+ WHEN IS THE FESTIVAL?
This year's festival takes place the weekend after Labor Day, Sept 7 - 9th, 2018.
+ WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL? HOW DO I GET THERE?
Bear Music Fest is located at the Lair of the Golden Bear in the Stanislaus National Forest of Pinecrest, CA — approximately 3 hours from Sacramento, Oakland, and San Francisco airports. Here are directions to festival checkin (Google Maps).
Festival Checkin Address:
Lair of the Golden Bear, Camp Blue
1 Camp Blue Road
Pinecrest, CA 95364
Due to extremely limited reception for the last 10-15 miles before reaching the festival, we recommend taking a screenshot or printing these directions before you reach Sonora.
The last right turn into the Lair of the Golden Bear is off of Highway 108E, just before the intersection with Pinecrest Lake Road. If you reach the turn to Pinecrest Lake Road (on your right), you’ve gone a little too far.
Payments, Passes, and Groups
+ HOW MUCH DO PASSES COST?
Passing prices are usually not announced until spring. Please visit our Get Passes page for the latest information.
+ WHAT DOES MY PASS INCLUDE?
Passes include lodging, meals, and all performances and events that take place at the festival.
+ WHAT IS A “GROUP” AND DO I NEED TO BE PART OF ONE?
A group is simply a party of related people (friends or family) attending Bear Music Fest together. We ask that all reservations be linked to a group so that we can do our best to provide grouped accommodations for all parties attending together. There is no downside to creating a group – even if your group is only two or three people, you will still receive a discount. Visit groups.bearmusicfest.com to create a new group and receive your custom group link to share with friends.
+ I DON't UNDERSTAND THE GROUP DISCOUNT. HOW DOES IT WORK?
Prior to the cabin deposit deadline, all group members will receive an extra 1% off the price of their festival passes for every additional friend who joins the group. The bigger your group, the bigger your discount!
The amount of the group discount is based on the total number of people that are attached to your group. It doesn't matter whether your group members are staying in your cabin, another cabin, or another part of camp – as long as their reservation is linked to your group, they will receive the group discount.
Example: If your tent cabin has a total of 8 people, then you start with a 7% discount (we don't count the first person). If a friend links with your group and reserves a cabin with 4 people then your group discount will now be 11%. As more people add to your group the discount increases until you hit 25% which is the max discount.
+ WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM GROUP DISCOUNT I CAN RECEIVE?
You can receive a maximum discount of 25% off your festival passes if 25 people join your group (not including the group leader). If your group exceeds 25 people, the discount will remain at 25%.
+ DOES THE DISCOUNT APPLY TO MY CABIN DEPOSIT?
Group discounts apply to festival passes, not cabin deposits. Cabin deposits are fixed at $200.
+ HOW DO I LINK MY ACCOUNT TO AN EXISTING GROUP?
Please email us with your account name and group URL and we will make the link!
+ CAN I MERGE TWO GROUPS?
Yes, just email us and we’ll see that your groups are merged.
+ WHEN/HOW DO I PAY?
Cabin deposits need to be paid immediately in order to secure your reservation and count towards your group’s discount. Pass pricing and payment schedule will be announced in the spring.
+ WILL I BE BILLED AUTOMATICALLY FOR MY CABIN OR PASS?
No, unfortunately auto-billing is not available on our platform. You will be prompted and reminded to complete your pass purchase when pricing is announced in the spring.
+ CAN I STILL SIGN UP TO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL AFTER THE GROUP DISCOUNT HAS BEEN LOCKED?
Yes, but your reservation will not increase your group’s discount.
+ WHAT IS YOUR REFUND POLICY?
Cabin deposits may be refunded according to the following timeline:
- Receive a 100% refund for cabin deposits on or before May 1, 2018.
- On or after May 2, 2018 cabin deposits are non-refundable.
Pass purchases may be refunded according to the following timeline:
- Receive a 100% refund for canceled passes (minus the above Cabin Deposit) between May 2, 2018 - June 1, 2018.
- Receive a 75% refund for canceled passes (minus the above Cabin Deposit) between June 2, 2018 - July 1, 2018.
- Receive a 50% refund for canceled passes (minus the above Cabin Deposit) between July 2, 2018 - Sept 1, 2018.
- Refunds are not issued for cancellations on or after Sept 2, 2018. For questions & concerns regarding your order, please contact email@example.com.
+ CAN I PURCHASE DAY PASSES?
Due to Forest Service restrictions, only all-inclusive weekend passes are available for purchase at this time.
+ ARE CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED AT THE FESTIVAL?
Yes, credit cards (MasterCard and Visa) are accepted at the camp's general store, coffee shops, and merch booth.
Cabins and Lodging
+ DOES EVERYONE IN MY GROUP HAVE TO STAY IN MY CABIN?
Ha! No. Definitely not. Cabins fit between 2-8 people. You get to decide amongst yourselves who stays in which cabin.
+ DO I HAVE TO STAY WITH THE REST OF MY GROUP?
No. When reserving your cabin you can choose to "not accept" your group's preferences and select your own preferred camp and camp area.
+ HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN FIT IN A CABIN?
- Small cabins fit 2-3 people (using a bunk bed) and require the purchase of at least 2 passes.
- Medium cabins fit 3-6 people (using bunk beds) and require the purchase of at least 3 passes.
- Large cabins fit 2-3 people (using bunk beds) and require the purchase of at least 5 passes.
+ WHAT IS A "SHARED CABIN"?
We do not have any one-person cabins, so if you are coming solo you can opt to stay in a "Shared Cabin" with others. These cabins will be grouped by gender. Two-person groups may also choose to stay in a Shared Cabin, if they prefer.
+ CAN I SELECT MY PREFERRED CAMP?
Yes, you may choose whether to stay in camp Gold or Blue when you reserve your cabin. Please note, child passes are only available at camp Gold.
+ WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CAMP GOLD AND BLUE?
The main difference between the Gold and Blue camps is when things quiet down at night. Festivities at Blue can go on late into the evening (roughly 2AM last year), whereas events at Gold wrap up at 10PM or earlier.
+ CAN I SELECT MY SPECIFIC CABIN?
Though we will do our best to accommodate specific cabin requests, we will ultimately make cabin assignments based on the needs of each group. When you reserve, please make a note if you have a specific cabin preference and we’ll do our best to honor it!
+ CAN I BRING AN RV?
This is definitely somthing we can consider. In Blue & Gold we have some spaces but there are no hookups. We have more full service spaces in the "Chalet" grounds up the road. If you are interested in these options contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: There is no "savings" to this as we still require a deposit for the placement and each person in the RV would need to purchase a festival pass.
+ CAN I CAMP IN MY TENT?
We get this question a lot and perhaps we can consider it in the future. Currently our agreement with the forest service requires that everyone is assigned space in a cabin. That doesn't mean you can't drag your mattress out and sleep under the stars next to your cabin, but you still need to be part of a cabin reservation.
+ WHERE CAN I ACCESS WIFI AND CELL SERVICE?
Wifi is available at both camp lodges and dining halls. While Verizon has reception in certain areas, cell service is limited in most areas of the festival.
+ WHAT IS THE SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAG FOR THIS EVENT?
Share your festival experience by using #BearMusicFest and #BMF!
+ CAN MY BAND PERFORM?
To be considered for booking, artists can complete our Artist Submission Form.
+ WHAT IS THE LAIR OF THE GOLDEN BEAR?
The Lair of the Golden Bear is the Cal Alumni Association’s summer family camp in the central Sierra Nevada. The Lair is comprised of three primary camps, two of which will have performances as part of the music festival. Each has its own staff and facilities, which include a common dining hall, pool, sports courts, art area, and Kub Korral (an enclosed kids’ playground), and all camps serve three hearty family-style meals each day. Learn more about the Lair here.
+ WHO IS PRODUCING THIS FESTIVAL?
Bear Music Fest is a co-production of One Foot Productions and Strong Brew, Inc. Together, One Foot and Strong Brew have over twenty years of entertainment, music, and event industry experience. Check out our Who Are We? page for more information.
+ I HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES. HOW CAN I MAKE SPECIAL REQUESTS?
Our dining staff is accommodating of food allergies. You can make your dietary needs known at festival check-in and/or by speaking to one of our dining staff members at meal time.
+ CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
Yes! While we are not exclusively a "children's festival," we are very family-friendly and performances will be appropriate for most ages. During our shows on the main stages, parents have the option of dropping their children off at camp-style programs run by the friendly and energetic summer counselors of the Lair of the Bear. Private babysitting can also be arranged in the evenings for additional cost.
+ CAN I BRING MY DOG?
Unfortunatly, per the policies of the Lair of the Bear, dogs are not allowed at this event.
Have a question not listed above? Please contact us.