2012 Camping Information Subject to Change

So you’ve decided to join us in our circus of beautiful freaks and creative expeditionaries. Metaphysical high five! Thanks for attending the return of Starry Nights 2012, it will be unlike any other festival you’ve ever graced with your wonderful presence. Firstly, well, because you’ll be there and awe now don’t you feel special. Secondly, because it’s curated by Cage The Elephant, a band composed of strange strangers just like yourself and they’ve stacked the line up with all their favorite bands. A line up full of friends and family.

With local and worldwide musical talent, not to mention all the activities happening around the beautiful Farm, you won’t want to leave come weekend’s end.. Our world is your oyster. As one Great philosopher put it, “Shoot for the moon, and don’t be afraid when you Land among the Starry Nights!” Or something like that. Create the art, enjoy the art, be the art, just don’t destroy the art.

If your idea of artistic expression/a good experience is hurting other people, hurting yourself, over indulgence to the point of danger you probably shouldn’t come to Starry. We keep the vibes good in this community. Good vibes = good times for everyone and we’d like to go ahead and take this time to thank you in advance for adding to the good vibrations of Starry Nights. We always knew you had it in you.

When is this amazing, spectaculous, life changing event taking place? September 28 & 29, 2012 at Ballance Farms outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Smart choice. Before you arrive, we need you to confirm a few details and take a look at our specific camping information. We’re talking impromptu Jam Sessions, Capture The Flag with the band, Disc Golf all day and night, Special Pancake Breakfasts for campers and not to mention the music.

Space is limited and there is one road accessing Balance Farm. We recommend meeting off-site and carpooling to Festival grounds with your camping group all together to ensure quick entry. Fewer cars means faster entry and exit. Arriving together means you won’t end up separated on the camp grounds. Saving camping spots is not allowed.

Explore the grounds using the Festival Map here

If we you don’t find your answer below, e-mail us at info@starrynightsfestival.com.


Fill Out Your Camping Information

Please fill out the form below so we can properly prepare for your arrival.



I’M NOT Camping:

  • We have to check your car. It’s a thing. Don’t freakout, we’re not going to give you a cavity search, no not even if you beg us. But here at Starry Nights we plan on keeping the festive grounds as safe as possible for all who attend and that includes you. To keep it fast and friendly, we enlist a professional security crew
  • Keep your wristband on throughout the festival. When you get home on Sunday, cut it off and put it under your pillow and all of your dreams will come true
  • What should be in your car? You, silly! Also, you should have your ID. And if you’re under 15, you should have a parent or guardian in tow
  • Not planning on camping? Don’t worry. We have day parking
  • Day parkers need to scoot by 3am, so make sure you’ve got a designated driver, because we can’t let you sleep in the lot plus we’re not sure if it’s true but we’ve heard that werewolves eat people who sleep in their cars in day parking.
  • Other vehicles that can’t sleep over include chartered shuttles, passenger vans, school busses, party busses and helicopters
  • Just hitching a ride? No Sweat. We’ll have a designated drop-off and pick-up spot open until 3AM each night
  • When rolling in and out of the fest, please keep it to 5MPH
  • For you non-designated drivers over the age of 21, we’d like to raise a glass – oh wait – there is NO glass allowed. Cans and plastic cups, GOOOD. Glass, BAAAAD! Cans and plastic cups, GOOOD. Glass, BAAAAD!! Cans and plastic cups, GOOOD. Glass, BAAAAD!!! Cans and plastic cups, GOOOD. Glass, BAAAAD!!!!! Sorry, got a little carried away there for a second but you get it?
  • What you can bring is 1 case of beer per person per car, 1.75 liters of liquor per person per car AND 1 box of wine per person per car, NO GLASS
  • If you bring more, our friends in security will have to sacrifice your extra beer/wine/liquor to the Starry Nights Alcoholic Troll that hangs outside the Farm

I’M Camping! I’M Camping!

  • Camping Spots will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. So remember, early bird gets the worm
  • Saving Camping Spots is not allowed. Look on the bright side, we all like to camp with our friends thankfully at Starry we’re all friends. That just one more reason to get involved and become part of the community
  • We have to check your car. It’s a thing. Don’t freakout, we’re not going to give you a cavity search, no not even if you beg us. But here at Starry Nights we plan on keeping the festive grounds as safe as possible for all who attend and that includes you. To keep it fast and friendly, we enlist a professional security crew
  • Keep your wristband on throughout the festival. When you get home on Sunday, cut it off and put it under your pillow and all of your dreams will come true
  • What should be in your car? You, silly! Also, you should have your ID. And if you’re under 15, you should have a parent or guardian in tow
  • Upon entry, you will be directed to your Creative utopia (at least by our standards) of Camping Spot. Remember that there’s a Campsite Decorating contest. The winner will receive free tickets for life! So make it YOUR world
  • Once you are parked, your car must remain at your Camping Spot until after the festival has concluded on Sunday, Sept. 30th to guarantee your continued attendance at Starry 2012. Don’t panic, if you have to leave we’re not going to force you to stay till death do us part. Although we may shed a few tears upon your departure. Just remember if you leave, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be able to re-enter. On your way out, ask our capable staff to inform you of our re-entry procedure
  • We trust you the driver, to park your vehicle at your Camping Spot. You can do it!
  • Your one of a kind Artistic Utopia of Camping Spot is 12 feet by 30 feet
  • If you plan on bringing an RV, you must indicate it in the form above
  • There will be no RV power or sewage hook-ups at the festival
  • When rolling in and out of the fest, please keep it to 5MPH
  • For you non-designated drivers over the age of 21, we’d like to raise a glass – oh wait – there is NO glass allowed. Cans and plastic cups, GOOOD. Glass, BAAAAD! Cans and plastic cups, GOOOD. Glass, BAAAAD!! Cans and plastic cups, GOOOD. Glass, BAAAAD!!! Cans and plastic cups, GOOOD. Glass, BAAAAD!!!!! Sorry, got a little carried away there for a second but you get it
  • What you can bring is 2 cases of beer per person per car, 1.75 liters of liquor per person per car AND 2 boxes of wine per person per car, NO GLASS
  • If you bring more, our friends in security will have to sacrifice your extra beer/wine/liquor to the Starry Nights Alcoholic Troll that hangs outside the Farm
  • Camp fires are not allowed! No burning of wood or anything else that is not charcoal or small propane tanks. Thank you for helping us keep Ballance Farms beautiful.


I’M Bringing An RV:

  • We have to check your car. It’s a thing. To keep it fast and friendly, we enlist a professional security crew
  • Keep your wristband on throughout the festival. When you get home on Sunday, cut it off and put it under your pillow and all of your dreams will come true. If your wildest dreams don’t come true you’ll at least get the opportunity to watch your wristband float around a wishing fountain while you reflect on your life changing experience at Starry
  • What should be in your car? You, silly! Also, you should have your ID. And if you’re under 15, you should have a parent or guardian in tow
  • Towed Campers, Pop-up Campers, Buses, Oversized Vehicles and Motor Homes qualify as an “RV”
  • Any vehicle larger than a 15 passenger van will qualify as an “RV”
  • Box Trucks and Chartered Shuttles are NOT allowed
  • All RV’s must fit within a 20 feet by 40 feet RV Camping Spot
  • If you plan on bringing an RV, you must indicate it in the form above
  • There will be no RV power or sewage hook-ups at the festival
  • There are NO sanitary dump stations at the festival. Don’t get any wise ideas and unleash your waste on all the innocent beautiful people at Starry. No matter what you’ve been told in the past, this is not art, so don’t be that guy. RV are NOT allowed to bring extra gas into the festival
  • RV are NOT allowed to bring extra gas into the festival
  • When rolling in and out of the fest, please keep it to 5MPH
  • Alcohol is allowed provided you are over 21 and follow the alcohol policy below
  • No glass, no kegs, no more than the allowed amount per person
  • 2 cases of beer per person per car, 1.75 liters of liquor per person per car, and 2 boxes of wine per person per car, NO GLASS
  • Anything in excess of the amount above will be confiscated when your vehicle is inspected on arrival at the festival gates
  • Camp fires are not allowed! No burning of wood or anything else that is not charcoal or small propane tanks. Thank you for helping us keep Ballance Farms beautiful.


What You CAN Bring:

  • Blankets, Sheets, Towels
  • Umbrellas (Hand-Held Only)
  • Coolers
  • Factory-Sealed Water Bottles
  • Empty CamelBak or CamelBak water bottles, Other Empty Plastic Container, etc
  • Binoculars
  • Non-Professional Recording Equipment
  • Small Propane Stoves
  • Medication and medical syringes must be kept in its original packaging with the name of the prescribed patron clearly listed on the label
  • Patrons must carry a photo ID matching the prescription label on the medication
  • If you ARE camping: 2 cases of beer per person per car, 1.75 liters of liquor per person per car and 2 boxes of wine per person per car
  • If you ARE NOT camping: 1 case of beer per person per car, 1.75 liters of liquor per person per car and 1 box of wine per person per car
  • Charcoal or propane will be allowed with the use of a portable grill
  • You may bring up to 40 lbs. of charcoal and a small container of propane

What You CAN’T Bring:

  • Weapons of any kind (and that includes your fists and kung fu kicks) — including fireworks, explosives or handguns (even with a concealed handgun license) — are not allowed
  • Illegal or Illicit Substances of any kind. We at Starry Nights do not support any Illegal or Illicit activities
  • Charcoal or propane will be allowed with the use of a portable grill
  • You may bring up to 40 lbs. of charcoal and a small container of propane
  • Glass Containers and Metal Aerosol Cans, including Sunscreen in Aerosol Cans
  • The use of poisons/insecticides/chemicals, etc. is prohibited
  • Segways, Golf Carts, ATVs, Scooters, Personal Motorized Vehicles
  • No Animals are allowed. If you have questions about bringing a Service Animal needed for a disability please see our Accessibility guidelines located here
  • NO kegs or excessive cases of beer
  • No coolers inside of Main Festival Grounds, only at your Camping Spot
  • Professional Recording Equipment
  • No Unauthorized/Unlicensed Vendors Allowed
  • No Unauthorized Solicitations, Handbills, Sampling, Giveaways, etc
  • Any unwanted physical contact, sexual advances or threat of assault will not be tolerated and will result in permanent removal from the festival without refund
  • No nudity, exposing yourself in public is not respectful to other campers, and we may remove you from the festival without refund
  • Camp fires are not allowed! No burning of wood or anything else that is not charcoal or small propane tanks. Thank you for helping us keep Ballance Farms beautiful.


What We RECOMMEND You Bring:

  • Your friends! Not only will it be more fun, it will make getting into and leaving the festival grounds much easier. Meet off-site and carpool to Starry!
  • Sealed Water Bottles
  • Hand Warmers, Pocket Warmers
  • It can get kind of chilly on a Kentucky Sept night so be prepared with warm clothes and sleeping gear
  • Rain Gear
  • Tarps
  • Umbrellas, small canopies for shade
  • Extra pair of shoes/sneakers/mud boots
  • Insect Repellent, only non-DEET bug spray is allowed within the grounds.
  • Blankets or Chairs to sit on at your Camping Spot
  • Sunscreen/Clothes for shade
  • Plastic Containers for Non-potable Water
  • A Receptacle or Bags for trash and refuse
  • Flag or Balloon to identify your site
  • Extra Toilet Paper
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Lock(s) for your tent, valuables, other belongings
  • Please make sure your equipment is tied down securely enough to handle wind, rain, and any other weather elements
  • Please monitor the safety of your camp set-up throughout the festival

Festival Curfew & On-Site Details

  • The music stops and the main festival grounds close at 2AM
  • The General Admission Parking Lot closes at 3AM
  • Taxis will be available at the primary exit
  • There will be medical professionals on staff 24/day at The Medical Tent. First Aid may also be requested from any of the festival staff
  • There is NO Sound Curfew at the Camping Spots, but we ask that you please be respectful of fellow campers at all hours of the weekend
  • There will be a general store on-site, in addition to the Art Market and Food Court
  • Portolets will be available
  • Shower facilities will be available — one shower for men, one for women
  • There will be no RV power or sewage hook-ups at the festival
  • There are NO sanitary dump stations at the festival
  • Please do not deface the natural landscape, no carving or nailing into trees, digging in the ground, or anything else that would damage the grounds

More Questions? E-mail Us!