Frequently Asked Questions

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Will there be food at the festival?

Absolutely! Bring an appetite because we have a buffet of delectable dining options in store for you (including vegetarian and gluten free). Here are a few of the options:

Hearth & Timber Pizza

Wood fired pizza made with local and seasonal ingredients, cooked to perfection at 700 degrees.


Old world artisan sausages, Italian style burgers, and hand pulled fresh mozzarella and tomato sandwiches.   


Chicken or Tofu Satay marinated in sweet soy and ginger with creamy peanut sauce, served over asian slaw and noodles.

Anything to wet my whistle? 

Our friends at New City Brewery and Abandoned Building Brewery will be nestled in the shade pouring handcrafted beer and hard cider, along with red and white wine. There will also be plenty of nonalcoholic beverages as well as fresh, cold, and FREE Montague water to fill up your reusable bottles.

What should I bring?

Bring a blanket or lawn chairs, sunscreen or umbrella, reusable cups and an appetite for adventure. We’ll have plenty of great food options but you may wish to bring a picnic. Some people might also like to have bug repellant on hand.

If you are bringing lawn chairs and umbrellas, please be respectful of your neighbors and situate yourself in the upper portion of the lawn. This leaves the lower space clear so that those on blankets can enjoy a clear view of the stage too.

What should I leave at home?

Please DO NOT bring pets (we love your furry friends, but the festival grounds need to feel safe and comfortable for everyone), alcohol (we’ve got you covered with great local breweries), glass containers, coolers, drugs & drug paraphernalia, weapons of any kind, or fireworks.

Can I bring a pet?

We love your furry friends, but the festival grounds need to feel safe and comfortable for everyone, so please leave them at home (yes, this includes goats, iguanas, and comfort peacocks too). Only registered service animals will be allowed through the gates.

What happens if it rains?

BARBÉS In The Woods is a rain or shine event, so feel free to bring an umbrella or a poncho if it looks gloomy. We plan to dance regardless of weather. The festival will only be paused if there is lightning or severe, dangerous weather.

What time does it start?

Gates open at noon and the music starts at 1PM. The festival wraps up at 11PM and there is an afterparty at Alvah Stone in the Montague Book Mill. 

Come early and join us at 12:30 PM for the parade through Montague Center, which is part of the Old Home Days celebration. We'll be marching alongside the fabulous Berkshire Bateria (Brazilian drumming ensemble).

Is there camping?

While we don't provide camping onsite, there are several nearby campgrounds that you might enjoy:

Barton Cove (10 minute drive from the festival) - $22/night per party/site. Campgrounds are a ½ mile walk from car parking. They have bathrooms, shower, and water spigots throughout campground, but no electricity. Reserve by calling 413-863-9300  

Erving State Forest (20 minute drive from the festival) - $17/night for MA residents , $27/night  (up to 4 per site, 2 cars, 2-3 tents). They have bathrooms, showers, and water spigots through campground, but no electricity. For questions call 978-544-3939 or click here to reserve online.

Where's the best place to get a hotel room?

If you're visiting from out of town for the weekend, we suggest staying in Northampton which is about 25 minutes from the festival site. You'll find great brunch and coffee options on Sunday morning and it's a lovely, walkable town. Here are a range of hotel options (take a look at AirBnb too):
19 MILES / $159
Fairfield Inn & Suites
115A Conz Street
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 587-9800
19 MILES / $280
The Hotel Northampton
36 King Street
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 584-3100
14 MILES / $190
Homewood Suites By Hilton 
340 Russell Street
Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 387-0583
9 MILES / $106
Days Inn by Wyndham
21 Colrain Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 376-5195
9 MILES / $197
Hampton Inn & Suites Greenfield
184 Shelburne Road
Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 773-0057
9 MILES / $174
Red Roof PLUS+
9 Greenfield Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373
(413) 665-7161
14 MILES / $159
Holiday Inn Express
400 Russell Street
Hadley, MA 01035
(413) 582-0002
20 MILES / $70
Travel Inn
180 Daniel Shays Highway
Orange, MA 01364
(978) 544-2986

Is there swimming?

Swimming is not permitted, however, you are welcome to dip your toes or wade in the lovely Saw Mill River, which winds through the property. The Montague Fire Department will also be on hand to spray you down if it's really hot (think of it as a grownup sprinkler).

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What's with the statue?

“José Gregorio has been our mascot and protector for now 10 years,” said Olivier Conan, “Someone stole the bust. We don’t think it’s funny.”
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