New to Firefly? Got some basic questions? You have come to the right place. This is our general FAQ page where we go over all of the common questions for Firefly. I will touch on a little of everything in this article – schedule, tickets, weather, camping, etc. For more specific and detailed guides I recommend our Firefly Articles & Guides page, which is a great resource for specific Firefly information. For now, keep reading for answers to all your general Firefly questions.
Firefly is typically held the third weekend of June. For example, Firefly 2017 took place June 15th to 18th. The festival now is always held from Thursday to Sunday.
Firefly is one of the more eclectic music festivals covering all genres. It has plenty of music from all genres and tastes, so it is a good festival for anyone to attend. Firefly 2017’s headliners are a good representation of this: The Weeknd, Muse, Twentyone Pilots, Chance the Rapper and Bob Dylan. You get some rock, some hip hop, some R&B, and a legendary legacy act. The entire Firefly lineup follows through with this diversity.
Firefly takes place in The Woodlands of Dove, DE. This is an area right by the famous Dover International Speedway. It is located just a few miles away from downtown Dover.
The weather in Dover during Firefly is generally pretty warm with highs in the mid-80s. I suggest dressing for summertime, as it’s not uncommon for it to get into the 90s. For night time you may want a hoodie or a jacket as it can get down into the lower-60s but often it will be in the mid-60s. Also be sure to pack for in case it rains; I’ve always had good luck with weather at Firefly but it certainly can rain so best to prepare for it.
There are a total of eight stages: the Porch Stage, the Lawn Stage, the Backyard Stage, the Treehouse, the Coffee House, the Pavilion, and the Firefly Stage (biggest stage). You may of noticed that’s only seven. For Firefly 2017 they introduced a new moving truck-stage thingamabobber. It’s like a food truck but with music! Here’s a sample daily lineup at each stage from 2014:
It varies a little bit depending on the size of the artists. Generally the shorter sets are 45 minutes, bands with more notieriety can get up to an hour and fifteen minutes (typically an hour though) and the Firefly headliners get an hour and a half to close out the Firefly stage.
This depends on when you purchase your passes. Firefly, like many music festivals, increases their prices throughout the year. Passes for 2017 began at $249 during the presale and eventually rose to $309 as the final price. This does not include the dreaded fees, which were $29.99 for Firefly GA passes.
Firefly offers three different levels of passes: general admission, VIP and Super VIP. Obviously with each increase in ticket level you get more perks, but it also costs you more money. Below you can see what’s included with each pass, as well as how much the pass cost (final price).
Firefly General Admission - $309 + fees
Firefly VIP - $699 + fees
Firefly Super VIP - $2,499 + fees
Firefly for 2017 followed a new schedule, with three different times of passes going on sale. First is the presale which will occur immediately after Firefly for that year has concluded. Next, there is a Holiday Presale which occurs just before Christmas. Finally the remainder of the tickets go on sale with the release of the Firefly lineup. For Firefly 2017 the lineup was released on January 27th, 2017. Passes when on sale the same day.
Again, we have a full article on utilizing the Firefly payment plan which you can see here. The short version is yes, they do and it is a nice option to split up the total cost of your Firefly pass. If you purchase your Firefly passes during the presale it will split up the cost of your pass into seven payments, making it quite manageable. You can utilize the payment plan all the way to late March, but at this point it only splits the pass into a couple of payments.
Four days of Firefly can be a little much for some of us, so it is nice that the festival does indeed offer single day passes. The single day passes will go on sale along with the daily schedule release. That is, when Firefly first releases their lineup it is just a large list of the artists. At a later point they announce who will play each day of Firefly. Along with this later announcement is the release of single day passes. This occurred on March 14th for Firefly 2017. Single day passes were priced at $89 plus fees. The fees for single day passes were an absurd $24.99, making the pass $114.99 total.
Rarely. The early presale in June will sell out, and potentially quite quickly. However, the festival itself rarely sells out. It is advantageous to purchase your passes early as you will save money, but this isn’t Coachella that will sell out in a matter of hours. Passes are typically available up until when Firefly takes place in June.
Note that in general I am not going to dive too deeply into camping in this article. I spent a lot of time writing a massive guide to Firefly camping that you can read here. It’s literally 10+ pages worth of information on Firefly camping and should answer all of your questions on camping.
You don’t have to, but most people camp for Firefly. There are a variety of camping options ranging from basic tent camping to ‘Glamping’ which will provide you air-conditioning and modern luxuries. There is also RV camping if you would like to go that route. The prices vary, increasing as you get a bigger area and more amenities. Below you can find a list of all of the camping options at Firefly:
You definitely don’t have to camp and there are plenty of people who don’t. The closest city to Firefly is Dover, DE. There are limited hotels in Dover, and they will fill up quickly, but it is an option. You can also go with an Airbnb in the area as well. Just note that Firefly is perhaps the busiest weekend of the year in Dover, so be prepared to book early and to pay a premium for accommodations. If you stay in Dover you will only be a few miles away from Firefly, so it is pretty easy to get to and from the festival. The nice part about everyone camping at Firefly is that there will be limited traffic going to the festival as the majority of people will already be there. There is also free parking at Firefly if you wish to drive yourself every day. Just note this is not overnight parking so you need to move your car by the end of the night.
In general the earlier the better. The time you can arrive at Firefly depends on the type of pass you purchased. Premier/Wednesday camping allows you to show up on Wednesday and secure a excellent location for your campsite. You can begin showing up at noon on the Wednesday before Firefly, so I would suggest getting there as close to noon as possible. If you purchased Thursday parking you can begin showing up 12:01 a.m., and I assure you there will be plenty of people there just after midnight. It may sound trivial but the difference between a good campsite location and a bad one can make a big difference. It’s all about proximity to the Firefly entrance; the bad campsites can be a 20+ minute walk to the entry gates.
The closest airports for Firefly are small, local airports that will have absurd flight costs. Your best bet is to fly into either Baltimore, Philadelphia, or Washington D.C. , renting a car and driving to Firefly. I have written a full article on flying to Firefly with tips and advice that you should give a read if you need to fly to Firefly.
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