RBC Bluesfest Help Centre

What to Bring / What To Leave At Home

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Items marked "YES" are permitted inside the festival venue:

  • YES Cell phones (we have charging stations!)
  • YES Snacks
  • YES Sealed or empty reusable water bottles (we have filling stations!)
  • YES Small backpacks, bags, and purses. Small = no larger than 12" x 12" x 6". Diaper bags and bags specifically required for medical purposes will be allowed.
  • ALL BAGS WILL BE SEARCHED. (No bag? Take advantage of our "No Bag Express Lines" for quick access through the festival gates) 
  • YES Blankets and beach towels, sunscreen, hoodies or rain ponchos
  • YES Personal cameras without removable lenses. See Camera Policy for details
  • YES Small collapsible lawn chairs, small handheld umbrellas
  • YES Medication in its original packaging. Prescription medication must match the name of the person bringing it to the festival
  • YES Baby strollers (for kids)
  • YES Registered service animals who are supporting a person with a disability and trained to do so

Don’t bring these: Items on the list below WILL be confiscated:

  • NO Weapons, colours, or contraband
  • NO Bags over 12" x 12" x 6" in size
  • NO Bicycles inside festival grounds. Valet bike parking is available by the bike path along the Ottawa River
  • NO Professional photography equipment, video equipment, or audio recording devices without a media/photo pass. Including but not limited to: GoPros, any detachable zoom lenses, stands, monopods, tripods (See Camera Policy for details)
  • NO Laser pointers, lighting devices, glow sticks, etc.
  • NO Drones or any other remote flying devices
  • NO Musical instruments, horns or noise makers
  • NO Walkie-talkies or radio equipment
  • NO Skateboards, roller blades, scooters, carts or personalized motorized vehicles (except accessibility devices such as wheelchairs)
  • NO Illegal substances or drug paraphernalia
  • NO Alcohol. Beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold inside the festival gates
  • NO Pets. Registered service animals trained to assist a person with a disability are permitted.
  • NO Hard-sided coolers or glass containers 
  • NO Unauthorized vending of products or services 
  • NO Guerilla marketing
  • NO Flyers, handbills, posters, stickers
  • NO Fireworks or explosives
  • NO Beach balls, soccer balls, baseballs, footballs, etc.
  • NO Squirt guns or water toys
  • NO Paint or permanent markers
  • NO Tents
  • NO Megaphones
  • NO Non-collapsible chairs
  • NO Banners or flags (no poles)