Grateful Dog Festival gets new location, extended to all weekend
Borrowing the words from Sugar Magnolia, one of the Grateful Dead’s more popular songs, this year’s Grateful Dog Festival has got everything delightful and everything you need.
In its 10thyear, the festival, which is planned for Aug. 27-29, serves as a fundraiser for area humane societies. It is sponsored and organized by the non-profit Grateful Family. It has raised more than $75,000 to aid area animal shelters.
This year’s festival has moved from its past location at Southern Hops Brewery to the fittingly named Sugar Magnolia Ranch in Timmonsville. It has also expanded from a one-day event to an all-weekend event that begins Friday at noon and lasts until 2 p.m. on Sunday.
One day passes are for Friday or Saturday are available for $25. Three-day camping passes are also available for $150 for a vehicle carrying no more than four people. The camping passes include a 20x20 primitive camping spot and Sunday brunch.
Each day will offer what Grateful Dog Festival-goers normally expect to find: A tye-dyed Grateful Dead theme along with live music on multiple stages, plenty of food and merchandise vendors, and fun for the kiddos. And, of course, lots and lots of fur babies of every shape, size, color and breed.
Bands scheduled to perform are Scott Smith, Woody& Sunshine, Wolfman String Band, Long Strange Deal (A tribute to the music of Jerry Garcia), Sean Mills& Friends, Cosmic Superheroes, Atlas Myers, Lance Hatchell, Campbell Bridgeman, Raw Cotton, RadioVibe, Green Grass Revival, Minivan Mark& Friends, DogHouse Kings, Big Sky Revival, GFATS, Gentle Jack, Drifter and The Jam Cooperative:A Grateful Dead Experience, Machine Funk, The Acosta Brothers, Red Shack Pickers, and 7 Feet of Soul.
Festival-goers will be required to follow the these rules:
- Primitive camping only onsite: RV spots available at Swamp Fox Campground (while supplies last).
- Shuttle service available from the Campground to the Festival upon request (Golf Carts Only)
- No generators.
- Dogs must be leashed at all times during entire stay at Sugar Magnolia Ranch (even at night).
- Please practice social distancing
- No less than six feet between each campsite
- No less than 15 feet between camping rows
- No less than six feet between all vending spots (art and food)
- Hand sanitizer stations throughout festival area and at restrooms
- Cloth masks and disposable masks will be available.
- Children under 13 must not be left unattended.
- No outside cups in the festival area.
- No outside alcoholic beverages (you may have a cooler at your campsite, but you may not bring your cooler or alcoholic beverages inside the festival area).
- No backpacks inside the festival area.
- No fireworks, contraband, weapons, fighting, or politics.
- No smoking at the barn area.
- Campsites must be kept clean: No trash left behind (including spent cigarettes). Please come prepared with your own trash bags.