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Find all the Summer Meltdown Information you need to know here for camping and a good time. Please read this page carefully if it’s your first time joining us!

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Getting Here

Click here for information on festival shuttles!

Summer Meltdown is held at the Darrington Bluegrass Park, 1 1/2 hours Northeast of Seattle, or Southeast of Bellingham, WA. For more information on our home, visit our venue page.

Directions to Summer Meltdown:

From I-5:

  • Take Exit 208 (Arlington)
  • Head east on WA-530 for 3.7 miles.
  • Take a left on WA-9
  • Then an immediate right on W. Burke Ave.
  • Continue straight on WA-530 for approximately 25 miles.
  • Arrive at: 42501 WA-530, Darrington, WA 98241.

Hours

Plan your arrival at Meltdown! Gates open to all comers at 2pm on Thursday, and your camp site must be clean, and empty by 12 noon on Monday.

If you’re the lucky holder of a Early Bird Holiday Pass, you can arrive as early as 10am on Thursday. Click here to see an example of an Early Bird Holiday Pass. The only other way to get early arrival on Thursday is by taking the early arrival shuttle from Seattle.

Gate Hours:

  • Thursday: 2pm-10pm
  • Friday: 10am-10pm
  • Saturday: 10am-10pm
  • Sunday: 10am-8pm

Please note: you can leave at any time, only arrivals are limited to gate hours.

What to Expect

Parking is $25 + fees per vehicle and valid for the entire weekend. All vehicles are subject to search upon entering the site. Vehicles parked in the general parking lot are allowed in-and-out privileges during gate hours. Please carpool! If you’re coming from Seattle, be savvy and take the shuttle!

Weather in Darrington, WA during mid-August can be unpredictable. Daytime temperatures range from 60 to 100 degrees and nighttime temperatures can drop drastically. Prepare to have fun, rain or shine!

Portable toilets and hand-washing stations are located throughout the campgrounds and venue. There is no electricity in the campgrounds. Showers will be available, please do not use soaps or shampoos in the river.

Guests are welcome to use the cell phone charging station provided onsite.
Ice and potable water are available for purchase inside the venue, and roving ice sales are offered throughout all campground areas.
Unauthorized vending of any kind is not allowed. Sharing yes, selling, no. You know the difference! Click here for Summer Meltdown vending information.

An Emergency Medical Service team is available at all times. The EMS tent will be located next to the Security tent, please check the map for the exact location.

Alcohol Policy

  • Alcohol is permitted in the campground for attendees 21+. Valid ID is required to bring in, purchase, or consume alcohol and must be available upon request.
  • What you can bring: 1 case of beer (24 cans) per person, AND 1.75 liters of liquor (in a plastic bottle) per person, AND 1 box of wine per person per car. NO GLASS. Anything in excess of the permitted amount will be confiscated by security. Please be responsible, we don’t want to take your stuff!
  • Alcohol for purchase: Alcohol may be purchased at the designated Beer Garden by persons 21+ with proof of valid ID.
  • No open containers are permitted in the general public areas – personal campground and garden stage beer garden only!
  • No Kegs

Clean & Sober Camping

Camp Traction offers the opportunity to camp with like-minded folks who love festivals, and choose to be clean and sober at them. To join Camp Traction, email Jillian at jillian.bennion@gmail.com with the subject line “Summer Meltdown Sober Camp”!

Bring It With You!

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Non-glass water bottle
  • Camping gear (tent, tarp, sleeping bags, etc.)
  • Lantern/flashlight/headlamp with extra batteries
  • Flag or banner to identify your campsite
  • Extra set of keys
  • Rain gear (the party goes on, rain or shine!)
  • Hat or bandana
  • Warm Hoodie
  • Extra pair of shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Bug spray (we recommend going DEET-free!)
  • Biodegradable plastic bags for trash
  • Extra toilet paper (you never know)
  • Eco-friendly soap and shampoo
  • Blanket for seating
  • Earplugs (for sleeping or for when the music is jamming!)
  • And last but not least, a Costume for Saturday Night!

Leave it at Home!

IMPORTANT: The following items are NOT PERMITTED in the campground or festival grounds under any circumstance (and remember, we search every vehicle). These items may be confiscated and may not be returned. Many confiscated items are donated to a local charity.

  • No glass containers of any kind (this includes wine bottles, beer bottles, drinking glasses, peanut butter jars, etc.)
  • No pets (no matter how cute or tiny!)
  • No glowsticks
  • No laser pens or other focused-light devices
  • No drones
  • No fireworks
  • No weapons
  • No illegal substances
  • No gasoline
  • No generators
  • No gas, wood, or charcoal grills (small propane camping stoves are ok!)
  • No personal motorized vehicles (including scooters, golf carts, ATVs, powered skateboards, etc.)
  • No professional photography equipment or cameras with detachable lenses (point-and-shoots without additional lenses are fine)
  • No box trucks or trailers (camping trailers are okay, but will be considered RVs)
  • No open fires
  • No candles

Summer Meltdown FAQ

Where is the festival located?
The festival is located just a few miles west of Darrington, WA at the Darrington Bluegrass Park.

Where can I buy tickets?
You can purchase tickets online here.

What payment methods are available?
We accept Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover credit cards. Mastercard, Visa, and Discover debit cards are also accepted, but they are run as credit. Gift Cards with the Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express logo on them are also good to use!

Are tickets refundable?
Tickets are NON-Refundable. This is a rain or shine event.

What if I already purchased my ticket and am unable to attend?
If you purchased your tickets and are unable to attend, we suggest you pass it on to a friend.

Is parking free?
Parking is $25 + fees per vehicle and valid for the entire weekend. The parking lot is located several hundred feet from the camping areas, and you may want to bring a cart or other means to transport your gear between the parking lot and the camping area.

Is camping free?
Tent camping is included in your ticket price. For those who wish to bring in their vehicles, there are limited vehicle camping passes available for purchase.

Can I bring my vehicle into the campground?
For those who wish to camp in, or with their vehicles, you may purchase vehicle camping passes online.
Those who are tent camping may not bring vehicles into the campgrounds at any time for any reason.

There are no “in and out” privileges for camping vehicles. If you leave the designated vehicle camping area with your car at any point during the festival and intend to return, you will have to repay the vehicle camping fee or park in the parking lot and set up a tent. There is no camping allowed in the parking lot

Purchase a vehicle camping pass here.

Can I leave and then re-enter the festival?
Yes, once you have checked in and received your wristband, you are free to pass in and out of the festival grounds DURING GATE HOURS. Please note, those who purchase vehicle camping passes may not leave and re-enter the venue/camping in their vehicles.

Can I bring my pet dog, ferret, or chameleon? He’s small and well-behaved!
NO. We are all animal lovers and many of us have to find somewhere for our pets to go for the weekend. Animals of any kind are not permitted on the festival grounds (that includes your car in the parking lot). If you bring them you will be asked to leave.

Visit the Accessibility page for info on Service Animals!

Is there a beer garden?
There is a beer garden for those who are 21+. ID’s will be required so please bring them. The beer garden features local micro-brews and limited hard liquor.

Are there food vendors?
There are many wonderful food vendors attending the festival this year, sure to entice everyone’s taste buds!

Can I bring my own food?
You are welcome to bring your own food into the festival grounds (Note: no glass containers).

Are campfires allowed?
No. Campfires are not allowed in the grounds. However, you are welcome to bring a stove to cook your own food.

Is there cell phone service?
AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have limited reception. Signals are best in the upper parking grounds.

Is there an ATM cash machine on site?
Yes, there will be ATMs. However its a good idea to bring at least $50 to $100 of spending cash to the grounds. $1 and $5 bills are highly encouraged to help our vendors out with change!

Do you recycle?
Absolutely! Aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and clean paper products are collected on site for recycling. Food scraps and food-soiled paper items are also collected to be composted. Please help us by keeping your garbage, recyclables, and compostables separated. Glass bottles are not allowed at the festival so please do not bring them.

Can I bring my kids?
This is a family event. There is a kids area with many awesome activities happening throughout the weekend in The Kids Zone. In addition, we host the “Little Sea Horse Music Academy” which brings in music instructors to work with the kids on musical instruction. Note: This is not a day care.

Children must be supervised by a parent or adult at all times and everywhere, including in the Kids Zone. Please be aware that the entire grounds are open air with late night music.

Are there RV hook-ups on site?
Unfortunately there are no RV hook-ups available on site.

Are there showers on site?
Yes. Please do not bring soap or shampoo to the river. River use is encouraged, but please don’t pollute it with body care products, even if they are marked as biodegradable.

Are there stores near by?
Yes,  there are stores in the town of Darrington a couple miles beyond the festival grounds.

Is there anything else I should know?

  • Be patient when you arrive! Remember, it’s a long weekend of fun ahead and we are working as fast as we can to get it started!
  • You may want to bring a bicycle as the grounds are large and no motor powered vehicles are allowed.
  • Bring a wagon or wheelbarrow to help pack in and out your gear.
  • No glass containers will be allowed at all. Please don’t bring them.
  • Ice will be offered for sale on site to keep your cooler stocked.
  • No Fireworks, No Drugs – all state and federal laws apply at Summer Meltdown!
  • Don’t forget your bathing suit for the river!

If you would like to stay offsite at a nearby hotel, Summer Meltdown recommends the following…

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16710 Smokey Point Blvd, Arlington, WA 98223
Phone:(360) 657-0500
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3721 172nd Street NE Arlington, WA 98223
(t) 360.363.4321 | (f) 360.363.4322