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Smiling Acres Music Festival is a three-day extravaganza of music, cuisine, art, camping, and camaraderie. Every year, people from across the country converge on Trufant’s Smiling Acres to experience an amazing array of musicians – and that’s just the start!

Beyond the impressive lineup of bands from both local and national scenes, the festival features yoga sessions, a variety of food vendors, interactive workshops, and a diverse array of artists. There’s even an open mic opportunity for you to showcase your own talents!

Join us for another unforgettable year of Smiling Acres Music Festival!

Location

Parking

Parking will be in the lot towards the west end of the event area. When you arrive, you will see signs pointing this out.

Box Office

The box office is online only. We recommend getting your tickets online in advance before they run out!

Rules

Friday Entry

Friday morning entry to the festival will be at the Main Gate only. No parking along the road leading to the festival site until 9:00 AM on Friday morning. The roads must be kept clear so that emergency vehicles, school buses, and our neighbors can get through. Violators will be ticketed and/or towed by the Montcalm County Sheriff Department.

Minors

Anyone under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over age 21. Minors in possession of alcohol will be ticketed, evicted, and prosecuted.

Pets & Service Animals

IF ANY ANIMAL OTHER THAN A SERVICE DOG IS FOUND IN YOUR VEHICLE YOU MAY NOT ENTER.

It is a crime in Michigan to represent a pet, emotional support, companion, therapy animal, or other unqualified animal as a service animal or service animal in-training.

Please be understanding as staff are trained to ask you legal questions regarding your dog. “A public accommodation may ask if the animal is required because of a disability and what work or task the animal has been trained to perform.” “Emotional support” or “comfort for anxiety” are not qualifying medical conditions for service dogs. We take your dog’s safety and that of all attendees very seriously.

Neither the ADA nor Michigan’s service animal law includes what are often referred to as “emotional support animals“: animals that provide a sense of safety, companionship, and comfort to those with psychiatric or emotional disabilities or conditions. Although these animals have therapeutic benefits, they are not individually trained to perform specific medical assistance for their handlers. Under the ADA and Michigan law, owners of public accommodations are not required to allow emotional support animals, only service animals.

For additional resources and details pertaining to Michigan Law and Service vs. Emotional Support Animals, please see Psychiatric Service Dogs & Emotional Support Animals: Access to Public Places & Other Settings and Service Animals: Michigan’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Animals

There are animals that live year-round at Smiling Acres. This is a small hobby farm. Please be courteous of the animals and let them be. We ask you to not feed any of the animals except for the provided feeding stations.

Your Wristband

Wear your wristband on your wrist where it can be seen all weekend. Be careful not to put your wristband on too tightly – they do not stretch. Persons without wrist tickets (wristbands) will be ejected from the Festival. If they return, they will be arrested & prosecuted. Persons with counterfeit wristbands will be ticketed, evicted and prosecuted. A private, uniformed security company will patrol the perimeter of the festival grounds.

Setting Up Camp

As you set up camp:

  • Do not block fire lines.
  • Park all campers, vehicles, and motor homes with either tongue or nose facing toward the road/lane for quickest exit in the unlikely event of an evacuation.
  • Stay within the festival boundaries.

Respect Your Neighbors

Respect your neighbors and your neighbors’ property. Please report problematic behavior to Smiling Acres staff. Problematic behavior may result in expulsion from the festival.

Day Parking

Day parking is available and intended for people who are not camping and extra vehicles not needed at campsites.

Driving After 9:00 PM

No driving in the campgrounds after 9:00 PM. If you arrive after 9:00 PM, please park in Day Parking for the night. If you know you will be leaving after 9:00 PM, please park in Day Parking.

Fire Safety

No open fires (ground fires). All heat producing devices such as grills, camp stoves and Coleman lanterns must be carefully monitored and may not be left unattended. Please be conscientious of wind direction and positioning to avoid smoking out your neighbors. If Smiling Acres staff determine there is a problem you will be asked to correct it.

Audio Equipment

Limited use of radios and music devices is allowed at low volume. Please do not interfere with your neighbors camping experience. If Smiling Acres staff determine there is a problem you will be asked to correct it.

Vending

Unauthorized vending is not allowed at the festival. Offenders will be evicted from the festival, and their merchandise confiscated.

Alcohol/Substance Policy

Underage persons observed in the possession of, or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs will be referred to Sheriff’s Deputies. Adults who are creating problems will be referred to Smiling Acres Staff. If there is no cooperation or improvement in their problematic behaviors, Sheriff’s Department personnel will be notified. The offending person or persons will be evicted. This may include the families or guardians of teens, or all members of any disruptive campsites. If there are problems with the eviction, they will be prosecuted for any and all applicable violations of the law. Serious or repeat problems will result in persons being permanently banned from the Festival. Secure your alcoholic beverages and/or coolers when you leave your campsite.

Gate Closure

After Friday and Saturday night, while we don’t “lock the gate”, we do ask that guests refrain from departing after 12:30 AM, for everyone’s safety and enjoyment. 

Weapons Policy

While there may be circumstances where carrying a concealed weapon is justified, Smiling Acres does not believe they have a place at our festival. Accordingly, to promote and maintain a safe, threat and violence free festival, reduce the potential for threats or violence involving weapons; minimize risks to personnel, customers, and visitors and to protect the organization’s reputation, Smiling Acres has adopted a policy prohibiting the possession of weapons on festival grounds. Persons found in possession of dangerous weapons will be asked to remove them from Smiling Acres property immediately. Failure to do so will result in expulsion from the premises. Please leave all weapons at home.

Help

Workers and security are available 24 hours a day to handle any and all problems should they arise. They can be identified by their STAFF t-shirts. If you need to report an injury, a fire, have rowdy neighbors who are making too much noise too late at night, or want assistance with any other problem in your area, these are the people to look for.

Personal transportation & if you require assistance

Hospitality is available if you need help getting around the festival grounds. Please ask for assistance by asking a staff member or the marked golf cart. Bicycles are permitted as long as you are courteous of your surroundings and keep out of areas that are marked off-limits. Please use your kickstand when leaving bike unattended. Golf carts and/or personal transportation devices – other than those designated for handicap use – are not permitted.

Sunday Departure

The festival grounds close at 7:00 PM on Sunday. Please plan to depart the festival grounds by this time.

NO GLASS BOTTLES
NO LITTERING 

NO SCOOTERS/GOLF CARTS
NO FIREWORKS

NO SKY LANTERNS

NO DRONES/UNMANNED REMOTE CONTROL VEHICLES

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO RECORDING EQUIPMENT NOT ALLOWED WITHOUT MEDIA PASS

 

THE EVENT WILL GO ON RAIN OR SHINE

 

Lineup and/or set times are subject to change without notice.

No refunds will be given for any temporary evacuations.

 

Upon entering the venue, you accept that your likeness (pictures/videos) may be used as promotional material by Smiling Acres.

All persons entering the Smiling Acres Music Festival do so at their own risk. No liability is assumed by the owners, managers, promoters, sponsors or others associated with this event.

Smiling Acres is not responsible for lost or stolen wristbands, theft, loss or damage of personal property or personal injury.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my weekend pass include camping?

Yes. Camping is included with your weekend pass. If your RV or camper is 22 feet or longer, you will need to purchase an add-on RV/camper pass.

Do I need to reserve a site if I wish to camp at Smiling Acres?

Nope! Open Camping is available in marked sections of our grounds. Sites are first come, first serve.

Are big RVs allowed to set up in the Camping Sites?

You’re welcome to set up anything that will fit within the parameters of your designated space. Typical sites are 25′ x 35′ but larger spaces are allowed as long as the fire lanes remain open. We do not limit the amount of tents or people allowed within one site, but please be courteous and allow room for your neighbors. If your RV or camper is 22 feet or longer, you will need to purchase an add-on RV/camper pass.

Will holding tank pumping services be available?

Pants Portables will be onsite throughout the weekend to service our toilets. They are also available to pump holding tanks for $35.00. Please contact us or speak to them onsite if you require this service.

Can I bring in a cooler with outside food and beverages?

Yes. We do not allow glass bottles. Also, while we allow outside food and beverage into the festival, we encourage you to patronize our fantastic vendors!

Can I have a campfire at my site?

Ground fires are not allowed. All heat producing devices such as grills, camp stoves and Coleman lanterns must be carefully monitored and may not be left unattended. Please be conscientious of wind direction and positioning to avoid smoking out your neighbors. If Smiling Acres staff determine there is a problem you will be asked to correct it.

Can I run my generator?

Campsites are primitive (no electrical connection available). Generators are allowed so long as they are quiet (65db or less) and the exhaust does not interfere with another campsite, but all generators must be turned off after 10:00 PM. If you require a generator for medical reasons, such as a CPAP, please contact us and we will work with you to make the necessary arrangements.

Are my tickets coming in the mail?

Thanks to our online ticketing system, your ticket purchases will be emailed directly to you. If you can’t find the email with your ticket pdf attached, contact us!

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us! We’re happy to help!

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Small folding chair 
  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Ear plugs
  • Bug spray
  • Camera/phone (professional photography and video recording equipment NOT allowed without the proper/approved media pass)

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