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Music, Community, and Nature Feature as Renewal Returns to BV

The Billy Strings Renewal concert returns to The Meadows (14998 County Road 350) in Buena Vista this weekend, from September 22 through September 23. New to the event is a welcome gathering on Thursday, September 21 featuring music, merchandise, and more. All ages are welcome.

Billy Strings will perform a two-night event at his 2023 Renewal Festival setting at The Meadows in Chaffee County, CO Image courtesy of Fireside Entertainment.

Event tickets are currently sold out.

Those with three-day camping tickets are encouraged to come early on Thursday to pick out their site. Camping opens at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning and closes at 10:00 p.m. that day. Gates won’t open again until 9:00 a.m. Friday morning.

At 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 23 the venue will open with a special 2:00 p.m. show. Attendees must have an event wristband for re-entry to the venue.

What attendees need to know:

Organizers have also added twenty percent more toilets and handwashing stations. Every camping spot will be clearly marked, and more parking staff will be available to help people get inside and into their campsites quickly.

This year organizers will provide additional water stations, longer venue merchandise hours, and more vending. The Kid’s Zone will be farther from high-traffic areas. There will also be an ADA camping area with a dedicated shuttle to the venue (Sturgeon Moon campground only).

Renewal will be an accessible event. Comments and recommendations are welcome to improve accessibility. ADA attendees should email organizers at ada@bonfirentertainment.com in advance and organizers will help to meet accessibility requirements. ADA attendees should check in at the box office to receive an ADA wristband, which will be good for the entire weekend.

Dedicated ADA viewing areas will be available to qualifying attendees and one companion. Attendees should visit the box office to gain access to this area.

ADA-recognized service animals trained to assist those with disabilities will be allowed at all events. Comfort or emotional support animals do not qualify and will not be allowed. Certified service animals must be with their person at all times. Under ADA guidelines, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered unless it would interfere with the service animal’s work or the person’s disability prevents their use.

Attendees are invited to celebrate alongside the forest, rivers, and mountains with respect for the land, community, and each other. Those who wish to camp together should arrive together because specific sites will not be held to keep groups together. Dogs are not allowed in the venue.

The show will go on rain or shine. Stage announcements will be made regarding safety procedures.

All attendees will be searched for security purposes. Food and drink vendors will accept credit cards and cash.

Organizers ask that attendees be mindful of neighbors and respect established quiet hours. There should be no amplified music in the campgrounds after 10:00 p.m. No outside alcohol is allowed in the venue, but it can be brought to personal camping areas as long as it is not in glass bottles.

The venue will close at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday September 25. Bins will be provided at the festival exit on Sunday afternoon for campers to pack out their trash and leave no trace.

The following are allowed in the concert venue:

  • Sunscreen, empty reusable water bottles, and soft-sided coolers.
  • Bags smaller than twenty-by-twenty-by-ten inches. All bags will be searched.
  • Blankets smaller than six by eight feet.
  • Strollers and wagons for kids may be set up behind the front of house sound booth, on either side of the walkways.
  • Chairs under thirty-four inches behind the front of house sound booth.
    • No chairs, strollers, or wagons will be allowed between the main stage and front of house.
  • Small baby beach cabanas will be allowed in designated shade areas.
  • Personal umbrellas if it is raining. They must be closed during the performance.
  • Cameras are permitted but not to be used to reproduce the event and must not interfere with other attendee’s enjoyment of the performance.
  • Medications and prescriptions.
    • Over the counter medications are allowed. Prescription medication requires a valid photo ID matching the name on the prescription. Prescription medication requiring refrigeration should be brought to the medical tent.

Renewal Map courtesy of BonfireEntertainment.com

The following are not allowed in the concert venue:

  • Dogs are not allowed. Attendees with dogs will be escorted off grounds.
    • Service animals meeting ADA guidelines are allowed.
  • Illegal drugs, rage sticks, or drones.
  • Glitter, glow sticks, or laser pointers.
  • Tents, shade structures, or tarps and coverings larger than six feet by eight feet.
  • Firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind, including but not limited to guns, ammo, pocket knives, tasers, pepper spray. This includes off-duty law enforcement and concealed carry permits.
  • Framed or large backpacks.
  • Promotional items and unauthorized solicitations or vendors, including flyers, samples, and giveaways.
  • Fighting, taunting, or threatening remarks or gestures.
  • Flammables, such as fireworks, explosives, or road flares.
  • Over intoxication or signs of impairment from alcohol.
  • Selfie sticks, tripods, and general narcissism.
  • Sitting, standing, or loitering in designated fire lanes and pedestrian pathways.
  • Toy guns or water guns.
  • Coolers or outside alcohol.
  • Instruments are allowed in the campgrounds but not the concert venue.
  • Any other items determined to be unacceptable by festival security.

Shuttle Pick Up Points and Schedule

Shuttles will be available to run attendees to and from the festival. Pick up points are located at the Surf Hotel, Railroad Ave Parking Lot, Best Western, Super 8, and Festival Box Office.

Shuttles will operate from:

3:00  p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21.
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Friday, September 22.
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Saturday, September 23.