Festival Info


  • 11:00AM – Buses and Ferries Start Running to Island
  • 11:00AM – Box Office Opens
  • 11:45AM – Festival Gates Open
  • 12:15PM – Music Starts
  • 10:00PM – Box Office Closes
  • 11:00PM – Music Ends (unless you’re a Grateful Dead fan, in which case The Music Never Stopped)

Rain or Shine

The festival is a rain or shine event. In the event of rain, we advise ponchos, boots, umbrellas, and rubber duckies. In the event of sunshine, we advise sunglasses, sunscreen, water, and pink flamingos.

Box Office Hours

The box offices, located at the entrances to the festival at the Harlem River Event Area on Randall’s Island, will be open for will-call pick up and ticket purchases (if still available) from 11:00am until 10pm on Friday June 2nd, Saturday June 3rd and Sunday June 4th.


All ticket buyers will receive RFID wristbands in the mail, and these wristbands are used to enter the festival each day.

Words of Wisdom

Don’t litter, drink water, be kind to one another, mind your valuables, be safe, eat your vegetables, bring found items to Lost & Found, charge your phones, finish your homework, pace yourselves, high five a stranger, dress to impress, drink water, be all that you can be, don’t litter, take photos, don’t litter, be smart!

Refund Policy

There will be no refunds. Festival is Rain or Shine. Artists subject to change.


T-shirts, posters, hats, hoodies, sunglasses, blankets and much more will be sold at the festival merch booths. Merch is also available for purchase online here. Important Note: we print all festival merch on super duper soft materials to maximize comfort and increase overall happiness. You’re gonna like the way you look and feel – we guarantee it.

Re-Entry Policy

All ticket holders will be allowed to enter and exit the festival grounds once each day. As such, there is no re-entry each day of the festival. Camping on-site at the festival is not allowed, as per NYC park rules.

How To Get There

Getting to Randall’s Island Park is super easy! Check out our Getting There page for more info. Additionally, be sure to remember how you entered the venue, as you will want to leave the venue the same way if you plan on returning to the borough you came from.


Please click here for a full list of services.


Children 5 years old and younger are admitted free. Strollers are allowed. Children of the Corn are not welcome.

What to Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses
  • Earplugs
  • At least two good Dad jokes
  • Non-professional film and digital cameras
  • (2) Factory sealed bottles of water (non-glass containers) or better yet, bring an empty refillable bottle.
  • Phone charging case or phone charger
  • A super sweet outfit
  • Small backpacks or bags
  • Blankets or beach towels
  • Valid Driver’s License for will-call and/or to drink alcohol
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Not just a good attitude…a GREAT attitude

What NOT to Bring

  • Weapons of ANY kind
  • Fireworks/explosives
  • Illegal Substances
  • Large or hard sided coolers
  • Picnic Baskets
  • Skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles
  • Large Umbrellas (personal sized are okay)
  • Hard back chairs / Lawn Furniture
  • Totems (Must be no taller than 6ft, and no thicker than 1/2 inch. Must be made of light material: swim noodles, foam type material, cardboard tubes, fabric, string, yarn, light plastic, balloons and/or blow up items. Totems made of wood, metal and/or PVC material will NOT be allowed. This includes flap poles and heavy sticks.)
  • Pets
  • Glass containers of any kind
  • Alcohol (alcohol will be sold at the Festival)
  • Instruments
  • Chains/Chain Wallets
  • Nunchucks
  • Large backpacks
  • Selfie Sticks (they block sight lines and someone, somewhere will judge you)
  • Laser pointers
  • Professional still camera equipment (no detachable lenses, no tripods, big zooms, or commercial use rigs)
  • Audio/video recording equipment
  • Drones
  • Emotional baggage
  • No illegal vending is permitted. No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed.
  • Anything really valuable! Theft isn’t common at the festival at all but this is NYC and better safe than sorry

Medical & Well Being

There is nothing we care more about than your safety and well-being. As such, medical tents will be located throughout the festival grounds, and they will be clearly marked and able to be seen from afar. Trained EMTs will be on-hand in these tents to address any and all medical incidents, and please don’t be afraid to stop by a medical tent – even if you just have a question. Additionally, if you see anyone at the festival who appears to be in need of medical assistance, please inform a member of our medical or security team, or even help him/her find their way to the medical tent(s). We are all in this together, so please look out for one another! Lastly, anyone bringing medication or a syringe for medical purposes will need to show your medication, prescription and a photo ID at the festival entrance.

Water Stations

Free Water stations will be located throughout the grounds for you to use at your convenience and satiate your thirst. It is EXTREMELY important that you stay hydrated at the festival, regardless of how hot it is outside. And Don’t forget what Derek Zoolander said: “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty,” which essentially means water rules and you should drink a ton of it.

Food & Drinks

Delicious food & drink is a huge part of what Gov Ball is, and once again we are teaming up with our great friends at The Infatuation to curate our 2016 food lineup and bring you some of the best eateries, food trucks, and chefs the city has to offer. A list of 2015 food vendors can be seen on our Food page, and 2016 vendors will be added and announced in early 2016, along with specific food items each vendor will be serving. As far as drinks go, a wide variety of beverages (including beer, wine, and non-alcoholic) will be served all over the festival grounds, and there will be enclosed Liquor Lounges in both the General and VIP areas, for those of you who prefer the sauce.


There will be a number of ATMs on the festival grounds. Please do not pull a Patrick Bateman with the ATM.

Performance Schedule

Set times will be released for the festival about a month before the festival. Why the wait, you ask? That’s because artists’ schedules change, production requirements shift, and we would hate to tell you info only to have to change it later. Stay tuned!

Working or Volunteering

If you’re interested in working at the event, please email info@govball.com and let us know what positions you are interested in possibly filling. Please also be sure to send your resume and your best contact information. Someone will be in touch soon after! If you are interested in volunteering at the festival, click HERE for more information.

Playing The Festival

We love that you want to play our festival. In fact, we would probably make out with you if you told us this in person. Unfortunately, all slots for the festival have been filled, and we won’t be accepting artist submissions for the event. Sorry!

Sponsors and Press

Sponsors are cool, and if your company would like to be a festival sponsor, you can reach us at sponsors@govball.com. Please list as much info as possible on your company, as well as your contact info, and one of our sponsorship reps will be in touch soon after! Press is also cool. The May 1st application deadline for press credentials to the 2016 festival is now past. We are no longer accepting applications for press credentials to cover Governors Ball 2016. For any questions related to press/media at the festival contact press@govball.com.


This year we are thrilled to partner with Hotels for Hope to offer a variety of accommodations for every style and budget! Hotel with a pool? They got those! Room with a view? Yep. On a budget? No worries, Hotels for Hope has the guaranteed LOWEST rates (yep, even compared to those DIY book your own hotel sites). Best part: when you book with Hotels for Hope a donation will be made to one of our favorite charities: Answer The Call. Another great place to look for local hotels at great rates is NYCGO.com, so pop on over there. Between these two sites you will definitely be able to find the right place for you to rest that good looking head of yours at night.

Random Bad Joke

Why didn’t Beyonce get injured in the Jay-Z/Solange elevator fight? Because she moved “to the left, to the left”.