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The Mammoth Festival Beers & Bluesaplooza, August 4–7, 2016 in Mammoth Lakes, CA, a beautiful mountain resort town located near Yosemite National Park in the cool Eastern High Sierra off Highway 395. There’s world-class golf courses, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, and resort facilities. It’s the perfect place to spend a “blues and brews’ weekend. If your question isn’t answered here, please Contact Us! We love to hear from our festival attendees.

The Festival is held every year on the 1st weekend of August. This year, it’s August 4–7, 2016

The Festival is held at Sam’s Wood Site in Mammoth Lakes, CA, on Minaret Rd. between Main St. and Meridian Blvd. For more details, check the Directions to Mammoth Lakes and our Maps page.

This is an outdoor venue and we encourage you to bring your own low-back beach chairs (if you can roll a basketball under the seat of your chair, it is too high.) or blankets. As a courtesy to your neighbors no high-back chairs, umbrellas or pop-up tents that block everyone’s view of the stage.
Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Ages 13+ must purchase a ticket. No one under 21 years of age, including children, is allowed into the Festival on Saturday, until after 5:30pm (with the exception of infants that are not mobile [1 year or less and in a child carrier affixed to a parent—no strollers or wagons]). Other than that, the Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza 2016 does allow children. Those 12 years and under are free with a paid adult but we like to emphasize that parents are wholly responsible for the enjoyment and safety of their children. There aren’t many activities suitable for (or interesting to) children during the festival. Though we can’t recommend specific daycare providers, we do suggest that attendees with young children ensure that there is an adult in their party who is dedicated to watching over the little ones, especially given the very large crowds we tend to get (upward of 5,000). Please provide your child with ear protection, as loud music is not safe for their ears. See local child-care options.
Tickets are on sale now. Please note: Tickets are non-refundable and non-replaceable. Each ticket holder MUST be present when exchanging tickets for wristbands at the Festival, and must bring a current Photo ID that MUST include your birth date. No photocopies accepted. An individual will not be able to receive wristbands for other ticket holders not present.

To attend Saturday’s Grand Tasting you must purchase a 2-, 3- or 4-day ticket.

Saturday is traditionally the busiest day of the festival and always sells out while other days of the festival remain undersold. Selling single-day Saturday tickets limited the number of multiple-day tickets available, which are the best buy for our attendees. For that reason we have eliminated the Saturday-Only Beer Tasting Ticket.

You CAN buy the Beer Lovers’ Saturday/Sunday ticket—by popular demand we have added a second day of beer tasting on Sunday, with different brewers and bands from Saturday. It includes two days of beer tasting and all the great music that goes with it.

OR you can purchase a single-day Sunday Blues/Brews tasting ticket, OR the Saturday Night Concert-Only Ticket, with admittance after 5:30 pm.

We offer a variety of ticket types and prices; choose the option that works best for you! If you are planning on attending all four days of the festival and want to take part in the entire event then the VIP Blues/Brews 4-Day Party Pass is your best buy. There are also 2- and 3-Day Passes for sale. Single day tickets are also available. Beer and wine can be purchased à la carte at the festival. You are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages into the festival.

For a complete listing of ticket options, go to Tickets.

BE ADVISED—WE ARE AGAIN EXPECTING A SELL OUT! Buy your tickets well in advance!

You can buy tickets in advance:

• Online on our Tickets page.
• Over the phone, call Vallitix toll free (888) 825-5484
• In Mammoth Lakes at Mammoth Brewing Company Tasting Room. Check out their new location at the corner of Main Street and Minaret Road (formerly Whiskey Creek). Open daily, (760) 934-7141

NOTE: There are no phone or online ticket sales available through Mammoth Brewing Company Tasting Room. Walk-in sales only. Unless there’s a sell out, tickets are available at the box office. We encourage you to buy tickets in advance.

The festival will go on rain or shine.

YES! Purchase your tickets well in advance!

Will Call & the Box Office are located at the main entrance to the event site—Sam’s Wood Site on Minaret Rd. Map Page

You may redeem your tickets at the tents in front of the main gate. Map Page

The perfect way to start your Bluesapalooza weekend! Food vendors and cash bars will be open. Michael Franti headlines, supported by Zella Day.

Live music, food vendors, and cash bars will be running. If you purchase a 3- or 4-Day Pass, dinner is included and you will receive a Food Voucher entitling the holder to 1 dinner from any participating food vendor. Dinner is not included in the other ticket types but can be purchased à la carte from the vendors. 2016 performers include The Stone Foxes, Zac Harmon, Allen Stone, and Beth Hart! For more details, check the Event Schedule.

If you have purchased a ticket that includes beer tasting, you will receive your commemorative shatterproof drinkware when you check in. Glass is not allowed on Festival Grounds. The Grand Tasting will be from 12pm–5pm on Saturday, and the Sunday Tasting runs from 12pm–4pm. Beer is available for sale all 4 days of the Festival.

Hang on to those tasting containers, they are your key to drinks during the Saturday and Sunday tastings! If you break or lose your drinkware, you will need to purchase a replacement for $5.00 from the Attendee Check-in Booth (where you got your wristbands), but only if supplies last.

Since there is no glass allowed inside the festival grounds, the commemorative glass tasters will only be available for purchase from the Mammoth Brewing Company’s Tasting Room at 18 Lake Mary Road, or from the festival Merchandise booth from 4–5pm on Sunday August 7th.

The lineup is here.

For updates and more details on the performers and the rest of the festival, check out The Latest.

It’s a great way to wrap up your Blues & Brews weekend. Bloody Marys at the bars, food court, and more available (food/beverage is separate cost; Sunday Tasting from noon until 4 pm is included in 3- and 4-Day Passes, and Sunday Blues/Brews Party ticket). 2016 performers include Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, New Breed Brass Band, Curtis Salgado, and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings!

Yes. To name a few, The WESTIN, Alpenhof Lodge, Hidden Valley Condos and The Village at are all within walking distance. Please see our website’s Lodging page for more information, or www.VisitMammoth.com. A trolley also will be running.

Camp High Sierra is the closest. For reservations, go to www.mammothmountain.com/Lodging/CampHighSierra/, or call 1-800-626-6684. Mammoth RV Park, (760) 934-3822, and US Forest Service Campgrounds are nearby. For more information visit www.VisitMammoth.com

Parking is extremely limited during this event. Please go on foot whenever possible. There will be bike racks on Minaret Road and free Town Trolley service directly to the event from around town as well as to and from the free public parking at Eagle Lodge. The Mammoth High School Rotary International Interact Club will once again be manning paid parking at the north and south ends of the festival area on Minaret Road; the requested donation is $10 and all proceeds benefit this nonprofit organization. A limited number of spaces are available and a new pass must be purchased for each day you intend to park. For more information, click here.

Yes, or blankets. As a courtesy to your neighbors, chairs must be low-back beach style chairs (no higher than 32″ in main seating area in front of stage). Please no high-back chairs, umbrellas, or pop-up tents that block the view of the stage. If you can roll a basketball under the seat of your chair, it is too high.

No pets are allowed on festival grounds. Please do not leave your pet in your car, or tied up outside of the festival. If you are traveling with your pet, please contact a local pet service to arrange day sitting or a boarding service.

For more detailed information, see our Rules & Policies Page.

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own food, however NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOLIC beverages. We also have a splendid Food Court with vendors boasting a hearty, healthy variety of food, including delicious BBQ, pita sandwiches, sausages, gyros, Thai, pizza, Cajun, Mexican, spicy chicken wings, pretzels, cookies, coffee and more! Wine and beer also are available for purchase at three bars located on the festival site.

Only in the two designated smoking areas.

Yes. Once you receive your wristband, you may enter and exit the event as you please.

The Festival provides incredible music, good times, as well as port-a-potties, hand sinks, trash and recycling, lost & found, food and retail vendors, ATMs, cigar bar and distilled spirit tasting area, and beer and wine available for purchase (in addition to the beer tasting on Saturday and Sunday).

A current Photo I.D including your birth date (no photocopies accepted); sunscreen; low-back beach chairs (no higher than 32″ in main seating area in front of stage—if you can roll a basketball under the seat of your chair, it is too high.); a blanket; and warm clothes for the evening concerts. Most food vendors only accept cash, though ATMs are available on-site. High elevation sun can be intense; there is plenty of shade at the festival site, but the area closest to the stage is very sunny—apply sunscreen, wear a hat, and sunglasses.

For more detailed information, see our Rules & Policies Page.

There are no glass, pets, alcohol, professional photo or video recording equipment, or Frisbees allowed on the festival grounds. Alcohol (beer and wine) will be available for purchase.

For more detailed information, see our Rules & Policies Page.

No audio or video recording is permitted.

Yes, on Minaret Rd, near the main entrance to the Festival grounds. Please keep in mind that the grounds are covered in soft wood chips and it may be difficult to maneuver a wheelchair, or crutches. This is an outdoor event, and the ground may be uneven. We encourage wheelchair users to locate themselves where they are not blocking the view of those behind them. Please contact the Festival if you have any questions or if we can be of assistance. Handicapped port-a-potties are available.

20 Years of Mammoth Music! Past performers include: Buddy Guy, John Hiatt, Taj Mahal, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Tab Benoit, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave, Vintage Trouble, Johnny Winter, Leon Russell, Robert Cray, Edgar Winter, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Los Lonely Boys, Blues Traveler, Kim Simmonds, Bettye LaVette, Ana Popovic, Dave Mason, Nikki Hill, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robben Ford, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Duke Robillard, Junior Watson, Rick Derringer, Coco Montoya, Albert Cummings, Tinsley Ellis, Walter Trout, Trampled Under Foot, John Lee Hooker Jr, Shemekia Copeland, Cash Box Kings, John Nemeth, Janiva Magness, Buckwheat Zydeco, Charlie Musselwhite, Tommy Castro, Savoy Brown, Ruthie Foster, Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, Joe Louis Walker, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Delgado Brothers, Michael Hill Blues Mob, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Chris Duarte, John Hammond, Joan Osborne, JJ Grey & Mofro, and many, many more.



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