Blissfest Rules & Policies

The Blissfest continues working to improve the unique, relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the annual festival while providing an enriching cultural experience for all. Our goal is to create a Blissfest community that is respectful and responsible for each other and the local year-round community that hosts the annual festival. We strive to be a positive addition to the area during Blissfest weekend with minimal impact. With these goals in mind, the Blissfest Music Organization will implement the following operational policies and revisit these reminders of proper etiquette.

The following are not allowed… NO, NO, NO!

  • Pets (see below about service animals)
  • Rv rental delivery – all persons entering the Blissfest property will have to follow the lineup procedure, gate hours, and have a wristband
  • Nighttime Traffic – camping areas will be closed to vehicle traffic at dusk.
  • Fireworks, recorded music, or generators
  • Alcohol or smoking in posted restricted areas
  • Fires or open flame (open fires including but not limited to candles and tiki-torches)
  • Kegs
  • Weapons (stun guns, tasers, large knives, machetes, swords, or any other dangerous tool that is beyond a pocket knife)
  • Trailers/Boats/Tow-behinds in day parking
  • Bare feet
  • Using soap or shampoo… in the lake
  • Litter bugs
  • Styrofoam
  • Single-use water bottles (be sure to check out the cool merch in the Blissfest store)

Going Green…

  • Be Environmentally Considerate
  • Use Blissfest recycling and compost containers
  • Use Blissfest solar showers for washing
  • Use reusable camp ware
  • Leave no trace

The rest of it…

  • Respect Everyone Always
  • Festival wristbands must be worn at all times. Folks without a wristband will have to leave. No Wristband, No Excuses, No Bliss. If your wristband is damaged or tears off bring the damaged band in its entirety (all of it) to the front gate or info/volunteer booth for a replacement ($100 deposit will be required Photo ID and verified purchase with registration in our ticketing system required.)
  • Remember to register each band in the name of the person that will wear it to the festival
  • Anyone under 18 please refer to the chart below if wanting to attend without your parent.
  • Teens aged 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult 27 or older while attending the festival.
  • Main Stage Seating – Only low-back chairs and blanket seating will be permitted in front of the sound booth. A “buffer area” will be designated in front of the stage.
  • Be Aware of Your Whereabouts
  • A General “Quiet Down” will be in effect from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. in the campground. Respect your fellow festival-goers. Parents and guardians MUST have their children and teens under their direct supervision by midnight.
  • A Blissfest shuttle bus will make trips to the Cross Village Store and the beach throughout the weekend.
  • Host Post Campers – A host or hosts will provide information and assistance at each designated camping area. Take a moment to get to know your host post.
  • Camp stoves and grills are allowed (no charcoal) if they are attended. Restrictions may be imposed if dry conditions warrant. Please use LED lighting.
  • Vehicle Camping Pass (Included with your purchase) MUST be displayed prominently hanging from the front mirror of each vehicle at all times while on festival grounds.
  • A parking pass must be purchased for each vehicle entering Blissfest Property.
  • Drive safely and slowly at all times.
  • Day Parking Areas MUST be cleared by midnight. Vehicles not removed by midnight MAY BE TOWED at the owner’s expense.
  • Bonded security personnel will check ID at the gate and may search vehicles (Including volunteers and coordinators).
  • Michigan State Police and/or Emmet County Sheriff’s Department will be available to support if needed. Security will also patrol the Blissfest grounds. Trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.
  • Persons engaging in disorderly behavior, underage drinking, public intoxication, illegal drug use, stealing, or any other deviant behavior risk removal from Blissfest and possible arrest by appropriate law enforcement agencies.
  • A “Bliss Attitude” of community respect and personal responsibility will ensure an enjoyable weekend for everyone.

Read Festival & Camping FAQS

Service Animals – Definition, Policies, and Procedures

Blissfest Music Festival welcomes and supports the rights and attendance of all persons with disabilities that rely on the special skills of a trained service animal.

Service Animal: We abide by the ADA’s definition of a service animal. A service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. The task(s) performed by the dog must be directly related to the person’s disability. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.

Service Animal Policies: For our patrons with disabilities who wish to bring their service animals to the Annual Blissfest Music Festival, we ask that you review and follow the policies outlined below:

  • The owner must contact the office ahead of time for a review of policies and procedures. (231) 348-7047
  • Must provide up-to-date shot/ Vaccine records from a veterinarian for your service animal.
  • Animal must be leashed at all times.
  • Owner must keep the animal under control at all times.
  • Owner must pick up and properly dispose of their animal’s waste.
  • We reserve the right to remove and/or refuse access to any service animal from the campgrounds or venues if that animal is deemed to be a health or safety threat to festival patrons, staff, or other service animals, or in violation of these policies.
  • Please note that all service dogs, including those from out of state, are subject to local dog ordinances, which include a valid rabies certificate.

Service Animal Procedures

All patrons with disabilities attending Blissfest Music Festival this year with a service animal will have that animal credentialed by Blissfest staff when entering the main gate. This process will be performed quickly and respectfully by our Staff. Staff will speak with you, record your contact information, and provide an optional collar tag for your service animal. Then you are good to go!

If you are under 18 and attending without your parents: