2023 information is not yet available. For reference check out the information from 2022 below.
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.
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.
We offer an Accessible pick-up and drop-off location at the corner of Navy Way and Everglades Ave (follow directions towards Riverfront Park, 1061 Everglades Ave North, Charleston, SC 29405). The accessible pick-up and drop-off location and accessible route to the main festival entrance will be marked with the international symbol of access (ISA). Vehicles must have a valid state-issued placard / license plate in order to access the designated Accessible pick-up/drop-off point.
Accessible Festival Entrance
There are specially designated lanes at the Festival entrances for patrons with disabilities. Look for signs with the international symbol of access above the entrance lanes or ask a staff member to direct you to the lanes.
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 an 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 an accessibility wristband at the Access Center. This wristband is to show Festival staff that the patron plus one companion is eligible to enter the accessible viewing areas or the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 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. Accessible Viewing Areas are marked with the Universal Sign of Accessibility on the Festival Map. To see the designated accessible viewing locations please visit the Access Center for a map of the Festival grounds, visit the map on the official Festival website.
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. Please email email@example.com no later than 2 weeks prior to the festival dates to request a specific performance be interpreted. We ask that you make a request as soon as possible to allow adequate time to prepare. We will make every effort to accommodate, but cannot guarantee, requests not timely submitted. A schedule of interpreted performances is available here.
Special Dietary Needs and Prescription Medicine
Outside food and drink is 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, service animals, 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 the entrance.
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