Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where is the Festival of Friends located?
A. The Festival of Friends is located at the Ancaster Fairgrounds in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Click here for more detailed directions.
Q. Is the Festival really free?
A. Admission to the Festival of Friends is 100% free to everyone.
Q. Sure, free to get in, but I probably have to pay to watch the concerts, right?
A. No, all 3 stages of entertainment are free. As are the exhibition halls. There are costs associated with certain vendors, such as the Midway or Pony Rides. As well, there is a charge for parking on the Festival grounds.
Q. Is there a fee for parking?
A. Yes, there is a $10 fee for parking each day.
Q. Are the fairgrounds wheelchair accessible?
A. Mostly. The majority of the grounds are paved. Access to the buildings, children’s area, museum, and side stages are all wheelchair accessible. As are our indoor restroom facilities. The only area that is not paved is the terrain surrounding the mainstage, which is flat, though grassy. A special wheelchair area has been set up to the left of the main stage, which will provide unobstructed views of the performers. Please understand that we do our best to make the Festival of Friends as accessible to everyone as possible. We appreciate your understanding.
Q. Can I bring my dog to the fairgrounds?
A. Yes, you are welcome to bring your pet, however, it must be on a leash at all times.
Q. Is public transportation available to the Festival?
A. Yes. Please click here for HSR shuttle service information.
Q. What if it rains? Does the Festival continue?
A. The Festival of Friends runs rain or shine. We have many indoor venues in which to take shelter. In fact, most of our crafters are located indoors. In the event of serious weather (ie: lightning or hail) concerts may be temporarily delayed.
Q. Are their activities for my children?
A. Yes, and we will provide more detailed information in July.
Q. Do you provide a map of the fairgrounds?
A. Yes, a map can be found here.
Q. Is there reserve seating at the concerts?
A. No. Seating at the Festival is General Admission, located on an open lawn.
Q. Can I bring my own chair to sit and watch the show?
A. You are more than welcome to bring a lawn chair, or other seating device to the Festival. However, sometimes crowds can get large, and sitting may not be possible close to the stage.
Q. What time does the park open/close?
A. Gates to the park open at 2:00pm on Friday, and 12:00pm on Saturday/Sunday. The festival ends at 11:00pm all 3 nights, with the grounds closing at midnight.
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