General Admission Camping
General Admission or “GA” Camping is included in the festival ticket price. The GA campgrounds are divided into sections by streets (east-west) and avenues (north-south), like a mini city, which is what it is. Each GA Campground section is whimsically named on the official Bonnaroo Site Map so you can find your way home and tell people where to find you.
Once you park your car, it must be frozen in place for the whole weekend (unless you are exiting the festival. If you are exiting during the event, please read the Re-Entry Policy). Sit in it, dance in it, but don’t move it unless you have to. If you have to move it, please use caution and be aware of your surroundings, especially at night – pedestrians and camping gear may be in close proximity.
Every campground will be close to a POD, where you’ll find bathrooms, hand-washing stations and fresh drinking water. Showers are available for a nominal fee (and are highly advised, this being Tennessee in June). Each POD is designated by a number on a large balloon that can be seen from a distance, to help you navigate.
The GA Campground has sections for car camping as well as RVs (which requires an RV pass). Once the Tollbooths open, the GA campgrounds will stay open throughout the festival so you can always get to your vehicle and your campsite. The entertainment areas, Centeroo and the Main Venue, are separate and adjacent to the campgrounds. They’re accessed via entry gates, and they have different hours and opening times.
Unfortunately, it isn’t possible for everyone to camp right next to Centeroo and the Main Venue. Your campsite could be as much as a 20- or 30-minute walk. We promise you’ll meet interesting people and see fascinating things along the way.
The VIP campground, located close to Centeroo and the Main Venue, is for those who have purchased VIP tickets (which are only sold in pairs). Like its name suggests, it comes with perks. Such as? Deluxe bathrooms and showers. And three exclusive VIP lounges located throughout the site (The campground and Centeroo VIP lounge include laptops with Internet access, cell phone charging stations, gaming areas and a live video feed of festival performances).
VIP ticketholders also get exclusive viewing areas for the What and Which stages, and a commemorative Bonnaroo merchandise package, including two t-shirts and posters.
Each pair of VIP tickets allows access for one vehicle through an exclusive VIP entrance into the site. RVs are welcome in VIP camping, but you’ll need to buy a VIP-RV pass in advance.
VIP tickets don’t include any meals, but there is an optional food/meal program from Tom Cats Catering, which can be purchased along with your tickets. This isn’t college cafeteria food. People rave about it.
Bringing Your Own RV
RVs are welcome at Bonnaroo (who can resist a party on wheels?). There will be a limited number of designated RV-only parking areas in the campgrounds, and all RVs must park there.
Every RV will need a Bonnaroo RV Pass, which can be purchased at the same time as your ticket. An RV requires only one pass, but, as you’d expect, every person in the RV must possess a festival ticket to enter. An RV Companion Pass can also be purchased to allow an accompanying vehicle (your buddies who are crashing in your 6 wheel digs) into the designated camping area next to the RV camping area. Got that?
RV spaces are pretty limited, so if you don’t have an RV Pass, you won’t be allowed to enter with your RV, no matter how much you plead. Once your RV is parked, plan to stay put. You may not move to another space, and if you leave, you surrender your space and become a wandering RV with no place to call home. There will not be any hookups or dumping areas on-site. But don’t worry: a company on-site will empty your holding tanks and refill your water for a reasonable fee.
According to our Bonnaroo dictionary, an RV is defined as any vehicle larger either in length, width or height than a normal 15-passenger van. This means any oversized vehicle, trailer, towed camper or bus is considered to be an RV. (Important: A box truck is not an RV. It is a box truck and box trucks are not allowed.)
To gain entry, your RV must fit into a 20′ X 50′ space (including slides or awnings). That’s bigger than a badminton court and larger than most apartments. Tents, canopies and badminton nets may be set up next to your RV as long as they fit within the designated space.
On-Site RV Rentals - RV Oasis
Here’s a totally first-class idea: Rent an On-Site RV and we’ll have your RV waiting for you when you arrive. These RVs are pre-parked in special reserved areas close to Centeroo, in both the VIP and GA camping areas. Just drive in, roll right up to the designated RV area, and park your vehicle like the lord or lady of the manor. Bonnaroo has partnered with Camping World to provide you with really nice, lightly used units.
One parking space is allotted to each of these RVs, so any additional vehicles in your party will need to park in the general or VIP campgrounds, or outside of the festival,. The On-Site RVs do not include tickets to the festival, so you’ll need to purchase those separately.
Check out the amenities for On-Site RV rentals:
- Power hook-ups (charging!)
- Air Conditioning (ahhh)
- Daily water pumping and refilling by dedicated RV Staff
- Daily waste pumping by dedicated RV Staff
- Sleeping accommodations for up to 6 people. (Exact configuration will vary by unit.)
- Bedding (sheets, blankets and pillows)
- Comfortable seating and hang-out area
- Clean bathroom and shower in RV (luxury!)
- Kitchen (including a kitchen sink, microwave and refrigerator)
- Dedicated RV Host in each area
- On-site Camping World technicians
On Site Tents
Rent an on-site tent and we’ll have it set up for you prior to arrival, close to Centeroo and the Main Venue. Tent rentals are available in both General Admission and VIP camping.
Once you arrive at the festival you will be directed to the tent program area, where you can park your car close to your tent, move in for the weekend, and move out at the end of the weekend. The tents do not include tickets to the festival, so you will need to purchase those separately.
Amenities for On-Site tent rentals include:
- Large weatherproof tent with windows and a tarp floor
- Sleeping accommodations (each unit will have your choice of 2 or 4 cots at the time of purchase; no additional cots will be sold or added).
- Attention defensive linemen: Cots have a 250 lb. weight limit.
- Bedding (sheets, blankets, and pillows)
- Combination lock
- On-site staff to help with any questions about the tent
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS 2012 GROOP CAMPING INFORMATION. 2013 INFO IS COMING SOON.
For the second year in a row Bonnaroo is offering a limited number of groups the chance to reserve a camping spot in advance, to make sure their groups are camped all together. This lets you avoid the chaos and hassle of planning, meeting up beforehand and entering together. Arrive at your leisure and still camp together in your own private little world.
Group camping will be close to Centeroo and the Main Venue, and it will have life’s basic necessities, like showers, portable toilets and wash stations nearby as well as a dedicated staff.
Your group will need a minimum of 24 people and 8 vehicles in order to purchase the group camping package.
Group camping does not include tickets to the festival, so you will need to purchase those separately.
Tent Only Camping
If you want to get away from the vehicular trappings of life Out There, try our limited Tent Only Camping areas near the Main Venue and Centeroo. They will be identified on the maps you receive when at the Tollbooths. No cars, motorcycles, jetpacks, hovercraft, nothing, in fact, all vehicles will be towed). This is also a good option if you don’t arrive with a car (i.e., on foot, by bus or parachute).
Here’s how it works: If you have a car, you come in through the regular Tollbooths and park as if you’re going to camp with your vehicles. Then just leave your car behind and hoof it with your gear to the Tent Only Camping area. You can’t drive your car there to drop your stuff off, so pack light. It’s a distance – a backpack or small luggage cart might help. If you don’t have a car, you’ll still get your wristband put on at the tollbooth, then just follow the signs to Tent Only Camping.
There’ll be two General Stores and plenty of approved vendors in these areas, so you can easily buy supplies. The space for Tent Only Camping is limited, and will be filled first-come, first-served (so if you want this prime spot, get here early). If you’re last-come, no worries, though – you still have the camping space that goes with your vehicle.
Tent Only Camping benefits:
- Nice and close to the Main Venue and Centeroo
- Close to General Stores, concessions and other services
- No cars or vehicular traffic in camping area
If you are bringing small children, consider using our Family Camping Area. Bonnaroo is a place for people of all ages, but we feel a special area for parents and their small children will help provide a better festival experience for all. Expecting parents are also welcome in this area.
You don’t need a special ticket to camp there. Just ask for this camping section at the Tollbooth. Your vehicles will be flagged and this will allow the parking staff to direct you to the right place.
The Accessible Camping and Accessible Day Parking areas are reserved strictly for patrons with mobility disabilities. Very strictly. A state-issued accessible parking license plate, placard or hangtag is required to use these areas. No reservations are needed. The Accessible Camping and Accessible Day Parking areas are close to the main Centeroo entrance. View the 2012 Access Information Guide for Patrons with Disabilities here.
Off Site Hotels
Not the camping type? Need your nightly cable fix? There are plenty of local hotel options for you. Once the festival begins, traffic on the periphery dies down considerably, so getting to and from the festival by car is easy. Some hotels even have festival shuttles running 24 hours a day. Visit our travel packages and hotel pages for more information.
If you are staying at a hotel you’ll park in Day Parking areas. Day parkers may enter and leave only through the West Tollbooth each day. To get to West Tollbooth use Exit 111 from I-24 and follow the signs to the festival. If Exit 111 is closed, follow police instructions and then follow the signs to Day Parking. With the heavy inbound traffic on Thursday and Friday, it may take a while for Day Parkers to exit the site on those days.
Roll Like A Rockstar
You’ve arrived in your private jet, where a waiting limo ferried you to the festival. How to top that? The Bonnaroo rock star treatment! Lounge in luxury on your private bus, stocked with your choice of beverages and snacks, nestled in a secure, private wooded area close to Main Venue, with accommodations for up to 8 people. Roam the festival site in a chauffeured golf cart. Watch your favorite bands from a private viewing area in front of the stage. Enjoy an open bar in the exclusive VIP lounge and indulge in exclusive on-site gourmet fare. Check your email and cool off in your air-conditioned living space. And your own on-site concierge is standing by 24 hours a day to satisfy your every need. Over the top? Exactly! More info »