Wintergrass 2022 Festival FAQ
What is Wintergrass?
Wintergrass is a four-day, family-friendly bluegrass and acoustic music festival, with concerts and dances at four different stages. There are also music education programs for kids and adults, workshops, impromptu jams, and a chance to see and hear some great music.
Where is Wintergrass Located?
Wintergrass takes place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel located at 900 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue, WA. The Hyatt has plenty of jamming space and room for four stages all under one roof. Rooms at the Hyatt generally sell out months in advance.
What is your COVID policy?
ALL attendees (artists, volunteers, ticket buyers, exhibitors, sponsors and staff) must be fully vaccinated and prepared to offer proof of vaccination. We are limiting capacity to 50% for 2022 unless a higher capacity is allowed. We will follow the strictest CDC guidelines in place at the time of the festival. At this point, we are asking all attendees to wear a mask.
When you arrive go to festival registration. Have your ID and vaccine proof ready. Volunteers will check both, and issue a red wristband indicating proof of vaccination. You’ll then be issued whatever sort of ticket you purchased.
What about kids?
We love kids and their families and we cannot imagine a Wintergrass without them. The policy regarding kids is subject to change. As of this writing, in King County children ages 12 and up are required to show proof of vaccination for indoor events. Children ages 5-11 are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated if eligible. Your kiddo is probably going to want to wear one of those red wristbands along with you.
When do I get my ticket?
Eventbrite is the Wintergrass ticket vendor. You will receive a receipt from Eventbrite immediately after you purchase your ticket. Your receipt can either be printed or downloaded to your phone. We’ll scan you in at festival registration. If you lose or forget your receipt we can easily look you up. In fact, really do not worry about either a download or a printed ticket. Looking you up takes seconds.
2022 NOTE: Only single-day tickets will be sold for the 2022 festival. This is to make contact tracing possible should that be necessary. Get those vaccines folks!
Click here to view Eventbrite tickets.
Where are the events located in the Hyatt Regency?
Click here to see a floor plan of the Hyatt Regency’s function spaces.
Where do I park and how much does it cost?
Hyatt self-parking is free on weekends or if you leave after 8PM on a weekday. If you stay at the hotel you will be charged for parking. The best info on parking in Bellevue is at the Parkopedia Web Site. This link will show you parking lot locations and fees close to the Hyatt.
How long is Wintergrass?
Wintergrass is a four day event. People begin gathering for the weekend as early as Wednesday night and stay through Monday.
What times are the shows?
Festival registration opens at 8:30am on Thursday for the Youth Education program and Intensive students ONLY. All others may start checking in after 10am. Shows begin at 4:30pm on Thursday. Workshops begin at 9:30am on Friday. Shows begin on Friday on the Grand and Regency stages around 1:45pm and on the remaining stages after 6pm. Workshops start at 9:30am on Saturday, with shows on most stages starting up as early as 1pm. Shows start at 10:30am on Sunday and end by 5pm.
What type of music is played at the Festival?
While Wintergrass is primarily a bluegrass music festival, you’ll hear plenty of other styles of acoustic music including Gypsy jazz, Celtic music, 0ld-time, Swedish polskas and many more types of acoustic string music. Jam sessions reflect the diversity of styles with young and old alike participating in every nook and cranny. Don’t be shy! Don’t leave home without your instrument. The festival maintains a convenient Instrument Check room so that you can safely stash your instrument while you enjoy shows.
What are workshops / intensives (and do I have to pay extra)?
Festival workshops are those happening on Friday and Saturday and are included in the price of admission. They cover a variety of topics and are designed for all levels of ability. Workshops are generally an hour in length. In 2022 capacity for all workshop rooms will be limited.
Intensives are in-depth workshops with limited capacity and are held on Thursday. In 2022 a wide array of half day Intensives are available. Instructors include: Darol Anger, Grant Gordy, Joe K Walsh, Bruce Molsky, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Jake Blount, Mike Block, Eli West, Patrick Sauber and Ed Snodderly. The cost for each three hour session is $65. Intensives are not included in the price of a festival ticket.
Can I buy a ticket to see a specific artist?
No. Your ticket allows you to move freely between all four stages.
Do you have Reserved seating?
In the past we have had two kinds of reserved seating; a Reserved seat which is a specific seat, and a Legends seat, which is any seat in a specified area. For 2022, we will not be offering any type of reserved seating in order to maximize 50% capacity restrictions.
What is your refund policy?
Wintergrass does not issue refunds. The only exception is for medical or family emergencies. Issuing refunds for any other reason would seriously damage the financial integrity of the festival, limit the number of performers for each year, and negatively impact our youth educational offerings.
No refund requests of any kind will be processed, responded to or otherwise acknowledged from the third week in February through the second week in March. We simply do not have the bandwidth during this time period to work on refunds. Please respect this.
If I don't use my ticket for this year, can I "roll it over" to use at next year's festival?
I've never been to Bellevue before. Where can I get information on the city?
Are there any good restaurants in the area?
There are a lot of restaurants within easy walking distance of Wintergrass. Really, a lot. Many of them serve food well past midnight. Almost all also do take-out or delivery. There are also several great grocery stores all within blocks of the hotel. Bellevue is a very busy place. We suggest making dinner reservations before you even arrive in town. As festival time approaches check back to this page for more detailed information about parking, transportation, special deals for festival-goers and more.
PO BOX 2024, MILTON, WA 98354
Wintergrass is a production of Acoustic Sound, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. EIN: 91-2103544
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