Need To Know: 2021 FreshGrass | North Adams - FreshGrass Festival

Need To Know: 2021 FreshGrass | North Adams

The Festival

Here’s what you need to know about the best weekend of the year.

Gates Open
Friday: 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am

Box Office Hours
Friday: Noon – 10:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am –10:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am – 6:30pm

Instrument drop-off in Courtyard A
Friday: 4pm – 10:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 10:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am – 6:30pm

Museum Hours
10am – 5pm

Please note: Due to health and safety measures, we’re taking the year off from our workshops and gallery pop-ups. Stay tuned for more info regarding workshops in 2022. Thank you for your understanding!

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Entry Requirements:
Proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for entry to FreshGrass | North Adams for all those over two years of age. Please have your ID and one of the below items on hand during entry to comply with COVID-19 entry requirements:

  • Vaccination card
  • Picture of vaccination card
  • Proof of negative test obtained no more than 72 hours prior to entry. (Must have your name on it)

To find a testing location near you, please visit

Masks are required for everyone over two years of age while indoors, during the entrance procedures to the festival, and on shuttles. We encourage masks at all times throughout the festival.


Check-in is located in Courtyard A, MASS MoCA’s main courtyard. Masks are required for everyone over two years of age during the entrance procedures to the festival.

First, please be ready to show your vaccination card, a picture of your vaccination card, or proof of a negative test, along with your photo ID. Once your COVID-19 screening is complete, please show your e-tickets to receive your FreshGrass wristband(s).

To those over the age of 21: keep your photo ID out to receive a 21+ wristband needed to purchase drinks.

Once these check-in steps are complete and you have your festival wristband, feel free to utilize the Re-Entry Gate for the remainder of the festival.

Ticket winners, FreshPass ticket-holders, press, and festival guests: please join the line labeled VIP/Press/FreshPass located at the right side of the tent. 

Parking, Shuttles, Maps, Camping

Shuttle Schedule
Friday: 5pm – 1am
Saturday: 10am – 1am
Sunday: 10am – 7pm

FreshGround Registration
Friday: Noon – 1am
Saturday: 9am – 1am
Monday: Check out by noon

Shuttle picks up every 20-30 mins directly in front of the main parking lot on Marshall St. (at traffic light) and makes a loop to all stops.


  • For your safety, all festival-goers are subject to a comprehensive security search.
  • Personal chairs are allowed in Joe’s Field only, not in the courtyards. Please do not leave chairs on the field overnight.
  • Masking is required in all indoor spaces—regardless of vaccination status.
  • No bags over 8″ x 11″ x 4″ are allowed in the museum galleries.
  • There will be ADA viewing areas located next to the front-of-house sound tent. Please inquire at the box office.
  • Please do not bring these items: weapons, alcohol, drugs, smoking and vaping gear, flammable material, glass containers, unsealed liquid containers, tents (pop-up or shade), coolers, pets, laser pointers, dinosaurs, glow sticks, totems, and full water bottles. (Note: Empty water bottles are allowed and can be filled for free on-site).
  • We prohibit flash photography, cameras with detachable lenses, tripods, selfie sticks, and drones.

MASS MoCA Courtesy Code

By purchasing a ticket to join MASS MoCA’s visitors, staff, and artists on the museum campus, you agree to follow a Courtesy Code, detailed below.

  • Masks are required for all indoor spaces, except while eating and drinking, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Social distancing is encouraged when possible—our vast galleries and courtyards allow plenty of space to wander.
  • Large bags (over 8″ x 11″ x 4″) will not be permitted in the galleries.
  • All ticket-buyers are required to provide contact information and names of everyone in your party.
  • In order to keep our staff and patrons safe, we reserve the right to ask you to leave if you become ill during your visit.

Food & Drink 



THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 4pm Climbing the Holy Hill Offsite at Hancock Shaker Village, Hanock, MA FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 5pm Gates Open 6pm FreshGrass Commission: The Bluegrass Concertos featuring Steep Canyon Rangers & The Ruta Beggers, presented by the Berklee American Roots Music Program Hunter Center 6:15pm Dom Flemons No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 7pm AJ Lee & Blue Summit Joe’s Field 8pm Amythyst Kiah Joe’s Field 9:30pm Dispatch (acoustic) Joe’s Field 10:45pm Sam Bush No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 10am Gates Opens 10am Music Starts on the Freshroots stage! Courtyard C 10:45am FreshGrass Awards: Mandolin, Guitar, & Fiddle Hunter Center 11am Willi Carlile No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 11:45am CJ Field No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 1pm Hawktail No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 1:45pm Watkins Family Hour Joe’s Field 2:15pm Alison brown Hunter Center 2:45pm Aoife O’donovan No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 3:45pm Sarah Jarosz Joe’s Field 4:45pm Yemi Alade No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 5:45pm Third World Joe’s Field 7:45pm Steep Canyon Rangers Joe’s Field 9:45pm Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Joe’s Field 11:15pm Amy Helm No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 10am Gates Opens 10am Music Starts on the Freshroots Stage! Courtyard C 10:45am FreshGrass Awards: Banjo & Band Hunter Center 11am Mukana No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 11:30am Darol Anger & Mr. Sun Joe’s Field 12:15pm dedicated men of zion No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 1pm A tribute to sister rosetta tharpe featuring felicia collins Joe’s Field 2pm Bonny light horseman No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 2pm FreshScores with Mike Block & Sandeep Das, Alison Brown, & Martha Redbone Hunter Center 3pm Watchhouse Joe’s Field 4:45pm Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart featuring Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, & Bryan Sutton Joe’s Field Catch FreshGrass Artist-in-Residence: Noam Pikelny dropping in on some of the most anticipated sets! FRESHROOTS STAGE Common Folk Showcase The Darrow School Double Diamond The Pawn Shop Saints Three Quarter North Wes Buckley & the Vaguely Pagan FRESHGRASS AWARD FINALISTS BAND Circus No. 9 Noah y Mauritzio Never Come Down FIDDLE Ella Jordan Sofía Chiarandini MANDOLIN Dylan Mccarthy Sam Leslie Thomas Cassell BANJO Max Schwartz Megan Mendenhall Tray Wellington GUITAR Ben Garnett Korey Brodsky Sam Leslie

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