To say we are grateful for our Chinook Fest Family would be an understatement. You guys have supported us for nearly ten years, and have continued to put your faith in us even as the world around us has been uncertain and unsteady.
As many of you know, much of our Nile Valley community is currently at Level 3 evacuation due to the Schneider Springs Fire. At the time of this message, the fire has burned over 31,000 acres and is 0% contained. The Chinook Fest grounds are adjacent to the Nile-Cliffdell Fire Department, and at present the land we use for RV camping is being used to stage fire equipment and vehicles actively fighting the nearby fire.
It has become clear to us over the last week that we can’t, in good conscience, move forward with Chinook Fest 2021 in three weeks. This is a time we need to focus on supporting our community, doing what we can to take care of our neighbors, and leaving the Hwy 410 corridor open and accessible for the nearly 500 firefighters to continue their work unencumbered. This is not the time to continue planning a gathering of nearly 2,000 people in a park so close to a growing and unpredictable wildfire. Our hope is that the fire is out much sooner than the festival weekend, but the reality seems to be activity will continue in the area until sometime in October.
Please be patient as we use this time to focus on our families and community affected by the fire. Chinook Fest will be rescheduled to June 10-12, 2022 and will remain in June for the coming years in order to better ensure the safety of our Chinook Fest Family and community. All current ticket holders can expect to hear from our team once our community is taken care of and safe.
Please keep our community members, their homes and businesses, and the brave firefighters in your thoughts and prayers, and please stay safe.
General Chinook Fest guidelines:
21+ Friday & Saturday. Minors will not be permitted in festival grounds or in park camping.
ALL AGES Sunday, kids under 12 are FREE.
No dogs are allowed in the park over the festival weekend. If you decide to bring your dog, you will be turned around at the gate. Thank you for understanding!
General tent camping is $5 PER PERSON for the entire weekend and is first come first served. Be sure to grab your pass HERE so you can enjoy a spot under the trees with the Naches River rolling by!
Campfires are not permitted. If you would like to park your car next to your tent, or you plan to sleep in your car, you will need to purchase an RV Site HERE. Sleeping in your car is not permitted in the general parking lots.
The theme for 2021 is: “The Roaring 20’s!”
GUIDELINES: You may decorate your campsite, which can include your overnight dwelling plus one 10×10 tent/area. Judging will happen early Saturday afternoon (to be announced on-site). The winning campsite will receive tickets to Chinook Fest 2022!
RV & Car Camping
(RV & Car Camping sites are SOLD OUT for 2021)
These sites allow you ample space to park your rig, or pull your car right alongside your tent. NO HOOK-UPS. Campfires not permitted.
Elk Ridge Campground RV Sites
(Elk Ridge RV Sites are SOLD OUT for 2021)
Located next door to Jim Sprick Park, Elk Ridge Campground offers dry hookup RV sites with on-site restrooms and showers. The campground is connected to the festival grounds via a private walking trail.
Secluded, hassle free tent camping
(These sites are SOLD OUT for 2021)
Formerly referred to as “Glamping”, these exclusive campsites are located along the river at Elk Ridge Campground. Each site comes with a pre-assembled tent, Aerobed, cooler, chairs and lantern. All you need to bring is a sleeping bag and pillow. $400 (2 person site). $600 (4 person site). Campfires not permitted.
Chinook Fest is located at Jim Sprick Community Park (13680 WA-410, Naches, WA), 18 miles west of Naches on September 6th-8th 2019.
notice about PARKING
On-site parking is available for Weekend and VIP Ticket holders ONLY.
Day Parking will be located at Whistlin’ Jack’s Lodge
One Day Ticket holders MUST ride the FREE SHUTTLE from Whistlin’ Jack’s Lodge to the festival grounds.
There will be NO ON-SITE PARKING FOR ONE DAY TICKET HOLDERS.
On-Site Parking is included for all Weekend and VIP ticket holders, and Sunday-Only ticket holders.
Carpools of three or more get best available parking (directly adjacent to tent camping)! This is only applicable for Weekend and VIP ticket holders.
Morning Meadow Sound Bath
Christine Gamache brings 26 years experience in the art of Sound Healing to the Chinook Fest Family.
Bring a blanket, pillows and eye cover to lay comfortably on the meadow grounds. While Golden Eagles soar above, you will find yourself deeply relaxed, restored, realigned and rejuvenated, ready for a day of heart filled Chinook celebration and music.
(The Meadow at Elk Ridge, 9am Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Our facilitators lovingly accept donations.)
Yoga in the Meadow
(For those who want to include yoga into their Morning Meadow Experience. Come for one, or come for both.)
Start your morning off with a slow vinyasa yoga class to ease and align yourself to the sacred ground of the Nile River Valley. Loosen your body, lighten your heart, and open your mind. Yoga is an opportunity to slow down, unwind and recharge. Students are invited to bring their own mat or a towel for practice. Everyone is welcome.
(The Meadow at Elk Ridge, 9am Saturday & Sunday directly following the sound bath. Our facilitators lovingly accept donations.)
chinook fest activity zone
Grab your friends and enjoy a casual game of corn hole in the Fun Zone, or get a little more serious and join the Dru Bru Corn Hole Tournament Saturday afternoon!
Also in the Fun Zone this year will be axe throwing with PNW Axe and fly fishing lessons with Red’s Fly Shop!
Get your creativity on by visiting the tie-dye tent! Bring your own garment, or tie-dye a white Chinook Fest t-shirt (available at the tie-dye booth for $10). Kids and Adult sizes available.
Jim Sprick Park is located at the base of the Cascade Mountains, along the Naches River. We encourage you to bring your bathing suit to take a dip or your hiking shoes to explore the nearby hills.
Sunday is open to All Ages and kids under 12 are FREE! The Fun Zone will be open and kids are welcome to join in on the fun (minus the axe throwing ;)). Let them find their creativity tie-dying Chinook Fest kids t-shirts!
What safety measures will be taken in response to the Covid-19 pandemic?
Please stay tuned for what safety measures will be implemented over the course of the festival weekend. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of our Chinook Fest Family; therefore, we plan to follow the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC as we approach September.
Can I bring my dog, cat, lizard, etc?
No. Pets are not permitted at the park or on festival grounds.
Is parking FREE?
Yes and no. On-Site Parking is included for all Weekend and VIP ticket holders, and Sunday-Only ticket holders. Parking information for One Day ticket holders will be available when One Day tickets go on sale in July.
When can I arrive?
If you purchase the Early Thursday Entry Ticket, then you can arrive Thursday, otherwise the park gates open Friday morning for you to begin to set-up camp. We request that the park be clear by dusk on Sunday.
Please stay tuned for specific park opening/arrival times that have yet to be announced.
Can I have a fire pit or BBQ at my campsite?
No open flame fires of any kind are permitted. Propane fires and cook stoves are okay.
Do you accept Credit Cards?
Due to limited internet access at the park, the festival and most vendors accept CASH ONLY! There is no ATM on-site.
Do I have to be over 21 years old?
Yes. The event is 21 and over on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is open to all ages and we encourage you to have your family and kiddos come join you. Kids under 12 are FREE!
Can I park my car at my campsite?
No. If you wish to have your car parked alongside your tent, you must purchase an RV/Car Camping Site.
I bought tickets for 2020, what do I do now?
Your tickets automatically rolled over to 2021, so simply click the link to print tickets from your email confirmation and the updated date will appear. Looking for your confirmation email? Search your inbox and spam folders for “Bold Type Tickets.” Your tickets will also be re-sent to you the week of the festival.
Do RV sites have hook-ups?
No. RV sites at Jim Sprick Park do not have hook-ups. Sites at neighboring Elk Ridge Campground do offer dry hook-ups and are available for $225 for the weekend. You can purchase all RV sites HERE.
What items are NOT allowed within festival grounds?
Alcohol, drugs, weapons and open containers (excluding reusable water bottles) will not be allowed beyond the security checkpoint into the festival grounds. Beer, wine, cider and food will be sold in designated areas within the festival grounds. And, in an effort to reduce plastic consumption, Chinook Fest has partnered with Liberty Bottleworks to offer customized Chinook Fest aluminum water bottles, and has also partnered with Pingrey Ford to offer reusable cups that will be given out at the scrip table in the beer garden. Reusable water bottles and cups are the only containers that will be allowed through the festival gates and can be refilled at the water refill station or in the beer garden, respectfully.
Is there cell phone service at the venue?
Most likely no. A few carriers will work occasionally, but expect to be without for the weekend. We still encourage you to bring your camera phones and be ready to Facebook, Tweet and Instagram your pictures and experiences when you get back to the real world! #chinookfest There will be a physical land line for use in emergency situations only.
Are there showers?
Yes. The park has two coin operated showers which cost $2 for a few minutes. Bring your quarters!
How can I volunteer, be a vendor or get my band on stage?
We’re always looking for volunteers, new vendors and band submissions, so just Contact Us.
Can I reserve a campsite next to my friends?
Tent camping is first come, first served. For those who purchase a RV/Car Camping Site, we will do our best to get you parked alongside your family or friends.