Where do I stay in Ybor/Tampa for BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 5 or Gainesville for FEST 16?
Is FEST 16/PRE-FEST 5 all ages?
*Please contact the venues to see what their policy is on letting minors into venues when accompanied by parent or legal guardian.*
PRE-FEST 5 (YBOR)
THE ORPHEUM: ALL AGES
CROWBAR: ALL AGES
TEQUILAS: ALL AGES
THE DIRTY SHAME: 21+
THE BRICKS: ALL AGESFEST 16 (GAINESVILLE)
BO DIDDLEY PLAZA: ALL AGES
BOCA FIESTA: ALL AGES
CMC: ALL AGES
BIG LOU’S PIZZA: ALL AGES
8 SECONDS: 18+
HIGH DIVE: 18+
THE WOOLY: 18+
THE ATLANTIC: 18+
MOTHER’S PUB: 18+
DURTY NELLYS: 21+
WHISKEY HOUSE: 21+
TALL PAULS: 21+
What should I bring?
What are the venues? And how far are the venues?
GAINESVILLE: All of the venues are in walking distance. Bo Diddley Plaza, The Atlantic, The Wooly, Cowboys, CMC, Rockey’s Piano Bar, Boca Fiesta/Palomino, and Loosey’s are all in a four block radius. These are all walking blocks. Gainesville has a very small downtown.YBOR (TAMPA): YBOR is a thriving historic district and has many clubs/venues all in walking distance right off of one strip (E 7th Ave). The venues are all within a 6 walking block stretch. Super easy to find and plenty of bars, eats and shops in between.
What’s the deal with the charter bus to get me to Gainesville from Tampa?
How do I get there? Rental cars? Flights? Greyhound?
GAINESVILLE: The Gainesville Regional Airport is a quick cab ride to downtown. They mainly use Atlanta as a hub. Check there, but Jacksonville, Tampa, or Orlando is usually cheaper. Also, check out: www.megabus.com. It runs from Atlanta and Orlando to Gainesville now! Super cheap, clean and they have Wi-Fi. Gainesville also has a Greyhound station that is in walking distance from downtown or a short cab ride. There is also an Enterprise Rental Car office near the Holiday Inn University Center on University Ave.YBOR (TAMPA): The Tampa International Airport has several ground transportation options for you that can be found here. TAMPA also has a Greyhound station that is a half mile from Ybor. There is a rad street car that boards right near both Ybor hotels that will take you to downtown if you want to see more of Tampa in the daytime. Fairs are $2.50 or you can purchase an all day pass for $5. You can find more info here about fairs, stops and running times.
Can I buy a FEST 16 PASS or BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 5 PASS for just one day?
Can I buy tickets for an individual show in advance?
Are you full? Can my band play?
What are the drinking laws?
GAINESVILLE: 21 and up can drink at the venues. Package liquor can be purchased between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., and beer, wine and drinks at a bar can be purchased between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m.YBOR/TAMPA: 21 and up can drink at the venues. Venues drinking hours varies by location, but all are allowed to be open until 3 a.m. and serve if they choose. The Seminole Hard Rock Casino is open even later since it’s on Native American owned land and not subject to the county’s drinking laws. Their nightclub is open until 6 a.m. and grabbing a drink is possible 24/7 on the hotel’s premises. Package liquor can be purchased in stores. They tend to stay open until 11 or 12, but are allowed to stay open until 3 a.m., just like the bars in Tampa/Ybor.
Where do I eat? Drink? Buy my favorite…?
How do I become a FEST/PRE-FEST sponsor or take out an ad in FEST 16 Guidebook?
How can I help promote FEST 16/ PRE-FEST 5?
We can always use help in promotion, and here are two great ways that you can help us spread the word about FEST 16 and especially BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 5.1) You can email email@example.com with your full contact info and mailing address. We will send you FEST promotional posters and postcards to help spread the word once they are printed. Usually in the summer. Please let us know how many of each you would like as well as where you plan to put them up at.
Can I be an official FEST/ PRE-FEST Photographer/Videographer?
How can I volunteer for FEST 16/ PRE-FEST 5 in YBOR to get a free pass?
Can I table or distro at the FEST 16/ PRE-FEST 5?
Will there be an official FEST HOTEL this year?
How do I get a refund?
When you purchased your FEST 16/ BIG PRE-FEST IN LITTLE YBOR 5 passes, it stated that there are NO REFUNDS on passes. You may, however, change the name on your pass. There is a $20 charge to change the name. You need to email SARA (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange the name change and payment for the $20 fee.KEEP IN MIND, IF YOU WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO DO THIS YOU WILL BE ONE OF THE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE WAITED UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO READ THE AUTO RESPONDER INFO YOU WILL GET KICKED BACK BEFORE FREAKING OUT OR EMAILING AGAIN. IT WILL GET CHANGED AS LONG AS YOU EMAIL IN YOUR REQUEST BEFORE 10/20/17 AT NOON EST! ANY NAME CHANGE REQUEST MADE AFTER THAT YOU ARE RISKING THE CHANCE IT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED IN TIME FOR REGISTRATION. WE DO UNDERSTAND THAT CERTAIN SITUATIONS COULD COME UP LAST MINUTE THAT COULD HINDER YOU FROM COMING. IF YOU HAVE THIS SITUATION PLEASE EMAIL AND WE HOPEFULLY WILL BE ABLE TO PROCESS YOUR REQUEST IN TIME.
If you miss registration check in, you will not be able to pick up your info or wristbands at the venues. NO EXCEPTIONS OR REFUNDS!!! If you purchased merch and now find that you can’t attend, please email us. We can mail you your merch, but it will be 3 weeks after FEST 16. You will also be responsible for paying for shipping.
*A $20 flat charge will be applied for any changes on rooms once the room is booked.*
Hotel Room Cancellations
Before September 1st, 2017: Full Refund minus $20 change fee
September 1st – October 6th, 2017 : 50% Refund minus $20 change fee
October 7th – October 23rd, 2017: NO REFUNDS AVAILABLE BUT YOU CAN CHANGE THE NAME ON YOUR RESERVATION FOR A $20 FEE.
Please email SARA (email@example.com) for changes to your room or cancellations.
How many people can stay in one room?
HOLIDAY INN UNIVERSITY: Each room booking will receive up to (4) Holiday Inn wristbands at check-in. These will allow you to enter the Hotel after FEST hours. This saves time so you do not have to check back in at the front desk each time. It also keeps unwanted people raging at your hotel.ALL OTHER HOTELS: (4) GUESTS for a DOUBLE, (2) GUESTS for a KING/SINGLE BED ROOM.
When I book a HOTEL ROOM through this site, is my card charged then or when I check in?
Are the bands playing Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor 5 all playing The Fest 16 in Gainesville as well?
What is the age cutoff to purchase a ticket for children?
WHAT IS ALLOWED/ NOT ALLOWED IN BO DIDDLEY PLAZA (MAIN OUTSIDE STAGE) FOR FEST 16!
- Animals (except service animals to aid guests with disabilities)
- Outside Alcohol
- Illegal or Un-prescribed Drugs
- Weapons of Any Kind (e.g. guns, knives, sticks fireworks, mace and/or pepper spray)
- Professional Cameras (i.e. cameras with a detachable lens)
- Skateboards, Skates or Rollerblades
- Electronic Equipment… including laptop computers, iPads, audio recorders and tripods
- Musical Instruments (WE HAVE BANDS PLAYING. LEAVE YOUR JAMS AT HOME)
- Gifts for the Band
- Coolers of Any Kind (including small soft pack coolers)
- Personal Property that is a potential hazard to others (e.g. chains, wallet chains or spiked jewelry)
- Outside Food
- Open Water Bottles
- Backpacks, Messenger Bags, Tote Bags, Fanny Packs, Purses (ALL BAGS WILL BE SEARCHED BEFORE ALLOWED ENTRANCE)
- Cameras (any non-professional level digital cameras)
- Bug Spray