Friday, February 3, 2023

Funhouse Fest starts Friday. Here’s what you need to know

Funhouse Fest packed Colonial Williamsburg last year. (WYDaily/File)
Funhouse Fest packed Colonial Williamsburg last year. (WYDaily/File)

The third annual Funhouse Fest is just around the corner.

While stage crews, musicians and residents get ready for the two-day music festival on the grounds of Colonial Williamsburg this weekend, we’ve compiled a list of tips for the event.

The festival will be held on June 22 and 23 this year on the lawn of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg.

Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Alison Krauss, The Wood Brothers, Deva Mehal and Amos Lee are this year’s headliners. Gibb Droll, Chris Forsythe, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra String Quartet and Angela on the Arts will perform on the second stage.

Food trucks and craft breweries will also be on site all weekend.

Funhouse Fest Tickets can be purchased online; by phone at 757-282-2822; at the Virginia Arts Festival Box Office, 440 Bank Street, Norfolk; or at the Williamsburg Municipal Building, 401 Lafayette St.

How to make the most out of Funhouse Fest:

  • Check the weather for Friday and Saturday on the National Weather Service website.
  • The venue’s address is 326 Francis St. W.
  • Bring a blanket, cushion or chair for comfort. Chairs are only permitted on the lawn. Blankets must be the size of a beach towel or smaller. There are also restrictions on the size and type of chair.
  • Beer, wine, food and water will be sold at the festival, and bathrooms are located on-site. Guests may not bring coolers, glass or outside food into the venue.
  • Parking shuttles will run from 9 a.m. to 11:15 p.m., starting at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center and ending in the Historic Area.
  • Bringing cash is the easiest way to pay for items at the festival. There will be two ATMs on site. The nearest offsite ATM is at SunTrust Bank in Merchant’s Square, 202 N. Henry St.

Prohibited items:

  • Umbrellas
  • Pets, except service animals with appropriate paperwork
  • Weapons
  • Flammable lanterns, candles or fire of any kind
  • Fireworks or any types of explosives
  • Hula hoops, Frisbees, balls
  • Tables
  • Hoverboards, skates, skateboards, or bikes
  • Drones
  • Laser Pointers
  • Glass, coolers, or outside food or beverages, except for one factory sealed water bottle per person.

For more frequently-asked questions, visit the Funhouse Fest FAQ page.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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