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Bay Side Music Stage Ticket Holder & Venue Restrictions

Bay Side Music Stage Ticket Holder & Venue Restrictions and Information

We love throwing the best party on the Bay during each National Cherry Festival! The safety of our guests is of the utmost importance.If you are a ticket holder to a Bay Side Music Stage Event, you agree to all of following House Rules. All venue restrictions are subject to change at any time and without notice. Please review again prior to attending a show.

General Information:

The Festival Foundation dba National Cherry Festival (NCF) is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged tickets. NCF is not responsible for tickets sold on a 3rd party platform.

Allowed items:

These items are permitted in the Bay Side Music Stage Venue

  • Photo Identification – you may be asked for your ID
  • Tickets – Tickets may be printed or shown on a smart phone and will be scanned
  • Clear, plastic bag no bigger than 12 x 6 x 12 (see Bag Policy for more information)
  • One factory sealed or empty water bottle 20 oz or less
  • Hats, Sunglasses, Sunscreen Lotion
  • Cell Phone
  • Ponchos & Rain Jackets (shows are rain or shine – see refund/exchange policy for additional information)
  • Folding chair for General Admission Ticket Purchase (see Chair Policy for more information)
  • Food purchased from our Open Space Vendors (but not drinks – see Prohibited Items)
  • Great attitudes and good times

Accessible Seating:

Our venue is accessible. In order to accommodate those with special needs, accessible reserved seating is placed throughout the venue. When purchasing your ticket please look for the seats in Yellow and Green or labeled WC (Wheelchair) or C (Companion). Companion [C] tickets may only be purchased in conjunction with Wheelchair [WC] Tickets.

Bag Policy:

To expedite security and to increase the safety of our guests, the NCF has moved to a “No Bag/Clear Bag” Policy.The following “bags” are allowed:

  • Clear Plastic or Clear Vinyl Bag or Clear PVC bag not to exceed 12” x 6” x 12” often referred to as a “Stadium Bag” (NCF logoed clear vinyl bags are available for purchase here)
  • A 1 gallon (or smaller) re-sealable, clear, plastic storage bag (Ziploc® is a popular brand)
  • Small clutch bags not to exceed 6” x 6” with or without a handled or shoulder strap
  • Chair Bag – For General Admission ticket holders only, a chair bag may be allowed as long as it matches your chair. All Chair bags must
    be removed from the chair before entering the security line and are subject to inspection.

Bags that are not allowed include everything that is not listed above.

Chair Policy:

If you hold a General Admission Ticket, you may bring in a folding chair. A popular style of chair is a bag camp chair. Chairs may not be
oversize, have high backs or awnings. Entry with, and use of ANY chair is at the sole discretion of the venue personnel.

Gates Open/Show Times:

The gates open at 6:00 pm nightly. This is the time shown on your ticket. For artist performance times, please call or email the National Cherry Festival closer to the date of show.

Prohibited items – These items are NOT allowed in the Bay Side Music Stage:

  • Weapons - This includes guns, guns with a valid Concealed Carry Permit, knives (including pocket knives and multi-tools), mace, pepper spray and anything else that may be deemed a weapon by NCF security personnel or performing artists Security Directors
  • Explosives
  • Alcohol – Beer, wine and spirits are available for purchase inside the Bay Side Music Stage
  • Coolers
  • Bags that do not conform with the “No Bag/Clear Bag” Policy (See Bag Policy)
  • Chains, Chain wallets & Spiked Jewelry
  • Drones
  • Food & Drink items purchased outside the NCF Area. (see food exception under Allowed Items)
  • Cameras. We understand that Cell Phones have cameras. They are exempt. Most Performing Artists contractually require us to make our best effort to limit or restrict use of any camera
  • No audio/video recording devices
  • Pets
  • Cigarettes, E- Cigarettes & Cigars – We are nonsmoking venue
  • Illegal substances
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Blankets
  • Towels
  • Umbrellas
  • Any item deemed unsafe by NCF security personnel or required contractually by the artist
  • Additional items may be prohibited as contractually required by the performing artists, without prior notice

Prohibited items discovered during the security inspections must either be returned to the owner’s vehicle or discarded: Items will NOT be held for later pick up. We do not have a coat or property check area for personal items.

Refund/Exchange Policy

It is the policy of the National Cherry Festival that there are NO refunds or exchanges including but not limited to failure of the performers(s) to appear, changes in performer(s) or cancellation due to inclement weather.


The Bay Side Music Stage generally offers four types of tickets: Reserved, SEATED General Admission, STANDING General Admission and The Deck.

Reserved Seats: These are numbered, assigned section, row, chair seats. These seats are closer to the stage than the General Admission Seating. These tickets are delivered by email once your purchase is complete.

General Admission or GA: GA Seating does not include a chair. It is lawn seating and/or standing. You may bring a chair (see chair policy
for more information). Seating in this area is on a first come first served basis with your valid General Admission Ticket. These tickets are
delivered by email once your purchase is complete.

The Deck: The Deck is an exclusive experience that includes dinner and two adult beverages. Deck patrons watch the show from a stage level, elevated platform. When purchasing The Deck package, you get two items: A General Admission ticket that gets you into the venue and a Deck Pass that allows you entrance to The Deck. You will need both the General Admission and Deck Pass for the Deck Experience.This package is sent by mail.

See Something? Say Something!

When arriving to the Bay Side Music Stage please take note of exit locations. If you see something suspicious, please notify Venue Security, an usher, or Crowd Control Person.


Lost your ticket? Visit: https://www.cherryfestival.org/findmyorder, enter in your email and the last 4 digits of your credit card.

Tickets Purchased on 3rd party platforms: To ensure that your purchase is valid, only purchase tickets from www.cherryfestival.org. While we may honor a ticket purchased from a 3rd party site, we cannot guarantee its authenticity.

Best way to purchase a ticket: Visit us online at www.cherryfestival.org.

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