Famous for its headlining music performers and fun atmosphere, the Firefly Music Festival is a summer event not to be missed. Started in 2012, the Firefly Music Festival is now the largest music and camping festival on the East Coast. The open-air festival is a four-day event and is located on over 100 acres at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, in Dover, Delaware. Enjoy four days of musical performances on seven stages, all set in a natural woodland environment.
The Firefly Music Festival is held in mid-June when the temperature in Dover averages highs in the mid-80s and lows in mid-60s. There’s plenty to see and do in between acts, with themed attractions such as The Brewery, The Nook, The Thicket, Camp Riunite, The Pathway, A Beach House and more. Creative spaces and art reign supreme, with plenty of amenities for relaxation and fun. The festival grounds are natural terrain with gravel or mulch pathways, and the music stages are set on grassy lawns. You’ll be feeling the music and the vibes of nature during your time at Firefly. From its big-name live music performances, unique attraction spaces, and tasty food vendors, music-loving RVers just have to experience it once to fall in love.
General admission passes typically range from $200 to 300 for admission to the festival grounds. The best deal is during the brief “Early Bug” special pricing sale, usually available six months prior to the event. Higher VIP tier tickets range from $700 to $7,000 and come with a range of amenities such as VIP viewing areas, air-conditioned restrooms, private bars, concierge service, and hotel accommodations. Tickets may be purchased on the Firefly Music Festival website. Lodging and RV camping accommodations are not included in the general admission pass.
Firefly Music Festival is held at the Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware. This location is easily reachable from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and Washington D.C. You should have no problem locating and navigating to the event, and staff will be there checking attendees in via a tollbooth to direct you to your campsite.
If you are staying on-site, you will be directed to the campground and your campsite upon entry. There is a separate overnight parking lot if you need to park your RV tow vehicle or additional vehicles outside of the event. There is also a day parking area available for a fee if you are not staying the night.
The Firefly Regional Express now offers routes from Philadelphia, Baltimore, New York, and Washington D.C. Buses pick up passengers from public locations and provide transportation to the shuttle zones inside the festival. The Delaware State Line Shuttle system will also provide regional trips to the festival from the local area and Dover hotels.
There are three RV Camping options available at this event:
Standard RV Camping is the most economical option and is located in the South Camping ground. The camping spaces are 25’ x 40’. Amenities include access to shower facilities and the South Camping Hub for shopping needs, cell-phone charging stations, ice-sales and water refills. These campsites do not have water, electric, or sewer hookups.
Front Row RV Camping is the next tier up from Standard RV Camping, located at the front of the South Camping ground closest to the festival venue entrance. These camping spaces are 25’ x 45’. Amenities include those of the Standard RV Camping, plus shower fast-passes. These campsites do not have water, electric, or sewer hookups.
Infield RV Camping is the only campsite option with full water, electric, and sewer hook-ups included. They also include one free servicing for gray and black water dumping. These campsites are located in the infield of the Dover International Speedway, and farther from the festival grounds than the Front Row RV Camping. These camping spaces are 25’ x 45. Check-in is expedited, and access to the Infield Lounge and shower fast-passes are included.
Tent Camping is available at the North and South tent campgrounds. The North Tent Campgrounds are closest to the Main Stage and feature amenities such as shower facilities, lounging beach with sports activities, and daily waste removal. The South Tent Campgrounds is closest to the main entrance of the festival and is within walking distance of shops and restaurants in the city of Dover. Amenities at the South Tent Campgrounds include daily waste water removal, mobile ice sales, and access to four ranger stations.
Pre-Set Camping and Glamping options are available with a range of amenities. Carefree camping includes a tent, sleeping bags, and air mattresses for four people, a solar light, and access to the Hub and camping lounge. Elevated Camping offers raised tents and double beds for two or four people. These campsites come with private and air-conditioned showers and restrooms, and access to the Hub. There are five levels of Glamping tents available, including some fully air-conditioned and with an electric power source. None of the Tent, Pre-set Camping or Glamping options provide parking spaces large enough to accommodate an RV at the site.
There are a number of private campgrounds within a thirty-minute drive to the Firefly Music Festival venue. Amenities of these private campgrounds include full hookups, swimming pool, camp store, comfort stations, and charcoal grills. If full hookups for electric, sewer, and water are a priority, or if you don’t mind driving to the venue each day, it may be more cost effective to stay in a private campground and utilize the day parking at the festival.
The festival venue and campgrounds are quite large so you should allow time to get from place to place. The festival’s official website provides a detailed map of camping areas and the type of camping available at each site. On-site shuttles are also provided free of charge, 24 hours a day, for attendees to travel between North Camping, South Camping, the Overnight Parking Lot, and the Will Call Box Office. There are no golf carts allowed, so all travel around the festival grounds and back to the campgrounds is on foot. There is a dedicated Accessibility Center at the South Venue Entrance to assist attendees with mobility issues and Accessible camp spots are available upon registration.
The Firefly Music Festival is a rain or shine event, so be sure to bring clothing suitable for hot summer days and cool nights. Be prepared for rain with a rain jacket or poncho and boots in case the venue becomes muddy. Umbrellas are not permitted at Firefly. There are also large areas with no shade cover, so you’ll want to have a hat and sunglasses to block the rays.
Be deliberate in your choice of a campground and know what amenities and utilities will be available to you. If you’re at a site without RV hookups, make a plan for your water, electricity, and waste needs. Firefly Music Festival is a cashless event, and vendors will only accept credit and debit cards.
Avoid sun exposure by packing and regularly applying sunblock. Make sure to carry a refillable water bottle and stay hydrated. You may want to wear bug spray to avoid mosquito bites in the evening. The festival offers numerous first aid stations throughout the venue and in the campgrounds, but it’s always a good idea to pack a basic first aid kit in your rig.
If you plan on cooking your meals, be mindful that charcoal grills and open fires are not permitted in the campgrounds. Propane camp stoves and coolers are allowed, and there is ice available for sale at various points. It is always a good idea to bring your own basic food supplies for convenience and savings.
There a variety of restaurants to choose from in the local area. Several fast food restaurants and the Dover Mall are within walking distance of the South Campground. If you have access to a vehicle, the city of Dover has something to offer everyone when it comes to dining out.
The food vendors at Firefly Music Festival are numerous and famously delicious. With dozens of vendors covering nearly all cuisines, you are sure to find what you’re craving. There are also vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options on many menus. Check the official website for a full list of food vendors in the weeks leading up to the event.
Safety is a key value of the Firefly Music Festival and security is taken seriously. Everyone entering the festival is screened by security personnel. Uniformed and plain-clothes safety staff are present throughout the event. Be aware of your surroundings; don’t leave valuables unattended and make sure you know where your campsite is located. If you’re with a group, make sure you have a designated meeting spot in case cell phones are misplaced or out of service.
June in Dover can be hot, usually above 80 degrees during the day, and large areas of the festival are without shade cover. Make sure to stay hydrated throughout the event and protect yourself from overexposure to the sun. Also, be prepared for inclement weather such as rainstorms as the event is “rain or shine.” Dress in layers and pack a raincoat and boots.
There are plenty of First Aid Locations throughout the event grounds, each staffed with emergency medical personnel. The local hospital and emergency room are ten minutes away by car. Seek help from any member of Firefly staff if you need medical attention. Guests who may benefit from ADA related accommodations are encouraged to contact the Firefly Accessibility Team so that preparations can be made accordingly.