In addition to the artists on the main stage, there will be music-related workshops, a co-writing exercise, an opportunity for open stage performances - plus plenty of free time for making great music. Expect late-nights filled with singing, jamming, and pickin' in the campground. We believe the campground activities are the heart and soul of any music festival - with the main stage a warmup for what happens in the campground.
Casey Jones Music Fest is a community oriented, musical extravaganza. Even if you have never played for an audience or stood on a stage - this is a safe place to participate in writing songs or making music with friends. For those new to performing music, beginner workshops provide an introduction to songwriting and musical collaboration, encouraging you to unleash your creativity in a welcoming environment. Advanced classes are available for the seasoned songwriter to hone their craft and help them collaborate with others on developing new songs.
Getting There: Maps, Driving, Parking and Biking
Directions to Parrish Ranch (from Hwy 287 go south of Berthoud or north of Longmont, CO):
Exit Hwy 287 and drive west (towards mountains) on County Road 4 (3.5 to 4 miles). Left on Parrish Ranch Rd, At River - stay on this road and in about 3/4 mile you will see a bridge on left (stay in the canyon, turning right - do not cross bridge) - 1/4 mile later you will enter the ranch and see signs directing you to the festival grounds.
Parrish Ranch has large, grassy - sunny or shaded - areas available for tent camping, and 15 RV/camper sites with hookups (water and 30-amp electric; no sewer or dump station). Sites are not assigned and are first come, first serve. There is plenty of room for tent camping and pop-ups in the Cottonwood shaded grove next to the main stage. Parking is very close to the tent camping area. Showers with hot water and running-water restrooms are available for all attendees.
There are also a limited number of rustic "tepees". These are framed cabins with windows that include a bed (with sheets/blankets), a heater, window-fan, electric lights, outlets - but they do not have bathrooms. These are available for rent and include weekend camping tickets for 2 attendees - check the Eventbrite ticketing site for prices and availability.
Sorry, NO DOGS or wood-based FIRES allowed (camp stoves and propane campfires are OK).
For non-campers, the closest hotels are in Longmont, CO.
FAQs and Guidelines
When should I arrive?
Early Bird Weekend Camping Ticket Holders: You can check in at the front gate and set up camp Thursday 5PM - 9 PM, Friday 10:00 AM – 9PM, Saturday 9AM – 9PM, and Sunday 9AM-9PM.
Regular Weekend Camping Ticket Holders: You can check in at the front gate and set up camp Friday 3PM – 9PM, Saturday 9AM – 9PM, and Sunday 9AM-9PM.
All campers must be out by noon Monday.
Weekend and Day Passes:
Weekend and Single-day Ticket Holders: You can check in at the front gate Friday 3PM – 9PM, Saturday 9AM – 9PM, and Sunday 9AM-9PM.
Where can I park?
You can park your car onsite for no charge. Volunteers at the front gate will direct you to the parking area. Handicapped parking is available on-site for those with the appropriate authorized handicap parking sticker.
What should I bring?
Chairs, tarps, raingear, extra layers for chilly evenings, water bottle, snacks – anything to make your festival experience comfortable in any weather conditions. The show goes on rain or shine! The Little Thompson River runs through the venue, so bring a swimsuit to wade in and enjoy the cool water during the day. Remember to keep yourselves and your families hydrated and covered in sunblock throughout the day.
Can I bring glass to the festival?
Campers may have glass at their campsites, but no glass is allowed in the festival meadow by the main stage.
Can I bring my kids?
Casey Jones is a kid friendly festival. Children 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please watch your children carefully as this is a working ranch and a river runs through the property.
Can I bring my pet?
We love pets – but the festival environment is not suited for pets – please leave pets at home - including dogs, cats, birds, or any other animals. Only humans are allowed in the festival grounds, campgrounds, parking lots and cars.
Can I bring my bike?
Bikes are allowed on gravel roads throughout the ranch property. Do not ride off the gravel roads and be respectful of ranch vehicles. There is NO access to Rabbit Mountain open space from Parrish Ranch. Ride slowly on roads near the festival meadow.
What is the festival seating like?
Seating is all general admission lawn seating so bring a tarp or chair. Please use only low-back lawn chairs in designated areas so folks behind you can see. Dancing is welcome in the designated dance areas. Please be respectful of others and do not stand in the festival seating areas. One tarp can be used to reserve space on the grass. Small tents and lawn chairs are welcome in the rear of the festival grounds. You may leave your seats and gear set up overnight so you’ll be ready for the next day of music.
Will food, drinks, and ice be available onsite?
Food trucks will be onsite for lunch and dinner Fri, Sat, Sun. No breakfast items will be available. Several grills (charcoal) are on site for camper or day use.
Friday - Big Chix Wings https://m.facebook.com/Bigchixwings/
Saturday - Arepa’s Caribbean https://roaminghunger.com/arepas-caribbean/
Sunday - Rat’s Woodshack BBQ https://m.facebook.com/RatsWoodShackBbqLlc/
For early bird weekend camping ticket holders, just us for a community potluck on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM. Bring a main dish for yourself and a side or dessert to share with friends.
Drinking water will be available at the festival. There will be no alcohol sales on site. Soft drinks, mixers, and alcohol can be ordered for on-site delivery twice each day. Details on delivery service will be available at the front gate.
Ice will also be delivered on-site twice each day (via pre-order). Details on delivery service will be available at the front gate.
Are there phones available? Will my cell phone work?
We do not have any public phone on site at the Ranch. Cell phone coverage at the ranch can be problematic. Generally, the Verizon network best, and AT&T is among the weakest. (FYI - this author has never been able to use their cell phone on site – and that is a GOOD thing…!)
What if I lose something at the festival?
Lost and found items can be reported and claimed at the Front Gate.
How can I help keep the Ranch grounds clean?
Please use the recycling bins and proper trash receptacles to clean up after yourselves. If you’re camping on site, please don’t bathe or wash your dishes in the river.
Can you describe the bathroom/restroom facilities on the festival grounds?
Festival venue has port-o-potties and free drinking water – bring a water bottle. Showers and flush toilets are available on-site for campers.
Is smoking allowed at the festival?
Smoking is allowed only in designated smoking area.
Can I have a fire in the camping area?
Wood fires are not permitted anywhere on the festival grounds. Propane camp stoves, propane grills and propane fires are permitted.
When are quiet hours?
Jamming in camp with acoustic instruments is encouraged at the Casey Jones Music Fest. Please be courteous to your fellow campers and respect quiet hours from 2AM – 8AM. You can move away from the main camping area late night and play quietly by the river if you want to jam past 2 AM. Generator hours are 1 PM to 8 PM.
What are the amenities for RV ticketholders?
There are a limited number of plug ins available near the back of the festival grounds for ticket holders. Volunteers will help park your camper in designated spot. Sharing power plug-ins is encouraged so that everyone has sufficient power when needed. No wastewater dump stations available on site.
Can I park my car next to my tent or teepee?
No, but “andticket holders can pull their cars up to their desired camping spot or designated teepee, unload their gear and then park their car in designated areas, within 100 yards of camp sites and teepees.