Ottawa Bluesfest 2016
We love our volunteers and couldn’t run the festival without them! Visit the new volunteer website at volunteers.ottawabluesfest.ca for all your volunteering-related questions and needs. Online volunteer registration will open May 11th at 7PM. For returning volunteers in good standing, Early Bird Registration runs from May 4th at 7PM to May 8th at midnight.
It’s awesome. We have multicultural foods (ranging from snacks to full meals), several beverage options, VIP upgrade areas, merch and posters for sale, autograph signings, raffles, silent auctions, multiple promotions and contests, greening initiatives, AND the Canadian War Museum is in the middle of our site.
We try as hard as we can to have the gates open at 5PM on weeknights and 12:30PM on weekends. If there is a delay beyond our control, we will spread the word as quickly as we can.
We all get wet. For the most part, the show goes on rain or shine. We will inform patrons of significant weather-related delays through onsite, media and social media announcements.
We’ve done everything we can to make sure the venue is wheelchair-accessible. However, due to the ground’s natural terrain and size, it can be difficult to manoeuvre a wheelchair. The festival does not provide personal care or golf cart rides, but RBC Bluesfest’s volunteer A-Team does offer push service and light support. A-Team volunteers will be roaming the site to offer support, and stationed in the A-Team Tent (near the Info Booth) to offer guidance and light support as needed. As well, support persons can access the festival site without additional cost above the admission price for the patron with a disability (one support person per person with a disability). There is an elevated platform in the main bowl designated for patrons using wheelchairs with view of the Main Stage, in addition to priority access at The Grand Club VIP areas at each stage.
Collapsible lawn chairs are permitted throughout the site and we encourage those who may have difficulty standing for long periods to bring them.
Aren’t you smart to plan ahead! See below:
What to bring:
Don’t bring these:
Items on the list below WILL be confiscated.
NOTE: ALL BAGS WILL BE SEARCHED.
The Festival lost and found has now been closed. Items of significant value have been given to Ottawa Police Services. Miscellaneous items have been donated to St. Vincent de Paul.
RBC Bluesfest is a non-smoking event. Patrons are asked to refrain from smoking at the festival for the duration of the event. Smoking policies off the grounds fall under the respective jurisdictions of the City of Ottawa or the National Capital Commission.