Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Greensboro Summer Solstice Festival?
We hold the festival on the Saturday closest to the actual date of the Summer Solstice. The 2020 festival will be held on Saturday, June 20th.
Is there an entrance fee?
Yes, there is a $5 entry fee for adults and children 13 and over. 12 and under are free.
What are the hours of the Festival?
2:00 pm-10:00 pm – We’ll have 3 stages of music, vendors and entertainment galore between 2:00 pm-8:00 pm. Food Vendors in Lindley Park are open until 10pm. From 9:00 pm-10:00 pm, feast your eyes on our Fire Show Finale!
What time are the Parasol Parade and Drum Circle?
The Parasol Parade is from 5:00-5:45 pm and the Drum Circle is from 6:00-7:00 pm. The parade will kick off at 5:00 at the main stage in Lindley Park and wind it’s way over the bridge into the Arboretum, ending in the Butterfly Garden, where the Drum Circle will begin at 6:00 pm.
Are pets allowed?
No. Due to heat and wildly-costumed, large crowds, pets are not allowed. We love our furfriends and feel they are safer at home. For the comfort of all festival-goers, we also ask that you leave reptiles at home also.
How do we get to the Festival/Where do we park?
The Festival is located in Lindley Park and the Greensboro Arboretum. The Directions page has information and links to Google maps: http://www.greensborosummersolstice.org/directions
There is parking available in a lot on the left as you enter Lindley Park entrance and along Ashland Drive and the surrounding neighborhood on the Arboretum side. We highly recommend carpooling or using a service such as Uber or Lyft for convenience. Volunteers get priority parking: http://www.greensborosummersolstice.org/volunteer-instructions
What is your policy on weapons, fake or real?
Swords and the like can be part of a costume, however, due to the large crowds and abundance of children, we ask that you not play fight with them.
Is the site handicap accessible?
Yes, the site is handicapped accessible, nearly all flat with minor dips and rises. Please note that the festival takes place in a park and arboretum and that the predominant surface is grass. There are paved paths that wind through the Arboretum side of the Festival. There are limited paths on the Lindley Park side of the Festival. If the weather has been very wet, it can be difficult to navigate in the grass. There is a reserved parking area near Lindley Park for handicap-permitted vehicles.
What type of dress is appropriate?
We highly encourage dress-up, but please keep it appropriate, as this is a family-friendly event!
Where can I find a performance schedule happening?
The performance schedule will be available through the Performers & Schedule tab after the schedule is finalized (probably a couple of weeks before the festival).
Is there alcohol at this event?
Yes, for age-appropriate adults, we have a selection of local craft beer and, white and red wine and sangria available for $5 a cup.
Do I need ID for the beer and wine tents?
Yes, you will need to provide ID in order to get a bracelet allowing you to purchase alcohol.
Are there ATMs available at the festival?
Yes, there will be 2 ATMs at the festival. Placement will be indicated on the Festival map.
Where are the bathrooms located?
Lindley Park has restrooms near the fence for the ball fields and we’ve added additional portable restrooms next to them. There are also additional portable restrooms conveniently located in the Arboretum. Please see our site map below for location.
Lost and Found
A box for Lost and Found items is located at the Faerie Central tent near the bridge between Lindley Park and the Greensboro Arboretum. If a child is separated from their guardian, announcements will be made from all stages until they are reunited. After the festival, any items found or turned in that have not been picked up, will be kept for 60 days. Please contact SummerSolsticeGSO@gmail.com to inquire.
How can I be a part of the Festival?
You can volunteer for a shift (or multiple shifts!), be a sponsor, or even make a donation that will go towards paying our performers and keeping this festival going! We are also looking for vendors and musicians. Applications and registration forms are located under the Registration tab of our website: http://www.greensborosummersolstice.org/registration
I am a musician/performance artist and I want to busk, does the Greensboro Summer Solstice allow that?
Yes! We love buskers and the energy and creativity they bring to the Summer Solstice. Due to the number of stages and layout of the Festival, we have to limit the number of buskers we have and will determine the area accepted buskers are allowed to set up, in order to make sure that your performance does not overlap with our scheduled performances. Please fill out the Busker application found at: http://www.greensborosummersolstice.org/busker-application
If you still have a question, please use this form to contact the Greensboro Summer Festival or call 336-339-1828!