EAUX CLAIRES DETAILS
- Campgrounds open at 8am
- Box Office Opens: 11am
- Gates Open: 12pm
- Box Office Opens: 11am
- Gates Open: 12pm
The Main Entrance to Eaux Claires is located at 3443 Crescent Avenue, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Campground Shuttles begin running at 11am and continue about every 20 minutes.
There will also be shuttles operating from local hotels. Time schedule and shuttle pickup locations to be announced closer to festival.
There is an airport in Eau Claire, however, the most frequently used airport is Minneapolis/St. Paul, which is 90 miles away from the festival.
Where should I stay?
You can camp at our campground, or you can check out one of the many hotels Eau Claire has to offer. Or, consider staying one of the residence hall rooms available at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Booking will be available soon!
What happens if it rains?
Eaux Claires is a rain or shine event.
What is Eaux Claires?
Eaux Claires is a two-day, multi-stage experience featuring live music, performance art, visual art, food and more. All ages are welcome, children ten and under are free.
When and where is it held?
Where: Foster Farms, 3443 Crescent Ave. Eau Claire, WI
When is the performance schedule released?
A few weeks prior to the festival. If you want to be notified right away once the schedule is released, be sure to sign up for our mailing list from our home page.
Artist lineup subject to change without notice.
What should I bring to the Festival?
- Non-professional film and digital cameras
- One empty container to use at our water refill stations
- Factor sealed bottle of water
- Valid Driver’s License for will-call and/or to drink alcohol
- Comfortable footwear
The following items are prohibited at the festival:
- Personal containers of alcohol, juice, coffee, tea or soda
- Chairs and Blankets
- Weapons of any kind
- Professional cameras & recording devices (no SLR/DSLR or cameras with detachable lenses)
- Illegal substances
- Squirt guns, misters, spray bottles, etc
- Laser pens and similar focused-light devices
- Bicycles, scooters, personal motorized vehicles
- Musical instruments
- Sleeping bags (no overnight camping or sleepovers on the grounds)
- Totem poles or flag sticks
- Fake IDs – they will be confiscated and your wristband will be cut without refund.
Can I bring food?
While we encourage you to leave the food at home and check out our awesome food vendors, we will allow you to bring in a few small snacks. Coolers full of food & beverages will not be allowed into the festival.
Is smoking allowed?
Although smoking is allowed, please be considerate of your neighbors. Security may ask you to refrain from smoking if it bothers those around you.
Is the Festival accessible to people with disabilities?
There will be ADA access throughout the grounds, conditions may vary due to weather. For assistance from Crescent Avenue to the grounds, please use our shuttle. That path is not recommend for anyone with disabilities or trouble walking on rough terrain. Eaux Claires staff will be on hand to assist those in need. ADA accessible restrooms will be available.
Any tips on preparation for a day at Eaux Claires?
- Lather up in sunscreen and bug spray
- Bring a hat
- Wear comfy shoes
- Stay hydrated! Drink water before you get to the event and enjoy the beverage offerings of the vendors at the festival.
Will there be ATMs?
Many ATMs will be located around the festival grounds although most vendors will accept credit & debit cards.
What will be available in the food/beer areas?
We will have a diverse variety of food vendors that will please all tastes! Please make sure to bring proper ID and grab a wrist band from the ID Check tent by the main entrance.
Culinary & beverage menus will be announced soon.
What about vegetarian items?
Many food vendors will feature vegetarian options.
Will you have merchandise for sale?
Festival t-shirts for men and women, a limited edition festival poster, hats, and many other items will be sold at the main merchandise stand. Artist merchandise will also be available.
How can I apply for a food booth?
We generally will not be accepting food vendor applications for the event, as we are seeking out specific food vendors, food trucks, and other purveyors in the area, but if you are interested in being considered, please email us with your company/business name, full contact and company information, and detailed information on the food items specialize in vending.
How can I apply for press credentials?
Email us with your full info and someone from our team will be in touch soon after.
How can my company become a Sponsor?
If your company would like to be a festival sponsor, please email us with as much info as possible on your company, as well as your contact info, and one of our sponsorship reps will be in touch soon after!
What happens if the event is cancelled?
In the event a single day or multiple days of the festival are cancelled, ticket holders will be notified of cancellation and refund policy. Artist lineup is subject to change including in the event of weather.
How can I get involved?
Check out www.eauxclaires.com/volunteer to learn more about our work program.
CAN I RESERVE A SPECIFIC SITE IN WHISPERING PINES BEFORE I ARRIVE?
No, Camping is still based on first come, first serve basis.
WILL YOU HAVE ADA ACCESSIBLE BATHROOMS AND SHOWERS ONSITE?
Yes, a complete location map will be available when you arrive.
WILL ELECTRICAL SITES BE AVAILABLE?
Although there is some active power on the grounds, we cannot guarantee any power will be available at your site. We suggest you plan for a site that does not have power.
All Eaux Claires campsites are considered to be handicap accessible. Restrooms and Shuttles are ADA compliant and showers are at ground level and provide adequate accessibility (though are not deemed ADA). Our camp store is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible, but Campground Staff will be happy to assist in any needs you may have in shopping from our store. If you need additional special assistance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE the festival.
All camping is primitive. Portable potties and garbage disposal are provided.
Showers and a convenience store are available to all campers and are located in the Whispering Pines Campground. The store and showers are both within walking distance of all campsites.
Upon arrival your car will be greeted by EXC Camp Staff with a map and overview of programming and amenities. Your car will then be quickly checked by our security team for any items on our Banned Items list (see below). From there you will drive up to get your wristbands and be directed by a Camp Staffer to your site.
BANNED ITEMS FOR EAUX CLAIRES CAMPING:
Glass Containers of ANY KIND
Amplified PA systems
ATV’s, Golf Carts, Mopeds, Bicycles, Skateboards or any other wheeled recreational transportation items
Pets of any kind
Campfires and cooking fires will be allowed ONLY if fires are contained within a stone or metal ring and if a burning ban is not in effect. All fires must be attended at all times. Ashes must be disposed of by thoroughly wetting them or by placing them in a covered metal container. No bonfires allowed.
There is no re-entry for vehicles once you’ve arrived and checked in at the campground. Starting on Friday, there will be shuttles running continuously to take you to and from the festival grounds.
As long as everyone has a Camp Access Pass and you are responsible at your campsite, you may have as many guests as you can fit in your reserved site.
Most campsites are 20′ x 30′, but due to the terrain, some are as small as 20’x15′, and others can measure up to 20′ x 40′.
Generators are allowed, but must be compliant with noise curfew and shut off by 1:00 am.
HOURS OF OPERATION
The campground gates and camp store will open at 8:00 AM on Thursday, before festival and be open continually (24 hours) through the end of the festival. The campgrounds will close at noon on Sunday.
A 1:00 am noise curfew will be enforced in the campgrounds. Please be considerate of your fellow campers. Past 1:00 am, loud music, parties, and anything that disturbs neighbors or other campers is not allowed. Generators must be shut off at 1:00 am. Security personnel have the authority to ask any person or groups of people who are abusing the noise curfew to leave the grounds without a refund. You don’t have to go down until the sun comes up, but please be courteous of your neighbors!
We allow you to bring just one vehicle onto your campsite, this insures that we keep wait times reasonable to enter the grounds.
We’re sorry but for the safety of your pet and other festival attendees, pets are not allowed.
RV’s & CAMPERS
Bring ’em! As long as they fit the size of your campsite! Electricity is not provided. It’s best to purchase an oversized site to be sure your RV or Camper will fit within your site.
24-hour security will be provided in all camping areas, but please secure your campsite. If you need to be notified for an emergency, your family must contact the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Department.
In the event of severe weather, a warning will be issued by patrol cars. Please follow instructions given.
Shuttle service will be available from the campground to the festival starting at 11am run continuously throughout festival hours. Walking to/from the grounds is NOT permitted. There will also be a shuttle service from the Campground to the Phoenix Park shows on Thursday evening for those who would like to catch the shows in town. Shuttles will be running from 4pm to 12am on Thursday.
All campgrounds are ticketed areas. ALL PERSONS entering the campgrounds must have both a Camp Access Pass and a Eau Claire or Chippewa festival ticket. Wristbands will be provided to ticket holders upon arrival and must be worn at all times. Lost or damaged wristbands will not be replaced.
Can I park my car at my campsite?
Yes you can. You will park your vehicle right at your campsite and camp next to it. You will get to/from the festival via the free camping shuttles that will run until everyone is back at the campgrounds. Once in the campgrounds, you will not be able to leave with your vehicle and return unless there is an emergency or a medical reason.
If I am arriving to the campgrounds on Thursday, will I be able to leave?
Once you are in the campgrounds, you should plan on leaving your vehicle there until the festival is over.
If I purchased VIP parking pass, can I leave my car overnight and ride free shuttle?
YES, if you purchase a two-day VIP parking pass, you may leave your vehicle overnight. Please do not leave valuables in your vehicles. If you would like to purchase a VIP parking pass, click HERE.
Do I have to purchase a parking pass if I am staying in the dorms?
Parking is included with dorm room rentals.
Will the shuttles be running all night?
Shuttles will run continuously during and after the festival until all attendees are safely returned to their vehicles or lodging locations. There will be ample staff and signage to make sure everyone gets on the correct shuttles!
My hotel is not listed as a shuttle stop, what do I do?
The Hotel Shutte pick up list will be available soon! If you find your hotel isn’t listed then the best option is to purchase a parking pass in advance.
Are hotel shuttles free as well?
No. If you are taking a shuttle from your hotel there is a fee that is paid directly to your driver.
Can I walk to the festival?
Yes you can. If you are planning to walk to the festival, please follow these directions. If walking from the west or the north, please come down Curvue Road MAP HERE and cross Crescent Ave at the crosswalk to enter the festival grounds. If walking from the east, please walk up Crescent Ave on the sidewalk, MAP HERE then cross the street at our designated crosswalk, and follow signage and staff to enter safely through the pedestrian path. Please be advised that law enforcement will be onsite to ensure that walking routes are adhered to for safety.
Can I ride my bike to the festival?
Unfortunately, due to the narrow road which leads to the festival and the amount of buses, for safety purposes we cannot accommodate bicycles at the festival.