Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed at the festival?

Dogs are not permitted inside the Indoor Arena where the Earl Scruggs Music Festival is being held; however, dogs on leash are welcome onsite at Tryon Resort and in the camping areas.

Can I bring my camera?

Cameras are permitted, but only for personal use. Commercial photographers must request a media credential by clicking here: Please note that we reserve the right to not issue media credentials for every request.

What kind of bag can I bring?

The maximum-sized bag permitted into the Indoor Arena is 12”x6”x12”. Please note that all bags will be searched prior to entering the Indoor Arena.

Can I bring my cooler and/or my own food & drink?

Coolers and outside food and drink are not permitted inside the Earl Scruggs Music Festival performance venues, except for medical reasons (dietary restrictions, glucose intolerance, etc.). One pint-sized zip-lock bag per person can be brought into the performance venues for medical reasons.

Is the festival indoors?

Yes - all bands will be performing inside the Tryon International Equestrian Center’s covered indoor arena. Some additional festival activities will be held outside. Additionally, the after hours and workshop stage is indoors at Legend’s Grill.

Is the festival rain or shine?

As all the music will be taking place indoors, the festival will continue rain or shine. In case of a weather emergency, please follow instructions from our staff.

Will there be opportunities for jamming?

Yes! An official jamming tent will be provided.

Will there be any children’s activities?

Yes! There will be a children’s tent; more information TBA.

How can my band be considered to play the festival?

The Earl Scruggs Music Festival lineup is carefully curated by our festival committee and does not accept unsolicited materials from bands/artists.

What time does the music start and end each day?

Friday’s music starts at 2 PM on the main stage and finishes around 1 AM on the Late-Night stage. Saturday’s music starts at 10:15 AM on the main stage and finishes around 1AM on the Late-Night stage.

Can I be a vendor?

Yes, to request a vendor application, please email

I wanna help! Do you need volunteers?

Yes, we need volunteers! Volunteer sign-ups will be available soon. Check for updates.

What kind of chair can I bring into the GA area? What about sunshades and blankets?

Portable, collapsible chairs (nothing taller than a standard camping chair) are permitted inside the GA area. Sunshades and tents are not permitted inside the Indoor Arena. Blankets must not exceed 10’ x 10’.

What shouldn’t I bring to ESMF?

Please do not bring:

  • Weapons of any kind
  • Oversized blankets, chairs, or bags
  • Illegal drugs
  • Any glass containers
  • Drones

What is your refund policy?

Tickets to the Earl Scruggs Music Festival are non-refundable. Should the event be postponed or cancelled, your tickets will automatically be transferred to the rescheduled date or the following year’s festival.

Is the festival accessible for persons with disabilities?

The Indoor Arena at TIEC is ADA accessible. Designated sections are available for handicap seating in the general admission seating, the stands, or in the floor seating. Ramps are available for access to all handicap seating sections. ADA parking will also be available. Attendees requiring ADA parking will need to hang their ADA-approved parking tag in their car for access to this area.

After purchasing, how will I receive my tickets?

Within 24 hours of your purchase, you should receive your ticket via email. Your ticket can be printed at home or shown on your mobile device to gain entry. Should you not receive your ticket email within 24 hours of your purchase, reach out to and we will be happy to assist you.

How do I exchange my ticket for a festival wristband?

You can exchange your pre-purchased tickets for wristbands from 3:00 - 9:00PM on Thursday or on Friday starting at 12:00PM at the main Festival gate at the TIEC Indoor Arena.

Are the Night Owl Sessions presented by Come Hear North Carolina shows included in my ticket price?

The Late-Night shows are separately-ticketed events in TIEC’s Legends Club. They can be purchased at Quantities are limited for these tickets.

Will there be food options onsite?

Food trucks and the Tryon Resort restaurants will be serving a variety of food (including options for those with dietary restrictions) for purchase. Outside food and drink is not permitted.

What drink options will be available?

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

Will a shuttle be available?

Yes! We will offer a free shuttle service between the parking areas, lodging, camping, and the performance venues. The shuttle will stop at two locations on the festival grounds. We will have two shuttles cycling continuously to better serve festival attendees. Please no drinking and driving. The state troopers and local law enforcement will be out making sure everyone is safe!

Shuttle Hours:

  • Friday 1 PM - 1:30 AM
  • Saturday 9 AM - 1:30 AM

What else should we do around Tryon while there for the festival?

Tryon Resort has multiple shops and restaurants located in the Legends Plaza area to enjoy while at the festival. Kids’ activities will also be available in this area for attendees to enjoy. For additional information about Tryon Resort, please view our Visitor Guide at

Patrons are also encouraged to visit the Earl Scruggs Center located at 103 S Lafayette Street in Shelby, NC, about 30 minutes from the festival grounds at TIEC.

Will Wi-Fi be available?

Yes! Tryon Resort offers complimentary Wi-Fi services to all of its onsite visitors. Select “Tryon Resort Guest” to access the free Wi-Fi.

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