Free Public Accessible Parking will be available near the Festival grounds on a first come, first served basis near the corner of Navy Way and Everglades Ave (follow directions towards Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave North, Charleston, SC 29405). More information on available parking can be found here. Vehicles must have a valid state-issued placard / license plate in order to park in accessible parking spaces.
All North Charleston fixed route bus lines and transit options are accessible. Visit www.ridecarta.com/services/accessibility to find out more about accessible services from CARTA.
Accessible Festival Entrance
High Water takes place at Riverfront Park in North Charleston located at 1061 Everglades Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405. Upon arrival to the park, follow signage to find the main entrance. There is only one entrance to the festival.
ADA Accessibility Center (“Access Center”)
The Access Center is located inside the main Festival entrance gate. Please look for the Accessibility Center signage.
Our Access Center services include, but are not limited to:
- Answers to questions specific to the Accessibility Program
- Information relevant to our patrons with disabilities
- Requests for accessibility Wristbands
- Power outlets for recharging powered mobility devices
- Programming information in large print and braille for reference
Wristbands and Accessible Viewing Areas
All tickets to the Festival are general admission, purchasing a separate accessible ticket is not necessary.
Upon arrival, please visit the Access Center for information on the accessibility wristband program. Patrons with mobility impairments or Deaf/Hard of Hearing patrons can request a proper credentials wristband to allow access to areas that serve their needs. This wristband is to show festival staff that the patron plus one companion is eligible to enter the accessible viewing areas, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing area, or other ADA service areas. The accessibility wristband is non-transferable.
Note: The wristband does not guarantee a spot in these areas. Please note that both viewing areas have a limited capacity and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot save or reserve seats or areas on the platform. Once it’s determined that an accessible viewing area is filled to capacity (including adequate aisle space for entering and exiting the area), the area will not be available for additional entry.
Signage will be placed at the Festival identifying all viewing areas for patrons with mobility limitations and patrons who are Deaf / Hard of Hearing. Please visit the Access Center for a map of the festival grounds or the map in the Help Center to see the designated accessible viewing locations. Each ADA patron is allowed 1 companion to join them in the approved area.
Patrons with Mobility Limitations
The Festival is wheelchair accessible but is a large venue with great distances between activities and attractions. It is outdoors and across city streets and pathways. Some travel is over natural terrain and terrain designed for motor vehicles. If it should rain, there could be mud.
The Festival does not provide personal care, golf cart rides, or push service of any kind or wheelchairs for rent or loan. Wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and three or four-wheeled scooters are allowed only for use by patrons with mobility disabilities. For safety reasons, requests to use other power-driven mobility devices will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Powered wheelchairs may also be charged at the Access Center. Patrons should bring all cords and accessories needed to charge their devices. Chargers must use a 110-volt, 20-amp circuit.
Accessible portable toilets are available at the ends of each bank of portable toilets throughout the Festival venue.
American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreted Performances
The Festival provides many American Sign Language (ASL) interpreted music performances for patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. Our cut off date for requesting an interpreted performance has now passed.
A schedule of interpreted performances is posted here.
You are still welcome to submit a request to have a specific performance be interpreted. We will make every effort to accommodate, but cannot guarantee, requests not timely submitted. Please email email@example.com.
Special Dietary Needs and Prescription Medicine
Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside the Festival, but if a patron has special medical dietary restrictions, items will be allowed.
Patrons are allowed to bring their medically necessary materials and medications into the Festival, provided that all medicine has a prescription label with the patron’s name. Our personnel at the entry gates will verify the contents of any medically necessary materials. Out of concern for the festival staff who handle the trash, please dispose of your medical waste and syringes in the proper disposal, which is located at the medical tent. Please see the official Festival map for the location of the medical tent. Please do not dispose of these items in other trash bins at the Festival.
Pets are not allowed within the Festival grounds. However, miniature horses and dogs, which have been trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability, are welcome. If accompanied by a service animal, you will be provided a Patron Notice of Responsibility for a Service Animal or you can request the form in advance from firstname.lastname@example.org Please enter through the accessible lane at either entrance.
A Family Services tent will be available to those who may need to change a baby’s diaper, sit and nurse, or use for medical reasons. Please head over to the Access Center. They will direct you to our Family Services tent locate near guest services
Have Questions About Our ADA Access & Accommodations?
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