the Arts and directly in front of the main entrance to the event on Melville St. You must have proper documentation and space is limited.   If you require further assistance, please contact spencer@riverfestelora.com and he will be happy to assist. If you wish to phone to make specific arrangements, please contact Spencer by calling the Elora Centre for the Arts and leaving a message for him. He will call you back promptly.

    Other important stuff…

    Can I bring my pet to the festival?
    Only service dogs are permitted.

    What am I going to sit on?
    Bring your own camping chairs, blankets or towels! Keep in mind that each box is 6’ x 6’ so space is slightly limited! 

    Can I smoke at WYWH? 

    No thanks! WYWH will be a smoke free environment. Please, if you must smoke, take a walk outside of the festival grounds.

    Should I bring cash?
    No thanks! As we are still presently in a pandemic, we will not be handling any cash at WYWH. In other words, WYWH is a cashless event. We will be accepting debit and credit cards only! 

    Now that it's legal, can I bring my cannabis?
    While we are a smoke free environment, patrons are allowed to bring a small amount into the event. Large quantities will not be permitted.  We ask that all patrons please be considerate of your surroundings as this is a family event and go for a walk outside of festival grounds if you are going to smoke.

    Didn’t see your question here? Send an email to spencer@riverfestelora.com and he’ll get back to you with an answer asap.

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