Music festival season in Alberta is here! No matter what events are on your list, this is a good time to start mapping out your summer music festival plans.
Here are some tips to make your music festival experience as fun as possible.
Plan Ahead of Time
- If this is a ticketed event, buy your passes and print any parking directions ahead of time.
- If there are multiple stages, print out the stage and artist list so you can map out where you want to be and when.
- Check for construction, traffic delays, and road conditions to ensure you get there on time and safely. Visit AMA Road Reports before you hit the highway.
- If you’re staying at a nearby hotel or hostel, give yourself extra time to ensure you get to the event and through the lineups before the show starts (and to get a good seat in the beer gardens!).
- Take an extra day after the festival to unpack and unwind. Trust me, you’ll need it.
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What to Bring to the Festival
- An empty water bottle to fill at watering stations.
- Granola or protein bars, since food lines can get pretty long.
- A small collapsible chair, just in case. True, most festivals are in a grass park, but you don’t want to get stuck sitting on gravel or dirt.
- Comfortable shoes, because you’ll be walking more than you think you will.
- A rain poncho (check the dollar store), since umbrellas can be too bulky.
- A small bottle of hand sanitizer, just as a best practice for keeping clean.
AMA Member Tip: Whether you’re driving on your own or carpooling with a friend, bring your AMA membership card with you because it covers you in any vehicle.
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