16th Annual NedFest 2014
- Friday August 22, gates open 5:30 pm
- Saturday August 23, gates open 11:30 am
- Sunday August 24, gates open 11:30 am
NedFest is an annual three-day outdoor music, arts and microbrew festival with camping located in the mountains of Nederland Colorado, just 17 miles west of (and 3, 000 ft. above) Boulder. It is an extremely cool, family-oriented event that, in recent years, is held the last weekend of August (before Labor Day weekend).
The music featured can range from Bluegrass, Jamband, Jamgrass, and Rock to Jazz and World genres, or moreover, a sound that blends these styles and others together. Friday evening there are two bands then five acts perform on Saturday and Sunday on one stage with acoustic "tweener" sets between each band. There are also "official" late night shows on Friday and Saturday at an indoor venue nearby.
Limited camping is available in Chipeta Park, just a couple of hundred yards away from the festival grounds. Camping is only allowed on Friday and Saturday nights, and there are no single night passes available. The camping fee is per-person, and you will have a separate wristband for it and a pass for your vehicle. RV and trailer camping is allowed, but you must stay in the parking lot area of the park and not out on the grassy area reserved for tents. Additionally, RV and trailer camping is on a first-come-first-served basis, and if the parking lot gets too full we reserve the right to cut off access. We have never had to do that, but if you have a trailer or RV I'd get there early.
Online volunteer applications are closed for 2014. If you were a volunteer in previous years and received an email with a special code, please click on this Volunteer Application link and use your code to register for this year. Volunteer Application.
The NedFest Staff has made the commitment to continually improve on our zero waste goals. All zero-waste stations have three bins, one for recyclables, one for compostables, and one for trash. Please look for the zero waste stations throughout the event and do your part by selecting the correct container. As a reminder, any left-over food waste, paper towels and napkins are compostable. Also, we prohibit the use of styrofoam by our vendors.And remember our sponsor Indian Peaks Spring Water offers FREE delicious water, just bring a water bottle!
We look forward to seeing you and thanks in advance for helping us achieve our zero waste goals.
You can travel easily, safely and affordably to Nederland from the Boulder/Denver area on the RTD bus system (our local mass public transportation). The RTD's first stop in Nederland is left there... just one block from the NedFest entrance! They will have additional buses on hand in case any of their regular routes are full of festivarians. Click here for Bus Schedules. Nederland is route "N" on RTD's website.
Click here for area map.
- FROM BOULDER: Take Hwy. 119 (Canyon Boulevard) 17 miles West (up) to Nederland. Just past Barker Reservoir Turn Left (South) on East Street. The Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Park is down on the Left side of the road. Follow the Parking Staff and Signs.
- FROM WESTBOUND I-70: Take I-25 North to Hwy. 36 (Boulder Turnpike) and follow it into Boulder. Turn Left on Hwy. 119 (Canyon Boulevard) and follow the directions above.
- FROM EASTBOUND I-70: Take Exit 244 (Route 6) to Hwy. 119 and turn Left (North). Follow that through Blackhawk/Central City, down past Rollinsville and on into Nederland. Drive the speed limit! Once in Nederland go past the Bank with the Time/Temperature sign and through town. At the traffic circle, veer Right and stay on Hwy. 119 headed towards Boulder. Follow that and take a Right on East Street, or just follow the Parking Staff and Signs... cuz yer pretty much there. The Jeff Guercio Memorial Baseball Park is located on East Street... at the very West edge of Barker Reservoir.
Parking is free in designated areas. Please keep in mind, however, that parking in small-town Ned is limited. If you can't travel by bus, please carpool with friends. Also remember... ABSOLUTELY NO RESIDENTIAL PARKING IN TOWN!!! This is one of the biggest issues that the neighbors have with NedFest. The Town of Nederland along with the Nederland Police Department and NedFest have worked out specific arrangements for locations where Festival-goers may park. Ask the Parking Staff where you should park and/or follow the signs to the designated Festival parking areas. You may stop by the Festival entrance temporarily for unloading purposes only, but you must relocate your automobile to one of the designated parking areas after unloading.
Handicapped Parking Information
Handicapped Parking will be available close to the Festival. Just follow the signs or ask the Parking Staff where to park and they will assist you.
Go directly to the Festival’s Box Office upon arrival. This is where you will exchange your ticket for a wristband, which is necessary for entry and re-entry. If the show is not sold out we accept cash or credit cards. When being 'wristbanded', be sure that our staff puts it on tight enough so that it can't slip off... and DO NOT take your wristband off until after the Festival. We cannot replace lost or broken wristbands.
Low back chairs and soft, collapsible stadium chairs, Blanket or small beach towel, Hat, sunglasses and sunblock, Rain gear - just in case, Warm clothes for the evening, Cameras, Audio recording equipment (see taping policy below).
Because of the altitude the sun is more intense especially if you are prone to sunburn bring sunscreen
Audio taping will again be allowed this year. You must bring your own microphones, as no soundboard patches will be allowed. If a situation arises where an Artist wishes to restrict the recording of his/her performance, we will announce it on stage and all mics and recording gear must be put away for the duration of the performance. Also, DO NOT set your mics up on stands directly in front of the FOH mixing board. A couple feet to either side helps the engineer see the stage. This is very important and we will kindly ask you to kindly relocate if you do happen to get in the way
Nederland is a dog town. We LOVE dogs here! But please leave your pets at home for the weekend. No dogs are allowed in the Festival or tied up outside the grounds. DO NOT LEAVE PETS IN YOUR CAR!! It can get hot -yes, even in the mountains at the end of August - and dehydration, heat exhaustion and other bad things could occur. That would totally suck. Leave Fido at home please.
Alcoholic Beverages (see below); Dogs and other pets, Frisbees, footballs and other projectiles, Firearms and other weapons, Glass bottles or any other glass, Large or hard coolers, Bikes or skateboards, Illegal drugs and paraphernalia, Fireworks and explosives.
DO NOT BRING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES INSIDE THE FESTIVAL. We will have a substantial number of quality beers available inside the Festival for purchase for you over 21'ers. (Bring ID!) If beer is not your thing we will also have mead (aka honey-wine) and wine available. If you are caught with non-authorized alcohol you will be removed from the Festival grounds, your alcohol and event wristband will be confiscated, and you may be fined/charged by the Nederland Police Department.
Bringing alcohol into the Festival is NOT permitted. Likewise, it is in your best interest (and a NedFest requirement) for you to NOT take any of the beer, wine or mead that you purchased at the festival outside of the festival grounds!! One important thing to keep in mind is that, like almost every town in the entire nation, Nederland has an 'Open Alcoholic Container' ordinance and you could be issued a ticket if you are spotted by a Police Officer with an open container in a non-designated area. This applies to ALL parking lots, ALL streets and essentially ALL public places outside of the fenced-in Festival grounds. For your own well being, please keep this in mind if you are thinking about "tailgating."
Anyone Vending at NedFest without a proper permit/permission will be escorted out of the Festival Grounds.
DO NOT sneak into the Festival. NedFest has an agreement with the Nederland Police Department whereas anyone caught sneaking into the Fest or found on the Festival grounds without proper credentials (ie proper wristband, etc) will be escorted out of the Festival and charges for "Theft of Service" will occur. NedFest is a small non-profit organization and in order for this event to succeed and continue we really need your support. If you see someone attempting to sneak in or someone inside the festival grounds without a proper wristband, please alert either a Security Guard or one of the Nederland Police Department officers on duty at the Fest. In a lot of ways, those dirtsacks who scam into events are also stealing from YOU, and we're not taking it lightly this year!!
Nederland is a mountain town above 8,200 ft. Although the weather for last year's event was great, you can never know with outdoor concerts. Weather could always become an issue, even in the summer. Therefore, it is wise to prepare for anything. August is usually pretty nice in Ned... a short afternoon thundershower is typical... but it could become windy, rainy, sunny or snowy at any time without warning. Bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, rain gear and extra clothes. The show will go on... and still be a lot of fun... rain, shine, wind or snow. No refunds due to inclement weather. Please understand that, for safety's sake, lightning can cause a delay. Also, please know that if it appears from Boulder/Denver that the mountains are getting socked-in and rained on... often the bad weather hangs above Boulder yet below Nederland - and it is actually beautiful up here. It's only a 17-mile drive from Boulder... well worth the risk! Click here to see up to the minute tempature and conditions in Nederland.
Often in the summertime there is county-wide Fire Ban due to the dry, drought-like conditions that we sometimes experience in the high country and throughout Boulder County. These conditions often leave Mother Earth bone-dry and unless we get a ton of rain the chances are that a Fire Ban will be in effect during NedFest weekend. If this is the case, DO NOT light campfires, toss cigarette butts into the woods or car windows, and/or other things like that. Use common sense. Please keep this in mind while at NedFest... and all the time, for that matter.
Nederland sits at 8,236 feet in elevation. If you are not acclimated to high altitudes, this could become an issue. Altitude may affect you, as loss of breath, dizziness, light-headedness and nausea sometimes occur in people arriving from low altitudes. To help prevent this, drink lots of water. FYI: Every year, NedFest is able to offer free, fresh mountain spring water to our patrons.