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FAQ and Rules


What will be provided at the festival?

An astounding array of musical offerings, workshops, performance arts, special performances, art installations, craft, retail, and food vendors. bars, a seated restaurant, guided yoga, ski lift access to the top of the mountain, and more!

Will there be any camping at Gnarnia?

Yes, there is limited camping available.   Camping passes are $30 per person, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.  The land of Gnarnia also features houses, cabins, and chalets that can be rented for the weekend at off-season prices.  Therefore, if you can get your friends together and get a lodging for the weekend, you will be much better off than you would be at most any other festival.

Where can I reserve lodging on Beech Mountain?

A great place to start is right here or you can call: 800-468-5506 during normal business hours EST.

Do I have to stay in a rental property on the mountain?

No, but it is highly recommended. Everyone is welcome to find their own accommodations. There are several campgrounds and hotels in the surrounding area. Anyone staying off the mountain will be able to park in the parking lots and can come and go as they please.

Will there be space for RVs?

Yes. There are a limited amount of RV passes on sale for $250 plus fees. RV parking will be onsite with direct access to the festival.  There will be no septic, electric, or water hookups so come prepared.

I’ve had some drinks, can I drive?

We all know the answer to this, but TO BE ABSOLUTELY CLEAR, THE ANSWER IS A RESOUNDING NO, and for a multitude of reasons! Many of those affordable lodgings are within walking distance of the resort so there should be little need to drive. There will be a few options available for you to get to and from the event to your accommodations. We suggest volunteering to be the sober safe driver because you really are that cool, really.

Is there a ride sharing program set up?

Yes. Go to Zimride to post a ride or see if anyone near you has an extra seat.

Which airport is closest to fly into?

The closest airports are the Tri-cities Airport (TRI) and Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). Both are around 90 minutes away. The Charlotte-Douglass International Airport (CLT) is about 2.5 hours away.

Isn’t it really hot in the Summer in the South? What kind of weather should I expect?

The mountain air is typically nice and cool. Expect the temperature to range from the low 80’s during the day and the 50’s at night. Although this geographic area receives relatively little precipitation, be prepared for the chance of inclement weather with umbrellas and rain coats. There will be personal lockers available to you at the resort.

Will there be special accommodations for persons with disabilities?

Although the terrain is fairly rugged. There will be a designated special needs section as well as accessible porta johns.

Will there be an ATM(s) on site?


Will there be alcohol?

Yes, strictly to those 21+ years of age and older.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

Not into the festival itself, but of course you can bring your own alcohol to your respective lodging. Anyone caught bringing alcohol onto the resort will be ejected for the remainder of the event, and subject to local, state, and federal laws.

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Will there be re-entry?

Yes.  People are free to come and go in and out of the festival grounds and return to their lodgings as they please. There will be thorough security checks going into the festival grounds and event areas.

Where is the closest general store?

Beech Mountain has a general store right around the corner.  There are also plenty of vendors as well as stores in and around the resort and the town of Beech Mountain.

Will there be a first-aid, and EMT’s on site

Yes, there is a medical tent on site.

What is the audio taping/camera policy?

Personal cameras are allowed but you may not bring professional cameras with detachable lenses without a Gnarnia Press Pass. This is serious. Do to certain requirements any professional cameras carried by anyone without a press pass are subject to confiscation for the duration of the event.

Can I follow Gnarnia on Facebook and Twitter?

What is the minimum age?

Under 18’s will be allowed but MUST be accompanied with their legal guardian at all times. Minors are required to purchase a separate reasonably priced pass sold only at the gate for $95 plus fees.  A waiver must be signed and will be held at the gate for the duration of the event. Legal documentation including the child’s birth certificate and the parent or legal guardian’s valid ID are required.  We reserve the right to refuse entry.

Can I bring a bike or a motorized vehicle?

Bikes and other non-motorized vehicles are permitted.  We encourage experienced unicyclists.

Can I bring my pet?

Not on the festival grounds. Rules vary amongst lodgings.

What should I bring?

  • Costumes
  • Hats
  • Jackets and warm attire for the cool mountain nights
  • Rain gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper (just in case)
  • Small portable stereo for some tunes in your cabin or chalet
  • Flashlight or headlamp and batteries
  • Ashtray for smokers (Do not throw cigarette butts on ground)
  • Mountain bike and lock
  • A great attitude
  • Your friends!
  • Your imagination and creativity

Rules and Regulations

  • NO Pets will be allowed into the festival grounds unless licensed to assist a person with disabilities
  • NO unauthorized vending will be permitted whatsoever
  • NO UNDERAGE DRINKING OR ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES; Violators will be ejected from the event for its remainder and will be subject to local, state, and federal laws
  • NO GLASS will be permitted onsite; if found upon entry into the festival, it WILL be confiscated
  • NO weapons, fireworks or any other contraband will be permitted onto the festival grounds. Violators will be ejected from the event for its remainder and will be subject to local, state, and federal laws
  • NO ATVs or other gas/electric powered vehicles
  • NO littering, please respect the mountain and your mother Earth.