JULY 19 - 21, 2018
28599 Hideaway Trail, Beaver Island, Michigan 49782

Beaver Island Music Festival promotes the variety and tradition of all music and art. We want to create opportunities for all artists, be an educational resource, and strongly encourage community and family involvement in an outdoor environment combining nature, renewable energies, music, and artwork. Our main goal is to bring attention to the beautiful world that we live in (especially Beaver Island) by uniting all of these talents and people.


Rules & Guidelines

Wrist bands must be worn on your right wrist where it can be seen all weekend. Persons without wrist ticket will be given a chance to get one or ejected from the Festival. Anyone 21 years of age or older must have a drinking wristband, no exceptions.

Name tags will be available at the ticket area and Kids Tent. Name tags on children should include parent name(s) and any important medical information.

Workers will be available 24 hours a day to handle problems. They can be identified by their staff t-shirts. If you need to report an injury, a fire, have too rowdy neighbors (we strive for a family environment), or want assistance with any other problem in your area, these are the people to go to. You can also report concerns at the ticket area.

Beaver Island Music Festival is dedicated to the collection and recycling of all reusable materials, such as glass, tin, and cans. Look for collection containers located all around the festival grounds. Please take time to clean up your campsite, dispose of your trash, and make use of the recycling containers. Keep our facility, as it was intended and please use caution when smoking cigarettes. We ask that you be respectful of others when smoking and to dispose of butts in the designated fire pit or red fire cans to avoid accidental fires and to keep the grounds clean (FACT: It takes 9 months for a cigarette butt to decompose)


There is phone service and most cell phones will work at the festival. There will be an emergency radio on site with our First Aid staff, provided by the Beaver Island EMS and Fire Department. This is exclusively for the use of emergencies.
The use of stereos, amplifiers, radios is strictly prohibited in the campsite during the festival event. Do not videotape or audio tape Festival performers. If you wish to acquire a copy of their recordings please visit there booth where tapes, CD’s, and videos will be for sale.

The design of the music festival t-shirt is created by Bayard Kurth and will be on sale in the main stage area. The sale of any other festival t-shirts is strictly prohibited.

Unauthorized vending is not allowed at the festival. Violators will be evicted from the festival grounds. Authorized venders will be located in our vending area.

We have designated parking zones, camping, visitor, handicap, and emergency. Attendants will be on hand to assist you. Please do not block road so that emergency and priority vehicles will have clear access. During the festival Hideaway Trail is a one-way road.

Please use caution when driving.

Do not use ropes or flags to reserve sites.

Do not block trails or drive ways.

Be considerate of your neighbor’s space.

Stay within campsite location.

No private fires.

No driving or parking in campsite area.

There is designated parking for campers.

Pets are allowed as long as they are leashed and do not create a disturbance.

There is one designated campfire location which will be tended and monitored by Fire Watch Volunteers. Fire works are prohibited.

Staff shirts are only to be worn during your volunteer shifts only. Shirt must be removed when you are not working.

All firearms are strictly prohibited. There will be no exceptions to this for the comfort and safety of all guests.

NO BOTTLES. CANS ONLY. You will be asked to show your cooler and return bottles to your vehicle. This is for everyone’s safety. Please recycle your cans.

Any adult over the age of 21 must be wearing a drinking wristband in clear view. Under age, person(s) in the possession or under the influence of alcohol will be evicted from the festival for that day. Further abuse by a minor will result in being referred to Sheriff’s Department and permanent eviction from future festivals.

Adults who create problems will be referred to the BIMF Staff. Failure to cooperate or improve a situation will result in eviction from the festival.

Further problems or failing to follow the recommendation of BIMF Staff will result in Sheriff Department action.

Secure your alcohol or coolers when not in attendance at campground or festival area.


Camping is located right on site of the Beaver Island Music Festival home. Free camping for the festival with the purchase of your festival ticket and Children 12 and under are Free.

For more information about Beaver Island Hideaway Campground, click here.


Beaver Island is exactly that an island. Travel to and from the island is done in only two ways, by boat or plane. If you will be traveling to the island, we suggest that you plan at least a month in advance if possible. You can do this by contacting…

Beaver Island Boat Company @ 231-448-2210
Island Airways @ 231-448-2071
Fresh Air Aviation @ 231-448-2089

Beaver Island also offers several marinas. The Beaver Island Marina @ 231-448-2300 and a municipal marina for those who may wish to take the journey across Lake Michigan on their own.

There is a campground Beaver Island Hideaway Campground, located at the site of BIMF. Camping facilities are FREE for ticket holders during the festival. The campground has several areas to choose from, Main Camp, Trail Camp, and for campers who wish to camp quietly or with small children there is a separate designated area called Quiet Camp. We closely monitor Quiet Camp and it is viewable at all times from the ticket area. The campsite is located a very short distance from the main event grounds.

We offer a rustic camping environment with restrooms, drinking water, and hand washing stations. Food vendors are on site Thursday thru Sunday. There is no electric and we do not allow fires at camp sites. There is a large campfire burning most of the day and night in the main festival area and small grills are allowed for cooking. Refer to Facility Information for more details about our grounds.

If you prefer not to camp Beaver Island offers many other alternatives for lodging. We suggest that if you choose to stay in town or rent a cabin that you make reservations as soon as possible.

SPECIAL NOTE: Please take time to visit other Beaver Island web sites and the Chamber of Commerce to learn more about our island and the many things to see and do while you visit. Plan some time or an extra day to visit our local businesses and restaurants, historical sites, check out the natural environment (beaches, walking trails, ect.), and to enjoy the life of Beaver Island.