BradFest 2012 – FAQs

How do I get my tickets once I have purchased them online?
Once you purchase your tickets, you will receive an email confirmation with a link to print your eTickets from your computer.

I did not receive an email confirmation when I ordered my tickets, what should I do?
Check your spam or gray mail folder, in case it was misdirected. If you are unable to find it, email to have it resent. Please include the name and email address used to order the tickets.

I am not able to print my tickets, what should I do?
Adobe has a site which reviews the common issues with printing .pdf files
In the article you will see the quickest resolution is to print as an image – Step 1

If this article doesn’t help to resolve the issue, please let us know. We can send you the .pdf as an email attachment rather than having you access the ticket from the link in the email. And of course, if that doesn’t work, we can print the tickets and get them to you by another means. Please feel free to reach us at

The tickets have my name but I want to give them as a gift, donate, etc., can they be used by someone else?
Yes, the tickets are transferrable. The name on the ticket does not need to be the ticket holder at the gate. If you would like to have the name on the ticket changed or removed, please contact, we can update the tickets on your behalf.

Do you offer scholarships or discount rates?
We want to make the music and fun at BradFest accessible to all. With this in mind, we’re offering special perks and entrance rates for generous folks who are willing to serve as volunteers the weekend of the festival.  Please see the volunteer information below and contact if you are interested in helping out.

What can I expect?
To have the time of your life!  We promise a weekend full of amazing music and wacky surprises.

When is my favorite band playing?
Set times will be posted on this website and as the festival date approaches.
The event schedule will also be posted throughout the festival grounds.

Hours of programming are Friday 5pm to 1am and Saturday Noon to 1 am.

What happens if it rains?
The show will go on!  BradFest will take place rain or shine. In the event of thunderstorms the event will move inside. Bring rain gear to keep you dry when walking outdoors.

Tickets are sold on a “rain or shine” basis, and no refunds will be given for delays or cancellations due to bad weather.

In case of more severe weather, contact BradFest staff for guidance. There will be an emergency plan in place.

Can I bring my children to the festival?
Yes, please!  Children of all ages are welcome, and children under the age of 12 will be admitted for free when accompanied by an adult. We will have an unsupervised, shaded children’s area with toys and activities for the kids. Children must be under the supervision of an adult at all times.

What should I bring?
An open mind and a willingness to have a good time and hear some fantastic music!

The festival is outdoors. Please come prepared for any weather. This includes sunhats and sunscreen, sweaters, raincoats and sturdy shoes.

What can I bring into the main concert area?
Guests and their possessions are subject to inspection as condition of admittance. Please have your bags open and available for inspection as you enter the main concert area.

  • One empty water bottle per person (up to 1 gallon) to use at refilling stations, OR one sealed water bottle per person (up to 1 gallon) should you prefer to bring your own water in.
  • Lawn chairs
  • Blankets
  • Purses and small soft bags
  • Small personal cameras.  *Please note that audio recording of band sets is not allowed without express prior permission from the performers.
  • Coolers and outside beverages are NOT allowed in the main concert area but are allowed in the camping area (see more information below).

What should I leave at home?
The following items will not be allowed at the festival:

  • We’re sorry, but, except for service animals, pets are not allowed anywhere on the festival site, including the campgrounds.
  • No weapons of any kind
  • No fireworks
  • No charcoal grills
  • No gas generators
  • No illegal substances

What about money?
There will be delicious food, tasty beverages, and quality merchandise available for sale during the festival. We will not accept checks or credit cards for any purchases so please be prepared with cash.

There are ATMs at various locations in downtown Two Harbors, 1-2 miles from the fairgrounds. A few suggestions are listed below.

BlackWoods Bar & Grill
612 7th Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616

Little Store
831 7th Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616

Will there be alcohol at Bradfest?  
There will be wine, alcohol, and delicious craft beer available at the festival. You must be 21 to drink alcohol. You must present a valid government-issued photo ID to obtain a 21+ wristband, which will allow you to purchase and drink alcoholic beverages.

Sales of alcohol will end promptly at 1:00 AM. There are NO REFUNDS for unused beverage/food tickets.

Please drink alcohol responsibly and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you will not be staying at the festival grounds, please designate a sober driver.  Information about sober transportation will be available at the festival. 

Can I camp at Bradfest?
Yes, we encourage all attendees to camp at Bradfest for the weekend, to maximize the fun and music you experience and to reduce the need for driving at the end of each night’s festivities. The rustic camping area is located near the festival grounds and facilities. The sites are located a short walk from the parking lot.

You can purchase a ticket that includes a weekend-long camping pass.

Each person camping at Bradfest must purchase a festival admission + camping ticket.  That is, the camping fee is paid per person, not per party.  Entry to the camping area will require a special wristband.  RVs will require an extra ($15) fee, in addition to the camping fee, to cover the costs of the electric hookup (no water or sewage).

Camping Guidelines and Rules

  • The Bradfest campgrounds will open at 5pm on Friday, August 3. All vehicles/campers must leave the site by 3 PM on Sunday August 5. The campground entrance will be open 24 hours a day.
  • Every person entering the campgrounds must have a weekend ticket.
  • The campsites are a short walk from the parking lot. You will be provided an area to camp. Please be respectful and use only the space you need.
  • Primitive camping amenities will be available: potable water and portable toilets will be provided near the campgrounds. There is no electricity in the tent camping area.
  • The campsite are a short walk from the parking lot. You will and portable toilets will be provided near the campgrounds. There is no electricity in the tent camping area.
  • Dogs are not allowed anywhere on the festival site, including the campgrounds. Please arrange to house your dog in a nearby kennel if you cannot leave it at home. If you have a dog with you, we’re sorry but you will be turned away at the gate.
  • Gas generators are not allowed in the campgrounds, though solar-powered generators are allowed. You may bring a small, portable gas grill/stove.
  • Open campfires are not allowed at Bradfest.
  • No fireworks are allowed in the campgrounds or on the festival grounds.

Can I bring my RV?
You betcha. There will be a separate area for RV parking and there is a $15 charge for an electrical hookup, in addition to the camping fee.  The RV hookup only provides electricity — water and sewage are not available. Please purchase an RV electrical hookup via this Eventbrite page (it’s at the bottom of the ticket list) and print and bring the ticket with you. You need to separately add your Bradfest ticket and your electrical hookup to your Eventbrite cart.

What facilities are available on-site?
There are a few indoor toilets and sinks and several port-a-potties available on-site. There are very limited shower facilities on site (one female shower and one male shower).  There will be potable water available in several locations.

Trained security staff and medical personnel will be on-site to ensure a fun and safe festival weekend. 

What kind of handicap facilities are available?
There will be a designated parking/camping area for people with special accessibility needs. You must have an official handicapped parking placard or plate for your vehicle if you need to use this area. Please make arrangements when you order your tickets. There will also be accessible restroom facilities.

There are no stairs or other barriers to entering the concert grounds.  However, in the event of rain, the festival grounds may be muddy and/or uneven.

What if I don’t want to camp – are there other lodging accommodations available?
Remember, BradFest takes place during the summer on the north shore so it’s important to book your lodging early! We’ve compiled a list of some of the more affordable hotels & motels, as well as campgrounds close to the BradFest venue for you. We can’t vouch for or recommend any of them in particular, but hopefully this list will help you narrow down your search.

Please follow this link to see the list of nearby lodging options.

How can I get to Bradfest?
Bradfest 2012 will be held at the Lake County Fairgrounds, located at 1381 Fairgrounds Road.

There may be construction-related delays in addition to the usual weekend bottlenecks for those headed up the North Shore via Duluth, so be sure to allow plenty of time for travel. We recommend those coming from the Iron Range take the “back way” (Hwy. 16 to Hwy. 2) to save time and hassle.

Follow this link to generate your personalized directions to Bradfest 2012.

Where can I park?
We encourage carpooling to reduce the festival’s carbon footprint, but there will be ample on-site parking.

Can I volunteer to help out at Bradfest?
Yes! Bradfest would not be possible without the generous help of our volunteers. There are a variety of ways to get involved, everything from serving food and beverages to helping haul sound equipment.

For volunteers who commit to two 3-hour shifts (6 hours total), we are offering: weekend festival admission and camping + staff T-shirt (while supplies last)

For volunteers who commit to three, 3-hour shifts (9 hours or more), we are offering: one meal and two beer’s worth of tickets (plus admission, camping and t-shirt)

For volunteers who commit to four, 3-hour shifts (12 hours or more), we are offering: two meals and four beer’s worth of tickets (plus admission, camping and t-shirt)

Please let us know if you can help!  Contact

For everyone’s safety, please respect and follow all rules and regulations. Security personnel at the festival are volunteering their time in order to ensure that this event is as safe and as fun as possible.

  • In the case of an emergency, please contact the nearest staff member for help. There are trained medical personnel on-site who are fully equipped to deal with all situations.
  • People bringing medicines to the event should declare them to security at the search and may have them stored in the medical center if required.
  • The festival is outdoors. Please come prepared for any weather. This includes sunhats and sunscreen, sweaters, raincoats and sturdy shoes.
  • Please drink alcohol responsibly and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Please designate a sober driver for transportation to and from the festival.
  • While there will be 24 hour security on-site, BradFest cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items. When you leave your tent, please take valuables with you and lock your tent.

Have Fun. Be Safe. Please be respectful of our neighbors in Two Harbors, and to our host, the Lake County Fairgrounds.

See you there!