North Adams FAQ - FreshGrass Festival

North Adams FAQ

Is the 2021 festival definitely happening?

Given that vaccines are rolling out and many experts predict a return to live music events in the Fall, we are hopeful. We’re putting together a stellar lineup and making sure all suggested safety protocols are followed. Safety is our first priority, and we are working closely with all local and state authorities.

If FreshGrass North Adams 2021 doesn't take place, will I be able to get a refund?

Absolutely. If FreshGrass North Adams 2021 cannot take place as planned, the option to get a refund will be available to all ticket-holders.

Tell us about any and all COVID prevention measures, requirements, etc.

This is a bit of a moving target right now, and we will be sharing more information in the coming months. With safety being our top priority, we will be following the guidance of all local and state authorities to ensure a safe experience for all. We thank you for your patience; please stay tuned—many more details to come!

I held on to my tickets from the 2020 festival; can I use those for the 2021 festival?

All tickets purchased for the 2020 festival will be honored for the 2021 event. If you have your physical tickets already, please keep them; they are your tickets to this year’s festival.

I held on to my tickets from the 2020 festival, but I can't make the new 2021 dates. Can I get a refund?

If you prefer to receive a refund, please email: [email protected]


Can I book my campsite now?

Campsites are not currently available for purchase. Check back in the coming months for more information, and stay tuned to our socials for the latest updates.

How much are tickets?

Please see MASS MoCA ticketing for current pricing. Please note: This is a rain-or-shine event; there will be no refunds.

Where does FreshGrass take place & how can we get there?

FreshGrass happens at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. North Adams is about 120 miles west of Boston, 160 miles north of NYC, and 45 miles east of Albany. The nearest airports are Albany, NY, and Windsor Locks, CT (near Hartford). Bus service from New York and Boston is available via Peter Pan. Detailed directions are available here.

Can I volunteer at FreshGrass?

Information about volunteering can be found here. To inquire about volunteering at FreshGrass this summer, please email [email protected]. Advance training is required. The work involves considerable standing, though we will try to accommodate volunteers with special needs. The volunteer shifts are for 5 hours each, and two shifts are required to receive free all-fest passes.

Is there parking nearby?

There is ample parking in the immediate vicinity of MASS MoCA and throughout downtown North Adams. We will arrange for additional remote parking, so check back for more information beginning in September. We encourage carpooling, walking, and cycling, and will provide convenient bicycle valet service at the front door. Handicapped parking is available on the museum property. Check the Getting Here page for a downloadable parking lot map.

What about biking to the festival?

We encourage it and there will be a convenient parking lot for bicycles within 200 feet of our front door. Bring your bike!

Can I bring my kids, and do they have to pay?

Children are welcome, and admission is free for those 6 and under with an accompanying adult. There is a reduced price for kids 7–16. FreshKids events will be programmed at the festival. Kidspace is MASS MoCA’s gallery program tailored to children. Family offerings are detailed here. Please note that certain venues, especially in the galleries, will not be able to accommodate strollers.

Will there be dedicated activities for kids?

There will be kid-specific programs in addition to many kid-friendly activities. In addition, MASS MoCA’s Kidspace will be open every day during the festival. Stay tuned to the family area for activity previews and announcements.

Where will I stay?

There are many lodging options, including state campsites and nearby hotels and inns.

What can I bring into the festival?

YES: sealed or empty water bottles, instruments, blankets, strollers, camp-style folding chairs, certified service animals

NO: glass, pets, alcohol, coolers, picnic baskets, smoking

DISCOURAGED: large bags, backpacks, umbrellas

To help protect delicate art, strollers, umbrellas, folding chairs, large bags + backpacks (and other large, ungainly objects) are not allowed in the galleries. Strollers and chairs will not be permitted in some venues. There is no bag check, so please leave your disallowed items in your locked car.

Strollers and folding chairs are permitted on Joe’s Field (where space is ample), and not in the smaller courtyard venues or galleries (where space is more limited).

There will be a limited instrument check service at the box office, but please do not leave instruments with us overnight!

There are no coat or chair checking services provided.

Are cameras allowed at FreshGrass?

PERMITTED: Polaroid, SLR, point and shoot, pocket and phone cameras for personal use

NOT PERMITTED: flash photography, tripods, detachable lens over 120mm, all video We ask that you refrain from using your phones and devices during the live performances at FreshGrass, as they are disturbing to both patrons and performers. Long lenses and tripods are not permitted. Since there is no bag check, you should leave your long-lens cameras and tripods locked in your car for safekeeping. Professional photographers MUST obtain a photo pass. Email us at [email protected].

Will I be admitted to all venues?

The main stage and most outdoor courtyards will accommodate everyone. Some venues are space-limited, will not accommodate everyone in attendance, and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You must make reservations for the workshops on the morning of the events.

What if it rains?

This is a rain-or-shine event.

Can I submit my band, comedy act, or artwork for consideration?

Thank you for your interest, but we are not currently accepting submissions for the festival. However, click here for our FreshGrass Awards page for information on how your band might win a chance to participate in FreshGrass.

I'm a journalist on assignment. How do I obtain a media pass?

Love to have you. Email your request to [email protected].

I'm a taper. How do I obtain a media pass?

We’re working on this with artists and management. Email your request to [email protected].

Can I share my festival pass with my friends?

No, a festival pass is for you and you only. It is not to be transferred between different people attending different days. The day pass is meant for a single day guest.

Can I bring musical instruments?


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