moe.down is a music and camping festival that takes place in Turin, New York, every year. It is held in beautiful Snow Ridge Ski Resort, located at the center of the Tug Hill Plateau. Visitors to the area will not only be able to enjoy live music, but also take in the gorgeous scenery and access the multiple ski trails.
Many different genres of music are featured at the event, with the primary focus being Alternative Rock. The lineup features internationally renowned musicians and also acts as a platform for emerging local bands. The performances begin in the afternoons and take place on two different stages.
Artists like Blackberry Smoke, Haley Jane & the Primates, Jerry Douglas Band, Floodwood, Steve Kimock Band, Conehead Buddha, Umphrey’s McGee, Timbre Coup, Railroad Earth, The Ragbirds, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, and Ani DiFranco have performed at moe.down in the past.
Giving back to the community is a big part of the event, with a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales going to local charities. The festival took a short hiatus in 2018 but was brought back thanks to the enthusiasm of fans and alternative rock lovers.
Single-day and three-day General Admission passes, as well as VIP passes go on sale a few months before the event. A tiered pricing strategy is followed, so the ticket prices will go up as soon as one tier is sold out. moe.down ticket prices have often ranged from $70 (Advanced One-Day Pass) to around $400 (VIP Package).
The VIP Package includes admission on all three days of the event as well as access to additional perks like premium viewing areas, complimentary chair lifts, and limited-edition merchandise.
Part of the town of Turin is located on the Tug Hill Plateau. It is about an hour and a half from Syracuse, New York. Both State Route 12 and State Route 26 run through the community. Before starting on your trip, call NY 511 to check if any road alerts have been issued in Lewis County or the surrounding areas.
Paid car parking is available on the festival grounds. The fee includes parking for the whole weekend, and you can exit and re-enter as you please. If you plan on camping in your RV, you’ll need to purchase an RV camping pass in addition to your admission pass. Only a limited number of passes are available, so it's a good idea to purchase yours early.
Snow Ridge Ski Resort is somewhat remote, so public transportation may be limited. Some private bus operators offer shuttle services from the center of town to Snow Ridge Ski Resort. Ridesharing services and taxis also operate in the area. Another option is to connect with other festival-goers staying at your campground and carpool to the event.
By purchasing an RV camping pass, you’ll have access to a designated campsite for the weekend. Water, electrical, or sewer hookups are not included in the price. Freshwater refills may be available for an additional cost. There is a dump facility nearby. Campers will have access to free portable toilets and will be able to use the showers for a small fee.
Whetstone Gulf State Park is only about five miles away from the venue and comes with partial hookups. Whetstone Gulf has clean bathrooms with showers and a well-maintained swimming area. Another option is Pixley Falls State Park, which offers primitive RV camping. It is a 30-minute drive from Snow Ridge.
You’ll need to get around the venue on foot. Campers are welcome to use wagons to transport their belongings within the festival site. There will be designated parking and viewing areas for patrons with disabilities. Wheelchair navigable pathways will be available throughout the grounds for those who need to use mobility devices.
Keep your clothing casual and lightweight for the daytime. Shorts or jeans and t-shirts are ideal. The nights can be cold, so make sure you have enough warm clothing and carry extra blankets in your RV. Covered, flat shoes are recommended since you’ll have to navigate some amount of uneven terrain.
Take a small day bag with essentials like sunscreen, bug spray, and a lightweight blanket. Make sure any drinks or products you bring in are in plastic containers or cans. Metal or glass containers will not be permitted anywhere on the grounds. The area has some great walking trails, so it's a good idea to take sturdy hiking shoes.
Carry a reusable water bottle and fill it up frequently at one of the free drinking water stations. Charging stations will be present throughout the grounds, but remember to take your own phone charger. Keep in mind that cell service at the venue can be spotty at times. So, designate a common meeting point in case you get separated from your group.
Outside food and beverages will be allowed only in the camping areas. Stock up on sandwiches and meals that you can prepare easily on the stove in your RV. Be prepared to dry camp at moe.down by filling your fuel and water tanks before you arrive in the area. Grocery options may be limited in Turin, and you may do well to make sure you have plenty of camp food for your group before you turn off of I-81, I-90, or similar along your route.
Turin is a great place for meat lovers, but you’ll also find plenty of delicious vegan and vegetarian food. Take a leisurely stroll around town and park yourself at one of the cafes with a hot coffee. If you’re in a hurry, you can grab a good slice of pizza or a burger at one of the fast-food joints in town.
Festival organizers work with top local chefs, restaurateurs, and caterers to bring the best tastes of the region to moe.down. Guests can enjoy so much more than the usual festival fare. Fans usually encounter a mix of fast food, classic American favorites, and cuisines from all over the world.
All bags and vehicles will be searched by security personnel before entry into the festival grounds. Check the list of allowed items on the website to make sure you’re not carrying anything that’s prohibited. Banned items may be confiscated and deposited at the local police precinct. moe.down does not allow pets to enter the festival.
Weather in the mountains of New York can turn unexpectedly, so go prepared for all conditions. It can be warm one minute and pouring with rain the next. Make sure all your camping gear is waterproof and carry protective rain gear. Also, check the local weather report before getting dressed for the day. Summers in the area may include temperatures landing between the 50s and 70s.
There will be an easy to spot first aid station on the grounds. Trained EMTs will be on hand to assist you with any medical needs. The first aid station is also the place to head to for ADA information and support. Medically necessary items and food may be allowed in after they are inspected at the front gate.