September 2-5, 2021 - Manchester, TN
So you've got your wristbands now... now what?
READ THIS WHOLE PAGE - That's what.
Seriously though - if there is one thing you do before you come to Bonnaroo 2021, please read this page full of helpful info.
This page is a magical resource of Bonnaroo wisdom for you - your GUIDE TO ROO -- your very own Bonnaroo Gandalf (minus the hat). Even if you're a Roo veteran you should still keep reading. There are a few new things we have in store for 2021 that you'll need to know before arriving at the Farm.
In this guide you will find:
- How to Activate and Register your Wristband
- Setting up "Bonnaroo Cashless" on your wristband
- How to get to the farm
- Arrival Pro-Tips
- Learn how to deal with the inevitable traffic delays
- Pack like a Pro (+ a review of allowed and prohibited items)
- 2021 Daily Entry Camping Pass info
- 2021 Day Parking Pass info
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Activate and Register your Wristband
(Required For Entry!)
First things First. We need to ACTIVATE and REGISTER that handy wristband your holding. This is required for everyone - no exceptions.
STEP 1 - Activate your wristband by going to Bonnaroo.com/Wristband
Follow the instructions and prompts on the screen.
STEP 2 - Register for Cashless (presented by PayPal)
While you register your wristband, you can also sign up for Bonnaroo Cashless - a simple and secure way to pay for things on The Farm.
Link an account with PayPal or credit card to buy food, drinks and merch with the tap of your wrist. Register with PayPal and you may receive a $5.00 Bonnaroo Credit which will be applied to your festival wristband good for purchases at Bonnaroo. Terms Apply.
To change your cashless settings in the future (like adding a new card, change PayPal accounts, etc.) simply register the wristband again to "log in" to it. Then you can change this info once logged in.
How to get to the farm
The festival is located at The Bonnaroo Farm - 1560 New Bushy Branch Rd, Manchester TN 37355 (when you get close, please follow signs and staff directions, NOT your GPS)
Here are the best directions by car:
- If you’re coming from the East, use I-75 or I-59 to Chattanooga. From Chattanooga take I-24 West.
- If you’re coming from the West, use I-40, I-24, or I-65 to Nashville. From Nashville take I-24 East.
- If you’re entrusting your fate to GPS, just set it for Manchester, TN. When you get close you’ll see signs for “Bonnaroo”, and from there, just go with the flow.
- You must get in line BEFORE 8pm CT on your arrival day. Can't get here by 8pm? Plan ahead and change your vehicle pass to the next day if you have to (info on how to do that here link to post-mail car pass change system). Wondering "why by 8pm? What if i arrive at 8:01pm?" or "what?! i used to arrive super late - why change it?!" - read more here (link to longer explanation of 8pm rule, reasoning, what happens at 8:01, etc.)
- Fill up your tank before getting in line to enter the festival. There are no gas stations on-site. We suggest stopping and filling up when you’re still an hour or so away – things will get more crowded as you get closer.
- Tune into Radio Bonnaroo (101.5 FM) as you approach Manchester for up-to-the-minute traffic announcements, news and an eclectic mix of music, artist interviews and in-studio performances.
- Like officers everywhere, Tennessee police expect you to obey the highway safety laws, and they’re prepared to enforce them. They’re especially strict about open container violations, so think, do you really want to start the weekend in the slammer?
- Law enforcement and Bonnaroo staff are looking out for your safety and want you to have a good time. Tell them thank you and trust that they want to get you onto the Farm as quickly as possible.
- Please stay in your car, especially when you’re waiting in line to enter the festival. This is no time for hacky sack.
- Empty YOUR tank, too, before you arrive. There are no bathrooms in line.
- Pack some snacks and nonalcoholic beverages & snacks (remember tip #4?).
- Bonnaroo is a friendly place. Don’t kill the vibe by cutting in line. You’ll be in soon, we promise.
Daily Entry Vehicle Passes (New for 2021)
Our goal is to get you onto The Farm as quickly as possible, and in order to do that, every vehicle with a pass for Bonnaroo 2021 now has an entry day assigned to that pass. Your vehicle MUST arrive on the day that corresponds to your vehicle pass.
Here are some rules and info to keep in mind:
- All camping Passes are still valid till Monday morning (just like before) but each pass must have an assigned entry day: Tuesday, Wednesday or for the Weekend (Thursday through Sunday)
- Vehicles are required to enter on the day of their pass.
- Campground Tolls will be open 8am each morning. Passholders must be in line by 8pm each day.
- All vehicle passes will have an assigned entry day. Although you may not have chosen them at checkout, non-standard campgrounds have pre-assigned entry days: VIP & Platinum camping may enter Thursday onward, Groop Camping Passes may enter Tuesday onward, Community Camps and Tent/Accommodation rentals may enter Wednesday onward.
- For shorter wait times, plan to arrive earlier in the day.
- For camping spots closer to Centeroo, plan to arrive earlier in the week (i.e. choose a Tuesday or Wednesday pass)
- If you are a Companion Car entering with an RV and parking within the RV campsite, then make sure you have a car camping pass for that car and that the arrival days match. You MUST arrive at the same time as the RV in order to be put in the RV campsite with it.
Day Parking Pass Changes (New for 2021)
Whether you are staying off-site and driving in each day, or just love the freedom of coming and going more easily, you will need to purchase a Day Parking Pass for each day your car is parked in the Day Parking Lot. There is no camping in this lot. if you are planning to leave your car here overnight or for the whole weekend, you are likely better off simply getting a car camping pass.
Pack like a Pro
Prepare thyself! Need some pointers on how to impROOve your camping experience? Check out our list of packing suggestions!
DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT 🚫
- Camping gear (Tents & Shelters, Sleeping Bags & Beds, Tarp - shade is a MUST!)
- Cooler and/or water jugs (ice available for purchase throughout the campgrounds)
- Lantern / flashlight / headlamp (AND extra batteries!)
- Stainless steel water bottle (or two!)
- Camping chairs, tables, and anything else that might help create a comfy home-away- from home
- Rain gear (failure to bring it increases the chance of rain)
- Your favorite hoodie (yes, it CAN get cold in TN)
- Extra shoes/sneakers (treat yo feet!)
- Mud boots (in case it rains)
- Bug spray (we recommend without DEET – be green!)
- Sunscreen (lots of it)
- A hat for shade
- A bandana or two (in Tennessee, in September, you’re going to sweat)
- Biodegradable plastic bags for trash (we do provide some bags for trash and recycling, but extras are nice)
- Toilet paper (you never know)
- Flag or balloon to identify your campsite
- Extra set of keys to keep with you at all times (avoid keeping keys in your car!)
YOU DON’T NEED IT TO SURVIVE, BUT HAPPY YOU HAVE IT 😎
- Small stove or grill if you would like to cook some of your own food (please keep fuels to a reasonable amount in accordance with our Gasoline/Charcoal/Propane Policy)
- Small luggage lock for your tent (please don’t bring any valuables – if you must, keep them locked out of view in your vehicle) or rent one of our lockers
- Vehicle key code (this makes it easy for the locksmith to duplicate your car key if you lose it)
- Phosphate-free and sulfate-free soaps, detergents and shampoos
- Smokers – bring an ashtray! Every butt you throw on the ground, someone has to pick up!
- Extra clown nose
- Blanket (for sitting)
- Earplugs (for sleeping or hanging in the front row)
- Portable speakers or radio
FINALLY, IF YOU'RE STILL READING THIS! CONGRATS YOU DID IT! HIGH FIVES FRIEND.
If you have any questions check out our help center https://support.bonnaroo.com/hc/en-us
or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be glad to help.