- Arrive early, by about 2 p.m.

- Park in lots designated for festival

- Don't drive if you don't have to: walk or cycle to the festival, which offers a secure place for bicycles, but bring a lock

- Bring a chair or blanket

- Wear and bring sunscreen

- Stay hydrated; the festival offers free refills of cups or water bottles at hydration stations

- Wear sneakers and plan to get dirty; the sandy Bader Field and wind means you may leave the venue looking like you worked in the mines for the day

- Bring cash. Most vendors don't accept credit cards.

- Walk around. The festival offers a wide array of food, beverages and merchandise worth checking out.