Q: Where is Lions Park?

A: Located off I-94 – Exit 1 in New Buffalo, Michigan towards town and Lake Michigan.  Harbor Country Drive turn into Whittaker and takes you directly past the event.  Out lot parking and shuttles available.  

Google Map: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ptq2CU5QglcoZnOueRxCCblgvl8Hqqy_&usp=sharing


Q: What are the hours of the festival?

A: Friday, August 9: 5pm-11pm; Saturday, August 10: 1pm-11pm; 

Sunday, August 11: 1pm-7pm

Q: How much are the festival tickets?

A: VIP Admission is $30 and includes 10 drink tickets, 21+ only, dedicated restroom. General Admission $8 online and $10 at the gate the day of the festival. 3-Day passes are available for $20 to residents and guests of New Buffalo and surrounding towns.

Q: Do you accept credit cards the day of the festival for admission?

A: No, event is cash only. There is an ATM at New Buffalo Savings Bank at Whittaker & Merchant Streets.

Q: Is there a Designated Driver rate?

A: No. Drink tickets are not included in the general admission so pricing is the same for designated drivers.

Q: What is admission for children?

A: Ages 13 to 20 pay the $10 admission. Children 12 and under are free.  They must be accompanied by a parent.


Q: Are pets allowed?

A: Only Service dogs are allowed.  Emotional support animals will only be allowed if the owner supplies proof and certification. Service dogs are to be on a leash no more than 6ft long and must be accompanied and on best behavior.  Any negative interaction with guests will result in asking to leave the festival.  This is for the safety and enjoyment of all who are enjoying the festival.


Q: Will there be food?

A: Yes, there will be a selection of food trucks/caterers including BBQ, Mexican and Greek. The food vendor will set their own prices and collect payment at their truck/booth.

Q: How much are drink tickets?

A: There will be one area where your will be able to purchase drink tickets. They are $1 each.

Q: How much are the alcoholic beverages?

A: Pricing is between $5-$7 for beer, wine and premix cocktails.

Q: Will the festival go on, rain or shine?

A: The festival will go on, rain or shine.  No refunds.


Q: What is In/Out Privileges?

A: You will receive a stamp when you arrive and pay admission.  Wristbands are for 21+ only. If you decide to leave, but want to come back in later, you will be asked to show your stamp.

Q: Can I bring my own cooler?

A: No, individual coolers are not allowed.  Please leave them at home or in your car. Food & Beverages are available for purchase at the event.

Q: Can I bring a chair?

A: Yes, you may bring your own beach or camp chair.  

Q: Will backpacks will be allowed?

A: Backpacks and bags will be searched in our efforts to keep all of our guests safe.

Q: Will there be shuttle services?

A: Yes, will have shuttles moving guests from remote parking lots at Oselka Park to the corner of Merchant & Whittaker Streets. Then guests can enjoy the short walk through town to Lions Park. Be sure to stop at the ATM at New Buffalo Savings Bank.

Q: When are the Watermelon & Ice Cream eating contests?

A: Sunday afternoon - 2 Rounds - Watermelon: 1:45pm & 4pm; Ice Cream: 2:30pm & 4:15pm

Q: When is the Lighted Boat Parade?

A: At approximately 9:45pm on Saturday. Viewing will be along the channel in the New Buffalo Harbor. 

Q: Is smoking allowed?

A: This is a non-smoking event. We ask that guests step outside the festival fencing to smoke.

Q: What’s not allowed inside festival?

A: No controlled substances, cigarettes, cigars, vapes, fireworks, weapons, coolers, outside food/drinks, pets, barefeet or hammocks.