Parking Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

Q: Where is parking located for the Philadelphia Folk Festival?

A: Parking is available at the festival site located at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township. Specific parking areas will be designated and clearly marked.

Q: Are there different types of parking areas?

A: Yes, there are several types of parking areas, including reserved parking, free parking, VIP parking, and accessible parking for those with disabilities. Passes can be purchased online in advance. The handicapped parking area in the reserved lot requires a parking pass be purchased.


Arriving at the Festival

Q: What time do parking lots open?

A: Parking lots typically open at 8:00 AM each day of the festival. Check the festival’s official schedule for exact times.

Q: Is there a drop-off area for passengers?

A: Yes, there is a designated drop-off area near the entrance for passengers and rideshare services.

Q: Will there be shuttles from the parking lots to the festival entrance?

A: Yes, shuttle services are provided from the more distant parking lots to the festival entrance at regular intervals.


Safety and Security

Q: Are the parking lots patrolled by security?

A: Yes, parking lots are patrolled by festival security to ensure the safety of all attendees.

Q: What should I do in case of an emergency?

A: In case of an emergency, contact festival security or dial 911. Emergency services will be available on-site throughout the festival.


More Information

Q: Who can I contact for more information about parking?

A: For more information, visit the festival’s official website or contact Dan Gossin, Management Team Assistant, at gossind@yahoo.com or contact the Parking Committee at: parkingpff@gmail.com


ALL PARKING ON-SITE IS WEATHER DEPENDENT, AND THE FESTIVAL DIRECTORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE ALL ON-SITE PARKING IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.

Purchasing Parking Passes

Q: How do I purchase a parking pass?

A: Parking passes can be purchased through this website and the festival’s official website. We recommended buying your pass in advance, as spaces can fill up quickly. On the Tickets form, tickets are under the “Add-Ons” category.

Parking passes are available for purchase on this site under Festival Tickets folkfest.org/tickets/ and Volunteers folkfest.org/volunteer-tickets/

You can also buy tickets at the PFS website, pfs.org/philadelphia-folk-festival/

Q: Is there still a free parking lot?

A: Yes! The free parking lot is 0.7 mile from the lot to the Main Gate on Salford Station Road. Shuttles are available at regular intervals to take you from the lot to the Main Gate.

Q: Can I purchase a parking pass on the day of the festival?

A: Yes, but availability may be limited. To ensure a spot, it’s best to purchase your pass beforehand.


Parking Rules and Regulations

Q: Are there any parking restrictions I should be aware of?

A: Parking is only allowed in designated areas. Illegally parked vehicles may be towed at the owner’s expense.

Q: Is tailgating allowed in the parking lots?

A: No, tailgating, open flames, and alcohol consumption are not permitted in the parking lots.

Q: What should I do if I lose my parking pass?

A: If you lose your parking pass, visit the festival’s ticketing booth or contact customer service for assistance. Parking passes are affixed to your windshield using a sticker that is destroyed once removed. Reserved parking passes may not be transferred between multiple vehicles.


Accessible Parking

Q: Is there accessible parking available for persons with disabilities?

A: Yes, accessible parking is available in both reserved and free parking areas. A valid state-issued parking permit or license plate is required. Parking in the reserved parking disabled area also requires a reserved parking pass to be purchased. The Old Pool Farm delivers our charm but also many challenges. We strive to make this working hay farm as accessible to everyone as possible.

Parking Overview for People with Disabilities:

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is held on the site of the Old Pool Farm. This beautifully scenic working hay farm offers us our charm, but also provides many challenges. We strive to make our festival as accessible to as many as possible. There are several Disabled Accessible Parking Areas available at the Festival. These are:

  • Free Parking Disabled Area
  • Reserved Parking Disabled Area
  • Camping Parking Disabled Area

ALL DISABLED ACCESSIBLE PARKING AREAS REQUIRE A STATE-ISSUED PLACARD OR LICENSE PLATE.

Free Disabled Parking Area: Located in the Wolford Rd. lot in the first parking row. Parking spaces are relatively flat and are next to where passenger shuttles, typically school buses, transport festival attendees to the Main Gate. Be aware that this is an open field, converted for use of parking. The ground is uneven. This disabled parking area is typically reserved for day-tripping customers who would like to forgo the fee for parking in the Reserved Parking Disabled Accessible Area.

Reserved Disabled Parking Area: Located in the Reserved Parking Lot (Point Parking Lot) on-site of the Old Pool Farm directly adjacent to the Main Gate area. This would be the best available option for accessibility to the concert area. The spaces are relatively flat. Be aware that this is an open field, converted for use of parking. These spaces are typically reserved for day-tripping customers. Close is a matter of perspective, but this is as close as it gets to the concert area. You MUST purchase the ‘Reserved Parking’ add-on available at folkfest.org to park in the Reserved Disabled Parking Area.

Camping Disabled Parking Area: Located inside the Clemmers Mill Rd. Gate directly to the right when you enter. This is the best option for those needing disabled accessible parking who are CAMPING. You do NOT require a ‘Reserved Parking Pass’ to park in this accessible area, but you MUST register with the Camping Committee by emailing at pffcamping@comcast.net to request a spot. You will be provided with a placard when you arrive on-site that will allow you re-entry to the lot. THESE SPOTS ARE LIMITED AND FIRST COME FIRST SERVED.

You may NOT move your vehicle between disabled parking areas. We ask customers to utilize the tram cart service to travel between the camping and concert areas.

ALL PARKING ON-SITE IS WEATHER DEPENDENT, AND THE FESTIVAL DIRECTORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CLOSE ALL ON-SITE PARKING IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.
Note: This information is subject to change. Please check the Philadelphia Folk festival’s official website for the latest updates and details.
Aerial view of the Festival grounds during Fest, ca. 2012
Reserved parking is seen in the left lower quadrant. Some of the festival grounds and stages can be seen in the right lower quadrant.
In the upper half, the tent campgrounds are seen with the RV camping area above.