GETTING TO THE FESTIVAL

PARKING DIRECTIONS

ADDRESS : 1883 Old Hwy 20, McDade TX 78650

DIRECTIONS : Turn off US Highway 290 (right if coming from Houston, left if from Austin) onto Old Potato Road.  Proceed 1/2 mile to the end of Old Potato Road and turn right onto Old Highway 20.  The parking lot is 1/4 mile ahead on the right-hand side.

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS : Once you arrive at the entrance, parking attendants will direct you to the nearest parking spot.

Save time and money by buying a parking pass ahead of time:

CAMPING DIRECTIONS

ADDRESS : 3106 US Hwy 290 E, Paige TX 78659

DIRECTIONS : The campground gate is located on US Highway 290 and is flanked by two large billboards.  That entrance is approximately 1 mile west of the Highway 21 overpass (which is your landmark coming from Houston) and 1 mile east of Old Potato Road (your landmark coming from Austin).

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS : Once you arrive at the entrance, parking attendants will direct you to park by your campsite.

Parking is FREE for campers! For more camping information visit this page:

FESTIVAL SHUTTLES

Your chariot awaits! Cruise to the fest and back in comfort with FestDrive.

In addition to an expanded Austin shuttle program, FestDrive has shuttles that run from Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and College Station. Reserve your shuttle here:

CARPOOLING (ROLLING DEEP)

Save money and reduce your footprint by carpooling to the fest. Windows down, music up, you and your homies… the good old fashioned road trip is hard to beat! Not only that, but carpools of 4 or more can win sweet prizes – details coming soon.

ACCOMMODATIONS

ON SITE CAMPING

Build your own kingdom and camp at Sound on Sound Fest and enjoy the full weekend at Sherwood Forest. The campgrounds are set in a wooded area a short walk from the festival gates.

You can also rent on site accommodations via our Tent Rental options.

NEARBY HOTEL OPTIONS

There are are a number of hotels within close proximity of the festival, located in Bastrop, Giddings, and Elgin, TX.

Holiday Inn and Suites Elgin
Days Inn Bastrop
Super 8 Bastrop TX
The Bastrop Inn
Hampton Inn & Suites Bastrop
Comfort Suites Bastrop
Best Western

There are also many options in the area on AirBnB and similar vacation rental websites.

For more hotel options, we recommend staying in Austin and taking the Festival Shuttles.

FESTIVAL PARTNERS

Thanks to everyone who helps make SOS possible!

FAQs

We’ve gathered up a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help prepare you for the fest! Additional info will be added as the festival gets closer. For all camping related questions, visit the CAMPING PAGE.

GENERAL FAQs

What time does the fest start & end?

Doors on Friday November 10 will be 4:00pm with programming beginning at 5:00pm.Doors on Saturday November 11 and Sunday November 12  will be 1pm with programming beginning at 2:00pm. Programming will end around 1:00am each day of the fest*

*Subject to change.

Can my band play at Sound On Sound Fest? Can I DJ at Sound On Sound Fest?

We appreciate you asking. We will contact you if interested. Thanks!

How do I submit a media inquiry?

sosfest@giantnoise.com & please fill out our application HERE

Can I come dressed in a fantasy or Ren Faire costume?

Oh for sure. We highly encourage you to actually.

Please, though, don’t even think about bringing your Native-American Headdress, you will not be allowed admittance to the festival. There was never a D&D campaign called “Cultural Appropriation”, and if there was, we never would have played it.

Will you be posting set times in advance?

Yes. Set times will be posted on the website and mobile app a couple days before the festival. Set times will also be available in the festival guide passed out on entry.

When is the best time to arrive?

You should definitely plan to arrive several hours early to be on the safe side. It takes roughly 38 minutes to reach Sherwood Forest on HWY 290 from Austin. Please be prepared for possible traffic delays. Please also be prepared for significant delays if you choose to not obey all the festival signage and staff. There are multiple entrance points to the fest depending on if you’re coming for the day, camping, or vending. Make sure you’re familiar with our maps and entrances before arriving.

We highly encourage you carpool, it’s fun, and environmentally friendly

For the easiest and fastest arrival and departure, take a shuttle.

How far from central Austin is Sound on Sound/Sherwood Forest Ren Faire?

The festival venue is exactly 35 miles East of central Austin. This is approximately a 40 minute drive from Austin, depending on where you’re coming from. We strongly suggest carpooling! Please travel responsibly. Alternatives to driving back and forth include on-site camping, local hotels, or taking advantage of our shuttle program. PRO TIP: beat Friday rush hour by arriving at the fest before 5pm on Nov 10th.

Can I leave and re-enter in the festival?

Yes indeed. We grant re-entry for fest and campers.

Who do I contact for ADA access questions?

Sound on Sound is dedicated to continually improving our efforts to ensure you have access to all the festival amenities. We welcome and encourage all feedback and suggestions from our patrons. Our village encompasses 23 acres on a natural incline with sandy soil, and many of our accessible routes are natural surfaces which can be difficult for those with wheelchairs and strollers. We are working to improve our accessibility for all and ask for your patience and understanding. The following explains the services provided this year. For any accessibility-related questions and/or needs please email us and we will do our best to help you have an awesome experience at Sound On Sound Fest!  Anyone with disability or access questions can contact access@soundonsoundfest.com

Where is the lost and found located?

Lost and found will be located at the box office near the main entrance to the festival.

Where can I find first-aid or medical services?

There will be a medical tent on site, and it will be clearly indicated on the festival map once it is released. Please make note of it’s location in case of an emergency.

Will the bars and merchandise tents accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept all major credit cards at every bar and festival merch tent, via Square.

Will there be parking on site at Sound on Sound?

Yes. There will be paid parking on site at the festival. Parking passes will be available for daily and  weekend rates. Weekend Parking Passes are on sale now, Single Day Parking Passes will be available closer to the festival dates.

If you’re camping with us, there’s no need to buy a parking pass. We worked the cost of the parking pass into the cost of the camping pass. You’ll be able to pull in and park right next to your campsite.

Is Friday a FULL day of Sound on Sound?

Friday will be a half-day, with doors opening a little later in the afternoon this year. Exact door times and schedule coming soon.

What’s up with the kick-off parties?

More info coming soon.

What’s up with kick off and after parties?

Info coming soon.

Have another question regarding Sound on Sound?

If you are having any other technical ticketing-related issues with your order, click here to contact Eventbrite. For general fest questions and comments, hmu at holler@soundonsoundfest.com.

Can I bring a water bottle or Thermos to the fest?

Yes, but it must be empty when you come through the gates. NO GLASS BOTTLES.

Will I be able to access free water?

Yes- there will be free water available at the festival. Please bring your empty refillable water container with you to use.

What happens if it rains?

Sound On Sound Fest is a rain or shine event; no refunds will be issued should inclement weather occur. Texas weather can be unpredictable. Please keep an eye on the weather and pack accordingly. As always, please be sure to listen to any updates from Sound On Sound staff regarding your safety.

What will the weather be like at the festival? How hot will it be during the day and how cold at night?

I’m not into camping, but I want to stay close to the festival. Any options?

*Check out this list of options: #accomodation 

Will there be shuttle services to Sound on Sound?

UPDATE WITH SHUTTLE INFO

Yes. We plan on having shuttles going back and forth from multiple cities across Texas; Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. More info coming soon.

What are you doing to ensure my safety at the festival?

We’re working in conjunction with state and county law enforcement as well as coordinating with multiple government agencies to work towards delivering the safest festival environment possible.

Can I pass out flyers or promotional item at the festival? What about outside?

No. Totally not righteous. Would you go to Mr. Gattis and promote Domino’s while hitting the buffet? No. Pushing your event inside ours, or anyone else’s event for that matter, has zero chill. Save a tree anyways right.

How do I become a food vendor? ...or a non food vendor?

You can contact our vendor manager here for an application: vendors@soundonsoundfest.com

Have another question regarding Sound on Sound?

If you are having any other technical ticketing-related issues with your order, visit the TICKETS, WRISTBANDS AND WILL CALL section of the FAQ below. For general fest questions and comments, hmu at holler@soundonsoundfest.com.

TICKETS, WRISTBANDS AND WILL CALL

CRUCIAL TICKETING INFORMATION

  • Once you purchase, you will receive an order confirmation email from Eventbrite on behalf of Sound on Sound Festival. IMPORTANT: If you do not see your order confirmation in your inbox, make sure to check your junk/spam folder. If you still do not see your order confirmation, click here to access the Eventbrite help center.
  • Primary festival admission tickets are not issued as PDF tickets for this event, all admission ticket-purchasers will receive a festival wristband by mail.
  • If you are having any other technical ticketing-related issues with your order, click here to contact Eventbrite. For general festival info, click here.
  • Wristband Shipment information and dates will be announced closer to the festival.
  • Need to view or update your shipping address? Click here for instructions.
  • All sales final. No refunds or exchanges.
  • Event is rain or shine.
  • Artists and schedule subject to change.
  • Where can I buy tickets?

    Ticket are available online HERE. Tickets and upgrades will also be available at the Festival Box Office.

    Will there be early bird Will Call locations this year?

    Yes. We will have multiple early bird Will Call locations this year. Locations and dates TBD.

    What if I want to upgrade from General Admission to VIP?

    If you would like to upgrade your ticket, we will be handling upgrades at the venue box office on festival days.  You will need to bring a valid photo ID that matches the order, plus bring your credential to swap out with the upgraded pass.  Be prepared to pay the difference. Single day VIP passes are not available.

    Will there be single day tickets available?

    1 Day Passes will be on sale July 13 at 10am CT.

    How do I get a refund?

    Tickets are nonrefundable

    So kids get into Sound on Sound for free?

    Children under 10 years of age (9 and under) will be allowed in free of charge. Children 10 years of age and over will need to purchase a ticket.

    When will tickets be shipped out?

    Exact shipping information is still TBD. Normally passes ship out in October, closer to the fest. Please check back later for specific shipping date.

    Do I have to register my wristband?

    You don’t have to register your wristband, but we strongly recommend that you do! Registering your wristband shows the organizer and Eventbrite that the wristband belongs to you, and lets you to request Will Call pick-up to replace it more easily if it’s lost or stolen during the festival.

    Can I change my wristband registration information and/or transfer it to someone else?

    Unfortunately not. Once registered, wristbands can’t be transferred and identifying information can’t be changed.

    You can gift the ticket and wristband to anyone before registering the wristband, but only the original buyer can manage the order to request a replacement.

    Where is my wristband? When will it ship?

    You can find estimated shipment and delivery dates along with other tracking information from the Tickets page in your Eventbrite account.

    If you purchased your wristband after the cutoff date for shipping, please proceed to Will Call with a copy of your original order confirmation email and a photo ID. We’ll get you set up.

    What should I do if my wristband is lost, stolen, or damaged?

    Head over to the Tickets page in your Eventbrite account to report your issue and request a replacement. Any reported wristband will be immediately deactivated.

    NOTE: Once reported, wristbands can’t be reactivated, and a $20 replacement fee may apply to replace the wristband.

    Do I need to re-register if I have to replace my wristband at the festival?

    Nope! All your existing registration information and settings automatically work with your new wristband.

    How can I update my shipping address?

    You can update your shipping address on the Tickets page until the cutoff date when shipping begins. If you aren’t available at the shipping address you provided and don’t have a different address, you can cancel the shipment and pick up your replacement wristband at the event in Will Call.

    If you can’t receive the package after it’s been shipped to the provided address, please proceed to Will Call with a copy of your original order confirmation email and a photo ID. We’ll get you set up.

    In all cases, shipping fees are non-refundable.

    NOTE: If your shipping address is wrong when shipping begins, you’ll need to pick up your wristband at Will Call. The original order confirmation email and a photo ID may be required for wristband pick-up.

    Can I register my wristband under someone else’s name?

    You can only register a wristband once, so make sure you have all of that person’s required information on hand. To register, you’ll need their:

    • Full name
    • Email address
    • Birthdate
    • Wristband ID number

    What should I do if I never received my wristband, or if I received the wrong wristband?

    If you haven’t received your wristband yet, take a look at your Tickets page for estimated shipping and delivery dates. If your wristband is marked as “delivered” but you never received it (or you received the wrong wristband), please proceed to Will Call with a copy of your original order confirmation email and a photo ID and we’ll help you out.

    Please note that shipping fees are non-refundable.

    TIP: Did you buy your ticket after the cutoff date for shipping? No problem—you can confirm Will Call pick-up on your Tickets page too.

    Can I pick up my wristband at Will Call?

    If you can’t get your wristband at the address provided, you can cancel the shipment on the Tickets page in your Eventbrite account, then pick up a replacement wristband at Will Call. All you need to bring with you is your original order confirmation email and a photo ID.

    Please note that shipping fees are non-refundable.

    TIP: Having trouble finding your order confirmation email from Eventbrite? Make sure to check the spam folder in your inbox, or search for an email from orders@eventbrite.com.

    Can someone else pick up my wristband at Will Call?

    Yes! If you purchased your ticket after the cutoff date for shipping, you’re sent a PDF ticket along with your order confirmation email. Someone else can pick up your wristband at Will Call with the PDF ticket and a copy of your photo ID.

    If you don’t have a PDF ticket, you can have someone else pick up your wristband through the following steps:

    1) Cancel your shipment (if it hasn’t shipped already) on your Tickets page, then

    2) Have the new attendee bring a copy of your photo ID and the order ID number (found in your order confirmation email) to Will Call.

    A $20 wristband replacement fee may apply.

    What if I want to upgrade from General Admission to VIP?

    If you would like to upgrade your ticket, we will be handling upgrades at the venue box office on festival days.  You will need to bring a valid photo ID that matches the order, plus bring your credential to swap out with the upgraded pass.  Be prepared to pay the difference. Single day VIP passes are not available.

    How does the payment plan work?

    Affirm offers clear, simple financing to split your Eventbrite order into 3 or 6 monthly payments. Once you select Monthly Payments with Affirm on the Eventbrite checkout page, you will need to confirm your loan on Affirm. You will then receive a confirmation email. Make sure you pay your Affirm bills on or before your due dates as this is your responsibility!

    How do I purchase a ticket using Affirm?

    You will need to select a ticket, click order now, then on the purchase page select Monthly Payment with Affirm from the payment method drop down.

    How does the payment plan work?

    Affirm offers clear, simple financing to split your Eventbrite order into 3 or 6 monthly payments. Once you select Monthly Payments with Affirm on the Eventbrite checkout page, you will need to confirm your loan on Affirm. You will then receive a confirmation email. Make sure you pay your Affirm bills on or before your due dates as this is your responsibility!

    What are acceptable forms of ID?

    A valid Government Issued ID is required to purchase / consume alcoholic beverages. A valid photo ID is required when picking up any and all passes from will call.

    • Drivers License
    • Govt Issued Photo ID
    • Passport

    I won tickets to Sound on Sound, how do I redeem the tickets?

    All tickets that were won as prizes or giveaways will be picked up at the will call box office on the day of fest. You will need to bring a valid ID with the winner’s name on it.

    What are the box office and will call hours during the festival?

    Box office hours will be announced closer to the event.

    How do I change / manage my order or change my shipping address?

    For more info on your passes:

    Log in to your Eventbrite account at http://www.eventbrite.com/gettickets

    Enter the email address you used to purchase your tickets.

    If you’ve forgotten your password or have not set one up yet, no problem! Just enter your email address where it says ‘Don’t know your password?’ and we’ll send you an email to help set your new password.

    Once logged into your account, click on the Sound On Sound option from your list of tickets.

    Click on the “MANAGE WRISTBAND” tab at the top of your order details to view tracking details.

    All tickets purchased after the shipment cut off date “Will Call only, and can be picked up prior to the fest at the designated will call stations, or on fest days at the will call booths

    WHAT CAN I BRING?

    Wondering what you can bring to the fest? Check out the two handy lists below.

    Keep in mind that the Campgrounds have a different set of rules than the Main Festival Grounds. For camping questions, visit the CAMPING PAGE.

    YES INDEEDY

    • All Ages Welcome
    • Ages 9 and Under are Free
    • Backpacks
    • Camelbaks (Must be empty upon arrival)
    • Hats
    • Lighters
    • Sunblock
    • Bug Spray
    • Cell Phones
    • Sunglasses
    • Cigarettes
    • Small Beach Towel
    • Strollers
    • Fanny Packs
    • Non-Pro Digital Cameras
    • Non-Pro Film Cameras
    • Disposable Cameras
    • Posi-vibes
    • Smiles
    • Centaur Legs
    • d20s
    • Runes

    BIG NO-NOs

    • NO REFUNDS OR EXCHANGES
    • NO INSTRUMENTS
    • NO DRUMS (DRUM CIRCLES)
    • NO WEAPONS, KNIVES, GUNS
    • NO CHAIN WALLETS
    • NO OUTSIDE FOOD/DRINKS IN FEST GROUNDS
    • NO FLAGS
    • NO TOTEMS
    • DEFINITELY NO NATIVE AMERICAN HEADDRESSES
    • NO CHAIRS IN FEST GROUNDS
    • NO VIDEO CAMERA
    • NO LIVE AUDIO RECORDING DEVICES
    • NO SELFIE STICKS
    • NO PETS
    • NO DRUGS / PARAPHERNALIA
    • NO DRONES
    • NO EXPLOSIVES / FIREWORKS
    • NO NEGATIVE VIBES
    • NO SCRUBS
    • NO BORING AND LAZY DM’S

    Still Have A Question?

    Have a question that’s not covered here? More detailed information will be available closer to the festival, but feel free to ask us anything : holler@soundonsoundfest.com