Need To Know: 2022 FreshGrass | North Adams - FreshGrass Festival

Need To Know: 2022 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: 10:45am

Box Office Hours
Friday: Noon–10:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am–10:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am–5:30pm

Instrument Check in Courtyard A
Friday: 4pm–10:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am–10:30pm
Sunday: 9:30am–5:30pm

Museum Hours
Friday: 10am–6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am–6pm

Parking, Shuttle, & Maps

**PARKING NOTICE: Please note that this year the city of North Adams will be charging $40 for festival goers to park in some city lots. Cars parked at metered street spaces will be subject to tickets from the city  beyond prepaid time. Free festival parking is only available in the lots on the map linked below.**

FreshGrass’ Free Parking:

Shuttle Schedule
Friday: 5pm–12:30am
Saturday: 10:30am–12:30am
Sunday: 10:30–7pm

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


Check-in is located in Courtyard A, MASS MoCA’s main courtyard.

  • Please be ready to show your e-tickets to receive your FreshGrass wristband(s).
  • Please check our bag policies and the list of what not to bring below.
  • 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.
  • To those over the age of 21: ID check is located at bars throughout the venue.

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. 


FreshGround Registration
Friday: 11am–10pm
Saturday: 10am–10pm
Sunday: Check out by 8pm

Shuttle picks up every 20-30 mins from FreshGround and remote parking and drops off directly in front of the accessible parking lot on Marshall St. (at traffic light).


  • 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—they may disappear!
  • Masking is required in the Hunter Center—regardless of vaccination status. Masking is welcomed throughout the festival.
  • 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.
  • Prohibited 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.
  • 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 here.

Food & Drink

In venue:

MASS MoCA Campus (outside venue) + Downtown

Visit the North Adams Farmers Market on Saturday from 9am to 1pm, located just outside MASS MoCA’s campus.

21+ must have a wristband from “I.D. Check,” located at bars throughout the campus.

Saturday, September 24 10:45am gates open 11am museum opens 11am FRESHGRASS AWARDs: band & banjo Hunter Center 11am willi carlile No Depression Stage 12:30pm California Bluegrass Reunion feat. darol anger, john reischman, bill evans, jim nunally, sharon gilchrist, & chad manning No Depression Stage 1:30pm willie watson Joe’s Field 2pm alison brown Hunter Center 2:30pm Misty Blues No Depression Stage 3:15pm aoife O’donovan Joe’s Field 4:15pm sierra ferrell No Depression Stage 4:45pm black legacy project Hunter Center 5:15pm Skip Marley Joe’s Field 6:15pm The Jerry Douglas Band No Depression Stag 7:15pm The del Mccoury Band Joe’s Field 9pm gary clark Jr. Joe’s Field 10:30pm The lil smokies No Depression Stage FreshGrass Award Finalists: Band muddy souls the wildmans MAX SCHWARTZ band banjo g. rockwell MAX SCHWARTZ NIKOLAI MARGULIS (Schedule subject to change. Rain or shine.)
Sunday, September 25: 10:45am gates open 11am museum opens 11am FRESHGRASS AWARDs: fiddle & guitar Hunter Center 11am The house of songs feat. Willi Carlisle, Bonnie Montgomery, Shannon Wurst, Billy Keane, Simi Stone, & Lisa Bastoni No Depression Stage 11:45am luca Ciarla Joe’s Field 12:30pm sierra hull No Depression Stage 1:15pm thee sacred souls Joe’s Field 2pm freshscores feat. Luca ciarla, The Hawtplates, & Mesafa Hunter Center 2:15pm taj mahal No Depression Stage 3:15pm yola Joe’s Field 4:45pm award winners announced! Joe’s Field 5pm Tanya tucker Joe’s Field FreshGrass Award Finalists: fiddle sam stage MINNIE JORDAN CAMILLE VOGELY-HOWES guitar NICK WEITZENFELD ALEX RUBIN ALEX FORMENT (Schedule subject to change. Rain or shine.)
FreshRoots Stage Schedule: Located in Courtyard C Friday: 5PM Minnie Jordan, 6PM Rusticator, 8PM Darrow School, 10:30PM Common Folk Showcase, Saturday: 10:45AM Eleanor Levine, 12PM Alex Rubin, 1:30PM Muddy Souls, 3PM Camille Vogley-Howes, 4:15PM Max Schwartz, 5:30 PM Sam Stage, 6:30PM Nikolai Margulis, 8:15PM The Wildmans, 10:30pm Wes Buckley & Pancho Kidd Sunday: 10:45 AM Three Quarter North, 11:45 AM G Rockwell, 12:30 PM Collect Call, 1:45 PM Nick Weitzenfeld, 2:45 PM Jake Klar, 3:45 PM Drury High School Jazz Band,

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