Dates, Location, and Tickets
The Untz Festival will take place at the Mariposa Fairgrounds in Mariposa, California. The music at the festival begins at 8pm on Friday, June 2nd and ends at 6am on Monday, June 5th, 2017. Early entry for ticket holders with Friday early arrival tickets begins on Friday June 2nd at 4pm. General entry for 2-Day passes begins Saturday morning at 9am. All vehicles/campers must exit the site by 3pm on Monday, June 5, 2016.
Tickets are available on our website (starting 12/6). All tickets include walk-in camping; however every vehicle will need to have a parking pass or car camping pass purchased as well.
This is an all-ages event. Children under 3 years of age are admitted free with a ticket-holding adult. Any person of age four or older will need to have purchased an event ticket in order to enter the festival.
Tickets are NON-Refundable. This is a rain or shine event.
Average weather temperatures range from lower 80’s during the day to lower 50’s at night. It’s California, so be prepared with layers.
Box Office Hours
Please plan your trip to arrive when the Box Office is open. If you arrive before or after, you will have to leave the site to find lodging elsewhere. There is no camping in the parking lot, before or after hours.
Box Office hours during the event are as follows:
Friday: 4 PM – MIDNIGHT [Must have 2 Day Pass + Early Arrival Ticket]
Saturday: 9 AM – MIDNIGHT
Sunday: 9 AM – MIDNIGHT
Friday Early Arrival Info
Early arrival begins Friday June 2nd at 4pm. One early arrival pass admits one ticket-holding attendee. All guests arriving on Friday MUST have a 2 Day Pass + Early Arrival ticket pre-purchased or be prepared to purchase one upon arrival.
Early arriving campers may not save space for late arrivals. Space reservation, other than pitching of tents will be monitored and restricted. This is being done for the benefit of the community and for attendees as a whole.
We will have a full-bar with everything you need on-site including beer, wine, and vodka mixed drinks. Those with a valid state-issued ID showing that they are twenty-one years old or over will be able to access the bar. Due to California state alcohol laws and the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, alcoholic beverages from the outside will not be permitted into the venue. You will also not be permitted to drink alcohol in the parking lot area. Violation of these rules will lead to your wristband being removed, and you will no longer have access to the event. Vending of alcohol is prohibited.
If you want to take professional quality photos or videos, please fill out our MEDIA APPLICATION and make arrangements in advance.
Pet & Service Animal Policy
Service animals are working animals, not pets. Service animals are dogs that are trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities.
Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties.
Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the ADA.
Pets are strictly and expressly prohibited at The Untz Festival. Pets may not be kept anywhere on festival grounds, including campsites, parking lots, in RVs or other vehicles.
Service animals attending The Untz Festival must be registered by their handler at the box office upon arrival. Anyone with an unauthorized animal will not be permitted to keep their pet on site and will be asked to leave. Please present your ADA vehicle certification and PWD service animal certification upon arrival. If bringing a service animal on-site, your certification should be on-hand at all times.
Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
The Untz Festival reserves the right to refuse admittance to or eject any individual whose conduct poses a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals or service animals.
CAMPING AND PARKING
All tickets have walk-in camping included. Camping is first-come, first-served. Please be mindful of your overall footprint and your neighbors.
The Untz Festival participants may set up camp anywhere in the campground that is not marked out by event staff for parking, environments, or art. Please keep in mind that vehicles are not permitted on-site for gear drops or pick-ups.
Guests are encouraged to enjoy the musical offerings of The Untz Festival and are not allowed to set up renegade sound stages. If you have a generator in your camp set up, we graciously ask you to enforce a short quiet time in the late evenings from 12 AM (midnight) – 8 AM to allow for friends and families to rest.
Car Camping (New for 2017 - LIMITED)
All tickets include walk-in camping. However, we have a new option this year for people who enjoy camping directly next to your car. Each area is approximately 10' x 30', and comfortably allows enough room for your vehicle and one tent. Car camping is located outside of the festival gates, a short walk to the entrance. Spaces assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Everyone in your vehicle must have purchased a festival pass in order to enter the festival with a car camping pass. There are no “in and out” privileges for car camping pass vehicles. (You will be able to go back and forth from the festival to your car camping spot. However, you will NOT be able to remove your car and come back, once you have initially entered the car camping area.) If the total length of your vehicle plus anything attached to it is 18' or longer, it is considered an RV and you must purchase an RV Pass.
EVERY VEHICLE arriving on-site must have a vehicle parking pass or car camping pass. Camping will not be allowed in the General Parking Lot or in the parking lot by the main entrance. We have a very limited amount of parking on-site and we highly encourage you to carpool. Any vehicle longer than 18 feet arriving onto the festival site will need to purchase an RV Parking Pass.
RVs are permitted to camp on-site in designated area with a purchased RV Parking Pass. RVs are considered vehicles over 18 feet in length. We have a very limited amount of RV passes w/ electrical and water hookups available, as well as RV parking passes without any hookups.
Please plan to bring enough cash for your general parking fee, food, ice, merchant wares, and anything else you may need. There is an ATM (with a small service fee per transaction), but it is always good to plan ahead!
There is high capacity WiFi available on-site. However, with everyone trying to access the network while on-site, we anticipate the service to be slow or inactive at times. Please plan ahead. The site does has limited cell service. Verizon works very well; AT&T works sparingly throughout the property.
Drinking Water & Ice
Fresh drinking water is available for free throughout the venue. Large, refillable containers are recommended for continued use! Reduce plastic in our landfills and in our oceans! California is in a drought and sanitation is our number one priority – Please do not bathe or put anything under the drinking water faucet except for your drinking vessel.
Ice will be available for purchase on-site.
Showers are available for free at several bathing houses around the facility.
Lost & Found
Lost & Found is located at HQ (the info/security central/volunteer booth). Valuable items – including wallets, ID, cameras and phones – will be held after the event, and we will be proactive in returning them to their owners. This being said, please keep valuables at home, do your personal inventory before leaving the site, and be prompt in searching for anything lost as soon as you realize it is gone! And – if you find something without its owner – please bring it over to Lost & Found.
Medical & Security
The Untz Festival is proud to host for our medical services, providing basic first aid on-site. Security will also be available on-site for your protection and comfort. In the event of an emergency, track down the nearest staff member for immediate assistance. Locations of First Aid and Security will be provided on our map, will be centrally located at the event, and will be open 24hrs a day.
Anyone found to be sneaking in to the event will be escorted off-site, and may be charged with trespassing. It is a hassle and expensive. Please spread the word; sneaking in is NOT worth it.
PWD & ADA Services
Please present your certificate upon arrival to the gate. Simply alert our gate staff to your needs when you arrive and we will show you the designated ADA Camping area. Service animals do not require event passes, but must be on a leash at all times, present with their owner, and have their accreditation visible on-site at all times.
We have had reports of some patrons borrowing or otherwise falsely using accessible parking placards or tags. This uses valuable space that we are reserving for patrons who actually have disabilities. It is against the law for anyone to use an accessible parking placard that was issued to another person. It is against the law to duplicate an accessible parking placard. It is against the law to park in an accessible parking space without a legitimate accessible parking placards. As vehicles arrive, we will check identification to confirm legitimate use of these placards and will contact authorities in situations with improper use.
Bring extra trash and recycling bags to take your personal and camp waste off-site with you, and do your part by cleaning up any random garbage or MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) that you see, as well as from your campsite before leaving. We appreciate your cooperation.
Food and Merchant vendors will be available on-site for your nourishment and shopping pleasure. Our food vendors offer a wide range of delicious menu items including meat, vegetarian and vegan options.
- Camping gear and shade structures – free-standing and waterproof
- Stakes and tennis balls – keep your gear grounded and protected. It can get windy!
- Water, lots of drinking water
- Reusable water bottle – stainless is best!
- Trash bags for your site
- Flashlight, headlamp, rechargeable solar lights for your camp
- Ear plugs – we recommend one pair of earplugs for the dancefloor, and another of the noise-cancellation type for when you want to sleep
- Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen
- Appropriate clothing for all types of weather
- Yoga mat and portable chairs
- Any prescription meds, eye solutions, and any other healthcare items. A small first aid kit is always a good idea.
- Gifts for gifting and bartering; art for sharing
Banned Items & Activities
Festival attendees must abide by all local, state, and federal laws. NO ALCOHOL OR DRUG SALES (including nitrous oxide) tolerated anywhere on the festival site or annexed properties. Anyone caught selling or distributing illicit substances will immediately have their wristband cut and be ejected from the festival. Further legal repercussions are likely. If it’s illegal outside the festival, it’s illegal inside, too.
Zero Tolerance for Drug Use or Possession
The use or possession of any illegal drugs will not be tolerated anywhere inside or outside the venue. Do not bring any illegal substances to the event; violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you are found intoxicated at entry, security will not allow you to enter the venue. Event staff reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone. Be responsible, and make smart choices.
We are committed to fostering a relaxed atmosphere, but there are certain guidelines we must abide by in order to ensure a safe and fun festival for everyone. Help us help you by keeping fire lanes clear, notifying staff of any hazards, and communicating in times of distress – we’re on the same team! Look out for one another, stay hydrated, take breaks, wear sunscreen, and most of all, have fun!
- ** NO PETS allowed on the festival grounds or parking lots (qualified service animals permitted, see policy here). This will be strictly enforced.
- ** No firearms or weapons
- ** No fireworks, explosives, candles, or sky lanterns
- ** No fire toys – All fire performers must be pre-approved
- ** No charcoal grills or open flames (White Gas/Propane is ok)
- ** No glass containers of any kind
- ** No outside alcohol (We will have beer, wine, and spirits available for sale)
- ** No professional photography equipment or cameras with detachable lenses.
- ** No unauthorized vending will not be tolerated (stationary or roaming)
- ** No outside solicitations including handbills, samples, and, giveaways.
- ** No illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia
- ** No amplified sound and guerrilla sound systems. They will be shut down and confiscated.
- ** No campfires
- ** No video recording of any performances.
- ** No motorized vehicles including moped, golf cart, vespa, and other similar vehicles
- ** No laser pens or similar focused-light devices.
- ** No unauthorized motorized and/or remote control aerial devices, toys, cameras or equipment (drones, toy planes, etc.).
- ** No confetti, please (every piece needs to get picked up!).
Travel Distance and Times from Airport to Mariposa Fairgrounds:
Fresno Yosemite International [FAT]: 74 miles (1hr 22min)
Oakland International [OAK]: 152 miles (2hr 25min)
Mineta San Jose International [SJC]: 155 miles (2hr 34min)
Sacramento International [SMF]: 167 miles (2hr35 min)
San Francisco International [SFO]: 171 miles (2hr 41min)
Directions from San Francisco [2hr 40min]:
1. I-580 East
2. I-205 East (14.5 mile)
3. I-5 North (1.0 mile)
4. CA-120 East (6.0 mile)
5. CA-99 South (55 mile)
6. CA-140 East (36 mile)
7. Right onto CA-49 South (1.5 mile) – Fairgrounds will be on your left
Directions from Sacramento [2hr 25min]:
1. CA-99 South
2. CA-140 East (36 mile)
3. Right onto CA-49 South (1.5 mile) – Fairgrounds will be on your left
Directions from Los Angeles [4hr 20min]:
1. I-5 North
2. CA-99 North (132 mile)
3. CA-41 North (47 mile)
4. Left onto CA-49 South (25 mile) – Fairgrounds will be on your right
We have partnered with RickyRides to provide a carpool and ride-sharing solution. Can you give someone a ride to The Untz Festival? Are you looking for a ride to The Untz Festival? Please visit http://www.rickyrides.com/the-untz-festival for all the details.
1. Miners Inn Motel [Mariposa, CA] (209) 742-7777 – 2 miles
2. Mariposa Lodge [Mariposa, CA] (209) 966-3607 – 2 miles
3. Best Western Yosemite Way Station [Mariposa, CA] (209) 966-7545 – 2 miles
4. Comfort Inn Yosemite Valley Gateway [Mariposa, CA] (209) 966-4344 – 2 miles