Frequently Asked Questions

These are frequently asked questions we've gathered over the years. If you have a question that isn't posted, please email these to:

Jackson Browne at the 21st Folks Festival (photo: Russell Bramlett)
Jackson Browne at the 2011 Folks Festival
(photo Russell Bramlett)
What are the festival hours?
The festival runs daily from 10am to around 10pm.
Can I bring my dog?
NO NO NO NO DOGS allowed on the Festival grounds, in the parking areas or in any of the camping areas. Please be a humane and responsible pet owner and make arrangements to leave your dogs at home or in a kennel, thanks! We love dogs, and it is precisely for this reason that we must institute this strict policy. Here is a list of some local kennels:
  • Camp Bow Wow Boulder (3631 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301-2423) - (303) 442-2261
  • Arapahoe Animal Hospital & Boarding Kennels (5585 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder, CO 80303-1334) -
    (303) 442-7033 /
  • Cottonwood Kennels (7275 Valmont, Boulder, CO 80301-4715) - (303) 442-2602 /
  • Whispering Pines Pet Resort (14360 N 83rd St, Longmont, CO 80503-9215) - (303) 776-3907 /
  • Windstar Kennels (14077 Weld County Road 5, Longmont, CO 80504-9642) - (303) 485-2176 /
  • Longs Peak Animal Hospital - (303) 776-6666
  • Canine Campovers LLC (Boulder County) - (303) 998-1111 /
Where can I camp?
We have two camping areas available for the festival. Camping passes are sold per person, not per site. We have permanent restrooms on-site with real showers and real toilets! We also have the lovely Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park campground available only about 2 blocks away. All camping is first come first serve. On-site camping opens at 6pm Thursday, Lavern Johnson (Meadow) Park opens at 9am on Thursday. All camping areas close at noon on Monday.
Jeff Tweedy at Folks 2006
Jeff Tweedy at Folks 2006
(photo Benko Photographics)
Where can I park?
If you are coming to the Festival and not camping, you must park in the designated parking lot at the Planet Bluegrass Farm (for a small fee). There will be plenty of signs to direct you. If you are camping and would like your vehicle with you, make sure you have purchased a vehicle pass. Every vehicle on-site must have a vehicle pass. A vehicle is considered anything requiring a license plate . This pass is separate from your camping pass. The parking area and campgrounds are serviced by a free shuttle bus to the festival. We encourage you to walk or bring your bike!
Where is the closest airport?
The closest airport is DIA, Denver International Airport. It is about 1 hour from Lyons. General Information: 303-342-2000
What is the weather like in Lyons?
Please come prepared for any weather conditions. This includes: intense sun, heat, rain & wind. The show goes on rain or shine! At an altitude of close to 6,000 feet the weather can change quickly, it can get chilly at night even if the temperature is in the 90s during the day. SUNSCREEN IS A MUST! Please remember to DRINK LOTS OF WATER and WATCH YOUR ALCOHOL consumption, especially if you’re coming from lower elevations.
What can I bring into the festival?
ALCOHOL, GLASS and VIDEO CAMERAS are not allowed on the Festival grounds. You’re welcome to bring in food and soft drinks in appropriate containers. We serve beer at the Festival, (don’t forget your ID!) and we have a wide assortment of vendors with reasonably priced YUMMY FOOD, cool crafts, clothes and other great stuff.
Jammin in the Family Tent
Jammin in the Family Tent
(photo Benko Photographics)
Can I tape the festival?
AUDIO TAPING the music at the festival is permitted, unless the performing artist requests otherwise. Recording devices must be self-contained (we do not provide AC outlets or patches from the sound board) and you may not obstruct the view of your fellow festivarians with your equipment. There is no designated area for taping.
What is the seating like?
Seating is all general admission lawn seating so bring a tarp or chair. Please use only low-back lawn chairs so folks behind you can see. Dancing is welcome in the designated dance areas. One tarp can be used to reserve space on the grass. For safety and courtesy considerations, you may not sit in the pedestrian walkways. Small tents and lawn chairs are welcome in the rear of the festival grounds. You (and your gear!!) will need to clear out of the Festival grounds each day.
Kids area at Folks Fest (photo: Benko Photographics)
Kids area at Folks Fest
(photo Benko Photographics)
How much is admission for children?
Children 12 and under are FREE for the festival and camping, but must be accompanied by a paying adult. Check out the family tent daily for fun family activities! Please accompany your children at all times.
How do I get to Planet Bluegrass?
If you are planning to fly into Denver International Airport, you have several options to get from Denver to Lyons. The Denver metro bus system, RTD, stops about 1/2 mile from the PB Ranch gate. Another private service, the Estes Park Shuttle, makes four daily runs from DIA to Estes Park, dropping you off at the PB Ranch on the way. The North Denver Airport Shuttle and Superior Shuttle both serve Lyons. For more details, contact these services directly:
  • RTD - 800-366-7433
  • Estes Park Shuttle - 970-586-5151
  • North Denver Airport Shuttle - 303-457-4646
  • Superior Shuttle - 303-399-2812
Kris Kristofferson at Folks 2006
Kris Kristofferson at Folks 2006
(photo Benko Photographics)
Lyons is located about 20 miles west of I-25.
Directions to Lyons From DIA:
Check out our interactive map and driving directions. Watch for the signs for festival parking once you get to Lyons.
What can I buy in Lyons?
Lyons is a small town where you can get the basics. Within a mile or less from the Ranch gate, you can get to the post office, a health food store, a small grocery, a pharmacy, a half dozen restaurants, and several coffee shops. Within a two-mile radius you can find a dozen restaurants, several gas stations, two banks, liquor and grocery stores and several antique dealers.
Will my cell phone work?
Cell phones users have experienced trouble with reception on the Ranch, though Verizon tends to provide the strongest local signal. Service improves once you are a mile or so away or closer to Boulder and Longmont.