Vendor FAQs / Key Changes

Summary of key changes. How we select vendors.

Vendor FAQs

Key Changes from Previous Festivals Layouts

  • We are reducing the number of spaces in a couple of areas that experienced crowding last festival year (notably, along College Avenue).
  • We are elevating the main stage speakers.  This will send sound above the audience instead of into it.
  • We are moving all port-a-johns far from food service areas and adding more space along College Avenue for food trucks.
  • Owing to Fire Department regulations and vendor feedback, we will be towing anyone who parks illegally – even for 3 minutes.  Never leave your car unattended while unloading.  Ask for our help.

Applications / Pricing

  • Owing to markedly higher production costs. we have had to raise prices (for the first time since 2017).
  • We have abandoned our one-year experiment with vendor deposits.  It adds too much complexity for an organization our size.

How We Evaluate Applications

  • We generally operate on a first-pay, first-serve basis.
  • We try to give preference to local organizations.  This includes national organizations that hire and operate locally.
  • We limit the number of vendors in a specific category (e.g., arts & crafts; massage services).  This is both to support vendors and to ensure variety at the festival.
  • We try to place people where they would like to be.  However, we make all location decisions.  We do so 3 weeks before the festival.
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