Constellation Festival 2019

The Constellation Festival is coming to Squamish July 26 to 28, 2019.

Whether you're planning to attend the festival or not, organizers have compiled the following information and links to ensure locals are in the loop.

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As Squamish locals, Squamish Constellation Festival producers place a high value on the community and neighbours, and have put a number of plans in place to demonstrate this.

Here’s a message from the organizers:

“We are so excited to bring a music and art festival back to our hometown! The Squamish Constellation Festival team is working hard to make sure this celebration of music, art, food, and fun will be an excellent experience for the entire community – including those who choose not to go.”  

Get In Touch

Festival Phone Line: 604-849-FEST (3378)

  • General information and provides extensions to each of our directors and departments.

Festival Help Centre: located beside the onsite box office:

  • July 24   Noon to 8 p.m.
  • July 25   Noon to 8 p.m.
  • July 26   1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 27   11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • July 28   11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Festival Website: www.constellationfest.ca

Social Media

  • The Festival social media team is active on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, handling questions from Squamish residents in a timely manner.

Advisory Committee

  • The group comprises prominent community members who are our local ambassadors that engage with stakeholders on our behalf when needed.

 

Logistics

Dates, Location and Hours of Operation:

The festival takes place on Hendrickson Field:

  • Friday, July 26        Gates open at 3:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 27    Gates open at 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 28      Gates open at 1:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

District Facilities:

Brennan Park Recreation Centre and SORCA Bike Skills Park will be open, but expect the area to be very busy with vehicle, bike and pedestrian traffic throughout the weekend.

The Squamish Constellation Festival takes place on Hendrickson Fields. Festival staff will be camping at the Kinsmen Municipal campground, which will be closed to the public. 

  • Brennan Park Recreation Centre – OPEN regular hours
    • Parking at Brennan Park for the use of facility visitors only; festival parking is not allowed. Maximum four-hour parking is allowed and will be enforced.
  • SORCA Mountain Bike skills park – OPEN
  • BMX park – CLOSED July 25-29
  • Turf field – CLOSED July 26-28
  • Gravel field – CLOSED July 26-28
  • Municipal campground - CLOSED July 24-29 
  • Hendrickson Fields - CLOSED July 23-30
  • Smoke Bluffs Parking Lot - OPEN - no festival parking
  • Squamish Adventure Centre - OPEN - no festival parking

Transportation:

Take transit (free on Saturdays and Sundays) or ride your bike to avoid traffic congestion and parking fees.

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  • Free transit on Saturdays/Sundays; all routes stop at Brennan Park (except Valleycliffe). View schedules online.
  • Passenger pickup/drop-off is available:
    • North of Raven Drive, west shoulder of Loggers Lane
    • South of Finch Drive, west shoulder of Loggers Lane (overflow only).
  • A Bike Valet is available on site.
  • Shuttles are available between Vancouver/Whistler and Squamish, as well as between festival partner campgrounds and the festival site.

Parking:

  • Public festival parking is available at the gravel lots on Queens Way at Industrial Way.
  • Accessible pay parking with a valid permit is available adjacent to the festival site off Loggers Lane. 
  • NO festival parking is available at Brennan Park Recreation Centre.
  • Finch Drive is closed to public vehicle traffic.
  • Neighbouring residents should use either Loggers Lane (at Squamish Adventure Centre) or Centennial Way for access to their residences.
  • Watch for pedestrians walking between the parking lot and festival grounds along Industrial Way and Finch Drive, along a delineated pedestrian route.

Camping:

All camping in Squamish must take place within an authorized campground.

  • Festival camping is available at Cheekeye Ranch on Squamish Valley Road and Klahanie Campground, off Highway 99 at Shannon Falls. Shuttles will be provided between the campsites and the festival grounds.
  • The Squamish Municipal Campground is being used for festival staff camping. 
  • A variety of other designated campsites exist in Squamish. Check out the Tourism Squamish camping availability calendar for sites and availability.

Visit the Squamish Constellation Festival website to purchase camping, parking or shuttle tickets.

 

Sustainability, Environment and Wildlife

The festival is dedicated to protecting the Squamish environment and is working towards a zero-waste festival.

From providing reusable eco-cups to ensuring that all food trucks and vendors use compostable or fiberware containers, the festival is taking measures towards achieving a zero-waste event. Some of the initiatives you'll notice on site include:

  • Reusable cups
  • Water bottle filling stations
  • Compostable or Fiberware food containers
  • No single use straws (unless required for accessibility issues)

The festival is also committed to managing wildlife attractants through its solid waste management plan. The SCF team has made extensive plans with AWARE and GFL to address waste and recycling throughout the weekend both on and off the festival site. Crews will work all festival weekend long to manage recycling programs and mitigate wildlife attractants. Local non-profit groups have been recruited to help with and reap the benefits from returnable and reusable items left behind. SCF Green Teams will scour the surrounding areas of the festival, picking up and disposing of any garbage or wildlife attractants.

Festival producers are committed to protecting Squamish nature from unnecessary disruption. Residents are asked to be extra eyes and ears on the ground to safeguard the protection of rivers, streams, waterways and wildlife. To report any concerns or wildlife sightings, individuals can contact the Conservation Officer Service 24 hours a day at 1-877-952-7277. 

Visit the Squamish Constellation Festival website to learn more.

 

Fire protection, emergency services and security

In preparing for extreme hot and dry conditions, festival producers have developed a Fire Risk Management Plan approved by Squamish Fire Rescue. The plan addresses designated smoking areas within festival grounds, and the availability of extensive (non-potable) water sources.

Medical tents and emergency response teams are located within the festival grounds to minimize impact on Squamish’s local emergency services. 

Every effort is being made to ensure public safety, including having RCMP on-site during festival hours; hired security at all gates and throughout the festival grounds; and roving security patrolling the immediate areas surrounding the festival.

 

SCF celebrations outside the festival - Satellite events

Festival producers know how much Squamish has to offer and are encouraging festival goers to explore our town. They are working with local restaurants, cideries, breweries and the distillery to create music experiences throughout Squamish before and after festival hours. 

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