Historic Rural Hill Presents North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

Camping Information for the North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival

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Camping Rules, Details and Guidelines:
All campers are welcome on a first come and space available basis. ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

The campground will open at 3:00pm Friday May 11th and Saturday only campers may set up beginning at 8:30am Saturday Morning.

All campers must be out of the campground by noon on Sunday the 14th of May. Friday night only camping is not available: you must commit to camping through the weekend until Sunday morning.

All Friday campers are welcome to attend the free and exclusive Friday night campground jam. Live music will take place on the campground stage and there is no fee to attend. This show is ONLY open to weekend campers and no individual tickets will be sold to this show. A food truck and craft beer sales tent will be on site to provide food and drinks.

Inappropriate behavior on the part of any one in attendance will not be tolerated. Any incidents requiring investigation by Historic Rural Hill / NCBMF staff and / or local law enforcement could result in expulsion from the camping area and Historic Rural Hill without refund of fees. The use of illegal substances or the consumption of hard liquor is not allowed and will be dealt with accordingly.

All camp sites are given on a first-come-first-serve basis and may be selected by the campground manager based on your needs and vehicle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where’s my car going to go?
Vehicles are only allowed to drop off camping gear and must be quickly moved to the campground’s parking area nearby. There will be no vehicles allowed inside the campground due to safety and space concerns.

Can I have a campfire?
Campfires are allowed in designated fire rings only. You must use a camp stove for cooking.

What about all this trash I made?
 There is a dumpster located near the entrance. Please use it. The alternative is to pack your trash out with you. Please practice Leave No Trace principles.

What about water?
There are FIRST COME FIRST SERVE water hookups for RV’s in the campground, and spigots located nearby for tent campers.

Aw Man, I forgot to bring ice for my canned NC brewed beverages!
Ice will be available on the festival grounds at $3.00 per 8-pound bag. You will be responsible for its transport from the festival grounds to the campground. To purchase ice, ask for Eric Ferguson, campground manager.

I need to sleep.
We all do, and we know this is a beer and music festival, but please, no instrument playing, loud radios, or televisions after 1 a.m. on Friday or Saturday night.

Can I bring my pet iguana to the festival?
Pets are NOT allowed at Historic Rural Hill during the NCBMF, this includes the campground. 

How far of a walk is it to the festival?
The campground is easy walking distance from the main festival grounds and complimentary shuttles are provided to help transport campers back and forth from the festival area throughout the day.
Restrooms are available in the campground.

My feet need a tan – should I walk around in this field barefoot?
To avoid potential pain and discomfort due to poison ivy exposure, the staff of Historic Rural Hill STRONGLY recommend that close-toed shoes be worn at all times in the campground and that campers stay out of wooded areas.

Where’s the smoking section?
There’s not one. The land on which the NCBMF is presented is the property of Mecklenburg County yet managed by Historic Rural Hill. For that reason, individuals and groups on the premises must follow requirements set by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. As of 2015, Pursuant to Mecklenburg County Ordinance, Rural Hill is now a tobacco-free zone site wide, including the campground. This includes both smoking, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other such devices.

Can I bring in my own food and beverages?
Yes, you are welcome to bring food and beverages into the campground, but not the festival grounds. Packing a cooler? Please make sure you’re packing independently owned North Carolina Beer in a can. Why would you want to drink a cheaply produced watered down product from a giant corporation at one of the best celebrations of North Carolina craft brewing in the state? We don't know either.
Notice how in the above paragraph we didn't mention glass bottles? It's because they're not allowed. Neither is hard alcohol.

If you have any questions about any of these guidelines, please ask for campground manager Eric Ferguson.