Welcome to the Wild Oats & Notes 2016 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Page!
Feel free to contact us if you don’t find what you’re looking for below!
Q) Where is the festival located?
The festival is located 1 mile west of the Bardo grain elevator. Or… 1 mile west of Tofield, AB, on Highway 14, and south 5 miles (8km’s) on Range Road 193. Schultz farm is on the east side of the road. For a map, click here.
Q) I don’t like buying stuff online. Where can I go to buy a real ticket from a real person?
Hard copies of tickets are available at 2 locations:
Earth’s General Store in Edmonton (9605 – 82nd Ave., 780.439.8725)
Ravenhill Agencies in Tofield (5109 – 50th Street, 780.662.0330).
Early Bird tickets will be available until closing time, Monday, May 2nd. Advance tickets will be available until closing time, Wednesday, June 29th.
Q) How much are tickets for this year’s festival?
Click here for info on this year’s festival pricing!
Q) Is my ticket refundable if I decide not to go to the festival?
No, but they make wonderful gifts.
Q) Can I share a weekend pass with a friend?
Nope. We use a wristband system, and not even Harry Houdini could trick our crack gate crew. If you can’t attend the entire weekend, single day passes are available.
Q) What should I bring?
We like to think of ourselves as a “ruggedly comfortable festival.” Many people treat it like a camping weekend (which it is!). Make sure to bring…
- warm clothes (evenings can be cool)
- rain gear (it’s the only way to ensure the rain will stay away)
- mosquito repellent (they’ve been known to make an appearance.)
Q) Can I bring my dog?
Q) Can I bring my neighbour’s dog?
Q) It’s a rescue dog, and it loves people! Can I bring it?
Q) Can I bring my kids?
Q) Is the festival licensed to sell alcohol?
No, but it’s on private property, so bring what you need. And some for all your new friends.
Q) Will drinking water and ice be available?
Yes. Water will be centrally located. Ice will be for sale at the festival’s general store.
Q) What else would you like me to know about water?
So glad you asked. Please bring refillable water bottles. We’ll have a giant tank of FREE potable water available all weekend. The environmental impact of single plastic bottle waste is staggering, and did we mention our water is FREE?
Q) What else is available at the General Store?
Besides ice, the General Store carries festival merchandise (hats, shirts, novelties), plus music and merchandise for the performers at this year’s fest.
Q) I like to eat, will the festival have food vendors?
We’ve got some great local businesses on board to ensure there will be lots of great food options!
The United Church: Breakfast (8am – 11am)
Food on the Move: Meals, hot and cold snacks, desserts
General Store and Concession: Burgers, Hot Dogs, Green Onion Cakes, Ice!
Q) Should I bring cash?
What did I just tell you? Yes, bring cash. Food and general store are cash-only.
Q) When should I arrive?
Pay attention to posted times on the Schedule Page. If you arrive 5 hours early of the posted advance camping time, you’ll be parked on a gravel road for 5 hours, getting a layer of dust on your windshield. For the first time we’ll be manning a gate at the road, and early arrivals will have to wait. And advance camping for Volunteers means just that. This is private property, and unless you’re a volunteer you’ll have to wait until the scheduled opening.
Q) I’ve been to lots of great festivals.
So has Brian. That’s not a question.
Q) Why does the festival not carry on through Sunday?
We’ve found most people are anxious to hit the road Sunday if they have to be back to work Monday. Most of our camp areas require entry and exit through the main yard, and it’s too dangerous (and distracting)(and depressing) having people leave while performers are on stage. Instead, we’ve designated Sunday our Volunteer Party day. Non-Volunteers are welcome to stay and enjoy the extra live music, but please don’t steal the freebie food & drinks!
Q) I love your festival, how can I help?
If you’re not in a position to donate $$ or be a sponsor, you can always volunteer! Just get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Jeanne Kallal. She’s the nicest woman in Canada.
Q) Do you have showers?
Yes. For many, they’re a highlight of the weekend. “Rustic” is an understatement.
Q) What kind of camping is available at the festival?
If you can sleep in it, bring it.
Q) Do you have hook-ups for RV’s
No. And generators are frowned upon. Please be a good neighbour.
Q) Can we book camping spots in advance?
Camping, as in past years, is first-come-first-serve.
Q) Can I camp for just one night?
Yes. It’s $20 for a single night, payable at the gate.
Q) What is security like at the festival? I just bought a fancy new speaker system and I’m concerned it may grow legs.
We do hire security people to ensure the safety of our guests. They’ll patrol the camping areas each evening till the wee hours, mainly looking to nip drunken, obnoxious revelry in the bud, and to make sure people don’t blast their fancy new speaker systems and bother their neighbours.
We would hope everyone will police themselves, but that doesn’t always work, so… complaints regarding noise and/or behaviour will be treated on a two-strike basis — first strike is a warning, second strike results in being escorted from the grounds by security, or if necessary, the local RCMP.
Q) What about my fancy new speakers?
Leave them at home and bring a guitar (acoustic, please). When there’s no music onstage there’s usually jam opportunities throughout our little weekend village. Again, please be a good neighbour.
Q) Can we build a fire?
That depends on the weather leading up to (and during) the festival. We’ll let you know at the gate.