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COUNTDOWN TO CURVEBALL

Curveball, Phish’s eleventh festival and the first to be named Curveball, will take place August 17-19, 2018 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, the site offers an abundance of campsites and is just a short drive from numerous northeastern cities. 

Curveball is SOLD OUT.

Greetings from the lovely village of Watkins Glen, New York as we put the finishing touches on Curveball, Phish’s 11th festival. We’re not gonna lie: it’s a little moist here, as a decent amount of rain has fallen over the past few weeks. While the forecast looks positive for the next few days, there is still a possibility for more precipitation over the weekend. With that in mind, here are a few bits of advice:

  • Bring appropriate rain gear! Boots, tarps, sealable bags, towels and possibly an extra sock or two — we suggest picking up any extra supplies well before you get to central New York as they may be limited in the area surrounding Watkins Glen.
  • Be prepared when you arrive: have your wristbands on, have your parking sticker applied to the lower driver’s side of the windshield, and please be patient and pay attention to the parking staff as they carefully work to park your vehicle.
  • As a reminder: If you have a Thursday arrival pass, please do not come earlier than 12 noon on Thursday or you will be turned away. Curveball tickets and camping/RV passes are completely sold out.

Now, with that out of the way, on to the good stuff. In addition to previous announcements including The Bunny, The LOOP Game Show Tent, and the JEMP Records Store, here’s a further sneak peek of what we have in store here at the ‘Ball.

LAWN ARTS

We’ve been lucky to work with some great artists at every Phish festival and we are honored to welcome friends old and new to Curveball. Get lost in Lee Anderson’s aMAZEment park. Dodge the raindrops from Torin Porter’s torrent of a rain cloud. Visit Abby Manock’s world of geometrical piñatas and return often to see how they congeal into something enticingly whackable. How can something square become so delightfully curvaceous? Observe Michael Nedell’s parabolic production and behold the bending. Randy Gaetano looked to the trees to make his monumental weaving of wood. Pneuhouse’s pneumatic color clusters can be found here and there. Stand still long enough and you’re bound to run into Phinneus Sonin and his merry band of motley pranksters. Either that or they’ll run into you! Wander the valleys of Lars Fisk’s 27 Peaks and check the caves if you’re looking for shade.

ALSO: Beware the Mime Field!

FARMHAÜS / FARMERS MARKET / BEERS OF THE WORLD / FOOD VENDORS

Our friends at Skinny Pancake began slinging crepes in Burlington over 15 years ago and are now one of the leaders in Vermont’s happening local food culture. We’re thrilled they’ve come to run Farmhaüs, a 120-seat barn/restaurant offering selections from their locavore fare of crepes, burgers, salads as well as artisan roasted coffee.

Farmhaüs opens onto a Biergarten (21 options featuring Shelburne, VTs Fiddlehead Brewing, Coney Island Brewing Co and more) and Farmers Market, complete with farm stands, local food vendors and open-air seating. Vendors from VT and upstate NY will offer cheese, charcuterie, local organic fruits and vegetables, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, kombucha, and other prepared delicacies. ALSO: Tessa’s Lemonball Lemonade Stand! ALSO: Napkins!!

Beers Of The World is back at Curveball and will be the place to fill your tank with The Alchemist’s famed Heady Topper, Lawson’s Sip Of Sunshine, Lost Nation’s Mosaic IPA, Peak Organic Brewing Co’s Sweet Tarts and many more.

All of the above is in addition to the panoply of great food options all over the festival site. Highlights include: Arancini Bros’ rice balls., Pink’s Tacos, Bar Harbor Lobster Co’s fresh Maine lobstah rolls., Fire & Co’s. wood-fired cuisine, RIJuice’s organic cold pressed juices, Coexist Cuisine’s organic vegan and vegetarian cuisine, upstate NY’s Copperhorse Coffee and Grateful Grind Coffee, plus fan favorites Silo Truck’s Bomb chicken sandos, Loving Cup Coffee, Ozark Mtn. Biscuit Company, Disco Ice Cream Truck, and…….I LOVE SPICY PIE. Ben & Jerry’s will also be scooping all three flavors of Phish ice cream: Phish Food, It’s Ice…Cream & Freezer Reprise.

LIQUID TIME

Back by popular demand, our NYC beverage friends are returning to Curveball with a Phish festival cocktail program! Liquid Time, Farmhaüs and other locations across the grounds will feature the reprise of Cuddly But Muscular and Coconuts & Chloroform, and will welcome new selections like the Painted In Vermillion colada, Shocked & Persuaded passion fruit margarita, Island Tour “Iced Tea,” Lemon Wheel Cooler, and something called “milk”! Liquid Time is open Thursday to Sunday from 4pm-1am — swing by for a tipple!

ALSO: be on the lookout for the Super Frostie Slushie Truck!

AHEAD OF THE CURVE

Following in the tradition of All About It, The Coventry Courier, The Festival 8 Express, Ball Things Reconsidered and The Ball Street Journal, our friends at Relix Magazine will once again distribute a daily newspaper on site at Curveball. Ahead of the Curve will feature news, reviews, activities schedules and other pertinent festival info. It will also feature in-depth essays, fun games, Arlo & Janis and interviews with members of the Phish community. You can pick up AOTC at the Relix booth and throughout the Curveball site.

Fri, March 2, 2018

Tickets for Curveball are on sale now at curveball.frontgatetickets.com.

Tickets allow individuals to access the camping areas, however every vehicle entering the festival site camping areas will require a separate camping vehicle pass. These passes are sold on a per vehicle basis, so you can save money and reduce your environmental impact by carpooling.

Tue, February 27, 2018

Curveball, Phish’s eleventh festival and the first to be named Curveball, will take place August 17-19, 2018 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, NY. Located amidst the rolling hills of central New York’s Finger Lakes region, the site offers an abundance of campsites and is just a short drive from numerous northeastern cities.

Tickets for Curveball are on sale now at curveball.frontgatetickets.com.

Tickets allow individuals to access the camping areas, however every vehicle entering the festival site camping areas will require a separate camping vehicle pass. These passes are sold on a per vehicle basis, so you can save money and reduce your environmental impact by carpooling. Day Parking (see our FAQ) is free. All Glen Close camping and on-site accommodation packages include a vehicle pass. Details about Weekend passes, camping, on-site accommodations, and travel packages are available on this site.

We’ve posted the first wave of information about the festival and will continue to update with travel info, FAQs, guidelines, event info, Russian propaganda, and much much more, so keep checking back.

Tue, April 17, 2018

The Curveball Vendor Application is now available at 

Mon, June 4, 2018

The 102nd Running of the First Annual Runaway Jim Memorial 5k Road Race will curve around the speedway on Saturday morning, August 18th. Drug testing will not take place before and after the race.

Pre-registration is available on first-come first registered basis and available now online.

Officially Registered runners receive a numbered race bib for official timing. Race entry is free to all ticket holders (with the option of buying a racing shirt during online registrations). We encourage runners to pre-register online as only limited registration may be available at Watkins Glen.

Trophies will be awarded to the fastest Male and Female, and the 2nd and 3rd place finishers overall. Medals will be awarded to the top finisher in each age category: 18-29, 30- 39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and above.

For complete information or to pre-register, please visit bit.ly/102ndRunawayJim

Mon, July 2, 2018

SURVEY SAYS RETURNS TO CURVEBALL

Teams of four will register to compete in this take on the classic TV game show at The Loop on site at Curveball. Teams will answer general knowledge Phish survey questions. We need your help! Give us your best one-word answer to the survey questions here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P3ZQCT3. Registration will begin at the tent a half hour before each game is scheduled to start. Specific game schedules and info will be announced soon.

JEMP RECORDS STORE: SLIP, STITCH AND PASS VINYL RELEASE

The JEMP Records Store will return to Curveball and will feature a vast array of vinyl releases from the band’s catalog from years past including the recently released Billy Breathes, A Live One, The White Tape, Junta, Lawn Boy, Rift, A Picture of Nectar and side project pressings. The store will be equipped with vinyl listening stations and copies to pick up, open, read, feel and smell (they mostly smell waxy). Wax at a festival in the middle of August? Fear not! We will have a cold-storage merch check like we did at Magnaball to keep your vinyl records in air conditioning all weekend.

In addition (oh, baby), the JEMP Records Store will also feature an exclusive, brand new Phish vinyl release! Phish’s 1997 live album ‘Slip, Stitch and Pass’ will be available for the first time on vinyl at Curveball. The festival version is pressed on 2 color splatter (blue and purple), foil numbered LPs and will be available along with with a Limited Edition “Slip, Stitch and Pass” screen print by Drew Millward.

The remainder of the limited run will be made available at Phish Dry Goods and in Stores (stores won’t have colored vinyl, however) later this year.

Fri, August 3, 2018

THE WATER PROGRAM WITH WATERWHEEL & REVERB

The Water Program is back at Curveball!

Pick up an official Curveball Nalgene Bottle on site for $20 to reduce single-use plastic waste and#rocknrefill at any filtered drinking water station FREE, for the entire weekend. Proceeds benefit The WaterWheel Foundation and Reverb.

Water Bottles will be available from the three filtered drinking water stations in the venue and at the general store. A special limited edition version of the bottle will be available from Dry Goods (while supplies last).

To be clear: drinking water is available for free around the campgrounds and festival grounds. Cold, filtered water fill ups are free with the purchase of a Official Curveball Nalgene bottle or, bring your own and it can be filled with filtered water for $1 donation per filling (32oz max).

The #rocknrefill program is partnership between Reverb and Nalgene dedicated to reducing single-use plastic waste at live music events and supporting the efforts of non-profit organizations across the country. To date the program has raised over $1.5 million for non-profit causes and eliminated the use of over 2.4 single-use plastic bottles.

Mon, August 6, 2018

ANNOUNCING THE LOOP

SUBTLE SOUNDS: On Saturday, fans battle it out identifying Phish songs just by a few notes. Contestant registration begins at 10am at The Loop registration tent. Spots are limited for this game of ultimate bragging rights.

SURVEY SAYS: A high-energy spoof on the classic TV game. Contestants can sign up to play on stage in 4-person teams to answer Phish-related survey questions asked of 1000+ loyal Phish fans. This highly competitive game show is great fun for contestants and audience alike (two teams of four players each round). Registration begins ½ hour prior to each show.

THE QUEST: A fast-paced adult scavenger hunt utilizing up to 10 teams of 6-8 Phish fans each, who work closely together to earn points performing small stunts or showing a particular item without leaving the immediate area. Be sure to eat your Wheaties before signing up for this one!

CATEGORIES: This game forces you to be spontaneous and use your best improvisation skills as audience members compete and shout out split second responses to Phish related topics.

PICTURE THIS: Who thinks they know Phish poster art best? Individuals will compete against each other in fast-paced fun, ringing in to correctly identify slivers of your favorite Phish images.

Thurs:
6p ​Categories
6:30p ​Survey Says!

Fri:
11a ​Picture This
1p​Categories
3p​The Quest
5p​Survey Says!

Sat:
10a​Subtle Sounds Registration
12p​Subtle Sounds Round begins with round #1

Sun:
11a​Picture This
3p​Quest
5p​Survey Says!

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TICKETS

GENERAL TICKETING INFO

Tickets for Curveball are SOLD OUT. 

If you’re still looking for a way to get to the festival, here are some ways to do it:

VOLUNTEER WITH CLEAN VIBES

Clean Vibes will be back on site at Curveball to help minimize the festival waste footprint by diverting all recyclables and compostables from the landfill. Every vehicle entering the festival will receive a trash bag and a recycling bag.

The team is currently putting together a team of dedicated volunteers to help with the waste diversion efforts at Curveball (in exchange for admittance to the festival). For more information on volunteering with Clean Vibes, click here.

WORK EXCHANGE TEAM: FANSTAFF PROGRAM

Work for Curveball in a variety of departments and gain access to a discounted attendee ticket. All FanStaff will be paid wages for hours worked. There are limited positions available, and FanStaff tickets are expected to sell out. For more details, click here.

 

 

All ages are welcome. Children 6 and older must have a weekend pass. Children ages 5 and under are free, as are adults ages 5 and under. All campers must be 18 years of age or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

This is a rain or shine event. No refunds or exchanges. In the event of neither rain nor shine, Australian rules apply. See below for complete details.

GENERAL ADMISSION WEEKEND PASS

This gives you access to all three days of Curveball and GA campgrounds. If you are bringing a vehicle you must also purchase a vehicle camping pass (1 per car or RV). If you are bringing Terry, you must also purchase snacks or he’ll never shut up about it.

$250 + FEES
CAR CAMPING (PER CAR)
$60.00 + FEES (THURSDAY ARRIVAL) / $80.00 + FEES (WEDNESDAY ARRIVAL) 
RV CAMPING  (PER RV)
$200.00 (THURSDAY ARRIVAL) / $220.00 (WEDNESDAY ARRIVAL)

– SOLD OUT
SEE “CAMPING” SECTION FOR ALL VEHICLE PASS OPTIONS

GLEN CLOSE WEEKEND PASS

This gives you access to all three days of Curveball, the GA campgrounds and Glen Close campgrounds (for  info about exactly what Glen Close includes, click the “view all camping options” button in the camping section). Glen Close weekend passes are only available by purchasing a Glen Close camping package. Each Glen Close camping package includes one Glen Close vehicle camping pass (choose car or RV) and two Glen Close weekend passes with the option to purchase an additional Glen Close weekend pass during the purchase process (while supplies last). 

$910.00 + FEES (car camping package) / $1,050.00 + FEES (RV camping package)
– SOLD OUT
You may add additional Glen Close Weekend Passes for $425.00 + FEES Per Person
– SOLD OUT
SEE “CAMPING” SECTION FOR COMPLETE GLEN CLOSE DETAILS

KEEP IT ROLLING PLAN

LAYAWAY DETAILS [KEEP IT ROLLING PLAN IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE]

Secure your Curveball passes and packages now and split your payment into two installments. When you are completing your order you can opt into the layaway plan for an additional fee of $10 per order.

Your first payment of 50% + fees and shipping secures your order. The remaining 50% will automatically be charged on Wednesday, May 16th to the card used to purchase. Using the Keep it Rolling layaway plan means you agree to the terms & conditions including a default policy. 

WHEN TO EXPECT YOUR CURVEBALL ORDER

Orders are beginning to ship in the order that they were placed. You will receive a shipping confirmation email when your order is on its way to you. When you receive your order you will notice that instead of paper tickets we are using RFID wristbands for entry. Do not put on your wristband until right before you arrive at the festival.

REGISTER YOUR WRISTBAND

You don’t have to register your wristband, but we highly recommend it! Registration links the wristband to the person using it, not just the person who purchased it. Once registered under your name, it proves that it belongs to you (and you only).

We can replace it easily if it’s registered to you and something happens to your wristband, for example: you lost it, someone stole it, or it gets damaged.

Register your wristband HERE.

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR CURVEBALL ORDER?

Visit support.frontgatetickets.com for all ticketing issues or call 888.512.SHOW (Mon-Sat, 10am to 10pm ET and Sun 10am to 7pm ET )

CAMPING

CAMPING PASSES / RENTALS / TRAVEL PACKAGES

Bringing a vehicle to camp on site? Every vehicle (car, truck, SUV, van, RV, etc.) entering Curveball will require a separate camping vehicle pass. These passes are sold on a per vehicle basis, so you can save money and reduce your environmental impact by carpooling. All camping vehicle passes may be added to your weekend pass purchase and are available in limited quantities so we strongly suggest purchasing in advance if you plan on parking a vehicle in the campgrounds. Like, strongly. All Glen Close camping and on-site accommodation packages include a vehicle pass. No box trucks will be allowed in the campgrounds. Boxtrolls are fine. 

The GA campgrounds will open Thursday, August 16th at Noon. Want to come a day early? Grab an early Wednesday arrival vehicle pass when passes go on sale Friday, March 2nd at Noon Eastern. Early Wednesday arrival vehicle passes are very limited and do not guarantee you will camp in a specific campground. Glen Close campgrounds and all other on-site accommodation campgrounds (i.e. RV and tent rental programs) will open Wednesday August 15th at Noon.

All campers must be 18 years of age or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Complete details on all car/RV camping passes, Glen Close, rentals (including tent and RV), and traveling packages below.

CAR CAMPING PASS

This gives you a spot in the GA campgrounds to park and camp next to your vehicle.  Everyone camping in this spot must have a GA or Glen Close pass. Valid for one “standard vehicle” (ex: car, truck, SUV, mini-van). If you are bringing an RV or oversized vehicle (larger than 15 passenger van, no box trucks) then the vehicle will require a GA RV camping vehicle pass. Available at checkout when you purchase your GA weekend pass. No box trucks will be allowed in the campgrounds.

$60.00 + FEES (THURSDAY ARRIVAL) / $80.00 + FEES (WEDNESDAY ARRIVAL) 

RV CAMPING PASS

This gives you a spot to park your RV and set up camp. Tents, slides and awnings must all fit within the space. Everyone camping in this spot must have a GA or Glen Close pass. Available at checkout when you purchase your GA weekend pass. No box trucks will be allowed in the campgrounds. I don’t know how many times I have to say it.

$200.00 (THURSDAY ARRIVAL) / $220.00 (WEDNESDAY ARRIVAL)

Optional Add-On: GA RV Companion Vehicle Pass

One (1) pass for a standard vehicle to park in the GA RV Campground, accompanying your existing RV pass or RV rental

*Does not include tickets. You must have a GA or Glen Close pass to access this campground and the festival. Available at checkout when you purchase your GA weekend pass and RV camping vehicle pass.
$15.00

GREAT TENT RENTAL

Each Package Includes:

  • One (1) Weatherproof Bell Tent
  • Two (2) cots ready for your arrival
  • Two (2) Pillows plus blanket and bed linens
  • One (1) GA Tent rental vehicle pass good for Wednesday arrival
  • 24 Hour Hospitality Table
*Does not include tickets. Guests staying in this tent rental must have weekend passes to Curveball.
$929.00

GA RV RENTAL

Each package Includes:

  • Sleeping accommodations for up to 4 people (layouts may vary by unit)
  • Bedding (sheets, blankets and pillows)
  • Seating and hang areas
  • Power hook ups
  • Air-conditioning
  • Kitchen with sink, microwave oven and refrigerator
  • Bathroom with shower
  • One (1) fresh water refill
  • One (1) waste pumping
  • One (1) GA RV rental vehicle pass good for Wednesday arrival
  • One (1) set of parentheses
*Does not include tickets. Everyone staying in the RV rental must have weekend passes to Curveball.
$4,925.00 – SOLD OUT

GLEN CLOSE CAR CAMPING PACKAGE

This package gives you a spot in the Glen Close campgrounds to park and camp next to your vehicle.  Everyone camping in this spot must have a Glen Close pass. Valid for one “standard vehicle” (ex: car, truck, SUV, mini-van). If you are bringing an RV or oversized vehicle (larger than 15 passenger van) then you will need a Glen Close RV camping package.

Each package includes:

  • Two (2) Glen Close weekend passes (option to purchase 1 additional Glen Close weekend pass for $425.00 + fees)
  • One (1) Glen Close car camping vehicle pass good for Wednesday arrival
  • Secure and private camping in close proximity to the concert field
  • Two (2) Curveball merchandise packages, included with Glen Close passes
  • Access to air-conditioned bathrooms with flushable toilets and showers in the campground
  • Express entrance to the concert field
  • Dedicated hospitality host (probably Angela, but might be Dave)
$910.00 + FEES – SOLD OUT

GLEN CLOSE RV CAMPING (BRING YOUR OWN RV)

This package gives you a spot in a campground dedicated to Glen Close guests driving in their own RVs.  Tents, slides and awnings must all fit within the space. Everyone camping in this spot must have a Glen Close pass.

There will be more than one Glen Close area at Curveball. Guests driving in their own RVs with Glen Close access will be parked on asphalt, in close proximity to the venue entrance. Glen Close guests who bring and park their own RVs in this area will also have access to all other Glen Close campgrounds so you can visit your friends who are camping in Glen Close with their own tents or rented RVs and tents. Please note that if you wish to bring your own RV and park on grass, a GA RV camping spot would provide a grass surface on which to park.

Each package includes:

  • (2) Glen Close weekend passes (option to purchase up to 4 additional Glen Close weekend passes for $425.00 + fees each)
  • (1) Glen Close RV camping vehicle pass for your RV good for Wednesday arrival
  • Secure and private camping in close proximity to the concert field
  • (2) Curveball merchandise packages, included with Glen Close passes
  • Access to air-conditioned bathrooms with flushable toilets & showers in the campground
  • Express entrance to the concert field
  • Dedicated hospitality host (Dave)
$1,050.00 + FEES – SOLD OUT

Optional Add-On: Glen Close RV Companion vehicle pass – SOLD OUT

  •       One (1) pass for a standard vehicle to park in the Glen Close RV campground, accompanying your existing RV pass or RV rental
*Does not include tickets. You must have a Glen Close pass to access this campground and the festival. Available at checkout when you purchase your Glen Close RV camping package.
$15.00

GLEN CLOSE RV RENTAL (RV PROVIDED)

Each Package Includes:

  •       Two (2) Glen Close weekend passes to Curveball (option to purchase 2 additional Glen Close weekend passes for $425.00 + fees each)
  •       One (1) Glen Close RV rental vehicle pass good for Wednesday arrival
  •       Sleeping accommodations for up to 4 people (layouts may vary by unit)
  •       Bedding (sheets, blankets and pillows)
  •       Seating and hang areas
  •       Power hook-ups
  •       Regular hook-ups
  •       Air-conditioning
  •       Kitchen with sink, microwave oven and refrigerator
  •       Bathroom with shower
  •       One (1) fresh water refill
  •       One (1) waste pumping
  •       Secure and private camping in close proximity to the concert field
  •       Two (2) Curveball merchandise packages, included with Glen Close passes
  •       Access to air-conditioned bathrooms with flushable toilets & showers in the campground
  •       Express entrance to the concert field
  •       Dedicated Hospitality Host (Garance)
$5,845.00 – SOLD OUT

GLEN CLOSE BED TENT RENTAL

Each Package Includes:

  •       Two (2) Glen Close weekend passes to Curveball
  •       Two (2) Curveball merchandise packages, included with Glen Close passes
  •       One private European-style tent (fancy!)
  •       One (1) Queen or Two (2) Twin Memory Foam Mattress Beds
  •       Two (2) Pillows plus duvets and bed linens
  •       Two (2) Bedside Tables
  •       One (1) Table
  •       Two (2) Chairs
  •       Two (2) Bath towels
  •       Two (3) four
  •       One (1) Glen Close tent rental vehicle pass good for Wednesday arrival
  •       24 Hour Hospitality Table
  •       Secure and private camping in close proximity to the concert field
  •       Access to air-conditioned bathrooms with flushable toilets & showers in the campground
  •       Express entrance to the concert field
  •       Dedicated Hospitality Host (Winston)
$2,345.00 – SOLD OUT

HOTEL TRAVEL PACKAGES

If camping’s not your thing, consider a travel package, which includes your tickets to Curveball, a three night stay at an area hotel, shuttle transportation to and from the show each day, and knowledgeable on-site event staff at the hotel and venue. For more info

Travel packages include:

  • Three (3) nights at the hotel of your choice from a selection of area hotels*
  • Two (2) General Admission tickets to Curveball
  • A merch pack with Two (2) Curveball t-shirts & other items 
  • Daily round-trip transportation between the hotel and Curveball
*Travel package host hotels in the area include the Ramada Painted Post Corning, Staybridge Suites Corning, Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview, Fairfield Inn Corning Riverside, Courtyard Elmira Horseheads, and Fairfield Inn & Suites Elmira Corning, Hampton Inn Corning/Painted Post & Candlewood Suites Horseheads-Elmira

ACCESSIBLE CAMPING

Curveball is accessible to all guests with disabilities, even Gary. During our festival the site fields will feature wheelchair accessible ramps, disabled parking spaces, accessible public restrooms, water fountains and concession stands. Curveball will have accessible camping conveniently located near the concert field. In addition, we’ll have viewing a platform in the concert field for those in need. Click here to view the Curveball ADA/Access Guide.

VIEW CAMPING OPTIONS
TRAVEL

DIRECTIONS

Directions to the main festival parking site are below. Day Parking is free. To help preserve the environment, we strongly encourage carpooling! Also, remaining in the Paris Accord.

Watkins Glen International is located approximately 3 miles outside of the Village of Watkins Glen. From Franklin Street in the Village, go South on Rte. 414 to the traffic light (3/4 mile) at the top of the hill and turn right. Go approximately 2.25 miles to the track (on the left). Then stop and take a breath. You made it. Everything’s gonna be all right.

WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
2790 County Route 16
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

– From Buffalo, Toronto, and points West: I-90 East to Rte. 14 South (Geneva Exit 42) take 14 South to Watkins Glen along the west side of beautiful Seneca Lake. 40 minutes from Exit 42; or, I-90 East to 390 South to Rte. 17(I-86) East to Exit 42 (Cooper Plains). Follow Meads Creek Rd./County Rte. 16 Northeast to WGI.

– From Cleveland, Jamestown, Olean, Erie, Bradford, and points West: Rte. 17(I-86) East to Rte. 414 North in Corning (Exit 46 turn left at end of exit ramp). 25 minutes from Corning.

– From Williamsport, Harrisburg, and points South: Rte. 15. North to Rte. 17(I-86) East to Rte. 414 North (Exit 46 turn left at end of exit ramp). 25 minutes from Corning.

– From Albany, Springfield MA, Oneonta: Rte. 88 West to Rte. 17(I-86) West to Rte. 14 North in Horseheads. 25 minutes from Horseheads.

– From Utica and points East (scenic route): I-90 West to Rte. 81 South to Rte. 79 West (in Ithaca) to Rte. 414 South. 30 minutes from Ithaca.

– From Binghamton, Scranton, New York City, and points South East: Rte. 17(I-86) West to Rte. 14 North in Horseheads. 25 Minutes from Horseheads.

– From Wakanda: Follow the River of Grace and Wisdom past the Woods of Solitude until you reach Panther Island in Birnin Zana. If you reach the Wall of Knowledge, then you’ve gone too far.

– From Syracuse, Auburn, Oswego: I-90 West to Rte. 14 South (Geneva exit 42). 40 minutes from Exit 42.

LOCAL INFORMATION

HOSPITALS

Schuyler General Hospital
1 1st St #1
Watkins Glen, NY
(607) 535-7923
www.schuylerhospital.org

Schuyler Hospital
220 Steuben St
Montour, NY
(607) 535-7121
www.schuylerhospital.org

GAS STATIONS

Sunoco A Plus Mini Market
814 North Franklin St
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

Lakes Gas NY
101 South Franklin St
Watkins Glen, NY 14891

GENERAL TOWN INFO

Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce
Corning Chamber of Commerce
Chemung Chamber of Commerce
Finger Lakes Visitors Association
NYS Travel & Vacation Association
Guide To Spit-Takes

VIEW LOCAL INFO
GUIDELINES

General Info & Guidelines

WHAT WE’LL PROVIDE

Shade Tents and Mist Tents
Pluperfect Tents
Hand sinks
Foot sinks
Foot stinks
Portable toilets
Trash, compost and recycling stations
Information/Lost & Found
On-site 24-hour medical, police and security services
ATMs and 24-hour General Store
24-hour Specific Store
Cell-phone charging station
Wide variety of food for purchase, including Deez®-brand nuts
Potable water, free and for purchase
Ice, for purchase at the general store and throughout the campground

WHAT TO BRING

Warm clothes for cool nights including a sweater or coat
Rain gear, just in case
A better attitude, Harriet
A tent / sleeping bag
Bug spray
Sunscreen / sunglasses / hat for shade
Plastic trash bags
Extra toilet paper for your extra butt
A lantern or flashlight with extra batteries
A flag or balloon or ornately carved marionette to identify your campsite
A small luggage lock for your tent (please don’t bring valuables. If you must, keep them locked in your vehicle out of view)
A plastic container or two for water (but not three —never three)
Ear plugs, in case Harriet doesn’t get a better attitude

YASSSS!!

Backpacks
Hats (you may also call them lids)
Sunblock
Lighters
Cell phones
Sunglasses
Cigarettes
Small beach towel
Fanny packs
Disposable cameras
Digital & Film cameras (non-pro)

NOOOO!!

NO Illegal drugs / drug paraphernalia
NO Weapons of any kind
NO Chains
NO Beer kegs / hard liquor
NO Fireworks
NEIN Feuerwerk
NO Glass containers (including in your RVs)
NO
NO Woman NO Cry
NO Unlicensed vending of any kind
NO Quarter
Caroline, No

NO Open fires, Ground fires, Charcoal fires

NO Cameras larger than a point-and-shoot camera nor ANY video recording equipment will be allowed onto the concert field. Unauthorized film or video will be confiscated.

NO Laser pens or similar focused light devices.

NO Laser Tag

NO Rollerball

NO Motorized vehicles (golf carts, ATVs, etc.) and no bikes of any kind are allowed. For safety reasons, any form of transportation that would carry you faster than a walking pace will not be allowed (including bicycles, skateboards, etc). This applies to all areas – camping, parking and the concert venue.

NO Pets. If a pet (other than a service pet) is found in your vehicle, you will be turned away – regardless of how long you have waited in line or whether you have your ticket. We have learned from experience that pets, especially dogs, have been trapped in overheated vehicles, bitten people, roamed in packs and been lost, much to the anguish of their owners. These events are not designed for pets, and most pets do not like anything after “Hoist” anyway. Please do your pet a favor, as well as your camping neighbors, by not bringing it to the festival.

NO Tall lawn chairs into the concert grounds (a tall chair is defined as one large enough that a basketball can roll under it — members of the Cleveland Cavaliers will be on hand to verify). You can bring chairs to your campsite.

NO beach umbrellas or any other items that might impair the sight of other fans (no chairs in the concert area!)

VOLUNTEER WITH CLEAN VIBES

Clean Vibes will be back on site at Curveball to help minimize the festival waste footprint by diverting all recyclables and compostables from the landfill. Every vehicle entering the festival will receive a trash bag and a recycling bag.

The team is currently putting together a team of dedicated volunteers to help with the waste diversion efforts at Curveball (in exchange for admittance to the festival). For more information on volunteering with Clean Vibes, click here.

WORK EXCHANGE TEAM: FANSTAFF PROGRAM

Work for Curveball in a variety of departments and gain access to a discounted attendee ticket. All FanStaff will be paid wages for hours worked. There are limited positions available, and FanStaff tickets are expected to sell out. For more details, click here.

SOME MORE GUIDELINES
FAQS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I WAITED A BIT TOO LONG TO GET TICKETS BUT CURVEBALL WAS ALREADY SOLD OUT. HOW CAN I GET IN?

There are a few ways.

VOLUNTEER WITH CLEAN VIBES: Clean Vibes will be back on site at Curveball to help minimize the festival waste footprint by diverting all recyclables and compostables from the landfill. Every vehicle entering the festival will receive a trash bag and a recycling bag.

The team is currently putting together a team of dedicated volunteers to help with the waste diversion efforts at Curveball (in exchange for admittance to the festival). For more information on volunteering with Clean Vibes, click here.

WORK EXCHANGE TEAM: FANSTAFF PROGRAM: Work for Curveball in a variety of departments and gain access to a discounted attendee ticket. All FanStaff will be paid wages for hours worked. There are limited positions available, and FanStaff tickets are expected to sell out. For more details, click here.

WHEN DO THE CAMPGROUNDS OPEN?

The GA campgrounds will open Thursday, August 16th at Noon. Want to come a day early? Grab an early Wednesday arrival vehicle pass, but keep in mind these are very limited and do not guarantee you will camp in a specific campground. Festival grounds will not yet be open.

Glen Close campgrounds as well as ALL of the on site rental programs (Tent or RV, GA or Glen Close) will open Wednesday August 15th at Noon. Note: all campground entrances will close on Wednesday at 10PM and re-open on Thursday at Noon.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION FOR THE CAMPGROUND ENTRANCES?

Wednesday, August 15th
Open at Noon – Open to anyone with a Wednesday arrival vehicle pass or those in the above mentioned Glen Close or rental programs
Closes at 10pm – Campground entrances will close for the evening. Anyone arriving after 10pm will be turned away.

Thursday, August 16th
Open at Noon – Campground entrances open to anyone with arriving with any vehicle camping pass. Campground entrances remain open 24 hours a day until the conclusion of the festival.

CAN MY FRIENDS AND I BRING INSTRUMENTS AND AMPLIFIERS AND PLAY IN THE CAMPGROUND?

Only acoustic instruments will be allowed in camping (no instruments in the concert area). If we allowed everyone who asks to bring amplifiers it would be a free-for-all out there, and not fair to fellow campers who don’t want to hear your reggae cover of “Everlong.”

CAN I CAMP IN MY CAR?

You may camp in your car in the car camping campgrounds only. Every vehicle entering the festival site will require a separate camping vehicle pass. These passes are sold on a per vehicle basis, so you can save money and reduce your environmental impact by carpooling. You may add a GA car camping vehicle pass to your GA weekend pass ticket order. Camping space is limited so we suggest grabbing one early. All Glen Close car camping packages include a vehicle pass.

CAN I BRING 1 CAR AND BUY 2 CAR CAMPING PASSES TO HAVE A BIGGER CAMPSITE?

No.

CAN I BRING COLLEEN CAMP IN MY CAR?

That’s up to her.

CAN I BRING AN RV?

You may camp in your RV in the RV camping campgrounds only.  If you are bringing an RV or oversized vehicle (larger than 15 passenger van, no box trucks) then the vehicle will require a GA RV camping vehicle pass. Available prior to checkout when you purchase your GA weekend pass. There are no power or water hook-ups for General Admission RV Camping. All Glen Close RV camping packages include a Glen Close RV camping vehicle pass.

CAN MY FRIENDS PARK THEIR CAR NEXT TO MY RV IN THE RV CAMPGROUND?

Yes as long as they 1) arrive along with the RV at the same time and 2) purchase a $15 RV companion vehicle pass available prior to check out when purchasing an RV camping vehicle pass or a la carte. 

I ALREADY BOUGHT BY GA WEEKEND PASSES BUT NOW I NEED TO BUY A CAR CAMPING PASS. HOW CAN I GET ONE?

While supplies last, grab a Car Camping Vehicle Pass (Wednesday or Thursday arrival), RV Camping Vehicle Pass (Wednesday or Thursday arrival), RV Companion Vehicle Pass (Wednesday or Thursday arrival). Update: camping passes are sold out.

MAY I MAKE A CAMPFIRE OR USE A STOVE TO COOK?

Feel free to bring your own food and beverages into the camping area. However, campfires, fire pits, fire cages, or any open flames are not allowed anywhere on site. Small portable propane camp stoves will be allowed. No charcoal grills, please and no full-size propane tanks will be allowed.

CAN I CALL IT “CURFBALL”?

Knock yourself out.

CAN WE PARK WHEREVER WE WANT AND MOVE OUR CARS ONCE WE ARE IN?

No! The parking staff will direct you to your camping area when you arrive. Groups who wish to camp in the same vicinity should plan to meet far from the festival grounds to line up their vehicles and stay together prior to entering the gates. It will not be possible to hold spaces for other vehicles arriving later.

Once you are parked in a camping area you may not move your vehicle for the duration of the festival. This is for your safety and the safety of your neighbors. If you plan to drive in and out of the event grounds over the weekend, you should park in the “Day Parking” area. Ask the parking staff to direct you there upon entering the festival grounds. DAY PARKING IS FREE. If a car is parked and left unattended on any public road it WILL BE TOWED at the owner’s expense.

Given the configuration and the limitations of this site we need everyone to cooperate with the staff and park where directed and remain there. Please understand that when anyone disregards the parking and camping instructions it can create a domino effect that will ultimately impact everyone’s comfort and safety. And no one wants a domino effect.

It is ESSENTIAL that all vehicle lanes be kept clear and open at all times. Please help us by reminding your neighbors that this is for your safety as well as theirs.

CAN I USE A TARP TO CLAIM MY CAMPING SPOT A WEEK BEFORE ANYONE ARRIVES?

No.

CAN I BRING A TARP INSIDE OF THE CONCERT GROUNDS?

No tarps will be allowed into the concert field.

CAN I RIDE MY BICYCLE TO THE FESTIVAL AND RIDE IT INSIDE THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS?

You can ride your bike to the festival, but not in the event area. No bikes will be allowed in camping or concert area. For safety reasons, any form of transportation that would carry you faster than a walking pace will not be allowed (this includes bikes and skateboards).

I’M A PRETTY SOLID UNICYCLIST SO —

Next question.

WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT FOR CAMPING?

All campers must be 18 or older unless accompanied by an adult or legal guardian.

WHERE DO PEOPLE THAT ARE STAYING WITH ME IN MY RV BUT DRIVING UP SEPARATELY PARK FOR THE WEEKEND?

They will be directed into one of the car camping campgrounds when they arrive. Their vehicle will need a car camping vehicle pass.

CAN WE BRING ALCOHOL?

A reasonable amount of beer (limited to one case of beer per person per car – no full size kegs, no glass, no liquor), for personal consumption only (no vending), by folks who are of legal age (21) – will be permitted into the camping areas (not concert area). A mini-keg is permissible, as long as it is plastic. A mini-keg will equal one case of beer. If, however, in the security’s judgment it appears that the amount of alcohol is excessive for the number of persons in the vehicle, or if anyone in the vehicle is under 21 years of age, or if Tim is there, the organizers reserve the right to deny entry of the vehicle and/or confiscate the alcohol. Full sized metal Kegs may not be brought onto the property, even if they are wearing full metal jackets. Please keep these things in mind and be sensible about how much you plan to bring in. Beer will be available for purchase on the concert field.

I LOVE TO COOK AND I ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH MY OWN KNIVES. IS IT OK FOR ME TO BRING THEM IN MY RV? (FOR COOKING ONLY)

Unfortunately, no. We cannot allow knives on site so please leave them at home or they will be confiscated at the gate.

WILL THERE BE FREE BATHROOMS/SHOWERS?

Yes, there will be free portable bathrooms and free showers available. There will be separate M/F shower trailers, plus accessible facilities for both as well.

ARE THERE SHOWERS IN GENERAL ADMISSION CAMPING? WHAT HOURS CAN YOU USE THE SHOWERS?

Yes there are free showers that will be accessible for 18 hours of the day.

CAN I BRING FOOD/BEVERAGES AND CHAIRS/COOLER INTO THE CAMP AREAS?

Yes, but no glass containers. And not into the concert area.

I LOCKED MY KEYS IN MY CAR LIKE A JERK. I’M ALWAYS DOING STUFF LIKE THIS, AND THAT’S PROBABLY WHY KAREN LEFT. WILL THERE BE A TOW TRUCK ON SITE?

Yes, there will be a tow truck on site.

WHERE IS THE NEAREST GAS STATION?

Sunoco A Plus Mini Market on North Franklin St. and Lakes Gas NY on South Franklin St.

WHERE IS THE NEAREST INTERNATIONAL CRYPTOZOOLOGY MUSEUM?

Thompsons Point in Portland, Maine.

WILL THERE BE A PLACE FOR ME TO BUY COFFEE OR GET HOT WATER?

Yes, there will be a coffee vendor in the food area.

CAN I SET UP A SMOOTHIE KIOSK OR SELL T-SHIRTS THAT SAY “MORE COWBELL” WHICH IS A REFERENCE TO A TELEVISION SKETCH?

No unlicensed vending will be allowed at the festival. If you’re interested in food or craft Vending, please send an email to curveballcraft@phish.com or fill out The Curveball Vendor Application at bit.ly/curveballvendor and the Food Vendor Application at bit.ly/curveballfood.

WILL THERE BE A FARMERS MARKET?

Yes, there will be a Farmers Market on site.

WILL THERE BE ELECTRICAL OUTLETS TO CHARGE MY CELL PHONE?

Yes, there will be cell phone charging stations. The shower trailers will also have electrical outlets.

WHERE IS THE CLOSEST ATM?

ATMs will be located in the venue and 24 Hour area. We will note their locations on festival map.

ARE GENERATORS ALLOWED?

Only to power your RV or Campsite. No other generators are allowed. Generators should not exceed 4kw for noise and pollution purposes. Two 5 gallon gas cans or 10 total gallons per generator per will be allowed. Any amount greater will be confiscated.

IF I HAVE GLEN CLOSE CAMPING CAN I STILL GO INTO THE GENERAL ADMISSION CAMPING TO VISIT MY FRIENDS?

Yes, but not vice versa. Anyone entering Glen Close camping must have a Glen Close camping wristband.

WILL WAGONS BE ALLOWED IN THE CONCERT VENUE AREA?

No. Nuh-uh.

IF I AM NOT CAMPING, WHERE DO I PARK?

If you are not camping, you will need to park in Day Parking or be dropped-off at the designated drop-off area.

WHAT TIME DO I HAVE TO LEAVE THE DAY PARKING LOT?

You will be able to stay in Day Parking for a few hours after the last set is played on any given night. Day parking is free.

IF I PARK MY CAR IN DAY PARKING AM I REQUIRED TO LEAVE AT THE END OF EACH DAY OR CAN I LEAVE MY CAR IN THAT LOT FOR THE WEEKEND?

Day Parking is exclusively for those who need or want to leave at the end of each day. If you plan on leaving your car overnight you may not park in Day Parking.

CAN I TAKE SOMEONE ELSE’S CAR?

No. Technically that’s stealing.

WILL I BE ABLE TO BE DROPPED OFF EACH DAY AND PICKED UP EACH NIGHT?

Yes. There will be drop stops.

A FRIEND IS GOING TO DROP ME OFF, NOT MY MOM, IF THAT’S WHAT YOU WERE THINKING.

No judgments.

WHAT SORTS OF CAMERAS ARE ALLOWED ON SITE?

Video cameras and cameras with SLR or interchangeable lenses are not allowed in the event field. You are free to take pictures or video in the campgrounds.

SERIOUSLY, MY MOM IS NOT GOING TO DROP ME OFF. SHE DOESN’T EVEN KNOW I’M GOING…

WILL SINGLE DAY TICKETS BE AVAILABLE?

No, there are currently no plans to offer single day tickets.

CAN WE BRING FIREWORKS?

No.

WILL THERE BE A “FAMILY/QUIET” CAMPING OR “SOBER” CAMPING AREA?

Yes, there will be an area for people who wish to camp at a site that will be quiet at night and in the mornings and an area for folks who wish to remain drug/alcohol free for the weekend. These areas will be located in General Admission camping are limited in size and are first come, first served.

WHAT KIND OF SPECIAL NEEDS FACILITIES WILL YOU BE PROVIDING?

All details about Accessible Camping and contact information can be found in The Curveball Access Guide. Any questions can be directed to curveballada@phish.com.

HYPOTHETICALLY, COULD ONE’S MOM DROP ONE OFF AND PICK ONE UP? ASKING FOR A FRIEND.

Sigh. Yes, one’s mom could do that.

I AM STAYING AT A HOTEL OFF SITE AND PLAN ON COMMUTING TO AND FROM THE FESTIVAL. WILL I BE PERMITTED TO COME AND GO EACH DAY/NIGHT?

Yes, you may come and go, provided that you are parked in the Day Parking area (it’s free). Each time you re-enter the grounds you will be subject to the same search as your initial entry. This is done for everyone’s safety.

WILL MY CELL PHONE WORK AT CURVEBALL?

We haven’t experienced any issues on site.

I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET THERE UNTIL 3AM ON SATURDAY MORNING. I’VE GOT TO FINISH THE SUPPLY REPORTS, AND JENNA FROM CORPORATE HAS BEEN BUSTING MY ASS. CAN I STILL GET IN?

Yes. Camping gates will be attended 24 hours a day throughout the event from Thursday to Sunday. Camping gates are open on Wednesday from Noon to 10pm to anyone with a Wednesday arrival vehicle camping pass (including Glen Close or any on site accommodations rental).

CAN I GET BACK ANY ITEMS CONFISCATED EITHER AT THE CAMPGROUND OR CONCERT FIELD ENTRANCE?

There will be a check-in area for disallowed items. All patrons will be subject to a search by security personnel. Please be advised that the security company, facility, promoters and performers will not be responsible for any items confiscated during search procedures.

WHAT IS THE TAPING POLICY GOING TO BE? WILL WE NEED TO GET TAPERS TICKETS?

Audio taping will be permitted in the designated taper section only on a first-come first-served policy. Video taping will NOT be allowed. No taper tickets will be necessary. To view Phish’s policy on taping, click here. To view the poster for the 1987 film Disorderlies, click here.

WHAT IS THE SECURITY GOING TO BE LIKE?

Event staff – including trained, professional security, mounted (horse) patrols and police – will be present in and around the grounds for the entire duration of the event.

WHAT IS THE MUSIC GOING TO BE LIKE?

Mostly ska.

CAN I SHARE MY TICKET WITH SOMEONE IF I GO ONE DAY AND MY FRIEND GOES THE OTHER?

No. All weekend passes are non-transferable wristbands, which must be worn at all times during the event.

HOW HOT WILL IT GET IN THE DAY AND HOW COLD WILL IT GET AT NIGHT?

August is Watkins Glen’s warmest month of the year. Congratulations, August!

I AM AN ARTIST AND I WANT TO BE A PART OF THE FESTIVAL’S ART TEAM. HOW DO I DO THAT?

You can send an email to curveballart@phish.com.

ARE YOU PROUD OF YOURSELF?

You have no idea.

ARE YOU HIRING PEOPLE TO WORK OR VOLUNTEER AT THE EVENT?

We are currently accepting applications for volunteer work, in exchange for entry to the festival. You can volunteer with WET (Work Exchange Team) or Clean Vibes. More info can be found in Guidelines & Info.

WILL THERE BE ACCESSIBLE PARKING/BATHROOMS?

Yes, there will be Disabled accessible facilities on site. Click here to view the Curveball ADA/Access Guide.

WILL THERE BE A LOST & FOUND? (KEYS, CELL PHONES, FACE ETC.)

Yes, there will be a combination Lost & Found AND Information booth area which will be clearly marked on the festival guide. So don’t lose the guide, butterfingers.

WILL THERE BE FIRST AID ON SITE?

Yes. First Aid stations will be on site, clearly visible to find, and clearly marked on the maps.

WILL THERE BE DRINKING FOUNTAINS?

There will be free drinking fountains, and bottled water will be sold at numerous vendor locations. Pick up an official Curveball Nalgene Bottle on site for $20 to reduce single-use plastic waste and#rocknrefill at any filtered drinking water station FREE, for the entire weekend. Proceeds benefit The WaterWheel Foundation and Reverb.

Water Bottles will be available from the three filtered drinking water stations in the venue and at the general store. A special limited edition version of the bottle will be available from Dry Goods (while supplies last).

To be clear: drinking water is available for free around the campgrounds and festival grounds. Cold, filtered water fill ups are free with the purchase of a Official Curveball Nalgene bottle or, bring your own and it can be filled with filtered water for $1 donation per filling (32oz max).

WILL THERE BE CHOCOLATE FOUNTAINS?

No. This is not a bat mitzvah.

WILL THERE BE SUNGLASSES/VISORS OR HATS/SUNSCREEN SOLD?

Yes there will be booths on site with those items.

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 3 OF “STRANGER THINGS”?

Yes.

CAN I UPGRADE MY TICKET TO GLEN CLOSE CAMPING AFTER I’VE ALREADY PURCHASED A GA TICKET?

Unfortunately, all ticket purchases are final. No refunds, no exchanges.

WILL THERE BE VEGETARIAN/VEGAN FOOD OFFERED?

Yes.

WILL THERE BE FOOD BOOTHS OR A GENERAL STORE IN THE CAMPING AREA?

Yes, there will be a store selling various sundry items which may include: Advil, Air Mattresses, Aloe Gel, Anacin, Band-Aids, Batteries (AA, AAA, C), Benadryl, Bug spray, Cigarettes, Festival Merch (sweaters, ear muffs, half-tops), Condoms (tee-hee!), Disposable cameras, Ear plugs, Eye Drops, Ice Bags, Lighters, lip balm, Lotion, Mini/Small Flashlights, Mini Deodorant, Mini Hand Sanitizer, Mini soap bars, Motrin IB, Mouthwash, Neosporin, Pepto, Rolaids, Sunscreen, Tampons, Rope, Tissue packets, Toothpaste/Toothbrush combo pack, Water, Tylenol, Wet-one Wipes, Tents, tent stakes etc (hours and items subject to change).

GOT ANOTHER QUESTION?

If we missed something, or if you’re just lonely, send us an email at curveballinfo@phish.com.